Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Week Commencing 25 September 2017

Monday 25 September 2017

Attended the Stockton Sea Cadets Royal Navy Parade at Thornaby Place Thornaby, Stockton on Tees


Photo Call for the Sea Cadets of Stockton TS Kellington SCC


At the request of Lynne Apedaile, President and Lindsay Eccles, Chairman we attended the Biennial Royal Naval Parade (RNP) and inspection by the Royal Navies representative to the Sea Cadets of the Northern Area, Captain Peter Adams.

The Sea Cadet initiative delivers a training and education programme to 10 – 18 year olds that can result in accredited qualifications for the future employment and also promotes discipline, respect, teamwork and builds self-confidence. The Royal Naval Parade is one of the highlights of the Sea Cadet calendar, it gave an opportunity for the cadets to show off the skills that they had gained throughout their time in the cadets.


Captain Peter Adams – Inspecting Assembled Sea Cadets

Formal proceedings started with the Guard Inspection by Captain Peter Adams I.O, then the colours were presented and the ships company brought to attention. 

Prayers were performed by the Unit Chaplain Fr Harry Hopkins who led the ships company in prayers, including the Lord’s Prayer and the Sea Cadet Prayer. After this the Guard marched off the deck and the ships company made ready for inspections. 

During their time with the unit the cadets take part in many varied activities and during the evening the cadets had prepared demonstrations based on some of what they had learned whilst being a cadet:

Sailing - The Cadets demonstrated rigging a Laser Pico, a small sailing boat used for

                sailing instruction in the Sea Cadets.

Engineering – The Cadets demonstrated the simple construction of a small diesel engine.

Adventure training – The cadets demonstrated what to do in the event of an emergency whilst taking part in adventurous activities.

Evening Colours were performed by cadets between 10 and 12 years with address by Captain Peter Adams RN.



Demonstration of rigging a Laser Pico sailing boat

This was a very enthralling evening which showed the prowess of our Stockton Sea Cadets at its best. We had a very enjoyable time and wished the unit the best for the future and may they continue their recruitment campaign to further youngsters learning skills.

If any youngster wishing to join the Sea Cadets contact the following: [email protected] or


Tuesday 26 September 2017

Attended the Macmillan Coffee Morning at Jim Cooke Conference Suite, Stockton Library, Stockton


Judging the ‘Bake off Style’ competition


Health matters – checking for any germs that may be lurking after washing hands


Sampling some of the baking – Mary Berry eat your heart out

Attended the Macmillan Coffee Morning and Health Market at the Jim Cooke Suite next to the library in the municipal buildings, Stockton.

The Macmillan Coffee Morning was organised by the Council’s volunteer health advocates, in support of the Council’s participation in the Better Health at Work Award.

As well as being able to sample a range of cakes and take part in the Bake Off competition, colleagues from across SBC were able to look around our health market with stallholders including Macmillan Cancer Support, Prostate Cancer, blood pressure checks, stop smoking service, and Big Community Switch.

Abi Jenkins took the lead in organising the event this year with the help from colleagues Margaret Etherington, Tahir Ali, and Marilyn Collin.

The Bake Off winner was Jenny Collier with her fabulous tasting Seasonal Berry Cake, but I must say that everything we tasted was of first class quality, and it was difficult to pick a first choice. I would like to congratulate all who entered the competition, giving us the pleasure of sampling excellent fare.

We thanked all those who supported Macmillan coffee morning, the event was a great success and raised £255.00 for the charity, with the support of Barclay’s the amount was doubled to a final total of £510.00. Also, to the four colleagues who organised the event, well done and please carry on the good work.


Tuesday 26 September 2017

Attended the Young at Heart First Birthday Celebrations at the Live Well Dementia Hub, in Thorntree Road, Thornaby


Entertaining the Young at Heart – Leonard Brown accordionist

It was with great pleasure to attend the Young at Heart group at the Live Well Dementia Hub in Thorntree Road, Thornaby.


In deep discussion with family and friends of the Young at Heart


With Allison and other providers of the event at the Live Well Dementia Hub

This was the first full year of the group providing activities and social support for people living with Dementia and their Carers,

The group celebrated their first birthday with a lovely afternoon tea with a variety of sandwiches and many different cakes and biscuits, along with entertainment provided by Leonard Brown, accordionist, playing yesterday music such as Bladon Races, Our Jonnies Lost His Plenka, and other stories and antidotes which enriched the afternoon with pleasure and much joy, appreciated by the Young at Heart.

 We congratulated Allison Watson-Shields for providing her invaluable social support and dedication to people living with Dementia and organising the days superb event.


Wednesday 27 September 2017

Attended the funeral of Raymond Liversidge a former Billingham Councillor for St Aiden’s Ward from 1987 to 1991, and Marsh House Ward, from 1995 to 1999.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends for their sad loss.


Thursday 28 September 2017

Accompanied the High Sheriffs of Durham and North Yorkshire on a tour of the Borough


Quorn Foods – Site

It was a great honour to be hosts for the half day tour of the Borough for the new High Sheriffs, Caroline Peacock of County Durham and Simon Wrightson of North Yorkshire, who support the High Court Judges and Judiciary.

The tour was to bring them up to speed with the challenges we face but also to highlight the regeneration across the Stockton on Tees and the opportunities available here.

Caroline Peacock became the first female High Sheriff of County Durham for 11 years after taking the oath of office in Durham County Court, adding to the many commitments of her busy schedule.

Simon Wrightson, a wine merchant, has stepped into a prestigious role of High Sheriff of North Yorkshire after a ceremony at York Crown Court.

After lunch the first stop of the tour was at Preston Hall, a significant resource for the resident of Stockton on Tees and beyond. Wholly owned by Stockton Council, it provides a range of family orientated facilities and activities within its 100 acre setting of beautiful parkland overlooking the river Tees. Visiting the Victorian street and the museum was welcomed by both High Sheriff’s as a magnificent achievement.

We continued our tour and visited Quorn Foods who are engaged in the manufacturing and distribution of Quorn products in the UK and Europe. The Billingham site is where the intermediate product is created through a fermentation process. In discussions with their senior personnel they confirmed that they are planning to invest £150m with 300 new jobs available at the Billingham site, which is good news for the area.

Following this we stopped off at Cotswold Manufacturing Ltd and were introduced to the directors, who gave a brief overview of their company’s capabilities. They supply doorsets, doorkits and internal glazed screens for use across the commercial, residential, leisure and educational sectors of the construction industries. With the additional new production area, it increased the number of the workforce and with continued growth they now have 95 employees, and reached a turnover in excess of £9m.

Our final call was at the new Porsche Centre on Preston Farm which is managed and operated by JTC 600. It offers a full range of Porsche services including new and Porsche approved pre-owned car sales, servicing, parts, a service loan fleet and a full range of Porsche demonstrations. The company have made a significant investment and the centre has created 30 jobs.

During the afternoon, discussions took place about Stockton’s heritage achievements, and highlighted recent and future regeneration projects within the area such as:

  • Stockton Town Centre High Street - Great British High Street of the Year Rising Star Award, Castlegate Centre in recent years receiving prestigious Park Mark Award and Heart of the Community North East Award, and the Enterprise Arcade in Stockton’s high street which has helped to create over 50 start-up retail businesses;
  • Georgian Theatre offering 300 seating capacity, with the evening economy growing over recent years. We also mentioned development plans for improvements to the culture quarter, improving pedestrian links to Northshore;
  • Stockton Flier - what a change this has made to the High Street with its emerging steam and whistling from its plinth at 1.00pm every afternoon;
  • The transformation of the Globe Theatre - a grade 11 listed building which is expected to open in 2019 with a possible 3000 seat capacity;
  • Church Road buildings like Gloucester House and Beaumont House have been transformed into two high quality business centres creating space for over 30 businesses;
  • The proposed new Hilton Hotel - which promises to employ around 100 personnel;
  • Our Northshore developments in recent years covering over 56 acres including White Water Glade housing developments, the Thirteen Housing Group Headquarters, Durham International Study Centre, Fusion Hive Innovation and many others. Housing developments were also mentioned such as Norton Park with a range of 174 high quality homes 30 of these will be owned and managed by Tristar Homes, Victoria Estate - redevelopment of this area will be in partnership with Thirteen Group. Acorn House: a regenerated housing scheme in Thornaby supporting people with additional needs to live independently. West End Gardens with its development of 117 new homes. There are other schemes such as Mandale Park, Meadow Rise Hardwick, and Nursery Gardens where 1600 new homes are nearly complete.


Cotswold Manufacturing – Offices

Business Success:

  • Two of Stockton’s companies have been named in the Fast Track League Tables in 2017 published by the Sunday Times – Process Control Equipment and Trasflex Vehicle Rental.
  • Three Stockton businesses were winners of the Teesside regional heat of the North East Business Awards 2017 – CPD Bodies Ltd on Bowesfield Lane, Home Fuels Direct based in Stockton Business Centre and MI Supplies on Teesside Industrial Estate.
  • Three successful Stockton business women were recognised at the North East Woman Entrepreneur Awards in 2016. – Jacqueline Galazzi-Richie, won the Best Small Business Award and the flagship Susan Dobson Award for Entrepreneurship.
  • Claire Moore of School House Recruitment a Supply Teaching Agency, won Best Service Award.
  • Joanna Wake of RAW Digital Training in Digital House won Best Use of Innovation Award. 


At the Porsche Centre Stockton


Thought I would purchase one for Laraine


Could only stretch to this one

We could have gone on longer with many other interesting topics but like many times before when in full flow the elements were against us. It had been a most enlightening tour and can say that both Sheriffs were full of praise with what Stockton have and are achieving and what we had to offer to the residents of Stockton Borough.


Friday 29 September 2017

Attended the Funeral of Barbara Gittins at St Mark’s Church in Thornaby

Attended the Funeral of Barbara Gittins who was a former Stockton Borough Council employee and worked at the Village Primary School in Thornaby.

Our thoughts are with her family and friends for their sad loss.


Friday 29 September 2017

Attended the Mayor of Colburn’s Charity Annual Dinner at Hanson Sports & Social Club, Catterick Road, Colburn



Mayor of Colburn – Melanie Bell

It was with pleasure to attend Colburn Charity Dinner at the Hanson Sports & Social Club in Colburn, North Yorkshire.

We were warmly welcomed by the Mayor of Colburn Melanie Bell who were good humoured and sociable throughout the evening. The event was also attended by other Mayors and dignitaries from the North East who thoroughly enjoyed the evening’s entertainment that was provided.

After the formal dinner, the disco group struck up some modern themes that most people knew and able to dance to, making a pleasurable evening for all who attended.

The charity evening was to raise money for the Mayor’s Community Chest, which organisations can apply to for small grants, in and around Colburn.


Melanie conducting the raffle draw for charity

We had a brilliant evening in support of the charity event and the good causes that were delivered. We thanked Melanie for her hard work and commitment to her charity work and for organising the venue with good fare and entertainment, a pleasurable experience had by all.


Saturday 30 September 2017

Visited the Newtown Vision 25 Project

Whilst on our way to Nancy’s Diner, we stopped off at the Newtown Community and Resource Centre to ask for directions into the diner, the two ladies who showed us to the correct entrance asked us if we would like to be shown around there premises of the Vision 25 Project. Since we had some time to spare so we duly obliged, and were delighted to meet other members of the project team and the children with special needs.

We were warmly welcomed by all the children and enjoyed there company for some time until they had to move on, since they were going to a sports event later in the day. It was wonderful experience to meet the children and staff and promised to visit them in their new premises when they moved.



Vision 25 Project team.


Saturday 30 September 2017

Attended Nancy’s Diner Fundraising Event for the victims of the Manchester Attack at Newtown Community Resource Centre, Durham Road, Stockton 


Nancy with family and friends at the Diner


American styled Diner with some of the locals taking in the vibrant décor

At the request of Nancy McKinlay we attended Nancy’s Diner at the Resource Centre in Newtown, Stockton.

The afternoon’s event was laid on for the community by Nancy’s Diner, and was in aid of the victims and family of the terrible attacks in Manchester and London earlier this year.

One of the joys of being the Mayor of the Borough is seeing so much of the voluntary and charity work that is carried out by people in our communities. It is the dedication of these people, like Nancy, that make a difference to people’s lives and show the world that Stockton cares.

We had great fun talking to Nancy and local people about the Diner’s presence and the role it plays in the daily essence of its activity. It was obvious that Nancy has given a lot of free time to the community that she cherishes and her willingness to support different campaigns for needy causes is paramount.

During the afternoon families and children enjoyed playing on the bouncy castle and other activities that were available. Throughout the unit there were many stalls on display, such as face painting, cake tasting, children art work, and many more. Also in support of, there were tombola and raffle prizes to be won, and at the end of the day there were financial rewards for Nancy’s Charity.  To open the event we made a small speech and cut a specially made cake for all who attended to enjoy, it was a pleasure.

Don’t forget the Diner is open all week with plenty of fare to taste, try it you will be surprised.


Diner idol – who do you think it is?


Up for grabs the last burger bun.

We thanked Nancy and her team of helpers for providing a wonderful afternoon for the community, and appreciated the invaluable time and effort that was being made in support of those in need.


Sunday 1 October 2017

Attended the Forget Me Knot Trail at the Talpole, Tees Barrage, Stockton-On-Tees

The forget Me Not Trail was organised by the Dementia Friendly Stockton supported by the North Tees Dementia Collaborate and the Stockton Dementia Network. The Trail was designed to engage the community of Stockton-on-Tees Borough  in order to raise awareness of dementia and highlight the support that is available for people.

I thanked everyone who turned up for the special walk and gave an address to say that here in Stockton we want to ensure that this is a place where people are able to live well with dementia. However, if we are going to achieve this aim it is essential that we come together to draw on the collective strengths of all the different parts of our great community.

Dementia affects all of us so we want people to move beyond the idea that dementia is only an issue for those working in health and social care. Instead I would like to encourage everyone across the borough to think about what we can all do to help make our community more dementia friendly.

As a signed up Dementia Friend myself I am very aware that we all have a role to play in achieving this ambition. Whether you work in a local shop, you volunteer at your church, you use public transport or attend a local school we can all do our bit to help increase awareness, challenge stigma and build a more supportive, dementia friendly community.


With the Dementia Forget Me Not flower flag to be followed along the trail..

We were so pleased to welcome all walkers to the trail to help increase awareness and to also celebrate the progress so far in making Stockton-on-Tees Borough a place where people with dementia are supported to live well. I was particularly pleased to welcome our local schools. Having heard about all the great work they are been doing to increase awareness, I am sure that they are taking great steps towards creating a dementia friendly generation here in the Borough.


Getting ready for the walk 


Around the walk there were signs identifying the key messages that we encouraged everyone to read and remember


Through natures undergrowth along the north embankment of the Tees. Still carrying the bucket of gold



During the walk we were delighted to spy our beautiful Millennium Bridge



 Barrage Road Bridge showing off its magnificent curves


Halfway through the walk



I thought I saw Kat Copeland exercising during our walk 


At the end of the walk

I thanked everyone who came to support the charity, a great cause, and also thanked those that were involved in organising the walk and hoped that they all had a great fun day.