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- how Middlesbrough caught the parkrun bug Historic site to deliver £55m manufacturing boom Advice session nets OAP £53k - are you missing out? Three £100 restaurant gift cards to be won! PLUS your comprehensive guide to town’s green spaces, events, theatre, live music, the arts and more!

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Welcome to the latest edition of lovemiddlesbrough magazine. I hope you find it an informative and enjoyable read. With the arrival of spring, this edition celebrates the many parks and green spaces the town has to offer and how they can be the perfect setting for getting some fresh air and improving fitness. Nowhere has embraced the parkrun phenomena more than Middlesbrough - we have no less than three events taking place each Saturday morning. As our feature reveals, people from all walks of life and all levels of fitness take part. It has led to improved health, both physical and mental, a sense of purpose and even marriage. Why not join hundreds of others and see where parkrun can take you? The birth and rapid growth of Middlesbrough in the 19th century saw the town take a lead in the manufacturing technologies of the time and in particular the production of iron and steel. As our latest feature on investment in the town reveals, the site of the famous Newport blast furnaces will now be home to the Teesside Advanced Manufacturing Park, once again leading the way in a range of cutting edge technologies and bringing secure, well paid, high skill jobs to the town. As someone who started working life as a trainee with the council, I can testify how important it is for young people to be given the opportunity of work that offers a career path. I’m delighted that even in these financially challenging times the council is still able to offer over 100 apprenticeships each year, covering a wide range of skills and trades. Even more impressive, over 80% of our apprentices go on to secure full time employment. If you know someone who could benefit from such an opportunity, details can be found inside. Our comprehensive listings guide outlines a wide variety of entertainment and attractions on offer this spring including two welcome re-openings. The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum opens its doors at Easter in what is the 250th anniversary of the town’s most famous son setting off on the first of his epic voyages to the Pacific. Meanwhile, in May, the refurbished Town Hall opens its doors to the public with an exciting range of concerts and shows. I had a look around at the work in progress recently and it will be stunning once fully complete. Finally, the last edition included a competition to win a £100 voucher for The Brasserie at Hudson Quay, the response was terrific and congratulations go to our winner Graham Hogg. Our latest competition celebrates another recent addition to the local cuisine scene, Bistrot Pierre, with three £100 gift card prizes to be won. Good luck to all entrants,

Tony Parkinson Chief Executive, Middlesbrough Council

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In this issue...

Learn to swim with Everyone Active................................... 2 Chief Executive’s welcome......................................................... 3 News in brief about your town............................................ 4-5 Celebrating women’s achievements...................................... 6 Michelle leads our city vision ...................................................7 £55m investment in advanced manufacturing......... 8-9 Community Hub boosts local economy............................. 10 Combined Authority launches tourism drive................. 11 Top tips for business from Dundas Arcade............... 12-13 Apprenticeship opportunities available............................ 14 Sisters turn lives around with Community Learning..... 15 Advisors offer words of wisdom............................................ 16 Open doors with Middlesbrough College........................... 17 Help on hand to quit smoking ................................................ 18 Live Well’s year of success........................................................ 19 Fighting back against loan sharks ................................... 20 Parents4Change speaking up for inclusion................... 21 Hubs offer confidential help and advice sessions.......... 22 Parkrun stories of inspiration..........................................23-26 Hospice profits from residents’ recycling....................... 27 Latest offers from Middlesbrough FC................................ 28 OAP secures £53k windfall - are you missing out? ..... 29 WIN a French feast at Bistrot Pierre.................................. 30 Funds available for crime fighting ideas.......................... 31 Free childcare available for working parents................ 32 Improved repair service for Thirteen tenants.............. 33 Discover Middlesbrough’s green places.....................34-35 Website that puts residents’ needs first........................... 36 Don’t fall victim to the scammers........................................ 37 Check out the best in local cuisine.................................... 38 Your guide to spring in Middlesbrough.............................39 Something for everyone at Middlesbrough Theatre..... 40 Refurbished Town Hall opens its doors............................. 41 Cook Museum celebrates landmark date.........................42 Classic novel is focus for Dorman Museum....................43 Your essential spring listings guide............................ 44-45 Ward surgeries - contact your local councillor..........46-47 Funding available for post-graduate study.................... 48

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MIDDLESBROUGH’S school crossing patrollers have been honoured for their long service - with 285 years between them. A celebration event was held at Middlesbrough Town Hall to recognise the dedication and professionalism of the town’s 26 ‘lollipop’ men and women. Two members of the Middlesbrough Council team have been serving their communities for over 30 years, while 21 have been with the authority for at least five years.


MIDDLESBROUGH libraries and community hubs are working to help people living with dementia and their carers and run four monthly dementia cafes. The events take place at Acklam Community Hub (fourth Thursday of the month), Hemlington Community Hub (last Monday of the month) and North Community Hub (first Wednesday of the month) and also at the Central Library (third Wednesday of the month).   The cafes give people living with dementia and their carers a chance to meet and socialise with others, receiving information and taking part in a wide range of activities over tea and cake. For more information contact Diane Fleet on 01642 729417 or Andrew Crowe on 01642 729408.


MIDDLESBROUGH wheelchair racer and triathlete Jade JonesHall will be competing in the Commonwealth Games in April in Australia. She tweeted: Commonwealth Games will always hold a special place in my heart as it’s where I won my first senior medal. I am especially excited to be selected for the commonwealth games in Australia in April for triathlon. It will be the first time Paratriathlon has been at the games!” Jade’s husband, wheelchair racer Callum Hall, has also been selected for the marathon.

.................................. A pilot scheme has been launched to bring Healthy Heart Checks to communities across Middlesbrough. Three Community Hubs in the town have been selected for monthly visits which will allow residents to be checked for early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia. The criteria for qualifying for a Healthy Heart Check is to be aged 40-74, to not have had a Healthy Heart Check or NHS Health Check in the last five years, to have not had a heart attack or stroke previously, to not have diagnosed diabetes, kidney disease and to not be on medication for high blood pressure or statins for cholesterol. The sessions are due to take place at: Thorntree Community Hub first Friday of each month, noon-5pm • 01642 246827 Hemlington Community Hub first Thursday of each month, 10am-3pm • 01642 591918 Newport Community Hub first Wednesday of each month, 1pm-5pm • 01642 802892 Live Well Centre, Dundas Arcade first Tuesday of each month, 10am-3pm • 01642 727579

People experiencing emotional or mental health problems in Middlesbrough will benefit from an innovative recycling scheme run by Teesside Crematorium. Middlesbrough and Stockton MIND have 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 hip, knee and replacement joints.


AN INSPIRATIONAL apprentice leader who has guided more than 1,500 young Teessiders into successful careers has been praised following her retirement. Middlesbrough Council’s apprentice co-ordinator Ann White called time on her own successful career recently following three decades with the authority. Ann worked with apprentices for 32 years and managed the service for 20 years and one of her last days at work saw a celebration of achievement event for the Council’s latest groups of young success stories. The event saw 55 young people receive their certificates for their apprenticeship achievements in Middlesbrough Town Hall’s Council Chamber.


MARTON Library & Community Hub has been closed for major refurbishment and will reopen In April 2018, with enhanced facilities, including community meeting space. The refurbishment will see the building become a dementia friendly environment.

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Middlesbrough’s iconic Bottle of Notes was lit up in red to mark World AIDS Day. The day marks the advances made in treating the disease but acknowledging that more needs to be done to raise awareness of the fact that HIV and AIDS is still a condition that affects more than 100,000 people in the UK. It reminds the public that HIV has not gone away and there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education. For more information on HIV and AIDS visit To find out more about World AIDS Day, go to

A “principled” former Mayor of Middlesbrough regarded as a “moderniser” of the Council and town has been remembered. Chris Atkin, who served as the town’s civic mayor in 1983-84, died in November last year aged 71. Mr Atkin made history during his year in office by becoming the first mayor to decline to wear the civic furs and also the first to hold his Mayor’s Sunday Service in a mosque, with readings from the Koran and Bible in English and Urdu.


.................................. A skilled squad of six Middlesbrough Council officers won silver at the Olympics of the North East local authority world. The team combined their abilities and experience to compete against 16 other council, ambulance service and police teams. In the North East Local Authority Challenge the team spent the day as the leadership management team of a fictional local authority. Within the eight hours of the challenge they had to overcome a variety of tasks that a real corporate team would deal with over the course of months.

A SHORT animated film is being promoted in Middlesbrough to help raise children’s awareness of the threat of abuse and exploitation. The animation features a fictional abuser named Sam who attempts to build exploitative virtual relationships and has been produced by the National Crime Agency’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP).

Boro’s Riverside Stadium has become the latest ‘Safe Place’ on Teesside. A safe place helps vulnerable people if they feel scared or at risk while they are out and about in the community and need support right away. This help can range from a phone call to home, or help with directions. The idea is that more vulnerable people can use the venues if they are feeling unsafe, vulnerable, threatened or anxious. In Middlesbrough, alongside the Riverside Stadium other Safe Place venues include all Middlesbrough Council Community Hubs, Central Library, mima, Age UK Teesside on Borough Road, Community Fire Station on Park Road South, Coulby Newham Fire Station, Middlesbrough Bus Station and Marks & Spencer.

The film can be found on the CEOP YouTube page. Further information to assist parents, carers and children can be found via or

The Safe Place logo is displayed in all scheme member venues. To see a full Teeswide list of all locations please visit safe-place-scheme/


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THE story of the man behind one of Middlesbrough’s key landmarks has been uncovered as part of a major heritage project. George Gordon Hoskins’ role in the design of the town’s historic Town Hall features in the latest ‘My Town Hall’ blog. It’s the latest in a series focusing on key figures and events associated with Middlesbrough Town Hall as part of the ongoing Heritage Lottery Fund-supported restoration and refurbishment project. Shaun Marshall, a Local History Research Volunteer on the project, has highlighted the fascinating career of the Grade II* Listed landmark’s architect. As well as discussing Hoskins’ early years, the blog reveals the extensive contribution the architect made in shaping Victorian Teesside, the influence of Alfred Waterhouse who designed Manchester Town Hall, and Hoskins’ work on a number of properties across the region. The My Town Hall campaign is aiming to bring together a collective story of the venue through individual memories and more are still being sought. Anyone wishing to access the blog or share a memory of Middlesbrough Town Hall should visit

.................................. A new digital heritage app is bringing the fascinating history of the Tees Transporter Bridge and the surrounding area to life. The Tees Transporter Bridge Heritage App guides users around the Transporter Bridge and the town on a virtual heritage trail using the latest geo-location and augmented reality technology. Launched by Middlesbrough Council as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund supported Tees Transporter Bridge Visitor Experience Project, the state-of-the-art Heritage App was developed by Indigo Multimedia,

The Tees Transporter Bridge Heritage App is now available to download on iTunes and Play Store. Visit for more information. Tablets are available to borrow from the Transporter Bridge Visitor Centre for use by pre-booked groups.


Celebrating 100 years of the right to vote International Women’s Day will be celebrated in Middlesbrough and in countries across the world highlighting the achievements of women and an important centenary. The event takes place every year on Thursday, March 8 and is a celebration that endeavours to ignore divisions and create unity regardless of ethnicity, language, culture, or political background. While celebration is prominent on International Women’s Day, the progress of gender parity is also brought into sharp focus and this year the theme is #PressforProgress. 2018 marks 100 years since Parliament passed the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which enabled eight million women to vote for the first time. Although a major achievement, 60% of women in the UK were still excluded from voting. The 1918 Act paved the way for universal suffrage which was granted in The Representation of the People Act in 1928, this extended the franchise to include all women and men above the age of 21. Since 1928 the move for gender equality has experienced great successes, albeit at a slow pace. The Life Peerages Act was introduced


in 1958 and entitled women to sit in the House of Lords, and 1970 saw the introduction of The Equal Pay Act which made it illegal to pay women lower rates than men for the same work. In Middlesbrough, The Eighth Plinth campaign was launched by local woman and feminist campaigner Emma Chesworth (above) in summer 2016 - pointing out that all local statues are of men. The public were given the chance to decide which inspirational female would be immortalised in the town. Ellen Wilkinson MP was voted as the victor for her campaign work on behalf of the poor and working people, with her statue set to mark 100 years of women voting. Emma said: “Every female across the world has their own reasons for celebrating International Women’s Day. “It is a chance to highlight what women do in society every day and celebrate all the good achievements of the past year.” While women continue to make positive gains daily and there is a

strong and growing global movement for advocacy and activism, this year’s theme of #PressforProgress also aims to give a bold reminder that gender parity is estimated to be over 200 years away. All women and men across the world share responsibility to drive gender parity in order to make International Women’s Day successful. There are many ways to get involved in International Women’s Day in the local area. Middlesbrough Central Library will stream live and pre-recorded lectures, speakers include Harriet Harman MP and Helen Pankhurst, the greatgranddaughter of Suffragette leader Emmeline. The event will take place on Thursday, March 8 - call 01642 729002 to reserve a £1 ticket. Teesside University is hosting a special event on Saturday, March 3, which will see thousands of people come together to celebrate women in Middlesbrough and all over the world. For more information visit

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Michelle plans a big city future for Middlesbrough From apprentice to Town Centre Manager, Michelle has the skills to deliver city centre ambition. Big things are happening in Middlesbrough - and 2018 looks set to build on a burgeoning sense of confidence and momentum. The signs of inward investment are everywhere to be seen, from a thriving bar and restaurant scene to major leisure and infrastructure developments. The Investment Prospectus, launched last spring, was a bold statement of Middlesbrough’s cityscale ambitions that has attracted interest from across the country. Integral to the vision is a thriving city centre - with 21st century retail, leisure, commercial and night-time economies - with Middlesbrough’s growth a key driver in the wider Tees Valley. To continue the upward trend, Middlesbrough Council has appointed Michelle McPhee as its Town Centre Manager, and she’s already a familiar face to many of those who work and do business here. Michelle has 18 years’ experience within regeneration at the Council and has spearheaded many of the business support and economic regeneration initiatives that have helped to protect and develop a bustling and successful town centre. Key achievements include the hugely successful transformation of Baker

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and Bedford Streets, the development of Orange Pip Market and the arrival of Bistrot Pierre. Michelle has also led projects to develop Grade A office space in Centre Square and create a city centre Media and Innovation Village. In her new role she will lead on the strategic development and operational management of the town centre, co-ordinating the Council’s resources and ensuring a dynamic approach that supports stakeholders, investors and entrepreneurs. Michelle said: “I’ve been proud to play a part in Middlesbrough’s growth over the last few years, and this new role is a chance to help build a truly unique brand and identity. “Middlesbrough is a fantastic place with a rich heritage and an ambitious vision for an exciting and prosperous future. “We’re already hard at work making that vision a reality, and I’ve been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and commitment of businesses, retailers and partners in the public and private sectors.” Over the coming months, Michelle will work with a range of partners to further cement Middlesbrough’s status as THE place for shopping, working, urban living and business. The focus will be on re-balancing the

town centre economy, enhancing the visitor experience and growing the customer base as part of Middlesbrough’s drive to become city centre of the Tees Valley. She will also work closely with the Council’s events and culture teams on the delivery of events programmes that boost visitor numbers and income generation and create jobs. Michelle added: “There are challenges, of course, but equally the potential to make a real difference to people’s lives is huge. “Middlesbrough is on the verge of an amazing new chapter in its history, and I’m looking forward to playing my part in making that happen.” Kevin Parkes, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Director of Growth and Place, said: “We have fared better than many towns and cities over the last few years, and that is in no small part down to the work of officers like Michelle. “Her knowledge of the town centre and what makes it tick is second to none, and she combines that with an unshakeable belief in Middlesbrough’s potential. “In the pivotal role of Town Centre Manager she will help take Middlesbrough to the next level, and a truly exciting new phase in its history.”


Park set to lead advanced Middlesbrough’s position in the vanguard of the UK’s advanced manufacturing sector has been further enhanced with the latest development of the £55 million Tees Advanced Manufacturing Park (TAMP). Already home to TWI - one of the world’s leading independent research and technology organisations TAMP offers a prime location for high productivity cutting edge manufacturing companies in one of the UK’s key regeneration areas. Work will soon be under way to create 180,000sq ft of high quality manufacturing accommodation across ten buildings with the potential of up to 1,000 new jobs when construction is complete and the first buildings become available in summer 2019. Forthcoming major investments also include a £25 million Anaerobic Digester which can create gas from the microbial digestion of organic matter - usually food or animal waste - with the gas being used as fuel and the solid matter able to create a nitrogen–rich fertiliser. As well as enhancing TAMP’s green credentials, the fuel source has the potential to be piped directly


to the site’s business occupants, significantly reducing their energy costs. Standing in the shadow of Newport Bridge (see map), there could not be a more fitting site for an advanced manufacturing park. In the late 19th century it housed a myriad of railway lines criss-crossing what was the

Glenn Allen, TWI Principal Project Leader, inspects a student’s welding work

South West Ironmasters plant. The remnants of the Newport Blast Furnaces can still be found as a reminder of when Teesside led the way in iron and steel manufacturing. Now this multi-million pound investment is set to deliver a new industry-leading technical cluster of manufacturing businesses in a modern, landscaped lay-out, with the possibility of a second phase delivering a further 80,000sq ft of premium accommodation. The development of TAMP has been possible thanks to Middlesbrough Council contributing nearly £12.5 million towards the total cost, supported by investment from Tees Valley Combined Authority of £7.65 million towards infrastructure and remediation. A bid for further funding of £2.3 million to the SSI Taskforce has also been successful. TWI is the first company to locate on the site. One of the world’s foremost

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manufacturing in the UK independent research and technology organisations, with expertise in materials joining and engineering processes as applied in industry. TWI specialises in innovation, knowledge transfer and in solving problems across all aspects of manufacturing, fabrication and whole-life integrity management. Its £10.8 million Middlesbrough base is now home to the UK’s first Offshore Wind Validation Centre delivering research and validation services for non-destructive testing, offshore wind tower manufacturers, as well as for the oil and gas, subsea and other industrial sectors. Geoff Hogg, Managing Director of site owners Cleveland Property Investments said: “There has already been substantial investment interest from companies looking to locate to this site, and that’s before we’ve even started marketing. “We know from the success of TWI that we have exactly what the industry needs, and I’m confident TAMP will be a location of regional and national importance.”

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Kevin Parkes (right), Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Director for Growth and Place, said: “TAMP is just the latest evidence of the ambition we have for Middlesbrough, and our confidence that high-productivity businesses are ready and willing to invest in the town. “We know this is a growth sector, and through the experience of TWI we know we have the location and infrastructure that businesses are crying out for.

“TAMP is a development of national significance which will create longterm employment opportunities and provide a major boost to the local and regional economy.” Alison Fellows, Tees Valley Combined Authority’s Investment Director, said: “The Combined Authority’s Investment in the TAMP site signals our commitment to supporting and growing our manufacturing sector and to delivering our Strategic Economic Plan for Tees Valley. “News of major projects set for the site underlines TAMP’s considerable pulling power to modern, dynamic businesses. “We are delighted to support a development that will be giving back to the region’s economy for years to come.” To learn more about the multi-million pound investment in the town visit More information about TWI can be found at


Building for the future boosts local economy A new Community Safety Hub, which places local people and partnership working at its heart, is set to open in Hemlington Grange this summer. The innovative building will be a flagship hub for Cleveland Police and partner agencies, providing a costeffective and cutting-edge home for modern-day specialist policing. It will also feature public areas including a café and memorial garden as well as rooms available for local use. Lasting public benefit was an important part of the deal which saw the Council sell the land to Cleveland Police and building work has already provided a major boost to the local economy. Half of all the procurement for the development was with companies within 25 miles of the site, with 88% coming from within 35 miles. This included 100 tonnes of Teesside steel from British Steel’s Lackenby beam mill facility which was used in the frame of the Community Safety Hub, the building’s main structure. The hub has also provided valuable experience for 17 local apprentices employed by Esh. The near £18m development was paid for entirely by the sale of the force’s current Ladgate Lane site for housing. The old Ladgate Lane headquarters date back to the 1970s and were formerly British Steel laboratories. Cleveland Police took over the site in the 80s but it is no longer fit for purpose, costing the force around £1million per year to run. The repair


bill for the building would run into millions. In contrast the new facility is costeffective, energy-efficient and brings the force into the 21st century technology-wise. It is estimated the move will save around £200,000 per year in running costs plus additional gains from collaboration activities. The carbon footprint will also be greatly reduced. Rules stipulate that money from the sale of the Ladgate Lane site must be used for infrastructure or assets and cannot be used to fund staff or police officers. Esh Build was named as the build partner and the firm have ensured a positive knock-on effect in the community through apprenticeships, work experience, skills and safety workshops in local schools and partnerships with the local supply chain. The firm’s Added Value team are also supporting surrounding schools through its Building My Skills initiative - a year-long employability programme that puts industry professionals in front of school children to introduce them to the world of work. Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “We are now realising our vision of a 21st century hub, which will equip our people with the right technology and investment to deliver excellent policing and

community safety services. “This building, and the work from it, will benefit communities across Teesside for years to come. It will be the epicentre of contact with the public, and is much more costeffective than the current policing headquarters at Ladgate Lane. “This project offers potential for further public sector collaboration in the future. As a multi-million pound local investment, it will also play a part in assisting future regeneration of Middlesbrough and the wider Teesside area.” Kevin Parkes, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Director of Growth and Place, said: “We welcome this major investment by Cleveland Police that puts them right at the heart of the communities they and their partners serve. “The new Community Safety Hub will also act as a key catalyst for the Hemlington Grange Business Park, with plans for the development expected to be announced later this year.” The 3,600 sq ft Community Safety Hub will provide a base for Cleveland Police officers and staff as they tackle complex and life-threatening issues using the latest technology. It will house the police control room as well as the force leadership team, other specialist services and the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

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Top tips for starting a small retail business Research, costings and support are crucial if you want to succeed. Getting them wrong are the three main causes of small business failures. Indoor Market Manager David Harris (right) shares his top tips for starting a retail business. 1. Do your research.

2. Understand all your costs.

It’s essential to test your business idea, pricing and location before launching. Getting this wrong is the main reason why 42% of start-ups fail. Talking to shoppers, neighbouring retailers and market management will give you a better feel for the right location for your business than family and friends can. Vince Gibson (below) visited every market in the North East before he chose Dundas Market for his traditional sweet shop. As a value for money market, we only allow businesses to take a unit if we believe they will be successful. Our balance of trade policy ensures traders are not directly competing with each other and we also support them with social media, public relations and events to boost profile.

Account for all business costs, including all premises costs and extra personal costs such as travelling expenses or childcare. Dundas Market offers a small number of Enterprise Units from £60 per week on short term tenant agreements. It’s a great way to fix your premises costs. Making enough money is vital to success - 29% of failed small businesses ran out of cash. Try before you buy is a good motto. Dundas Market runs monthly food and craft markets, vintage and handmade markets, special markets such as Youth and Halloween Markets, and offers free trials for one week in May as part of the national Love Your Local Market campaign. Constance Chisamba (below) who runs Ebenezer Bag Boutique started out testing her business as an Enterprise unit and has now developed into a permanent tenant of the Indoor Market.

3. Get the right support. Running a retail business is a major commitment and having the right people covering when you are not there is crucial. You’ll need the support of family or friends or have to take on staff to give you a break and time to visit suppliers. 23% of small business failures said not having the right team was the cause.

Useful links If you are under 30 The Princes Trust can help. Its online tools are available for all. Provides fully funded Pre-Start Business training and other useful advice for anyone based in the Tees Valley. For more information about Enterprise Units and other units at Dundas Market visit dundas-market


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Major boost for visitor numbers Middlesbrough’s Dundas Shopping Centre recorded a major boost in visitor numbers in 2017, achieving record footfall in three months, reversing a trend of declining visitor numbers over the past five years. Record numbers of shoppers visited in September, October and November 2017, with only bad weather, Black Friday and on-line Christmas shopping, preventing a record number across the centre in December too. However, the indoor market bucked the national trend and experienced record footfall right up to Christmas. Across the year, footfall in the market was up more than 10% on 2016.

“Having all the retail units occupied, running some great events and the opening of the LiveWell Centre have all impacted positively on shopper numbers,” says Richard Wilson, Managing Agent for the Shopping Centre (left). “With our vibrant mix of retailers and market traders and our regular market events, I am sure we can sustain strong visitor numbers into 2018.”


Spring events at the Dundas Centre There’s something for everyone at the Dundas Centre with events happening most weeks! Our popular monthly Food and Craft markets take place on the last Friday and Saturday of each month and our special Handmade and Vintage Markets run on the second Saturday of every month. Every third Wednesday morning from 10am we host Ageing Better Middlesbrough get-togethers at Jean’s Kitchen in the indoor market, giving people over 50 the chance to meet and chat over a cup of tea to each other and our friendly volunteers. There’s also a host of special events throughout Spring. Saturday March 24 sees the return of the fantastic Dundas Sci-Fi and Fantasy Market - last year’s most popular event. Star Wars characters from the 99th Garrison (right), the largest UK independent Star Wars based costume group, will be in attendance to coincide with the DVD release of The Last Jedi. Sunday March 25 is a must for brides-to-be and their grooms,

Diamond Heaven’s Wedding Shopping Event includes a catwalk parade featuring designer dresses from I Do Bridalwear. May 17-31 features a host of events to support the international Love Your Local Market campaign for traders and shoppers alike including a Youth Market on Saturday May 19

in conjunction with Middlesbrough College, featuring market stalls run by local young people aged 16-25. Traders of all ages can test drive their business by applying for a free market stall for one week from May 21. To apply for stalls at any of our markets see the box below.

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Aim high with Middlesbrough Council Community Learning An apprenticeship opens up a pathway for career development that can take you right to the top. Each year the council recruits and employs over 100 apprentices across 33 departments and sub-divisions. Vocational opportunities vary, from office based clerical, administration and customer service roles to hands on area care, property maintenance, waste and recycling, transport and infrastructure, public health and protection, finance and legal, social, welfare, health and elderly care to name a few. The list of opportunities is vast and covers all areas of the council’s responsibilities. Success rates are extremely high with over 90% of apprentices who complete their qualification being retained and offered full time employment within the council, progressing to higher level qualifications and the opportunity of future promotion and career development within the organisation. Jack Simpson, 21, joined the council as an apprentice in Transport and Infrastructure because he wanted an interesting job with rewarding career path. Jack (above) has gained on the job experience in a range of skills and has achieved a level 2 Business Administration qualification and is studying to become a qualified technician.


“I’m very pleased I decided upon an apprenticeship. I work with a great team, the work is challenging and you learn something new everyday. There is a clear career progression and that is important to me” said Jack. Current Council Chief Executive Tony Parkinson started his own career with Middlesbrough Council as a trainee in 1992. Mr Parkinson said: “Starting life as a trainee has given me great insight at all levels as to how the organisation works. I’m very proud of the progression path we have within the council which ensures apprentices have the opportunity to develop their skills to become the leaders of the future.” Michelle McPhee, who started as an apprentice in Business Administration with the council 18 years ago has recently been appointed Town Centre Manager. “When choosing an apprenticeship it’s very important to look at what career progression it can offer, is there an opportunity to continuously develop your skills?” said Michelle. “Looking back now on my time as an apprentice I can see how it formed the foundation for my career. Many of the professional and life skills I learned back then are still valuable to me today.

“I am Middlesbrough born and bred and I have found the opportunity to become involved in exciting projects and to make a positive difference to the town I love is very rewarding.” Utilising the council’s apprenticeship levy means that funding is available for future learning and qualifications, in some cases to degree level, via the apprenticeship route. This opens up opportunities for current and new staff to develop their skills and gain the recognised qualifications required to progress in their chosen career. The option to retrain or transfer to other council departments is also available, encouraging employees to use their skills and experience for the benefit of the council and Middlesbrough residents whilst pursuing their own ambitions. Middlesbrough Council Community Learning deliver the majority of Middlesbrough Council apprenticeships with an excellent achievement rate and also offer the same high levels of service and attention to privately owned and commercial businesses within the Tees Valley. For more information on apprenticeships with Middlesbrough Council please contact our apprenticeship team on 01642 811432 or email

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Sisters Shazia and Robina are proof it’s never too late to turn your life around Age is no bar to ambition and Community Learning offers employment advice and qualifications that can help adults to start afresh. Community Learning provides a wide range of courses to support people to make their first steps in learning. The main focus is to help people to overcome any barriers that are preventing them from moving on in life, learning or work. For some this might mean support to help achieve foundation qualifications in English or Maths that allow progression onto higher education courses. For others it may mean accessing learning to help improve health and wellbeing. Shazia Noor turned to Community Learning when she was 38. “I just thought of myself as a loser, I would wake up in a morning and think I had achieved nothing with my life. Community Learning helped me to change all that, it gave me qualifications but also confidence and a purpose.” For Shazia the first step was achieving a basic Maths qualification which then allowed her to access training and qualifications in her chosen field of health and fitness. Now, four years on, she runs the expanding business Nur Fitness from premises in Linthorpe and is a recognised training provider for Community Learning. Shazia

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provides health and fitness classes for women, many from BME communities. The sessions include not only exercise but also advice on nutrition, healthy cooking and lifestyle, personal well being and self confidence. It’s not just studio-based either. Shazia has led hikes across the moors and recently an outing to Middlesbrough Football Club (below). “The great thing is that I am now able to help women like me to get more out of life. My message is simple, if I can do it anyone can.”

Inspired by Shazia’s success, her sister, Robina Mahmood, accessed Community Learning to gain English qualifications. From there Community Learning helped her achieve further qualifications in beauty therapy, massage and business advice. Now Robina and her husband Basharat run the successful RB Aesthetic Clinic with services including massage, laser hair regrowth, facials and foot detox. Throughout Middlesbrough, Community Learning offers a wide range of learning opportunities which will support people to move into work whatever their barriers. This includes reaching disadvantaged communities and individuals, to enable them to participate in learning and to progress towards further learning and/or sustainable employment. Community Learning funding comes from the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). All courses and activities that recieve funding need to meet Ofsted and ESFA requirements. For more information call 01642 811400 or email or visit


Choosing Pathways advisors’ unique support enables 15-29 year olds to reach their full potential Funded through the European Social Fund and part of the wider Tees Valley Youth Employment Initiative, the scheme supports those not in employment, education or training. Advisors Michael White and James individual’s confidence, motivation, Jamison (right) use regular 1-2-1 interview technique and self marketing. appointments and occasional group As James explained, advice isn’t sessions to help individuals to reach limited to assisting individuals with their full potential. employment, education or training Michael said: “I would encourage needs. anyone who is looking at progressing “We can also refer and signpost into employment, apprenticeships, individuals for additional support education or additional training to get within areas such as improving in touch and find out more about the literacy and numeracy skills and support we offer. We pride ourselves support with ongoing health issues. on enabling people to succeed, and Other aspects of our role include no matter how far you may feel away liaising regularly with the many from achieving your goals I am certain local job centres to both promote we will be able to help you take steps the service and you may also see forward to achieve your goals. us at the many local job fairs and “We aim to see individuals at least employment events promoting our once a week and can work with service and networking to offer people for any length of time from young people a wider range of two weeks to six months dependent opportunities.” upon their needs.” For more information call 01642 354181 Support includes practical advice on developing CVs, cover letters and completing application forms Multi Media Exchange, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough. TS1 2RF asABM wellLove as Mbro helpAdvert withJan improving an 2018.qxp_Layout 1 10/01/2018 11:05 Page 1

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Making exercise accessible for any age and ability For many people the idea of exercising in public, be it in a gym, group fitness classes or even alone in a park, is a source of real anxiety and enough to stop them from even attempting it. Middlesbrough’s Exercise Referral Programme seeks to change this by making fitness accessible to all. Many local people have already benefitted from our carefully planned support to improve fitness and general wellbeing and this has included people with physical and learning disabilities, injuries, illnesses and mental health issues. The first step, asking for help, is often the most difficult but once taken you can find yourself on the path to improved health, more self confidence and a better quality of life. Julia (not real name) turned to the exercise referral programme in May 2017. She had tried various times

in the past to improve health but without success and now found it difficult to move around or exercise due to a number of health issues including phobias to open spaces, mental ill health and mobility issues. As is often the case with new clients, she was initially very nervous at the sessions, but her confidence and ability soon grew with the support and encouragement of her trainer and a support officer. A programme was designed specifically for her needs, starting off with very small targets to improve her confidence and slowly increasing difficulty over a number of months. Julia is still attending sessions, and

now no longer needs a support officer to accompany her. Her improved fitness has also given her the confidence to begin a volunteering job – something she says she wouldn’t have even considered before the programme. She said: “The programme is fantastic; this has given me a new lease of life. I feel more confident and very happy.” The Exercise Referral Programme is available at The Live Well Centre and various other locations in Middlesbrough. If you are interested in joining the programme, please speak to your GP about being referred or email

Celebrating a year of good health at The Live Well Centre March marks the one year anniversary of the opening of The Live Well Centre - Middlesbrough’s unique health and wellbeing hub located in the Dundas Shopping Centre in the town centre. The Live Well Centre brings together a range of services to act as a ‘onestop-shop’ for people seeking support to improve their lifestyle. From those who have quit smoking through the Stop Smoking Service to people who have improved their fitness with the Exercise Referral Programme, The Live Well Centre and its partners have already had a huge impact on

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the lives of many in Middlesbrough. Things aren’t slowing down at the centre, with new partners signing on to offer even more services, from healthy cooking classes to debt and welfare advice. For more information on available and upcoming services, please contact The Live Well Centre on 01642 727 579.


Spring can be the time of year that repayments and extortionate interest rates on Christmas borrowing can start to bite. This is when loan sharks show their true colours. The Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) - a national team that investigate and prosecute loan sharks - are here to help victims who have fallen into deep waters with a loan shark during the festive season or other times. The team - who run a 24 hour hotline all year round - are made up of Investigators and support officers who meet with victims on a daily basis and build up prosecution files to stop loan sharks in their deceiving tracks. Victims who are being put through a miserable time because of a loan shark are being urged to contact the IMLT to report what’s happening. The team will take information anonymously and in confidence; you don’t have to give your name and an officer will go through your options first before taking the report.

What is a loan shark? A loan shark is someone who lends money without the correct authorisation from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). It is a criminal offence to lend money without authorisation and can lead to a 2-year prison sentence and/or £5,000 fine.

How do I know if I’ve borrowed from a loan shark? Loan sharks typically start off friendly and are often head of through word of mouth. It could be a friend, colleague, neighbour or someone who is well known in the community for helping others out financially. If you have had a cash loan and can answer yes to one or more of these questions, you might be borrowing from a loan shark:

• Did they not give you paperwork? • Did they add huge amounts of interest or APR to your loan? • Have they threatened you? • Are you scared of people finding out? • Have they taken your bank card, benefit card, passport, watch or other valuables from you? The IMLT will be with you every step of the way from the moment you make the call. You will receive one-toone support; this might be help with housing, debt issues or referrals for health problems.

Nationally, Illegal Money Lending Teams have secured nearly 400 prosecutions for illegal money lending and related activity, leading to nearly 325 years’ worth of custodial sentences. They have written off £71.9m worth of illegal debt and helped over 26,500 people.

To report a loan shark: Call the 24/7 confidential hotline 0300 555 2222 Text a report to 078600 22116 Visit the website E-mail reportaloanshark@ Private message us on


Energy advice for dementia families Middlesbrough Environment City alongside Stockton and Hartlepool Citizens Advice Bureau has secured funding from Northern Gas Networks to provide energy advice to local people living with dementia and their carers. Our experience shows that people living with dementia are often vulnerable to the cold and can experience high energy bills. This could be for many reasons including longer periods spent at home, not claiming their full benefit entitlement and not being aware that there may be extra help through their energy supplier. The project involves a home visit by a trained advisor to provide free and independent advice in the following areas:


• Advice to reduce energy costs, including support to switch to a better tariff where appropriate. • Benefits advice to maximise income, including applications to the Warm Homes Discount. • Registration to the Priority Services Register. • Information relating to safety around domestic power. • Registration to telephone and mailer preference services.

To find out more about the project or to arrange your free appointment contact Middlesbrough Environment City on freephone 0800 304 7084 or

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Speaking up for inclusion Parents4Change is the Middlesbrough parent carer forum run by volunteers which provides a voice for parents and carers of disabled children as well as young people with disabilities and special educational needs (SEN). The group was initially set up with Aiming High Funding and has now been running for ten years. Members of the current steering committee all have disabled children and young adults and so are able to speak from a position of experience and knowledge. Primarily a signposting organisation, P4C also supports families by attending meetings with them in schools and elsewhere. They are committed to ensuring that parents/ carers and young people with disabilities (SEN) are involved and are equal partners in decision making. Currently the group has 350 families registered on their data base with nearly 800 members on their Facebook group page. They receive numerous questions on Facebook and if they don’t know the answer themselves will aim to refer inquiries to someone who does. The group receives support from Middlesbrough Council which includes use of a room at the Enterprise Centre, Gilkes Street, to host meetings and drop-ins. “We want to see an inclusive and

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happy Middlesbrough for all children, young people and their families” says P4C secretary Ruth Johnson. “Part of our work is to gather the views and experiences of parent carers in Middlesbrough and ensure that they’re used to influence and shape new services. We also tackle collective issues to ensure that services improve as a result. “Over the next year we are going to be working alongside the SEN department on the new reforms, this has been ongoing for approximately two years. Like all forums we are always in need of new steering group members who have a bit of spare time and want to make a difference, the more we have the bigger the voice. We are an equal opportunities group, everyone is welcome.” An awareness raising event last year, organised in conjunctions with the council’s Children With Disabilities team, proved extremely successful with over 200 people in attendance and several new members signing up. A similar event is currently being planned for this summer.

Forthcoming events: Wednesday February 28 10.30am-12.30pm Coffee morning in the International Centre. From March attending various venues along with the CWD team, details of the dates, times and venues will be advertised in the Disability Matters and our Facebook page. Summer: Awareness raising event. October: A P4C Conference, dates to be confirmed.

To find out more about the group visit: Email: Telephone: 07584 055639, 01642 200526 or 07975 621843 Or write to: Parents4Change, P.O. Box 518, Middlesbrough. TS1 9GR.


Keep on parkrunning It’s a crisp Saturday morning in Stewart Park, the sun is rising with the mist and across unveiling parkland, beyond the lake, a figure comes into view. Well wrapped up against the late winter chill and pushing a barrow, John Fearns (right) methodically goes about his task, laying down markers. Where he leads, hundreds will soon follow. Carefully and without fuss he will then re-trace his steps, returning the markers to the barrow and the park to its natural state. Some might question why, at 84-years of age, John chooses to rise at dawn and spend his Saturday mornings as a parkrun volunteer. “I did national service in the Royal Air Force and they always said a volunteer was better than a conscript.” says John. “That’s why parkrun is successful, the people who take part or help out choose to do so, there is no pressure.”

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A long standing member of The Friends of Stewart Park, John has been helping out at parkrun for six years. A joiner by trade he made the spool he uses to wind in the tape that marks the route. “I worked on building sites for many

years and I like to be active. I enjoy the fresh air and exercise and the social side is very good. You get to meet lots of different people and everyone is so friendly.” Parkruns are held at 9am every Saturday morning in areas of open space around the UK and 16 other countries across the globe. There are also junior parkrun events for young people aged 4-14. The first parkrun took place in Teddington in 2004 with 13 runners. Results were collated using pen and paper, with washers from the local hardware store used as finishing tokens. Now the parkrun registration and barcode result system is used for those who want to time their run. Registering before your first parkrun


“Parkrun keeps me happy, the thought of getting outside in fresh air makes me feel optimistic - I can’t stand the treadmill.”

allows you to record your time in any parkrun in the future. Websites are updated and emails sent each week for those who want them. The parkrun community is growing all the time and remains based on the simple, basic principles formed from the start. A weekly 5km turn up and take part event, open to all, run by volunteers and free. Middlesbrough has embraced the parkrun phenomena. Events take place 9am every Saturday at Albert Park, Stewart Park and at Flatts Lane. There’s also a junior 2k run at Hemlington Lake. Tees Barrage, Locke Park Redcar and Maritime Avenue, Hartlepool also host weekly parkruns. There were 26 participants at the first Albert Park event in 2008. Now ten times that number regularly take part. On New Year’s Day, for the first time, parkrun permitted the Middlesbrough events to stagger their starting time to allow people to do two events. Over 560 turned up at 10.30am for the Albert parkrun, many having completed a parkrun elsewhere earlier.


By day Ruth McMaster Lees (below) is the Asst. Head Teacher at Acklam Whin Primary School, on Saturdays she is the event director of Stewart parkrun. Today she has to oversee a route diversion to avoid sodden parts of the park. Ruth is there to cheer the runners at the start and will be there at the finish to cheer them home. She became involved in 2011 when

staff at her school decided they wanted to run the Middlesbrough 10k to raise money for Teesside Hospice. “My husband is a keen runner and mentioned how important it is to train before a 10k. I agreed to be the support team, organising the Facebook and just giving pages. We went to the parkrun as part of the training and I thought, I like this. I volunteered and have been volunteering ever since, I love it.” Ruth knows from personal experience that the benefits of parkrun extend well beyond physical fitness. “I love my job but it is full on and can be very stressful. Parkrun is completely different. People of all ages, different backgrounds, different walks of life come together to enjoy the morning together, it’s a really nice community feel.” Ruth suffers from Seasonal Affective Disorder, a mood disorder in which people who have normal mental health throughout most of the year exhibit depressive symptoms at the same time each year, most commonly in the winter. One survey

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has shown as many as 29% of the population display symptons, with 8% suffering acutely. “It made me tired, suffering from anxiety and I didn’t want to go out or be with people in social situations. Now if I go to park run I feel better, the community spirit just lifts you,” says Ruth. “I need to be careful I don’t sound evangelical and put people off, parkrun is just so genuinely very friendly.” Inclusion is ingrained in the parkrun philosophy. You can run, jog or walk it. People take part with pushchairs and dogs on short leads. Participants are cheered and encouraged and can decide whether they want to record their time or not. Ruth believes the inclusive nature is a major factor in the parkrun success. “It is not a race, it is a run but you can walk or jog it if you want and this means you have a real mix of people of all abilities.” It’s also a meeting place for friends who perhaps have moved away from the area but have returned to visit. “Someone I went to primary school

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with 40 years ago is now a head teacher in Borneo but his mum still lives at South Bank and when he comes home he does the parkrun and we meet up,” says Ruth. Sharon Dobson and Mark Waters (below) met at the Stewart parkrun in December 2015. They got chatting, went for a walk

and romance blossomed. Two years later they married and on the morning of their wedding took part in parkrun, appropriately dressed and accompanied by bridesmaids and balloons. Now they are regulars along with Mark’s five-year-old daughter Charlotte.


“If it hadn’t been for parkrun I would never have met Mark. The social side is lovely” says Sharon. “You can walk or run with dogs or buggies. There are often local community running groups taking part or visitors from further afield. We see fundraisers for many good causes. Themed events like the Christmas Santa run and Superhero run are always fun.” Mark adds: “As an adult it is quite easy to get isolated, it’s so easy to get left out and develop mental health issues, when you have a problem it is easy to go missing. Parkrun keeps me happy, the thought of getting outside in fresh air makes me feel optimistic - I can’t stand the treadmill.” Though Mark is capable of running the 5km course in under 19 minutes for him it’s all about the social side. “Parkrun is for people who just want to exercise without pressure. I do not like racing against others, I just come here for a run and to meet people.” At Stewart Park the runners have the choice of two cafes for post-run food or drink, Henry’s Café in converted courtyard workshops and Cook’s Café at the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum. Today Dean McCormack, 34, has volunteered as the results coordinator and is sat in the window of Henry’s cafe inputting information. Over 250 people have taken part with times ranging from 18 minutes to an hour. There’s always a volunteer tail walker to ensure no-one gets left behind or comes home last. There is a tangible aura of contentment about Dean, a seismic shift from the troubled soul of just three years ago whose review with his GP revealed worsening asthma and worryingly high blood pressure. Dean weighed in at 21 stone and the word obese shocked him. “When I was younger I was quite active, I did boxing and was fitter and toned,” says Dean. “Then life just came along. I stopped exercising, didn’t watch what I was eating or drinking and with a desk job wasn’t up and about much. At home I just sat around watching tv and comfort eating.” Married to Kate with a four-year-old daughter, Anya, and another, Shae, on the way he realised he had to do something. “I’d play with Anya and was soon out of breath and sweating. In the end it was the photographs that brought


Dean McCormack with daughters Anya, 7, and Shae, 2

it home to me. I looked at them and didn’t like what I saw. I didn’t want to be a fat dad. It struck me that if I didn’t do something I was going to die and I wanted to see my girls grow up.” Dean’s first attempt to walk the 5km Stewart parkrun ended after a mile, but he persevered. Spurred on by the encouragement of regular parkrunners he got over halfway the following week and then, third time lucky, managed to complete the course in 38 minutes. “When I crossed the line the feeling was terrific, overwhelming, everyone was cheering me on. Now I have a personal best of 25 minutes and have run marathons. For me it’s not about how fast you run, it’s not a race, it’s the exercise and the social aspect, I chat all the way round.” Dean is now down to 15 stone, his asthma has improved and he’s off the blood-pressure tablets. “Diets don’t work for me but running

keeps my weight under control. People quickly noticed the difference. It isn’t just the weight loss, I have a better outlook on life, and attitude, I’m more confident and happy.” Dean now divides his time; taking part some weeks, volunteering as a helper other times. The day broke shrouded in mist, now the skies are clear and the sun smiles on Stewart Park. Dean is in reflective mood. “Parkrun saved my life, I’ll always be grateful and volunteering is a way of giving something back. To anyone thinking of having a go I’d say come and join us - what have you got to lose?” With thanks to all the volunteers and runners at Stewart Park on January 13 2018. For more information about this and other local parkruns visit:


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Hospice profits from residents’ recycling efforts An innovative recycling scheme has yielded a double bonus for the area, providing new paths for Stewart Park and a cash boost for Teesside Hospice. The scheme offered local residents the chance to have their Christmas trees taken away in exchange for a small donation. The trees were picked up by local volunteers and Northgate Vehicle Hire and transported to the Askham Bryan College at Stewart Park to be turned into woodchip. This is being used to form new paths in the Park’s paddocks, walled gardens and kitchen gardens. The scheme saw six vans and a team of 31 volunteers covering Teesside

postcodes from TS1 to TS23. Over 800 real Christmas Trees were collected across Teesside, with the hospice receiving over £7,500 in donations. Teesside Hospice Fundraising Manager, Debbie Coulson, said: “We are thrilled to have received such fantastic support from the local community. “I would like to say thank you to everyone involved, including all those that registered their tree and made a donation to the hospice. “A special thank you goes to our team of volunteers who worked

tirelessly to collect and load over 800 trees, your support is amazing. “The funds raised through this scheme will make a huge difference to the lives of local people, we are extremely grateful.” The council’s regular green waste collections will resume for 2018 in April. Pic; John Saint, of Northgate Vehicle Hire, Kim Bradley, Teesside Hospice Community Fundraiser and Nick Barnes, Askham Bryan College Director of Stewart Park


Recycle waste for chance to win shopping vouchers An initiative that gives residents who recycle responsibly the chance to turn waste into shopping vouchers is to run again this year.


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Officers from Middlesbrough’s environmental education team will be randomly selecting a street and lifting the lid on the blue-lidded bins put out for collection to see who has followed the recycling rules. Each week the addresses that qualify will be entered into a draw with one household winning £50 in Cleveland Centre shopping vouchers. Last year Middlesbrough residents collectively recycled around 850 tonnes of waste each month and the council aims to encourage even more across the town in 2018.

To be eligible bins need to be at the kerbside before 7am and follow the dos and don’ts of blue bin recycling. Residents who recycle using clear plastic sacks are also eligible. To find out more about this competition, how to recycle or to download your recycling and refuse collection calendar please visit: The site also contains a range of information about how the town disposes of waste and recycling tips for residents.



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Financial Inclusion Group secures £7m for local people Did you hear the one about the Middlesbrough pensioner who walked into her local Community Hub and came out £53,000 richer? It’s no joke, and if you have been missing out on a pension or other entitlement Middlesbrough’s Financial Inclusion Group (FIG) is there to help. The widow, in her late 60s, had gone to one of FIG’s regular Hub Advice Service sessions on the recommendation of a neighbour. After her husband died she had found it increasingly difficult to make ends meet so she sat down with an advisor in the Bishopton Road centre and got onto the subject of pensions. “I received money from my late husband’s pension but I thought you couldn’t have two pensions,” said the mum, from Tollesby. “The advisor said they would owe me for my own pension and phoned up there and then. When they came back she said there is a backpayment waiting for me. “She said it’s just short of £53,000 - my first feeling was just being frightened, I didn’t know what to do. I was frightened about getting something I wasn’t entitled to and that I might get it and then have to give it back, but the advisors are all experts and know what they are doing, they checked and checked again to reassure me and explained it all.” As well as the backdated lump sum, the recipient also got an extra

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£92-a-week which helps pay the bills and leaves money left over to save for holidays. She added: “It has made life a lot easier, it feels like I’ve won the lottery. I’d say to anyone don’t do what I did and put it off, just ask. I thought I couldn’t get anything and left it at that. I could have gone to my death never knowing.” Anyone seeking advice can visit the Citizen Advice Bureau (CAB) or one of the regular sessions held at local Community Hubs. “Financial worries can lead to a host of issues including poor health, depression, crime, increasing debt, family break-ups and isolation” said CAB advisor Samm (above). “To combat this, FIG brings together partners from the private, public, voluntary and community sectors to promote and improve financial inclusion across the town.” As well as encouraging saving and budgeting and providing advice on appropriate financial services, the group ensures local people receive the benefits they are entitled to. In the three years since its launch,the campaign has helped local people successfully claim a staggering £7m of entitlement from central Government - improving many peoples lives and also providing a

welcome boost to the local economy. Those helped include: people in low paid full and part-time work; those caring for others; single parents, the unemployed and recently redundant; retired, elderly and infirm. Middlesbrough Citizens Advice Bureau is looking to increase its team of volunteer advisors. If you would like to consider volunteering please email Samm on

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Three chances to WIN a feast of French cuisine Middlesbrough’s expanding town centre food and drink scene has embraced Gallic flair with the recently opened Bistrot Pierre proving a popular choice. Situated on Albert Road, the new restaurant has capacity to seat more than 200 diners in the restaurant and traditional Parisian styled outdoor terrace looking out onto Centre Square. All dishes are freshly prepared daily by talented chefs, using a mix of artisan produce and carefullysourced ingredients. Inspired by the classic French bistro style of simple dishes cooked with heart, the prix fixe lunch menu is exceptional value with one course £9.95, two courses £11.95 and three courses £13.95. Until March 19 a winter prix fixe menu is on offer for £14.95. Two courses all evening Sunday -

Thursday and until 6:45pm Friday and Saturday. Our evening a la carte menu is also available and is updated seasonally. You’ll find plenty of gluten-free dishes as well as a child friendly menu on offer. The menus include much-loved dishes such as steak-frites, boeuf bourguignon and crème brûlée, so there’s something for everyone.

To celebrate this mouth-watering addition to the town centre our competition offers three lovemiddlesbrough readers the chance to win a £100 Bistrot Pierre gift card. Simply email magazine@ by 5pm, Friday March 30 2018. Write ‘competition’ in the subject field and tell us:

What nationality of cuisine inspires Bistrot Pierre? Include your name, address and contact number and let us know if you are happy to be contacted with offers and news from Bistrot Pierre.

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Funds available for local crime fighting ideas Local communities with ideas for crime busting schemes are being urged to apply for funding. The Police and Crime Commissioner has funds available to enable local people and organisations to access both one-off and long term grants that actively reduce crime and disorder and reduce the fear of crime. Closing date for the next allocation is the end of April with funding decisions being made in May. The Commissioner’s team is looking in particular at bids by community groups for up to £5,000. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that the project or initiative meets one or more of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s objectives which are:

• Investing in our police • Ensuring a better deal for victims and witnesses • Tackling re-offending • Working together to make Cleveland safer • Securing the future of our communities Cleveland Police Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “Local people can often come up with the most cost effective solution for dealing long term with recurring crime and anti-

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger (left) with members of Normanby Allotment Association who successfully applied for funding for padlocks and alarms

social problems in their communities. “I have seen examples where relatively low cost ideas such as advice sessions, appropriate signage, security marking or allotment padlocks have proved successful and helped improve the quality of life locally.” Various funding streams for community crime fighting ideas have been pulled together on one handy site on the commissioner’s website with regular meetings in place to allocate funding to the best ideas.

Part of the funding agreement requires successful applicants to publicise their scheme so that a good idea in one community may also be of use to others. “Community led initiatives have produced some terrific results already across Cleveland and this funding can provide the money required to turn more good ideas into reality” said Mr Coppinger. For further information and to download an application pack visit the PCC website at and search for “apply for PCC funding”.


New Community Safety Hub will showcase the best of Cleveland The new Community Safety Hub at Hemlington is to provide a permanent showcase of the fascinating history and breath taking beauty of the Cleveland area. The public is being asked to submit their favourite images of the area with the best going on display throughout the flagship hub. A range of interesting shots are needed for the public café, reception and other rooms in the hub. These should be based on the theme: Cleveland a great place to live, work and visit. In addition the names of the meeting rooms throughout the hub will have significance to the four districts of Cleveland and suitable images are being sought to make into full size wall canvasses. The meeting room names, three from each local authority, are:

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• Middlesbrough: Transporter, Riverside, Tees • Stockton: Locomotive, Endeavour, Infinity • Redcar and Cleveland: Saltscar, Huntcliffe, Ironstone • Hartlepool: Marina, Saltholme, Headland The images can have been taken at any time or in the future up until the closing date for entries of March 31 2018. They can be submitted by professional photographers, keen amateurs or the general public. We are looking for the quirky and the eye-catching as well as classic images of the area. The competition is open to adults and children alike. It could be an image carefully captured or a sudden moment snapped on a mobile phone.

“Cleveland has such a fascinating mix of backdrop, from coast to country, urban to rural and we want to showcase it all with images throughout the new Community Safety Hub,” said Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger. “That might be images of landmarks, of landscapes or of local people, a rich mix that highlights the diversity of Cleveland,” he added. Entrants using mobile phones are advised to adjust to the highest quality setting. Resolution size should be 3,000 x 2,000 pixels or greater.

Images should be uploaded onto Twitter via #CSHphotocomp or copies posted to Liz Byrne at Cleveland Police HQ, Ladgate Lane, Middlesbrough TS5 7YZ.


30 hours free childcare Are you a working parent? Do you have a 3 or 4-year-old? You could be entitled to 30 hours of free childcare per week! To apply visit

Achieving 2 year olds Your child may be entitled to a free childcare place for up to 15 hours a week. Don’t let your child miss out on the best start in life, give them the opportunity to make new friends, learn through play and have lots of fun!

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New repairs system benefits customers Thirteen’s new repairs system has led to customers receiving a much-improved repairs and maintenance service and changed the way repairs are booked. The new systems, provided by ROCC and Kirona, enable more effective scheduling of repairs, reduced waiting times for appointments, customers can be updated on the progress of their appointment, ensuring that time is used productively. Customers should still report a repair in the same way as they do now. If it’s an emergency people should always call 0300 111 1000 and speak to a member of the contact team, otherwise they are encouraged to use Thirteen’s self-service portal where they can log their repair request using the new diagnostic tool. Some noticeable changes have been introduced, including the ability to give the customer the best

appointment available. Customers have more flexible options, such as the time of day which is most suitable for their appointment including, morning, afternoon, all day or to avoid school runs, where possible and depending on the nature of the job. Once the repair is booked in, the customer receives an email and text to confirm their appointment, providing they supply their contact details to enable this, a reminder the day before the appointment and a text when the trade operative is on their way. Executive Director for property services Russell Thompson said: “As the largest social housing provider in the North East, our

priority is to deliver great customer service and this new system has enabled us to improve the service we provide even further. “More customers are being given specific appointments, to cut down the number of people having to wait in all day. This makes life easier for the customers, as well as reducing the number of jobs having to be rescheduled. “We have listened to what our customers wanted from their repairs service and we’re confident that this new system will provide a much improved and more efficient repairs service.” Pictured above - improver operative (plumber) George Thomas and plumber Ollie Raby.

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

• request a home repair • view rent accounts • view and update personal information • report anti-social behaviour • view details about your tenancy

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Could you be a friend of town’s green places? Throughout Middlesbrough a network of great parks and green spaces provide the opportunity of fresh air and relaxation. These parks, woodlands, beck valleys, 1 Friends of Linthorpe Cemetery cemeteries, meadows and lakes are vital for plants and wildlife. There is also a vibrant network of Friends groups working in partnership with Middlesbrough Council’s Area Care team. They carry out maintenance work, improving habitats for wildlife work, organising and delivering community events and raising valuable funds. These groups vary in size and what they do, but they all share a common goal of improving their local site for wildlife and for people to visit and enjoy. The groups all come together in Middlesbrough Parks and Green Spaces forum, which the Wildlife Trust chairs. This forum meets quarterly and is a valuable vehicle for collaborative working between the Council’s parks managers and the town’s Friends groups. The groups are now looking for more volunteers to join them in their vital work. “It's a real opportunity to make new friends, get outdoors and learn new skills, as well as the satisfying feeling of knowing that you have made a difference. Don't worry if you think you might not have the right skills, or the physical ability to do very much. Interest and enthusiasm goes a long way, and there really is something for everyone,” says David Everitt, Chair of the Friends of Fairy Dell. If you think you could help please get in touch using the Friends groups information on these pages and the contact details provided.

Linthorpe Cemetery is a Local Nature Reserve and working cemetery. Mature trees and open grassland areas can be seen with wonderful displays of wildflowers in spring. Seventeen species of butterflies have been recorded, and the cemetery is a great place to see a wide range of birds. The Friends group seek to preserve and enhance the cemetery and to study and enjoy the local and natural history of the cemetery and town. This friendly group holds regular weekly meetings (Wednesday 12-2pm) and monthly business meetings, welcoming new members to join them in their work.

Linthorpe Cemetery, Middlesbrough, TS5 5AP 01642 883761 - Dorothy Humphreys Email: Facebook search ‘Friends of Linthorpe Cemetery and Nature Reserve’


Friends of Bluebell Beck

Bluebell Beck winds through meadows and woodland through Acklam between Brookfield to the A19 Mandale interchange. The Friends of Bluebell Beck is a group of enthusiastic volunteers who conduct remedial works to the beck, along with conducting regular conservation work along the length of the beck. The group do four regular task days a month, alternating between Wednesdays and Saturdays.


Bluebell Beck Austin Cairns on 01642 279733. Email:


Friends of Stainton and Thornton Green Places

Stainton Quarry and Kell Gate Green straddle Stainton Beck, between the villages of Stainton and Thornton. The Quarry is a reclaimed whinstone Quarry that became Middlesbrough’s first Local Nature Reserve in 2002. Stainton Wood is a young woodland and playing field. Planted in 1999 the woodland is now thriving and providing an attractive landscape feature and habitat. The Friends group are committed to the care and improvement of green spaces around the two villages. Over the years the group have managed substantial improvements to wildlife habitats and access to their green spaces.

Stainton Quarry, Cedarwood Glade, Stainton, Middlesbrough, TS9 9DL 01642 598234 • Email: Facebook search ‘Friends of Stainton and Thornton Green Spaces’


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Tees Valley Wildlife Trust The Tees Valley Wildlife Trust is currently delivering the TV Wild Green Places Project. This five year initiative with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fun and the Garfield Western Foundation is working with local authorities and friends of parks and green spaces groups across the Tees Valley to support the valuable contribution that collectively these groups and their volunteers make. The project is providing ecological

advice, assisting groups to carry out a range of small scale wildlife improvements, and delivering workshops on everything from wildlife surveys, health and safety and running events. Visit our website to find out more about green places near you, workshops and training, news and events



Boro Becks

Berwick Hills Nature Reserve is a quiet place for exercise and relaxation, with its wildflower meadows, new woodlands and ponds. Ormesby Beck meanders through the nature reserve on its way to join the River Tees. New ponds have been created to provide a home for frogs, toads and newts.


The Boro Becks team covers Marton West Beck, Middle Beck, Ormesby Beck and Spencer Beck. The group is a legacy of a three year project, resulting in a dedicated group who continue to work on a regular basis on the beck corridors.

The Grove, Marton, TS7 8AR Email: Facebook search ‘Boro Becks’

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Friends of Natures World

Since the closure of the Natures World site in 2013, the carefully maintained garden and water features have gradually been overtaken by nature and lost their individual identity. The Friends of Natures World group were given permission by Middlesbrough Council in 2014 to rescue and revive these features back to their original condition. With Middlesbrough Council permission they have, so far, organised three annual public apple-picking events with the apples going to local charity. The Group meets at the Natures World car park every Thursday and the last Saturday of every month at 10am.

Natures World, Ladgate Lane, Acklam, Middlesbrough, TS57YN Email: • Facebook search ‘Friends of Nature’s World’

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Friends of Stewart Park

Stewart Park covers about 120 acres and consists both of mature woodland and arboretum on the southern side, with open parkland on the northern side. The park has an extensive pets corner with many types of domesticated animals, fallow deer, llamas and goats. Stewart Park also houses the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum. Friends of Stewart Park was established to support the park and its staff, the group now has a number of members of varying ages who give their time and efforts voluntarily. Over the years Friends of Stewart Park have helped fund seating and picnic tables, successfully published a book called “Memories of Stewart Park” and meet weekly for work groups.

Stewart Park, The Grove, Marton, Middlesbrough, TS7 8AR


Friends of Fairy Dell

Fairy Dell is a slice of tranquil countryside in the heart of Coulby Newham. The wooded beck and park are a mixture of natural woodland, parkland, ornamental lakes and meadows. The Friends of Fairy Dell are a dynamic community group who have driven the rejuvenation of the Park and Dell. Regular meetings are held at Langdon Square Community Centre on the second Wednesday of every month. There are also opportunities to take part in practical activities (every Tuesday morning), campaigns and fun social events.

Fairy Dell Park, Gunnergate Lane, Middlesbrough, TS8 0UT 01642 300355 - David Everitt Facebook search ‘Friends of Fairy Dell’



MY TIME, MY WAY, MY MIDDLESBROUGH COUNCIL The new MyMiddlesbrough homepage has been built with you in mind. You can now track the requests and queries you’ve sent us, and quickly see any reports of environmental problems in your area. Using the details in your profile, your homepage will display information personalised to you, including your ward councillors, local schools, and upcoming bin collection dates.

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Town’s scambuster team issues top tips to being finance savvy A two year campaign by Middlesbrough Council’s Trading Standards officers has identified over 200 attempted scams aimed at local people. Working as part of the National Trading Standards project, the team aimed to identify potential victims and encourage them to recognise fraudulent telephone calls or doorstep sales staff and become more financially ‘savvy’. A scam is any fraudulent business or scheme that takes money, personal details or other goods from an unsuspecting individual. Scammers go out of their way to appear convincing but recent cases have highlighted exactly how far they may go to appear plausible and also just how cheeky they can be. Although anyone can be targeted by scammers, older people are particularly vulnerable. This may be because they are more likely to live alone and spend more time in the house during the day. They might also have fewer visitors or be more vulnerable generally. Middlesbrough Council Trading Standards is urging the public to watch out for themselves, their friends and their family to avoid being scammed. Action taken has led to successful prosecutions and prevented others falling victim. The intelligence gathered, through undercover and partnership working, has enabled officers to compile a list of the

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four most common forms of scam currently in use. Cold-call offers to help reduce nuisance calls, deceiving homeowners into believing they are from the genuine body, The Telephone Preference Service. The scam involves a fee that would not be charged by the genuine agency, or the caller will attempt to sell a device and monthly subscription to a callblocker service.

False overpayment claims

is a new variation on a previous fraud with scammers claiming that refunds are owed from a utilities provider or Sky TV. Like many scams, an upfront fee is asked for to enable the release of the refund, which is payable immediately. Any genuine company would never cold-call in this way and would not demand a fee when the customer’s account is in credit and due a refund.

False selling of extended warranties is another scam linked

to Sky or insurance cover for the satellite equipment. Consumers are cold-called and advised that their warranty has expired and in order to continue to be covered it is necessary to take out a new policy - the introduction does not make it

clear that the company is in no way associated with the broadcaster, although they usually have a name that is similar enough to make the customer believe they are. Subscription traps are continuing to be reported. In this scam a customer makes a one-off purchase for goods but is required to leave their card payment details e.g. for postage, without realising that they have allegedly committed to an ongoing ‘club membership’ or similar. The most common examples of this involve health or cosmetic products of questionable use where an annual subscription is debited immediately, but there are also more reputable fashion retailers who are adopting this marketing technique, targeting a younger audience. If you, or anyone you know, has been the victim of a scam it can be reported on the Citizens’ Advice Consumer Helpline: 03454 040 506 or Action Fraud: 0300 123 2040.

For further tips on combating scams visit Pictured above - Trading Standards Officer Jane Dent with scam letters.



Monday May 7 - Sunday May 13 2018

What’s On Spring 2018

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Sail away to another world at Middlesbrough Theatre Leave your 9 to 5 worries behind this spring and enjoy a night of tribute to country music royalty! Middlesbrough Theatre proudly presents Islands in the Stream on March 9, featuring the classic hits of Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. With a playlist including Jolene, Ruby, 9 to 5, Lucille, I Will Always Love You, Coward of the County, plus the smash hit Islands in the Stream this is a show guaranteed to get your toes tapping. On Friday March 16 immerse yourself in the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Blackeyed Theatre, in association with South Hill Park, brings you a thrilling adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s dark psychological fantasy set in the myth and mystery of 19th century London’s fog-bound streets where love, betrayal and murder lurk at every chilling twist and turn. The well-known story of Doctor Henry Jekyll’s experiment which goes very wrong is perfectly portrayed in this gripping, stylish unmissable theatre. If you are looking to keep the children entertained during the Easter holidays bring them along to Sleeping Beauty A New Musical this April. Cursed by the jealous Narcissus will Princess Aurora ever wake up? With colourful sets, fairytale costumes, lively songs and dance numbers this adaptation of Sleeping Beauty is guaranteed to keep you awake! Sleeping Beauty takes to the stage on Friday April 6 and Saturday April 7.


Another unmissable family show is the Northern Ballet’s hugely popular Ugly Duckling on Wednesday May 9. Poor Ugly Duckling is lonely and fedup, ignored by those around her who think she is too ugly to fit in. Follow the duckling on her journey as she overcomes her troubles and realises that she was beautiful all along. The Northern Ballet may already be known to many families following their appearances on Cbeebies and this retelling of the famous Hans Christian Andersen fairytale provides the perfect opportunity for your little ones to enjoy live ballet, music and theatre for the first time. This child friendly performance lasts approximately 40 minutes and is suitable for ages 3 and over. Whether you are an opera lover or want to find out why many find it so mesmerising and entertaining, the Barber of Seville offers a sparkling evening’s entertainment on Saturday May 12. From Figaro’s famous entrance aria ‘Largo al factotum’ to the frenzy of the Act I finale, The Barber of Seville, which is sung in

English, is the ultimate feel-good opera that is always cheerful and fun. Nationally acclaimed Swansea City Opera’s production is set in period Seville, with outrageous 18th century costumes that complement the fizz and flare of Rossini’s musical genius, it is perfect both for the established operagoer, and those seeking to engage with opera for the first time. With nearly 30 different shows on offer this spring there’s bound to be something for everyone at Middlesbrough Theatre. For further information and to book online visit the new theatre website or call the Box Office on 01642 81 51 81.

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Return of an old friend as Town Hall re-opens its doors The wraps come off the newly refurbished Middlesbrough Town Hall in May with the iconic Grade II* listed building throwing open its doors to the public. Completion of Phase 1 of the programme of works will enable the public to access more areas than ever before, and with lots of exciting activities planned including a new, family friendly programme of shows, brand new music and performing arts, the opening of a brand new café bar and much, much more. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) awarded £3.7m to transform the building, with a further £3.6m from Middlesbrough Council and £500,000

awarded by Arts Council England (ACE). Phase 1 centred on the internal refurbishment, whilst the ongoing Phases 2 and 3 are focused on external works to the building and Centre Square. Middlesbrough Town Hall has always been an extremely popular venue on the national comedy circuit so it is fitting that the first show after reopening on Thursday May 18 is 8 Out Of 10 Cats star and BBC 6 Music presenter Jon Richardson (left) with his own brand of comedic storytelling. ‘The Old Man Tour’ sees Jon regaling his experiences of becoming a husband and father, his thoughts on the UK vote to leave the EU and the rise of Donald Trump, all of which leaves him asking one question, why does it seem that no one else alive can correctly load a dishwasher? If you love to laugh watch out for other big name acts appearing such as Russell Brand, Chris Ramsey, Daliso Chaponda, Sarah Millican, Jason Manford, Joe Lycett, Ross Noble...the list goes on. Future plans for the Town Hall will be unveiled as it reopens but the team has already been busy attracting big

names in the music industry back to the venue. On Saturday May 19 Jools Holland (above) and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra take to the main stage, for a very welcome return to the Town Hall. If you have never seen the ivory tinkler live his fans will tell you that this is a gig not to be missed! The first homegrown talent to grace the stage is Teesside’s very own Cattle and Cane (top left), on Friday June 8. After a hugely successful 2017, sharing stages with the likes of Tom Odell, Brian Wilson and The Head & The Heart, not to mention performing countless sold out headline dates across the UK, this promises to be an incredibly special concert alongside the Northern Orchestra. At the time of going to press there are limited tickets available for these shows so be quick! Book your tickets at the Box Office on 01642 729729 and find out more online at


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Captain Cook Birthplace Museum re-opens this Easter and we will be celebrating the 250th anniversary of Middlesbrough’s famous son setting off on his first voyage to the Pacific.

Events • Activities • Heritage History • Culture • Cook’s Café New Exhibitions • The Mess Deck School Visits • Walkabout Gallery Family fun • Gift Shop Newly painted Community Totem Pole - Set in stunning Stewart Park - Sandford Award Winner - Renovated 2017

Open Tuesday to Sunday 10:30am - 3:30pm from Easter 2018 (closed Bank Holidays) For latest information visit or call 01642 311 211 Stewart Park, The Grove, Marton, Middlesbrough TS7 8AT

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Garner’s classic comes to the Dorman Museum A treat for fantasy readers and lovers of the supernatural is coming to the Dorman Museum this spring. In 1967 a book written by the acclaimed British author, Alan Garner OBE (right) inspired a generation of avid young readers. ‘The Owl Service’ is a supernatural thriller telling the story of Alison, Roger and Gwyn and their unwilling involvement in a recurring legend which is triggered by the discovery of a set of dinner plates in the attic. These plates have magical powers and an unusual pattern that could be seen as either flowers or owls. ‘Petals and Claws’ is the new temporary exhibition on display at the Dorman Museum this spring. The Owl Service was inspired by Welsh mythology, and dinner service owned by Garner’s family. It was recently discovered that it was designed by none other than Middlesbrough’s own Christopher Dresser! As a result of this connection Alan Garner, his family and their charitable foundation the Blackden Trust have donated a plate from the original Owl Service to the Dorman Museum (right). This connection has enabled the Museum to bring this exciting exhibition to Middlesbrough, to continue The Owl Service’s ongoing 50th anniversary celebrations of the book’s publication. The

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exhibition includes a thrilling mix of photography, video, painting, sculpture, music/soundscape, poetry and dance which brings to life the rich mix of characters and folklore in the story. The exhibition will be accompanied by a host of events and activities including a talk by Alan Garner’s wife Griselda, who will recount the story behind the writing of The Owl Service. The Owl Service has a multitude of fans who have fond memories of being transported into the supernatural world when reading the book. They include BBC Tees presenter Bob Fischer who said: “I first discovered The Owl Service as a 12-year-old, and was utterly

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entranced by its power and strangeness. I’ve read it countless times since, and on every occasion it gives up further secrets - it’s an extraordinary book by an extraordinary writer.” If you want to rediscover the book or discover it for the very first time don’t miss this interesting exhibition. Petals and Claws is open at the Dorman Museum from the end of March until the end of May. In addition there are a host of other activities taking place including regular family friendly events such as Little Lions alongside Easter holiday arts and crafts. For more information including opening times contact the Museum on 01642 813781 or visit


Spring 2018 March

Petals and Claws: Revisiting The Owl Service 50 years on Thurs March 29 Thurs May 31 Dorman Museum

The Revengers Until Sat March 3 7:30pm/2:30pm matinée (Sat) Middlesbrough Theatre £14.50/matinee £10.50 Darkly funny tale by NE authors of hit comedies Dirty Dusting and Waiting for Gateaux

Brick Dinos Kirkleatham Museum Sat Mar 3 - Fri Jun 8 10am-4pm Adults £3.50, children £1.50, family ticket £8.50 kirkleathammuseum

Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs 2: The Magic Cutlass Sat March 10 • 2pm • £12 Middlesbrough Theatre

Writing and Inspirations Thurs March 15 • 6-7:30pm Acklam Community Hub and Library £2 per ticket With local authors Dr Zak Uddin and Roxie Cooper Call 01642 817810 to reserve a place

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Fri March 16 • 7:30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £15.50 • 11+ A thrilling adaptation by Blackeyed Theatre

Keep it CASH Sat March 17 • 7:30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £16.50

International Women’s Day screenings: Thurs March 8 5pm: Harriet Harman March 8 7pm: Helen Pankhurst Central Library £1 per ticket

The sound of Johnny Cash

Pre-recorded screenings from the British Library

Call 01642 729002 to reserve a place

Crimes Under the Sun Thurs March 8 • 7:30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £15.50

Big Fish Little Fish Sun March 25 • 2-4:30pm Middlesbrough Event Centre Adult £8/child £6

You’re invited on a hilarious but murderous trip!

Award winning family rave!

Northern Dales Farmers’ Market Sun March 25 • 9am-2pm Stewart Park Free entry

Islands in the Stream Fri March 9 • 7:30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £23/concessions £21.50

Have Your Cake and Eat It Sat Mar 24 • 8pm Chili Cake, Hartlepool Free entry (food & drink to be paid for) A night of post-modern jazz

Music inspired by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers

Fantastic food from local producers in a fabulous setting

Migrant Songs: Music & Migration in South Asia Tues March 27 • 5:30-7pm Central Library £1 per ticket Pre-recorded talk from the British Library

Sleeping Beauty: A New Musical Thurs April 6 - Fri April 7 7pm/2pm matinée (Sat) Middlesbrough Theatre £18.50/conc. £15.50/ family £60

Call 01642 817810 to reserve a place

Stockton Calling Sat Mar 31 • 2pm-11pm Tickets £22/£25 otd

Girl Ray Sun April 15 • 7pm Westgarth Social Club £9 (14+)

Over 70 bands, 9 venues, 1 day


Captain Cook’s Endeavour voyage - 250 years Captain Cook Birthplace Museum Spring 2018 Find out more about Captain Cook and the anniversary of his maiden voyage on the Endeavour

Easter holidays Mon April 2 - Sun April 15 Various locations Discover all the fantastic activities available this Easter

All Our Yesterdays Weds April 4 2:30pm & 7:30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £15/conc. £14/matinée £10.50 Sensational show from the producers of Memory Lane & Rolling Back the Years

The War of the Worlds Thurs April 5 • 7:30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £15.50 The critically acclaimed Pantaloons invade the stage once more

Don’t miss Girl Ray’s Westgarth SC debut!

Dad’s Army Radio Hour Weds April 18 • 7:30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £15.50 Brilliant staging of classic radio - two actors play 25 characters!

Steptoe & Son Fri April 20 • 7:30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £15.50 Relive some of Steptoe & Son’s finest misadventures

The Westenders Sat April 21 • 7:30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £20.50 Showcasing the vocal talents of six performers

The Little Mermaid: a ballet Sun April 22 • 5pm Middlesbrough Theatre £19/conc. £18/U16 £12.50 Ballet Theatre UK’s dramatic re-telling of The Little Mermaid

World Book Night Tues April 24 • 7-8:30pm Acklam Community Hub and Library £2 per ticket Two authors from 2018’s Read Regional selection Call 01642 817810 to reserve a place

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What’s On Anything Goes Weds April 25 - Sat April 28 Middlesbrough Theatre £15.50/U18 £10.50/ matinée £12.50 7:15pm / matinée 1:15 (Sat)

Seriously Dead Fri May 11 • 7:30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £21.50

Twist Fri May 18 • 7:30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £15.50

Crissy Rock, Tommy Cannon and more

Edgy and slick with echoes of Pulp Fiction

Presented by Teesside Musical Theatre Company

Lower than Atlantis Fri May 11 • 7:30pm Middlesbrough Empire £16.50 (+ booking fee)

Crooners Sat May 19 • 7:30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £20.50

First regional tour for four years!

Rip-roaring comedy musical

Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra Sat May 19 • 7:30pm Middlesbrough Town Hall £36-£40 (+ booking fee)

Crossing the Tees Book Festival: Short Story Competition Prize Night Thurs April 26 • 6:30-8pm Middlesbrough Central Library Free Call 01642 817810 to reserve a place

Orange Pip Market Sat April 28 • 12-7pm Baker/Bedford/Albert Rd Free

Northern Dales Farmers’ Market Sun April 29 • 9am-2pm Stewart Park Free entry Fantastic food from local producers in a fabulous setting!


Darlington Jazz Festival Fri May 4 - Sun May 6 Back for the 7th year!

Restaurant Week 2018 Mon May 7 - Sun May 13 Various locations TBC The best of Middlesbrough’s fabulous foodie scene!

Ugly Duckling: a ballet Weds May 9 11:30am, 1:30pm & 5pm Middlesbrough Theatre £5.50/children £4.50 Northern Ballet’s child-friendly ballet suitable for ages 3+

Barber of Seville Sat May 12 • 7:30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £19/conc. £17.50 Swansea City Opera return

Fantastic food from local producers in a fabulous setting

Russell Brand Re:Birth Thurs May 31 • 8pm Middlesbrough Town Hall £27.50 (+ booking fee) What is real? Who are we? Find out with the Re:Birth tour!

Early booking well advised!

Animex 2018 Mon May 14 - Fri May 18 Teesside University Workshop tickets from £17.50/early bird festival £65

Tiddler & other terrific tales Weds May 23 1:30pm & 4pm Middlesbrough Theatre £12

Dementia Café

Terrific tales woven together with live music and puppetry

North Ormesby Community Hub Library

Classic Clapton Fri May 25 • 7:30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £16

Central Library

International festival of animation and computer games

One Woman Sex and the City Weds May 16 • 7:30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £16.50 A parody on love, friendship and shoes

The Fureys Thurs May 17 • 7:30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £21 40th anniversary tour

Jon Richardson Fri May 18 • 7:15pm Middlesbrough Town Hall £20.50 (+ booking fee) Brand new show in the brand new Town Hall!

BRAND NEW WEBSITE - book tickets online and find out more about shows you’ll love!

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Northern Dales Farmers’ Market Sun May 27 • 9am-2pm Stewart Park Free entry

Two hours of classic Clapton

Orange Pip Market Sat May 26 • 12-7pm Baker/Bedford/Albert Rd Free

Motown Greatest Hits: How Sweet It Is Sat May 26 • 7:30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £22.50 Now in its 17th successive year

For people with dementia and people caring for someone with dementia Free entry • various locations

Weds March 7 • 1-3pm Weds April 4 • 1-3pm Weds May 2 • 1-3pm

Weds March 21 • 1-3pm Weds April 18 • 1-3pm Weds May 16 • 1-3pm

Acklam Community Hub Library

Thurs March 22 • 1:30-3:30pm Thurs April 26 • 1:30-3:30pm Thurs May 24 • 1:30-3:30pm

Hemlington Library and Community Hub Mon March 26 • 2-3:30pm Mon April 30 • 2-3:30pm Mon May 21 • 2-3:30pm BRAND NEW WEBSITE - book tickets online and find out more about shows you’ll love


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 Mar 23, Apr 13, May 18 • 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: 7 March - Budget meeting • 28 March - Council meeting 16 May - Annual Council meeting 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 Mar 12, 26, Apr 23, May 14 • 5pm - 6pm Term time only

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 Mar 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Apr 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26 • 10am - 11am Langridge Initiative Centre Mar 6, Apr 3, May 3 • 10am - 11am

Thorntree Community Hub Mar 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Apr 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm Mar 10, 24, Apr 7, 21, May 5, 19 10am - 11am Home Start Shop, Marshall Avenue Mar 13, 27, Apr 10, 24, May 8, 22 10am - 12pm

Brambles & Thorntree


Councillor Terence Lawton (Ind) 01642 288769 or Pallister Court Community Centre, Brambles Farm Mar 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Apr 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26 • 10am - 11am The Thorntree Public House Mar 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Apr 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26 • 11:30am - 12:30pm

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 Mar 3 • 10am - 11am Breckon Hill Community Centre Apr 7 • 10am - 11am Hazel & Elder Court Meeting Room May 5 • 10am - 11am

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Coulby Newham

Longlands & Beechwood


Councillor David Branson (Lab)* 07724 045998 or Councillor Janice Brunton (Lab)* 07876 137604 or Councillor Jacob Young (Con)* 07514 928250 or Councillors hold Street Surgeries throughout the month and can be contacted by telephone if required

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

Councillor Lesley McGloin (Ind)* 07919 174207 or Nunthorpe Institute, The Avenue School Mar 5, 19, Apr 16, 30, May 14 6:30pm - 7:30pm Councillor Jon Rathmell (MICA)* 07929 661771 or Nunthorpe Institute, The Avenue School Mar 12, 26, Apr 23, May 23 6:30pm - 7:30pm


Marton East

Councillor Jeanette Walker (Lab)* 01642 276732 or Councillor Nicky Walker (Lab)* 01642 591473 or Hemlington Library Mar 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Apr 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 • 5pm

Councillor Dorothy Davison (Ind) 01642 275489 or Councillor Tom Mawston (Ind) 01642 274054 or Marton Community Centre Mar 6, Apr 3, May 1 • 9am - 10am Mar 22, Apr 26, May 24 • 5pm - 6pm Middlesbrough Sports Village Mar 10, Apr 14, May 12 • 11am - 12pm

Councillor Frances McIntyre (Lab) 01642 290397 or Councillor Julia Rostron (Lab) 01642 812824 or Councillor Margaret Walters (Lab) 01642 822682 or Linthorpe Community Centre Mar 13, 27, Apr 10, 24, May 8, 22 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Marton West

Park End & Beckfield

Kader Councillor Ron Arundale (Con) 01642 288504 or 121 Ruskin Avenue, Acklam Mar 6, 20, Apr 3, 17, May 1, 15 6pm - 7pm Councillor Jordan Blyth (Lab)* 07818 857783 or St Margaret’s Church Hall, The Oval Mar 3, Apr 7, May 5 • 10am - 11am

Ladgate Councillor Mike Carr (Lab) 01642 590111 or Councillor June Goodchild (Lab) 01642 323591 or Easterside Hub Mar 3, 17, Apr 7, 21, May 5, 19 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 Mar 13, 27, Apr 10, 24, May 8, 22 6:30pm - 7:30pm

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

Newport Councillor Bob Brady (Lab)* 01642 311785 or Councillor Tracy Harvey (Lab)* 01642 279913 or cllrtracy_harvey@ Councillor Alma Hellaoui (Lab)* 07519 365252 or Streets Ahead for Information, Parliament Road Mar 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Apr 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 • 10am - 11am

North Ormesby Councillor Lewis Young (Lab)* 07999 935357 or The Hub, Derwent Street Mar 19, Apr 16, May 21 • 4pm - 5pm


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 Mar 13, Apr 10, May 8 • 1pm - 2pm Ormesby Club & Institute, High St Apr 25, May 30 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm Glastonbury House, Lindisfarne Road Mar 26, Apr 23 • 4pm - 5pm

Stainton & Thornton Councillor David Coupe (Con)

Trimdon Councillor Dennis McCabe (MICA) 07847 305660 or Salvation Army, Trimdon Avenue Mar 12, Apr 9, May 14 • 6pm - 7pm Councillor Jean Sharrocks (Lab)* 01642 591335 or

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