Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Week Commencing 4 September 2017

Wednesday 6 September 2017

Attended the Mayoress at Hartlepool at Home event at the Council Chambers, Civic Centre, Hartlepool


Mary Beck Mayoress of Hartlepool thanking everyone for their attendance and drawing the raffle for her charities

It was a pleasure to be invited to attend the annual Hartlepool Civic Mayoress at Home by the Mayoress of Hartlepool Mary Beck in support of the Mayors Charity Funds, Macmillan Cancer Support and The Rifty Youth Project.


Paraphernalia Choir 

We were in good company with other Mayors, Dignitaries, Civic Heads, and Chairs of the region, friends and family who furthered the cause of the charities. We were entertained by Paraphernalia, Hartlepool Choir during the afternoon, as they sang some wondrous numbers with excellent voice and appreciated by all in attendance.

Mary thanked everyone who visited the event and those that contributed to the charity appeal, in raising over £300 for the charities.

Thursday 7and Friday 8 September 2017

Attended the ASPE Award Ceremony, at Kings Centre, Oxford

The APSE Service Awards recognise front-line services that councils across the UK deliver to local communities.

SBC had been shortlisted for nine awards out of 22 categories for the 2017 awards, including Overall Council of the year. There were over 300 submissions to the APSE Service Awards entered by over 100 organisations with 22 submission categories, including Overall Council of the Year.


Violinist entertainment



Winner of the Sports, Leisure and Cultural Service Award – SBC sports leisure team

I was joined by Council representatives for each of those categories, and also by our Chief and Deputy Executive, Leader and Deputy Leader, Service Managers, and Councillors.

Once again, like the MJ Achievement Awards held recently, we were proud to represent the Council as one of nine Councils across the country to be shortlisted for the prestigious ‘Overall Council of the Year’ award. The categories that we  were shortlisted for the Association of the Public Services Excellence (APSE) Annual Service Awards for 2017 were; 

Best Housing, Regeneration or New Build Initiative.

Best Health and Well-Being Initiative Including Social Care.

Best Public/Private Partnership Working Initiative.

Best Renewable Energy or Energy Efficiency Initiative.

Best Service Team of the Year – Catering Service.

Best Team of the Year – Transport and Fleet Maintenance Service.

Best Team of the Year – Cemetery and Crematorium Service.

Best Service Team of the Year – Sports, Leisure and Cultural Service. 


Overall Council of the year Award – Finalist

Although not the winner on the Overall Council of the Year award this time, it was fantastic to be named a finalist, an outstanding achievement that should be recognised by the people of the borough, for the skills and dedication that our service teams have contributed, to delivering the high standard, quality services and investment in our long term future of the borough.

From my point of view, it is a tribute to our hard working staff, who for year after year, provide an excellent service to our residents and businesses in difficult and changing times.

But the even better news, our Authority was crowned winner of the APSE Award for the best Service Team of the Year – Sports, Liesure and Cultural Service Award which is further recognition of our success as a high performing council.

So from me, congratulations and well done to you all, you should be proud of your excellent achievements, and hoping next year to have more success. 

Saturday 9 September 2017

Attended the PAPYRUS Charity Fair at Eaglescliffe Community Centre, Durham Lane, Eaglescliffe


Presenting ourselves with Karen and volunteers supporting PAPYRUS charity 

It was with great thanks to be invited to the Old Fashioned Charity fair in support of PAPYRUS charity, for the prevention of young suicide, which took place in Eaglescliffe Community Centre, Durham Lane, Eaglescliffe.

PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. Suicide is the biggest killer of young people, male and female under the age of 35 in the UK. In 2015, 1659 young people took their own lives, which equate to over people four a day. Every year thousands more attempt or contemplate suicide, harm themselves or suffer alone, afraid to speak openly about how they are feeling. PAPYRUS operate HOPELineUK, a confidential helpline for young people with thoughts of suicide or those concerned about a young person who may have thoughts of suicide.

Karen Woodley who lost her son Alexander three years ago, felt it was time to do something positive with her grief for those in need of help. So she held this fundraising event at the Eaglescliffe Centre in aid of PAPYRUS and welcomed any support that may be given.

As the charity was close to Karen’s heart she had organised, with the aid of volunteers, adult and children’s raffles, kids lucky dip, cake and book stands, Name the Teddy and lots more. We were also entertained by the Ingleby Dance School who performed with excellence superb dance routines.

If you wish for further information please contact the following

PAPYRUS – For confidential  text advice call 07786209697 / For email advice [email protected],org 

For suicide prevention advice call HOPELine UK 08800 068 41 41


Name the Teddy


Entertainment – Ingleby Dance School


Some of the cake and food on offer

I did try the date and walnut cake whilst Laraine gorged herself on the chocolate cake which was made by Karen and can say it was delicious. 


With Karen during the charity event

It was a pleasure to meet up with Karen and her volunteers and she gave us an understanding of the emotional impact that she has gone through with the tragic loss of her son Alexander. We cannot imagine the trauma and hurt that she has suffered in the last three years but with faith and hope we wish her all the best for the future in her charity work, making provisions for those in need.

Sunday 10 September 2017

Attended the Billingham Show Prize Giving, at St Cuthbert’s Church Hall, Billingham and Old Billingham Green 


With organisers and volunteers of the Billingham Show.

It was a delight to attend the Billingham Carnival and Horticultural Show at St Cuthbert’s Hall and the Old Green Billingham. We met up with Sue Vernell at the Church Hall, who escorted us around the show identifying what was happening at each individual event. To say there was something for everyone would be an understatement.

Billingham Show is an annual event which aims to celebrate the talents and skills of residents across many different areas including crafts, baking and horticulture and having some good old fun at the fair. On our way around the numerous stalls we were accosted by a shark! (not a real one of course) but it was a very novel way of bringing the public’s attention to the misery that loan sharks can cause to unsuspecting borrowers, when they are at their most vulnerable. In the main marquee other activities were being manned by volunteers keeping children and adults equally entertained.

With Roger Black we looked around the horticultural area with garden produce including flowers arrangements on display; it was obvious a lot of hard work and labour of love had gone into producing the fine specimens that were on show. Judging must have been difficult, to pick the winners in each category. There were over 80 different classes on display that were judged for awards such as vegetable sections, Chrysanthemums, Dahlias a Trug of Fruit including Children’s competitions.

Prize winners were:

R. Gray: for 1st in Pot Leeks RHS Silver Medal, 2nd in Pot Leeks RHS Bronze Medal, Best exhibit of Chrysanthemums RHS Silver Medal, 2nd best exhibit of Chrysanthemums Bronze Medal, Most points in Chrysanthemums RHS Certificate. 

Ken Westwood: Best exhibit of Dahlias RHS Silver Medal, 2nd best exhibit in Dahlias RHS Bronze Medal, Most points in Dahlias RHS Certificate.

S. Chambers: Best exhibit in Vegetables RHS Silver Medal. 

Barry Burns: 2nd best in Vegetables RHS Bronze Medal. 

Kevin Tritschler: Most points in Vegetables RHS Certificate, Most points in flower section RHS Certificate, best exhibit in Flower Section RHS Silver Medal, 2nd best exhibit in Flower Section RHS Bronze Medal, most points by Billingham, best Top Tray RHS Certificate. 

Tony Curnow: Most points by Billingham resident RHS Certificate. 

Ian Hales: Blanched Leeks, Dressed Onions RHS Certificate. 

Primary Schools Vegetable Competition.

1st Billingham South

2nd Pentland

3rd St Joseph’s 

We presented all the prizes throughout and gave thanks’ to everyone who entered and provided excellent exhibits, also thanks go to CF Fertilisers UK for their continued support for the show, including staff members who were in attendance all the time.


Best Leeks



Best Dahlias



Best Marrows



Exhibits in the Flower Section



Fun at the Fair

We all enjoyed the fun at the fair as there was lots of attractions.


Strongman Competition.

After presenting prizes for best vegetable and flower exhibits we then followed the Strongest Man Competition, which became so interesting in the final stages. There were some strong men vying for the coveted 1st prize, it was all power, and no person would give in easily, not for the faint-hearted let me tell you. As exhaustion set in and energy abated, in a final push, we had a winner, after which we presented the strongest man with his certificate and prize money. 


We presented the winner of the Strongest Man Competition

Continuing our afternoon enjoyment we were then asked to present prizes to other show classes that had taken place in St Cuthbert’s Church Hall. There were Floral Art, Children’s section for 38 activities, Handwriting Tests, Home craft for 23 classes, Handicraft for 32 classes and Hand writing Calligraphy Test Piece. Again it was a difficult decision for the judges as the items in each category were so professionally constructed and presented.

Medals were awarded to Best exhibit in Floral Art, Most points by Children, Most points for  Home Craft, Best Exhibit for Non-knitted Handicraft class and Best Exhibit for Knitted Handicraft class. 


Poppy appeal Volunteers


Mr Kevin Tritschler Winner of the Banksian Medal for Most Prize Money



Overall winner in the Children’s section.

It was an extremely pleasant day and the weather held out once again. We thanked the organisers for making this wonderful event possible, for the betterment of the community.  Visitors, businesses and sponsors expressed their gratitude and praise to the organisers for making the event a pleasurable experience. May it continue to improve each year, wishing Billingham Show all the best for the future.

Don’t forget to go next year.