Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Week Commencing 30 October 2017

Monday 30 October 2017

Attended the Funeral of Terry Wood at St Bede’s Chapel, Teesside Crematorium, Acklam, Road, Middlesbrough

Terry was a former Stockton Borough Council Adult Social Care Support Worker at Oak Road. Our thoughts are with his family and friends for their sad loss

 

Tuesday 31 October 2017

Attended the Letters Patent Ceremony at the Civic Suite, Middlesbrough, Town Hall

Letters Patent are a type of legal instrument in the form of a published written order issued by the monarch, president or other head of state, generally granting an office, right, monopoly, title or status to a person or corporation.  Letters Patent can be used for the creation of corporations or government office, or for the granting of city status or a coat of arms. Letters patent are issued for the appointment of representatives of the Crown, such as governors, as well as appointing a royal commission.

It was with great interest that we attended this event with Councillor Bob Brady - Vice Chair of Middlesbrough Council, Carol King - Mayor of Redcar & Cleveland, Councillor - Paul, -  Mayor of Hartlepool and Ian Spittal - Chief Constable of Cleveland. We met at the Town Hall for refreshments before robing and walking to Teeside Crown Court.

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With Ian Spittal Chief Constable of Cleveland, Mayor of Hartlepool Paul Beck, Mayor of Redcar & Cleveland, Carol King, and Bob Brady Vice Chair of Middlesbrough Council

After arriving on foot from the Town Hall to Teesside Crown Court we were greeted by the High Sheriffs of North Yorkshire Simon Wrightson and Lillie Wrightson, The High Sheriff of Durham Caroline Peacock and Jonathan Peacock, HM Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire Barry Dodd and Frances Dodd. The High Sheriff in nomination Christopher Legard and Mirander Regard, the High Sheriff’s Chaplain the Venerable Simon Golding and Anne Golding, the Resident Judge His Honour Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC, the Under Sheriff of Durham Helen Dexter, the Under Sheriff of North Yorkshire David Garfitt and Sally Robinson.

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Civics being presented to the High Sheriff of Durham, Caroline Peacock, His honour Judge Justice Bodey and the Venerable Simon Golding

Her Majesty’s High Court Judge, the Honourable Justice Bodey, accompanied by his clerk, arrived at front entrance to the Courthouse by car, and was greeted by the High Sheriffs of North Yorkshire and Durham and their under Sheriffs. There was a fanfare by the trumpeters of the Cleveland Police Band before the Lord Lieutenants of North Yorkshire and Durham introduced the High Court Judge to the civic party, His Honour Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC, the Chaplain, the Chief Constable and the Court Managers.

We proceeded into Number 1 Court where the Letters Patent were read by a court official. Her Majesty’s High Court Judge, his clerk, the High Sheriffs, HH Judge Bourne-Arton, the Cicuit Judges, the Chaplain and the Under sheriffs stood behind the bench. Everyone stood throughout except the High Court Judge Mr Justice Bodey, HH Judge Bourne-Arton and the Circuit Judges who sat down as their names were read out.

This was a short event which concluded with a prayer by the Chaplain.

The Court adjourned and the Bench Party proceeded to the Judges Dining Room for tea/coffee before escourted by the Chief Constable back to the Town.

 

Thursday 2 November 2017

Attended the NIFCO Apprentice Graduation at Nifco Offices Durham Lane Stockton

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The Nifco Logo

The Eaglescliffe based company, which makes parts that are used in the engines, interiors and exteriors of cars made by BMW Mini, Ford, Honda, Jaguar Landrover, Nissan, Toyota, and Vauxhall Opel hosted an apprentice graduation event for apprentices who have all passed their training programmes.

We were honoured to be invited to the graduation ceremony along with family and friends of the apprentices and saw the company recognise their achievements of the young team, who are now qualified in their fields. Apprentices are at the heart of Nifco UK’s recruitment strategy, with company’s own managing director Mike Mathews MBE, and 80% of the company’s staff having entered business through an apprenticeship. 

Apprenticeships have been part of Nifco since the days of Elta Plastics but the business overhauled its apprenticeship programme in 2012 – intensifying it to meet the demands of the looming skills gap, Mike Mathews announced Nifco’s intention to bring through the next generation of craftsmen, the company now offers apprenticeships across a vast range of disciplines including IT. Logistics, Maintenance, Finance and Engineering. Nifco is now focusing on the ongoing progression of its new recruits and existing workforce.

In support Nifco’s apprenticeship Graduation and to celebrate the achievements of a number of young people who passed through the apprenticeship scheme I helped managing director Mike Mathews to present certificates to the successful apprentices. Let me tell you it was a great pleasure.

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I congratulated the successful apprentices for their due diligence and hard work in passing through their Apprenticeship

 

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Some of Nifco’s manufactured components on display

 

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With Mike Mathews presenting certificates to the successful apprentice

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Apprentice and family with presented certificate

 

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Successful Apprentices with family and Nifco management team

 

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The Mayoress evaluating manufacturing logistics

I would like to pay tribute to Mike Mathew’s philosophy that if 20% of the 70.000 businesses in our region recruited an apprentice, or an additional one if they already do, just think about the difference this would make to our businesses, our region and our future, certainly food for thought and would encourage all businesses to back apprenticeships. As an Engineering Apprentice myself, the wide range of experiences obtained when I was a youngster encouraged me to develop my skills further. I cannot agree more with Mike, it is one of our greatest institutions that need to be encouraged throughout the business world. We thanked Mike for a very interesting day and wished the apprentices every success for the future. 

 

 

Thursday 2 November 2017 pm

Attended the Re-launch party of the George and Dragon in Yarm High Street, Yarm

 

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The George and Dragon, Yarm

We met up with various people who run the George to show us around the premises and what had been achieved. With the new construction and décor, it has transformed the place to a more modern setting but still keeping the historic ambiance of the Yarm character enriched with a cosy and warm atmosphere, where customers can be refreshed by whatever their tastes and enjoy meeting friends for social gathering.

As a promotion for the re-launch, Starlight Express provided a photo booth for people to receive pictures of themselves in comic pose for fun, all free on the night. Mine weren’t very flattering so obviously not attached.  

We thanked the promotion team for this very welcoming invite and wished them every success for the future, another enterprise SBC supporting business achievements.

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With Photo Booth providers/operators, Amanda and Joshua White

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New interior décor of the George and Dragon

 

Saturday 4 November 2017

Attended the North East Field of Remembrance at Saltwell Park Gateshead

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Standards raised for inspection

On behalf of the Royal British Legion the Mayor of Gateshead, Councillor Pauline Dillon invited us to the Dedication Service of the North East Field of Remembrance in Saltwell Park, Gateshead. It was an honour to attend this special occasion as the North East Field of Remembrance payed tribute to the brave Service men and women who served in our Armed forces and who have lost their lives since World War 1.

The North East Field of Remembrance is one of six fields within the United Kingdom; Westminster Abbey, Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Royal Wooton Basset and Gateshead, dedicated to the remembrance to those who lost their lives in past wars. In respect, this service of Remembrance, Civic guests were requested to wear their robes and chains of office with black ribbons and poppy. Armed forces were requested to wear Service Dress No 2 with poppy.

After refreshments at Saltwell Towers we walked to the field of Remembrance and took our place amongst the throng of dignitaries, other civics, service members and public to witness events. The Dedication of the Field of Remembrance was led by the Reverend James Breslin, Chaplain to the Royal British Legion, Northumberland and Allan Wright - Church of Scotland Ordinand.

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Standards at ease

Opening Prayer of Dedication started the proceedings, followed by a Bible Reading: Mathew  5: 1 – 12. We sang the Hymn; I vow to thee my country. This was followed by the Exhortation – We shall not grow old, delivered by the National Chairman of the Royal British Legion. Then there was the Last Post – Two minutes Silence – then Reveille.

Prayers were conducted in memory of those who died then followed the Placing of Remembrance Crosses by dignitaries after which the Blessing was delivered.  

With US Embassy representation, National Anthem of the USA was played followed by The National Anthem.

Finally the General Salute was given to end proceedings and all members of the public laid their own Poppy Crosses in Remembrance to those that made the supreme sacrifice.

Following the service we talked at length with the our service members and also the US representative and thanked them for attending the service and our thoughts were with the families of those that had fallen. It was a mild sunny day and after the service we walked back to Saltwell Towers in reflective mood on the day’s events and the futility of war. 

We thanked the senior members of the Royal British Legion for the wonderful service and wished them well on continued good work. 

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With other civic guests in Remembrance.

 

Sunday 5 November 2017

Attended the Stockton Firework Display at the Riverside, Stockton

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Thousands of people attended the Stockton annual firework display, similar numbers queuing up for refreshments

The air was cool and a perfect night for the display. Over 25,000 people turned out to see our spectacular show and they weren’t disappointed. The catering service along the Riverside Road was so popular that the queues formed up in thousands, just to get refreshments. The evening of free entertainment began with a special BBC Tees Radio Roadshow presented by Neil Green and Amy Oakland featuring special guests and musical performances.

This year’s theme of epic Movie Songs’ set a musical backdrop to the spectacular fireworks display with songs from classic films including Jaws, James Bond, Dirty Harry, Harry Potter, Superman, Frozen and more.

Our annual fireworks are a highlight in our events calendar and this free organised event is a much safer option than trying to set up individual firework displays. Thousands of people visit Stockton every year just to watch the fantastic firework event which it is one of the finest in the country and this year’s display was again fantastic, the best ever as some people said in passing.

I would like to thank everyone in SBC who were involved in organising this stunning event and providing an excellent venue once again, which will be remembered by many for a long time to come.

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