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Week Commencing 28 November 2016

29 November 2016

Attended Jack and the Beanstalk Pantomime at Customs House, South Shields. This was an amateur performance, performed to a very high standard. It was clear from the audience participation and response that the pantomime went down well particularly with the younger people in the audience.

A very good nights family entertainment.

 

30 November 2016

Attended Preston Park, for the Durham University Student awards, the ceremony took place in the music room with a stunning array of academic students from different medical training areas such as Pharmacy and medical students. Judging by the awards given out there is a lot of talented students at Durham University and Stockton, which bodes well for both professions. I’d like to thank Professor Simon Forrest for inviting me and being an excellent host and for everyone who took part.

 

1 December 2016

I attended Sembcorp Utilities UK , Middlesbrough. This is the 28th year where they have produced a calendar devised by local school children. The theme of the calendar is “The Things I like About Me” which produced some interesting art work. Have you ever questioned yourself, then ask yourself What things do you like about yourself? There are over 20,000 copies printed and distributed throughout the area, so these children can be rightly proud of their achievements. All the winners were given certificates and vouchers to spend at local stores. Well done to all those who took part and to the organisers Sembcorp. Somehow we first of all finished up in Thorntree, Middlesbrough, I think the saying is crossed wires, still we weren’t late.

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Attended Flying Futures National Citizenship Service Awards event, ARC, Stockton. This is a Government funded programme designed for 15 – 17yr olds, involves Residential, Community and Social Action phases. These phases are designed to develop confidence, build team work, and learn about the local area instilling a sense of pride as well as being able to complete tasks. I was very impressed with the standard of student and their accounts of how they coped outside their comfort zone. Well done to them and NCS for the programme.

 

2 December 2016

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Attended Teesside Park where we opened the re-vamped Thomson Travel Agents, the whole shop has been given a makeover with new up to date electronical devices and a whole new look, with touch screen televisions that help you find and view your destination, an open area that adds to a better ambience to the store. I would like to thank the staff and manager Sarah for their hospitality.

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We also were invited into Santa’s Grotto in Teesside park (the old River Island shop) it has been done out very well, to resemble a grotto in what I would call 50s style. It’s well worth a trip for the children.

 

I then attended the Town Hall Stockton where I greeted a delegation of business people from Japan, this was organised by the Government affiliated incorporate foundation of CLAIR, this supports the internationalisation efforts of local authorities in Japan. This basically offers the benefit of Japanese local authorities overseas efforts and offer flexible and detailed support.

I met and introduced them to a tour of our interesting and cultural Town Hall, there were 4 delegates who seemed very interested in the history and what the Town hall was and is used for at this present time. I told them all about the famous people from Stockton and how we have developed over the years to where we have got to today, putting the emphasis on how we have grown and developed in industry, commercial and a top class venue for festivals and other prestigious events. I had to obviously point out the improvements to the High street and the obvious which is the fountain and the Stockton Flyer ( they were going to see at the given time it commences at 1 pm every day ). Talking of Flyer I had to then hotfoot to the Parish Church for our exciting and fantastic Christmas Carol Concert, which was fully booked up with over 400 people in attendance. Please see following event for full details now I have wetted your appetite.

 

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Attended the Parish Church, High Street, Stockton for my Christmas Carol Service. Wow! The church was so full that notices had to be placed on the door to prevent anyone else coming in. We were treated to readings, prayers and songs from 11 local schools, most of which I have visited, again WOW all the choirs were fantastic, the singing, harmonies and enthusiasm were evident for all to see. The service was led by Reverend Mark Miller who did a great job assisted by Mayors Chaplin Clay Roundtree and we also had singing by Stockton Synthonia choir. I was filled to bursting with pride at the end of the service as most of my fellow dignitaries were there, all in agreement of how great it was and has set the tone for Christmas now. I have to congratulate all the teaches involved, church staff, Stockton Democratic Services for arranging the service and most of all the children who were fabulous. Thank you everyone for a fantastic afternoon. 

Attended Spennymoor Civic Dinner, Town hall, Spennymoor, this was in aid of the Mayors Derek Taylors charities. We had a lovely meal with speeches from the representatives of NSPCC and Gurkha Welfare Trust. As usual didn’t win anything on the prize draw but had a good night.

 

3 December 2016

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Attended Castlegate Centre, Stockton where I opened the Butterwick Hospice Tree of Remembrance. I made out the first star and placed it on the tree, this is a great idea for people who want to remember people they have lost and want remembering. It also raises contributions for a great and worthy cause, Butterwick Hospice does so much to care for people with a progressive life limiting illness and allow them to make the most of their time left together. If you want to contribute to the Butterwick please contact [email protected]

 

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Attended the Billingham Light Switch on, Billingham Town Centre, it was a freezing night but there were a lot of people about, with a great array of stalls selling and advertising a lot of merchandise. When it came to the light switch on it would appear that the gremlin struck like they always seem to do because the lights illuminated on the third attempt. Still what a great sight, it lit up the centre fantastically.  Thank you to the Town Council for inviting me.

 

4 December 2016

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Attended the Girl Guide Stockton Division Carol Service at St Michaels Church, Norton. I think it’s fantastic that these organisations are still going strong; they offer young children a great opportunity to bond with others and build up their social and interactive skills. They do a lot of charity work within our society and the latest is tins of food for the needy, there was an absolute table full of tins destined for people who cannot afford to buy such items. We sang Christmas Carols with the Brownies doing the nativity play, thank you to everyone involved we had a great time and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavours. 

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Attended the Mayor of Barnard Castle Barney Celebrate Christingle Service, at St Marys Church, Barnard Castle. The Christingle choir entertained us, we sang traditional Christmas Carols and speaker, Helen Tate Children’s  Society solicitor from Stockton, spoke on child poverty. We were told how the story of how Christingle came about (sorry but I’ll let you look it up). Thank you to the Mayor for inviting us and his hospitality.