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It’s always nice when a plan comes together and that’s certainly the case with the increasing number of varied independent food and drink outlets setting up in the town centre. In 2015 the council drew up a strategy to broaden the range of restaurants and bars available in the town through a partnership approach involving, amongst other things, the renovation of properties and the promotion of markets, music and independent outlets. It’s great to see how that vision has become a reality and in this edition you can read about some of the exciting new venues that have sprung up and brought an explosion of new flavours to the town centre. Middlesbrough’s greatest strength is its people and their achievements never cease to amaze. In conjunction with public health and other organisations the council looks to provide the services that can help people succeed and lead healthier, fuller lives. Our cover story features the story of neo-natal nurse Shona Heslop who has managed to lose over ten stones in little over a year in order to be considered for IVF treatment. Shona was helped by slimming world, Rainbow leisure centre and long walks in the fantastic nearby countryside. Her heartwarming story is a fascinating one and offers hope for anyone looking to lose weight. In this issue we also signpost local services available for those facing other challenges, whether that is overcoming addiction, financial or health worries. Help is out there. Recently a statue and commemoration stone were unveiled in honour of Tom Dresser VC who received the nation’s highest award for gallantry for his actions during World War I. The statue stands outside the Dorman Museum alongside the Cenotaph and a nearby statue of Middlesbrough’s World War II VC hero, Stan Hollis. The area is central to the annual Remembrance Day commemorations in November and an important public space to remind us on a daily basis of the sacrifices of those who fought for the freedoms we enjoy today. In the last edition we included a voucher to save 20% off certain goods at the Dundas Market and Arcade. I’m delighted to say the response was so good we have repeated the offer. Our competitions also prove popular, this time readers have the chance to win health and fitness membership of the town’s leisure centres or free swimming lessons for a year. There’s a wide selection of events happening in the town in the coming weeks and we list many of them in our 12 page what’s on section. There’s something for everyone and whatever you decide to do, enjoy the rest of the summer and early autumn.

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In this issue... Get Active! And win a family trip to Lapland................... 2 Chief Executive’s welcome......................................................... 3 News in brief about your town................................................. 4 Statue unveiled to VC hero...........................................................5 Town centre’s flavour explosion.......................................... 6-7 DOCK BRIDGE? Writing on the wall for public art................ 8 Homes selling fast in Middlesbrough................................... 9 Dundas offers choice for shoppers and traders.......10-11 Young people succeed with Choosing Pathways... 12-13 Ten reasons to study with Middlesbrough College........14 Tees Valley Combined Authority’s road boost plans.........15 Community Learning offers essential skills.................. 16 Multi-million pound boost to housing stock...................17 Teesside University open days................................................... 18 Nominate your community superheroes?....................... 19 Simplify life with a My Middlesbrough account..........20 New approach to learning reaps rewards.........................21 New season, new start for Middlesbrough FC................22 Shona reveals her weight loss secrets........................23-26 Age no barrier to boosting fitness........................................27 Unique health and wellbeing hub opens its doors..... 28 Smokefree decade boosts health in the town................29 Childcare offer doubles for working families.................30 Keep warm this winter................................................................ 31 How Paul beats drugs to turn his life around.........32-33 Are you missing out financially?...................................34-35 Latest blue bin winners..............................................................36 Your guide to autumn in Middlesbrough.................................... 37 Celebrating food and drink....................................................................38 Town Hall reveals its murky past....................................................39 Prepare for a magical Middlesbrough Christmas................40 Theatre offers something for everyone.......................................41 Much to discover at new look Captain Cook Museum.......42 Residents boost exhibition on town’s links with Japan......43 Your essential autumn listings guide...................................44-45 Ward surgeries – how to contact your local councillor......46-47 Tuck into the Town Meal........................................................................48

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News in brief A pioneering scheme to get men more active in Middlesbrough is being picked up around the country. Sporting Chance was launched in 2014, with a winning combination of exercise and socialising based at in friendly local venues around the town. One Planet Middlesbrough’s Community Patchwork Orchard project, funded by the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ grant, is mapping fruit trees in the town that are easily accessible to the public so that their bounty doesn’t go to waste. We’re also making sure that surplus fruit, including apples, pears and plums, is shared. So, if you’ve a tree in your back garden that produces more than you cope with, then we can make sure it goes to a good home. Report fruit trees, ask to be considered for donations and find out more about the Community Patchwork Orchard by visiting, email orsearch@patchworkorchardonFacebook.

The inclusive programme - a collaboration between Volunteering Matters and Middlesbrough Council Public Health - is aimed at increasing activity levels and reducing social isolation in men over 50. Activities range from reminiscence sessions and trips, to armchair exercise, walks, circuits and aqua sessions. For more information on Sporting Chance contact Brian on 01642 515616 or



To highlight the campaign the group invited ITV Tyne Tees to see how they talk about mental health and why it is important. Anti-stigma volunteer Iona Peers said: “Asking somebody how they are, or letting them know you are there if they are struggling, can make it much easier to get the discussion started.”


A Middlesbrough sustainable food initiative has won recognition with a prestigious national award.

Laura’s rescue act features on the hoardings telling the history of the Town Hall and she met up with Brendan recently when the band played at Teesside University. Brendan said, “Laura saved my life that night more than she’ll ever know so I want to say thank you. It was wonderful, really wonderful. There’s a lot of good in the world! She’s my hero.”

Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind wants to raise awareness about what support is out there and to break the stigma attached to mental health this comes in the wake of the Mental Health Foundation report highlighting the North East as the area most affected by mental health.

Anyone concerned about their own mental health, or that of someone they know, can contact the charity on 01642 257020 or visit


When New York rock band Wheatus first played Middlesbrough back in 2003, singer Brendan B Brown had his glasses pinched off his nose as he crowd surfed the Town Hall fans. Fortunately Teessider Laura Jade Smith was on hand to retreive the stolen goods and hand them back.

With a new report showing more than 70 per cent of people in the North East struggle with their mental health, a local charity is encouraging communities to talk about it.

Middlesbrough Food Partnership has received a Sustainable Food Cities Bronze Award for its work in making healthy, value for money food available to all. The Middlesbrough Food Partnership was formed in 2010 by Middlesbrough Environment City (MEC), bringing together local businesses, organisations and community groups with a passion for growing food, eating healthily and ensuring value for money food is accessible to everyone. MEC Director Mark Fishpool (pictured right) said: “We are very proud to have achieved this award. Food plays an important part of our local economy and access to affordable and nutritious food is vital to the health of our residents.”

A pioneering care home - believed to be the first of its kind in the UK - has opened in Middlesbrough. Residents at Fountains Court will be able to go to the movies, pop into the Post Office to post a letter and grab a bite to eat at an American diner. There’s a Victorian-style tea room and even a pub at the residential complex in The Pastures at Coulby Newham. The purpose-built 42-bedroom care home is designed around a working period street scene complete with six operational shop fronts, a curiosity shop window display, a central fountain, a working red phone box and traditional street lighting. Proprietor George Dixon said: “The idea is to provide a far more stimulating environment than residents would normally expect to find in a traditional care home. The interactive setting is designed to be much closer to ‘normal’ life, giving them a greater sense of well-being and independence.”

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Cenotaph and statues ensure Middlesbrough will never forget If I should die, think only this of me, That there’s some corner of a foreign field That is for ever England. These poignant words, taken from Rupert Brooke’s poem reflect on a soldier preparing for battle during the First World War, and his final thoughts about the home he accepts he may never return to. Remembrance Day, and the recent unveiling of a statue, will ensure that in Middlesbrough the bravery of those who died on foreign fields, and those who did return, will never be forgotten. When the crowds gather on Remembrance Sunday November 12 at the Cenotaph to pay their respects to those who gave their life in sacrifice of their country, they will also be able to look upon two nearby statues commemorating the actions of two local heroes from the first and second world wars who made it back to Middlesbrough. Tom Dresser was awarded the nation’s highest honour for gallantry in the face of the enemy for his actions in Northern France in 1917. Despite being shot twice he made it back across no mans land to a detached company of men, bringing with him vital intelligence and grenades. Earlier this year the statue was unveiled in the presence of Private Dresser’s son Tom and his grandsons Brian and Paul Dresser and was followed with a blessing by Canon John Lumley. A centenary stone

also marks 100 years since he was presented with the Victoria Cross by King George V. The statue was sculptured by Brian Alabaster, whose statue of another local hero, Stan Hollis, stands nearby. CSM Hollis received the honour for

Laying of the First Poppy Thursday November 9, 2017 10.30am: Those taking part need to assemble at the Cenotaph. 11.05am: The Mayor will be laying the First Poppy on the Field of Remembrance at the Cenotaph 12noon: Erimus Heritage Room,Town Hall. To turn a page in each of the two Books of Remembrance.

his actions during the D Day landings on June 6 1944 and was presented with the medal by King George VI on October 1944. Above, Hon. David Dugdale, Deputy Lieutenant of North Yorkshire and Tom Dresser VC’s son, also Tom, unveil the statue

Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service Sunday November 12, 2017 10.30am: The Parade will form up ready to march up to the Cenotaph for the Service, 11am: Minutes silence 12.30pm: Service finishes


Paying tribute to today’s military This year’s Armed Forces Day was celebrated in Middlesbrough with a wide array of entertainment and activities for all the family. The celebration took place on Saturday, June 17 and marked the annual day of recognition, when local communities pay tribute to the wider role our Armed Forces personnel play throughout the UK as well as their involvement in ongoing conflicts around the globe.

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A packed programme of military fun, centred on Linthorpe Road and Corporation Road, included an exhibition of military vehicles and motorbikes, a climbing wall, paintballing, face painting, traditional games and much more. This year’s event also featured a very

special performance by the Doo Wop Dollies singing all the war time classics as well as a lunchtime tea dance. Armed Forces Day - formerly known as Veterans’ Day - is supported locally by The Middlesbrough and Teesside PhilanthropicFoundation’sGoldenGiveaway.


Turtle Bay, Corporation Road

Fork in the Road, Linthorpe Road

The Chairman, Bedford Street

Olde Young Tea House , Grange Road

Town reaps benefit of “It’s nice to be part of Middlesbrough’s revolution.” That’s the view from the town’s first “izakaya” and for those not familiar with that word (most of us, surely?) - it’s Japanese for an informal and intimate eating and drinking establishment. Middlesbrough’s Umi Japanese Bar and Restaurant is one of a number of new food and drink establishments that have opened in the centre of town this year, with many more set to follow. They include The Bottled Note, Turtle Bay, Bistrot Pierre, The Tap House, Hit The Bar, The Weird Beard, Acropolis Greek Taverna, Fork in the Road, Uno Momento, The Cow Shed, One59 Bar and Social and The Gravy Boat. Often quirky, never boring, the new wave of flavours follows on the back of the Baker and Bedford Street explosion and other nearby local favourites including Infant Hercules, The Teahouse and Devil’s Advocate. But none of it has come about by chance. In 2015, following the success of Baker Street (Phase 1), Middlesbrough Council set about the development of empty properties on Bedford Street into independent


food and drink outlets, which became Phase 2. This focus on encouraging independent businesses was one of the factors behind Peter and Sarah Walker deciding to choose Middlesbrough for their charcuterie restaurant and bar, The Curing House. Former offshore plater Peter has always been a “foodie” with a particular interest in preparing his own charcuterie delicacies such as chorizo, bacons and salami, whilst Sarah’s background was in investment management. When they decided to take the plunge and launch their own restaurant, the big decision was where? “Three things make a good restaurant, menu, ambience and location and we believe we have

found all three in Bedford Street,” says Sarah. “There isn’t another restaurant like us in the town and we were also attracted by the fact the area was looking for independent businesses, so there are lots of different and unique outlets to attract people.” One year on and Sarah believes they made the right choice. “It has been a hard slog but we have a great team and it has been worth it. The transformation of the street from tired grey terracing to how it looks now has been amazing.” The Council’s vision for the town centre envisaged Phase 3 as a “high quality food market” and Phase 4 an ambition to grow the momentum from Baker and Bedford Street to the “wrap-around” of Grange Road, Linthorpe Road, Albert Road and Borough Road.

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Umi, Fairbridge Street

Infant Hercules, Grange Road

The Curing House, Bedford Street

Orange Pip Market, Baker Street

independent thinking The “high quality food market”, of course, became Orange Pip Market which it is estimated brings £1m into the local economy and is enjoyed by, on average, 6,500 people each month. And one of those businesses that has contributed to the “wrap-around” is the aforementioned Umi (right). Callum Walker from the business told lovemiddlesbrough: “The location is good. We wanted to be seen from Linthorpe Road and we did want a small shop, it fits with the traditional izakayas in Tokyo and Osaka as they are always small and intimate. “We started on Baker Street doing Orange Pip Market trialling it and we wanted to stay near to that as well. It’s nice to be part of Middlesbrough’s revolution. “We opened at the end of May and it’s gone really well - better than we expected. Everyone who has been in seems to really like it and seems really excited to have a Japanese restaurant in Middlesbrough.” Following on from that scheme

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proposed in 2015 is Middlesbrough Council’s Investment Strategy unveiled earlier this year which aims to make Middlesbrough the economic heart and city centre of the Tees Valley. The authority will invest more than £74m to attract more than £700m of further private investment.

Major projects in the pipeline include the renovation of Middlesbrough Town Hall, the snow centre at Middlehaven, the renovation of Centre North East and the building of five Grade A office blocks to the east of Centre Square which will create around 1,500 new jobs. Sharon Thomas, Middlesbrough Council’s Director of Economic Development and Infrastructure, said: “The four phase Baker-Bedford Street project is a clear example of what can be achieved in Middlesbrough by the Council and some amazing and talented entrepreneurs with a clear plan and clear goal. “Our investment strategy aims to now light the blue touch paper for regeneration which will see Middlesbrough transformed into the city centre and economic heart of the Tees Valley region. “We are about to see some very exciting changes in Middlesbrough to build on the already fabulous new additions of recent years.”


Work under way on key regeneration gateway The £10 million Middlehaven Dock Bridge and link road will create a major new access point that will kick-start the next phase of the town’s ambitious regeneration programme. Over the next 12 months the Middlesbrough Council-led project will see contractor Balfour Beatty replace the existing footbridge across Middlehaven Dock with a state-ofthe-art road bridge. The new Dock Bridge is due to open next summer, paving the way for work to start on the proposed snow centre. The new road access will help to ease congestion on the A66 trunk route, as well as further opening up around 25 hectares of significant mixed-use commercial and residential development land on the wider Middlehaven site. The scheme has been designed and progressed by Middlesbrough Council over the last 18 months with a major injection of £3.9 million from Tees Valley Combined Authority. Kevin Parkes, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Director of Growth and Place, said: “This latest phase in the transformation of Middlehaven will further help to unlock the area’s huge potential, changing the face of Middlesbrough forever. “The new Dock Bridge is a major step forward in the development of Middlehaven, and strengthen Middlesbrough’s role as the city heart of the Tees Valley. Completing the east-west riverside arterial route will also help to ease congestion and boost public transport in what is one of the region’s most important

regeneration areas.” The new road and lifting bridge - with associated lighting, drainage and landscaping works - will feature a 95-tonne steel bridge deck with 120 tonnes of steel reinforcement and 159 tonnes of pre-cast concrete units. The new highways will link Shepherdson Way with Scott’s Road, crossing a narrow channel connecting Middlehaven Dock to the River Tees. Community benefits during the project will include work experience, trainee and apprenticeship opportunities, engagement with local schools and colleges and adult employment opportunities.

Balfour Beatty Operations Director Neil Beck said: “We are looking forward to renewing our working relationship with Middlesbrough Council to deliver the new Middlehaven Dock Bridge and road. “Improving the access to the Middlehaven Development site will assist with the regeneration of the surrounding area for which we are delighted to be a part of.” Throughout the works, Balfour Beatty, Middlesbrough Football Club and the Council will work to ensure football fans, residents and businesses are kept informed of any disruption to pedestrian and road access.


Writing on the wall for public art A literary twist is adding a new dimension to a number of prominent buildings across Middlesbrough town centre. Ten pieces of classic and contemporary literature, including poetry and literary quotes, will be hand painted on walls visible throughout the town centre. The first three pieces are now in place on Baker Street (pictured) , Bedford Street and King Edward’s Square in the University quarter. The rationale behind the project is to celebrate the written word and enrich the culture of Middlesbrough. The poems will inspire the public as they move through the town.


Eventually, the pieces will also create a trail which will serve as a tourist attraction; they will also be actively accessed by schools and colleges. In addition, the project will be a valuable demonstration of the ambitions for the Tees Valley City of Culture bid in 2025 and builds on the installation of street art at the Linthorpe Road A66 underpass near the railway station. Nicky Peacock, Curator of the Middlesbrough Council Project, said: “Research shows that projects such

as this encourage mindfulness and a sense of discovery in a familiar environment. Town centres can once again become useful, lively, creative places that reflect the diversity of our communities - but not through retail alone.”

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Town invests in bricks and mortar Middlesbrough’s ambitious house building programme has taken a further step forward with planning approval secured for new homes at Stainsby Hall Farm. 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. Middlesbrough is currently embarked on the most ambitious housebuilding programme in its history, with 2,059 new homes completed over the last three years and 7,000 due by 2029. The building of modern, high quality housing is crucial if Middlesbrough is to retain and grow its population as a key driver in wealth generation and the delivery of good quality public services. In Middlesbrough the growth in the Council Tax base for the town has risen by £6m since 2012-13 meaning frontline public services have been protected as much as possible as Government cuts to local authorities’ budgets continue to bite. The building programme covers the full spectrum of housing, including affordable homes, housing associations, family homes and self-builds. One of the successes

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of Middlesbrough’s house building programme in recent times has been the high quality Grey Towers Farm development at Nunthorpe (above). Scott Martin, Managing Director of Barratt David Wilson Homes, said: “So confident were we in the Council’s forward-thinking approach to growth and regeneration that it was quickly clear that a flagship development at Grey Towers Farm would make a real statement of that this town is going places. “So far we have delivered 100 much needed, new, high-end homes at Grey Towers alongside a commitment to build at least a further 300, with Middlesbrough Council partnering us throughout, offering invaluable support and encouraging first class design. “Thanks to that relationship we’re committed to an investment programme in the town worth some £80m over the next six to eight years, with an impact on the wider economy estimated at nearly a quarter of a billion pounds - to put it into context that’s a staggering 4% of the annual GDP of the Tees Valley as a whole.”

Elsewhere in the town the Taylor Wimpey development at Hemlington Grange has recently opened its show home and is already selling properties off plan.

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Grow your own business at Dundas Market

Dundas Market is the home of the entrepreneur with a range of units to help your business grow. In recent weeks, six new businesses have joined the line up of independent traders in the Indoor Market and taken advantage of our low cost start-up packages bringing with them authentic Indian food, original West African garments, traditional and modern sweets, wedding and party planning and gifts, handcrafted jewellery and vintage gifts, and tattoos. Mama Lydia opened Demada Chic Boutique to sell original African designed and made women’s and men’s outfits, alongside European clothing ranges. She started selling clothes from home and thanks to Dundas Market’s Enterprise Initiative she has taken the next step and is now running her business full time for a six month trial.

John Walsh is an experience tattoo artist returning to the area recently after years away and has opened his small studio unit in the rear of the Indoor Market. He says the low risk, easy set up and assistance made it an obvious choice of location to launch his new business. Taking a low cost enterprise unit proved a launching pad for the success of independent business InterStellar Comic. After three successful months owner Michael McQuillan is moving to a larger unit as demand for his range of comics rockets. He joins other successful businesses in the market, such as Ebenezer Hair and Bag Boutique which started life in an Enterprise Unit.

Meanwhile, businesses like The Festival Shop, Tik Tok, HomeFair Blinds, Buckshees Military Surplus and LD Printing continue to prosper having started out in the Indoor Market and overtime, one by one, have upgraded into independent retail outlets in the shopping centre. “Dundas Market is truly the home of the entrepreneur and the easiest place in town to start a business. From only £60 per week all in, on flexible terms, you can be trading in less than five days as part of our Enterprise Scheme,” says Market Manager David Harris. For further information email or tel. 01642 232552.


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offers more choice for shoppers and traders There’s more choice than ever for shoppers in our friendly shopping centre and indoor market. Our wide range of independent stores in both the mall and the market operate alongside national chains such as Boyes, B&M, Fulton Foods and Cooplands to ensure shoppers have the best of both worlds. There is also plenty going on for all the community. New tenant Alta Ego has launched a Handmade and Vintage Fair in the indoor market every first Saturday of the month

whilst our fabulous Food and Craft Markets are now firmly established on the last Friday and Saturday of every month. Ageing Better Middlesbrough host meet-ups for the over 50s on the third Wednesday of every month between 10am-12noon in Jeans Kitchen. On September 2 Diamond Heaven will be hosting a Wedding Fayre

and October sees the return of the Halloween Grotto run by Festival Store. So keep in touch, follow us on Facebook and Twitter at our new address: @DundasShopping and don’t forget to call in and spend your voucher!


Dundas aims to be dementia friendly The Shopping Centre and Indoor Market has recently joined the Dementia Friendly Middlesbrough Project and is working to becoming a “Dementia Friendly” shopping centre. Centre management and staff at Jeans Kitchen, the café at the heart of the indoor market, have become Dementia Friends by attending a training and awareness programme run by Cleveland Alzheimer’s Residential Centre. They are now fully trained in helping people with dementia and carers to get about the centre and feel safe. Dundas Market Manager David Harris says: “As a community oriented shopping centre we always try to

support all people in their shopping. “Almost 80 per cent of people with dementia list shopping as their favourite activity, but often people stop going as their dementia progresses because they are worried about getting the support they need. Our dementia friendly training means that we can now provide more help. “We are committed to creating a destination where both carers and people living with dementia can feel safe and comfortable visiting.

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Nibbles named top of the chocs! It’s official! Choc nibbles are the Dundas Market’s number one sweets! Newly opened The Sweet Corner sells more choc nibbles than it does any other traditional favourite. Shoppers can buy traditional sweets, modern classics, brand new flavours from jars, as well as slush, candy floss and popcorn. If they don’t stock your favourite, business owner Vince Gibson will order it in. He said: “both new and traditional sweets sell well, but choc nibbles are our top seller.”

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A seasoned retailer of many years, Vince swapped a Hartlepool pet shop for The Sweet Corner in Dundas Market and says: “I have had a fantastic opening period and have settled into the Dundas very quickly. Customers and other retailers alike have been very welcoming and I already feel at home in the Indoor Market.”

This coupon entitles you to 20% off any purchase made for goods or services at any retailer in the Dundas Indoor Market when handed in to redeem at the time of purchase. Minimum spend £5. Maximum spend to qualify for discount is £100. 1 coupon per transaction. Photocopies not acceptable. Valid until Sep 30 2017.

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Take control of your life through Choosing Pathways Not sure what to do next then Choosing Pathways and its unique “Choices” workshops could be the answer to finding a career.

Whether it’s down to lack of self confidence, personal circumstances, poor careers advice or other factors, many young people aged 15-29 can find themselves not in education, employment or training. ‘Choosing Pathways’ is a motivational programme designed to help encourage people into finding and sustaining a positive outcome in their life such as finding a job, a traineeship or apprenticeship. In some cases it will help people move into further education to improve their future prospects and chances of succeeding. There’s also a package of financial support and incentives available in terms of travel, childcare, interview clothes and more. 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. The successful programme has already worked with over 300 young people across Teesside, with many moving quickly into employment and training with additional support available for up to six months after a job or training has been secured. 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. Run by Middlesbrough Councils’ Community Learning Service, the Choosing Pathways programme is part of the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) and delivered in conjunction with Sixth Sense Learning, a successful commercial training company.

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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Kerrie achieves retail ambition

Kerrie Johnson knew she wanted to work in retail but felt let down by previous training courses. She came to ‘Choosing Pathways’ with very low self esteem and it was quickly established that this was Kerrie’s main barrier to success. Kerrie was assigned a ‘Learning Advisor’, James, who was dedicated to working proactively on a 1:1 basis with Kerrie to help improve her approach to various situations. James helped Kerrie to identify new opportunities’ available in the job market and also helped her with her approach to applications. Following her completion of the ‘CHOICES’ programme, Kerrie appeared more motivated and work


ready, and whilst job searching with her ‘Learning Advisor’ she identified a vacancy working for Marks & Spencer

over the Christmas period. Kerrie completed the online application form and assessment with intensive support from her advisor and secured a temporary Christmas role. Kerrie was very happy with this and her confidence grew. Following her contract ending, Kerrie re-engaged with ‘Choosing Pathways’ and accepted more help from James to gain employment moving forward. A week later, after more support, Kerrie was offered the opportunity to go back and work for Marks & Spencer again and is now permanently employed.

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Confidence boost leads to job Ayesha Zabeir outlines the difference Choosing Pathways has made to her career and life. Taking up the opportunity of working with the Choosing Pathways YEI programme turned out to be the best decision I ever made. Although I had a strong belief that I had the work ethic and transferable skills required to meet the requirements for working as a Business Administration Apprentice; I lacked the employment skills required to get me in front of employers; and the confidence to market myself positively once in front of an employer. “I attended regular 1-2-1s with Debbi, my Learning Adviser and we worked together on: Job Seeking Skills, registration to a number of different Apprenticeship Providers, confidence, the local labour market, marketing and interview techniques. I felt fully part of the process, learning and gaining in confidence and motivation. With support every step of the way from Debbi, I worked carefully on my applications for the National Apprenticeship website and received several responses back. Although things were happening, my confidence started to dip the longer time went on. I was at a loss as to what more I could do. This is when Debbi suggested I attend Choices.

‘Choices’ was unique, in that it allowed me to develop a different perspective. This change was instrumental in preparing me to focus on achieving personal success. In short, it helped me with my mindset and resilience. It turned out to be a fantastic improvement on my previous efforts; I attended an interview for a Level 2 Business Administration apprenticeship shortly after

completing the workshops and was successful in securing a position at Densham Doctor’s Surgery in Stockton, where I have now started employment with training. Choosing Pathways, Choices and my Learning Adviser, Debbi, without doubt, helped and motivated me in countless ways throughout the process of securing an apprenticeship.


Ryan’s on the way up When Ryan Whitehead started Choosing Pathways in February he had been unemployed for over four months and was keen to get back into a customer facing role. Through supportive 1-2-1 sessions Ryan’s ‘Choosing Pathways’ advisor, Tom, helped Ryan review his CV, create a cover letter using Ryan’s unique selling points, sharpen his approach to searching for jobs. He helped Ryan understand that starting from the bottom and working his way up through a company was an excellent way to learn all the skills and processes he needed for his eventual goal of becoming a hotel manager. Whilst on ‘Choosing Pathways’ Ryan attended two training courses. The first, ‘Choices’, delivered by Sixth Sense Learning helped Ryan discover his main strengths, not

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just for jobs but in life giving him more confidence and motivation to succeed, here he identified his values and how it was important to find a job and career that can fulfil these values as often as possible. The second was a customer service course through CTees where Ryan gained a Level 2 in Customer Service to improve his skills and his employability. Soon after completing these courses, Ryan secured an interview with McDonalds. What followed was a period of tailored 1-2-1 support that included interview preparation, interview practise and YEI funded suitable interview clothes as he

previously had none that were suitable. Ryan successfully secured full time employment with McDonalds as a Team member. Ryan said “I really liked the 1-2-1s; they gave a personal approach and really improved my chances of getting back into work, ‘Choices’ had a relaxed atmosphere where the facilitator was so enthusiastic, I wouldn’t change anything about my ‘Choosing Pathways’ experience.”


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Update from Tees Valley Combined Authority Keeping the Economy Moving The Combined Authority’s key aims are to grow the local economy and create jobs. For this to happen, we need to improve our roads so that they are safe and less congested, allowing people and freight to move around quickly and efficiently. At the beginning of July we held a number of public information engagement events in Middlesbrough, Darlington, Hartlepool, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees in conjunction with the local councils. The purpose of these events was to reveal our exciting plans for a new river crossing and improved eastwest connectivity on the A66 corridor to the A1(M), providing a consistent standard of route all the way to the international port at Teesport. Whilst these proposals are still at the development stage we wanted to share plans with the people who use the roads day in day out at the earliest possible opportunity and gather feedback.

It was really encouraging to see the positive support from the people that came along to the events. We want to provide and maintain a high quality major road network that is safe, less congested, reliable and meets the needs of Tees Valley residents and businesses. For too long commuters have faced frustrating delays to cross the River Tees, creating additional costs to the Tees Valley’s economy and limiting our growth potential. We are determined to take action, and will be putting forward a compelling case for national investment. Whilst recognising these projects won’t happen overnight we continue to push forward and will keep you updated with our progress. If you would like to find out more about our plans and give some feedback please visit Twitter @TeesValleyCA Linked In TeesValleyCA Twitter Twitter @TeesValleyCA @TeesValleyCA Linked In

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Equipping you with the essential skills to find a job Courses starting September Functional skills English & maths courses You will work towards a Level 1 or 2 qualification. Level 2 is considered an equivalent to GCSE grades A-C for some purposes. Attendance at evening class for 3 hours once a week. Most courses are 22 weeks long with enrolment throughout the year.

GCSE English language & GCSE maths Required for entry to many careers. The new 9-1 GCSE courses start in September and are held on an evening for three hours a week with additional home study. Final exams are held in May and June. Community Learning tutor Kevin Pratt with learners at the Multi-Media Exchange

Middlesbrough Community Learning English and maths courses give people the opportunity to gain the skills and confidence they need to move on in their career, progress at work or change course completely. Learners not only gain qualifications that are valued by employers and colleges, they also improve their confidence and gain skills that help them when looking for work. Courses are available to improve the skills of English speakers and for people whose native language is not English. Many courses are completely free or attract assistance with fees. Some take place during the day and others are evening classes. For a free assessment visit Community Learning at the Multi-media Exchange on Corporation Road or book an appointment on 01642 354180.

Ways to Work learners come from all walks of life and have a range of different needs and circumstances Every learner on Ways to Work courses has the support of a personal advisor, who helps them to overcome barriers and move towards work. The advisors can help with finding college courses or work experience. Will, who is currently a Ways to Work learner said, “Since coming here I have become more confident. I was shy before but I am now motivated to keep learning to better myself. The teacher has helped me a lot.”


Michal came to England in May 2014 and his plan was to find a job in logistics because of his experience and education. Although he could understand English, Michal realised he would benefit from a better grasp of the language and grammar. As he described it, “real life” English. He said: “My teacher helped me with lots of things, including how to write a CV and a covering letter. There was always a friendly atmosphere, everybody was helpful and I can count on all of these people even now we have finished the course.” After attending a Functional Skills English evening class Michal gained a Level 2 Functional English qualification. He now works for Bulk Tainer Logistics based in Stokesley.

Fast track English & maths courses Held during the day for 8 hours per week. Courses last 6-7 weeks long and lead to a Functional Skills qualification at Level 1 or 2.

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Ways to Work courses Held during the day for 12 hours per week to improve ESOL, English or maths skills and also work on gaining other skills that employers require. You will also have the support of a trained advisor to support you as you look for work. Initial assessment required for all English, maths, ESOL or Ways to Work courses. Please ring 01642 354180 to book an appointment. Middlesbrough Community Learning offers a range of other courses that can help you move into work or progress at work. These include Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools, the Award in Education and Training and Assessing and Quality Assurance. For more information ring 01642 811400, visit or find Middlesbrough Community Learning on Facebook

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Multi-million pound boost to housing Over the next year Thirteen’s investment programme will improve the quality of thousands of homes and the environment in which the company manages housing. The programme will involve carrying out £26m of internal and external improvements on homes across the Tees Valley. This includes replacing 638 kitchens, 565 bathrooms and 2,797 boilers. More than 800 properties will receive new windows and doors. In Berwick Hills some customers will benefit from brand new fully-fitted bathrooms, kitchens, windows and doors and some residents in South Bank will soon receive new kitchens and bathrooms. Customers will see a real difference. Not only will the improvements enhance

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the appearance of their homes, but they will make them more energy efficient and more cost effective. We’re continuing to help reduce our customers fuel bills, with over 500 new boilers being installed in properties in Pallister Park. The type of maintenance carried out and when, depends on a number of things like the age of the property’s fittings and regulations for things like heating systems and wiring. There will be £5m invested to improve the quality of our neighbourhoods for our customers Rutland Court is just one of a number of areas in Middlesbrough which is benefitting from the work. Over 40 residents in the Grange Road area of the town have had their kitchens replaced on the estate. Residents had the choice of four styles of kitchen to choose from, before they were installed by the team of joiners, plumbers, electricians and tilers from Thirteen. Jude Cansfield, 61, has lived in Rutland Court since 2009. She has always lived in Middlesbrough, from

and a further £3m on some of our buildings including Jupiter Court. The work is being completed by Thirteen’s property services team and specialist contractors where needed. If you’re one of our customers living in one of our homes which is being updated, we’ll send you a letter to tell you about the plans. We’ll then contact you to discuss the improvement work and you can ask us any questions you might have. To find out more about investment work being carried out by Thirteen in Middlesbrough go to

Berwick Hills to North Ormesby, where she worked for her parents in the pubs, until more recently she worked in the kitchens at Wilton. She can’t thank the staff enough for the work they’ve done. She said: “They’ve done a great job. My new kitchen is fantastic. I was able to stay in my home while they did the work. “Nothing has been too much trouble for them. The customer service I’ve had from all of them has been brilliant.”




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Tell us who your safety superheroes are Do you know a superhero who has gone the extra mile to ensure community safety? Barry Coppinger, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, believes such local heroes should be recognised and is asking the public to let him know their nominations. Mr Coppinger said: “A central part of my role as PCC is to promote good examples of community safety action that help make Cleveland a safer place to live, work and visit. “That’s why I created these awards to highlight the fantastic work going on in our communities on a daily basis and to recognise the difference these people make. “I look forward to reading through the nominations this year and encourage anyone who has witnessed examples of good community work to let us know.” The awards recognise achievements of those in the police, housing organisations, community safety partnerships, and the private and voluntary sectors. Last year the award for Middlesbrough Neigbourhood Officer of the Year went to Insp Tina Notman for her innovative work in preventing antiscoial behaviour and diverting young people from crime. Helen Barron was named Middlesbrough’s Neighbourhood Police Community Support officer of the Year. Helen gives up much of her free

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time to help local communities and last year this included fundraising for Zoe’s Place, family fun days and galas, supporting grassroots projects and playing a leading role in the town’s Tour de Yorkshire celebrations. Mr Coppinger presented a special lifetime achievement award to Wendy Shepherd for her tireless work with Barnardos and the fight against Child Sexual Exploitation both locally and nationally. Wendy herself stepped up to present an award for two young men, Adam Downing and Altayeb Younis who showed incredible bravery in saving an injured and vulnerable young woman who was threatening to jump off a bridge over the A66. Other winners included North Ormesby Residents Against Crime (above) for their work in improving the quality of life in their local community and Community Volunteer Champion of the year Tony Whitby for the many years he has devoted to running boxing clubs, helping hundreds of young people from all backgrounds to lead healthy lives and learn discipline and respect. Inset top: Deputy Chief Constable Simon Nickless presents Helen Barron with the PCSO of the Year Award. Inset bottom: PCC Barry Coppinger presents Wendy Shepherd with her Lifetime Achievement Award.

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A new approach in the step from education to workplace Lingfield Choosing Pathways is a progressive development of Middlesbrough Council’s Community Learning Service that offers an alternative route to education qualifications and the first steps into employment for young people aged 14-19. The service offers education provision for children in school years 9-11 and then the opportunity for 16-19 year olds to take up a 6 month traineeship. This format enables a new starter to engage in their chosen vocational area and to then progress to workplace experience in order to continue to learn and improve their skills. Students also gain a qualification in Personal Development, Employability and a vocational qualification . Through vocational directed learning and training Lingfield Choosing Pathways aims to equip young people to face the world from a personal development stand point and propel them naturally into employment. Jan Earl, Alternative Provision Coordinator for Middlesbrough Community Learning (right) said, “We promote equality, diversity and individualism by supporting

each student’s journey. This is underpinned by a dedicated team of professional educators delivering student led alternative learning, focused on inclusion. “Lessons are tailored around employment and offer valuable qualifications and real work experience. This produces an environment where all students’ have the opportunity to develop life skills and achieve their goals.” Jan explained how staff work closely with local employers in a wide variety of industries, providing valuable hands on work experience to complement the training courses. Whatever a student’s chosen vocation may be, the aim is to find the most appropriate placements based around individual needs, aims, and aspirations “All students should leave with skills in communication, team work problem solving and employability along with work placement experience in their chosen vocational area,” says Jan. “The service has only been operating for a short period of time and has already enjoyed some fantastic results.” If you know a student aged 14-16 who

would benefit from a vocationally focussed education or someone aged 16-19 looking to learn a trade and gain valuable qualifications you can contact Lingfield Choosing Pathways Call 01642 598446 / 01642 576520 or 07795 813019 Email: Follow us on Twitter: @lingfieldcp Find us on Facebook: lingfield choosing pathways


Outdoor life suits James James Welsh, 16, frequently missed lessons at school before he moved to study at Lingfield Choosing Pathways. Last year he engaged with the Alternative Vocational Provision so much he had a 100% attendance record. He progressed onto the six month Traineeship Programme where, along with other students, he has benefitted from the tailored tutoring which promotes employability skills, personal and social development skills. James’ progress has been such that he has been offered a Horitcultural apprenticeship with a local company. He said, “I have enjoyed my time at Lingfield, they have helped me massively. I enjoy working outdoors

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Shona Heslop has lost over ten stone in the hope of starting a family. Here she tells lovemiddlesbrough the secrets of her slimming success. It was the start of a new year when Shona Heslop finally realised her lifestyle had to change. A few months earlier, she’d had an evening at the theatre with her husband Craig, but instead of sitting back and enjoying the show, Le Grand Cirque, Shona, then a size 26, hovered, wedged between the arms of the seat, for the whole performance. “I was so wide, my bum didn’t touch the seat all the time we were there!” she confesses. “At home my graduation photo was on the wall and every time I saw it, I thought I looked like a tent. “Worst of all, Craig and I longed for a baby and we knew we would have to try IVF but I’d never get on the waiting list if I didn’t lose weight. I was 35 and I was existing, not living. As 2016 started, I knew I had to sort my health out.” But Shona, now 36, from Marton Middlesbrough, hadn’t always been overweight. As a girl growing up she was skinny and active, and a black belt in karate by the age of 14. “My mam always warned me everyone in my family was big and it would catch up with me one day, but I didn’t believe her back then!” laughs Shona.

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She was 20 and a trim eight and a half stone when she met local lad Craig, who was two years older than her, in her auntie’s pub, The Spitfire in Thornaby, where she was working. Just 16 weeks after meeting, the pair got married, in July 2001, and Shona wore a size 8 fitted corset-style dress. “I lived on a diet of sweets and crisps. I didn’t like vegetables at all, but I

Regular sessions at her local leisure centre help Shona keep in shape

went to the gym and I did a lot of walking so I stayed slim,” she recalls. “Craig was fit. He’s always been a runner and done bike rides and he doesn’t have my sweet tooth.” But with married life came a new kind of stress - Craig was a senior aircraftsman in the RAF regiment and he was posted to Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan for six months’ active

New look Shona with one of her old nurses blouses. She has dropped from size 26 to a size 10


service at a time. While he was away, Shona worried about him, and lived on toast and apples, but when he came home, their feasts began! “We made the most of him being home,” says Shona. “We went out for bar meals and we had lots of takeaways. I thought nothing of having a Chinese takeaway of chow mein, fried rice, fried prawn toast, everything with batter, and chips. If I had a pizza, I’d have a large one, with chips and garlic bread! “I yo-yoed like this for a long time - gaining weight when Craig was home, then losing it while he was away.” The pair had wanted a family ever since they first met, but after trying for two years, they had tests, and then they had some devastating news. Craig had been left infertile after having mumps when he was two - if they wanted children, they would have to try IVF. But to go on the IVF waiting list, Shona had to be a healthy weight. At the time, in 2004, she was about 5st overweight. “We wanted a baby so much, I joined Slimming World, I started cooking at home and we didn’t eat out much,”


she says. “I lost the 5st. When I saw the consultant, I was told we were at the top of the waiting list for IVF. We were ecstatic.” But their hopes were dashed just a few days later. “We got a call to say the funding for IVF had been withdrawn. If we could pay for the treatment ourselves, we could still go ahead and have IVF. But it was thousands of pounds which we didn’t have,” confides Shona.

“After that I was quite down. I knew Craig and I would be amazing parents but it seemed we weren’t going to get that chance. I comfort ate on crisps and chocolate and I put all the weight back on. “I’d always wanted to be a nurse so I concentrated all my efforts on my career and did a paediatric nursing degree at Teesside University. But I’d sit up at night, doing my work on my laptop, with a family-sized bag of chocolates. I kidded myself I needed the sugar. Work placements on wards left me shattered.” It was whilst she was at university that Shona was diagnosed with health problems – she was anaemic, she was suffering palpitations and she had high blood pressure. Her weight had ballooned to her heaviest - 22st 7lbs, making her morbidly obese for her 5ft 4ins height. “I was still in denial about my weight,” she says. “I was wearing size 26 clothes which I bought from Evans and Asda, and I’d never let anyone photograph me from the head down. My hips were so wide the tape measure wasn’t long enough to go round me.

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“When Craig gave me a cuddle in bed, he’d feel a hip or a rib, things he hadn’t felt for a long, long time!” Walking is a great way to keep fit and enjoy the local countryside, including Roseberry Topping

“Doctors had offered me a gastric bands or a bypass operation, but I turned them down, even at my lowest ebb, because I knew I could do it myself without surgery.” Once again, with the lure of a place

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one day on the IVF waiting list, Shona managed to shed 3st, with a stone creeping back on after a knee accident at badminton stopped her from exercising. “I was up and down all the time,” she

says, sadly. “On my graduation day in 2013, I got very emotional when I put my gown on. I’d worked hard to get my degree. But when I caught sight of myself in a window, I looked huge. I dreaded going on stage for my certificate in front of everyone.” Her first job after graduating was at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton, then her job transferred to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. “I felt, and still do feel, very privileged to do my job, but we need a hot environment to keep the babies warm and carrying all that weight around in that heat wasn’t good,” says Shona. “I was shattered by the end of a working day. I was never lazy. I was always the first person to be up doing things, but I felt embarrassed, being the size I was. I thought people would come to the ward and think: “Look at the size of her She won’t be able to do her job.” “But they got to know me and they realised I was good at my job. I got so many thank you cards and people said very nice things about me. Yet I


If you want to lose weight... • Ask your GP for advice • Visit your local Everyone Active leisure centre and ask about a bespoke fitness programme • Consider a local slimming class. Shona says: “I couldn’t have lost weight without the support of my slimming group. Look at the amount you have to lose and break it down into manageable chunks. See it as two pounds a week, rather than 10st in a year. “And instead of rewarding yourself with sweets and food, do something nice for yourself, like get your hair done or buy yourself something new to wear.” knew I couldn’t carry on working in a health environment at that weight. I’d had enough of being tired.” Shona had tried Slimming World’s eating plan in the past and she had lost weight, but she’d regained it once she stopped going to weekly meetings. In January 2016 she enrolled for Sharon Holtby’s Thursday teatime class at Marton Community Centre, where she weighed in at 20st 7lbs, still a size 26. Her waist measured 49 inches and her hips were 59 inches. “It’s such an easy plan to follow. You’re not restricted at all. You can still have chocolate, go out for meals, go to barbecues as long as you stick to the plan,” says Shona. “I could eat lean meats, fish, all fruit and veg, pickled onions, beetroot, gherkins and yoghurt, all my favourites! “I started having either fruit, muesli and yoghurt or bacon, sausages, eggs, beans and tomatoes for breakfast. “Lunch was a jacket potato, with salad and cheese, or smoked salmon with spinach and tomatoes. For our evening meal, we had home-made spaghetti Bolognese, a curry, even burger and chips or lean steak and chips.” On Slimming World plans, treats are counted as Syns. “I could have between five and 15 Syns a day so I would stick to the plan in the day, then in the evening I had a small bar of chocolate, with some strawberries, a satsuma and some yoghurt. That satisfied my sweet tooth. I was never hungry,” says Shona. In her first week back, Shona shed


seven pounds, and after that she lost up to four pounds a week. After four months, she noticed changes. “My face changed first - my cheekbones came back!” she laughs. “When I felt my collar bones, I asked: “What are these?” When Craig gave me a cuddle in bed, he’d feel a hip or a rib, things he hadn’t felt for a long, long time! “I always had a shelf of fat at the back of my waist above my bum. When that started to go, it really spurred me on. I’d finally started to get a waist. Within seven months, I was off all my medications and my health tests were all normal!” Shona’s wish had been to shed 6st by Christmas last year (2016). “I did it!” she grins. “I was 14st 7lbs and a size 14/16.” Since then she has kept going on her eating plan, and she now weighs 11st 13lbs. “We love having a fakeaway on a weekend,” she says, now a size 10/12. “This is when you turn your favourite takeaway into a healthy version using Slimming World recipes. I even post my recipes online for other people to try. My favourite is a fake fried chicken, which uses lots of herbs and spices, home-made breadcrumbs and it isn’t fried – it’s done in the oven.” Shona is recovering from knee surgery at the moment after snapping three of four ligaments when she twisted her knee on stairs. But when she’s fit, she’s a regular walker and loves climbing Roseberry Topping and Captain

Cook’s Monument, as well as hiking along the Cleveland Way. She plays badminton and goes to the gym at the Rainbow Leisure Centre at Coulby Newham, and she swims at Stokesley Leisure Centre. Yet whilst most people would be happy to have got this far, Shona is determined to carry on and make it to 10st 7lbs – for a very special reason. “When I went to see the fertility consultant at James Cook a few weeks ago, I thought I would have to wait to get to my target before they would reconsider me. But he said I’d worked hard and I was going to the top of the IVF list!” she says. “It’s being funded again now, so we’re going to get a chance to have a baby after all these years. “I know the better my BMI, my body mass index, the higher chance I have of becoming pregnant and having a good pregnancy.” With fresh hope about having a baby, the future’s looking promising for Shona and Craig, who now works as a photographer and driver after having left the RAF. “I’m enjoying buying new clothes,” laughs Shona. “I love shopping at Teesside Park and in Yarm. I wear fitted dresses, shorts and summery vests. I would never have dared to wear things like that before! Craig’s always telling me I’m tiny and how brilliant I look. “I feel I have a future now. I see the two of us, with a baby and I know we’ll be amazing parents. Thanks to Slimming World, I’m much happier – losing weight has literally changed and saved my life!” CF

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Age no barrier to improving health Retired housekeeper Elizabeth Nevison has shed three stone and conquered diabetes with help from the team at Everyone Active’s Neptune Centre. Elizabeth, 71, was referred to the services of Middlesbrough Public Health and Everyone Active after her GP diagnosed type two diabetes. Middlesbrough Council’s Public Health Team Exercise Referral Scheme helps those with long-term health issues, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and arthritis to improve their condition through activity. Colleagues at Everyone Active’s leisure centre’s support the scheme, designing bespoke exercise plans to suit needs and abilities. Elizabeth metwith Everyone Active’s Steve Eccles and Middlesbrough Council Public Health team colleague Val Jones. They created a tailor-made fitness programme to Elizabeth become more active. Regular physical activity can benefit heart health, help to maintain a healthy weight and improve muscle and joint function. Regular exercise can also help to manage existing


medical conditions as well as prevent future health complications. Now, one year on, Elizabeth has dropped from 13 stone to just over ten stone and is no longer classed as diabetic. She said: “It frightened me when the doctor told me about the diabetes. A relative nearly lost a toe because of the condition and I didn’t want the same to happen. The GP suggested I try the 12 week scheme at Neptune. “I had never been to a gym before and at first I thought I would just look foolish, I thought gyms were for dolly birds and poseurs. It wasn’t at all like that, there were people of all ages and the team are brilliant. Steve and Val were on hand at every step to offer support and guidance. They were incredibly reassuring and able to talk me through each “When I started I couldn’t stay on the cross trainer for more than three minutes. With the help of Everyone Active I can now use the cross trainer for 30 minutes and I have lost nearly three stone. I feel the most confident I have in years and I have managed to combat diabetes altogether.”

Elizabeth’s increased physical activity and subsequent weight loss meant she was able to manage her diabetes and she no longer classes as having the condition. Following the completion of her 12 week scheme she joined the gym and continues to visit it three times a week. Elizabeth added: “I was extremely nervous when I first attended the gym, but I was made to feel at ease right away. I would urge anyone in a similar position to get in touch with Everyone Active and see how the scheme could help them.” To stay healthy the average adult should do at least 30 minutes moderate aerobic activity (such as cycling or fast walking), five times per week. Customers can join Middlesbrough Public Health Exercise Referral Scheme by speaking with a health professional or take their first step to exercise independently by contacting Everyone Active leisure centres. For more information about the scheme contact Neptune Leisure Centre on 03004 560551 or visit

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Live Well Centre opens its doors The wraps came off Middlesbrough’s Live Well Centre in the summer as the town’s unique health and wellbeing resource opened its doors to the public. Based across five floors of Dundas House in the town centre, the health hub is a one-stop shop to support people in changing their lives for the better. This exciting development has been made possible by an £800,000 refit of the previously disused space, further helping Middlesbrough’s ongoing regeneration. The refurbishment has created a wide range of mixed-use space, including community gym and fitness studio; training kitchen; eight full-spec clinics; ten private consultation rooms; an open IT facility; café area; group, craft, training and event rooms and hireable office space. It also houses a self-contained family unit, to make it easier for families to access services together and ease the strain on parents.


Many of the centre’s facilities are hireable, giving much-needed town centre access for health services across Middlesbrough to carry out consultations, workshops, training sessions and more. From stopping smoking to eating healthily on a budget, mental health or beating drug addiction, the Live Well Centre is a safe and supportive space for anyone wishing to improve their health and quality of life. Recovering alcoholic Jill Fidan, 54, from Middlesbrough, has been sober for 12 years and now works within The Live Well Centre’s needle exchange. She said: “I lost everything to alcohol. From personal experience I am 12 years sober and it has been the best 12 years I have had. The Live

Well Centre is here for people to come down with anonymity, it’s not stigmatised, you just come along and all the services are here under one roof to give you the help that you need.”

If you’d like to find out more about how The Live Well Centre can help you, please call 01642 727 579 or visit To keep updated on services and upcoming events, as well as tips and tricks for healthy living, follow on Facebook and Twitter: @livewellmbro

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Kicking the habit of a lifetime October sees the return of Stoptober, a campaign that encourages smokers to give up the habit.

For many, choosing to quit means breaking a daily ritual that they’ve carried out for the majority of their lives. One such person is James Degnen (pictured), who lives with his wife in Middlesbrough. A regular smoker for 46 years, it took two health scares and a serious warning from his doctor before he made the decision to quit. “I started having heart problems and had a heart operation. That was in 2009. The doctor told me then to pack it in, but I didn’t take any notice. Then I started having problems walking. The doctor said it’s pointless operating on the arteries if you’re going to carry on smoking because it’s just going to flare up again or you’re going to lose your leg – it’s going to be amputated. So I took his advice and I quit that day, and I’ve never had a cigarette since.” In a show of support, James’ wife Rita decided to quit with him. This support may well have been vital to his success, as research shows that couples who make healthy changes, such as quitting smoking, are four times more likely to succeed when they do it together. His doctor referred them to the Stop Smoking Service, where they were provided with an

advisor to give specialist support. Making the decision to quit has had a huge impact on James’ daily life. “Before, I couldn’t walk more than 50 metres at a time. From the house to the corner, that was it. I’d have to stop and rest my leg. Now I’m doing about two miles a day with the dog.” Not only is James better able to walk, but he feels generally better than he

did before and is able to taste food properly again. James is now encouraging those around him to throw the cigarettes away as well. His neighbour, herself a lifelong smoker, also made the decision to quit. To stop smoking and start living, speak to the local Stop Smoking Service on 01642 383 819, or visit


Celebrating a Smokefree decade

Ten years ago, smoking in all enclosed public and work places became illegal. The aim was to protect people from the health risks linked to breathing in second-hand smoke. Environmental health officers were crucial to the successful implementation of the Smokefree laws and, together with trading standards officers, continue to play a pivotal role, working closely with businesses to raise awareness of their legal requirements, the health risks linked to smoking and promoting smoke-free environments. The new laws have made a considerable impact on our health. Since 2007, adult smoking rates in Middlesbrough have dropped to 20.8%, slightly higher than the UK smoking prevalence of around 16.9%. There has been a significant drop in the number of heart attacks, stroke, coronary heart disease and other smoking-related hospital admissions, significantly fewer pregnant women

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smoking at time of delivery, and the proportion of secondary school pupils trying smoking has halved. Despite this encouraging progress, smoking is still the leading cause of preventable death and is a major cause of health inequalities. Middlesbrough’s Smokefree Alliance wants to achieve the regional ambition of seeing smoking rates fall to 5% by 2025 and to make smoking history for children. The Alliance’s top priorities are to reduce exposure to second-hand smoke and

normalising smoke-free life, support smokers to quit with help from specialist stop smoking services and awareness raising activities, tackle the illicit tobacco trade and prevent the sale of tobacco to the underage. For information on Smokefree and Tobacco Control laws please call 01642 728 272 or email For information on the effects of secondhand smoke and for support to quit please visit


Free childcare boost for working families From this September, working families in Middlesbrough could benefit from an increase in free childcare for three and four-year-olds. As part of a national government scheme, the current childcare allowance of 15 hours per week will be doubled to 30 hours, easing pressure on working parents. The changes will be welcomed by the many families who feel the strain of childcare costs: there are currently over 1000 families in Middlesbrough who have been identified as eligible, with the number likely to rise. It is hoped that the increased allowance will not only help those who are currently in employment, but will also make it easier for parents who want to return to work but aren’t able to due to the high cost of putting their children into childcare. The scheme is likely to benefit not only parents, but other family members and friends who donate their time to try and ease the financial strain. Lindsay Thompson, who is leading the campaign for Middlesbrough Council, said: “We’ve already seen


a lot of interest in signing up to the increased childcare allowance, and would encourage parents to check if they are eligible by registering their details on the Childcare Choices website. “By easing the financial burden on working families, these changes will hopefully enable people to achieve a greater quality of life and will reduce the stress that many feel when trying to juggle their work and home lives. “It’s so important that children develop the necessary skills to succeed in later life, and childcare providers can help parents get their children ready for school. Doubling the hours of free childcare available to parents provides a fantastic opportunity to give children in

Middlesbrough a head start.” To be eligible for the increased allowance, both parents must be working (or the sole parent if in a long parent family). Each parent must have a weekly minimum income equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage, and an income of less than £100,000 per year. The entitlement will be available during term time, and it’s important to note that applications need to be approved by the beginning of the term to be eligible. Families who are approved later than this date will need to wait until the following term to receive the increased entitlement. To apply, visit For more information, contact the Family Information Service on 01642 354 200.

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Start Well with free Healthy Start vitamins There was a record-breaking turnout for this year’s Ali Brownlee Riverside Run, including a group of runners sponsored by Healthy Start vitamins - a joint promotion by Middlesbrough Council and Healthy Living Pharmacies supported by Tees LPC. The runners aimed to raise awareness of the free vitamin scheme, which is available to all young children, pregnant women and new mums across Middlesbrough.

The free vitamins are available from most pharmacies, making it easy for families to take part in the offer. The vitamins - which contain nutrients such as Vitamin A, Vitamin D and Folic Acid - support children to start well, from helping babies to develop to building strong bones. Those on certain benefits or who are under 18 and pregnant are not only eligible for the free vitamins, but can

also apply to receive vouchers for free milk, fruit and vegetables.

For more information on the Healthy Start scheme, speak to your local pharmacy, midwife or health visitor, or visit


Keep warm this winter

Getting ready for the cold weather - which can start as early as October - means that you’re more likely to keep warm and well. Staying warm during winter can help to prevent colds, flu and even serious health conditions such as heart attacks and strokes. The Middlesbrough Affordable Warmth Partnership, made up of a group of businesses and organisations from across Middlesbrough, is working together to deliver projects which help our most vulnerable residents cope with the cold weather and help people to become more energy efficient, to lower their fuel bills and stay healthy and warm at home. During the winter months of 2015/16, over 2,600 people received support or advice. The Affordable Warmth Partnership provides support in a number of ways. For example, one client was visited at home as she had health

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issues which made it difficult to get around or speak on the telephone. During the visit, she stated that the house was only sometimes warm enough and that she worried about the fuel bills. She also said that the cold affected her health both physically and mentally. Eligibility was looked at and an application was submitted for the Warm Homes Discount. The client was moved to a fixed 12 month tariff with no exit fees and a monthly direct debit to further save money and eliminate the need to go to a pay point on a regular basis. Additionally, she was provided with LED light bulbs for the property as well as a small Dusk ‘til Dawn lamp to help when getting out of bed, providing extra security and peace of mind.

To see how you can receive help and support to keep warm and healthy, and save money, please call the free phone number: 0800 304 7084. For more information, visit



Love and determination conquers all As a Big Issue seller in Middlesbrough town centre, Paul Harrison and his dog Buster were a familiar sight. He was known for his cheery manner, wishing people a good day whether they bought a paper or not. Behind the mask though Paul hid a tragic story and a constant battle against drug addiction. Now, having been clean for three years, he hopes to help others to conquer their demons and he is adamant the first step is to realise you have a problem, that you want to change and to seek help. “Addicts wear a mask, all they are focussed on is getting the money to pay for the next hit,” says Paul, 45. “People can say you look ill, have lost weight or that you smell but you hide behind the mask and kid yourself you are fine. I tried many times to get clean and kept failing. I realise now that was because I wasn’t doing it for me.” Paul was brought up on Merseyside, one of nine children. “My father was in and out of jail and my mother just couldn’t cope. I will take to my grave the words she said to him. She said she had had enough and if he went back to prison she


would take her life. He went in prison again, she stood on a railway bridge, waited for train to come and jumped in front.” Paul, who was just six, and his siblings were separated and he hasn’t seen them since that day. His adolescence was spent in care homes, where he suffered abuse, and foster placements across the country. As a teenager he began taking drugs, progressing from cannabis to ecstasy to crack cocaine and heroin. “I was angry at the hand life had dealt me and perhaps drugs became the escape. As a teenager during the eighties and the nineties drugs were commonplace in the clubs. There was a lot of work you could do which was cash in hand, labouring, cleaning or decorating. I would get paid and then get wasted. If I turned up the next day and had been sacked then no problem, I could find work elsewhere.” Paul’s addiction worsened and he became a hardened addict. As a beggar on the streets he suffered abuse and was beaten up. Stealing to fund his addiction led to spells in jail.

“It’s easy to judge people you see on the street without knowing the story that led them to be there. I don’t forget what it was like and will always have a chat, try to help. The problem is that money will often go to buy drugs so buying a cup of coffee or food is better.” He first came to Teesside 18 years ago with a girlfriend who lived in Redcar. The relationship ended and Paul, decided to stay in Middlesbrough. Lliving on the street resulted in health problems and with all his money going on drugs his weight plummeted to just over 7stone. Even on the hottest day he would be wearing layers of clothes. “The saddest thing about it all is that there are people out there who wanted to help me and I was just robbing off them, taking their money and their belief in me. “Your life becomes focussed entirely on drugs, either getting wasted or working out where you can get the money for the next hit.” In an attempt to get Paul clean, local health workers put him on a

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methadone treatment programme. Methadone is a drug used to replace heroin. It can get people away from the illegal street drug scene, reduces the effects of heroin withdrawal and can be the first step to getting off drugs completely. Paul believes for him the turning point came when a near neighbour asked him out on a date. “I had seen Gill to say hello to when I was out walking Buster, then one day she just asked if I was going to ask her out. I was totally taken aback, my instant reaction was to say ‘what do you want with a druggie?’”. “For a split second we didn’t say anything, I looked at her she looked at me, sounds all soppy and romantic but I thought you know what, she wants to give me a chance here. That’s when I decided I was going to try my best. “From a young age I had been in relationships and thought it was love but it wasn’t. It was about drugs that you have or your partner has. This was completely different, there were no drugs involved and someone had shown faith in me as a person. Perhaps for the first time I really felt I had something to lose.”

After successfully reducing his methadone intake to a low level, Paul was accepted for a ten day spell at a local detox facility. When he left, tests showed his body was completely clear of drugs for the first time in 30 years and he was determined to keep it that way. “On the course they talk to you about the brain being a higher power. You need to control your mind, not the other way round.

“When you have problems with debt or family or whatever, it’s easy to turn to drugs or drink as an escape and say tomorrow is another day. Now I know the problem will still be there. You need to deal with it by talking to people.” Paul is now a healthy 12 and a half stone and he and Buster live with Gill and her dog Pip. “People who remember me from the street or when I was selling the Big Issue do a double take, they remember how I used to look” he says. Gill, 51, speaks of her pride in Paul: “I have seen him when he was just a skeleton, drugged up to his eyeballs. He’s worked so hard to get off drugs and is an inspiration for others. He also knows if he ever goes back there he will be out the door!” Paul has put his labouring and decorating skills to good use on the house and works as a window cleaner. He now hopes to be able to help others fight addiction and other problems. “I wouldn’t wish what I went through on anyone and I hope that by speaking out now I can help others,” says Paul. For advice and help on conquering drug addiction contact Middlesbrough Recovering Together on 01642 876323

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Unclaimed Benefits Campaign Officer Terrie Allinson

FIG fights for your rights Financial worries can be the root cause of a host of issues including poor health, depression, crime, increasing debt, family break-ups and isolation. Middlesbrough’s Financial Inclusion Group (FIG) and partners provide advice to enable people to manage their budget on a day to day basis, plan for the future and deal effectively with financial challenges and hardship. Anyone seeking advice can attend one of the sessions operating from various community based locations in the Middlesbrough area. As well as encouraging saving and budgeting and providing advice on appropriate financial services, FIG’s “It’s Your Right to Claim” campaign ensures local people receive the benefits they are entitled to. Since the campaign was launched in January 2015, the sessions have helped local people successfully claim a staggering £6.3m of entitlement from central Government that they were previously missing out on. Not only has this improved many peoples quality of life, it has also provided a welcome boost to the local economy. Those helped cover a wide spectrum and include: people in low


paid full and part-time work; those caring for others; single parents, the unemployed and recently redundant; retired, elderly and infirm. Examples of people helped include: A self-employed couple’s grown up daughter developed a serious medical condition which severely limited her mobility and left her in need of support with everyday tasks. Mum became her full-time carer and was struggling to maintain the business at the same time. In desperation she turned to a FIG session held recently at the Live Well Centre. The case worker identified the mum was entitled to a carer’s allowance and that the daughter was also entitled to Employment Support Allowance and Personal Independence Payment. As a result of their visit to the advice session the family is now £320 a week better off. Sometimes people who have paid taxes and national insurance all their working life struggle in retirement because they don’t realise their entitlement.

One couple who both worked all their lives and paid into the system were finding it increasingly difficult to get by in retirement and became worried about falling into debt. Their daughter took them along to a FIG session where a case worker quickly identified a host of entitlements they were missing out on. These included council tax relief, pension credit, free NHS dental treatment and winter fuel allowance. In what was a record for the campaign, the couple are now £16,000 a year better off. Advisors can also help if people believe they have had an allowance wrongly removed or refused. A 28-year-old cancer sufferer had her employment support allowance axed after she failed to attend an ESA assessment. The wheelchair bound woman suffers from Sensory Axonal Neuropathy and had undergone a recent double mastectomy after ductal carcinoma was detected in both breasts. The woman’s carer - her 42-year-old sister - had explained

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the situation and provided a doctor’s report but the Department of Work and Pensions refused to change their decision. A case worker with FIG agreed to represent the family in their appeal and prepared a case. Before reaching court, the DWP agreed to reverse their decision. The family received an apology and consolatory payment of £50 and the claimant’s £83 weekly benefit resumed. In addition she has now received a Personal Independence Payment that has helped buy a car to provide mobility. Her sister said: “my advice to anyone facing financial hardship is to visit a session. It can be daunting to take

on a big organisation like DWP but citizens advice and the FiG are there to help you, they are on your side. “My sister’s quality of life has been vastly transformed, emotionally, physically and mentally. The car has allowed mobility and the extra money means I can buy my sister the high protein, nutritious food she needs to continue her recovery. The team are absolutely brilliant.” Advice services are delivered by Citizens Advice Bureau, Welfare Rights, Cleveland Housing Advice Centre (CHAC), Age UK Teesside, Thirteen Money Advice with support provided by Actes working in FIG partnership.

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Cut waste save money Help is on hand to help people reduce the amount of excess refuse collected from the town’s streets each week.

Winners Dave and Linda Williams from Pallister Park.

Be a winner by turning rubbish into cash Middlesbrough residents continue to strike gold by going green in a town-wide recycling initiative. Since last year Middlesbrough Council’s environmental education team have been randomly selecting streets across the town and lifting the lid on the blue-lidded bins put out for collection to find residents eligible for the prize draw. Those who are following the recycling ‘golden rules’ are being rewarded with a £50 voucher to be spent in the Cleveland Centre.


Groups of winners have also been invited into Middlesbrough Town Hall to be presented with their prize and to be thanked in person for their commitment to recycling. Middlesbrough Council recycling officer Philip Shaw said: “It has been great to meet residents to hand over their Cleveland Centre £50 voucher for their efforts. The great thing for us is getting that feedback that so many people in Middlesbrough are committed to recycling and want to do their bit for the environment.” To be eligible bins need to be at the kerbside before 7am. Residents who recycle using clear plastic sacks are also eligible. For more information on the competition, how to recycle or to download a recycling and refuse collection calendar visit

Middlesbrough Council officers will work with residents to remove the reliance on extra bags of rubbish being left out alongside the weekly bin collection. Currently, the additional waste each week costs the taxpayer £800 in manpower and vehicle costs - adding up to more than £40,000 each year. Over the coming weeks officers will be making checks on “hot spots” where side waste is becoming a major issue and looking at how the Council can help residents to reduce the amount of side waste and increase their recycling output. Recently Environment Enforcement/Education officers have visited parts of Hemlington and Berwick Hills to try and establish the main areas and to identify areas for improvement. During the checks the Council has spoken to a number of residents and provided information and guidance on how to reduce the amount of waste they are producing and how this can be managed more effectively. The Council have also issued a number of warning letters to residents and these residents will be closely monitored to ensure that they do not present side waste in the future.

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What’s On Autumn 2017

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Eat, drink and be merry!

Food and drink festivals have become a firm favourite for Middlesbrough residents with the regular Dundas Arcade and Orange Pip weekend markets proving increasingly popular. Now there’s also the chance to sample two new events coming to Centre Square this autumn. In September “Everyone Eats” is a food & drink festival that aims to ensure there is something for everyone. So, if you feel you sometimes miss out because of dietary needs, not this time! Everyone Eats has food stalls that include vegan, halal, gluten free, organic, vegetarian and dairy free options. Better still, it is completely free entry. So come along to Centre Square on Saturday September 16 and Sunday 17 and watch some amazing local chefs showcasing their culinary talents. Enjoy a drink, listen to some fabulous live music, buy from local artisan producers and sample some of the best street food from across the UK. The third weekend of October sees the Oktoberfest Bierhalle tent erected in Centre Square, housing within the most authentic Bavarian celebration this side of the North Sea! Based on the extremely popular German folk festival that has been celebrated in Munich for over 200


years, Oktoberfest takes place on Friday October 20 and Saturday 21. The Bierhalle will be filled with the mouth-watering smells of Würstl, Sauerkraut, Pretzel, Spätzle, Schnitzel, Schweinshaxe, Schweinebraten, Steckerlfisch, Knödel, Käsespätzle and much more! The Oompah band will get you into the Bavarian swing of things, leading the frivolities and celebrations with the best traditional Bavarian music.

No Oktoberfest is complete without barrels of the finest Bavarian beer served in glass steins. Expect authentic beer from the most revered and respected brewery in Germany. So don your Lederhosen and fend off the beginning of autumn with a warm and friendly celebration. Tickets cost from £10 upwards with reductions for early bookings. Visit

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Unlocking the Town Hall secrets of Middlesbrough’s murky past Take a close look at these local criminals of yesteryear, do you recognise any of these faces? These fascinating mugshots are of early twentieth century criminals and were unearthed in a workshop led by crime historian, Dr Heather Shore which was held as part of the Middlesbrough Town Hall Refurbishment and Restoration Project supported by National Lottery players thanks to a £3.7m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The workshop provided guidance on carrying out local and family history research and also allowed visitors to view unique documents held in the collections of Teesside Archives, based in Middlesbrough’s Exchange Square. In addition to this ‘rogues’ gallery’, photos of Middlesbrough Police through time, Chief Constable reports and images of the old Police Station previously based at Middlesbrough Town Hall are also on display. There are now plans to digitise some of the material to help develop stories and learning opportunities as part of the renovation and enhanced access to the Town Hall’s former police cells and court room. Local history researchers volunteering on the project will also carry out further

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research using the historic material. Ruth Hobbins, Teesside Archives Manager said: “The crime and punishment records held at Teesside Archives provide a rich insight into historic deviance and policing but also provide a window into the social history of the area including the people who policed the town, the changing uses of buildings such as Middlesbrough Town Hall and wider developments over the centuries”. Tosh Warwick, Heritage Development Officer, added: “The workshop by Dr Shore and the opportunity for the wider public to view the unique material was very beneficial and has already created lots of new areas for research topics amongst the Middlesbrough Town Hall project’s Local History Research Volunteers. We hope that others will be inspired to volunteer with the project.” The Town Hall team are keen to encourage people to come forward with any information they might have about people they know, particularly if you or a family member used to work in the Town Hall in either the Courtroom, Police Station (and Cells) or Fire Station.

The team are especially interested to hear from you if you, or someone you know, has lived in the upstairs staff accommodation in the Town Hall. All Town Hall stories help the team to piece together the fascinating history of this iconic Middlesbrough building and provide inspiration in bringing these areas of the Town Hall to life by getting a sense of who worked there and what their life was like.

MY TOWN HALL As the project uncovers and looks to spread the word on the heritage of Middlesbrough Town Hall, a number of Local History Researcher and My Town Hall Assistant volunteering roles are available. Those interested in volunteering should contact or 01642 729656. More on collections held at Teesside Archives’ collections can be found at




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MAGICAL MIDDLESBROUGH Christmas Christmas Light Switch on 23 November Reindeer Parade 26 November Plus Full programme of CHristmas activity throughout December on Centre Square


Tarby, Stick Man and Bangkok HHHHH ‘WONDERFULLY EXUBERAN Theatre offers something for all AND IMAGINATIVE!’

Middlesbrough Theatre is celebrating its 60th birthday with an eclectic autumn season TIME OUT - CRITICS’ CHOICE featuring new stars and famous names. For classic entertainment for the whole family, Scamp Theatre’s delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Stick Man is sure to delight when it comes back to Middlesbrough Theatre on October 8 and 9. What starts off as a morning jog becomes quite the misadventure for Stick Man: a dog wants to play fetch with him; a swan builds a nest with him; and he even ends up on a fire! How will Stick Man ever get back to the family tree? Sunday November 19 sees top television comedian Jimmy Tarbuck

OBE swap the London Palladium for Middlesbrough Theatre. ‘Tarby’, as he is known to millions of TV viewers, is one of the country’s most popular performers and a master of light entertainment. It is in front of a live audience that he is at his best and during this entertaining evening he will be sharing anecdotes, demonstrating his quick fire wit and using photos and video footage to take audiences on a nostalgic trip down memory lane. If you missed them before catch the Lady Boys of Bangkok, a fabulous adult show which is still remembered

for all of the right reasons when it graced the Theatre stage last year. ‘Who Runs The World’, a lavish cabaret performance promises to be SUN when 2PM &it4PM | MON ‘cheekier’ than ever before TICKETS £12.50 / GROUPS 10 PL returns to Middlesbrough Theatre on OFFICE 01642 81 Thursday September BOX 7. BOOK Keeping the smiles going onONLINE middle Saturday October 7 is the heartwarming feel-good comedy Dirty Dusting which stars Crissy Rock, Leah Bell and Dolores Poretta.


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Mirror, mirror, on the wall, which is the best panto of all? The answer, without doubt, is this year’s fun-packed family panto at Middlesbrough Theatre - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Presented by Extravaganza Productions in association with Middlesbrough Theatre, this spectacular production stars mother and daughter from one of TV’s most popular soaps, Deena Payne (Viv Windsor in Emmerdale) stars as the Wicked Queen alongside Adele Silva (Kelly Windsor in Emmerdale) as Snow White. Much-loved local comedy magician John Archer (CBBC’s Help! My Supply Teacher’s Magic) makes his Middlesbrough Theatre debut to play Muddles and one of the best dames in the business, Shaun Prendergast, makes a welcome return as Nurse Glucose. And - Hi Ho! Hi Ho! - seven

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short actors will be playing the magnificent seven. There will be dazzling costumes, spellbinding special effects and lots of audience participation that will keep the whole family entertained and amused. Can Snow White escape the clutches of the Wicked Queen? Will the seven dwarfs come to her rescue? Can the Prince save the day and ensure a happily ever after? There’s only one way to find out! To celebrate the theatre’s sixtieth anniversary, there are a record sixty performances, running from Friday 8th December to Sunday 14th

January. Child discounts and Family Tickets are available at all performances. So Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, it’s off to Panto we go… Call the Box Office now on 01642 81 51 81 or book online at


Much to discover this autumn at the Captain Cook Museum The start of the new academic year heralds the launch of a busy autumn season at the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum with something for young and old alike. As well as a host of exhibits and activities, there’s also the chance to enjoy refreshments at the newly opened “Cook’s Café.” Adults can expect a varied programme of events starting with ‘High Seas Science’ on Friday September 8. A two hour exploration into the science of the stars and navigation delivered by John McCue. Discover more about the artists on board ship with Captain Cook in the ‘Watercolour Taster’ on Friday October 13. Take a close look at some of the amazing watercolours on display with watercolour artist Andy Broderick before having a try yourself. Materials and lunch are provided and booking is advisable as this is sure to be a popular event. ‘Get Stuffed!’ is an interactive session for adults which explores the fascinating art of Taxidermy. Adrian Johnstone will conduct an informative and interesting session which also includes a taxidermy demonstration. A regular addition to the museum’s calendar the ‘Annual Captain Cook Society Study Day’ is taking place on Saturday October


28, please contact the museum for further information about this event. New to the museum following its extensive refurbishment, is the Great Cabinet of Curiosities, this fascinating collection will be open to all on Friday October 6 and staff, including previous curator Phil Philo, will be on hand to show the collections and discuss the ways in which the items would have been used. New showcases allow visitors to see the museum’s collection of natural history specimens including marsupials and birds (below).

The busy schools education programme allows local children, like those from Fens Primary School (above), to tour the museum. Visits cover everything from Pacific Predators to Australian Aboriginal Myths and Legends and are complemented by a range of October half term activities. The museum’s education suite, ‘The Mess Deck’, houses new projection facilities, a virtual reality platform and artwork provided by community artist Keith Peacock. It will host half term activities such as ‘Collectors’ Treasures,’ an arts and crafts session based on collecting. In October celebrations featuring crafts, stories and cake for all will be held to mark Captain Cook’s birthday. A pink granite urn near the museum marks the approximate site where the cottage he was born in 289 years ago used to stand. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday 10.30am-3.30pm until it closes for the winter on October 29. For more information on events and activities call the team on 01642 311211 or visit CaptainCookBirthplaceMuseum

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Visitors help tell story of town’s links with Japan Tokyo to the Tees, the exhibition that chronicles Middlesbrough’s links with Japan, has blossomed into a growing attraction at the Dorman Museum with descendants of Middlesbrough’s first Japanese community contributing fascinating memorabilia. Since opening in June, the exhibition has attracted visitors from far and wide as well as local school groups and descendants of the first Japanese settlers in the area, whose memories have helped to piece together an important part of the town’s history. In the late 19th century, The NYK (Nippon Yusen Kaisha) shipping line ran cargo services between Japanese ports and Middlesbrough Docks paving the way for the development of a Japanese community that initially settled in the Marton Road area of the town close to where Middlesbrough Leisure Park is today. In 1920 this community numbered around 250, made up of men who travelled on ships to the local docks from Japan.  Middlesbrough was unusual in that it had a Japanese Consulate which also served as a shipping agent so the men could easily gain employment. These men came from very poor farming backgrounds and set off to the west to make new lives for themselves. Many hoped to go further and settle in Hawaii, but by 1908 the attractive work and settlement packages in the USA were no longer available, so they were content to make Teesside their home.

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The visiting Japanese sailors married local women, becoming naturalised British citizens working, bringing up their children, and retiring here too. Cleveland Product Company, which was also known as Schellenberg’s Glue and Hide Factory, provided employment for many of the sailors and was located in the car park area of what is now the Riverside Stadium. Many fought for Britain during WWI and received medals for their service. There are still descendants from the original community living in the Middlesbrough area and the Museum has researched three of the original sailors who settled here – Doi Tomoji, Furihata Mutsushi and Akiyama Taichi. The extensive family tree of the Doi family is currently being pieced together and forms part of the display. The Museum team are keen to continue growing the exhibition and have a reunion event planned for the descendants of the sailors in October. If you have a story to tell about the first Japanese descendants the Museum would love to hear from you. The museum is also hosting “Dressed to Impress” which features a selection of delightfully detailed netsuke and other traditional

Japanese male accessories on loan from the British Museum. Netsuke is the Japanese art of miniature sculpture. Its origins are as a practical piece of dress, becoming an established art form during the Edo period (1600-1868). Chiefly made of wood or ivory, netsuke were essentially small toggles that were used with the kimono, the traditional outdoor garment for Japanese men and women of the time.

To find out more about the exhibition and activities at the Dorman Museum contact the team on 01642 813781.


Autumn 2017 September Gotta Catch ‘Em All: Natural History Until Sun Oct 29 Tue-Sun, 10.30am-3.30pm Captain Cook Birthplace Museum Normal admission applies A major new exhibition about Cook’s collecting and recording of plants and animals

Tokyo to the Tees: Middlesbrough and Japan 1877-1939 Until Sun Dec 31 Tue-Sun, 10.30am-3.30pm (last entry 2.45pm) Dorman Museum Adults £2/children £1/ family ticket £5 Commemorating Dresser’s visit to Japan

Adult Learners Event: High Seas Science Fri Sep 8 • 1-3pm Captain Cook Birthplace Museum £2.50 (free for season ticket holders) The science of stars and navigation with John McCue

The Place is Here/ Kader Attia/KellenbergerWhite/Wilderness Way Until Sun Oct 8 • 10am-4pm mima • Free mima’s current exhibitions

Tees Pride 10K Sun Sep 3 • 10.45am-4pm Hall Drive, Middlesbrough £16-£18, min age 15 Regarded as one of the top road races in the North of England runmiddlesbrough

Part-time/Postgraduate Open Day Wed Sep 6 • 2-7pm Teesside University Free (booking required)

Ladyboys of Bangkok Thur Sep 7 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre Adult £24/conc. £22 It couldn’t be more fabulous!

Park-Made Wooden Carving Sun Sep 10 • 10am-4pm Preston Park Museum & Grounds • £40 Learn spoon carving

Everyone Eats Festival Sat Sep 16 - Sun Sep 17 10am-4pm Centre Square • Free Food and drink festival with the Ed Sheeran Experience

Middlesbrough Colour Run Sun Sep 17 • 11am-4pm Stewart Park Adult £20/child £10/ family £50

Stewart Park Farmers Market 2017 Sun Sep 24 • 9am-2pm Stewart Park • Free Produced by Northern Dales Farmers and Stewart Park

The Jesus & Mary Chain Sun Sep 24 • 7pm (14+) Middlesbrough Empire £27.50

The Red Room Thur Sep 28 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £14.50, concessions £12.50 Based on H.G. Wells ghost story

A Night of Dirty Dancing Fri Sep 29 • 7.30-9pm Middlesbrough Theatre Adult £2/concession £19

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Twisterella Festival Sat Oct 7 • 12-11pm Various venues Middlesbrough • £16.50 The brightest emerging national and international talent twisterella-festival-2017

Chic Vintique Market Sat Oct 7 • 10am-4pm Stockton High Street Free Vintage fashion and homewares

Orange Pip Market Sat Sep 30 • 12-7pm Baker/Bedford Street • Free

Dirty Dusting Sat Oct 7 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £21.50

Family friendly artisan food event

Feel-good comedy

The Nightmare Room Wed Sep 20 - Fri Sep 22 7.30pm & 2.30pm (matinee) Middlesbrough Theatre £14.50/conc. £12.50/ matinee £10.50

Only in England Until Tue Oct 3 • 10am-4pm Kirkleatham Museum Free

All Night Long: Ultimate 80s Party Sat Oct 7 • 8pm Teesside University SU £10-£15

Arthur Conan Doyle thriller


Get messy and raise cash for Teesside Hospice! colour-run/detail

Festival of Thrift Sat Sep 23 - Sun Sep 24 10am-5pm Kirkleatham Museum Free Activities for all the family

Transporter Bridge abseil Sun Sep 24 Tees Transporter Bridge and Visitor Centre Standard abseil £30/ Xtreme abseil £45 Abseil from the iconic bridge

Exhibition includes Tony RayJones and Martin Parr

Muddy Mayhem 2017 Sun Oct 1 • 9am-5pm Hardwick Park Visitor Centre 5km £42 / 10km £48 The ultimate obstacle course

HMS Pinafore Tue Oct 3 - Fri Oct 6 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £14.50/children & students £10.50 Presented by Tees Valley Gilbert and Sullivan Society

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Great Cabinet of Curiosities Open Day Fri Oct 6 • 1.30-3pm Captain Cook Birthplace Museum £1 per child (free for season ticket holders)

Brutus Gold’s ultimate 80s show

Stick Man Live! Sat Oct 8 • 2pm & 4pm Sun Oct 9 • 10.30am & 1pm Middlesbrough Theatre • £13

Undergraduate Open Day Wed Oct 11 • 9am-3pm Teesside University Free (booking required)

Memories are Made of This Wed Oct 11 • 2.30pm & 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £15, concessions £14, matinee £10.50 Feel-good songs from the 50s-70s

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What’s On Watercolour Taster Fri Oct 13 • 10am-2pm Captain Cook Birthplace Museum Normal admission applies Discover more about the artists on board with Captain Cook. Materials and lunch included

T.Rextasy Fri Oct 13 • 7.30-9.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £20.50

The Nutcracker Sat Oct 14 • 7.30-9.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre Adults £19.50/conc. £18/ under 16s £15

Jimmy Tarbuck Sun Nov 19 • 7.30-10pm Middlesbrough Theatre Adults £23/conc. £21.50

The Pauline Quirke Academy

Sister Act Middlesbrough Theatre Mon Oct 30 - Sat Nov 4 7.15pm & matinee 2.15pm Mon: £14.50, Tue-Sat: £15.50, Sat. matinee: £12.50

Smash hit musical comedy

October Half-Term: Collectors’ Treasures Tue Oct 24 • 12-3pm Captain Cook Birthplace Museum £1 per child

Orange Pip Market Sat Nov 25 • 12-7pm Baker/Bedford Street • Free

The Magical Mind of Cory Clagget Sun Oct 22 - Mon Oct 23 • 7pm Middlesbrough Theatre £12.50/conc. £10.50

The art of collecting craft activity

Prepare to enter a magical world

Cirque Du Hilarious Tue Oct 24 • 2.30pm, 7pm Middlesbrough Theatre Adult £15.50/children £13/ family £52

Hours of continuous laughter!

Get Stuffed! Fri Oct 20 • 10am-2pm Captain Cook Birthplace Museum Normal admission applies

October Half-Term: Autumn Crafts Wed Oct 25 • 1-3pm Dorman Museum £1 per child


Featuring Kevin Painter, Glen Durrent and Robbie Green!

Tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

Laying of the First Poppy Thur Nov 9 • 10.30am Middlesbrough Cenotaph The laying of the first poppy on the Field of Remembrance

Traditional Bavarian music, food and drink!

October Half-Term: Halloween Masks Fri Oct 27 • 1-3pm Dorman Museum £1 per child

Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service Sun Nov 12 • 10.30am Middlesbrough Cenotaph middlesbrough

Get spooky and make your very own Halloween mask!

Parade forms and marches to the Cenotaph

Undergraduate Open Day Sat Oct 21 • 9am-3pm Teesside University Free (booking required)

October Half-Term: Happy Birthday Captain Cook! Fri Oct 27 • 12-3pm Captain Cook Birthplace Museum £1 per child (free for season ticket holders)

High School Musical on stage! Tue Nov 14 - Sat Nov 18 Tue-Fri 7.15pm, Sat 6pm Middlesbrough Theatre Tues £10.50/Wed-Sat £14.50/conc. £12.50

The Pigeon Detectives Sat Oct 21 • 7.30pm (14+) Middlesbrough Empire £18 Tenth anniversary of Wait for Me!

Transporter Bridge abseil Sun Oct 22 Tees Transporter Bridge and Visitor Centre Standard abseil £30/ Xtreme abseil £45 Abseil from the iconic bridge

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The ultimate Four Seasons tribute

Traditional celebrations, crafts, stories and cake for all!

Middlesbrough Youth Theatre

Orange Pip Market Sat Oct 28 • 12-7pm Baker/Bedford Street • Free

Middlesbrough Railway Station Pop Up Shops Fri Nov 17 - Sat 18 10am-4pm Middlesbrough Railway Station

Family friendly artisan food event

Annual Captain Cook Society Study Day Sat Oct 28 • 10am-4pm Captain Cook Birthplace Museum

Family friendly artisan food event

Enjoy our seasonal arts and crafts session

Oktoberfest Middlesbrough Fri Oct 20 - Sat Oct 21 Centre Square Various price options. 18+

Middlesbrough Master Darts 2017 Fri Nov 3 • 7.45-11pm Longlands Club Boro £15

Walk Like a Man Sat Nov 11 • 7.30-10.10pm Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre

Taxidermy demonstration

Top television comedian

Local small businesses trade within the Station Concourse

Big Girls Don’t Cry Sat Nov 25 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £22/conc. £20.50

A Christmas Carol Middlesbrough Theatre £15/conc. £13/under 16 £10 Tue Nov 28 - Wed 29 7.30pm Chapterhouse Theatre Company

Sleeping Beauty by the Vienna Festival Ballet Thur Nov 30 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £19/conc. £18/under 16 £12.50 Classic fairytale set to Tchaikovsky’s score


Save the dates! Christmas Lights Switch On Thurs Nov 23 Centre Square Reindeer Parade! Sun Nov 26 Middlesbrough Town Centre Frost Fair Sun Dec 3 • Stewart Park Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Fri Dec 8 - Sun Jan 14 2018 Middlesbrough Theatre Hi-ho! Don’t miss this years panto!

Orange Pip Christmas Eve Sun Dec 24 • 12-6pm


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”




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Andy McDonald MP (Lab) 01642 246574 or Unit 4, Broadcasting House, Newport Road, Middlesbrough. TS1 5JA Sep 8, Oct 13, Nov 10 • 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 Sep 6, Oct 18 - 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 Sep 11, 25, Oct 9, Nov 13, 27 • 5pm - 6pm Term time only

Ayresome Councillor Denise Rooney (Lab)* 01642 821054 or Acklam Library Sep 29, Oct 27, Nov 24 • 4pm - 5pm

Councillor Vic Walkington (Lab) Acklam Green Centre, Stainsby Road Sep 26, Oct 31, Nov 28 • 5pm - 6pm

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


Councillor Julie McGee (Lab)

Councillor Peter Purvis (Lab)

07753 328395 or

01642 291472 or Thorntree Community Hub Sep 7, 14, 21, 28, Oct 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 • 12.30pm - 1.30pm Sep 9, 23, Oct 21, Nov 4, 18 • 10am - 11am Home Start Shop, Marshall Avenue, Sep 12, 26, Oct 10, 24, Nov 14, 28 10am - 12pm

Councillor Mick Thompson (Lab) 01642 288883 or The Neptune Centre, Ormesby Road Sep 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov 4, 11, 18, 25 • 10am - 11am Langridge Initiative Centre Sep 5, Oct 3, Nov 7 • 10am - 11am

Brambles & Thorntree Councillor Terence Lawton (Ind) 01642 288769 or Pallister Court Community Centre, Brambles Farm Sep 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov 4, 11, 18, 25 • 10am - 11am The Thorntree Public House Sep 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct 7, 13, 21, 28, Nov 4, 11, 18, 25 • 11.30am - 12.30pm

Councillor Geraldine Purvis (Lab) 01642 291472 or

Central 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 Sep 2 • 10am - 11am Breckon Hill Community Centre Oct 7 • 10am - 11am Hazel & Elder Court Meeting Room Nov 4 • 10am - 11am

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Councillor David Branson (Lab)* 07724 045998 or Councillor Janice Brunton (Lab)* 07876 137604 or 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 Councillor Jon Rathmell (Ind)* Nunthorpe Institute, The Avenue School Sep 4, 11, 18, 25, Oct 2, 9, 16, 30, Nov 6, 13, 20, 27 • 6.30pm - 7.30pm


Marton East

Councillor Jeanette Walker (Lab)* 01642 276732 or Councillor Nicky Walker (Lab)* 01642 591473 or Hemlington Library Sep 7, 14, 21, 28, Oct 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 • 5pm - 6pm

Councillor Dorothy Davison (MIG) 01642 275489 or Councillor Tom Mawston (MIG) 01642 274054 or Marton Community Centre Sep 5, Oct 3, Nov 7 • 9am - 10am Sep 28, Oct 26, Nov 23 • 5pm - 6pm Marton Library, The Willows Sep 9, Oct 14, Nov 11 • 11am - 12pm

Kader Councillor Ron Arundale (Con) 01642 288504 or 121 Ruskin Avenue, Acklam Sep 5, 19, Oct 3, 17, Nov 7, 21 6pm - 7pm Councillor Jordan Blyth (Lab)* 07818 857783 or St Margaret’s Church Hall, The Oval Sep 2, Oct 7, Nov 4 • 10am - 11am

Ladgate Councillor Mike Carr (Lab) 01642 590111 or Councillor June Goodchild (Lab) 01642 323591 or Easterside Hub Sep 2, 16, Oct 7, 21, Nov 4, 18 10.30am - 11.30am

Linthorpe Councillor Stephen Bloundele (Lab) 01642 820011 or Councillor Naweed Hussain (Lab) 07766 252524 or Friends’ Meeting House, 131 Cambridge Road Sep 12, 26, Oct 10, 24, Nov 14, 28 6.30pm - 7.30pm

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

Newport 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 Sep 7, 14, 21, 28, Oct 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 • 10am - 11am

North Ormesby Councillor Lewis Young (Lab)* 07999 935357 or Infopoint, 8 Kings Road, North Ormesby Sep 12, Oct 3, Nov 7 • 11am - 12pm North Ormesby Community Hub Sep 19, Oct 17, Nov 21 • 11am - 12pm

Park Councillor Frances McIntyre (Lab) 01642 290397 or Councillor Julia Rostron (Lab) 01642812824 or Councillor Margaret Walters (Lab) 01642 822682 or Linthorpe Community Centre Sep 12, 26, Oct 10, 24, Nov 14, 28 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 Sep 12, Oct 10, Nov 14 • 1pm - 2pm Ormesby Club & Institute, High St Sep 27, Oct 25, Nov 29 • 12.30pm - 1.30pm Glastonbury House, Lindisfarne Road Sep 25, Oct 30, Nov 27 • 4pm - 5pm

Stainton & Thornton Councillor David Coupe (Con)

Trimdon Councillor Dennis McCabe (MICA) 07847 305660 or Salvation Army, Trimdon Avenue Sep 11, Oct 9, Nov 13 • 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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