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Week Commencing 1 May 2017

Monday 1 May 2017

Attended a Charity Football Match in aid of Dementia UK at Billingham Town Football Club, Billingham



Billingham select team in blue and ex Boro select team in green hoops.


Stephen Heslop (Town Centre Officer) organised a charity football match at  Billingham Town Football Club between a Billingham select team and a side with ex Boro players in aid of Dementia UK. On arrival I met with the referee and linesmen and congratulated the players for taking part for this worthwhile cause. It was a bitterly cold day but the football looked promising. At half time, when the score was 3-0 in favour of the green hoops, a welcomed retreat to the function room was in order with a steaming hot cup of coffee. In the second half the ex Boro players showed a turn of skill which would be fitting at The Riverside. In the end the green hoops, after a good fight back by the men in blue, won it by 5-2, it was in order for me to return to the function room for another cup of coffee to get the chill out of my old bones. I talked openly with some of the back room staff and thought the charity event was a very good idea and would like to see more of this in the future in order to support good charity causes. I thanked everyone for asking me to attend this event, as their charity support would endeavour to give a little comfort to those in need. I wished Stephen Heslop the best of luck for the coming season for Billingham Town Football Club.


Attended the Hope and Art and Music Showcase at The Edge Bar, Castlegate Mill, Riverside, Stockton


Mayoress, Leanne Kast, Mayor, Sarah Guthrie, and Stephanie Addison.


We were invited to the first ever Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week, by Stephanie Addison, Founder of Raindrops and to Rainbows, an event dedicated to raising awareness for Perinatal Mental Health, whilst supporting families affected by Perinatal Mental Health illnesses.

This was the  launch of the ‘Hope’ event, were some of the best local artists and photographers had their work on display, which took viewes on a journey through the emotions of postnatal depression through their artwork. Stephanie and her team organised a number of events during the campaigning week which ran from 1 - 7 May, all held at the Edge Bar in Stockton on Tees, ranging from creative therapy workshops to live music events.

Raindrops used the opening event as a free network event to bring various professions together having a range of guests from the NHS, Local Authorities, MP’s and various media platforms as well as local businesses with a connection to Mental Health, including Mind, and other organisations that they work with on a professional level.



Stephanie encouraged people to take part in the awareness campaign by posing for a photo holding their ‘Maternal Mental Health Matters’ sign which is then used across the social media platforms.

The event team who were on hand to chat with guests included:

  • Stephanie Addison- Founder of Raindrops and Rainbows
  • Lauren Duncan- Artist/Events Manager for Rainbows and Raindrops
  • Ian Allcock- Photographer/Press Photographer for Raindrops and Rainbows

Live music was performed by Jacob Lynch, Andi Grainger, Dan Walters Charlotte Grayson, Freeman, John Harrison and the Ragmen and Marie Marx, singer songwriter and the voice behind their official song Raindrops and Rainbows.

We also had discussions with Leanne Kast and Sarah Guthrie of Alliance Psycholgical Services -  Senior Psycholgical Therapists, Perinatal Services, who discussed the nature and difficulties of mental health and how the ‘Hope’ events gave encouragement to those in times of difficulties.

We should all be inspired by the work committed by Stephanie and her team for the promotion of Mental Health Awareness, hoping to reduce the stigma of it all across the North East. We thanked them all for their sterling work, wished them the best of luck, and hoped they continue with similar events in the future. 


Wednesday 3 May 2017.

Chaired the meeting of Full Council at the Town Hall, High Street Stockton


There was a presentation in relation to the Better Health at Work, Gold Award from the Public Health Organisation, to Emma Champley and Jenny Collier – Stockton Public Heath team. Congratulations to them and their team for the superb work they are doing.

We held a minutes silence for Mrs Monika Marshall-Deane, a former Councillor representing the Grangefield Ward from 1991 to 1995 who passed away recently. Our thoughts are with their family and friends at this time. 


Thursday 4 May 2017.

Attended the King Hussein Memorial Lecture in Culture Dialogue at the Calman Learning Centre, Durham University


The Calman Learning Centre, Durham University.


At the request of Professor Stuart Corbridge, Vice Chancellor and Warden, we were delighted to accept the invitation to attend to the eighth King Hussein Memorial Lecture in Cultural Dialogue, at the Calman Learning Centre at Durham University. The title of the Lecture was ‘Beyond Bombs and Bandaids: the prospects of peace’. We were greeted by Louise Bellenger, and introduced to Professor Veronica Strang who was hosting the Mayor and gave us a brief introduction to King Hussein Memorial Lectures.

Professor Daniel Donoghue who was chair at the lecture, gave a synopsis of what was to come in the evenings event and introduced Harriet Lamb CBE who delivered the lecture.

Harriet Lamb took up the post of CEO, International Alert, Europe’s largest peace building organisation. She previously spent 16 years leading Fair Trade in the UK and internationally, guiding the Fairtrade Foundation in the UK through a period of significant growth. Her leadership in this area led to her being awarded the CBE. She has worked with several other non-governmental organisations, always with interest in international development issues, and has written a book - Fighting the Banana Wars and other Fairtrade Battles.

At a time when conflict is on the rise and international systems seem unable to protect the most vulnerable, Harriet Lamb’s lecture contended that peace remains within our power. Conflict is inevitable; violence is not. Sketching out the nature and causes of violence today, she considers how peacebuilding, including citizen-led approaches, can produce safer, more just and prosperous outcomes, and at a lower cost than military solutions. She described how peace is being built on a daily basis from Columbia to Tunisia, Philippines to Rwanda and even in countries in the midst of war, and argued there is an ever increasing urgency to invest in peace-building, and to support all those championing tolerance.

This Lecture was a significant event for Durham University and gave room for thought on the prospect of peace in the world.


Friday 5 May 2017

Attended the Rifles Cocktail Party and Sounding Retreat at the University Library and Palace Green, Durham City


The Durham Army Cadet Force Band


We were welcomed by Major Chris Lawton MBE DL at the University Library, Durham Cathedral for the Rifles Cocktail Party and sounding of retreat on the Palace Green.

The Lord Lieutenant of County Durham, Military Guests and other Mayors were present for this special unique occasion in support of The Rifles own ‘Care for Casualties Charity’. 


The Durham Army Cadet  Force Band and Bugles on Palace Green watched on by the Lord Lieutenant of Durham Sue Snowdon.


County Durham has a long and proud military history stretching back for centuries. The most illustrious County Regiment was the Durham Light Infantry who fought in all parts of the world from 1758 until they were amalgamated into the Light Infantry in 1968.

The Army of today is very different. It is small in numbers than in the past but more highly motivated and provided with much better weapons, equipment and vehicles. It is a younger Army too. The youth is in fact the primary characteristic of the soldier of today.

In February 2007, The Light Infantry was amalgamated into ‘The Rifles’ This new regiment has already greatly distinguished itself in some of the toughest theatres of conflict; Iraq and Afghanistan. Many member of the regiment have been awarded gallantry medals. This has, however come at a great cost. Since 2007 The Rifles have lost 62 men killed in action and more than 300 have sustained serious injuries. Many come from towns, cities and boroughs of County Durham and the North East.

The Rifles supports vulnerable members of the Regimental Family spending over £350,000 per year and they must continue to honour the commitment to the casualties

Brigadier Charles Collins DSO OBE, The Rifles Colonel of County Durham hoped the event would give cause to the support to The Rifles own ‘Care for Casualties’ Charity. The aim is to enhance the life of a casualty upon the need. Examples include counselling for Riflemen dealing with post conflict psychological issues, for bereaved family members, driving lessons for amputees and their carer’s, flights for bereaved family members to visit the grave of their loved one, funding retraining courses for soldiers invalided out of the army, respite breaks and recuperation holidays, car and house adaptions.


For more information about this charity please contact


Saturday 6 May 2017

Attended the Foster Carer Awards at The Forum Theatre, Billinghamundefined

Children’s Services team with Councillors.


It was a privilege to be present at the Foster Carers Awards for 2017 to celebrate the achievements of all Foster Carers over the last 12 months.

Their hard work and commitment make a real difference to children’s lives, providing the support that will enable them to go to healthy happy futures. Presentations of Certificates and Buddy Awards were made to foster carers for their selfless commitment.

We personally thanked them for all their hard work that the do to help the young people of the borough. Our encouragement and support was well received by the carers and youngsters, some of the feedback from the event was much appreciated such as;

“Congratulations to everyone, I was proud to have been part of this big celebration.

“Thank you for the nomination, we felt truly honoured and very proud, it turned a pretty hard week into a smiley weekend”

“I got the buddy  award from Social Services – was over the moon!”


Buddy award winner                                         


Carer award winners

Well deserved, and a big thanks to the Fostering and Child Placement Team for organising and promoting this prestigious event.


Attended the Tees Valley Music Service Gala Concert at the Stockton Baptist Tabernacle, The Square, Stockton


Tees Valley Music Service -  Youth Orchestra


TVMS - Violin section

How can we ever forget the magnificent array of musical wealth from our talented young people of the Tees Valley on the evening of the 6 May? A performance befitting in comparison with the likes of the “Last night of the Proms” at the Albert Hall. 

The concert featured performances by the Tees Valley Youth Orchestra, Choir, Wind Orchestra, Brass Band, Big Band and Yanchin. In the programme there was something for everyone, starting with Gaudete, a traditional number, followed by many other arrangements such as The Typewriter by Leroy Anderson, The Londonderry Air trad, Nan Ping trad, Ave Verum corpus by Mozart, Beati quorum via by Stanford and many others, then finishing off with the FINALE of Pomp and Circumstance March No 1 by Elgar, then to end it all there was Land of Hope and Glory. What more could we have wanted, it was exceptional and a truly memorable evening. We do have some super talent in the area.

Our thanks go to the professional tutors and the TVMS management services who give the opportunity to students in the region to fulfill their potential and develop their musical skills to such a high level, and may it continue to do so.

There are other performances continuing throughout the summer so if you need further information please contact [email protected] or TVMS – Musical Hub Lead 01642 603600.




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