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Week Commencing 15 May 2017

Monday 15 May 2017

Attended the Annual General Meeting of Synthonia Scout Group, Greenwood Road, Billingham

undefined John McLean presented award for 85 years continuous service.


It was a pleasure to be invited to the AGM of the Synthonia Scout Group meeting for 2017 and it was wonderful to be part of the evening, to see the range of activities that is involved with Scouting. It’s great to see that Scouting provides such important skills to young people through fun activities, building up their confidence and experiences.

The evening started off with Alan Neal, Chairman who welcomed all present. The Chairman highlighted the increase in numbers of scouts and thanked parents and leaders who were coping with the increase, and stated more help was needed in all areas, especially in the Beaver Scout, Cub Scout and Scout sections, noting what a healthy position to be in.

Awards were handed out to the various sections of scouting such as the Beaver of the year award, cub scout of the year award, The Buddy Dale Trophy for Cub Scout Actvities, the Mark Anderson Scout of the Year Award and many others. One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation to John McLean, Group President for his dedication to 85 continuous years of selfless devotion to Scouting and raising donations of over £15,000. Speaking to him afterwards, he said he enjoyed every moment of it and would do it all again.

The evening was completed with a Show of Shows and for one night only, performances by the Beaver Scouts – Pirates, Cubs – School time, Scouts – Silent monks Choir and Leaders – Robin Hood men in tights. X Factor eat your heart out!

After the performance I thanked John Neal and his leaders for the evening’s events and wished them every success in the coming year as they obviously had in the year just gone.


Thursday 18 May 2017.

Attended the Dementia Friends Session as part of Dementia Awareness Week, Jim Cooke Suite, Stockton Central Library.  


Dementia Friends


As part of our nominated charities activities we were invited to The Dementia Friends Session at the Jim Cooke Conference Suite, Stockton Central Library. This being part of the Dementia Awareness Week, organised by the North Tees Dementia Collaborative.

The session was delivered by Karen Morris, Health and Wellbeing Librarian, for Stockton Borough Council and was open to the members of the public.

The session is a national initiative to help increase awareness of Dementia and improve the understanding of what we can all do to help people living with the condition. The theme for this year’s Dementia Awareness Week is ‘united against dementia’ and is about encouraging everyone across the community to consider what can we all do to support people living with Dementia. As the first citizen of the Borough I welcomed the opportunity to become a Dementia Friend and hope it encourages more people to do so.

Dementia Awareness Week ran from 14th to 20th May 2017, during which there were a number of activities raising awareness of dementia, including market stalls across the Borough, a sponsored fun walk at the Barrage, and the judging of the poetry competition by the Stockton on Tees Advisory Group.

I wish every success for the future of this initiative.

For more information about dementia please contact Live Well Dementia Hub on 01642 527363.


Thursday 18 May 2017 pm.

Attended the Mayor of Hartlepool Civic Honours at the Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Hartlepool


Presentation by Rob Cook Mayor of Hartlepool to Mohamed Menabawey to be Honorary Freeman of the Borough of Hartlepool.

We were invited to the Civic Honours Ceremony at Hartlepool Borough Council presided by the Mayor of Hartlepool Rob Cook. Other attendees included the Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Civic Guests, Council Members, Officers and guests.

In appreciation and recognition of the eminent service to the Council the following were presented with Freedom of the Borough of Hartlepool.

Jill Kitching – Founded the Epilepsy Outlook charity 30 years ago in 1987, after being diagnosed with epilepsy herself and finding there was little support, advice or guidance for people suffering from the condition. Her dedicated work has helped raise awareness of epilepsy and provided much needed support for other sufferers and their families.

Mohamed Menabawey – A pioneering consultant came to Hartlepool in 1988 and established one of the leading IVF clinics in the country to help hundreds of couples get the families they so desperately wanted. He is currently employed by the Department of Justice as a medical member of the judiciary.

Albert Pattison – A passionate businessman whose specialist medical company, Hart Biologicals, has put Hartlepool on the global map as a worldwide exporter in innovative medical devices. He is also an active promotor of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths in Schools across the region.

First Hartlepool Boys Brigade Company – Established in 1886, it was the first Boys Brigade Company to be formed in England and has a long and proud history, serving the young people of Hartlepool with great distinction. They also have great rugby tradition with three of its former members going on to represent England. Three teams have evolved from Hartlepool Boys Brigade Company- namely Boys Brigade Old Boys, Hartlepool Old Boys and Hartlepool Athletic, I remember them well many years ago whilst playing for Acklam - they were tough games!

undefined Honorary Freedom of the Borough awarded to First Hartlepool Boys Brigade, Albert Pattison, Mohamed Menabawey and Jill Kitching.


At the reception afterwards we were afforded the pleasure of speaking to the new Freedom of the Borough recipients and enjoyed hearing about their life experiences, truly remarkable.


Saturday 20 May 2017

Attended the Mayor of Sunderland’s At Home Event at the Museum and Winter Gardens, Sunderland


Mayor – Doris Macknight and Consort Mr Keith Macknight


It was a pleasure to be invited to attend the annual Sunderland Civic ‘At Home’ by the Mayor of Sunderland Doris Macknight, this is a traditional way for the Mayor to meet the public, representatives of the community and other organisations.

This year the ‘At Home’ event was combined with the 160th Celebration of Mobray Park, where there was a full afternoon’s programme for all to enjoy starting with a cup of tea/coffee and some scones with jam, cream and fresh strawberries in the Pottery Gallery of the Museum and Winter Gardens. There was also a tombola in aid of the Mayors charities, not a winner in sight. 


Mowbray Park with the Salvation Brass Band and speech making by the Mayor


At 2.00pm Doris Macknight officially opened the event with a speech thanking everyone for coming to Mobray Park and participating in the event. There was a guided tour around the Park in order to learn about the history and see all of the wonderful activities on offer such as a film about the adventures of Jack Crawford and his gallantry medal at the Battle of Camperdown with Jack nailing the flag to the ships mast, an HMS Venerable performance, a 35 piece brass band playing ‘Proms in the Park’ by the Salvation Army, art displayed throughout the park and drama enacted during the day by Dreambox Theatre Company with Hudson Road Primary School playing the hero of Camperdown, the story of Jack Crawford.

A good afternoon by all.


Attended the Tees Regatta at the River Tees Watersports Centre, The Slipway, Stockton on Tees.


Tees Regatta – crews stretching out from Infinity Bridge.


It was with delight that we were asked to attend the annual Tees Regatta, which is a day of rowing races across Barrage Reach, organised by the Tees Rowing Club at the River Tees Water Centre.

We were informed by Kate O’Sullivan and Dr Dilwyn Jones, who guided us around the centre, that the Tees Rowing Club is a community rowing club with an open to all policy. The club is constituted to provide, maintain and improve facilities to enable members of the local community to take part in the sport.

The Tees Rowing Regatta is a British Rowing Competition with races through the day between crews of all ages and clubs mostly in the North East.

undefined With Kate O’Sullivan and winning crew members.


Throughout the day there were in the region of 89 finals contested by about 25 Clubs, mainly from the north of England, with honours spread out to most clubs over the events. We watched many races, exhausting to watch but was made up when we presenting trophy’s to the winning crews. 

It was a pleasure to note that the Tees RC’S Paralympic, Rio Gold Medal Winner, Lawrence Whitely was awarded the MBE by Prince Charles in March 2017. Many congratulations to this young man a well-deserved achievement.

On a busy day we appreciated the time and support Kate O’Sullivan and Dr Dilwyn Jones gave us throughout the afternoon, showing us around the club, its facilities and explaining its proud history. It was very much appreciated.

A very enjoyable afternoon, with encouragement for anyone to take up the sport. If you are interested in this activity contact, you would be welcomed by a good set of people with a sense of humour.


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