Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans, bright future

Week Commencing 29 May 2017

Friday 2 June 2017

Attended the Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire Annual Lunch at Busby Hall, Carlton

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Busby Hall, Carlton in Cleveland. 

At the request of Mr Barry Dodd the Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire and his wife Mrs Frances Dodd we attended the annual lunch at Busby Hall in Carlton in Cleveland, North Yorkshire. We met up with other civic guests from North Yorkshire then visited the grounds of this wonderful place.

Busby Hall is a Grade 11 Manor House listed building in Little Busby North Yorkshire. Busby Hall is the successor of an earlier building burnt down in 1764. It has some fine views overlooking the hamlet of Little Busby and Leven Vale; it is surrounded by a small park next to Busby wood. There is also a stunning sweet chestnut tree over 800 years old with its imposing splendour. Its notoriety to fame was when it was featured in a few BBC dramas one such as ‘Parades End’ adapted by Tom Stoppard as I recall. It was also noted that the Hall had been visited many times in the past by Sir Winston Churchill.

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Over lunch the Lord Lieutenant discussed one of his charities which he was passionate about, the British Empire Award for volunteers, recognising the importance of the great work being done by these people. We also discussed how Stockton Borough were evolving in this present time and how we were making great inroads to our future development plans.

After lunch we thanked Barry and Frances for their hospitality and assured them that we would meet up again at a number of functions throughout the year.

 

Saturday 3 June 2017

Attended the 2017 Teesside Model Air Show at Redmarshall Stockton

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Sopwith Pup with other fantastic models on display but which is the flier. 

I was excited to be invited to the Teesside’s Model Air Show, like a kid with a new toy. Met up with Ian Jones and Chris Harle, the event organisers who showed me around the many model aircraft that were on display and explained in detail how and when the club was formed. The event has been organised by the Teesside Model Flying Club and has been going for over 15 years. Bathed in glorious sunshine, it was great to see so many people enthusiastic about flying and enjoying the atmosphere of the day. Participants came from far and wide, mostly staying in caravans on the site, some came from Canada, Scotland, Cumbernauld, Southampton, Huddersfield, Chester and many other  places, some even staying at the Airport hotel and Premier Inn for the weekend. 

During the tour of the base, for light refreshment I was welcomed by Hairy Dave and sampled his culinary delights of Asian delicacies especially one of his wonderful home made Indian Curries, I know they are not to everyone’s taste, but the way he chose and mixed his selected spices, the flavour was superb.

Along with his Indian Recipe booklet he also gave me a sample of spices to use the next time we have an Indian meal cooked at home by the Mayoress.    

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Alan Wade a local farmer A great supporter of Chernobyl Aid UK

 

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Members of the SSAFA support group of the Armed Forces Charity

I was interested in the charities that were on display in the grounds of the base, one of which was the Chernobyl Aid UK, which was represented by Alan Wade a local farmer who lives near to the airfield and provides support for families of the Chernobyl disaster. Throughout the years, on many occasions, he with other colleagues have delivered many gifts and medical items by goods vehicles to the disaster area, assisting aid to children and adults with cancers and other debilitating medical conditions. I found him very worthy of the cause, a gentleman, and noble to his convictions, even taking in children at his home to give them a little respite from their daily torment. I wish him well and may he continue to serve others who are less fortunate.

 I also met up with a support group for the Armed Forces Charity SSAFA, who were doing a magnificent job in raising awareness and monies that provide lifelong aid to the Forces and their families. The work began in 1885, and last year the staff and team of volunteers helped some 100,000 people from World War Two veterans to the young men and women recently returned from Afghanistan, and their families.

They were a cheerful bunch and nothing was too much trouble to them and thoroughly enjoyed what they did to help the charity. I wished them well for their continuous support.

To become a friend of Cleveland SSAFA you can contact them at the TA Centre, Stockton Road Middlesbrough TS5 4AD.

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Many models on display. 

We thanked Ian, Chris and their team for putting on a splendid display and for making us feel welcome.

If anyone is interested in making model aeroplanes and flying them, you can get in touch with the club on their website, they also offer training on Tuesday evenings for anyone wishing to have a go.  

Sunday 4 June 2017

Held Mayors Sunday in the grounds of Stockton Parish Church Gardens

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Sunday service parade from the Town Hall to the Parish Church Stockton. 

Mayors Sunday – Firstly there was an invite put out to the Borough residents to join myself and the Mayoress to join us at the Mayors Parade and Sunday Service which took place in the grounds of the Stockton Parish Church.

As Mayor of Stockton I was very much looking forward to taking the special Act of Dedication to the people of the Borough in Stockton as it is a major occasion for any Mayor taking up their position. It was great to see the many residents from across the Borough who wanted to come along and follow the parade and join us at the service and I welcomed them at the Parish gardens.

After taking refreshments at the Town Hall the civic guests, such as the Lord Lieutenant of Durham, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Mayors and escorts from Redcar and Cleveland, Hartlepool, Shildon, Durham, Sunderland, South Tyneside, Seaham, Barnard Castle, Chairman of Northumberland County Council, Charity Fundraisers, Honorary Alderman, Community Officers, Honorary Aldermen, Freeman of the Borough, Councillors Fire Officer, Boys and Girls Brigade, Forces personnel, Parish and Town Council, Mayors Guests and other VIP’s formed a procession on the High Street and marched with the Standard Bearers and Salvation Army Band to the gardens of the Parish Church where we were welcomed into the service. 

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Saluting the colours

 

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Gospel musicians in the park

After entering the gardens we were welcomed by the gospel musicians whilst settling down to our seats. The Mayors Sunday Service was led by the Reverend Mark Miller from Stockton Parish Church, the Mayors Chaplain Reverend Martin Anderson and the Preacher Reverend Stephen Sutton from Coulby Newham Baptist Church.

 We sang a song of praise – Mighty to Save, followed by two readings, one from Myself – Jeremiah 29: 4-7 and the other from the Chief Executive Neil Schneider – Mathew 6: 7-13. Then followed a sermon by the Reverend Stephen Sutton on the virtues of modern life and peoples association to God’s word, that was a blast with his exuberant way of delivery.

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Rev Martin Anderson taking me through the act of dedication.

A song of response followed the sermon – Be Thou My Vision, then a declaration of our faith. We witnessed the Baptism of two young men, fully clothed by the Reverend Mark Miller, which was a revelation, being in the front seats we all got a bit of a shower.

It was an honour to do my act of dedication, the Mayors Chaplain Reverend Martin Anderson led me through the procedure, dedicating myself to the service of the people of the borough and beyond.

Representatives from my three charities came forward to talk about the purpose and need for each: Gayle Tweed - Cleveland Alzheimer’s Residential Care, Terry Laing – Meningitis Now and Luke Rutter – Motor Neurone Disease, which was symbolic to us as the Mayoress lost two cousins to this dreadful disease.

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Gale Tweed – Cleveland Alzheimer’s Residential Care. 

My very good friend and Stocktonian Alan Chilcott, who once lived not far from the Parish Church in Wellington Street, travelled from Wales to be with us to celebrate this occasion. He gave a speech on the virtues of the charities which was much appreciated by many people who said afterwards they enjoyed those poignant words from him.

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My very good friend Alan Chilcott from wales

 

 

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Rev’s Mark Miller & Stephen Sutton

Finally there were prayers from Reverend Martin Anderson, another song of praise – 10,000 Reasons, and then Reverend Mark Miller ministered The Peace dedication read by all, with closing prayers and blessing.

It was a fabulous day which will be remembered by all, since many of the general public and civic guests said after the service how much they had enjoyed the day’s event. 

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They are never too young.  

 

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Chief Exec – Mathew 6: 7-13

Laraine and I cannot praise too highly all the people who made this celebration a success from Democratic Services, Reverends Mark Miller, Martin Anderson, and Stephen Sutton, The Salvation Army Band, Standard Bearers, Boys & Girls Brigade, charity personnel, Gospel Band, Civic Guests, the public, family and friends and not forgetting our good friends from Wales Alan and Diane Chilcott. It is with thanks that I dedicate the day to them for making it a wonderful occasion.  

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The finale, with friends and family and Deputy Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire. 

Attended the Stockton in the spotlight, Fashion Show, in the High Street

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Fashion parade – Stockton High Street

 

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Fashioning for choice

Attended the first large scale fashion show held in Stockton to showcase the excellent retailers in the town centre, it’s a great opportunity for everyone to see the range of shops, national chains and independent outlets that we have in Stockton, this was to widen an audience and to make people realise what a fantastic offering Stockton Town Centre has.

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We don’t come cheap us models. 

I met up with Karen Hindhaugh who said that it is a huge boost to all retailers to put on this event and I can only agree with her.

The retailers Taking part were:

Debenhams, M&S, Boots, New Look, River Island, Top Shop, Roman, Evans, Stylish, Peacocks, Bon Mache, Review and Poppys.

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Spotlight fashion Show Stockton High Street                                         

 

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Karen also announced that there was going to be a similar event taking place later on in the year, with a possible theme including beach volley ball, so get yourselves along to promote the event and enjoy yourselves.