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Issue #17 • Autumn 2018 • 67,000 copies delivered free

Woman of achievement - Sarah’s Tees 10k IVF thank you

How we top the city centre Powerhouse league From Grange Hill to Grove Hill - Todd Carty looks forward to starring in Middlesbrough Newham Grange Farm gets £3m boost WIN! Tennis and swimming sessions PLUS a bumper guide to autumn events, theatre, museums, live music, the arts and more!

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A very warm welcome to this latest edition of lovemiddlesbrough. I hope you have enjoyed the summer and that autumn continues to be just as kind weather wise. One of the highlights of Middlesbrough’s year is the Tees Pride 10K run which brings a blaze of colour and thousands of runners and spectators to our streets. Behind every runner there lies a story, sometimes sad, sometimes joyful and frequently inspiring. One such example is Sarah Cuthbert who tells us why she’s running as a thank you to the IVF clinic at James Cook University Hospital. Middlesbrough has a proud tradition of producing world class athletes including in recent years Jade Jones, Aimee Willmott and Richard Kilty and we can also be proud of the fact the town boasts world class sporting facilities which can be used by local people of any ability. The superb facilities now available to all at Tennis World on the sports village complex and the continued investment in local Everyone Active leisure centres and pools are two prime examples. Two competitions in this edition offer readers the chance to enjoy the best of these facilities along with expert tuition in swimming or tennis. Recently, I was fortunate enough to attend the Middlesbrough Team Staff Awards at the Town Hall which shone a light on the dedication of individuals and the difference they have made to local communities. We share some of their stories in these pages. There’s no denying the fact that High Streets in our town and city centres have come under intense pressure and recent closures of major department stores across the country have illustrated the challenging trading conditions that exist. Middlesbrough is proud to be recognised as the city centre of the Tees Valley and we have a clear strategy in place to encourage the healthy mix of national retailers and independents that makes our centre so attractive to shoppers. Bouncing back from the closure of British Homes Stores by welcoming new businesses Sports Direct, USC and Flannels is just one example. So, it is pleasing to share the news in these pages that our efforts have again been recognised nationally, this time by the Centre for Economics and Business Research which hails Middlesbrough’s vibrant and diverse city centre economy as one of the UK’s star performers. Finally, this November will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Middlesbrough has always had strong links with the armed forces and that continues to this day. On Remembrance Day and throughout the year we will ensure the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Tony Parkinson Chief Executive, Middlesbrough Council

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In this issue...

Get online for gym, swim and exercise classes.............. 2 Chief Executive’s welcome...........................................................3 News in brief about your town.............................................4-5 Centre tops the Powerhouse league.................................. 6-7 Building homes for the future.................................................. 8 Free parking for shoppers............................................................ 9 Independent traders flourish at Dundas......................10-11 Talking up Tees Valley.................................................................12 Foodbank helps the hungry.......................................................13 Boost your skills with Step Forward Tees Valley..............14 Crime fighting funds available................................................15 Get ahead, join a Middlesbrough College course.......... 16 Clamping down on fly tippers..................................................17 Screening saves live...................................................................... 18 Joint working wins cancer charity award........................ 19 Universal Credit comes to Middlesbrough.......................20 Energise your lunch hour...........................................................21 Could you give a child a home?..............................................22 Sarah’s thank you run for gift of life............................23-25 Tennis for everyone...............................................................26-27 WIN swimming sessions with Everyone Active......... 28 Affordable homes rise from the rubble..............................29 Be the best at Teesside University.......................................30 £3m upgrade for popular attraction.....................................31 Celebrating excellence in public service....................32-33 Child care funding available for working parents.......34 Making homes safe.......................................................................35 Report a problem online .............................................................36 Your 11 page guide to this autumn’s key events...........37 TV star Todd Carty speaks to lovemiddlesbrough... 38-39 100 years on: we will remember them.............................. 40 Harry Potter magic at the Dorman Museum................. 41 Quit your way...................................................................................42 Cook Museum celebrates 40 years......................................43 Your essential autumn listings guide........................ 44-45 Ward surgeries – contact your local councillor..... 46-47 Food and fun on the Town Meal menu.............................. 48

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News in brief

YOUNG crime fighters have been pounding the beat to keep their Middlesbrough community safe. The budding sleuths from Year 4 at North Ormesby Primary Academy formed their own Mini Police team in a pioneering scheme that could be repeated across the town. The ten-strong team embarked on a six-week training programme based on a model first piloted by Durham Constabulary. Aimed at nine to 11-year-olds, the fun and interactive scheme promotes positive diversion from crime and anti-social behaviour and helps to build honesty and trust. The young officers - with their own uniform of dark baseball cap and hi-vis vest - gained an insight into the opportunities and challenges of policing through active participation in local community engagement events. At the end of the six-week course the pupils will graduate, becoming official NOPA Mini Police members, continuing in the role for the rest of the school year. Lindsey Blackburn, School Liaison Officer for Cleveland Police who has been leading the initiative, said: “The NOPA Mini Police programme is a great way of establishing strong community links, promoting our policing priorities and reducing crime. “It challenges pupils, adds new strands to their learning and encourages respect for others, both in their community and beyond.”


One of the region’s best loved museums and one of the jewels in Middlesbrough’s crown has been recognised at an annual awards ceremony. The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum made the top three in the Museum of the Year category in the Journal North East Culture Awards. The latest addition to the Museum’s trophy cabinet follows a major overhaul of the popular venue in 2017. Thanks to a Treasury grant of £500,000, education and temporary exhibition spaces were re-developed, with the new Walkabout gallery hosting exhibits to engage schools and visitors of all ages. The award nomination also recognised the strengths of the temporary Gotta Catch ’Em All exhibition which included original artwork on loan from the Natural History Museum and a selection of Joseph Banks’ shell collection.


The James Cook University Hospital will be one of thousands of venues across Britain taking part in the World’s Biggest coffee morning. Organised by Macmillan Cancer Support, the event takes place on Friday September 28 from 10am-2pm in the hospital’s South Atrium entrance. Volunteers will be serving tea, coffee, cake, and there will be a raffle and tombola. All are welcome. The Macmillan Information Centre at the hospital’s north entrance offers support and information to anyone affected by cancer in a relaxed and confidential environment.

ITV’s hit antiques show Dickinson’s Real Deal is coming to Middlesbrough Town Hall on Saturday, September 1. Doors will be open between 8am and 5pm and David and the team look forward to seeing you there! Members of the public should bring their antiques and collectables along - the show’s team of independent valuers will be offering free advice on all items brought along on the day. Admission is free and you do not need to book a place or a ticket. The Dickinson’s Real Deal team can be contacted with any queries regarding the event or the programme on the DRD hotline 0117 970 7618 or via or write to: Dickinson’s Real Deal Team, RDF Television West, Regent House, Regent Street, Clifton, Bristol BS8


The Unclaimed Benefit Campaign will be visiting North Ormesby Community Hub on Derwent Street over the autumn to ensure local residents are receiving their entitlement. The campaign has secured millions of pounds for local residents including workers on low income, the retired, recently redundant, students and those suffering disability. To check you’re not missing out why not speak to an advisor on any of the following dates: Sept 17, 18: 10-4pm; Sept 18: 1-4pm Oct 1, 2: 10-4pm; Oct 3: 1-4pm

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A PIONEERING local charity helping those with dementia has been given a cash boost thanks to an innovative recycling initiative. The Dementia Friendly Middlesbrough project received a £5,000 donation after families gave consent for the recycling of metals resulting from cremation. The recycling scheme is part of a national programme organised by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management. Recycled metals include those used in the construction of the coffin and in orthopaedic implants such as knee, hip and replacement joints. Dementia Friendly Middlesbrough Business Engagement Lead Brian Rowcroft, said: “This fantastic donation will make a real difference to those with dementia and their families, and help us make further progress towards making Middlesbrough as dementia-friendly as possible.” In previous years the scheme has raised thousands of pounds for Alzheimers Research UK, Butterwick Hospice, Teesside Hospice and Middlesbrough and Stockton MIND.


A magnificent seven of Middlesbrough’s green spaces have been flagged up again as among the best in the land. The 2018 Green Flag Awards are yet another clean sweep for the town’s popular parks and green open spaces. Albert Park, Stewart Park, Pallister Park, Thorntree Park, Hemlington Lake, Fairy Dell and Linthorpe Cemetery join 55 others across the North East in picking up the accolade. The international award - now in its third decade - is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

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A fund-raising appeal is being launched to acquire a rare Captain Cook artefact for Middlesbrough. The 18th Century tea tray features a depiction of the legendary explorer’s death painted by Edward Bird RA. It’s now on sale - and the Cook Birthplace Trust hopes to raise the £34,500 asking price to return it to its former home. The tray - a rendering of George Carter’s 1781 painting of the scene - dates from the 1790s and was presented to Middlesbrough funding father Henry Bolckow in the 1850s or 1860s. Bolckow amassed one of the finest Cook collections ever assembled, including Cook’s original manuscript journal of the Endeavour voyage along with the Admiralty’s secret instructions. Following his death, the collection was sold with the death scene tray eventually finding its way into one of Australia’s most significant private collections of Captain Cook material which has now been put up for sale. To contribute visit Donations can also be made direct to the Cook Birthplace Trust via account number 9458648 and sort code 54-10-04, quoting ref. Cook Trust.

Middlesbrough Energy Savers are helping you make your home warmer and cheaper to heat. More people than ever before are eligible for help towards the cost of a new replacement gas boiler and a fully insulated home. If your gas boiler is old, inefficient or broken you may be entitled to a new one. There is also help available to install loft top-up insulation to the recommended 270mm, attic room insulation and cavity wall insulation. To find out more call the 0800 Repair team now on free phone 0808 169 7903 and a friendly advisor will answer your questions. Find out more on the Middlesbrough Council Website at fuel-poverty-energy-companyobligation-flexibility-criteria



A bid to bring the 2021 Rugby League World Cup to Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium has been launched. A partnership of Middlesbrough Council, Tees Valley Combined Authority, Middlesbrough Football Club and Darlington Mowden Park has applied to host a men’s semi final and at least one men’s group game as well as providing high class accommodation and facilities for a top nation in Middlesbrough and the Tees Valley. The outcome will be announced in January 2019 and, if successful, the benefits to the region will be significant, including a positive economic impact, new and repeat visitors and a lasting legacy in our communities.

A NEW interactive game has been launched to help children aged eight-ten build their knowledge, confidence and skills to stay safe from sexual abuse and other risks they might encounter online. Band Runner features some familiar faces from the Play Like Share animations. A key area of the new Thinkuknow site is the ‘Stay Safe’ zone where Sam, Ellie and Alfie share childfriendly advice based on their adventures in the films. The zone is divided into six topic areas: Play, Like, Share, Chat, Lock, and Explore. Children can also visit the ‘Worried about something?’ page which provides advice and support on how to get help if something worrying has happened online.

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Middlesbrough riding high in Powerhouse league Middlesbrough’s thriving consumer sector is one of the best performing in the UK according to an influential report. The strong showing puts the city centre of the Tees Valley top for the region, and above all other cities in the UK bar one. At a time when the closure of several high street giants poses a challenge to city centres across the country, it’s an important vote of confidence in Middlesbrough and the ambitious investment strategy launched last year. UK Powerhouse is a quarterly report commisioned by solicitors Irwin Mitchell, using the expertise

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of the Centre for Economics and Business Research, a selection of external market experts and Irwin Mitchell’s own legal team. The independent report tracks economic growth across the UK and provides predictions for key business sectors. A special edition was produced following an in-depth study of the importance and state of the consumer market, as well as issues facing the key industries that operate in the sector. In the report, the consumer sector – which covers retail, leisure, tourism and food and drink – was shown to be an important factor in economic growth both in the UK and across the world. And in a series of measures comparing the fortunes of more than 40 cities, Middlesbrough’s vibrant and diverse city centre economy stands out as one of the UK’s star performers. In the face of digital and technological change, changing consumer behaviour, uncertainty over Brexit and the impact of new regulation, Middlesbrough is

consistently near the top of a series of tables gauging the health of this key sector. In the last financial quarter of 2017, the growth of Middlesbrough’s consumer sector was the secondhighest recorded, only slightly behind best performer Bristol. Middlesbrough also recorded strong employment growth, with the report predicting a further rise by the end of 2018. Adding to this, the town’s consumer sector growth by the end of 2018 is forecast to once again be one of the strongest in the UK. The report also highlights the Tees Valley and North East region as a whole as recording the highest increase in the most recently collated tourism numbers – a year on year boost of over 50%. The region has recently secured £1m from the Discover England Fund to continue this growth. Victoria Brackett, CEO of Irwin Mitchell’s Business Legal Services, said: “Our latest report paints a rosy picture for the consumer sector

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“Middlesbrough performed well for consumer GVA growth in the last quarter of 2017. Throughout 2017, footfall data has showed that the city experienced growth in numbers of shoppers, despite the national trend being negative.” Centre for Economics and Business Research 2018 within Middlesbrough, with its current fortunes and short-term prospects looking very positive. “While there could be various factors around this performance, it is worth noting that throughout 2017, footfall data has showed that the city experienced growth in numbers of shoppers despite the national trend being negative.” Middlesbrough’s retail and leisure market has gone from strength to strength over the past couple of years, from the raft of new independent bars, restaurants, cafes and shops to the recent openings of big brands like Caribbean restaurant Turtle Bay and French-English Bistrot Pierre. This latest UK Powerhouse report shows Middlesbrough’s resilience and is a sign of even better things to come, despite a difficult climate across the UK in the consumer sector. Like many city centres, Middlesbrough has faced its challenges as consumer trends change and the town has risen to that challenge. The city centre is diversifying – offices are transforming into student accommodation, new hotels,

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restaurants and leisure facilities which all bring people in and support local shops. New businesses Sports Direct, USC and Flannels (below) have taken over the large floorspace vacated through the demise of British Home Stores. The CEBR endorsement comes just weeks after Middlesbrough received independent recognition for its forward looking investment strategy and a Financial Times ranking in the top ten small European cities for foreign investment. Kevin Parkes (above), Executive Director of Growth and Place at Middlesbrough Council, said: “The investment strategy we launched in 2017 clearly outlines our ambition for city-scale investment and firmly

positions Middlesbrough as the city centre of the Tees Valley. “The UK Powerhouse report is the latest in a string of positive announcements for Middlesbrough, building on our listing among the top ten small cities in Europe for foreign direct investment strategy by The Financial Times, and the recent Tech Nation report which celebrated our buoyant digital sector. “Not only do these accolades position Middlesbrough as an attractive place to invest on a national scale, they paint a positive future for the town and its people. “This latest report is a positive sign that our strategy is already seeing results, and I’m confident that continued developments in the city centre, such as the Centre Square office development, will only strengthen our performance in the key consumer sector.” If you would like to learn more about Middlesbrough’s investment plans, including the Investment Prospectus and upcoming developments, please visit To download the full report visit consumer


Building for the future As Middlesbrough’s economy has steadily grown over the past few years, along with its attractiveness as a place to live and work, the issue of affordable housing is becoming increasingly important. The town is embarking on the most ambitious house building programme in recent history. Over the last three years there has been an increase of over 1,500 new homes, with approximately 7,000 set for completion by 2029. For the first time in generations there is population growth with people attracted to the opportunities presented in the growing city centre economy. The building of new housing is therefore essential and also stimulates economic growth - every £1 spent on housing generates £1.40 of wider economic benefit, while also providing Middlesbrough Council with additional Council Tax and New Homes Bonus. The Council is committed to ensuring that both our current and future residents, are housed in quality, well designed neighbourhoods with a sense of place and identity, and access to schools, green spaces, amenities and transport. Land assets


are highly competitive and the local authority is committed to unlocking them with a comprehensive suite of transport infrastructure schemes already underway. One significant gap identified is for professionals in the 25-35 age category who are unable to afford to buy a property but do not want to rent the older terraced properties that are prevalent in the market. Other groups who could particularly benefit from the targeted building of new homes are the elderly and disabled residents. To ensure the Middlesbrough of the future meets these demands and others that arise, a working group of officers and members has been formed. This Shadow Board will now begin work on the housing delivery model that will give a steady supply of affordable housing, increase the pace of housebuilding across Middlesbrough to ensure continued economic growth, and maximise income to the public purse to pay for services.

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Richard Horniman, Director of Regeneration at Middlesbrough Council, said: “As Middlesbrough’s population continues to grow, so does the demand for appropriate housing. “The Council is looking to build affordable homes to sell or rent, as well as more specialist options like live-work properties that follow the same ethos as Community in a Cube and BoHouse. “These plans are an important part of our overall strategy to ensure that we can offer high quality housing options for any budget.” The affordable housing will join a suite of housing developments, such as Rose Cottage, Grey Towers Village (above) and Hemlington Grange, which are already providing affordable, middleand upper-market homes, with further properties yet to come. To learn more, download our strategy document ‘Middlesbrough Housing Growth’ from

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Meeting the needs of motorists Amidst exciting developments planned for the centre of Middlesbrough, a new strategy has been put in place to ensure that suitable Council parking provision is available and able to support growing numbers of commuters and leisure visitors. Site preparations have begun for the major office developments to the east of Centre Square and on the former register office site, while the Tees Advanced Manufacturing Park (TeesAMP) and the proposed snow centre continue to progress. Middlesbrough’s consumer sector is also showing healthy growth, resulting in increasing numbers of shoppers travelling into the centre. Ensuring Middlesbrough’s transport infrastructure can support its cityscale ambitions is crucial and this includes improvements to road, rail and sustainable transport. Understanding the differing parking needs of those who may need a few hours for shopping or leisure; all day whilst at work or the growing number of tourists who may be staying over is vital. Following an independent review into these needs, the 741 space Captain Cook car park will be promoted as the best car park for shoppers and continue to offer two hours of free parking. The Zetland car park will be refocused as a commuter carpark and offer 10 hours parking for just £2. It will also see the introduction

of a more sophisticated ‘pay on exit’ system, meaning commuters will neither pay for more than they need or find they run out of time. Price rises at other locations will be kept to a minimum. In addition to the car park changes, parking restrictions will be put in place in Middlehaven and Gresham, to prepare for major developments there. Richard Horniman, Director of

Regeneration at Middlesbrough Council, said: “We’re at an incredibly exciting point in Middlesbrough’s history - one that will position us as a go-to destination for business, retail and leisure visitors. “It’s crucial that we consider our transport infrastructure now, to prepare for continued increases in those travelling to and from the centre, especially those travelling in every day for work as we know the number of commuters is going to rise over the next few years. “Car parks are just one part of the puzzle - we’re also making a big investment into the Rail Station with £7 million planned improvements.” As a wider transport issue for shoppers and commuters, Middlesbrough Council has proposed the introduction of bus franchising across Tees Valley, which could change the face of public transport in the city region by allowing the five boroughs and the Combined Authority to set out the routes and fares. This is just one more step towards achieving the Council’s vision of cementing Middlesbrough as the city centre of the Tees Valley.

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Independents are the future of retail

Despite the closure of many department stores and the growth of internet shopping, high street retailing has a bright future in the hands of independent retailers and service providers, according to Dundas Market Manager David Harris. Retail experts agree that it is specialist retailers and experiences which will help town centres to attract more shoppers and David believes that the Dundas Shopping Centre and Indoor Market is ahead of the game. He said: “We are a real treasure trove for shoppers who want something out of the ordinary; goods which are hard to get hold of elsewhere. On the mall we’ve got independents such as The Festival Shop, Tik Tok, Homefair Blinds, Buckshees Military Surplus, Kindamagic, LD Printing, Diamond Heaven, Danny’s Family Butchers and Leigh’s Shoe Repairs (see opposite).

“In the market all our retailers are independent businesses. Our newest retailers are The Little Vegan Market (see opposite), ladies fashion retailer Lydia’s Closet run by the youngest full time retailer in Middlesbrough, and The Celebrity Gift Company which sells collectible gift items and figurines from around the world. “But it’s making shopping an experience where we really make a difference. For instance, while you are in the Dundas Centre all the family can have their hair done at Pierre’s Unisex Hair Salon and Barbers. You can ease your aching feet at The Foot Specialist, have a consultation

and treatment at Dermadio Beauty Skin Clinic, beautify your nails at Nailed Up, get a tattoo done by John Walsh or plan a wedding or party at Angies Party Den, followed by a meal and hot drink at Jean’s Kitchen or Cooplands cafe, or a low fat Chicken Shawarma takeaway from Indy’s Grub To Go. “If you want something to test your mind, then try the Escape Room challenge at Project Escape on the upper floor.” Further information about our retailers, markets and events can be found at or

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Within the Dundas Indoor market, we still have a few units available and are looking for traders, especially those interested in selling mobile phones, toys, music/games/ books or fruit and veg to join our friendly community market, but we are always interested to hear from people with an idea for a new business whatever it may be, or who are looking to open a second outlet for their existing business.

For new traders who want to test out a business idea, we also offer a small number of Enterprise Units from £60 per week, which equates to just £10 a day, on short term flexible agreements. If you are interested, or would like more information please contact the Market Manager David Harris (left) on 07557 669606 by email


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Tenant Profiles

Vegan store is a first for Teesside Teesside’s first vegan convenience store has opened in Dundas Shopping Centre. Committed twentysomething Middlesbrough vegans Matthew Wilson (23) and Charlotte Bottomley (24) have launched The Little Vegan Market to make vegan food and other products more accessible. The new outlet sells a wide range of meat, milk, cheese and egg alternatives, vegan confectionery and crisps, as well as more specialist products such as jackfruit, which can be used to make vegan pulled pork, and wheat gluten, also called seitan, which is also a meat substitute and can be combined with liquid smoke to create a barbeque flavoured meat alternative. The new shop also has a minimal waste section which offers bulk dried foods, as well as vegan shampoos, conditioners and detergents, to customers who bring their own containers, although paper bags and containers are also available in store. Shoppers queued outside The Little Vegan Market on its opening morning, with the shop selling out of beans and vegan sausages before the end of its first day’s trading. Charlotte, who previously worked in local health food shops for a number

of years, teamed up with Matthew to plug a gap in the market as they both found it very difficult to buy vegan products locally. She said: “We have taken a risk, but we hope to combine our vegan and ethical beliefs, particularly about reducing waste, with a successful business. Although most of our products are also available online, our customers can get them from us immediately without paying delivery costs.

“We have got a good location in the market next to Alta Ego. Our first couple of days trading were amazing, and we have got some excellent reviews on Facebook. We hope this will continue as word of our presence spreads.” Matthew and Charlotte (left) chose Dundas Market as the location for The Little Vegan Market because of its reputation for helping start-up businesses and are full of praise for Dundas Market Manager David Harris. Matthew added: “David has been fantastically helpful, passing on a lot of knowledge to help us get set up and to start trading. Without his help, we may not have got our new venture off the ground.” David Harris says: “We are delighted to welcome The Little Vegan Market to Dundas Market. Charlotte and Matthew will complement our other businesses and their friendliness and service ethos will fit right in with the other traders in our community market. Further information about The Little Vegan Market is available from


Variety is the key to success for Leigh Leigh Banner opened his shop in Middlesbrough’s Dundas Market 12 years ago. He had worked in a shoe repair shop since leaving school and decided to start his own business when it was taken over by Timpson. “It was a really big risk at the time,” said Leigh (right). “My wife didn’t work and I had no other income. I ended up working in a pizza shop for two years until I was properly established. I was here all day from 8.30am until 5pm and then I started in the pizza shop from 6pm until 12am.” Four years ago he started opening the shop on Sundays as well to accommodate the people working in factories and retail parks who do not have time to come into the town centre during the week. And, as fewer people now repair their shoes, Leigh has extended the range of services he offers.

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“If you’re only doing one thing you’re really going to struggle. I’m always looking at something new to do. You’ve got to change and diversify otherwise you’re going to be left behind. If you’re not looking for the next best thing then I’m afraid you’re not going to be around very long,” said Leigh, now 50, who runs the business with the help of one employee. He added: “When I first started it was just simply shoe repairs. Now we provide five or six services here.” They include key cutting, watch and jewellery repairs and engraving and Leigh is also looking to launch a new service cutting computerised car keys.

By increasing his range of services, Leigh is confident of adding new customers to the loyal base he has built up over more than a decade. Contact Leigh’s Shoe Repair on 01642 232986


TALKING UP TEES VALLEY ONE VOICE. ONE GOAL. For too long Tees Valley has suffered from negative perceptions from those within and outside the region, and we think now is the time to change. We know that Tees Valley is a great place to invest, work, live and visit: and we want everyone here to speak with one voice, promoting optimism and positivity across the region. Businesses like yours are the lifeblood of the Tees Valley. Our entrepreneurial environment inspires new ventures, raises the profile of businesses and creates job opportunities for our residents. We have the right people with the right skills, ready to take up homegrown opportunities, work for big businesses that relocated here or join the many regeneration projects and developments being delivered across the boroughs. @TeesValleyCA

Business leaders and employers need to be shouting about the benefits, opportunities and innovation which are central to our area. When our companies speak, people listen. We would like you to get involved in changing our story. By visiting you will find a wealth of inspiring materials that will help you showcase what Tees Valley is all about. We urge you to use these messages wherever possible as, together, we can promote pride, confidence and real, lasting growth across our area. “Tees Valley is where five distinct boroughs come together to make one exceptional destination in which to invest, work, live and visit�

Could you help the hungry? Crisis can strike anyone and at Middlesbrough Foodbank they understand how difficult it can be to ask for help. Middlesbrough Foodbank (above) aims to ensure that no-one has to go hungry and volunteers welcome everyone who is referred to them with compassion, kindness and a listening ear. In order to provide the most appropriate help for individual circumstances, Foodbank works with various local agencies including Citizens Advice, children’s centres and health visitors. If you are struggling to put food on the table, they will issue you with a Foodbank voucher which can be exchanged for three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food.

Experience has shown that during the summer Foodbank reserves drop to very low levels and they rely on extra donations from schools and churches who collect food items during harvest festivals. With the roll-out of Universal Credit across Middlesbrough in October, volunteers are anticipating greater demand and so are appealing to the generous people of Middlesbrough to support the Foodbank in whatever way possible. Please consider making a donation of food – details of what is needed and where to donate are on the website: give-help/donate-food/

Financial support is also welcome and helps to run the Foodbank depot and to keep the van on the road delivering food to eight distribution centres. Please consider holding a fundraising activity or making a donation, every gift, whatever the size is gratefully received and helps to support over 5,000 people each year. To find out more about how you can support Middlesbrough Foodbank please contact the foodbank manager on 07954 131337 (Mon - Wed) or email


Joint action to help those with money troubles The roll out of Universal Credit across Middlesbrough plus the money pressures of the pending festive season may result in people across the town finding themselves in financial difficulty this autumn. Through the Financial Inclusion Group (FIG), Middlesbrough Council and partner organisations are committed to ensuring everyone has access to appropriate financial products or services which give people the opportunity, ability and confidence to make informed decisions about their financial situation and how to organise their money effectively. It can be tempting to take on debt

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now to ensure your family enjoys Christmas, however, the Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) urges you to never consider borrowing from a Loan Shark if you’re struggling. Loan sharks often seem friendly at first and will give an easy cash loan, often with no forms or paperwork. They might operate in your local neighbourhood, in a pub, gym or even where you work, making it easy

for you to get the money - but then really easy for them then to harass you. If you know of a local Loan Shark, or need help, please contact the team on 0300 555 2222, you can also email reportaloanshark@ or follow the team on Twitter @loansharknews

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Commissioner assures the public… the force is with you The public is being urged to join forces with the police and other agencies to crack down on crime and anti-social behaviour in their communities. Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, believes local people can often come up with the most cost effective solution for dealing long term with recurring crime and anti-social behaviour in their communities and the Community Safety Fund can provide the finances to back these solutions. The PCC provided £3,000 towards a partnership approach to tackling disorder in the Thorndyke Avenue area of Grove Hill. Some residents were living in fear due to a handful of criminals committing crime, dealing drugs, setting properties alight, creating motorbike nuisance and threatening and intimidating residents. Sadly, some residents had reached the stage where they were too scared to report incidents to agencies and saw their only way out was to move from the area.

The local community backed by the PCC, Thirteen Group, Police, Fire Brigade and Middlesbrough Borough Council developed an action plan including landscaping, support for troubled families and a range of interventions including the installation of CCTV in order to gather intelligence and provide evidence for prosecution. A Hearts and Minds campaign gained the trust of residents and ensured they felt safe to report issues. At the same time a zero tolerance approach was taken by all agencies against those committing crime and ASB. The results are impressive, with antisocial behaviour and overall crime both down by over 70% - bucking the national trend. Mr Coppinger knows the area well. He was brought up there and attended the nearby Beech Grove Primary School.

He said: “It saddened me to see the problems that the area faced so I’m delighted that things have been turned round. This proves that change can take place if local residents and organisations work in partnership.” Insp. Jonathan Hagen said: “Police cannot do it on their own, this was a real partnership effort involving local residents and community organisations.” Residents are delighted with the improvement to the area and their quality of life and celebrated with a family fun day. One said: “It made me feel more secure knowing that something was being done about it. I feel a lot better and it’s better for the kids, people do not want to move now.” To learn more about the Community Safety Fund or to make an applicaton, visit: and search “apply for funding”


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The Police and Crime Commissioner’s Annual Report, which highlights key achievements made over the the last year is now available to view and download. Mr Coppinger said: “I’m incredibly proud of the progress my office has made in the last 12 months to support victims, reduce re-offending and work with partners to make Cleveland a safer place to live, work and visit. “I would like to thank members of the public who continue to give feedback

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Keeping our streets and parks clean The Environmental Enforcement Team aims to improve Middlesbrough for local people, workers and visitors as part of the Council’s overall support for a fairer, safer, stronger Middlesbrough. It does this through a combination of educating and enforcement as well as the prosecution of those guilty of committing an environmental offence. The team deals with a wide range of environmental offences including: fly tipping; abandoned vehicles; littering; fly posting; dog fouling; household and commercial waste issues and repairing vehicles on the road. The team acts on information gathered from the public and partner organisations as well as its own investigations and high visibility patrols in enforcement vehicles equipped with Audio & Visual Recording CCTV. It’s important for householders to realise that they remain responsible for waste even when it has left their premises. You have a ‘duty of care’ to ensure that people removing waste from your property are authorised to do so. You can do this by asking for their waste carrier licence number and checking it is valid by contacting the environment Agency on 07808 506506.

Some people attempt to save money by breaking the law, but this can prove costly.

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Recently the team investigated fly tipping to the rear of homes on Crescent Road (below). This land had become notorious for such incidents which can lead on to arson due to the nature of the waste. Investigations led to a householder who had failed to conduct relevant checks to ensure the people she hired had a Waste Carrier’s Licence. She had also failed to ask for any receipts or company information. The people

she hired, decided to use land in Middlesbrough belonging to another person, as their own dumping ground. The householder was found guilty of the offence of fly tipping and fined a total of £857. In another case a Bristol-based landlord recently landed himself in hot water after receiving a fine for nearly £1,000 by the courts for fly tipping in Middlesbrough. A bath along with building material had been reported as being dumped outside the back gate of the house in Finsbury Street (bottom left). A summons was issued and he was fined £962 by the court. Fly tipping costs Britain’s councils millions of pounds every year to clean up and can affect other residents’ health and quality of life and leave a negative impression on visitors. All due to some people aiming to save a few pounds by illegally using public land as a dumping ground. You can contact the team to report an incident by visiting Middlesbrough council Environment Enforcement Officers Chris Bacon (right), Joanne Rigby and Philip Armitage



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Cancer Trust charity hails joint working An innovative partnership set up to tackle health problems across South Tees has received national praise for its fight against cancer. Launched in the spring, Public Health South Tees, brings together the Public Health service teams of Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland Councils. It is the first joint public health service in the North East region, with big ambitions of becoming a centre of health excellence regionally and nationally, as well as providing an enhanced service to residents. By combining efforts, the two teams will be able to maximise the impact of their various initiatives, in addition to targeting specific areas across the two authorities who may benefit from specialised support. Already there are a number of exciting and innovative programmes underway, with many more in the pipeline. These include the successful bid to become one of only 12 local delivery pilots for Sport England’s £130m investment, delivery of the Transformation Challenge in Redcar and Cleveland and mental health and rehabilitation programmes for people with longterm illness.

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The team has been commended by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, the only UK charity dedicated to women, their families and friends affected by cervical cancer. A campaign to increase the uptake of life-saving cervical screening received an award for its work to date in getting more women to access screening. Led by Becky James and Katrina Harvey, the Screening Saves Lives campaign was first launched in Middlesbrough due to uptake of screening being lower than the national average. The campaign includes numerous activities including: working with targeted community groups; creating promotional materials with a fun and friendly design; making GP practices and sexual health clinics “No Fear” spaces; staff screening at James Cook University Hospital and the ‘Salons for Screening’ initiative, which promotes screening in hair salons through a magazine and other promotional materials. Screening Saves Lives has become a huge community initiative across the South Tees area, with more

than 90 salons currently signed up to actively promote screening, and 13 GP practices signed up as No Fear practices. A roll out of the key messages is planned for all practices in the area over the next year. Rob Music, Chief Executive of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust (above), visited some of the team involved at the Live Well Centre in Middlesbrough to present a highly commended award to Public Health South Tees. He said: “We are delighted to hand over this award. It is a really impressive piece of work and we are already seeing some of the positive results in terms of encouraging women to go for cervical screening. Ultimately this will save lives”. Following initial success of Screening Saves Lives in increasing cervical screening figures, it has also been rolled out to raise awareness of the importance of other low-uptake areas such as bowel screening. For more information on the Screening Saves Lives campaign, please visit or follow @tacklingcancersouthtees on Facebook.


Universal Credit From Wednesday October 3 2018 Universal Credit (UC) is being rolled out for working age people in Middlesbrough who are on a low income or out of work. UC is different to many other benefits:

UC is a new single monthly payment. Rates are set and paid by central government, not local councils. It replaces six state benefits which are:

• It includes an amount for you and your family, an amount towards your rent (if you pay it), and amount if you have certain circumstances (such as if you are sick or disabled). • It is an online benefit. You claim it online and manage your account online. • Payments are usually made monthly with a single payment direct to yourself. However, you can ask to be paid more often or for your housing payment to go direct to your landlord. • Payments are made directly into your bank account.

1. Housing Benefit 2. Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance 3. Income-based Employment and Support Allowance 4. Income Support 5. Working Tax Credit 6. Child Tax Credit

Middlesbrough Council is not responsible for the introduction of, or for payments of Universal Credit, but is working with a wide range of partners from the voluntary and community sectors to understand what this change will mean for residents and how people can access the support they need. From October 3 2018 if you are making a new claim for one of the six benefits detailed above, you may be asked to claim UC, unless one of the following applies:

• you have three or more children • you live in supported or temporary accommodation • you are of State Pension age

Where to find help:

To find out more about this and see if you are eligible, you can go online at: Alternatively, if you would like to speak to someone to seek further benefit advice, you can contact:

Middlesbrough Council Welfare Rights unit 01642 729242 or:

Citizens Advice Bureau 0344 4994110

If you are already in receipt of one of the benefits mentioned above and do not have a change in circumstance, you do not need to do anything. The Department for Work and Pensions will contact you in the future about moving onto UC. If your circumstances change, for example you get a job, increase your income, become unemployed or move home, you must report the change and you may then be asked to make a claim for UC.

To prepare for Universal Credit you should make sure that you have an e-mail address, a bank account and can budget from month to month. You will need internet access to make and manage your UC claim online. You can access the internet in any of the Council’s Hubs or in the Customer Centre located at Middlesbrough House, off Corporation Road, in the City Centre. You can also access IT training courses provided by Middlesbrough Community Learning as follows: Day






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Your monthly UC payment will include any help you get towards paying your rent. You will need to budget so you can pay your rent, your bills and your other living costs for the whole month. The council is also providing Personal Budgeting Support, ask your work coach at the Jobcentre to refer you.

If you need help with paying your Council Tax bill, you will still need to claim Council Tax Support from the Council in addition to any claim you may need to make for Universal Credit.

For more information visit the Council’s website at

Energise your lunch hour at The Live Well Centre The benefits of exercising are many, including maintaining a healthy weight, easing stress and helping to protect from a raft of serious health conditions. And at a time when modern working patterns see many of us deskbound for long periods, experts are increasingly stressing the importance of moderate-intensity aerobic activity to keep our joints moving and in good condition. Our joints are designed to help us move around, so, as with muscles, it’s important to use them. Finding the time to exercise regularly, however, isn’t quite so easy. Setting your alarm early risks hitting the snooze button, whilst waiting until after work can be a problem if you need to stay late in the office. Sometimes the lure of the couch after a long day is just too much to motivate yourself to stop by the gym on the way home. One solution is to try fitting in some exercise during the work day. Take some time for yourself each day to recharge. In addition to the obvious benefit of increasing your fitness, exercising during your lunch hour can make you less anxious for the rest of the day and even make you more productive in the office. It can also make it easier to fit your workout around other responsibilities such as childcare arrangements.

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Less strenuous activities, including walking and stretching, are suitable for all ages and fitness levels, and will also be more suitable for those who can’t shower at work. With that in mind, The Live Well Centre is now running a series of lunchtime classes to energise your body and recharge your mind. Located in the Dundas Arcade in the centre of Middlesbrough, The Live Well Centre has three rejuvenating lunchtime classes open to members of the public: Tai Chi (above) combines deep breathing and relaxation with flowing movements. Originally developed as a martial art in 13thcentury China, Tai Chi is now practised around the world as a health-promoting exercise. Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. The practice originated in 16thcentury India and has been adapted in other countries in a variety of ways. Pilates aims to strengthen the body in an even way, with particular emphasis on core strength to improve general fitness and wellbeing.

It was developed by German-born Joseph Pilates in the US in the early 20th-century. He believed mental and physical health were closely connected. Each 45 minute class is suitable for all fitness levels and abilities, with people new to exercise, or returning to exercise after a break, particularly encouraged to come along and give it a go. As the temperature gets cooler and the days get shorter, the indoor classes provide an opportunity to get moving at lunch regardless of the weather. Give it a go and see how it can improve your day!

Class days and times: Tai Chi: Tuesdays, 12-12.45pm Yoga: Wednesdays, 12.30-1.15pm Pilates: Thursdays, 12-12.45pm Each class costs £2 per session. Booking is highly advisable – please call The Live Well Centre to book or for more information: 01642 727 579.


Fostering campaign aims to attract new carers Middlesbrough Council’s fostering service is launching a new campaign to encourage more people to foster a local child.

Jane’s fostering story

The Fostering for Middlesbrough campaign is intended to increase the number of carers so that more children can stay in their hometown. Vulnerable children from Middlesbrough are increasingly being sent to other parts of the country to live in unfamiliar surroundings due to a lack of local carers, which can lead to a range of social and mental health issues. As part of the campaign, a website and interactive quiz will be launched so people can find out if fostering could be right for them. It is also hoped that the campaign will dispel some common misconceptions about the type of people who can foster. Supported by Middlesbrough Council, foster parents are offered ongoing training and guidance as well as, leisure benefits, access to a network of other carers from similar backgrounds and an allowance giving extra household income into carers’ homes. Jane Wilson, Middlesbrough Council’s Children’s Services Manager

Jane had worked for 25 years as a community nurse before taking early retirement. After six months of being at home, she wanted a new challenge and Middlesbrough Council’s recruitment team suggested fostering. Jane knew it would be a challenge but also knew that she would be well supported by a team of social workers and she could really change the lives of children in her community. Middlesbrough Council helped throughout the application process, and after six months Jane welcomed Daniel, her first foster child. Since Daniel she has fostered 22 children, some for a couple of nights and others for much longer. Jane says: “Fostering isn’t easy but the sense of achievement when a child gives me a hug, a smile and turns a corner in their life is really amazing. Before I fostered, I didn’t think that you could be single and care for children but now my life is happier and fuller than I ever thought it could be!”


explains: “The new Fostering for Middlesbrough website and quiz is an excellent tool for people to find out if they could be who we’re looking for. “Fostering can offer incredible rewards for both the child and parent, and the bond can often last a lifetime. We are passionate about attracting the right people who can provide safety and stability to a young person’s life. “Today, Middlesbrough fostering families are made up of all shapes and sizes. Single people, same sex couples and retired people are just some of the people we hope to attract through the campaign.”

To find out more about fostering, visit the website and take the quiz which can be found at

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Running for life Sarah Cuthbert is living proof of the benefits of a healthier lifestyle – she lost six stone and gained a baby. The chef from Acklam needed to lose the weight to be accepted on the In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) programme at the pioneering fertility clinic at Middlesbrough’s James Cook University Hospital.

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Now, two years on, Sarah, 33, will be lining up with hundreds of others to take part in the Tees Pride 10K, cheered on by fiancé Andrew Hitchinson, and the baby they feared they may never have – four-month-old Harriet.

Sarah’s running to raise funds as a thank you for the clinic that gave her the gift of life - and also to get back into shape after putting on weight during and after pregnancy.


Sarah at home with Andrew and daughter Harriet who will be cheering her on at the 10k

“I got down to ten stone to get onto the IVF programme and felt really good. Now I want to get back to that to be healthy for myself and for Harriet. I want to be active for her, to be able to do things with her,” says Sarah. Like 1.5million women in the UK, Sarah suffers from endometriosis, a painful condition in which cells that normally line the inside of the womb grow outside the womb. After trying unsuccessfully for a baby, Sarah and her fiancé, auto electrician Andrew, were referred to the IVF ward at James Cook Hospital, Middlesbrough. “I was aware I had endometriosis and of the complications that could happen. I had undergone quite a few operations and my egg count was very low. I really wanted a child and felt if I didn’t give IVF a go, I would have regretted it for the rest of my life,” says Sarah. “The first thing that struck me was the number of people who were attending the clinic; this is an issue that affects far more people than you imagine.” In the 25 years since the clinic opened, 8,000 couples from the region


have been referred and the success rate varies between 40% and 65% depending on the reason for referral. Because Sarah’s condition had already been diagnosed, the process was quicker than normal. She was referred to the IVF clinic in November 2016 and the first appointment was in January 2017. “They make you very aware of everything they are doing and why they are doing it. You can never get enough information from them and there is an excellent counselling service if you have concerns or if there is ever a problem,” says Sarah. The clinic offers both private and NHS treatment. In order to access NHS treatment, patients must be under 42 and have a body mass index of between 19 and 30. For Sarah, who is 5ft 5in and weighed over 16 stones at the time, this meant losing 6 stones. “As a teenager I was healthy and fit but when I turned 24 I started to let myself go,” she recalls. “I was working as a chef in a restaurant doing long shifts, up to 12-14 hours. It meant I didn’t have

regular eating times and was often too tired or didn’t have time to exercise and cook properly for myself. So I started having a lot of Chinese takeaways and pizza for ease – being a chef I should have known better. You just don’t realise the impact it has on the body until suddenly you find yourself at over 16 stones.” For many people slimming classes can work - for Sarah they didn’t. “Perhaps it wasn’t right for my lifestyle, I couldn’t keep to the eating plans,” says Sarah. So, she thought about what doctors had told her, put her skills as a chef to good use and devised her own plan. “I just took up walking along Saltburn beach and then graduated to running. I didn’t join a gym but I had little weights at home and used exercise videos. US personal trainer Jillian Michaels was a favourite. “I cut out all takeaways and didn’t drink alcohol for a year. I started eating healthier, salads and fruits and made sure my portions were the right size, so for breakfast, for example, it meant halving the amount of cereal.”

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After losing six stone, Sarah hit her target weight for treatment and the procedure could begin. During IVF an egg is removed from the woman’s ovaries and fertilised with sperm in a laboratory. The fertilised egg, called an embryo, is then returned to the woman’s womb to grow and develop. In Sarah’s case her partner Andrew’s sperm was used. In other cases, if this is not possible, then donor sperm or eggs can be used. Surgeons managed to remove 13 eggs from Sarah, eight were successfully fertilised but by day five only one was left as viable and returned to the womb. “It was nerve-wracking for both of us and you have to wait 18 days after implant before doing a pregnancy test. You are given various hormones to try to get the body to realise it is pregnant and react accordingly so your emotions are all over the place,” Sarah recalls. “At this stage I was working as a chef at Redcar Hospital and they were very understanding. They offered flexible working and some extra time off. “After 18 days I took the pregnancy test at home. When it was positive, I was totally overwhelmed. It was such a mix of joy and relief.” Over the months that followed there were regular scans and checkups until on May 9 Harriet Harper Hitchinson arrived, weighing a healthy 7lb 11oz. Amidst the joy of becoming a mother, Sarah realised her weight had been creeping back up. She had put on four stone during and after pregnancy and had been unable to exercise initially as Harriet had been

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Sarah found running and exercise videos helped her to lose weight.

delivered by Cesarean section. “I found when I was losing weight to get onto the programme it really helped to have something to focus on. So after giving birth I decided I wanted to raise money for Hospital to thank them for Harriet and set myself a target of £1,000. I thought if I aimed for the Tees Pride 10k it would help me lose weight at the same time,” says Sarah. “We are so incredibly lucky to have welcomed baby Harriet into the world and I am determined to raise as much as possible to support the fantastic work that the IVF department carry out. “I have never run 10k before so this is a challenge. Andrew has been very supportive. He’s my back-up crew and when I am out training it gives him and Harriet a good chance to bond.” Sarah says the best advice she can give for anyone considering IVF is to visit their GP immediately. “There are so many people out there in the same situation. Don’t worry, the doctors and clinicians are there to help and will have all the advice you need. There isn’t an issue or a worry they won’t have come across before. There’s also an excellent advice section on the James Cook website.” The Tees Pride 10K road race, which is organised by Everyone Active in partnership with Middlesbrough Council, takes place on September 2. Last year the race attracted nearly 3,000 runners from first-timers to

more seasoned athletes and was won by Indelbu Wondiye (below left). More than 600 people also took part in the 3k fun run. Runners complete a one-lap circuit of the town, culminating in the finish at Acklam Hall. The event offers a great family day out for runners and spectators alike, including a festival village at the Hall featuring a whole host of food and drinks stalls, as well as live entertainment. Jimmy Wattis, Event Manager at Everyone Active, said: “We are passionate about encouraging the local community to become more active, and we are so inspired by Sarah’s journey and dedication to raising funds for this fantastic cause. We wish Sarah and all of the runners the very best for the race, and we hope that everyone has a lot of fun, while getting active.” IC For information about fertility treatment available locally visit reproductive-medicine/ Information about Sarah’s condition can be found at Sarah’s fundraising page can be found at

And for more information about the Tees Pride 10K and other runs visit runmiddlesbrough/races/


Everyone for tennis? The wraps have come off a spectacular upgrading of Middlesbrough’s Tennis World, offering local people the chance to enjoy world class facilities. Based at the town’s Sports Village complex, Tennis World now has three floodlit artificial turf outdoor courts, four indoor courts and an inviting clubhouse function room and bar with further improvements underway during the Autumn. The £400,000 investment is a well earned reward for the public facility that has produced a string of top juniors going on to represent the county, GB and reaching the junior Wimbledon Championships. Several have also won tennis scholarships at US Universities. But that’s just one part of the story, Tennis World prides itself on offering


Tennis for everyone and caters for all ages and abilities. They run teams at all levels in local leagues and also welcome those new to the game or who simply want a knock with friends. Those with disability or working their way back to fitness after injury or accident are also welcomed. “It really is a case of tennis for all, whether that is wheelchair users and visually impaired or a serious club player looking to be stretched to the limit,” says head coach, Libby Fletcher. “Of course we strive to help people become as good as they can but success for us is seeing numbers

continue to grow because that means people are enjoying themselves and want to come back.” Libby, who herself played at the Junior Wimbledon and French Open, is delighted that the improvements in playing surfaces and lighting mean Tennis World can now offer sport all year round. Something she believes is vital for tennis to prosper. “There is no snobbery here, we are very much about encouraging people just to come along and have a try. We go into schools to encourage participation and with the Lawn Tennis Association we are hosting free tennis events every Saturday morning in Albert Park,” she says. The online system makes booking easy, with courts at Tennis World available for as little as £6 per hour. There are club sessions for all levels led by qualified coaches and an opportunity to play for the club in local leagues. A new development for the Autumn is two enclosed Padel courts. Originating in Mexico, Padel is now the fastest growing sport in the world with professional leagues and millions of social players across Mexico, South America and Spain. A combination of racquetball, squash and tennis, padel is a doubles game played on an enclosed court and is as easy to pick up as swingball or beach bat and ball.

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Middlesbrough Local Offer Who is it for? • Children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) from birth to 25 years • Parents, carers and families • Professionals

What information does it provide? • Education and training • Early years and childcare • Health and wellbeing • Leisure activities • Social care & support services • Money and benefits & much more

For more information on Middlesbrough’s Local Offer, please visit or call 01642 727 598

Operation Manager Nigel Garton explained: “Padel can be played as a sport on its own or as an introduction to tennis. Because it’s normally doubles it’s a very sociable game and it’s very easy to learn and get playing, with absolute beginners quickly able to enjoy long rallies.” The revamped function room overlooks the spectacular four court indoor arena, resplendent in Wimbledon green and purple, offering a chance to watch the action whilst enjoying a drink or bite to eat. Both can be booked for functions allowing for gatherings of all sizes -recently the Teesside Junior Football Alliance held their annual award ceremony there accommodating 4,000 people over three nights.


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WIN a six month membership and coaching package at Tennis World!

lovemiddlesbrough has teamed up with Tennis World to offer our readers the chance to win a six month tailored membership package including coaching. This could be for any ability and for an individual, two siblings, a couple or family. Simply email by 5pm, Friday, September 28 2018. Write ‘competition’ in the subject field and tell us:

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Ann proves you’re never too old to learn Inspirational Ann Bannister hopes others will follow her lead after learning to swim aged 72. As a child Ann never had swimming lessons and when she was thrown in the deep end of her local pool as a teenager, she developed an allencompassing fear of being out of her depth. One in five adults in the UK cannot swim but Ann was determined to prove you’re never too old to learn. She visited her local Everyone Active leisure centre and enrolled onto a course of the leisure operator’s awardwinning swimming lessons. Everyone Active offers a number of swimming courses for adults across all of its leisure centres across the district and people of all ages and fitness are welcome. “When I turned 72, I decided that I wanted to take on a new challenge,” said Ann.


“I have always been active, and I regularly take part in 10k charity runs, but I had never learnt how to swim. I was determined to continue to stay active, so I took up the challenge.” Ann admits she was nervous before joining her first class and didn’t know what to expect. “When I attended my first lesson and was joined by other adults I soon felt at ease. The instructor really took the time to talk me through each step, and week by week my confidence grew.” With the help and support of Everyone Active swim teacher Sam Calvert (pictured), Ann overcame her fear of being out of her depth in the water and is now able to confidently swim 26 lengths.

Now 74, Ann continues to swim regularly. “Learning how to swim is one of the best decisions I have ever made. I am fitter than ever and would encourage anyone who is looking to learn how to swim, no matter what their age, to visit an Everyone Active centre and find out more about their fantastic swim scheme.” Ann said. Everyone Active offers its awardwinning swim lessons at Neptune Centre, Middlesbrough Sports Village, Eston and Rainbow Leisure Centres, which its manages in partnership with Middlesbrough Council. There is a wide range of lessons on offer for adults and children across the borough. For more information visit:

Six months of swimming lessons at your local Everyone Active centre

lovemiddlesbrough has teamed up with Everyone Active to offer our readers the chance to win a 30-minute swimming lesson each week for 25 weeks. Lessons start for children from as Terms and conditions: Question: young as four months old and you UK Age 16+ for the parent/guardian What is the minimum age can either use the prize for yourself or who enters. Swimming lesson prize a child can take swimming to get your child started in the pool. consists of one x ½ hour swimming lessons from at an Everyone lesson per week for 25 weeks. To enter, please visit Minimum age for lessons is four, Active centre? answer the following question and provide the personal details as requested:


months. Closing date 30.9.2018.

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New affordable homes by Thirteen at Grove Hill in Middlesbrough A former housing site that was cleared several years ago as part of a huge housing clearance programme is being transformed into the first phase of a new development of two, three and four-bedroom affordable homes for low-cost rent and also Buyin Part with Shared Ownership, where people can buy a percentage of a new home. The new housing on Bishopton Road, Grove Hill will offer a number of modern house designs to suit a range of requirements. The 92 home development, which is being delivered by Thirteen, built on their behalf by Galliford Try and supported by funding from Homes England will provide muchneeded homes for local people in Middlesbrough. The new homes are expected to be available from spring 2019. Ian Wardle, Chief Executive at Thirteen (right), said: “We’re really pleased to have started work on

these new homes, which will address the demand for affordable housing in Middlesbrough. “It’s a fantastic housing and regeneration project which will bring

investment to the area and create local jobs during construction. “We’re looking forward to working closely with partners to deliver a development which will enhance the area and create a positive legacy for years to come.” This is the latest development in Middlesbrough from Thirteen who are building 2,000 new affordable homes across the Tees Valley and beyond over the next few years. These homes will be available at lowcost rents as well as Buyin Part with Shared Ownership so more people can have a great new home.

Looking for a new home? Thirteen has a number of quality homes on offer in Middlesbrough for affordable rent, Buyin Part with Shared Ownership and outright sale. To find out what’s on offer, visit our website at We also advertise a number of our properties on Rightmove at To chat with our customer services team, email or call 0300 111 1000. If you’re a current customer, you can also sign up to our self-service portal, which allows you to:

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Life on the farm is a growing attraction One of Middlesbrough’s most popular attractions is getting a £3m facelift to secure its place as a first rate tourism attraction and education facility and ensure local families get a chance to sample life on the farm. Work is already underway at Newham Grange Leisure Farm and is due for completion in spring 2019. With a new petting barn, children can get up close to guinea pigs, rabbits and lambs and they might even spot the farm’s friendly helpers, Daisy and Dan! New outdoor play equipment including an interactive carousel featuring a snake slide, net bridge, ABC and 123 boards and a climb on tractor will ensure lots of fun for little ones whilst children of all ages will be entertained by the brand new

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timber trail, maze, crazy golf, mini tractors and go kart track. But the fun doesn’t end there. Geoff Field, Middlesbrough Council’s Director of Environment and Commercial Services, is keen to stress that these new additions are part of bigger plans for the attraction: “Newham Grange Leisure Farm is growing. Visitors to this much loved attraction will notice that our animal stock is increasing, our play facilities are bigger and better than ever before. The creation of a new café, farm shop and the addition of new education facilities in the future will ensure that visitors to the farm continue to enjoy its facilities and want to return again and again. “The team behind the development of the farm have visited many attractions throughout the region and beyond and are confident that Newham Grange Leisure Farm will be a ‘must visit’ for families living in and visiting from outside the area and will offer families a great value day out whatever the weather.” Mr Field added: “Newham Grange

Leisure Farm has a real connection to the people of Middlesbrough. It is fantastic that we are improving the farm so that our children will continue to love it too. “People are already enjoying the improvements made so far not least being able to pet a range of animals in the discovery barn. Along with some new plan equipment and an arts and craft room, people can really get involved and enjoy life down on the farm.” The farm is open every day from 9.30am until 5.30pm. For more information contact the farm on 01642 515729 or follow the Facebook page for the latest offers and news (including new additions!!) at Main pic - Aggie Smith with her grandaughter Connie Taylor


Awards shine a light on Middlesbrough Council’s Team Awards took place recently in the Town Hall and celebrated the efforts of Council staff to improve the lives of people living and working in Middlesbrough. Sponsored by a number of organisations, the Team Awards included categories such as Outstanding Communication, Working Together for Middlesbrough, Customer Excellence and Delivering Results, all aimed at driving innovation amongst Council teams and inspiring the organisation as a whole to strive for success. The work of apprentices and volunteers was also recognised in dedicated categories. Jan Ryles (above) will be a familiar face to anyone involved in community groups across North Ormesby and wider afield where she willingly shares her expertise on matters including credit unions, crime fighting, housing issues and improving communities. Jan was named Volunteer of the Year in recognition of her dedication over a number of years. She became a community activist after injury meant she could no longer carry on as an auxillary nurse and community carer. Jan is a leading member of the North Ormesby Residents Against Crime and helped set up a Neighbourhood Watch. She volunteers with Accent Housing, Credit Unions and other community-focused groups aimed at providing free advice and support to local residents.


“I had an accident which damaged my back. After recovering I decided I didn’t just want to sit at home, I wanted to get out and about, do something positive and try to make a difference if possible,” says Jan. “That’s the advice I always give to people, try to keep active get out and about. If you have nothing to do come and see me, I’ll give you a job!” A number of fantastic communityfocused projects were highlighted at the awards, including the Impact Drama Group run by the Community Inclusion Service, which won the Outstanding Communication category. Established in 2007, the Impact Drama Group consists of a small team with years of experience supporting adults with learning

Members of the Impact Drama Group Eugene Evans, Jane Stubbs, Helen Houseby and Emma Pacitto (Louise Jaffary was unable to attend)

disabilities. The group aims to promote self-esteem, communication skills and inclusion for adults with learning difficulties through the fun medium of drama and performing arts. The group delivers stage performances and social media films to raise awareness of issues facing those with learning difficulties, as well as working with various organisations including Cleveland Police and the NHS, impacting on the services they provide by showing them the perspective of vulnerable groups. The group encourages its members to generate ideas and take on new and interesting roles, all within a supportive, fun and laughter-filled atmosphere. It has had a huge impact on its members, empowering them to become part of their local communities and promoting understanding amongst the wider community. A carer of one of the group’s members said: “My son has been a member of the Impact Drama Group since it first started. Before it started he did not have much confidence in joining in other activities with other people. He was embarrassed if he noticed anybody watching, and would stop what he was doing and go into his shell. Working with the drama group has made him more

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public sector excellence outgoing in front of people. I never expected him to perform on a stage in front of an audience but he loves it. The drama group sessions are the highlight of his week, and he would be lost without it. “The drama group staff, both past and present, have been excellent in involving members in coming up with ideas for the shows, and for their roles in the show.” The awards also recognised the building of effective partnerships between the Council and other organisations for the benefit of Middlesbrough’s residents. Winner of the Working Together category was The Live Well Centre. In the year since it opened, the centre has formed partnerships with multiple health and wellbeing organisations to improve health outcomes in the area, leading to early successes including over 400% improvement in smoking cessation service access (in the face of declining access nationally) and 400% improvement in access to Ground Work North East’s Youth Employment Provision. One team based at the Live Well centre is CAMHS - the Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services. They run HeadStart, a preventative and early intervention approach to enable young people to cope better with difficult circumstances and

prevent them from experiencing common mental health problems before they become serious issues. Team member James Woodgate was named Apprentice of the Year at the awards in recognition of the success he has had in engaging with young people. After leaving school, James, now 23, worked in a warehouse but decided he wanted to change direction in life and successfully applied for the position of engagement and communications apprentice with the HeadStart programme. “I have a passion for Middlesbrough and to have a job that helps local people in some way gives a tremendous sense of satisfaction, I know why I get up on a morning,” says James. “We work with young people who have shown signs of anxiety, stress or aggression and try to help them deal with those issues before they become a serious problem.” James uses a wide range of innovative techniques to connect with young people including drama and music. As well as going into schools and youth clubs to run workshops and training sessions, James has also organised conferences and concerts with young people taking lead roles.

James’ boss, Wendy Kelly (both pictured above), believes the award is well deserved. “What impresses most about James is that he’s quite prepared to take a lead. Some people can be shy and prefer to sit in the background and be directed, with James you give him a task and he runs with it and sees if through to the end.”

The full list of 2018 winners: Outstanding Communication: Community Inclusion Service WorkingTogetherforMiddlesbrough: Public Health Team: The Live Well Centre Spotlight on Middlesbrough Council: School Readiness Team Customer Excellence: Street Wardens Delivering Results: Taxi Licensing Team Innovation and Change: Risk and Resilience Team Apprentice of the Year: James Woodgate Volunteer of the Year: Jan Ryles

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Team ensures rented homes are fit to live in Living in properties where there are poor conditions such as damp and excess cold, unsafe fittings, disrepair or poor maintenance of gas and electrical installations is not only dangerous, it can have a detrimental affect on mental wellbeing of the tenants. Middlesbrough Council is determined to ensure privately rented properties meet current standards and so officers of the Public Protection Service (PPS) carry out regular inspections.  Where housing conditions are found to present a risk to the occupant’s health, safety or wellbeing, officers work with landlords to make improvements. If satisfactory improvements are not made within a reasonable period, appropriate enforcement powers are used to make sure the required housing standards are met. However, in most cases landlords will work with officers, as well as their tenants, to make the necessary changes. In Middlesbrough there are a large number of properties which were built around 1920 or earlier. They may have had conversions, alterations and extensions and due to their age and the changes made

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over the years, they may not satisfy current housing standards. One area that has a large number of older properties is North Ormesby, where the Selective Landlord Licensing (SLL) scheme has been in place since 2016. As part of the SLL scheme, officers from the Public Protection Service inspect the rented properties using the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) to assess conditions.  More than 500 properties in the area have already been visited and, together with inspections of other rented premises in Middlesbrough, a clear picture is emerging of the condition of the housing in the private rented sector. The hazards uncovered include: excessively steep stairs to loft conversions; poor heating; poor insulation leading to excessive cold; fire safety concerns and dampness and mould growth. These defects highlight both the poor construction

and adaptation of properties and poor maintenance and can present a significant risk to occupants’ health, safety or wellbeing, particularly the elderly, the young and more vulnerable tenants.   The Public Protection Service also acts on complaints from tenants concerning properties in the private rented sector - most are about property disrepair and housing standards and some come from tenants who have been illegally evicted.  It is believed there may be significant under-reporting of concerns about housing standards, which may be due to a lack of understanding by tenants about their rights and also potentially a fear of landlords evicting them if they complain. Tenants who have concerns can contact the Public Protection Service via



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Oh yes he is! TV Todd looking A trip to the panto is a traditional highlight of the festive season and this year’s offering at Middlesbrough Theatre is filled with songs, spectacular costumes, star names and, of course, plenty of laughs. Dick Whittington tells the tale of a destitute orphan who leaves the countryside for London where he believes the ‘streets are paved with gold’. In reality they are plagued by rats and mice and he depends on his faithful cat to help save the day! The tale sees Dick and his cat seek fame, fortune and happiness on his quest to become the Lord Mayor of London. However the rats in the city are out to scupper his plan and prevent him from winning his sweetheart’s hand in marriage. Versatile entertainer Philip Green stars as Idle Jack. Philip performed as a dancer at the London Olympic Opening Ceremony in 2012 and went on to achieve national fame when his impressions saw him reach the finals of Britain’s Got Talent. Since then he has a host of stage, TV and radio credits to his name and even has his own Youtube channel. Of course every panto needs a baddie and the evil King Rat will be performed by one of Britain’s most recognisable TV faces. Todd Carty first struck TV gold in the classic show Grange Hill where he played Tucker Jenkins, the mischievous schoolboy with a heart of gold. Created by Phil Redmond, the show broke barriers with storylines that reflected gritty issues including bullying, family struggles and


racism. Such was Todd’s impact as an actor he progressed onto a spin-off series “Tucker’s Luck”. Whilst Todd will inevitably be linked with Tucker for some, his versatility as an actor is evidenced by the fact that a different generation will always see him as Mark Fowler in EastEnders or PC Gabriel Kent in The Bill. lovemiddlesbrough caught up with Todd ahead of rehearsals to find out what he’s looking forward to most about visiting Middlesbrough. First we asked which of the characters he has played is his personal favourite. “It’s got to be Tucker in Grange Hill” he replies. “That was my first serious role as a child actor and it was different to anything else that had been on television. It was gritty drama based on the reality of a comprehensive school - that’s why it resonated with people and still does to this day, which came apparent during our recent 40 year anniversary celebrations.” Todd was born in Limerick, Ireland and moved to London when very young. He was drawn to acting from an early age - appearing in a TV commercial aged just four and attending stage school. He describes his favourite childhood memory as

watching his mum on stage. “It was actually when my mum was starring in Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves in Harrow as a slave girl she waved back at me from the stage and I knew then that I wanted to become an actor, so I’ve now come full circle!” For seven years up until 1985 he played Tucker Jenkins and in 1990 began a 12 year stint as Mark Fowler, one of the central characters in EastEnders. So which role does he feel the public remember most? “It’s a real generational thing over 40s remember Tucker, under 30s remember Mark, and almost everyone remembers me from Dancing on Ice!” Ah yes, Dancing on Ice…or rather Falling on Ice the spectacular tumble that has gone down in history and recorded more than two million Youtube hits. At the time Todd was meant to be dancing to the Beatles song ‘Help!’, so was the fall just part of the routine? Todd smiles at the suggestion: “I was meant to skate elegantly through the tunnel at the back of the set, however I tripped in an incredible fashion and landed flat on my back out of view of the cameras - that definitely wasn’t part of the plan!” Like the true professional he is, Todd determined the show must go on,

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forward to starring in panto managed to get in his feet and return to the rink to re-join the somewhat bemused professional skater Susie Lipanova for the final few bars. “Unsurprisingly, I hung up my skating boots at the end of the series!” says Todd. For two years Todd played villain copper PC Gabriel Kent in the Bill, a role that scooped him best villain of the year award. It’s experience he can put to good use in his panto role of King Rat, as he desperately tries to scupper Dick Whittington’s plans. Todd enjoys appearing in panto and reveals there is another reason why he’s looking forward to his time in Middlesbrough. ”I’m really looking forward to coming, especially as Wendy Richard, who played Pauline Fowler my on screen mum in EastEnders, was born in Middlesbrough. I’m looking forward to seeing where she came from.” Dick Whittington runs at Middlesbrough Theatre from Friday December 7 2018 Sunday January 6 2019. Book now at Tickets £19* / Children U16 £18* Family Ticket – £68* (2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children) Parties of 10 or more & schools – Contact the Box Office 01642 81 51 81 (*Includes booking fee) Dementia-friendly relaxed performance: Wednesday January 2 2019 (2pm) Signed performance: Thursday January 3 2019 (7pm) Devised and Directed by David Vickers and Richard Chandler

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They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them. For the Fallen - Laurence Binyon

A century of gratitude November marks the centenary of the end of the First World War. At 11am on November 11 1918 an Armistice was signed between the Allies and Germany, and fighting across the world ended. Between 1914-18 a total of 888,246 service personnel from across the Commonwealth made the ultimate sacrifice. They included Joseph Gardner the oldest casualty of war from Middlesbrough. He served as a driver with the 1st Reserve Horse Transport Depot of the Royal Army Service Corps. He died in England of injuries aged 62 on January 23 1916 and his name is recorded on the Albert Park memorial (above). Middlesbrough’s youngest casualty was William Henry Cargan, who died in February 1917 aged just 15. William was an apprentice in the merchant navy and was serving on the British steamer SS Queenswood.

Built by Ropner and Son, Stockton in 1897 and owned at the time by Constantine & Pickering Steamship Co., Middlesbrough, the steamer was on route from Rouen to Port Talbot when it came under heavy machine gunfire from a German submarine. It sank six miles off the Devon coast. William perished along with apprentice Joseph Cattermole, 17, also from Middlesbrough and fireman Robert McDougal, 46, from Newcastle. The trio are commemorated at the Tower Hill memorial, London along with 35,800 other members of the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets who were killed in the two world wars and have no grave but the sea.

Much has changed in the world since 1918, the map of the world has been re-drawn, in Britain all men and women above the age of 18 hold the right to vote and the digital age has transformed our lives. The standing forces of the UK and Germany have shrunk by 89% and 96% respectively. One hundred years of reflection will naturally lead to questions of the necessity of the Great War and its legacy. What is beyond question is the bravery of those who fought, lived and died in defence of their country. Over the coming months several events will be held to commemorate their memory. We will remember them.

Trafalgar Day Parade: Sunday October 28

Laying Of First Poppy and Remembrance Day


Battle Of Britain – Annual Parade and Service: Sunday September 16 This year marks the 78th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. In commemoration of this event, 1869 (Middlesbrough) Squadron Air Training Corps will be on parade. The Parade will form up at the South African War Memorial in Albert Park at 11.25am and march to the Cenotaph for the Service at 11.30am. Following the Service, the Parade will march through the park gates for the salute to be taken at the War Memorial. The Parade will then be dismissed.


TS Erimus Sea Cadets will be holding the Trafalgar Day Parade and Service on Sunday 28 October 2018. The Cadets and staff will form up at the East Lodge and then march to the South African War Memorial where they will be met by the dignitaries for the march to the Cenotaph. Following the Service, the Parade will march through the park gates for the salute to be taken at the War Memorial. The Parade will then be dismissed. The Mayors of Redcar & Cleveland, Stockton & Hartlepool will also be invited.

The Mayor will lay the First Poppy on the Field of Remembrance at the Cenotaph at 11.05am on Thursday November 8. The pages will be turned in each of the two Books of Remembrance at noon at the Erimus Heritage Room in the Town Hall. The Remembrance Parade on Sunday November 11 will form at 10.30am and march up to the Cenotaph, located on Linthorpe Road. Wreath-laying ceremonies will take place and for two minutes the town will fall silent to remember the fallen. For more information, please visit

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Enter a magical world at the Dorman Museum Harry Potter has cast his spell over Middlesbrough with the History of Magic exhibition proving so successful it is being extended to cover the October half term and Halloween. A miniature Diagon Alley re-creates the street made famous in JK Rowling’s classic books where wizards do their shopping and there’s also the chance to view a version of Hogwarts’ interior. Exhibits include various artefacts from the Dorman’s collections relating to mythology and folklore, including magical and non-magical creatures, wizarding school supplies, an apothecary and vampire slayer’s toolkit - there’s even a welcoming ghost. The museum on Linthorpe Road at the entrance to Albert Park, houses a number of important permanent exhibitions and collections which take visitors on a varied and fascinating journey; locally, internationally and across space. For children there’s also the challenge

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of the museum trails - see if you can spot all the faces on display or complete the alphabetical I spy. The Museum is very proud to house the world’s largest public collection of works by the Victorian designer Christopher Dresser (below) and the only gallery solely dedicated to him. Born in Glasgow in 1834, Dresser was a designer and theorist who helped to found Linthorpe Art Pottery which provided mass employment for redundant ironworkers. Today, the museum holds the world’s largest collection of Linthorpe Pottery. Dresser was a prominent figure in the Victorian art world in the late 1800’s, and his exceptional work is today recognised as what would be the first designer labels in ceramics, wallpaper, textiles, pottery and glass ware. He was lead designer for Linthorpe Art Pottery and also travelled widely to gain inspiration for his designs. One of his most famous and influential trips was to Japan - the legacy of which features heavily in the beautiful, oriental inspired pottery that is currently displayed in the museum. He was influential in encouraging trade with Japan and promoting their manufactured goods to the British public.

Dresser is considered to be a pioneer in his area of art and design and ceramic students today are taught about his forward-thinking approach, not only to design and process, but towards social change and business. Dresser’s influence can be seen throughout the design world. His iconic peacock print has been applied to scarves by leading designers Liberty London, and his oriental designs have weaved their way into a variety of art forms which may even be seen in our very own crockery and home interiors. After viewing the work why not follow Linthorpe Art Pottery Trail, a 20 minute stroll from the Dorman Museum to the site of the original Linthorpe Pottery highlighting buildings and places of interest from the late 1800s. Whether it’s to round off the day or popping in for refreshment while passing, the Dresser café offers fresh food and drink served in a fascinating cosy tea room setting. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, 10.30am-3.30pm. Admission is free though there may be a small charge for special events. For full details about the many attractions at the museum and events planned for the summer visit


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Happy Birthday Captain James Cook The Captain Cook Museum celebrates its 40th birthday this autumn as it continues to use the legacy of one of the world’s great explorers to educate and entertain visitors. It’s 250 years since the Martonwill give a talk, Crossing the Line: the born explorer first set sail on three first stage of the Endeavour voyage voyages of discovery on HM Bark 1768-69’ recounting how in early Endeavour to the Pacific Ocean September 1768 the Endeavour made known today as the Endeavour its first stop at Madeira then went Voyages, from 1768 to 1771. onto Rio de Janeiro before reaching its first goal, Tahiti, to record the transit He is credited as being the first of Venus. European to set foot in Western Australia along with his crew, and he And on Friday October 26 Paul Scott is also one of the first westerners to of the Joseph Banks Society will be learn about the indigenous tribes of talking about the young Banks who New Zealand, Hawaii and the Pacific was appointed official botanist on islands. Cook’s first voyage. Find out more about Banks’ fascination with the The Museum combines rare artefacts cultures of native islanders and with the latest interactive tools to about his life and experiences aboard give insight into the life, times and Endeavour. influence of Captain Cook. There is a charge of £3 per person per There are also a series of talks and talk, or free with an Explorer Pass. events open to the public before the Light refreshments will be provided. Museum closes for winter at the end of October. On Saturday 20 October the Captain Cook Society Meeting will hold its On Saturday September 1 Steve annual meeting at the museum Ragnall of the Cook Society will give with guest speakers sharing their a talk about the crew that sailed with knowledge throughout the day. Captain Cook. The Society was founded in 1975 and On Mbro Saturday 8 at 11am, ABM Love Advert September July 2018.qxp_Layout 1 13/07/2018 10:52 Page 1 has 500 members across the world. former museum curator Phil Philo

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in Captain James Cook whether professionally or as a hobby. October 27 marks the 290th anniversary of James Cook’s birth in a cottage just a stone’s throw from the museum. The following day, Captain Cook’s Birthday Service will be held at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Marton where James Cook was baptized. There is no charge and all are welcome. For latest news and full list of prices visit: event/7685/captain-cook-250 To find out more about the Captain Cook Society visit

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Autumn 2018 September Tees Pride 10k Sep 2 • 9am onwards Acklam Hall

Fantastic carnival atmosphere at Middlesbrough’s much-loved Tees Pride 10K! runmiddlesbrough

Leveret Sep 4 • 8pm M’bro Town Hall - The Crypt £16+bf The Courtroom Sessions

The Ladyboys of Bangkok: Wonder Women Sep 7 • 8pm Middlesbrough Theatre £24.50/conc. £22.50 Back celebrating Wonder Women and 20 glorious years!

The Endeavour: Crossing the Line: Sep 8 • 11am-12.30pm Captain Cook Birthplace Museum (CCBM) £3/free with Explorer Pass Phil Philo explores the first stage of the Endeavour Voyage

Hartlepool Steampunk Festival Sep 8 & 9 Historic Headland • £18 Fun, frolics and steampunk spectaculars galore!

Michael: Starring Ben Sep 8 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £21.50/u16 £17.50 The UK’s ultimate Michael Jackson tribute, Ben Bowman!

Middlesbrough Town Meal Sep 15 • 12-4pm Centre Square • free Join Middlesbrough Environment City for another fantastic Town Meal!

Stardust Sep 15 - Jan 12 • 10am-2pm Theatre Hullabaloo, Darlington Free

Totally Tina! Sep 22 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £20.50/conc. £19

Space-themed creative play

The Drifters Sep 27 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £24.50/conc. £22.50

Teesside Hospice Colour Run 2018 Sep 16 • 10am-1pm Stewart Park Get messy at the LAST EVER Teesside Hospice Colour Run!

Battle of Britain Parade and Sunday Service Sep 16 • 11.30am Cenotaph

Jurassic Park in Concert Sep 16 • 7pm Middlesbrough Town Hall £41+bf The film accompanied by Czech National Symphony Orchestra

Old Herbaceous Sep 19 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £15.50 Downton Abbey with gardening tips - a charming one man play

The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars Sep 21 • 8pm Middlesbrough Theatre £22.50 Celebrating their Soho Songbook

Festival of Thrift Sep 22 & 23 • 10am-5pm Kirkleatham, Redcar Free Back for another awesome year!

Back on the road performing six decades of their classic hits!

Summertime Special Sep 28 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £12.50/Family £38 Headlined by Jimmy Cricket

The Southmartins Sep 18 • 8pm Middlesbrough Town Hall £13.50+bf • Age 14+

Orange Pip Market Sep 29 • 12-7pm Baker & Bedford St & Albert Road Free Food, drink and family fun

Royal Northern Sinfonia Sep 30 • 4pm Middlesbrough Town Hall £16/conc. £14.50+bf Italian programme with Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4


Middlesbrough Art Weekender Oct 4 - 7 Various locations

Back for its second year!

The Jon Strong Band and Pete Davies Sep 22 • 7.30pm Toft House Studio Theatre £7 (door)

Kitty Macfarlane Oct 5 • 8pm Middlesbrough Town Hall £12+bf

Incredible musicianship, song-writing and performance

The Courtroom Sessions

We Shall Overcome Oct 6 • 7.30pm Toft House Studio Theatre Supporting M’bro Foodbank and Teesside Socialist Clothing Bank

The Chicago Blues Brothers: Motown Mission Oct 6 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £22.50 High octane, adrenaline pumping musical mashup

Big Mouth Comedy Club Oct 6 • 8.30pm M’bro Town Hall - The Crypt £12.50+bf/Early bird £10+bf Rip-roaring comedy night!

Stick Man Live! Oct 7 - 8 Middlesbrough Theatre £13/Schools £10 Puppetry, songs, music and fun!

Matt Abbott (poet) Oct 7 • 7.30pm Toft House Studio Theatre £8 (adv)/£10 (door) Powerful spoken word show

Rolling Back the Years Oct 10 • 2.30pm & 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £15.50/conc. £14.50/ matinée: £11.50 50s-70s music, dance and laughter

Butterflies Oct 11 • 10.30am & 1.30pm M’bro Town Hall - The Crypt £7+bf • Age 3-8 years A tale of courage and friendship

Big Girls Don’t Cry Oct 12 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £23/conc. £21 Reliving the sublime harmonies of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons

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What’s On Rich Hall’s Hoedown Oct 12 • 8pm Middlesbrough Town Hall £17+bf Critically acclaimed new show

The Nutcracker Oct 24 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £21.50/conc. £20.50/ u16: £16.50

Enter a magical new world with the Russian National Ballet

Material Girl: Madonna Oct 13 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £22/conc. £20.50

The greatest songs from the Queen of Pop with Jodie Jackson’s incredible vocals!

Jilted John Oct 14 • 7.30pm M’bro Town Hall - The Crypt £17.50/conc. £15+bf Age 14+

The Endeavour: Joseph Banks Oct 26 • 1-2.30pm CCBM £3/free with Explorer Pass Find out more about Joseph Banks’ role on the Endeavour

Jim Moray (solo acoustic) Oct 26 • 8pm Middlesbrough Town Hall £14+bf

40th anniversary tour

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Russian State Symphony Orchestra Oct 16 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Town Hall £16/conc. £14.50+bf The classic works of Soviet and pre-Soviet composers in fullbodied Russian style

Perfect Murder Oct 17-20 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £11.50/conc. £10.50 Presented by Middlesbrough Little Theatre

Jazz Weekender Oct 19 - 21 Middlesbrough Town Hall The very first Middlesbrough Jazz weekender

Robin Windsor: The Farewell Tour Oct 22 • 8pm Middlesbrough Theatre £28.50/conc. £26.50 One of Strictly’s favourite professional dancers heads out on tour for the very last time!

Captain Cook Birthplace Museum 40th birthday Oct 27 • 10.30am-2.30pm CCBM £2/free with Explorer Pass Join in the celebrations with Inner State Theatre Company

Pilgrims’ Way Nov 1 • 8pm Middlesbrough Town Hall £14+bf

Festival of Light and Colour Nov 14 • 6pm onwards Stockton High Street Free Music and light show inspired by the spirit of Diwali

The Courtroom Sessions

Jason Manford Nov 16 • 8pm Middlesbrough Town Hall £27.50+bf • Age 16+

John Smith Nov 7 • 8pm Middlesbrough Town Hall £15+bf The Courtroom Sessions

Laying of the First Poppy Nov 8 • 10.30am Cenotaph

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat Nov 8 - 10 Middlesbrough Theatre £14.50/conc. £12.50/ Family £50 By the award winning Middlesbrough Youth Theatre

Big Mouth Comedy Club Nov 10 • 8.30pm M’bro Town Hall - The Crypt £12.50+bf/Early bird £10+bf

A second date for this sell-out performance, book quick!

RENT: The Musical Nov 15 - 17 Middlesbrough Theatre £14.50/conc. £12.50/ Family £50 By the award winning Middlesbrough Youth Theatre

David O’Doherty Nov 17 • 8pm Middlesbrough Town Hall £19+bf • Age 14+ Band new show

Rip-roaring comedy night!

Circus of Horrors: Psycho Asylum Nov 24 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Town Hall £18+bf

With TS Erimus Sea Cadets

Back with a bang!

Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service Nov 11 • 10.30am Cenotaph

Trafalgar Day Parade Oct 28 • 11.30am Cenotaph Annie Oct 29 - Nov 3 Middlesbrough Theatre £10.50-£16.50 Presented by Middlesbrough Amateur Operatic Society

Queen Extravaganza Oct 29 • 8pm Middlesbrough Town Hall £28.50+bf

Joe Solo and Rebekah Findlay Nov 11 • 7.30pm Toft House Studio Theatre £5 Songs and stories to celebrate the centenary of the end of WW1

Celebrate the music of Queen

Chris Wood Nov 13 • 8pm Middlesbrough Town Hall £16+bf

Lost and Found Oct 30 • 10.30am & 2pm Middlesbrough Town Hall £9/Family £32+bf From the best-selling children’s book by Oliver Jeffers

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The Courtroom Sessions

A Christmas Carol Nov 27 - 28 Middlesbrough Theatre £16/u16 £11 By Chapterhouse Theatre Co.

Czech National Symphony Orchestra Nov 27 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Town Hall £16+bf/conc. £14.50+bf For music lovers of all ages

Richard Grainger and Chris Parkinson Nov 29 • 8pm Middlesbrough Town Hall £14+bf The Courtroom Sessions


Ward Surgeries Mayor

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland

Tees Valley Elected Mayor

Dave Budd (Lab)

Ben Houchen (Con)

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




Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland


Andy McDonald MP (Lab) 01642 246574 or Unit 4, Broadcasting House, Newport Road, Middlesbrough. TS1 5JA Sep 7, Oct 5, Nov 9 • 4pm - 6pm Please call to make an appointment

Simon Clarke MP (Con)

01287 204709 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 dates are:

Wednesday Sep 5, Oct 17, Nov 21 • 7pm Council Chamber, Town Hall, Middlesbrough. These meetings are open to the public and are also available online

Key Lab Labour Con Conservative Ind Independent 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 10, 24, Oct 8, 22, Nov 12, 26 5pm - 6pm

Ayresome Councillor Denise Rooney (Lab)* 01642 821054 or

Councillor Vic Walkington (Lab)* 01642 829329 or

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

Councillor Julie McGee (Lab) 07753 328395 or


Councillor Mick Thompson (Lab) 01642 288883 or The Neptune Centre, Ormesby Road Sep 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Oct 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov 3, 10, 17, 24 • 10am - 11am Langridge Initiative Centre Sep 4, Oct 2, Nov 6 • 10am - 11am

Thorntree Community Hub Sep 13, 27, Oct 11, 25, Nov 8, 22 12pm - 1pm Sep 29, Oct 27, Nov 24 10am - 11am Home Start Shop, Marshall Avenue Sep 11, Oct 9, Nov 13 10am - 11am

Brambles & Thorntree


Councillor Terence Lawton (Ind) 01642 288769 or Pallister Court Community Centre, Brambles Farm Sep 22, 29, Oct 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov 3, 10, 17, 24 • 11am - 12pm The Thorntree Public House Sep 20, 27, Oct 4, 11 18, 25, Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 • 12.30pm - 1.30pm

Councillor Geraldine Purvis (Lab) 01642 291472 or

Councillor Peter Purvis (Lab) 01642 291472 or

Councillor Linda Lewis (Lab)* 01642 646652 or

Councillor Matthew Storey (Lab)* 07793 274203 or

Councillor Zafar Uddin (Lab)* 01642 820613 or St. Aidan’s Meeting Rm, Grange Rd West Sep 1 • 10am - 11am Breckon Hill Community Centre Oct 6 • 10am - 11am Hazel & Elder Court Meeting Room Nov 3 • 10am - 11am

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Longlands & Beechwood


Councillor David Branson (Lab)* 07724 045998 or Councillor Janice Brunton Dobson (Lab)* 07876 137604 or janice_bruntondobson@ Councillor Jacob Young (Con)* 07514 928250 or

Councillor Teresa Higgins (Lab)* 07847 097379 or Councillor Charles Rooney (Lab)* 01642 821054 or Councillor Joan McTigue (Ind) 01642 827073 or

Councillor Lesley McGloin (Ind)* 07919 174207 or Nunthorpe Institute, The Avenue School Sep 10, 24, Oct 8, 22, Nov 5, 19 6.30pm - 7.30pm Councillor Jon Rathmell (MICA)* 07929 661771 or Nunthorpe Institute, The Avenue School Sep 3, 17, Oct 1, 15, Nov 12, 26 6.30pm - 7.30pm

Hemlington Councillor Jeanette Walker (Lab)* 01642 276732 or Councillor Nicky Walker (Lab)* 01642 591473 or Hemlington Library Sep 6, 13, 20 27, Oct 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 • 5pm


Marton East Councillor Dorothy Davison (Ind) 01642 275489 or Councillor Tom Mawston (Ind) 01642 274054 or Marton Community Centre (please call to make an appointment) Sep 4, Oct 2, Nov 6 • 9am - 10am Sep 27, Oct 25, Nov 22 • 5pm - 6pm Marton Library, The Willows Sep 8, Oct 13, Nov 10 • 11am - 12pm

Councillor Ron Arundale (Con) 01642 288504 or 121 Ruskin Avenue, Acklam Sep 4, 18, Oct 2, 16, Nov 6, 20 • 6pm - 7pm Councillor Jordan Blyth (Lab)* 07818 857783 or

Marton West



Councillor Mike Carr (Lab) 01642 590111 or Councillor June Goodchild (Lab) 01642 323591 or Easterside Hub Sep 1, 15, Oct 6, 20, Nov 3, 17 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 11, 25, Oct 9, 23, Nov 13, 27 6.30pm - 7.30pm

Councillor Chris Hobson (Con)* 01642 313154 or Councillor John Hobson (Con)* 01642 313154 or Councillor Bob Brady (Lab)* 01642 311785 or Councillor Tracy Harvey (Lab)* 01642 279913 or cllrtracy_harvey@ Councillor Alma Hellaoui (Lab)* 07980 921071 or Streets Ahead for Information, Parliament Road Sep 6, 13, 20, 27, Oct 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 • 10am - 11am Sep 4, 11, 18, 25, Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov 6, 13, 20, 27 • 2pm - 3pm

North Ormesby Councillor Lewis Young (Lab)* 07999 935357 or The Hub, Derwent Street Sep 24, Oct 15, Nov 19 • 4pm - 5pm

Park Councillor Frances McIntyre (Lab) 01642 290397 or Councillor Julia Rostron (Lab) 01642 812824 or Councillor Margaret Walters (Lab) 01642 822682 or Linthorpe Community Centre Sep 11, 25, Oct 9, 23, Nov 13, 27 6.30pm - 7.30pm

Park End & Beckfield Councillor Brian Hubbard (MICA) 01642 500419 or Councillor Michael Saunders (MICA) 07505 473922 or Councillor Jan Mohan (MICA) 07496 790841 or North Ormesby Club & Institute, Ormesby Road Sep 11, Oct 9, Nov 13 • 4pm - 5pm Ormesby Club & Institute, High St Sep 26, Oct 31, Nov 28 • 12.30pm - 1.30pm Glastonbury House, Lindisfarne Road Sep 24, Oct 22, Nov 26 • 4pm - 5pm

Stainton & Thornton Councillor David Coupe (Con)

Trimdon Councillor Dennis McCabe (MICA) 07847 305660 or Salvation Army, Trimdon Avenue Sep 10, Oct 8, Nov 12 • 6pm - 7pm Councillor Jean Sharrocks (Lab)* 01642 591335 or

Please note that this information is correct at the time of going to press and may be subject to change. You can also visit

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Centre Square Middlesbrough, TS1 2AZ

Saturday September 15 12.00 noon - 4.00pm

Free entertainment for all the family Brass Band · Produce Competition · Pony Riding Chef Demonstrations · Vintage Bus Ride · Bouncy Castle Punch and Judy · KMX Karts · Climbing Wall · Treasure Hunt and many more activities

And of course... The Free Meal made from produce grown in and around the area

For further information contact

Middlesbrough Environment City on 01642 579820 or visit @Menvcity

Love Middlesbrough Autumn 2018  

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Love Middlesbrough Autumn 2018  

Catch up with all the latest news from Love Middlesbrough with our Autumn 2018 edition.