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Week Commencing 13 November 2017

Wednesday 15 November 2017

Hosted the Citizenship Ceremony at the Town Hall, High Street, Stockton

Once again we had the pleasure to welcome people from many parts of the world for this important ceremony. This month there were 13 guests out of which 10 took part in the ceremony and swore the oath of allegiance to our Queen and Country and became British Citizens. The 10 delegates came from eight different countries:

  • China
  • Afghanistan
  • Kenya
  • Irag
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Nigeria
  • India
  • Pakistan


Attended the Chairman North Tyneside Charity Indian Meal at Shampan Restaurant, 185 Whitley Bay Road, Whitley Bay


Civics with staff at the charity bash – Shampan Restaurant


We attended the fund raising charity night at the Shampan Restaurant in Whitley Bay. The invitation was through Cath Davis MBE and Karen Bolger Chairman and Consort for North Tyneside Council.

With other civics from Hartlepool, South Tyneside, Seaham, Sunderland, and Hetton and friends of Cath and Karen we were treated to a wonderful Indian meal which was superbly presented and tasted delicious. Everyone, and I mean everyone in the restaurant, even though those who normally didn’t eat Indian food said that they thoroughly enjoyed the meal and the staff were very curteous and attentive throughout the evening.

Cath and Karen’s chosen charities were in aid of Maggies Cancer, the North Shields Living at Home Scheme and the YMCA North Shields and raised over £500 on the night, this was a tribute to the hard work the two ladies had put in, making the evening a great success. We thanked Cath and Karen and the staff of the Indian Restaurant for a splendid evening.


Laraine with Cath and Karen



Cath thanking everyone for helping with her charity appeal



With Mary French Mayoress of South Tyneside and staff member - a wonderful evening had by all


Thursday 16 November 2017

Attended the Celebration Afternoon at Victoria House Care Home, Bath Lane, Stockton-on-Tees


With staff members of the Victoria House Care Home in Bath Lane, Stockton.

We visited Victoria House Care Home to meet Tasmin Ryan, Care Home Manager, staff and residents to an open afternoon to celebrate their recent positive Care Quality Commission Report.

We talked with Tasmin about the exiting new refurbishment proposals for the home, including comprehensive redecoration of the lounges and dining rooms as well as communal spaces throughout the Home.  Taking a tour of the premises gave the impression it was well maintained, was very light and airy, and the ambience of the place had a feel of homeliness. It is obvious the management wanted to ensure the home was always kept to a high quality standard.

Talking to some of the residents, they said that they were delighted being at this home as the staff were very attentive and nothing was too much trouble for them, the home had a lovely feel about it and were looking forward to the new refurbishment.

We were privileged to be invited to join residents and staff in celebrating their recent positive Care Quality Commission Report and get the chance to meet the people we are supporting in our Mayoral role. It also gave us great pleasure to know their hard work and commitment makes a real difference to people’s lives, especially those with difficulties, providing the support that will enable them to go on to healthier happy futures.


Residents enjoying the afternoon’s entertainment and sampling the cream tea


We’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know… what a song


With Tasmin showing me the proposals for the home’s refurbishment


We had a lovely cream tea whilst chatting to the residents and were entertained by a young lady singing war time songs, which were very pleasant.

I also had a pleasant surprise meeting up with Colin Laver, a neighbour and friend of 60 years ago whilst living in Parkfield, who was visiting his aunty in the home. We had a good reminisce about the good old days, street life, the family, school days, and his experiences as a school teacher in a remote part of India which was really interesting. How time flies, he was just a little lad when I first knew him playing marbles and football in the back alleys, raggy behinds and holes in our socks and all that, meeting in our teens playing league badminton together at a church hall in the seventies, oh halcyon days.

Overall it was a grand afternoon, had by all and we thanked Tasmin and staff for all the hard work, their kindness and dedicated care they gave to the residents in the community they serve in Victoria House.


Friday 17 November 2017

Attended the Mayor of Sunderland‘s Charity Civic Dinner at the Roker Hotel, Sunderland

It was with great pleasure to be invited by Councillor Doris Macknight, Mayor of Sunderland, to the Charity Ball at the Best Western Roker Hotel, Sunderland.

The Mayors fundraising event in the Mayoral calendar provided the opportunity to spend some time together with other civic guests, friends and members of the business and voluntary communities for a very enjoyable evening. This was also a great opportunity to raise funds for the Mayors chosen charities. In Doris’s case she has chosen to support The Phoenix Unit at Sunderland Royal Hospital, Alzheimer’s Society in Sunderland and Castletown Scouts Group.  All monies raised will be spent in Sunderland as Doris was keen to ensure that their local good causes would benefit from the generosity of the people of the City and people like the civics in attendance.


Saturday 18 November 2017

Attended the opening of Willow Gardens at Willow View Care Home, 1 Norton Road, Norton, Stockton on Tees

It was with great pleasure to be invited to the opening of Willow Gardens at the fabulous Willow View Care Home.  We were warmly greeted by Elizabeth Whalen the Care Home Manager and staff who provide the highest level of care to the elderly residents in Stockton on Tees.

The care and health needs of the residents are met by a skilled care team, under the guidance of their management together with healthcare professionals and social services. The kitchens are run by the head cook Ann Marwood who has been at Willow View for over three years and worked in the care sector for over 20 years. She provides many culinary delights to satisfy most people whilst also providing a varied and nutritious diet. Willow View also boasts a cinema room in which the residents can settle down to watch their favourite movie or serial and a modern day hair salon which the residents can be pampered for the 30 minutes ‘me time’.

Some of the students from North Shore Academy come to visit and interact with the residents and do a range of activities, such as bingo, nail painting art work and others, including looking forward to the carol singing at Christmas. There are lots of other activities that the residents can join in with the events coordinators such as: the Discovery Zoo, looking at exciting creatures that are brought along for the residents to meet; old fashioned sing along with the singer Del Raye who treat residents to 40’s, 50’s and 60’s classics; arts and craft; movie afternoons; walking club; armchair exercises and many more.

They also have a summer fayre which raised nearly £450 earlier in the year and a Christmas Fayre to look forward to for visitors, staff and residents to join in with lots of fun games such as raffles bingo, and amples of other entertainment to enjoy.


undefinedReady to cut the ribbon and declare the centre open

The accommodation is of quality standard, like a first class hotel. All bedrooms are en-suite and have been decorated to a very high standard with elegant furniture to create pleasant surroundings, Residents are encouraged to bring small items to make that personal space feel more like home.

So it is with a huge thank you to all the residents, their families and friends, for all the support and input in moving the home forward to its present status. Also to the owners, management and staff of Willow View for the hard work and dedication driven to achieve such a fantastic facility for the betterment of the elderly. Well done.


With Willow View staff ready to cut the ribbon



Ribbon cut with great joy


With residents, family and staff enjoying the moment


Saturday 18 November 2017

Attended the Yorkshire Regiment’s Annual Fundraiser at the Reserve Centre, Middlesbrough

undefined The Yorkshire Regiment – Fortune Favours the Brave



Major Pat Ralph receiving the Regimental Colours



Regimental colours on view

We had the honour to be invited by Major Pat Ralph MM, Assistant Regimental Secretary and Chairman of the Yorkshire Regiment Association to the Annual Dinner at the TA Centre on Stockton Road, Middlesbrough.

The annual dinner is for members of organisations and businesses, as well as the armed forces, to come together and enjoy an evening with a military theme. It is also an event to be raise money for the Yorkshire Regiment Benevolent Fund and the Yorkshire Regiment Association.

The highlights of the evening included:

  • Viewing the Regimental Colours marched on parade and presented
  • Music played by a Quartet from the Yorkshire Regiment Band
  • Four Course Regimental Dinner
  • Toasts to the Queen and to the Regiment
  • Postcard from Afghanistan by Commanding Officer, 2 Yorks
  • Charity Auction (three day charter on the Lady Tatiana luxury motor yacht of London) and Raffle, including:

.Gym membership

.Holiday accommodation

.Theatre/Cinema tickets

.Restaurant vouchers, champagne, wine, tea for two

.Gifts for raffles

.Hair, beauty, grooming, family days out vouchers

.Live Band by Audio Souls

  • Photographic opportunity with the Regimental Colours and Drums


In the great hall – dinner being served 

The Yorkshire Regiment was formed on 6 June 2006 and now has two regular battalions. One Battalion in Catterick Garrison and one in Westminster Garrison. The Regiment also has a Reserve Battalion who are sited throughout the North East and Yorkshire. All three are involved in sending a battalion out to Afghanistan on an eight month tour that started in August this year.

The Yorkshire Regiment is the only English Infantry Regiment left bearing the county name and the soldiers are extremely proud of this. A Yorkshire Regiment Association was set up 18 months ago. The Association is part of a charity which looks after the interest of the veterans and any serving soldiers from the Regiment. There are branches throughout the region and membership is building steadily.

Since the formation of the Regiment, they have sadly lost 18 of their soldiers on operations and many more due to life changing injuries. They are deeply in need of our on-going support.

Major Pat Ralph is keen to promote the charity benevolence fund and the Association. Last year they allocated £95k to some 200 cases and this has been the issue for some time.

We wholeheartedly support this worthwhile cause and wished Pat and the Regiment all the success for the future and maintaining their charity objectives. We also thanked Pat and the Regiment for a wonderful evening.  

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