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Issue #14 • Winter 2017 • 67,000 copies delivered free

Oscar and Ted’s excellent Christmas - how baby heartache turned to double joy

Revealed: how decade of investment will transform town centre Readers’ survey - a chance to win a £250 M&S voucher Top tips to stay safe, warm and healthy this winter

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Welcome to the latest edition of lovemiddlesbrough magazine and can I start by wishing you, our readers, and your families the very best for this coming festive season. Inside this magazine you’ll find a seven page guide and other features outlining the many and varied events taking place in the town centre over the coming weeks - starting with the Christmas lights switch on. The town is booming and the wide variety of outlets, both new and established; national and independent, means that Middlesbrough can now match any city centre when it comes to Christmas shopping and New Year sales. The regeneration of Middlesbrough continues apace and you can read about the latest multi-million pound investments in town centre infrastructure that will make the town a global player whilst at the same time bringing jobs as well as learning and leisure opportunities to local people. Our main feature this edition tells the story of a local couple and their traumatic and at times heartbreaking IVF journey. Now preparing for Christmas with toddler twins, I’m sure Andrea and Colin are in no doubt it was all worth it. It’s a story that also highlights the world class facilities and skills available to local people at the James Cook University Hospital. For people longing for a child, adoption can offer an alternative to IVF and there are currently over 30 children in Middlesbrough seeking an adoption placement. The work of our adoption team is also featured in this edition, please do get in touch with any questions you may have. This magazine exists to provide information to local residents. We want to ensure it covers the areas that matter and are of interest to you. You can read about a major survey we have launched to find out what you like about the magazine and what we could do better. Please let us know your thoughts, it only takes a few minutes and you could win £250 in Marks and Spencer vouchers just for taking part. From the feedback we do receive, we know that competitions are popular with readers and there are two in this edition. Community Learning, which offers young people help in finding work or training, is asking how you would like to change your life in 2018 and the best entry will win £50 shopping vouchers in time for Christmas. Meanwhile Brasserie Hudson Quay, another shining example of business success in Middlesbrough, is offering the chance to enjoy their fabulous menu in the New Year courtesy of a £100 gift card. Good luck and enjoy the festivities,

In this issue... Learn to swim with Everyone Active................................... 2 Chief Executive’s welcome...........................................................3 News in brief about your town.............................................4-5 Courses for all at Middlesbrough College........................... 6 Further multi-million pound investment for Middlesbrough.............................................................................. 7-10 College student working at the world’s best restaurant..... 11 Dundas Arcade offers great deals for shoppers and traders alike....................................................................... 12-13 Let Community Learning kick-start your 2018.......14-15 Secure your seat at Boro with a half season ticket.... 16 Enjoy a safe night out on the town.......................................17 News from the Tees Valley Combined Authority........ 18 University to invest £300m over the next decade...... 19 Forgotten no more, the women of World War I..............20 It’s good to talk about mental health...................................21 Free childcare for working parents......................................22 Childless heartache turns to joy with Christmas twins...23-26 Could you adopt a child?.............................................................27 Win £100 to spend at Brasserie Hudson Quay............. 28-29 Save time, go online for Council services ........................30 Vote for your Citizen of the Year.............................................31 Get up and running at the Live Well Centre....................32 Keep warm this winter................................................................33 Share your views on lovemiddlesbrough and win £250......34 Thirteen home gas checks keep residents safe............35 Recycling tips for a green Christmas.................................36 Your bumper guide to Middlesbrough’s festive season............................................................................37-45 Contact details for your local councillor................... 46-47 Tuck into local food weekend this December............... 48

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News in brief

Popular Teesside band Cattle & Cane recently played two sold out shows in Middlesbrough Reference Library. The group played twice in one night at the unlikely venue. Plans are being made to make more use of the impressive performance space.

.................................. Middlesbrough teenager Tom Barnes captained England North’s wheelchair basketball team to gold in the recent School Games National Final. The games took place at Loughborough University and involved the elite athletes of school age from across the nation. Tom was one of six Teessiders who came home with medals, the others were Amy Carr, Josh Cowperthwaite, Rachel Jackson, Sophie Barlow and Joe Clark.


A vision of a safer Middlesbrough continues to move forward with work to protect older people from harm or abuse. The Council’s Department of Adult Social Care ensures a wide range of safeguards are in place to prevent harm or abuse happening. This includes the safe commissioning and provision of services as well as working council-wide with areas such as Trading Standards and Public Health. The Department of Adult Social Care has also developed a Safeguarding Adults Team that specifically undertakes enquiries if vulnerable adults at risk of abuse are being harmed, abused or neglected. Enquiries are sometimes undertaken jointly with other agencies such as Cleveland Police, the NHS or provider services. Any concerns can be referred to the Middlesbrough Single Point of Access on 01642 726004.


VISITORS to Middlesbrough concerned about an increase of street begging can be reassured that action is being taken.

MIDDLESBROUGH Theatre recently reopened following a sevenweek makeover as part of its 60th anniversary celebrations. The popular venue had remained open throughout the refurbishment project, and audiences can now look forward to first class facilities – and the very best in entertainment. Over the last seven weeks, the £270,000 programme of upgrades has transformed the front of house area, box office, toilets and kiosk. Rob Guest, Business Development Manager for Middlesbrough Town Hall and Middlesbrough Theatre, said: “This is a landmark year for Middlesbrough Theatre, so the time was right for the venue to have a bit of a makeover. I’m confident they will appreciate the work that has been carried out and that it will add to their experience of this great venue.”

.................................. A piece of history given to Middlesbrough four decades ago has been loaned back to the donors for their annual conference. The silver cutter boat will take pride of place at the UK Maritime Pilots’ Association (UKMPA) conference this year held in Middlesbrough at Jury’s Inn. The piece was given in 1976 when the organisation’s held a conference in the town. It was presented to then Civic Mayor Norman Goldie who was also made an honorary Tees Bay Pilot. Geoff Taylor, a retired Tees Bay Pilot who organised the piece to be loaned back for the conference, said: “It’s really great to be able to take a piece of civic memorabilia to put on show for everyone attending the conference.”

During the last few years Middlesbrough has seen a steady increase in incidents of begging, rough sleeping and street drinking within the town centre. Whilst it is recognised that the majority of individuals require significant support, this type of behaviour has a negative impact on social regeneration. Local businesses and visitors to the town, often find the presence of beggars invasive and threatening. With this in mind, Middlesbrough Council and Cleveland Police have recently formed a new multi-agency Town Centre Team to address these issues. The role of the team is to tackle street begging and associated antisocial behaviour within the town centre boundary. Dedicated officers have identified all of the individuals involved and have already sought accommodation for four men who had previously been sleeping rough. The project will provide outreach and tackle key issues such as housing, health, drug and alcohol misuse, benefit entitlements and access to the 28 food banks which are currently available within the town. However those who fail to engage with services and continue to use threatening behaviour will be dealt with using appropriate enforcement powers to ensure local business and members of the public are also supported. For more information contact Jane Hill (Project Manager) on 01642 728112.


SARC Teesside (Teesside’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre) has celebrated its 10th birthday. To date the group, based at North Ormesby Health Village, has helped in excess of 4,750 victims of sexual violence on Teesside. SARC provides 24-hour crisis intervention and support 365 days a year with dedicated specially trained staff. To speak to SARC call 01642 516888.

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MIDDLESBROUGH’S dementia friendly campaign - which has “opened up the world again” for residents living with the condition - has been lauded in the influential medical publication The Lancet. The article, which is titled ‘A better, fairer and safer world for people living with dementia’ concludes that “it is time for everyone, everywhere to jump on board” with Middlesbrough’s approach.

A SPORTS and fun day was held in Middlesbrough for children with disabilities and their families. The Middlesbrough Sports Village event, organised by Parents 4 Change and Sportability with support from Middlesbrough Council, was enjoyed by more than 100 youngsters and parents.

Peter Elliott, from Acklam, who cares for wife Teresa, said: “10 years ago there was no help available, it was devastating; but Dementia Friendly Middlesbrough has opened up the world again, we can go about town where we know there are people who understand.”


“It’s so rewarding to be involved and if you can help even one family you know you have done something right.” Chief Executive Mr Parkinson added: “We were delighted to be able to give Parents 4 Change the use of the Sports Village for what was a fantastic day.”

.................................. A major roadworks improvement scheme is now complete. The junction of A1085 Longlands Road, King’s Road and Ormesby Road, which carries up to 3,000 vehicles a day, was subject to works for a number of weeks over the summer. The improvement scheme was carried out to improve the resilience of the junction and its ability to handle heavy traffic flows during the morning and evening peak periods.

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Consultations have begun on proposed road widening and improved signalling works on Stainton Way and A172 Dixons Bank, known locally as the Southern Cross junction. The proposals are part of a wider set of plans unveiled by Middlesbrough Council last week to improve traffic flow across the town. This first step would see widening of the existing carriageways on Dixons Bank and Stainton Way to provide two lanes on the northbound and eastbound approaches to the junction.

Children raced on the cycle track, played indoor sports and had fun on inflatables. Meanwhile parents were offered free massages and treatments courtesy of local business Holistic Health and Beauty. Parents 4 Change volunteer Kath Larry, 48, from Hemlington, attended with her nine-year-old son Owen McKechnie. She said: “It’s a good day for the kids and for the parents, they are coming out and bonding and having a brilliant fun day. It’s been absolutely fantastic.

Detailed proposals have been drawn up for a major road improvement scheme to improve traffic flow at a key junction in south Middlesbrough.

The teams that make a real difference for the people of Middlesbrough week in, week out have been recognised at a special awards event. All year round Middlesbrough Council staff go the extra mile to deliver vital services and improve the quality of life of local people. The Middlesbrough Council Team Awards - now in their third year – were launched to throw a spotlight on the tireless work that all too often goes unsung. This year’s winners were selected from nearly 80 submissions by a judging panel made up of senior Council officers and representatives of a range of partners. Star performers and winners of the 2017 Team of the Year Award were the Highways and Emergency Response Team who turn out round the clock to tackle severe weather, traffic accidents fallen trees, chemical spills, fires and other serious incidents. Twelve-hour shifts in heavy rain and floods are all in a day’s work for the team, with members often turning out to help even when not on call.

Existing traffic signals at the junction would be upgraded to introduce specialist software to improve the operation of the signals and, therefore, the capacity of the junction.


A CLOTHING bank “with a difference” has scooped a national award for its contribution to helping local people to lead better lives. Trending Middlesbrough, based at Bowes Road on Riverside Industrial Estate and is run by local charity Actes and supported by Talent Match Middlesbrough, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, and Middlesbrough Council’s Financial Inclusion Group. The project aims to supply formal, casual clothing and work wear to individuals so that they can be better equipped for employment, education and training. It will also provide casual clothing for those without disposable income. Now, 18 months after opening, Trending has been honoured in the Community Health Development category at the Royal Society for Public Health Awards 2017. Judges praised Trending as; “nonstigmatising, accessible and open.” The Award celebrates the work of successful place-based initiatives that improve the health of residents and community environments in a way that contributes to long-lasting change.




Successful Results Lead the Way Scores of ambitious students are achieving academic excellence at Middlesbrough College’s Sixth Form.

Students can also benefit from the main College campus, housing a large, open plan resource centre and fantastic enrichment opportunities such as our elite sports academies and work placement opportunities.

In another stellar year for Middlesbrough’s A Level results the College saw a 100% pass rate in 22 subjects – including Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, English Language, English Literature, History and Geography.

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For Meg Howell, 18, the law is a route into fighting for human rights. Meg gained impressive A Level grades at MC6 with an A in Sociology, B in History and B in Biology and is studying Law at Liverpool University. Brendan Quirk achieved A* in Biology, A in Chemistry and an A in Math. Brendan left MC6 to study medicine at Newcastle University.

The College’s sixth form – MC6 – achieved a 99% overall A Level pass rate with a record number of students achieving high grades (A*-C) in their subjects. The continued success of Middlesbrough College students follows the introduction of the new “linear” A Levels, challenging students to sit their exams at the end of their second year, rather than each year. The College’s great results against this tougher system is down to the fantastic facilities on offer and the expertise of staff. Middlesbrough College’s Sixth Form includes purpose built classrooms, specialist science labs, and a modern student social space with the latest iMac Computers.

Many MC6 tutors have industry backgrounds, meaning they can help students prepare for the world of work and provide the crucial link between learning and employment. And if students have hopes of progressing to a top university, there is a dedicated ‘Russell Group’ Co-ordinator to support with UCAS applications to top universities such as Durham, Newcastle and Kings College, London. Zoe Lewis, principal at Middlesbrough College, added: “This year we have 1,122 Level 3 students who have applied to university and 96% of learners have gone on to a positive destination – that might be employment, further and higher education and apprenticeships. “We’re really proud of delivering great academic outcomes that equip students with the skills and qualifications they need to fulfil their ambitions and are proud that our results place us in the top 25% of colleges nationally.”

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A bridge to the future


Building work in progress across the town is evidence of the bold vision of Middlesbrough’s Investment Prospectus becoming reality. In the next four pages we look at the exciting work underway. Middlehaven Work has started on the Dock Road bridge (above) which will unlock land for further developments. The snow centre has been given planning permission and Teesside journalistic institution The Gazette - which started life as the North Eastern Daily Gazette on Zetland Road in Middlesbrough in 1869 - has moved to Hudson Quay.

Business and Enterprise Middlesbrough’s City Centre is seeing new businesses, including popular new bars, restaurants and retail, open all the time. Among them are Bistrot Pierre due to open in the coming weeks, Flannels, due to open before the end of the year, Swarovski have announced they are coming to Middlesbrough. The area surrounding Baker and Bedford Street is getting more and more quirky eateries and Centre North East is to be renamed The Pinnacle with a sky bar, Turtle Bay, micropub, boutique bowling alley and other attractions.

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Railway Station and Historic Quarter Work is now well underway on a £2.7m Network Rail project to renovate and restore the Railway Station (below), including its car park and the units beneath it, while new trains will be put on the lines and direct services to London will arrive by 2020. For the wider area including the Historic Quarter, a masterplan was unveiled earlier this year by Middlesbrough Council and Middlesbrough MP Andy McDonald to create a destination with a wide offer of facilities and amenities.


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Housing Middlesbrough is currently embarked on the most ambitious housebuilding programme in its history, with more than 1,500 new homes completed over the last two years and 7,000 due by 2029. Most recently, proposals for 299 houses, with everything from two and three bed terraced and detached homes to four and five bed detached properties, have been given the green light to be built on the land off Low Lane at Stainsby Hall Farm.

Teesside Media and Innovation Village The longest term project in the Investment Project, TMIV would be based on the west of the city centre and would be an iconic regional destination for media, digital, creativity, learning and leisure. Although no physical proposals are yet on the table, Middlesbrough Mayor Dave Budd has confirmed a bus station will remain in the heart of Middlesbrough to allay resident fears. To find out more about the town’s exciting future, visit


Middlesbrough to launch 2018 Middlesbrough’s major city centre regeneration is set to take a big step forward with work due to start in the New Year on much in-demand new Grade A office space. MAJOR businesses are being lined up for the architecturally impressive new buildings being created to the east of Centre Square. Around 1,500 jobs are expected to be created by the scheme which forms a major part of Middlesbrough Council’s Investment Prospectus and its wider plans to create 5,000 new jobs in the town. Over the next four years the Council is committed to an injection of £74 million into a series of exciting developments as part of the town’s far-reaching Investment Prospectus. The scheme is the work of Ashall Projects who were the company behind the successful conversion of Cleveland Centre office space into the Holiday Inn Express. The hotel has been such a success it quickly expanded into the formerly disused Permanent House next door. In their development brochure for the project, Ashall state: “Middlesbrough is living up to its nineteenth century town motto, ‘We Shall Be’, as it carves out its place as Tees Valley’s most


important financial and commercial hub. With a £74m investment pledged by the council over the next four years this is only set to continue. “Rather than seeing itself as a postindustrial town, Middlesbrough today is building upon the prosperity and vision spawned during the Georgian and Victorian eras and navigating through challenging times to create a glittering future.” Mark Ashall, of Ashall Projects, said: “This is an important step in the progress of the wider development and regeneration taking place within Middlesbrough. Centre Square

is set to create a new distinctive commercial hub at the cultural and civic heart of Middlesbrough, integrated with high quality public realm, green space and local amenities - a desirable place to work, visit and relax.” The news has been welcomed by current business owners in Middlesbrough. Helen Dixon-Carroll, owner of The Beauty Clinic on Baker Street, said: “This kind of scheme is the reason I wanted my business to be located in the centre of Middlesbrough. “The centre has changed so much in recent years and people are really beginning to rethink what Middlesbrough is and what it can be. “We are seeing more and more new bars, restaurants, retail and for ourselves at The Beauty Clinic and businesses like us to continue to thrive we need to keep increasing the number of potential clients. “An extra 1,500 people working in the centre of Middlesbrough would

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with Grade A regeneration likely mean more people using the businesses that are already here, which in turn means we may need to create more employment and training opportunities and do our bit to keep helping improve the local economy.” Gary Bainbridge (below), owner of the Devil’s Advocate micropub on Borough Road, said: “We opened the Devil’s Advocate because it was clear how this part of town was changing and a new scene was building. “Since we opened the big changes for

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us have been Middlesbrough Council launching Orange Pip Market last year, which brings thousands of new customers to the area and changes perceptions of Middlesbrough, and the Holiday Inn Express which generates a steady stream of business from visitors. “Similarly the new offices bringing more people into the heart of Middlesbrough with disposable income can only have a positive impact on the local economy and create further jobs and opportunities.

“I’m a proud Boro lad and it makes me even prouder that Boro is where it’s all happening at the moment. Everyone in the private sector and public sector need to keep working together and pushing in the same direction to make Middlesbrough the city centre it deserves to be.” As well as the office development, work is ongoing to create a plan to use Centre Square even more as a major event space. Kevin Parkes, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Director of Growth and Place, said: “This development is absolutely huge for Middlesbrough and will go great lengths to furthering our position as a city centre. “The knock on effects are clear too and it’s great to see local independent businesses who play such an important part in our local cultural and economic lifeblood getting on board with our ambitions to build a stronger Middlesbrough for everyone to enjoy and benefit from. “We also hope to soon be in a position to talk more about Centre Square itself and our ambition to use it for even more major events.”


University invests in global appeal

Teesside University’s £300m investment in a range of stunning facilities will make it more attractive “across the world” and create jobs and more opportunities for local people. The recently unveiled ambitious Campus Masterplan will further transform University facilities in the heart of Middlesbrough over the next 10 years and play a key part in the town’s regeneration. This will meet a major aim of Middlesbrough Council’s Investment Prospectus to attract more than £700m of private investment into the town. The Council itself is investing £72m to kick start the ambitions for Middlesbrough to cement its place as the city centre of the Tees Valley region in order to compete with other northern city regions. Phase One of Teesside University’s £300m Campus Masterplan will see: • A £10m Student Life Building to bring all student facing services together in one location. The Student Life Building will also include an employability centre and teaching facilities. • The first phase of creating a new home for the Teesside University Business School will see £6m spent to support the continuing growth of our re-launched School. Phase two will follow, with a further £15m investment. • Significant transformation of student accommodation. £83m will be invested to transform the student accommodation offer, including new purpose-built accommodation on the Woodlands site, a full refurbishment of King Edward’s Square, and refurbishment and modernisation of Parkside Village.


• The £22.3m National Horizons Centre, a biomedical research, education and teaching facility at the University’s Darlington campus, which will support the industries set to transform the UK economy, including biologics, industrial biotechnology, subsea engineering and digital. Developments will be completed in structured phases, with phase one already underway with the final stage of the £7m library refurbishment and the development of the former Gazette building on Borough Road which the University acquired earlier this year. Teesside University has demonstrated a continued commitment to improving its estate and the Masterplan builds upon the £270m already invested in the campus in recent years and will take spending on the campus infrastructure beyond half a billion pounds. Middlesbrough Council’s Chief Executive Tony Parkinson said: “What we want to get across to everyone in Middlesbrough is how brilliant this development is and what the benefits are for everyone in the town. “When such a bold and ambitious plan is put forward such as this by Teesside University, the world outside of Middlesbrough looks at it and says ‘we want to be a part of that’. “In turn new businesses arrive wanting to tap into the seam of talent being educated here and also to be part of a vibrant and thriving city region, creating more jobs, more

leisure opportunities, more in our food and drink offer, more retail outlets - it is a spiral to the top.” Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Professor Paul Croney said: “This programme of investment will transform the campus over the next decade and reinforces our commitment to providing an outstanding student and learning experience. “We look forward to continuing to work with our partners in the Tees Valley and North East, to make Middlesbrough an exciting and appealing destination for students from across the world.” Projects recently completed on the Campus include Campus Heart, the £22m award-winning teaching and learning building; The Curve, acquisition and refurbishment of Teesside Central Halls, a £6m redevelopment of Orion and Stephenson buildings to provide state-of-the art science and engineering facilities, a £1.1m redevelopment of the Students’ Union and the new £2.75m health and fitness centre; The Gym. Chief Operating Officer Malcolm Page added: “There has been some incredible success with the development of our award-winning campus in recent years - but the University cannot stand still. “We will continue to invest and are excited to be launching this next phase of development. We believe this Masterplan will help to create a campus environment to rival any in the sector.”

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Let Middlesbrough College turn your career dreams into reality The foundations for hundreds of exciting careers are being laid at Middlesbrough College every year. With a broad range of vocational, A Level and apprenticeship courses - all geared towards relevant workplace skills - there is so much scope to get equipped with qualifications that will make you stand out from the crowd. Thanks to modern, high quality facilities such as our dedicated sixth form centre, our industryleading STEM training centre and college building which includes a fully functional beauty salon and restaurant brasserie - both open to the public. If the creative world of hairdressing excites you then learn real, practical skills at our high street beauty salon - Francescos - under the watchful eye of experienced industry tutors. And if you’re hungry to launch a culinary career, our catering training facilities are built to equip you with the skills to deal with a commercial kitchen. Aspiring chef and student Ben White landed his dream job at a Michelin Star restaurant, at the age of just 18. He’s working at The Black Swan, at Oldstead near York, while finishing a Level 3 qualification in Patisserie at Middlesbrough College. Owned by Great British Menu contestant

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Tommy Banks’, the village pub has just been named the best restaurant in the world based on TripAdvisor reviews. Ben (pictured above right with Tommy) cut his teeth at Middlesbrough College’s own in-house Bistro, The Waterside Brasserie, which is open to the public. He said: “It was my dream to work for a Michelin Star restaurant, and I’ve already achieved it!” Meanwhile 17-year-olds Sydney Bradley and Olivia Hodgson have landed top university places to study Paramedical Science and Mental Health Nursing respectively. Following BTEC qualifications at Middlesbrough College the duo are now well on the way to careers in specialist healthcare disciplines. In the College’s dedicated sixth form building, budding barristers are afforded a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience with a real member of the Criminal Bar. Christopher Wood, a barrister at Old Court Chambers and a research fellow at Northumbria University leads mini law pupillages for MC6 students. Former student Uthman El-Dharrat completed one of the pupillages in 2016 and is now studying law at

university. Alongside the academic learning, apprenticeship opportunities are a major part of the college’s offering. Through Middlesbrough College’s apprenticeship training arm Northern Skills Group, thousands of people are trained every year across different industries. Three Northern Skills Group apprentices have launched promising careers in finance with positions at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Mark Sexton and Arran Scott, both 21, and Lydia Newton, 24, are already part of the Trust’s central finance team - and are expected to move into full time jobs afterwards. That’s just a flavour of the broad range of learning opportunities available at Middlesbrough College. This year our results place us in the top 10% of colleges in the country for vocational and higher education courses and in the top 25% for A Levels and apprenticeships. To find the right next step for you, speak to one of our team on 01642 333333


More choice for shoppers at Dundas

Middlesbrough’s Dundas Shopping Centre and Indoor market continues to prove popular with both customers and traders as it nears full capacity with more local businesses choosing to locate here. The latest additions to the indoor market include: Harry’s Pet Emporium, part of the award-winning Ingleby Pet Supplies, and selling pet foods, toys, treats apparel and other accessories.; J+J Designs, the seasonal clothing outlet sees the return of Mr Singh, a previous trader at the market. Another new outlet is Nick’s Gallery, opening on owner Chinwe Nwoke’s birthday at the end of October, selling

jewellery, hair accessories and hair braids. A delighted Chinwe said “I am extremely excited by the opportunity to launch my business in Dundas and showcase the products I wish to offer.” Two of the new tenants have taken advantage of Dundas Market’s Enterprise Units, which allows new or growing businesses to test out new ideas, or to try out a second outlet, for an all-inclusive rent of only £60 per week. Dundas Market Manager David Harris said “adding these new traders means that we have only two Enterprise Units and only a few other trading spaces still available. Dundas Market is becoming established

as the home of independent entrepreneurial traders in Middlesbrough town centre and the best place to start a business. All the units in the shopping centre are fully occupied which means that there is a real buzz around at present.” David added: “we are successfully building clusters of businesses in the market from fashion and clothing to food and snacks, alongside a range of similarly minded independent, value for money businesses, all of which complement each other and can work together.” For further information email or tel 01642 232552.


Are you looking to develop a new or existing business? Yes? Then ask about our latest opportunities to trade in the Dundas Indoor Market. • All inclusive rent from £60 a week • Flexible terms • Limited number of units available

• Town centre location • On site business assistance and marketing • Established shopping centre environment

Contact David Harris on 07557 669 606 or email • Shopping


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Fantastic monthly markets Every month for two days we showcase the best local products in our Food and Craft Market. Up to 16 local traders join us for our monthly market which has been running for nearly three years and is firmly established in Middlesbrough’s shopping calendar with many visitors making a trip specially. Local craft businesses like Pretty Little Doll, Over the Rainbow, Tessies Crafts, Stitch + Sew and Ellenswood Pyrography are joined by a range of regular and seasonal local food producers and crafters. There are two special three day Christmas

markets from November 24 - 26 and from December 15 - 17 before the regular two day markets start again on the last weekend of each month from January onwards. It’s a great place to start out with a market stall. Brickyard Bakery did a number of monthly markets before signing up full time! Keep an eye on our Facebook page for the latest stalls each month and if you want to take part, contact David Harris by email


Offering something for everyone It’s non-stop fun and activities at the Dundas Shopping Centre and Indoor Market. There’s something for everyone, with events happening most weekends! In the last six weeks we have had a Wedding Fayre by Diamond Heaven, a Kids’ Creepy Crawly Petting Zoo (right) featuring spiders, snakes, lizards and other reptiles run by Animal Story for Halloween, a special Halloween grotto organised by The Festival Shop, a Star Warsthemed Sci-Fi and comic market, a Youth Employment Initiative Next Steps event for young people, and Middlesbrough’s first Youth Market

for young aspiring traders aged 16 to 25. Our Christmas festivities are now well underway and we are already planning our special events for 2018. We’ve got Book Fairs, another Sci-Fi and Fantasy event and the Middlesbrough Art Weekender already lined up, so watch out on our Facebook page @DundasShopping for details. We can also offer space in the centre for stalls, exhibitions and performances.

To organise or take part in a special event or market please contact David Harris by email


Dundas Shopping Centre and Indoor Market is gearing up for an extra special Christmas!

Christmas starts on November 20 with the unveiling of our festive decorations and the start of seven day opening until the big day. We’ve special three-day Christmas Food and Craft Markets running from November 24 - 26 and from December 15 - 17 and a Handmade and Vintage Market on December 9, so you can choose from a range of unique items to find that extra special gift.

All our retailers, large and small, have festive offers from special breads and cakes at Cooplands and Brickyard Bakery, to meals and snacks at Jean’s Kitchen, Fultons Foods and Indy’s Grub to Go. Meanwhile toys and presents for all ages can be found at B&M, Boyes and Kindamagic.

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Perseverance and Choosing Pathways pays off for Nimra After leaving school Nimra Mumtaz had hoped to work in customer service or business administration but was unable to find a position. A shy teenager who found it difficult to engage with others, Nimra was waiting for her GCSE results and lacked a CV. She turned to the Youth Employment Initiative for help and was referred to Choosing Pathways by the Apprenticeship team. Nimra was encouraged to enrol on the five week National Citizenship Scheme and returned a much more confident and outgoing person. She had also achieved good GCSE passes in Maths, English and ICT subjects. With support, encouragement and one to one support from her learning advisor, Nimra created her CV and started to apply for Business Administration and Customer Service apprenticeships. Although Nimra secured several interviews she was initially unsuccessful in securing a job. Spurred on by further interview coaching and guidance from her advisor, she continued to apply for vacancies and her determination paid off when she successfully

gained an apprenticeship within Middlesbrough Council’s Democratic Services department. She has just achieved her Level 2 Diploma in Business and Administration and is now studying for her level 3. Nimra, now 18, said: “I would advise

any young person who has been unable to find work or training to get in touch with Choosing Pathways. They provide lots of support and encouragement. Choosing Pathways made me a more confident person and helped me to find work.”


Achieve and succeed with Choosing Pathways

Whether it’s a lack of confidence, personal circumstances, poor careers advice or other factors, many young people can find themselves not in education, employment or training, but help is at hand. Run by Middlesbrough Councils’ Community Learning Service, the Choosing Pathways programme is part of the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI). ‘Choosing Pathways’ is a motivational programme which encourages people to find and sustain positive outcomes such as a job, traineeship, apprenticeship or a move into further education to boost future prospects. A combination of one to one learning advice coupled with interactive “Choices” workshops focus on individual needs and how to overcome the hurdles that may have prevented success in the past. There’s a package of financial support and incentives available for travel,


childcare, interview clothes and more. The programme has already worked for over 300 young people across Teesside, with many also benefitting from the additional support available for up to six months after securing employment or training. The Choices programme is delivered by Sixth Sense Learning, a successful commercial training company. In a recent survey, 100% of young people taking part agreed that their overall experience of the Choosing Pathways programme was positive and 98% would recommend it to others. The programme is open to unemployed people living in the Tees Valley aged 15-29 with timescale flexible to meet the needs of each learner. So, if you

want to achieve and succeed get in touch with Choosing Pathways and don’t forget to ask about the financial support available.

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Serving up a fitting tribute to local hero Stan Hollis VC A pop-up community cafe that pays tribute to one of Middlesbrough’s most famous sons, ensures that trainees give something back as they learn.

Each week at North Ormesby Community Hub trainees under the guidance of local chef Matty Brown set up Stan’s Place to provide freshly prepared meals for local people including elderly residents, veterans, those in need and community volunteers. The restaurant is named in tribute to Stan Hollis VC (below) who lived locally and was awarded Britain’s highest military honour for his bravery in World War II. As well as serving up delicious food provided by the young people, Stan’s Place provides a friendly, weekly lunchtime meeting place where older people can meet, talk about the past, present and future and share their experiences with young people. Recently it received the seal of approval from Stan’s son, Brian Hollis and his wife Veronica, who were invited as guests of honour. After enjoying a delicious and wholesome meal, the couple presented the

trainees with a framed photo of Stan and his friends taken on his return from the war. Stan’s Place is part of an exciting, innovative programme developed by Middlesbrough Council Choosing Pathways in partnership with Element 1 CIC. Funded by European Social Fund and Youth Employment Initiative, Stan’s Place delivers work based training and future employment opportunities for young people who are currently seeking work. Matty (above with students) said: “Stan’s Place offers much more than just a chance to learn about catering. We cover budget management, healthy living, communication and social skills which will all help young

people to develop and to hopefully find work or further training. “For the local community it is a chance for the elderly and others, including vulnerable people, to get out and enjoy a good meal and some company. It was a real honour to cook for Mr and Mrs Hollis. They were quite moved that Stan’s memory was being remembered by the community in this way. We are very grateful for the support of Middlesbrough Council and to Hub manager Val Gibson who has allowed us the space for the project.” Because of space restrictions, Stan’s Place cannot open for the general public though the Hub invites up to 40 local people to join them for a meal every week.

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A good night out is a safe night out With its many pubs, bars, restaurants and clubs, Middlesbrough town centre offers a great night out. A number of organisations work together to keep our night-time economy a safe one. Safe Haven, located at 48 Albert Road in the centre of town, operates a dropin clinic 11pm to 5am every Friday and Saturday. It offers a place of safety for anyone who is intoxicated and/or vulnerable - they may have lost their friends, money or phone, or may not feel able to look after themselves. A professional team of medical staff, specialist workers and a security person ensure that anyone who uses Safe Haven is properly looked after until they are ready to leave. Boro Angels also offer a helping hand to late night revellers. A volunteerbased charity who have been operating since 2010, they provide a caring presence on the streets. They provide a shoulder to cry on, a sympathetic ear or even just a bit of company until a taxi or friends arrive.

They also offer practical assistance such as providing first aid, flip flops, hot drinks and water. In addition to helping late night drinkers, the Boro Angels aim to support anyone who might need assistance on the streets of Middlesbrough, including the homeless, those suffering from addiction and children (17 and under). Anyone out at night in the town centre can seek support from Safe Haven and the Boro Angels over the weekend - just visit 48 Albert Road or keep an eye out for the Boro Angels on the streets. If you’d like to get involved and become a Boro Angel yourself, email David at for more information. Volunteers are always very welcome!

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Do you need to rethink your drink this New Year? Drink can be an enjoyable and occasional pastime for many but, for some, what starts as a social sweetener can turn into an allconsuming addiction. Teessider Debbie’s* alcohol dependancy began in her teens and escalated during her twenties when, as a stay-at-home mum, daytime drinking became the norm. This

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resulted in failed relationships, job loss and homelessness. As her mental and physical health continued to decline, she turned to Recovery Connexions (part of the Middlesbrough Recovering Together network), a call that changed her life. Now, in her 50’s, she is a shining example of how it’s never too late to beat alcohol addiction. She’s rekindled

her relationship with her children and now works helping others to beat addiction. If you think your drinking has become a problem, support is available through Middlesbrough Recovering Together, who can be contacted on 01642 876 323 or online at *Name changed to maintain anonymity


Building Our Industrial Strategy The South Tees Development Corporation is an exciting new enterprise that has been set up to help transform one of the biggest industrial zones in the UK, including the site of the former Redcar steelworks which closed in 2015. The Corporation is now consulting on plans to regenerate the area, creating up to 20,000 high quality jobs over the next 25 years. The South Tees Development Corporation is the first example outside London, using new legal powers to accelerate development, and to be accountable to local people rather than to central government. It is chaired by the Tees Valley Mayor, and was recently launched by the Prime Minister. The area covers one of the deepest ports in the UK, over 2,000 acres of development land, excellent road and rail links, and a skilled and experienced local workforce. It is one of the UK’s best locations for manufacturing, innovation and advanced technology. The Development Corporation is now working with a number of significant investors, and has now published a Master Plan for the site. The Plan sets out how the area can be transformed to host new industries and jobs; in energy and process industries, exporting to the world from the banks of the River Tees.

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This initiative will have a big impact on the economy of the Tees Valley, and across the North. So it’s right that local people and businesses have their say. To find out more about these exciting plans, please visit

Remembering the forgotten women of the First World War Since the signing of the Treaty of Versailles that ended war between Germany and the Allies, the focus of study around the First World War has mainly been on the complicated causes, bloody battles and heroic soldiers who risked their lives for their country. The recent Remembrance Sunday at Middlesbrough’s cenotaph and at services across the town saw respects paid to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Now a deeply moving project housed at the Teesside Archives in Middlesbrough’s Exchange Square will help to ensure that those who survived the Great War and rebuilt a country are also remembered. The Dear Mrs Pennyman Project has digitised over one hundred letters that were found by three volunteers at Ormesby Hall in 2013. These letters, sent to Mary Pennyman (right), reveal the emotion and hardship of the women who lived on after losing a son, a brother or a husband to the war. Mrs Pennyman’s husband, Jim, served with the King’s Own Scottish Borderers (KOSB) and his family lived at Ormesby Hall for nearly 400 years. She was appointed Secretary of the KOSB Widows and Orphan Fund and was tasked with writing to the mothers and wives of men who lost their lives in battle. She was there to offer encouragement and support, and to also give practical advice on matters. In 2014, the Heritage Lottery Fund offered grants of up to £10,000 for

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World War I projects, and for the first time universities were allowed to apply. Dr Roisin Higgins (main pic), Senior Lecturer in History at Teesside University, seized the opportunity and successfully received £9,700 to start the project. Mary was only 26 when she was writing most of the letters at the end of the war. She was able to relate to the women as Jim went missing in action during the war. She could briefly put herself in the shoes of the women whose husbands or sons never returned.

The aim of the project is to discover more about the women who wrote the letters and to increase our understanding of what shaped women’s lives in the years during and after the war. As leader of the project Dr Higgins has looked in depth at the ordinary women who were protagonists of extraordinary stories that explain the difficulties of life after 1918. The letters from Mrs Bessie Walker and Mrs Florence Watson particularly stand out to Roisín, she describes the story of Mrs Watson as “stunningly heartbreaking.” The letters are available to view online and by arrangement at the Teesside Archives. The culmination of the work will take place in line with events during 2018 to mark the centenary of the end of the War and will include an exhibition of the letters at Ormesby Hall. AF Anyone interested in getting involved in the Dear Mrs Pennyman Project, to organise a reading of the letters, a workshop or a talk, or to become a voluntary researcher or to upload your own information about one of the letter writers, visit


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Help is just a phone call away Danial Shaw is, by his own admission, a large bearded chap with a clear voice and when he reveals his interest in acting, it’s hard not to make the comparison with Brian Blessed. He has clear ambitions for the future and a positive outlook on life, a world away from the dark place he inhabited just a couple of years ago. “I decided I was going to throw myself in front of a truck. I decided it had to be a truck, not a car, because I might damage a car and the people in it,” he recalls. Fortunately Danial called the Samaritans and from there made contact with Middlesbrough and Stockton MIND. Now, as a volunteer, he listens to others going through the mental turmoil he himself suffered and helps them come through the other side in one piece. “Depression is not like illness that can be cured. There is always the possibility it will re-appear,” says Danial. “With help, you can learn how to manage it, learn how to live with it rather than pretending it’s not there and letting it take control. I still have bad days, but now I recognise the signs and I know there are things that I can do to get through the bad days.“ Danial’s condition emerged in childhood and culminated in him hitting rock bottom in his midtwenties. “At school I always had low selfesteem and found it hard to make friends. I was never considered “cool”. “I have always been big for my age and this made me a target for bullies. I would get advice that I should fight them but I hate violence. There is a flaw in society which judges people on how they look rather than how they feel.” Looking back, Danial recognises his condition resulted in him making poor life choices. “I chose college courses I thought I would make friends on, instead of choosing subjects I was good at or interested in. As a result I dropped out and felt even more of a failure.” New Year proved the most difficult of times with Danial shutting himself off from the world.

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“Everybody was going out, usually in couples, celebrating the great year they had enjoyed and planning for even better times ahead. I felt I had nothing to celebrate and another year of exactly the same coming up. I never left the house,” he confides. Self-loathing and fear led to Danial effectively removing himself from society, retreating to the bedroom of his shared flat where he self-harmed, punching and head-butting walls to punish what he perceived as his failings. He wasn’t eating or washing properly. He found himself unable to speak and, to make matters worse, was accused by family of faking illness. His thoughts turned to suicide and he made the call to the Samaritans and then MIND that helped turn his life round. “We are social beings; we are not supposed to live in isolation. The first step is reaching out to people who understand and can help. You have to be willing to let people in but the key is that you choose who you let in and it doesn’t have to be someone you have known for years,” he says. “I would recommend MIND because they are connected to so many different services that whatever your particular circumstances they can find the right people to help you.” Danial was diagnosed as suffering from depression and anxiety. He

agreed to one-to-one sessions with a tutor, progressing to group work - a process Danial refers to as “selfawakening”. Danial has now undergone peer support training and is himself a volunteer with MIND. A breakthrough came last festive season when he celebrated New Year’s Eve for the first time at a friend’s house party. He’s hoping to pursue his ambitions in the field of voice and radio work and has made several trips to London to work on a national campaign by MIND to provide self-help tool kits for branches across the country. Though there is still a way to go, he believes society in general is now more understanding of mental illness. “Recently we have seen the Royals and celebrities speaking openly about the subject and this has definitely helped. The message has to be that if you suffer you are not alone. Talk to someone; get help.”

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Oscar and Ted are living proof of their parents’ determination and the fantastic skills of the IVF team at James Cook Hospital. Andrea Breckon and her husband Colin laugh as they watch their twin sons play with their Boxer dog, Blue. Ted, who at two minutes older than Oscar, is the leader, while his younger brother is the family’s “cheeky chappie”. They look like any normal family as they enjoy the delights of Albert Park just a short distance from their home. But behind their laughter is a catalogue of disappointments, despair and heartache that stretched over eight years as Andrea and Colin tried desperately to have a baby of their own. “We’re both strong-willed people,” says Andrea, who worked as a drugs and alcohol recovery co-ordinator before she had the twins. “We’ve never been the type to give up easily. If we want something, we go out and get it.”

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Both Andrea, who’s 40, and Colin, 46, who has his own company - CBJ Building Services, based at Riverside Park - had assumed they would have a family after they married 14 years ago. But after a year of trying for a baby, they went to their GP, who referred them for tests at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. They were put on the IVF waiting list and, around six months later, in May 2008, Andrea had her first ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection) treatment. This specialised form of IVF involves injecting a single sperm directly into a mature egg. She was sedated in hospital while eggs were collected. A few days later, her eggs, which had been fertilised with Colin’s sperm, were transferred to her womb. Then it was a case of

waiting until her pregnancy test. “We told everyone when we’d be doing the test,” confides Andrea. “We were told the possibility of getting pregnant the first time with IVF was rare, but when I did the test, I was pregnant. “Col and I were over the moon, so excited. But I did the test on the Sunday and by Monday I was losing the baby. It was devastating, having to go round telling people, and clouding their excitement whilst dealing with my own emotions at slowly losing our first baby. After that, we weren’t as forthcoming with dates of pregnancy tests.” A second attempt the same year also resulted in a positive pregnancy test, but a fortnight later, Andrea fell seriously ill. “The pain in my stomach was so


Left - Oscar and Ted as premature babies at James Cook Hospital in December 2015, and above - aged two in Albert Park this autumn

excruciating I was crawling round the house,” recalls Andrea. “When Col got me to hospital, they found I was suffering an ectopic pregnancy, which meant the fertilised egg was growing outside my Fallopian tube. I could have had surgery but I chose to take medical management of it, which meant the baby had to come away naturally. “It had been so traumatic – I’d gone from the high of being pregnant again, to this dramatic, painful end. Immediately afterwards, my reaction was never again, and Col didn’t want me to go through any more pain, suffering, hurt.” But within a day, they were resolute they would try for a third time. Andrea had a year’s break to recover. “I knew deep inside we had to keep trying,” says Andrea, “and when people asked me if this would be the


last go, I told them it depended on the outcome. We really wanted our baby.” Sadly, the third attempt in 2010 didn’t result in a positive pregnancy test, nor did a fourth try six months later. “We were in despair,” says Andrea. “We kept thinking: “Not again. How many more times is this going to happen?” By now, we were anxious and apprehensive. Our lives revolved around IVF and it wore me down.” Having exhausted their NHS quota of IVF treatments, the couple dipped into their savings for their fifth try. They chose to go private with Mr Fayez Mustafa, who had been their consultant during the NHS tries. “It was the same staff, the same hospital, the same nurses,” says Andrea. “They knew my history and they knew my personality. Mr Mustafa was our God so we stayed with him. “We were lucky we weren’t financially restricted like some couples, so we took almost £6,000 from our savings for the treatment.” But the pregnancy test was a negative, and Andrea discovered not

only were her eggs depleting, but their quality was dropping. “It isn’t surprising,” she says. “When I had my eggs collected, up to 15 were taken at a time. The consultant advised us to give up, or find an egg donor.” The couple say they will be eternally grateful to a friend who came forward to be their donor. They don’t make it common knowledge who she is. In a process similar to their previous five attempts, the eggs were taken from the donor, fertilised by Colin’s sperm and transferred into Andrea’s womb. A pregnancy test - in May 2015 - followed. “Every time we’d done a test before we waited three minutes for the line to appear, but this time, as soon as we did the test, two lines came up immediately,” says Andrea. “We always knew we might have more than one baby because I’d always chosen to have two eggs put back. There was a chance the eggs could both work or even split. We could have had quads! This time, the eggs were of such a good quality,

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“There was a risk we’d lose them both and I knew that...” there was a high risk of a multiple babies!” Despite the positive result, Andrea was apprehensive. “I’d never had a live baby,” she says. “I kept thinking: “What’s going to happen this time?” I was sick for the first 12 weeks and I had bleeding, but that turned out to be implantation bleeding. “I’m slim so I had a bump at eight weeks. At an early scan I found out I was expecting twins. They were due on January 5 2016.” All went smoothly until Andrea was 25 weeks pregnant when her blood pressure started to creep up. Her legs, and especially her ankles, began to swell. By 27 weeks pregnant, her waters had broken. “After that, I was in and out of consciousness,” she recalls. “I started being sick. At some times I knew where I was and at others I just heard my name being called.” The babies were delivered by emergency Caesarian section on October 15, 12 weeks premature, with Colin at Andrea’s side. Weighing 2lbs

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12ozs, Ted arrived at 3.16am, followed two minutes later by Oscar, weighing 2lbs 7ozs. “I’d had a spinal block for the operation,” remembers Andrea. “I briefly saw Ted, and noticed he had dark hair, but they whisked Oscar off straight away to the neonatal unit. “Every premature baby born so early is in danger. We’d no idea what the outcome would be. There was a risk we’d lose them both and I knew that, but I never believed it.” Despite being ill after the operation, Andrea managed to see the twins often. “I’d go to one incubator - I saw Ted first - and Col went to Oscar, then we swapped,” she recalls.

Andrea stayed in hospital for a week, while Ted was in for eight weeks and Oscar for nine and a half weeks. Throughout this time, Andrea and Colin were supported by Sue Thompson, a nurse from the charity Bliss which helps families with premature babies. “In a perfect world they would have come home together,” says Andrea. “We’d always been told we would get them home for their due date in early January, but as Christmas approached, we were told Oscar could come home on December 21 on oxygen. “We were incredibly excited to have them home. It was such a massive step. We felt we were free. I kept thinking: “This is it, we’ve done it!” “We had a Christmas tree and lots of presents. We were all sorted for Christmas. We got the boys personalised registration plates with their initials on, and their year of birth Y15 (left).” Oscar remained on oxygen until he was nine months old, and over the months, as the twins turned from babies into toddlers, their characters developed.


“Ted is the thinker and the instigator,” laughs Andrea. “He shows Oscar how to climb, then Oscar, who’s a real chatterbox, will get stuck in!” Looking back over the years of trying for a baby, Andrea adds: “It’s all been worth it. All that happened is irrelevant now. We got what we set out for in the first place. In fact, we got more than we expected! “We will always be grateful to the staff at James Cook. They are an amazing team and we will never, ever be able to repay what they have done for us. We trusted them with our babies and they cared so much for them.” This Christmas, as well as having fun at some parties, the boys, now two, will be paying a visit to Santa. “I know deep down on Christmas Day they will only be interested in wrapping paper and empty boxes, but Christmas is a special time of year for us,” says Andrea. “It’s when we brought our miracle boys home to live as the family we’d always wanted to be.” CF

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Leading the way in fertility treatment The fertility clinic at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough has one of the UK’s best success rates of In Vitro Fertilisation. During IVF, an egg is removed from the woman’s ovaries and fertilised with sperm in a laboratory. The fertilised egg, called an embryo, is then returned to the woman’s womb to grow and develop. It can be carried out using eggs and sperm from a couple, or eggs and/or sperm from donors. Around 8,000 couples from Cleveland, County Durham and North Yorkshire, have undergone IVF since the Department of Reproductive Medicine was established in 1993. The success rate is between 40 and 65 per cent. Women can expect just a few months on the waiting list before their treatment starts. To qualify for three attempts at IVF funded by the NHS, women must be under the age of 40. Those between 40 and 42, whose ovaries have a good reserve of eggs, are offered one attempt. There is also funding for single women and same sex couples who wish to have a baby.


Anyone who wants to be considered must be a healthy weight – their body mass index (BMI) must be no lower than 19 and no higher than 30. If there are concerns about a woman’s health before treatment starts, she will be asked to attend the pre-conception care clinic. Mr Fayez Mustafa, the department’s lead consultant, says: “IVF is just a part of what we do here.” Mr Mustafa, himself a father-of-six, heads a team of three consultants, seven embryologists and seven nursing staff.

Between a quarter and a third of patients the team sees are private. “I could never have dreamt that I would have a job that is so rewarding,” says Mr Mustafa. “I live every moment with the couples I treat - we are in this together. There is no joy like it when treatment goes well. “When I meet the babies, it’s the best feeling I could have. I love getting them out of their buggies and hugging them.” reproductive-medicine

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Could you offer a child a home? For some people looking to raise a child, adoption can be an alternative to IVF and Middlesbrough Fostering and Adoption Services (MFAS) are on hand to provide advice and support. Last year 36 children were placed for adoption in Middlesbrough, ranging from babies and toddlers to older children. They included single children and siblings. Louise Addison, Asst. Manager of MFAS (above), says there are a lot of myths about who can adopt and the reality is that there is no such thing as a 'typical' adoptive parent. “We look for people who have something to offer to the children

we look after. You’ll be flexible, understanding, adaptable, patient, resilient, committed, a good communicator and willing to develop new skills. As a department we offer lifelong support and advice to adopters. “Your personal qualities are more important than whether you are married, single, divorced or widowed; have children or step-children of your own, or are childless; working or not working; a home owner or a tenant.”

An area sometimes overlooked is the fact that adopting a child can also bring joy to other relatives. The team have received some heartwarming letters and poems, including this beautiful verse from an adoptive grandmother. Welcome, my little one Not born to us, but chosen I’ll play with you I’ll laugh with you And sing lullabies to comfort you Welcome, to my little one So longed for, now found I’ll hold you I’ll enfold you And in my heart, forever love you “Often the hardest part of the process is making that first call to us and I would urge people to get in touch. We welcome conversations with anyone who is curious about adoption” said Louise. The team (left) can be contacted on 01642 201962. To find out more information, further contact details, view a video on adoption or to download a pack visit and search for “adoption”

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Brasserie serves up a feast as Middlehaven gathers pace One of the region’s most distinctive eateries is entering a new phase as Middlesbrough’s renaissance gains momentum. And there’s a special treat in store for lovemiddlesbrough readers with a discount voucher and a chance to win £100 towards a special meal. The striking Brasserie Hudson Quay garnered rave reviews when it opened in 2013, with striking views across Middlehaven Dock to Temenos and the Transporter, and just a stone’s throw from the Riverside Stadium. Modelled on the grand cafes of France, Italy and Spain, the Brasserie quickly gained a reputation for its unique dining experience in a luxurious setting, securing a coveted entry in the Michelin Restaurant Guide. Now with regeneration work gathering pace across Middlehaven, owners the Howson family and Mark Riordan are refreshing the Brasserie brand with significant new investment. They’ve launched brand new lunch and dinner menus, with day-to-day operations overseen by new restaurant manager Georgia Hearfield and head chef Connor Robinson (pictured above). As ever the emphasis is on continental classics with the odd twist, great local seafood and fantastic fresh produce from across the region. Highlights from the new A La Carte menu include a seafood Fritto Misto, Taste of the Amalfi Coast, Rosa da


Parma pork tenderloin and mouthwatering steaks from the chargrill including an 18oz Chateaubriand for two. As well as the Brasserie’s popular breakfasts, there’s a new Deli Menu aimed squarely at the lunchtime market - handy for Hudson Quay office workers at Thirteen, the Gazette and CPS, and a short walk from the town centre. And with secure free car parking for more than 100 cars, it’s a hassle-free destination for those arriving by road. Rachael Howson - also part of the team behind proposals for the £30 million snow centre at Middlehaven

- has clear ambitions for the Brasserie and surrounding areas which she sees playing a key role in Middlesbrough’s future. She says: “The Brasserie was seen as a risk when it opened, but it is in the perfect spot to make the most of the next phase of regeneration at Middlehaven. “The new Dock Bridge will open up access to the proposed snow centre and beyond, making this the focal point of a destination with regional significance. “Middlehaven can only get bigger and better, and we’re really excited to be at the heart of the transformation that’s already taking place. “The time was right to refresh the Brasserie while retaining its unique style and ambience. “We’re confident we’ve found the right formula, covering everything from a quick lunch on the run to business get-togethers and a full evening out.” To view the latest menus and more visit

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Our competition this month gives you the chance to start 2018 in style with a £100 gift card for the Brasserie’s delightful A La Carte Menu, packed with nibbles, starters, main courses and desserts. For your chance to win simply email by 5pm, Friday December 29 2017. Write ‘competition’ in the subject field and answer the following question -

What is the name of the coveted restaurant guide that has recommended Brasserie Hudson Quay? Please let us know in your email if you are happy to be contacted with further information and offers from the Brasserie.

Exclusive offer for lovemiddlesbrough readers 20% off food and drink on the Brasserie Hudson Quay evening A La Carte menu. Valid until Wednesday January 31 2018. One voucher per group/table booking. Present this voucher on arrival. Not valid on MFC home game dates.


Open Events 2017 / 2018 Sat 2nd December 2017 Sat 3rd February 2018 Tue 24th April 2018 Wed 11th July 2018

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MY TIME, MY WAY, MY MIDDLESBROUGH COUNCIL Do you have a child that will be starting Reception in September 2018? You need to apply for their primary school place. Don’t worry, you can find all the information you need, and apply online. It’s easier online, and you can complete the process at a time that’s convenient for you. 24 hours a day. Closing date for applications: 15th January 2018.

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Who is your Citizen of the Year? The search is on for a community hero who has made a real difference to life in Middlesbrough.

The town’s Citizen of the Year Award is an annual celebration of good citizenship and public service - and nominations close on Friday December 29. The prestigious annual award will be presented to an individual who has made a truly outstanding contribution to their community and the town as a whole. And it’s up to local people to put forward the names of those they think most deserve one of the town’s highest honours. Suitable candidates might include a worker or volunteer who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in their dedication to helping others, and whose tireless work or acts of kindness have made a real and lasting difference to the lives of those around them. This year’s winner will follow in the footsteps of current Citizen of the Year Tony Whitby who received the accolade in recognition of his tireless commitment to grassroots sport. Mr Whitby, pictured with wife Julie, founded the 1Middlesbrough Amateur ABM Love Mbro Advert July 2017.qxp_Layout 1 10/07/2017 13:23 Page

Boxing Club (ABC) to offer boxing opportunities to young people from the local community, encouraging discipline, respect and healthy lifestyles and offering alternatives to crime and anti-social behaviour. Middlesbrough Council Chief Executive Tony Parkinson said: “The Citizen of the Year Award is an annual recognition of those who are dedicated to making the town a better place in which to live and work. “The winners are put forward by the people of the town, as a tribute to the outstanding contribution they have made to the life of those around them, and to the life of the town as a whole.” Entries will be considered by a panel of judges representing the public and private sectors in the town. Nomination forms can be downloaded or completed online via the Middlesbrough Council website at or call the Executive Office on 01642 729701. All nominations should be submitted by Friday December 29.

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Get moving at The Live Well Centre The Exercise Referral Programme in Middlesbrough has been helping people become fitter and more active for over 15 years. Some health conditions can be improved through lifestyle changes, and increasing your physical activity levels by even a small amount can have a huge effect. For each participant we provide them with a realistic, achievable, and enjoyable activities designed to suit their lifestyle and tailored to their needs. The Exercise Referral Programme is designed for anyone who is not currently active, as well as those with a health condition who would benefit from physical activity. The 12 week programme of supervised sessions gives each participant the

opportunity of accessing a wide variety of high quality exercise programmes to suit individual needs, which in turn will help improve their health and wellbeing. The programmes run in various locations in Middlesbrough, including two sessions per week based in the gym of The Live Well Centre in Dundas Arcade, in the town centre. Everyone has a chance to work to their own pace and individual health conditions, and the specialist exercise referral instructors are always on hand to offer encouragement and support.

If you are interested in joining the programme, please speak to your GP about being referred, or email Each session is fantastically priced at £2. Pictured above - Bill Pearson takes part in the Exercise Referral Programme, with the help of Senior Health Development Officers Craig Postgate and Imran Naeem

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A one-stop shop to keep warm this winter Middlesbrough Environment City (MEC) takes the lead role in Middlesbrough Affordable Warmth Partnership, working in tandem with various support organisations across the town. The partnership aims to ensure that local residents who are in fuel poverty or otherwise struggling with their fuel bills receive the correct specialist help most suited to their needs. A dedicated freephone number will take residents through to a ‘onestop shop’ where their needs can be assessed and they can be provided with the most appropriate help. Help available via the Affordable Warmth Partnership includes free emergency heaters from Cleveland Fire Brigade; an advice and repair service from Middlesbrough Staying Put Agency, enabling older, vulnerable and disabled people to stay in their own home; benefit checks via the Citizens Advice Bureau; and fuel switching and oneto-one energy advice from both Age UK and MEC energy advisors. The Affordable Warmth Officer at MEC, Amanda Martin, said: “We are already doing great work within Middlesbrough in terms of tackling fuel poverty, but this new freephone number will be a great help and allow people to contact us free of charge to get the advice and support they need”. There are many examples of people who have benefitted from help provided by the Affordable Warmth Partnership, and this particular story

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is a great summary of the range of support on offer. A Middlesbrough resident was referred last winter from Cleveland Fire Brigade’s ‘Stay Safe and Warm’ campaign. They had provided the lady with emergency heating after her boiler had broken down. The lady had recently been made redundant and was unable to get it repaired. Consequently, she had been without heating and hot water for over six months. The Affordable Warmth team carried out a home visit, successfully applied for the Warm Home Discount (£140 off her electricity bill) and helped her to complete an application to Npower’s ‘Health through Warmth’ scheme to get the boiler replaced. During the home visit, old light bulbs were replaced with modern, more efficient LEDs and a blanket was provided along with advice on how to keep energy bills down. A survey was also arranged to see if the loft could be topped up with insulation.

£ Anyone in need of help and support with heating or energy bills should contact the Affordable Warmth Partnership on 0800 304 7084

Top team supports independent living A team dedicated to helping local people to live in their own homes has been honoured twice at a national awards ceremony. Middlesbrough’s Staying Put Agency supports older people, the vulnerable and those with disabilities to be independent, warm and safe in their own homes. Agency staff attended an annual awards ceremony for socialvalue driven organisations held at the House of Lords (see pic), and received commendations for the team’s collaboration and partnership working and innovative “handyperson” service, that offers help with home adaptations. Run by Middlesbrough Council, the team can provide help and advice on a wide range of issues including disabled facility grants, low level repairs, home improvement loans and winter warmth projects. For more information visit and search for Staying Put Agency


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Keeping our customers gas safe Thirteen is reminding its customers about the importance of gas safety checks this winter, and why they must be carried out on their home every year. It is a legal requirement for every one of Thirteen’s homes to have an up to date check. The checks are carried out free of charge and appointment letters are automatically sent to customers every year. Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. Sadly, every year thousands of people across the UK are diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning. It is a highly poisonous

gas. You can’t see it, taste it or smell it, but it can kill quickly. Executive director of property services Russell Thompson said: “Ensuring that appliances such as gas fires and boilers are serviced, working correctly and are safe is essential. “Gas appliances that have regular checks are also more efficient, so customers may save money from their fuel bills.

“We want to make sure that 100% of our properties continue to be up to date with their gas safe checks. They don’t take long to carry out, but if customers miss their appointment, faulty appliances won’t be identified and could be dangerous, so we’re asking that our customers help us by ensuring our engineers can get the access they need.” You can get more information about the gas safety checks on Thirteen’s website

Looking for a new home? Thirteen has a number of quality homes on offer in Middlesbrough for affordable rent, shared ownership and outright sale. To find out what’s on offer, visit our website at We also advertise a number of our properties on Rightmove at To chat with our customer services team, email customerservices@ or call 0300 111 1000.

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Recycling and refuse collections over the festive period Middlesbrough residents are being informed of the Christmas and New Year refuse and recycling collection rotas. With Christmas Day falling on a Monday this year, when bin crews do not have rounds, the first changes affect those who would normally have their bins collected on a Tuesday. Those residents whose bin collection would have fallen on Boxing Day - Tuesday December 26 - should put their bins out a day later on Wednesday December 27. All collections for the remainder of the week will be carried out a day later than usual thereafter, including those whose waste is usually taken on a Friday being taken on Saturday December 30. New Year’s Day falls on a Monday so the week after Christmas is completely unaffected and resident should put their bins out on the normal day. Any additional recycling waste created by the seasonal festivities can, as always, be left out beside the blue bin in a clear plastic bag. Away from Christmas and New Year

residents are also reminded that green waste collections have this year been extended until the week beginning November 27. The green recycling collection service has again proved popular this year with tonnages in the first three months showing comparable amounts to last year, which itself was the highest since the service started. Middlesbrough Council recycling officer Philip Shaw said: “We would like to thank the residents for participating in the garden waste collection service over the last eight months and helping to divert a large amount of waste from disposal to composting. “This has a significant impact on the local environment and helps Middlesbrough work towards the ultimate goal of zero waste to disposal. We would like to remind residents that the collection of garden waste stops at the end of November so please remember to get all your last bits of gardening done.”

For your last collection please refer to your Refuse & Recycling collection day or visit for more information.


Road crews ready for winter challenge The council’s fleet of road gritters is ready for the winter ahead with a stockpile of 4,000 tonnes of grit available if ice and snow threaten. Chris Bates, Middlesbrough’s Highways and Fleet Manager said: “We are on 24 hour call and constantly monitor forecasts and information from two local weather stations at Nunthorpe and Prissick. “We have five priority gritting routes

and each takes over two hours to complete. If temperatures are forecast to drop below zero at 9pm we want to be on the roads gritting by 6pm.” Middlesbrough has been fortunate in recent years and hasn’t had to use snow ploughs but the team is ready

if things change this year. “The ploughs will be fitted and we’ll keep going until the roads are clear, if it happens we will be ready for it” says Chris. An online information page is regularly updated on road conditions and any gritting due to take place and the council’s twitter feed provides up to the minute news. Residents can also use the information page to check on any school closures due to weather. There is also a host of practical advice including basic car care and driving in adverse conditions, keeping paths clear of ice and avoiding burst pipes as well as tips for keeping safe and warm this winter. For information on these topics visit and search for ‘cold weather’.




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Santa’s Grotto Centre Square, Middlesbrough Thursday November 23 Sunday December 17

Tuesday - Thursday 1pm - 6.30pm Friday 1pm - 7pm Saturday & Sunday 11am - 7pm ÂŁ6.50 per child including gift Bring the children to visit Santa and his friends in his magical grotto complete with bubbling chimney and a traditional gift for every child! Santa is sure to be popular so early booking is advisable.

Christmas LightS Switch On In association with the Cleveland Centre

Centre Square, Middlesbrough Thursday November 23

Entertainment on stage from 6pm For many this heralds the start of Christmas in Middlesbrough. Join Tom Campbell from Heart FM, the Police Interceptors, Middlesbrough FC footballers and Flame Oz as we illuminate Centre Square. The fun starts from 5pm with the opening of the Christmas Markets and Fairground. From 6pm enjoy performances on stage from MTH Community Choir and Serinette followed by the hugely popular and visually stunning Flame Oz. The grand finale will see the skies above Centre Square light up with a festive firework display - a great event for all the family, this is an evening not to be missed!


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Traditional festive Fairground NEW!

Centre Square, Middlesbrough Thursday November 23 - Sunday December 17 Thursday - Saturday 10am - 9pm Sunday - Wednesday 11am - 7pm

£2.50 per ride or buy a family ticket - 3 rides £5 Brand new to Centre Square this year. Get the family together for the exciting build up to Christmas and come and enjoy our new Victorian fairground featuring a traditional helter skelter, Ferris wheel, magical swing carousel, hook a duck, tin can alley, bottle bowling and more not forgetting Middlesbrough’s Magical Christmas Illuminations. Look out for Christmas characters entertaining the little ones and don’t miss the daily entertainment happening on the square provided by schools, community groups and professional performers!



Christmas Markets

Centre Square, Middlesbrough Thursday November 23 Sunday December 17

Thursday - Saturday 10am - 9pm Sunday - Wednesday 11am - 7pm This year we welcome more Christmas Market stalls than ever before. Find the perfect gift for a loved one and savour the seasonal food and drink from the festive cabins, or a traditional German beer from the Bavarian bar whilst you enjoy the entertainment on Centre Square.

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Magical Middlesbrough Parade with Santa & his Reindeer Sunday November 26

Magical Middlesbrough Parade starts at 1pm Entertainment starts from 11am at Campus Heart, Teesside University Fun continues all day at Centre Square Enjoy the magical spectacle of Santa and his reindeer, hundreds of school children, community group members and professional performers as they parade through Middlesbrough. With stunning costumes, moving festive structures, dancers, musicians and walkabout acts - this is a stunning event not to be missed!


This year’s parade starts at 1pm from Campus Heart, Teesside University, Southfield Road. The parade finishes at Centre Square, Middlesbrough where you can enjoy:

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Find your favourite people a gift from your favourite stores including Marks & Spencer, Debenhams (including MAC counter and Patisserie Valerie), Monsoon, Pandora, Primark, Swarovski and many more!

If you haven’t visited Middlesbrough’s Baker Street and Bedford Street yet you have been missing out. With many unique and interesting bars, retailers and shops there is something for festive revellers and seasonal shoppers alike.

Visit the Baker Street Kitchen, The Twisted Lip, Sherlock’s or The Slaters Pick on Baker Street or try Bedford Street Coffee, The Curing House, The Chairman, The Curing House, Barbarossa, Mohujos, The Nuthatch, Songbird Bakery and Roast.

Cleveland Centre Everything you need for a Merry Christmas! All your favourite stores under one roof including... Boots, Costa Coffee, Disney Store, Flannels, H&M, HMV, JD Sports, Lush, New Look, Psyche2, Sports Direct, Topshop/Top Man, USC and many more! Christmas shopping, your way.

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Linthorpe Road If you’re looking to book your Christmas party or take a break from your shopping, why not try some of Middlesbrough’s newest bars and restaurants such as the Fork in the Road, The Cow Shed, The Tap House, One59 Bar and Social or the Acropolis.

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Get popular brands at the prices you love, from stores such as Waterstones, TK Maxx, TJ Hughes, Wilko, Peacocks and The Entertainer!

In the perfect locations close to all the Centre Square action enjoy delicious French cuisine at Bistrot Pierre or warm up with Caribbean specials at Turtle Bay!

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Umi offers traditional and contemporary Japanese dishes, try the Green Room for fantastic vegetarian food, and quench your thirst at the Devil’s Advocate micropub.

The freshest food, fashion and bargains, plus festive food and craft markets! Stores include B & M, Boyes, The Festival Shop and Forbidden Planet.

Linthorpe Road With everything from high street to high end fashion, this is home to some of Middlesbrough’s most popular retailers including Next, River Island, Miss Selfridge, Baytree Interiors, Footasylum, Triads and Psyche.

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2 hours free parking is available at Middlesbrough Council operated car parks - Captain Cook Square, the Zetland, Station Street and Amber Street car parks. All Council operated car parks and on-street parking areas are free after 6pm. Plus there are other great offers from other Town Centre car parks

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Santa’s Grotto

Centre Square, Middlesbrough Thursday November 23 Sunday December 17

Tuesday - Thursday 1pm-6.30pm Friday 1pm-7pm Saturday & Sunday 11am-7pm £6.50 per child including gift

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Traditional Festive Fairground & Christmas Markets NEW!

Centre Square, Middlesbrough Thursday November 23 Sunday December 17

Sunday - Wednesday 11am - 7pm Thursday - Saturday 11am - 9pm Free admission, ride charges apply

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Christmas Lights Switch On In association with the Cleveland Centre

Centre Square, Middlesbrough Thursday November 23 Entertainment starts 6pm

Don’t miss our spectacular fireworks finale!!

Free admission

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Dundas Christmas Food & Craft Market

Dundas Arcade, Middlesbrough

Friday 24 - Sunday November 26 10am-4pm Local food producers and crafters join regular stall holders for the first of two special festive markets.

Free admission

Signing Santa

Cleveland Centre, Middlesbrough Saturday November 25, December 2, 9, 16, 23 • 12-3pm

Our world famous ‘Signing Santa’ is back in the Cleveland Centre.

Free event with a complimentry gift for every child who visits Santa


Teesside Symphony Orchestra Concert

Teesside University Campus, Middlesbrough Saturday November 25 7.30pm-10pm A fabulous night at the opera - arias, overtures and suites from many famous operas including Carmen, La Traviata and Aida to name but three. Showcasing the talents of local-born young soloists, Helen Bailey and David Powton.

Adults £10, concessions/NUS £6, under 16’s free • Book tickets online:

Magical Land Train

Centre Square, Middlesbrough Sunday November 26 11am-12pm, 2-4pm

Sunday 3 & 10 December 11am-4pm

All aboard the Magical Middlesbrough land train! Climb aboard and take your seats and take in the Christmas sights... don’t forget to spot the robins!


Magical Middlesbrough pre-Parade activities

Campus Heart, Teesside University, Southfield Road, Middlesbrough Sunday November 26 • from 11am

Teesside University is delighted to host the departure of this year’s Magical Middlesbrough Parade. Enjoy Christmas crafts, treasure trails, storytelling, a festive film and more. Santa and his reindeer will depart at 1pm and make their way through the town towards Centre Square.

Free admission, no need to book Free parking is available in all University car parks

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Magical Middlesbrough Parade with Santa & his reindeer

Middlesbrough Town Centre Sunday November 26 Parade starts 1pm Free admission

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A Christmas Carol Middlesbrough Theatre

Tuesday 28 & Wednesday November 29 7.30pm Dickens’ classic ghost story is brought alive in this most traditional production, presented by Chapterhouse Theatre Company and adapted by Laura Turner.

Tickets £15, concessions £13, under 16’s £10 Tickets available from Middlesbrough Theatre Box Office 01642 81 51 81 or online:

Vienna Festival Ballet presents Sleeping Beauty Middlesbrough Theatre

Thursday November 30 • 7.30pm A classic fairytale set to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, stunning choreography and beautiful costumes combine to enchant audiences of all ages.

Tickets £18.50, concessions £17.50, under 16’s £12 Tickets available from Middlesbrough Theatre Box Office 01642 81 51 81 or online:

Frost Fair

Stewart Park, Middlesbrough

Sunday December 3 • 10am-4pm Festive Northern Dales Farmers’ Market and craft stalls. Pick up something wonderful to eat or the perfect gift.

Santa is due to stop off 11am-12.45pm and 1.15pm-3pm Please note there is a small charge for visiting Santa, all proceeds are given to the Friends of Stewart Park

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Extravaganza AND Middlesbrough Theatre present

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Middlesbrough Theatre

Friday December 8 Sunday January 14 2018

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Dundas Christmas Handmade & Vintage Market

Dundas Arcade, Middlesbrough

Saturday December 9 • 10am-4pm All types of handmade and vintage goods, along with local interest books and local artists’ work will be on sale.

Free admission

Christmas Market at the House of Blah Blah

Saturday December 9 • 11am-5pm Family fun with Christmas gift stalls, hot food traders, live music, hot cider, live art, sweet treats, German lagers, face painting and more.

Free admission

Dundas Christmas Food & Craft Market

Dundas Arcade, Middlesbrough

Friday 15 - Sunday December 17 10am-4pm

Local food producers and crafters join regular stall holders for the second of two special festive markets.

Frozen Performances & Meet AND Greets

TRADITIONAL FESTIVE Fairground & Christmas Markets, Centre Square, Middlesbrough Saturday December 16 12.30pm-4.30pm

Bring the little ones to meet their favourite Frozen characters and watch them perform your favourite songs from the movie!

Free admission

Musical Markets & the Big Sing

TRADITIONAL FESTIVE Fairground & Christmas Markets, Centre Square, Middlesbrough

Sunday December 17 • 12pm-8pm Big Sing 5pm-6pm Wrap up, grab a festive drink and a bite to eat from our Christmas Markets and enjoy a feast of music and dance from professional local bands, from 12pm-8pm For more festive cheer bring your best carolling voice and join in with the Big Sing!

Orange Pip Christmas Eve Special

Baker Street and Bedford Street, Middlesbrough

Sunday December 24 • 12pm-6pm Join house band The Arthur Conan Doyles celebrating Kissmass as their favourite New York rockers! Plus traditional carol singers and foodie gifts make this a super special event.

Free admission


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From Middlesbrough to Vegas and back again, we caught up with John Archer who plays the role of Muddles in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Middlesbrough Theatre: John, is this the first time you have appeared in Panto and what are you looking forward to about the show? I have appeared in a small scale panto many years ago in a place called Blandford Forum where I played Little John in a panto called Robin Hood. That’s not a panto you see often. It was a lot of fun and I can’t wait to do a proper Extravaganza version of panto. I work alone most of the time, travelling around the country or the world and so a panto is a chance to work with a lot of other great talent and share the fun. I am also looking forward to working for family audiences. It’s great to bring a family together with laughter and for the kids it is sometimes the first experience they have of live theatre so it’s important to make it a good one.

How did it feel to fool Penn and Teller and did you enjoy Vegas? It was amazing to fool Penn and Teller. I have always been fans of their work. The show I was in was the very first, it was the pilot before the series and we were all saying that it was impossible to fool them. I was the first and it totally took me by surprise. Vegas was amazing. I have been lots of times

before but to perform for them in their own purpose built theatre full of 1500 people who just want to see magic was a highlight of my career.

You write and appear in ‘Help my Supply Teacher is Magic,’ do you like performing for a younger audience? I don’t perform for children very often. My normal stage act is aimed at adults even though it is family friendly. ‘Help My Supply Teacher is Magic’ and its variations were an absolute joy. The kids in the classrooms had no idea that we were magicians and to catch their reactions on hidden camera was always a thrill. The kids were beside themselves when they found out.

You were a police officer with Cleveland Police before you began entertaining, did you ever use magic in the force? I did occasionally. Sometimes to quell an awkward atmosphere or to calm a lost child. More often than not though I tended to perform to my colleagues after work in social situations. I have a few funny stories but all too long to share here... grab me at the stage door.

What’s it like working alongside Tim Vine in Tim Vine Travels in Time? Tim is my best friend. I met him while I was still in the police force and he had just gone full time as a stand-up comedian. I have written and performed with him for years. I think we understand each other and I find it easy to write for his style. We had been pitching ‘Tim Vine Travels in Tim’ for quite a while so when it finally got made we couldn’t believe it. It is great to write it with Tim but getting to appear alongside him in it too is the icing on the cake. We all have our fingers crossed that the BBC will commission a series soon.

You play the role of ‘Muddles’ in Snow White, will you be bringing new magic to the role? Try and stop me. Yes I will certainly try and bamboozle the audience once or twice for sure.

Favourite one liner joke? I wrote a joke for Tim Vine which I am quite proud of. It goes like this: ‘This farmer came up to me, he said “I’ve got 68 sheep, can you round them up for me?” I said “Sure, 70.”’ That’s it. S ET E k l C SA ! TI N oW o N


DEENA PAYNE Wicked Queen (Emmerdale)

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ADElE SIlvA Snow White (Emmerdale)

SHAUN PRENDERGAST Nurse Glucose (EastEnders)

JoHN ARCHER Muddles (Penn & Teller: Fool Us)

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What’s On January Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Until Sun Jan 14 Middlesbrough Theatre £18.50, concessions £17.50, family ticket £66 Spectacular, fun-packed family pantomime

Brick History Until Feb 4 2018 Preston Park Museum and Grounds Tickets £5, under 5s free A whistle stop tour of the last 13.8 billion years made from Lego bricks!

Andrew Watt: The Art of Colour and Detail Sat Jan 20 - Sat Mar 17 2018 Hartlepool Art Gallery Free event Colourful, energetic and inspired by Abstract Expressionism

Harry Potter: A History of Magic Until Wed Feb 28 Central Library Free event Discover the traditions and folklore of magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories

January Party Nights Fri Jan 12 & Sat Jan 13, Fri Jan 19 & Sat Jan 20 6pm-1am Jurys Inn, Middlesbrough £25 Too busy to celebrate in December? The fun doesn’t have to end!! middlesbrough

The Magic of Vienna Sat Jan 20 • 7:30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £19 Adam Summerhayes and his orchestra are back

Defence Against the Dark Arts with Christopher Frayling Mon Jan 22 • 7pm Reference Library £3 Hogwarts Lectures, streamed live from The British Library Call 01642 729002 to book

Derek Acorah Fri Jan 26 • 7:30pm Middlesbrough Theatre Adults £19, concessions £18 Spiritual medium, best known for his TV work on Most Haunted

Mercury Sat Jan 27 • 7:30pm Middlesbrough Theatre Adults £20, concessions £18.50 One of the world’s most authentic tributes to Queen

February Harry Potter Book Night Thurs Feb 1 • 4pm-6pm Central Library Free event Magic, crafts, treasure hunts and more!

From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads Wed Feb 7 • 7:30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £12.50 With a blistering Bowie soundtrack, the life of the pop fan is dissected in this tale of unnatural teenage wildlife

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Fri Feb 9 • 7:30pm Middlesbrough Theatre Adults £19, concessions £18, U16 £12.50 Lovers, fairies, mischief and moonlight conspire in Shakespeare’s classic tale

No-one ever stayed in the dark, brooding house for very long. There was something wrong, very wrong

The Wizard of Oz Tues Feb 13 • 2pm-4pm & 7pm-9pm Middlesbrough Theatre Adults £14.50, child £12.50, family ticket £46

Fastlove Fri Feb 16 • 7:30pm Middlesbrough Theatre Adults £22.50, concessions £20.50

Will the Scarecrow find a brain? The Lion some courage? The Tin Man a heart? The audience some ice cream?

Business Exchange with Linda Moir Tues Feb 13 • 7.30pm Teesside University Free Hear from Linda Moir, expert in HR & Customer Service

Dance to the Music Wed Feb 14 2.30pm & 7:30pm Middlesbrough Theatre Adults £30.50, concessions £28.50 Created by and starring Kristina Rihanoff (Strictly Come Dancing)

The Sherlocks Feb 14 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Empire £13.50

Part of The Sherlocks biggest UK tour to date!

Vampires Rock Ghost Train Thurs Feb 8 • 7:30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £26.50

Steve Steinman ramps up the vamp in this spectacular sequel!

The Haunters Thurs Feb 15 • 7:30pm Middlesbrough Theatre Adults 14.50, concessions £12.50

Divination with Marc Salem Thurs Feb 15 • 7pm Reference Library • £3 Hogwarts Lectures, streamed live from The British Library Call 01642 729002 to book

Get ready for an unforgettable evening with a global superstar

Teechers Wed 21 Feb • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £15.50, suitable for age 11+ Life at a struggling ‘sink school’ in John Godber’s classic comedy

Signed Sealed Delivered Sat Feb 24 • 7:30pm-9pm Middlesbrough Theatre Adults £22.50, concessions £20.50 If you love the music of Stevie Wonder, then you’ll love this smash hit show

Mark Morriss (The Bluetones) Sat Feb 24 • 7.30pm The Spa Hotel, Saltburn Tickets £12 Back by popular demand to open “Live” by the Sea 2018

The Revengers Wed Feb 28 - Sat Mar 3 7.30pm (inc. 2.30pm matinee, Mar 3) Middlesbrough Theatre Adults: £14.50, matinee: £10.50 A darkly funny tale from NorthEast authors

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Ward Surgeries Mayor

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland

Tees Valley Elected Mayor

Dave Budd

Ben Houchen

Barry Coppinger Office number - 01642 301653 PCC Barry Coppinger regularly attends community meetings across the force area. For details visit: and search for “your force your voice”




Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland


Andy McDonald MP (Lab) 01642 246574 or Unit 4, Broadcasting House, Newport Road, Middlesbrough. TS1 5JA Dec 8, Feb 9 • 4pm - 6pm Please call to make an appointment

Simon Clarke MP (Con)

01287 631928 or South Tees Conservatives, 7a Church Street, Guisborough. TS14 6HG Simon holds weekly surgeries at venues around his constituency, please call or go online for more details

................................................................... The next scheduled full Council meeting date is: Wed Dec 6, Jan 24 • 7pm • Council Chamber, Town Hall, Middlesbrough. These meetings are open to the public and are also available online



Lab Labour Con Conservative Ind Independent MIG Marton Independent Group MICA Middlesbrough Independent Councillors’ Association In addition to the listed Ward Surgeries, Councillors marked ‘*’ also hold regular Street Surgeries. Residents will be leafleted in advance of visits. Alternatively, residents can call to make an appointment to meet with Councillors to discuss any issues or concerns they may have.

Councillors Acklam Councillor Shamal Biswas (Lab) 01642 827270 or

Councillor Sheila Dean (Lab) 01642 913625 or Newham Bridge Primary School Dec 11, Jan 8, 22, Feb 26 • 5pm - 6pm Term time only

Ayresome Councillor Denise Rooney (Lab)* 01642 821054 or

Councillor Vic Walkington (Lab)* 01642 827329 or Councillors hold weekly street surgeries across the ward on Saturdays and can be contacted by telephone

Berwick Hills & Pallister Councillor Eddie Dryden (Lab) 01642 879091 or


Councillor Julie McGee (Lab)

Councillor Peter Purvis (Lab)

07753 328395 or 01642 288883 or The Neptune Centre, Ormesby Road Dec 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Jan 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb 3, 10, 17, 24 • 10am - 11am Langridge Initiative Centre Dec 5, Jan 2, Feb 6 • 10am - 11am

01642 291472 or Thorntree Community Hub Dec 7, 14, 21, 28, Jan 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 15, 22 • 12.30pm - 1.30pm Dec 2, 16, 30, Jan 13, 27, Feb 10, 24 10am - 11am Home Start Shop, Marshall Avenue, Dec 5, 12, 19, Jan 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb 6, 13, 20, 27 • 10am - 12pm

Brambles & Thorntree


Councillor Mick Thompson (Lab)

Councillor Terence Lawton (Ind) 01642 288769 or Pallister Court Community Centre, Brambles Farm Dec 2, 9, Jan 13, 20, 27, Feb 3, 10, 17, 24 10am - 11am The Thorntree Public House Dec 2, 9, Jan 13, 20, 27, Feb 3, 10, 17, 24 11.30am - 12.30pm

Councillor Geraldine Purvis (Lab) 01642 291472 or

Councillor Linda Lewis (Lab)* 01642 646652 or

Councillor Matthew Storey (Lab)* 01642 985393 or

Councillor Zafar Uddin (Lab)* 01642 820613 or St. Aidan’s Meeting Rm, Grange Rd West Dec 2 • 10am - 11am Breckon Hill Community Centre Jan 6 • 10am - 11am Hazel & Elder Court Meeting Room Feb 3 • 10am - 11am

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Longlands & Beechwood


Councillor David Branson (Lab)* 07724 045998 or Councillor Janice Brunton Dobson (Lab)* 07876 137604 or janice_bruntondobson@ Councillor Jacob Young (Con)* 07828 513315 or Councillors hold Street Surgeries throughout the month and can be contacted by telephone if required

Councillor Teresa Higgins (Lab)* 07847 097379 or Councillor Charles Rooney (Lab)* 01642 821054 or Councillor Joan McTigue (Ind) 01642 827073 or Councillor McTigue is happy to see residents in their home or hers. Please call or email for an appointment

Councillor Lesley McGloin (Ind)* 07919 174207 or Nunthorpe Institute, The Avenue School Dec 4, 18, Jan 15, 29, Feb 12, 26 6.30pm - 7.30pm Councillor Jon Rathmell (Ind)* Nunthorpe Institute, The Avenue School Dec 11, Jan 8, 22, Feb 5, 19 • 6.30pm - 7.30pm

Hemlington Councillor Jeanette Walker (Lab)* 01642 276732 or Councillor Nicky Walker (Lab)* 01642 591473 or Hemlington Library Dec 7, 14, 21, 28, Jan 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 15, 22 • 5pm - 6pm

Kader Councillor Ron Arundale (Con) 01642 288504 or 121 Ruskin Avenue, Acklam Dec 5, 19, Jan 2, 16, Feb 6, 20 6pm - 7pm Councillor Jordan Blyth (Lab)* 07818 857783 or St Margaret’s Church Hall, The Oval Dec 2, Jan 6, Feb 3 • 10am - 11am

Marton East Councillor Dorothy Davison (MIG) 01642 275489 or Councillor Tom Mawston (MIG) 01642 274054 or Marton Community Centre Dec 5, Jan 2, Feb 6 • 9am - 10am Dec 28, Jan 25, Feb 22 • 5pm - 6pm Marton Library, The Willows Dec 9, Jan 13, Feb 10 • 11am - 12pm

Marton West Councillor Chris Hobson (Con)* 01642 313154 or Councillor John Hobson (Con)*


Councillor Mike Carr (Lab) 01642 590111 or Councillor June Goodchild (Lab) 01642 323591 or Easterside Hub Dec 2, 16, Jan 6, 20, Feb 3, 17 10.30am - 11.30am

Councillor Bob Brady (Lab)* 01642 311785 or Councillor Tracy Harvey (Lab)* 01642 279913 or cllrtracy_harvey@ Councillor Alma Hellaoui (Lab)* 07519 365252 or Streets Ahead for Information, Parliament Road Dec 7, 14, 21, 28, Jan 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 15, 22 • 10am - 11am


North Ormesby


Councillor Stephen Bloundele (Lab) 01642 820011 or Councillor Naweed Hussain (Lab) 07766 252524 or Friends’ Meeting House, 131 Cambridge Road Dec 12, Jan 9, 23, Feb 13, 27 6.30pm - 7.30pm

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Councillor Lewis Young (Lab)* 07999 935357 or The Hub, Derwent Street, TS3 6JB Dec 4, Jan 8, Feb 5 • 4pm - 5pm

Park Councillor Frances McIntyre (Lab) 01642 290397 or Councillor Julia Rostron (Lab) 01642812824 or Councillor Margaret Walters (Lab) 01642 822682 or Linthorpe Community Centre Dec 12, Jan 9, 23, Feb 13, 27 6.30pm - 7.30pm

Park End & Beckfield Councillor Brian Hubbard (MICA) 01642 500419 or Councillor Michael Saunders (MICA) 07505 473922 or Councillor Jan Mohan (MICA) 07496790841or North Ormesby Club & Institute, Ormesby Road Dec 12, Jan 9, Feb 13 • 1pm - 2pm Ormesby Club & Institute, High St Dec 27, Jan 31, Feb 28 • 12.30pm - 1.30pm Glastonbury House, Lindisfarne Road Jan 22, Feb 26 • 4pm - 5pm

Stainton & Thornton Councillor David Coupe (Con)

Trimdon Councillor Dennis McCabe (MICA) 07847 305660 or Salvation Army, Trimdon Avenue Dec 11, Jan 8, Feb 12 • 6pm - 7pm Councillor Jean Sharrocks (Lab)* 01642 591335 or Please note that this information is correct at the time of going to press and may be subject to change. You can also visit


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1st – 3rd December 2017

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for a meal for two ask inside participating outlets for details

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Visit for participating venues Registered Charity 1070131

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