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Here comes the summer - party in the park to celebrate Albert’s 150th Middlesbrough in world’s top ten cities for investment Town Hall opens its doors to reveal fabulous facelift PLUS a bumper guide to a summer of events, theatre, museums, 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. It was very pleasing that a recognised heavyweight such as the Financial Times should applaud the success of our ambition and rank Middlesbrough in the top ten small cities in Europe when it comes to attracting foreign investment. It is further evidence of the real and gathering momentum behind the partnership of public and private investment that is driving Middlesbrough forward in terms of attracting and supporting business and manufacturing development to create jobs and opportunities for our residents. In this edition of lovemiddlesbrough you can read about the joined up strategy that not only ensures Middlesbrough is best placed to attract investment but also that local people benefit from the opportunities and improved infrastructure this is bringing. Middlesbrough can proudly lay claim to being the world’s first railway town and now as we see ourselves as city centre of the Tees Valley it is fitting that we recognise the importance of the station. Already significant investment has been made to upgrade links and develop this historic area, in this edition you can see how an additional platform, glass frontage and other developments, combined with the careful preservation of the original Victorian splendour, will produce a station that delivers an immediate statement to visitors. A series of landmark events are planned in Middlesbrough this summer. It is 250 years since our most famous son set sail on his first great voyage of discovery and the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum in Stewart Park will be marking the anniversary in style. A century later saw a significant step in the history of what was then the fledgling town of Middlesbrough with the grand opening of Albert Park. The park is as relevant to local life today as it was then and a series of varied events are planned to celebrate the 150th anniversary, culminating with the Mela on August 11. Also central to Middlesbrough life over the years has been the Town Hall which has just opened its doors after a major £7.7m refurbishment and renovation funded with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund. Do take the time over this summer to have a look round, the refurbishment has done a wonderful job in uncovering and throwing light on some of the beautiful original features of this iconic building. It’s a wonderful setting for enjoying the music and arts, holding a wedding or other celebration or simply catching up with friends over a cup of tea. There are so many varied attractions and events throughout Middlesbrough in the coming months, many celebrating the history, diversity and achievements of its people as well as looking forward with confidence to the future. Enjoy the summer.

Tony Parkinson Chief Executive, Middlesbrough Council

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In this issue...

Gym, swim and classes to get everyone active.............. 2 Chief Executive’s welcome...........................................................3 News in brief about your town.............................................4-5 Golden trio celebrate Commonwealth success................ 6 Investment special: Middlesbrough’s top ten listing.................................................7 On track for station of splendour....................................... 8/9 The man behind Boho.................................................................. 10 Middlesbrough’s regeneration strategy.............................. 11 Vision becomes reality.......................................................... 12/13 Businesses show confidence in Dundas Market.... 14/15 Could you give a child a loving home?............................... 16 Quit smoking and feel great – read Coral’s story..........17 Engaging community conversations.................................. 18 Ratings show hygiene is high local food outlets......... 19 Travel advice on your doorstep..............................................20 Become unstoppable with NCS................................................21 Try a short course at Teesside University.......................22 Happy Birthday Albert Park..............................................23-26 TVCA launch new tourism website.....................................27 Help always at hand to help you quit smoking........... 28 Child care funding available for working parents.......29 Council tackles homelessness................................................30 Thirteen: Investing in local communities.........................31 Dispose of your waste responsibly......................................32 Your bumper guide for a fun packed summer...............33 Day to celebrate our armed forces........................................34 WIN a VIP day at Lightwater Valley....................................35 Opportunities for over 50’s........................................................35 250th anniversary of Cook’s first great voyage ..........36 Dorman offers a magical experience..................................37 British classics on stage at the theatre.............................38 Magnificent Town Hall opens to the public............ 39-42 Baby Café launches Start Well offer....................................43 Your essential summer listings guide....................... 44-45 Ward surgeries – contact your local councillor..... 46-47 College course gets you ready for industry................... 48

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A TIRELESS community stalwart has been awarded one of Middlesbrough’s top honours. Cheryl Dixon has been named Middlesbrough Citizen of the Year 2017 for the selfless contribution she makes to her North Ormesby community. She received her award at a special ceremony at North Ormesby Hub attended by friends and family and members of the local community. Cheryl is Vice Chair of the North Ormesby Big Local and chairs its Environment Theme Group, and does a lot of work with gardening and local environment initiatives in the area. She runs a parent and toddler group at the Community Hub, supporting parents and children in their dealings with schools, the Council and others, as well as helping out with local food banks and countless community events. Speaking after the ceremony, Cheryl said: “To receive this award was quite a shock, and to me it just shows the importance of community work. “This award is a thank you to everybody that supports the work I do, and to the families who believe in it and keep coming back each week.”


THE youth club at the Manor Hub in Coulby Newham, closed for several years, has reopened. The club is to be run by the Linx Project who will be organising a series of activities for young people between ten and 19-years-old on Friday nights from 6pm-8pm. This will include football in the multi-use games area and games in the sports hall. The premises are being provided by Active Tees Valley.


A JOBS for Middlesbrough event is being held in June - and is inviting those looking for new employment to visit the newly refurbished Middlesbrough Town Hall. The event is hosted by the Council in partnership with Jobcentre Plus, the National Careers Service, Middlesbrough College and Middlesbrough Community Learning. Employers will welcome job seekers to stands in the Town Hall’s Crypt, Main Hall and old Fire Station, all fully upgraded as part of a recently completely £7.7 million Heritage Lottery Fund-backed project. Organisers also want to hear from enterprises from across the Tees Valley and beyond who are on the look-out for fresh talent. Jobs for Middlesbrough takes place at Middlesbrough Town Hall on Wednesday, June 6 from 10am to 4pm. For further information and to sign up, email recruitmentevents@

SCHOOL children in Middlesbrough are being helped across the road by two newly appointed ‘lollipop’ patrollers - who are perhaps unusually not long out of school themselves. Middlesbrough Council has recently appointed 20-year-old Courtney Pink and 19-year-old Dylan Hayes to work at two crossings in the town in posts it had struggled to fill despite repeat advertising. Dylan, who now lives in Acklam and works a crossing on Green Lane near Cleveland College of Art and Design, said: “There has been a few surprised faces with me being so young and doing the job. Everyone says ‘hi’ on a morning and there’s been no issues with drivers. It’s been good.” Courtney, from Park End, also works as a barmaid and at Park End Primary School alongside her School Crossing Patrol work on Ingram Road in Berwick Hills. She said: “I like being outside so it’s good for me and all the parents were buzzing when I first started a couple of weeks ago. Everyone has been really nice.”


ORANGE Pip Market visitors can enjoy a taste of “summer in a glass” with the unveiling of the event’s official craft beer. The Blood Orange IPA has been created by McColl’s Brewery and is described as “totally and utterly refreshing” and “quaffable”. It will be on sale in many of the micropubs in the Baker and Bedford Street areas throughout the summer. Danny McColl (above right), owner of the Teesdale-based brewery, said: “We have been fans of Orange Pip for ages and your mind goes off on a tangent and you think ‘surely they need an Orange Pip beer?’ We are always up for experimenting at the brewery. “The Baker and Bedford Street area and Orange Pip are exactly where we want to be. I lived in Middlesbrough for seven or eight years when it was only Scruffy Murphy’s before it became O’Connells. The change has been immense.”

A NEW generation of young musicians has been given a huge boost thanks to a major grant. Over the next four years, the musinc project will receive more than £630,000 in funding from a national alliance led by Youth Music. Led by Middlesbrough Council, musinc enables young people to develop themselves and their music, bringing about positive change in their lives and the lives of those around them, and helping them to make a successful transition to adult life. musinc Development Officer Gwyneth Lamb said: “Music is a powerful force for good, bringing people of all ages together and helping them to find new and exciting ways to express themselves. “This grant from Youth Music is fantastic news, and will help to secure musinc’s future for the next four years and beyond, enabling it to reach more young people than ever before.”

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A new website has been launched as part of a long-term project to harness great education practice from across Middlesbrough and drive up school improvement. The aim of the project is to improve the quality of education by breaking down barriers to learning and recruiting and training the very best teachers and leaders. The drive is being led by Learning Middlesbrough, a new partnership bringing together Middlesbrough Council, teaching schools and alliances, and Middlesbrough Achievement Partnership (MAP). Andrea Williams, Middlesbrough Council’s Director of Education, said: “The challenge to schools is to surpass their previous best, break down barriers to learning and support the training of high quality teachers and leaders. “A key element of the school improvement project will be supporting individual schools through specifically funded projects.”

Middlesbrough’s Financial Inclusion Group will be out and about over the summer at a series of sessions providing advice. Since it started the campaign has helped local people claim millions of pounds of entitlement they had previously been missing out on. Those helped come from all walks of life including low income working families, people recently retired or made redundant, students, single parents, carers and the unemployed. For free advice simply call in at any of the following sessions: Mon June 11 & Tues June 12 • 10am-4pm Weds June 13 • 1-4pm Linthorpe Road Resource Centre, 54 Borough Road. TS1 2JH Mon June 25 & Tues June 26 • 10am-4pm Weds June 27 • 1-4pm Mon July 9 & Tues July 10 • 10am-4pm Weds July 11 • 1-4pm Middlesbrough Citizens Advice Bureau, 9 Linthorpe Road. TS1 1TH Mon July 23 & Tues July 24 • 10am-4pm Weds July 25 • 1-4pm Mon Aug 6 & Tues Aug 7 • 10am-4pm Weds Aug 8 • 1-4pm Easterside Community Hub, Broughton Avenue. TS4 3PZ

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GERMAN rapper Chefket entertained a capacity crowd at Middlesbrough’s myplace youth centre. And the young fans had a chance to make their own music in a special workshop. myplace manager Tracey Smith said: “The Chefket concert was a great night with more than 100 people attending, and they all gained an invaluable insight into what young people from different cultures enjoy. “Seeing the live performance will inspire them to perform in front of an audience themselves, and they’ve also had a great introduction to the German culture and language.”

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The latest installment of public poetry in Middlesbrough has been completed. The poem Moving To The Country by Julia Darling has been painted onto the outside of Victoria House on Albert Road, the building which is home to Baker Street Kitchen, and can be viewed from the Borough Road end of the street. It is the fifth piece of poetry introduced to the sides of buildings and landmarks in Middlesbrough. In the city centre pieces can be seen at Baker Street, Bedford Street and King Edward’s Square, while a special one-off piece as a tribute to ‘Voice of the Boro’ Ali Brownlee can be seen on the side of Shepherdson Way on the approach to the Riverside Stadium.

RISING stars at Middlesbrough Council have represented the authority in a prestigious national competition. The Young Local Authority of the Year competition puts those in the early stages of their careers in local government in the spotlight. Middlesbrough was one of only two local authorities from the North East to be taking part, going head-to-head in good-natured competition with 37 other teams from across the UK. The Council was represented this year by Head of Culture Charlotte Nicol and Programme Office Co-ordinator Jade Stainthorpe. At the finals, each team was invited to introduce themselves and give a presentation on Pride of Place. For their pre-prepared argument about an issue of current interest or controversy, Charlotte and Jade chose to discuss equal rights and gender.                                                                                 

A rare 17th century Quran is on display at Middlesbrough Central Library. The first ever translation from Arabic to Latin, it is part of a large collection of books and religious texts gifted to Middlesbrough in 1906. The Quran is the central exhibit at East to North East, which runs until June 1 - amongst a host of stories and photographs provided by local families. Martin Harvey, Middlesbrough Council Community Infrastructure Manager explains: “The history of Middlesbrough is a very young town, less than 200 years old. It’s really a history of migration, from fuelling the industrial development in 19th century, and those communities came from all over the world. We need to celebrate the positive contribution these communities make to the town.”


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where we went behind the scenes of the wheelchair racer’s gruelling training schedule, which included stamina building sessions powering down Cargo Fleet Lane. The hard work certainly paid off for Jade who took gold in the paratriathlon and then bronze in the T54 marathon. She was then honoured to be chosen as the team’s flag bearer for the closing ceremony. And completing our remarkable cover star Commonwealth treble, Paul Drinkhall took gold in the table

tennis doubles to go with bronze in the team event. In edition 8 Paul told us of his table tennis journey that started at the famous Ormesby club, saw him visit a training camp in China aged just nine, and then become a boarder at the National Academy in Nottingham from aged 11. In all three cases the incredible dedication and determination to succeed shone through. As did the pride our sporting stars have in their Teesside roots.

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National honour for cover star Matt Away from the Games, another of our cover stars also recorded a notable sporting triumph. In edition 9 Matt Crossen told us of how his life was saved by pioneering surgery at James Cook Hospital after he suffered a major stroke aged just 23. Despite suffering paralysis and brain injury, Matt battled back to fitness and was chosen to represent GB at football in the 2016 Olympics. In April Matt was named captain of England for

the European Championships for cerebral palsy football which take place in Holland this summer. Well done to Matt and all our Commonwealth Games stars, you are tremendous role models and the town is proud of you. You can read our extensive features on them and all back copies of lovemiddlesbrough magazine online at lovemiddlesbrough-magazine

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City vision investment strategy receives global recognition Middlesbrough’s ambitious investment strategy has received international recognition with the news it has been ranked amongst the top ten small cities in Europe by the Financial Times. The prestigious listing represents independent recognition of the Mayor’s Vision 2025, the four year strategic plan and Middlesbrough Council’s Investment Prospectus which outlines how the authority will invest £74m in order to unlock more than £600m of private inward investment and secure 600 new jobs. The praise for Middlesbrough comes in a report entitled European Cities and Regions of the Future 2018-19 which asks the question “With Europe in flux, which locations have investment potential for the long haul?” The report has been compiled by an FT’s supplement - fDi magazine - which looks at potential for foreign direct investment (FDI). Middlesbrough was listed at number nine for small cities in Europe with its strategy to attract foreign investment. The Mayors Vision for 2025 outlines our long term city vision for Middlesbrough. The strategic plan breaks this down into deliverable four year blocks where there can be more certainty about funding available. Among the projects happening are the £22.46 million Tees Advanced

Manufacturing Park (TeesAMP) based on the historic South West Ironmasters site - which is aimed at cutting edge manufacturing companies. Other key projects include the exciting plans for the station, the proposed snow centre and further Middlehaven developments and the building of five new office blocks to the east of Centre Square to attract 1,500 new jobs and to re-home Middlesbrough Council staff. The awards were announced at MIPIM 2018 - an international real estate event held in Cannes that draws thousands of property developers and investors from around the world. The prestigious announcement puts Middlesbrough firmly on the map to attract investment from around the world. Elected Mayor Dave Budd sees the award as further evidence of the how the area continues to lead the way in many areas. “Middlesbrough has a rich history of industrial innovation and pioneering exploration and we’re building on that in the 21st century with a booming city centre economy,

burgeoning digital and creative sectors and a thriving university.” He added: “day by day we are seeing our city vision take shape, the strategy has been drawn up and we are now very much in the delivery stage.” In the following pages you can read more about the long term vision for Middlesbrough 2025, about some of the key aims already delivered and about the strategic plan for the next four years.

Middlesbrough Council’s investment strategy has been further celebrated, this time a little closer to home at the LGC Awards, which celebrates innovation in local government. The Council received highly commended in the Driving Growth category for its investment strategy, which was officially launch in March last year.


Combining Victorian splendour An ambitious masterplan has been proposed to develop the historic Middlesbrough Railway Station into a destination fit for a city while celebrating its unique Victorian qualities. The plans would see the south side of the station on Zetland Road restored with new business use proposed for the former Cornerhouse unit beneath the station and a stunning new glass frontage for the north side. The improvements aim to accommodate additional services– including the forthcoming direct services to London - with the introduction of a third platform and make the station work better for travellers. Just as importantly, they aim to maximise for the people of Middlesbrough the economic benefits a first-class station can bring and the beautification of what is a jewel in the crown of the historic quarter. Kevin Parkes, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Director of Growth and Place, said: “Middlesbrough both needs and deserves a railway station that makes a statement to travellers when they arrive here and the statement we want to make is that we are proud of our history but also that we are a young and up-and-coming city. “In recent times we have had some really positive announcements around the station. For instance we have secured direct trains to London from Middlesbrough for the first time in a generation, improved


and increased TransPennine Express services, the services on the Whitby line will double, a new express service to Newcastle is being introduced and after a long closure the south entrance has recently reopened. “As well as those obvious benefits for Middlesbrough residents, we will also see the wider economic benefits. Middlesbrough Railway Station is at the heart of our historic quarter and a central part of Middlesbrough Council’s investment plans to grow the local economy in line with our city scale ambitions. “These proposals are at a very early stage but a number of key commitments have already been secured from the partners involved and we can all be very excited about the potential of this masterplan.” The masterplan - which offers short

term proposals and a longer term vision to benefit the local economy, commuters and Teessiders generally - includes:

• The re-opening of the southern entrance. • A remodelled and more accessible northern entrance. • An additional platform. • New commercial units. • Additional passenger facilities and; • Improved access for sustainable modes of transport such as buses, taxis, cars and cycles. All of the ongoing design work also aims to protect, enhance and complement the station’s Victorian heritage, beauty and splendour. Peter Jenkins, Architect Director and Head of Transport Sector at BDP (left) who have created the masterplan, said: “Our designs are focused on celebrating the qualities of the existing station alongside the creation of new facilities to accommodate additional intercity services. The fine qualities of the listed buildings and unique activities such as Platform Arts cannot be fully appreciated today and we want to make sure all visitors can understand more of the historic station. “It goes without saying that the Virgin

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with stunning vision for future Trains East Coast (VTEC) services will have a transformative effect on the town in terms of the train connections provided. Our design aims to unlock further value from this change, with the new platform and canopy structures combined with a new entrance and interchange facility on Bridge Street. This will transform the appearance and identity of the station from Middlehaven, catalysing developments to the north of the station. “Many station masterplans can lack the impetus to become reality; this is not the case in Middlesbrough, where infrastructure expansion (VTEC services to London) and local support can ensure a successful redevelopment of the station complex, to the benefit of both rail passengers and local residents alike.” The proposals are the result of a commission - led by Middlesbrough Council with support from Network Rail, Tees Valley Combined Authority and the rail franchisees – to provide a long-term vision for the rail station and the surrounding area. As a result of the commission, Middlesbrough Council and Middlesbrough MP Andy McDonald are working alongside the rail industry in the form of a joint programme board to realise both the site’s ambition and strategic potential over the coming years. The project board’s next steps will

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be to work on bringing together the funds from a number of local and national bodies in order to make the masterplan a reality. Already Tees Valley Combined Authority have committed £2.5m to the project, Network Rail have agreed to £2m of funding and Middlesbrough Council has committed £500k. It will build upon Network Rail’s station renewals project that has recently seen the completion of a 13-month, £3m project to repair the roof and stonework of the main station building. The works also enabled the station entrance to be restored and a vehicle ‘kiss and ride’ turning circle installed enabling customers to be dropped off by car from Zetland Road for trains. Lisa McGuinness, Commercial

Scheme Sponsor at Network Rail, said: “A lot has been done to get the southern entrance reopened and I’m delighted that by working closely with Middlesbrough Council and TransPennine Express we have been able to resolve this long running problem for customers at Middlesbrough.” The works have been completed in advance of a major new train timetable being introduced this May which will see TransPennine Express operate earlier and later services from Middlesbrough on Mondays to Saturdays and double the frequency of trains on Sundays to a train every hour. Furthermore, TransPennine Express will introduce brand new state of the art Nova 3 five carriage trains on its services to and from Middlesbrough this autumn, increasing the number of seats available per train and enhancing the overall customer experience. Graham Meiklejohn, Regional Development Manager for TransPennine Express, said: “The reopening of the traditional entrance to this historic station at Middlesbrough provides customers with a restored, step free, well-lit and direct walking route into the town centre. “It also provides a powerful launch to the phased delivery of improvements through the station masterplan delivered and funded in partnership by a range of organisations.”


“We built the world...” So goes the line in the famous Ian Horne poem about Middlesbrough which evokes images of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and other global landmarks, but Middlesbrough - version 2.0 - is also building the 21st Century digital world from the town’s digital and creative quarter, the Boho Zone. The Boho Zone comprises seven buildings packed with thriving tech and creative businesses which together contribute significantly towards a dizzying £211m the digital industries in Middlesbrough provide to the local economy and employ around 1,000 people, according to a recent report. Among the big name clients of some of the companies are Microsoft, Disney, Sony, as well as world renowned chocolate manufacturers and national banks. Many of the businesses themselves would be just as at home in Silicone Valley among the Facebooks and Twitters of the world, but instead they are building their successes here in Middlesbrough. In the middle of it all is the newly appointed Digital Middlesbrough Manager Dan Watson whose job it is to make sure there is an environment in which the businesses can continue to thrive. Dan is a 28-year-old proud Boro lad who grew up in Marton, went to Chandler’s Ridge Primary School and Nunthorpe Secondary before going on to Prior Pursglove College and


then Northumbria University to study business with marketing before returning to Teesside University to do his Masters. And although his background isn’t in tech, a project during his Masters working with a Boho company led him on a career trajectory to where he is today. Dan said: “Having seen first-hand the investment from Middlesbrough Council, whilst working at DigitalCity

over the last 7 years, into the DigitalCity project itself and having seen the wider investment and the vision of those within the regeneration team at Middlesbrough Council, I wanted to come back and really try to do something to support its growth. “We have some amazing companies here which are thriving and if we can unlock certain barriers we will start to see even more growth in the future. If there had not been investment from Middlesbrough Council you would not see this, if you didn’t have specialist talent coming out of Teesside University you wouldn’t see this. “It’s been stated that we are serving the world through digital. What we have in Middlesbrough is all the pieces of the jigsaw in the right way that has created an environment where these businesses can thrive in an international arena. “It can easily be overwhelming when you explain to people what goes on in these buildings and what the businesses are contributing internationally but it’s something we really need to be shouting about, because within the Boho Zone this is the norm.”

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Elected Mayor Dave Budd unveils the Strategic Plan 2018-22

A winning strategy The Strategic Plan is the Council’s overarching business plan. It sets out development priorities for our town over the next four years and how these feed in to and help deliver the longer term Mayor’s Vision for 2025. The document is regularly updated to take account of any changes in priorities and funding. The latest plan has just been finalised and covers the period 20182022. It is influenced by research and feedback from residents, partner organisations, local businesses and industry. The plan is based around three aims: physical regeneration, social regeneration and business imperatives. All of the Council’s activity supports one or more of these aims which are outlined in the diagram opposite. The plan sets out priorities for the next four years under each of these aims. The Council will work closely with local communities and its partners to achieve its aims and deliver stronger outcomes for all. Local residents are at the heart of everything the Council does and the Customer Charter sets out a commitment to delivering excellent customer service. To read more about the Strategic Plan 2018-2022 please visit

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Mayor’s Vision becomes reality Launched two years ago, The Mayor’s Vision for Middlesbrough 2025 outlined a future for the town that would make it a fairer, safer and stronger place to live and work. Strong progress has been made across all themes and priorities set out in the Vision, benefitting the diverse local communities and citizens of Middlesbrough.

Here we outline just some of the key achievements made to date.

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Middlesbrough Living Wage

(currently £8.75 an hour) for all council employees and promoted the real living wage elsewhere

Established the


The Live Well Centre

in Dundas Arcade, a one stop shop to help people lead healthier lives Introduced an enhanced

Middlesbrough Achievement Partnership to share

best practice in local schools, investing over £2m to raise standards

Increased apprenticeships

Council Tax relief scheme

at the council by 50% with over 80% going on to gain full time employment

to support the poorest in society

Reduced number of school leavers not in education,

employment or training


Early Years Support offer

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with health partners to give all children best start in life

Joined the

SSI Taskforce

to support 3,000 workers made redundant when the steelworks closed

Selective Landlord Licensing Scheme, supported local community efforts to improve housing standards in North Ormesby

Built over

1,500 quality new homes

in Middlesbrough, increasing the choice available

Worked with partners to secure

£6m lottery funding to tackle loneliness and isolation through the ageing better programme

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Completed the £8m restoration of

Middlesbrough Town Hall and relocated the

register office into a newly refurbished part of the building

Instrumental in creating the Boho zone to embrace the digital economy - now a nationally recognised cluster

Joined with our neighbours to form the Tees Valley

Combined Authority and successfully secure £15m per year to invest in the region for the next 30 years

Worked with

Teesside University

to transform its campus and develop plans for a student village

Made Middlesbrough a ‘Dementia

Friendly’ town



Baker Street and Bedford Street

into a thriving hub for 20 independent outlets employing 65 people

Launched the very popular

Orange Pip Market that brought £1m to the local economy and 70,000 visitors last year

Made council services accessible online through

MyMiddlesbrough, with 26,000 signed up already

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£5m LED street light replacement scheme

to protect environment and save taxpayers’ money

Launched the

Middlesbrough Investment Prospectus

which is on target to deliver £625m of investment, 4,250 jobs and 5,500 new homes

Restored the historic

Transporter Bridge,

including an accessible walkway to the top

Built the

Middlesbrough Sports Village

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Market aims to be home for food glorious food

As part of its growing reputation for high quality food, Dundas Indoor Market is inviting more food retailers to share in the success story. David Harris (left), Dundas Market Manager has launched a campaign to attract greengrocers , weigh and save operators and specialist takeaways to take a full time unit in the market. “Food retailers are our number one target, as we are aware of a growing demand from shoppers,” said David. “With Jean’s Kitchen, Danny’s Family Butchers, Indy’s Grub To Go (below) and The Sweet Corner in the market and Fultons Foods and Cooplands in the main mall, we already have a varied selection which ensures a solid customer base. “Last year we had record numbers of shoppers in the shopping centre and the market and we intend to build on that,” said David.


Dundas has also identified games and music exchange businesses as areas for growth. “We are a friendly community market which has grown considerably and is now home to more than 25 businesses,” said David. “Last year we had a number of new tenants taking up most of our available units, so we decided to set out to attract the types of business we know are in demand and which will enhance our offer.” Dundas offers fantastic incentives for the right traders who might be starting their own business, setting up another branch of an existing outlet, or returning to full time work in their own shop. “Though we have identified particular growth areas, we are keen to hear from anyone who is interested in trading in our market. Whatever the circumstances we can help.” David continued: “We support all our traders with practical help and guidance and with a campaign of social media, public relations and events to encourage shoppers. As a result we have helped a number of businesses to start and grow from Enterprise Units into larger units in the market, and some have even gone on to move into retail units in the Dundas Shopping Centre.”

Further information is available from: or from David Harris on 01642 232552 or by email.

Marathon success Congratulations to Louise Matthews, manager of Jean’s Kitchen, the café at the heart of Dundas Market, who finished her first London Marathon in April in a time of 5 hours 8 minutes. With the help and support of her colleagues at Jean’s Kitchen and her running group, Louise raised more than £6,000 for Get Kids Going!, a charity which helps disabled children and young people to participate in sport.

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Best foot forward for Sindi If you suffer from any form of foot complaint, the latest tenant at Dundas Market will be worth a visit. Sindi Dube has launched The Foot Specialist, a consultation and treatment practice offering all types of foot care. Whether it’s heel or foot pain, or specific conditions including, corns, calluses, in-growing toenails, fungal nails, verrucas, athletes foot and other nail conditions, you’re in safe hands with Sindi. A graduate with qualifications in nutritional science, biomedical science, and podiatric medicine, she is qualified to diagnose and treat complex conditions including foot ailments associated with diabetes. She is a Member of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists and a HCPC registered chiropodist/ podiatrist.

The Foot Specialist offers a range of treatment packages from single to multi session, depending on your requirement, and all are available at affordable prices. “The Foot Specialist is a great addition to our market, joining our existing health and beauty services such as How-R-You and Nailed Up. “We are also expecting a new unisex hair salon to open this summer,” said Dundas Market Manager David Harris. A full list of treatments and a price list is available from The Foot Specialist in Dundas Indoor Market, via or by phone on 01642 205242 or 07764 893245


Forbidden Planet’s faith in Dundas is no fantasy Forbidden Planet is set for a major refurbishment after renewing its lease at Dundas Shopping Centre. With 17 locations in the UK, Forbidden Planet International, offers a vast range of science fiction, fantasy and entertainment products including toys and gaming, collectables, comics, books, clothing, DVD and audio. The Middlesbrough store has now committed to a further five years at its current site of 41 Dundas Street. Forbidden Planet along with Games Workshop, Kindamagic, Interstellar

Comics and the regular popular sci-fi and fantasy markets and events, means Dundas remains one of the north east’s key locations for everything in the sci-fi and fantasy world. “We are delighted to retain such an internationally renowned business, it’s a real vote of confidence,” said Dundas Market Manager David Harris.


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Fresh thinking to help local people quit smoking A new partnership between the public health activities of Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland is providing an enhanced service to residents and maximising resources. Amongst the services promoted by the South Tees Joint Public Health Service is the Stop Smoking Service which provides confidential advice and support to make stopping smoking easier. Middlesbrough residents can visit the new website, stopsmokingsouthtees. to learn more and self-refer if they wish to be contacted by a Stop Smoking advisor.

Since 2007, smoking prevalence in the UK has fallen to around 16.9% of adults, with Middlesbrough’s smoking rates a little higher at 20.8%. There has been a significant drop in the number of heart attacks, stroke, coronary heart disease, and other smoking-related hospital admissions, significantly fewer pregnant women smoking at time of delivery, and the proportion of secondary-school pupils trying smoking has halved. One local success story is Coral Danby who first started smoking when she was just 15, intrigued after watching a relative smoke. Now aged 30, she was encouraged to stop by that same relative who had suffered severe health problems. “The difference since I quit has been

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massive, I can exercise much better, I sleep better and I don’t suffer as much anxiety,” said Coral. “I really questioned why I was smoking, I didn’t even like the taste. I decided to treat myself with a couple of facials with the money I was saving, then I realised it added up to nearly £50 a week - I don’t know how I used to afford it. “I have always been a yo yo dieter and thought smoking helped me lose weight. It didn’t. Quitting put me on a healthier path, I do spinning classes and visit a gym, it’s also the little things like being able to use the stairs. I have lost three stones and because I can tolerate exercise now it will stay off.”

Coral Danby (right) with specialist nurse and quit smoking advisor Fiona Crackell

Coral benefitted from sessions with a cessation nurse, medication to help fight the cravings and an app you can download. Everyone is treated as an individual with a quit plan tailored to their circumstances and there’s always someone on hand to help if the craving returns. Now Coral works at the Live Well centre helping others to a healthier future. The centre is one of various locations across the town for stop smoking clinics. “It’s not easy but the benefits are just too good to ignore. There is lots of help available and my advice to anyone thinking of quitting is to take advantage of it. Be brave, take control and take that step, what do you have to lose?” Those who don’t wish to attend a clinic or see an advisor face to face also have the option of requesting support by phone, text message or even email. Statistics show you are four times more likely to quit for good if you access help. Stop smoking and start to feel the benefits! Visit for more information and to self-refer or speak to your GP.


Middlesbrough rated high for food hygiene standards Food hygiene ratings provide added protection and assurance for residents and visitors to Middlesbrough that the food they buy is fit to eat. Over 1,200 registered food businesses in the town are covered by the scheme with Middlesbrough Council’s Environmental Health Team inspecting over 500 premises every year to check that they are following food laws and national standards. The ratings range from a maximum 5/5 for very good standards to 0/5 where urgent action is required. A wide range of outlets are featured including takeaways and restaurants, pubs, cafes and corner shops. In addition schools and other public buildings that serve food also get rated. The rating awarded depends on the standards of cleanliness and repair of the premises, the food hygiene practices found and the confidence the inspectors have in the management of food safety in the business. Food hygiene ratings awarded to businesses in Middlesbrough help consumers make an informed choice when eating out or getting food in. Food Standards Agency research shows that more consumers are actively looking for ratings when they are out and about. The majority of consumers find a rating of 3 and above acceptable. Most food businesses in Middlesbrough

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continue to achieve good hygiene ratings and 96% have a hygiene rating of 3 (generally satisfactory), 4 (good) or 5 (very good). The majority of these have achieved the top rating of 5 for very good levels of food hygiene. If you’re thinking of having a takeaway, visiting a restaurant or curious as to your child’s school’s rating you can now check online about hygiene standards at all Middlesbrough outlets at You can either check out an individual named premise or just type Middlesbrough into the location search box to check over 1000 local outlets. For peace of mind, customers planning to eat out are advised to check the hygiene rating. Food standards have also developed a free to use app for mobile devices that is available to download from usual app outlets. The Council’s Principal Public Protection Officer, Kathleen Foreman

said: “The very good standards of hygiene that Middlesbrough’s food sector achieves is a credit to the management and staff of those businesses. The popularity of the award scheme with consumers is also helping to drive up and maintain the standards of cleanliness and safe food handling practices that consumers expect from the places where they buy their food. “Although it is not yet a legal requirement in England for food businesses to display their rating sticker, we encourage all businesses to put their stickers up in a place where your customers can easily see it, for example in a window or on the door. This reassures them about the hygiene standards in the business.” As well as checking hygiene standards, the council’s Environmental Health Team also provide advice and guidance on food laws and how to satisfy consumer expectations. So remember, before you order a takeaway check out the hygiene rating. Main pic - Public Protection Officer Kathleen Foreman presents 5 star rating to Bistrot Pierre Head Chef Malcolm Devins and (left) to Peter Walker, Curing House owner and The Chairman staff Rachel Hanion, Danielle Rose Martin and Rebekah Tunney.


Travel advice coming to a doorstep near you! We all know that cars are an everyday part of life, but do you need to use your car every day? The team at Let’s Go Tees Valley are here to help you find out about different ways to travel, making the most of options such as walking, cycling, bus, train and car sharing. It’s all part of the council’s efforts to keep Middlesbrough’s One Planet Living status. Last year, more than 3,600 Tees Valley residents, including 1,200 job seekers were advised on greener travel by one of Let’s Go Tees Valley’s travel advisors. Travel advisors will be visiting homes in Coulby Newham and Nunthorpe throughout May and June with useful information on bus and rail services as well as walking and cycling maps.

Beat the rush hour traffic, leave the car at home! The advisors can visit organisations to speak to staff and explore travel options for each individual. Problems with congestion, car parking, and staff health and well-being can all be relieved by getting staff out of their cars and into life! Get in touch with the Let’s Go Tees Valley team for more information. Or speak to your employer about car sharing options, cycle to work schemes (where you can get up to 42% of a brand new bike through salary sacrifice) or season ticket loans for bus and train services.


Opening up options to work and training in Middlesbrough Let’s Go Tees Valley travel advisors will also be spending time at Middlesbrough JobCentre Plus to help people get to job and training opportunities by opening up their travel options.

The advisors will be providing information about free bike-riding training and maintenance courses and advice on bus and train services to get to work or training. They may even be able provide free bus tickets for the first few days of a new job or training, subject to eligibility.

Fun on the school run Everyone knows that walking and cycling creates far less pollution than cars. So take a little time with your kids, walking and talking on the way to school. Even if it’s just once a month, it will do them, and us all, the world of good. Let’s Go Tees Valley are giving you the chance to leave the car on the drive and win new bikes for the whole family. Just visit the website for more info. Call 01325 40 50 40

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Harry and Madison’s ‘unstoppable’ summer Two local teenagers have been describing how the four-week National Citizen Service (NCS) programme helped open new doors and make them ‘unstoppable’. Harry Twohig and Madison Cooper, episodes of the documentary, which About NCS both 17, took part in NCS last summer and are urging other Middlesbrough teenagers to venture out of their comfort zones this year. The NCS programme, for all 16 and 17 year olds, is the perfect way to say goodbye to exam stress and take on adventurous and skillbuilding activities during the summer holidays. Working in teams, participants plan and deliver their own community projects that make a real difference to their local area. They’ll become more confident, resilient and ready for the real world - nine in ten participants say they gained useful skills for the future. Madison said: “I made loads of new friends on NCS and loved all of the activities from start to finish. When we were researching community issues, we interviewed local residents which I really enjoyed - it helped form the ideas for our social action project. “We renovated a building that is used by young carers. It’s a place they can go to unwind - and it felt so rewarding to make a difference. “I felt unstoppable when a production company making a BBC documentary contacted me about a film I had made on NCS where I was interviewing local residents. I was scouted to narrate and star in four

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focuses on Redcar - it’s going to air during the summer. “I’m going to apply to study medicine at Oxford University and in my applications and interviews I will be using the transferable skills I gained on NCS such as teamwork and public speaking.” Harry said: “Before NCS I wouldn’t say I was very adventurous - but as soon as I started NCS I threw myself into activities like canoeing and climbing, which I absolutely loved. It really boosted my confidence and now I feel unstoppable! “NCS has put me into positions that I’ve never been in before. I can now speak in front of a crowd - I even presented at an awards ceremony! Before NCS, I would have never put myself forward for opportunities like this. “When I recently visited a Durham University open day, they told me that NCS is one of the first things they look out for on an application. I’ll be able to use examples from my time on NCS to answer all of the questions posed.” Madison added: “I would recommend any teenager to take part in NCS. You only get this opportunity once - and you never know where it will lead you!”

NCS is a government backed programme established in 2011 to help build a more cohesive, mobile and engaged society. The two to four week programme, which takes place in school holidays, includes outdoor team-building exercises, a residential for participants to learn ‘life skills’, a communitybased social action project and an end of programme celebration event. NCS is open to 16 and 17 year olds. Departure dates for Middlesbrough teenagers include July 6, 20, 24, 30 July and August 3, 7 with places costing just £50 (£10 for those eligible for free school meals), which includes adventure and university-style residential stays, transport, food, training, activities and more! Support is provided for young people with additional needs. To sign up or to find out more visit or call 0191 247 4020.

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Park remains at the heart of local life

Mums enjoy a stroll in the park along the avenue of horsechestnut trees

When Albert Park first opened 150 years ago it heralded a major step forward in the way the new conurbation of Middlesbrough saw itself; its confidence and ambition. Leading industrialist Henry Bolckow gifted the land to the council with strict conditions as to its use. He believed it right that industrial areas should include open green space to allow the hard-working population and their families to spend time together in relaxation and recreation. Prussian by birth, Bolckow was an admirer of Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and was delighted when Queen Victoria gave consent for the new park to be named after her late husband. Her Majesty’s decision to send their child, 18-year-old Prince Arthur, to perform the grand opening (right) ensured it made headlines across the country with many of the press

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reports educating readers in London and elsewhere for the first time of the incredible growth and success of Middlesbrough (though, like today, some still managed to spell the name wrong). Middlesbrough was just 37 years old but in those four decades the population had risen from 40 to in excess of 30,000, leading Gladstone to famously declare it the Infant Hercules. Initially the town attracted workers from Yorkshire and the North-East and quickly, as expansion gathered pace, from wider afield from Scotland, Wales, Ireland and other parts of Europe. If the decision in 1867 to grant Middlesbrough Parliamentary status


“essentially Albert Park remains the same as Bolckow envisaged it.”

indicated that the establishment recognised the town’s importance, the newspaper reports the following year of the opening of Albert Park spread the word to the masses. It was seen as a landmark event of national significance and confirmed that Middlesbrough’s arrival as a town of substance had been given the Royal Seal of Approval. Over the century and a half that followed, Albert Park has reflected the history and cultural changes that have taken place across the town and society as a whole, and has been a central point for both celebration and recreation, for reflection and remembrance. In 1876 the park was the first home of Middlesbrough Football Club, created by local cricket players as a way of keeping fit during the winter. Playing on what had been planned as an archery ground, it was a short-lived tenure. When crowds rose beyond 200, the club was given its marching orders. The football link is preserved forever however in the numbers who have a kickabout on the grass and the statue of Brian Clough, proudly striding across the park as if on his way to Ayresome Park. The Albert Park cricket field lasted longer that the football pitch but is also no more, though there are plans


for a match this summer with teams hopefully donning Victorian wear for the occasion. Lacrosse, baseball and pitch and putt are also sports that once flourished in the park but could not stand the test of time and the model railway perished in 1988 when a fire destroyed the equipment. However, fishing and boating in the lake, and tennis and croquet have survived, and new recreations of roller-skating, the bike academy and the very popular Saturday morning parkrun flourish. Donald Cramb (below), the current Parks Development Officer, believes the park has remained true to the ideals on which it was gifted a century and a half ago.

“In terms of a lasting legacy, it still provides space for physical recreation in an area of industry. Many homes still do not have gardens or green space and the idea of a public area for social gathering, somewhere to exercise and have fun, has endured. “It remains still a relatively cheap day out for families and others, essentially Albert Park remains the same as Bolckow envisaged it,” says Mr Cramb. The park has provided the setting for public celebrations since its inception and that will be the case this summer with the Middlesbrough Mela taking place on the weekend of August 11 and 12th - the 150th birthday of the park. The fete and fireworks advertised in a programme for a garden party held in the park in 1905 would not be out of place today, nor would the stage acts of singers and dancers, magicians and comedians. Other advertised entertainment, however, such as a bird whistler and Punch and Judy show may now be viewed as of the time and it’s doubtful whether the Mela or any public event would now countenance boxing midgets, a one-legged jumper or exhibition in the lake of smoking underwater.

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Despite the sign, two-year-old Byron Storey can’t resist a splash!

Middlesbrough Mela returns to Albert Park, its home for a number of previous years, for what will be its 28th year and promises a fabulous mix of world class music, a wide range of entertainment, a family fairground and a popular bazaar, packed full of stalls and participatory workshops and opportunities. Mela is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘gathering’ or ‘to meet’ or a ‘fair’ and sees Middlesbrough celebrate its culture and diversity. Zafar Uddin (below) was at the first Middlesbrough Mela, which was held in the Town Hall crypt. For many years now he has been part of the organising committee. “Middlebrough Mela started small and to begin with was almost entirely

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the Asian community. It has grown over the years though and is now very much an event for everyone,” says Zafar. “Mela offers social integration and brings the community together. One weekend each year everyone - all race and cultures - comes together to celebrate multiculturalism and togetherness. Middlesbrough Mela highlights the area and promotes our town where we live in harmony.” From that first year that attracted hundreds of people, Mela has grown to become a two-day festival - the largest and longest established event of its kind in the North East, which attracted over 40,000 people last year. The festival attracts people from all over the North-East, Yorkshire and beyond, with stallholders travelling from as far afield as Glasgow and Southampton. Music, dance and food have always been central and in recent years sports, workshops and crafts have become an increasing part of the party. New for this year is the Mela big knit. Communities across the Tees Valley are being invited to take part in this large scale arts project to be unveiled at Albert Park this summer. Organiser Lisa Bean explains: “The project will use the natural landscape

of the park as a canvas, turning the trees into colourful pieces of art. We would love to wrap the trees with knitted/crochet squares or circles, hang flowers and pom pom garlands, mandala knitted dream catchers (below) or anything else people would like to create that fits in with either a Mela theme or natural landscape.” Free Workshops led by local artist Mikki Rogers take place at Middlesbrough Town Hall between noon and 1pm on Friday June 1, 8 and 15 and are open to beginners and those looking to try crochet for the first time.


Mikki will take beginners through the initial stiches required for crochet and will introduce our experts to the creative process of designing and making their own giant dream catcher. All pieces created through the workshop will form part of the giant art installation situated in Albert Park for the Mela festival and beyond. Lisa added that if anyone is unable to attend a workshop but still wants to take part they can. “We want people to use their own creativity to make their own contributions to the project. We can email some great links to some patterns if people would like to try those and we also welcome people’s own ideas. “If people require some wool, we can arrange for this and for other materials, including the hula hoops frames which can be sent or picked up at the Civic Centre.” For more details please contact or call 01642 729653

A central part of life in Middlesbrough, Albert Park has reflected the changing times and this has included celebrations such as jubilees and the Mela, as well as more sombre occasions and times of adversity. During World War Two a barrage balloon was based there, ever ready to be launched to protect Teesside industry from air raids. In June 1941 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visited the town and during a tour of the park inspected the civil defence services. Over the years the Linthorpe Road entrance to the park has developed into an important open space in

Francesca Welsh, 3, having fun in the Albert Park toddlers playground

tribute to those who gave their lives in defence of their country and in thanks for those who returned. Within the park gates as well there are several memorials and areas for quiet reflection. After the land for Albert Park was gifted by Bolckow, the council spent £3,000 on layout, designed by William Barratt using plants from his nursery in Wakefield. The basic design of a rectangular park spread over 100 acres and divided into four quadrants by axial paths remains intact, as does the lower lake. The original avenue of Wellingtonias planted by Bolckow and others at

the opening were replaced by Horse Chestnut but it is believed there are still trees in the park that date back to the opening and the Italian walkway of shrubs and flowers designed by Barratt is replanted every year, recreating how the beds would have looked in Victorian times. A tradition of planting a tree with commemorative plaque to mark civic occasions grew up over the years and this will be observed this summer when the current Mayor of Middlesbrough, David Budd, will plant a tree to mark the 150th anniversary of the park. IC For more information or to make your contribution please visit

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ENJOY MIDDLESBROUGH ENJOY TEES VALLEY Did you know that Middlesbrough’s Orange Pip street food market is making a return? Or there is a fantastic series of events during May and June to mark the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s voyages at the Birthplace Museum? If this is news to you, get up to date at Tees Valley Combined Authority’s new tourism website,, the official destination management organisation for the region. The site showcases the exciting events, attractions and activities on offer in Middlesbrough and the wider Tees Valley.

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Financial help available to help balance work and childcare A campaign by Middlesbrough Council’s Stronger Families Team aims to ensure working parents are receiving the childcare allowance they are entitled to. Recently the childcare allowance allocated by central government to families across the country was increased. Parents of three and four-year-olds saw the free childcare available to them double from 15 to 30 hours in a bid to ease pressure on working parents and often extended families who assist with childcare duties. To be eligible for the increased allowance, both parents must be working, or the sole parent if in a lone parent family. Each parent must have a weekly minimum income equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage, and an income of less than £100,000 per year. The entitlement is available for 38 weeks of the academic year, and it’s important to note that applications need to be approved by the beginning of the term to be eligible. Families who are approved later than this date will need to wait until the following term to receive the increased entitlement. Applications are made via the Childcare Choices website. The increased allowance has numerous benefits for families, making it easier for working parents to manage childcare as well as

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enabling people to return to work by drastically reducing the cost of childcare. Lindsay Thompson, from Middlesbrough Council’s Stronger Families team, said: “By easing the financial burden on working families, these changes enable people to achieve a greater quality of life and will reduce the stress that many feel when trying to juggle their work and home lives.

“It’s so important that children develop the necessary skills to succeed in later life, and childcare providers can help parents get their children ready for school. Doubling the hours of free childcare available to parents provides a fantastic opportunity to give children in Middlesbrough a head start.” Over 1,000 families in Middlesbrough have been identified as eligible for the scheme. Middlesbrough Council has recently been successful in a funding bid provided by the Department for Education to further promote the scheme and assist the Council in ensuring that every eligible family in Middlesbrough benefits from the entitlement. For more information on the 30 hours childcare entitlement, please call the Middlesbrough Family Information Service on 01642 354 200 or visit to apply. And remember, in order to qualify for the allowance for the school term starting in September, parents need to apply now so the application can be approved before the autumn term starts. Your child is eligible for the entitlement the term after their 3rd birthday.


HELP PEOPLE TO TURN THEIR LIVES AROUND. Make your spare change really count by giving directly to local organisations and charities that support homeless people in Middlesbrough. Together we can make the change.

“I used to beg on the streets of Middlesbrough to help fund my chaotic lifestyle. But thanks to some real help from a number of local agencies and charities, things are finally starting to look up for me.� JO*, Middlesbrough (*Name changed to protect her identity).

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Investing in local communities Over the last year Thirteen has continued to invest in the communities it works in, to make a positive difference to people’s lives and the place that they live. Customers are Thirteen’s priority and their views are vital, so they are regularly asked what could be done to improve the service provided for them and their neighbourhood. Recent investment in a new repairs system, has enabled Thirteen to provide a much better service to customers, with more appointments being made. Customer satisfaction with repairs work remains high, but the company wants to improve more and we will be concentrating on this in the coming year. Improvements have been made in neighbourhood teams, after customers said they wanted to see staff being more visible and for people to take more pride in their area. Last year the teams completed more than 500 estate walkabouts, enabling them to work alongside customers to identify and rectify issues much quicker. Commitment to investing in homes and neighbourhoods continued throughout the year, with £26m of internal and external improvements carried out on homes across the Tees Valley. A number of customers in Berwick Hills benefitted from brand new fully-fitted bathrooms, kitchens, windows and doors, some residents in South Bank received new

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kitchens and bathrooms and over 500 new boilers were installed in properties in Pallister Park. Customer satisfaction increased, with nine out of 10 customers reporting they are satisfied with the quality of their home and that their rent provides value for money. Over the next year, Thirteen’s investment programme is set to improve the quality of thousands of homes and the environment where it manages homes, with £31m of improvements planned. Over 170 customers in Berwick Hills will receive new windows and more than 30 homes in Ayresome will receive new kitchens. More than 800 new boilers will be installed in properties across Middlesbrough, demonstrating its commitment to helping to reduce customer’s fuel bills. Last year £25m was invested in new homes, creating 300 new homes across the Tees Valley and beyond. An innovative £1m partnership with Middlesbrough Council and North Ormesby Community Land Trust brought almost 20 empty homes back to life in North Ormesby, not only improving the quality of the homes to rent, but helping unemployed residents to learn new

skills and help them return to work. This year, 250 new homes will be created in Middlesbrough alone, with 92 being built in Grove Hill, providing options to rent or buy in part through shared ownership. Last year four new extra care schemes were opened in a range of locations, providing 187 safe and secure housing units for over 55s requiring extra support. This year, support to over 800 customers will continue to be provided in sheltered housing and extra care schemes in Middlesbrough. Thirteen is much more than a landlord, providing a range of housing support services for more than 70,000 customers including advice with money, skills and employment. Last year its money advice team supported around 650 customers in Middlesbrough to identify and claim £2m in additional benefits. The New Directions employability programme saw over 900 people referred in Middlesbrough last year and 140 people received an offer of employment, vocational training, apprenticeship or full-time education. To find out more about work being carried out by Thirteen go to


Your waste - your responsibility As a householder you are responsible for what happens to your waste, even if it has left your premises. There are various methods for disposing of your waste;


These reasonable steps are:

1. Check their waste carrier licence

• Keep waste to a minimum by doing everything you reasonably can to prevent, reuse, recycle or recover waste (in that order) • Put it in the correct bin • Take it to a Household Waste Recycling Centre at Haverton Hill • Use the Council’s junk job service for larger items - call 01642 726001 for more details (chargeable) • Donate unwanted household items to charity

Don’t • Leave it outside of your house for scrap metal collectors - this is illegal and classed as flytipping • Leave it on the street or by a litter bin - this is classed as flytipping • Leave it on the floor of a bin store area (rubbish collectors don’t take this away) - this is classed as flytipping

Household Duty of Care Alternatively, you may decide to employ an individual or a company to take your waste away from your property. Always remember that you have what the legislation calls a ‘duty of care’. Duty of care means that you must take reasonable steps to ensure that people removing waste from your premises are authorised to do so.


If you transfer your waste using a waste removal company, you should take reasonable steps to ensure that they are a registered waste carrier.  You should always ask for their waste carrier licence number and check whether it is a valid one by contacting the Environment Agency on 08708 506 506. Please check if the removal company has a relevant waste carriers licence.

2. Obtain a waste transfer note Please refer to the Government’s advice for disposal of business waste Remember - your waste is your responsibility.

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Celebrating area’s strong links with the armed forces The people of Middlesbrough and the Tees Valley will once again come together this summer to show their support for the men and women of the armed forces and their bravery in keeping the country safe. Middlesbrough Town Centre will be the venue for a day of celebrations on June 23 to show support for military personnel serving and retired. The day is open to all, from families and local groups to veterans and potential new recruits. Formerly known as Veterans’ Day, the event now reflects the wider role of the UK Armed Forces in the life of the nation and local communities. Armed Forces Day in Middlesbrough will start in style at 11am with a performance by the Army Cadets pipes and drums band. This is just one of a whole host of activities for everyone to get involved with, including a ‘make do and mend’ tent, first aid and other skills demonstrations, a lunchtime tea dance and a wide range of delicious food and drink stalls. Last year the Doo Wop Dollies had people dancing in the streets with their show-stopping performance (above). They are back once again this summer performing a collection of war time classics. Middlesbrough has strong and proud links with the Armed Forces and they continue to this day with local


recruits specialising in a wide variety of skills. Hannah Gapper (below with parents Steve and Linden), is one such example. After considering what she wanted from life, Hannah joined the army because of the vast number of opportunities and sense of purpose it offered. After qualifying from Birmingham University four years ago, Hannah is now a nurse in the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps. Serving her country gives Hannah a real sense of pride and she feels part

of a wider family of people who all share similar goals and motivations. The travelling, sports, adventure training, sense of belonging to a team, social life, and experiencing places she might never have otherwise visited are all fantastic bonuses to a job she truly loves. Currently based in Aldershot, Hannah says: “Armed Forces Day is an opportunity to celebrate our military identity and heritage whilst at the same time we remember all those who served and lost their lives fighting for their country.” Armed Forces Day enables the public to provide the troops and their families with a much valued morale boost whilst also showing how proud we are of those who are serving now and those who have served in the past.

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Enjoy your own voyage of discovery at Captain Cook Birthplace Museum This summer marks the 250th anniversary of Middlesbrough’s most famous son, James Cook, setting sail on his first great voyage of discovery. The anniversary will be marked across the globe and in particular at the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum in Middlesbrough’s Stewart Park. The museum, just a short distance from where Cook’s childhood home used to stand, is itself celebrating a milestone this year - 40 years since it first opened. It was on August 26 1768 that Lieutenant James Cook set sail from Plymouth on board the Whitby built coal ship the HMB Endeavour on his mission to observe the transit of Venus from Tahiti in June the following year. Carrying 94 people and 18 months of provisions, the Endeavour was ready for exploration. After reaching Tahiti, Cook continued on to search the South Pacific in search of the unknown southern land or Terra Australis Incognita, charting the lands he visited, including New Zealand, and completing the chart of New Holland as he sailed up the East Coast of Australia and across the Great Barrier Reef. This voyage not only provided the proof that the fabled Great Southern Continent didn’t exist but also created maps which were still used until 25 years ago. Cook’s attention to detail was also seen in the care of his own crew. By ensuring that each crew member ate fresh food in every port and that sauerkraut, lemon and lime juice were consumed by all on board, the ship was almost kept free of scurvy and no one died of the disease which was unheard of for that age. On October 27 the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum celebrates its 40th birthday - a date will also mark’s 290 years since the birth of Captain Cook. Numerous events are planned at the museum and Stewart Park to commemorate these many anniversaries. The museum’s temporary exhibition this year is


titled ‘Cook sites’ and allows visitors to compare 18th Century engravings (below) of places visited by the Endeavour with modern day images. A series of interactive workshops for young and old alike take place throughout the season. In addition the Inner State Theatre Company will perform “Cook’s Secret Recipe” a new lighthearted show for all the family. Can Captain Cook sail without a SatNav? An entertaining performance not to be missed! In addition the Historical Maritime Society will be visiting the museum to give visitors an idea of what life was like below decks on board the Endeavour, a must for all young explorers. Also, the ever popular,

Captain Raggy Beard will be on hand to train your young trainee pirates this summer. There’s also a wide and varied programme of workshops planned including fascinating talks by former museum curator Phil Philo, taxidermy workshops and walks and talks of Stewart Park. A series of lectures also takes place including interactive talks by members of the Cook Society and the Joseph Banks Society - named after the famed botanist who accompanied Cook on his first voyage .

To find out more about these and numerous other exciting events planned over the summer, visit our Facebook page, pop into the museum or call 01641 311211. Museum admission is £2.50 concessions, £4 per adult. An explorer family pass costs £10 and admits families of up to two adults and three children unlimited access to the museum for the season. This also includes free or discounted events and discounts in Cook’s Café which is open until 3.30pm every day.

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Explore the universe this summer at the Dorman If you’re looking for a day out that the weather cannot spoil the Dorman Museum is the answer. The Dorman aims to create a learning environment that inspires confidence, enjoyment and a desire to return by providing a range of opportunities for a wide cross section of people regardless of age, background or ability. Standing at the Linthorpe Road entrance to Albert Park, it’s wide ranging selection of permanent and visiting exhibitions, plus a unique tea room, make it an enjoyable attraction for all ages. The interactive galleries take visitors on a journey through time that includes the origins and history of Middlesbrough as well

Illustration by Anders Frang - one of the emerging artists on display at the Picture Hooks exhibition

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as major national and international developments and the deep vastness of space. For children there is also the challenge of the museum trails - can you spot all the faces on display or complete the alphabetical I-spy. The Earth in Space gallery unashamedly sets out to visually excite the visitor. Containing a full size dinosaur model, human skulls, a mineral mine, audio-visual presentation and large display objects around a spaceship-like table under a starry sky it also has a serious purpose. The gallery attempts to weld a number of seemingly disparate themes together to make us think about our place in the universe. Interpretative themes explored include the origin of the universe, the formation of planet Earth; comets, asteroids and meteorites; rocks & minerals; evolution & extinction; geological time; and local geology. Middlesbrough was only granted a town charter in 1853. It is essentially a Victorian new town yet the history of the people who have lived in this area can be traced back thousands of years to the Late Stone Age. In its short existence as a town it has seen countless changes and there are two galleries devoted to this topic.

There is plenty of general interest since many of the themes represent a common history of Britain and displays include reconstructions of a shopping street, school room, pawn brokers, air raid shelter, early 1900’s kitchen and back yard, cinema and pub. Interpretative themes include wartime, leisure, travel, local industries and the River Tees. This summer up until June 24 the Dorman is proud to host an exhibition featuring the work of newly emerging children’s book illustrators and their mentors working with the organisation Picture Hooks. The group pairs up and coming picture book illustrators with established artists, exploring the creative process of making a picture book. And later this summer the History of Magic will examine the fact and fiction of conjuring and sorcery. This will be accompanied by a series of workshops in which children can create their own mask, banners, bookmarks, dreamcatchers and even clay spirit animal. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, 10.30am-3.30pm. Admission is free though there may be a small charge for special events. For full details about the many attractions at the museum and events planned for the summer visit


Theatre celebrates the pub, The Beatles and many more British and international classics The Great British pub has been a central part of community life for centuries and provides the backdrop to this gritty yet heart-warming look at life in a Northern local in the 1980s. “Two”, by Jim Cartwright, awardwinning writer of Little Voice and Road, sees the Landlord and Landlady introduce you to all the punters and regulars from early doors until closing time as well as uncovering their own tragic secret. Their cheery greeting and friendly banter barely disguise their contempt for each other. They met outside the pub when they were kids, had their first drink there, courted there, had their Twenty Firsts and Wedding Reception there, and now they own the place. All life is present in this pub, where people celebrate and mourn in an unflinching mixture of tragedy and comedy.


During the course of the evening assorted customers pass through the doors, including a little boy left by his father, an event that triggers a move towards a fragile reconciliation between the pub couple as their secret tragedy, swallowed back for seven years, comes to a head after drinking - up time. the play runs from June 6-9 including a matinée. On June 16 and 17 The Snail and the Whale offers storytelling, live music and lots of laughs for everyone aged four and up. Join a tiny snail on her trip round the world in Tall Stories’ magical, musical production inspired by the fantastic bestselling picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Longing to see the world, a tiny snail hitches a lift on the tail of a humpback whale. Together they go on an amazing adventure - but when the whale gets beached, how will the snail save him? If live music is your thing then the Theatre’s eclectic summer collection should guarantee something for all tastes. Tina Turner, Madonna, Carole King, Michael Jackson, George Michael, Rod Stewart and Eric Clapton are just some of the giants

of rock and pop whose songs are brought to the stage with incredible realism over the summer. Other nights see The Beatles, Bon Jovi, The Drifters and other bands given the five star tribute act treatment. Meanwhile, Rolling Back the Years packs three decades into one night, taking the audience on a breathtaking musical journey through the 50’s, 60’s, and some of the brilliant sounds of the 1970’s. Including songs by Connie Francis, Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Abba, Jersey Boys and many more. For something more local, Schools Gotta Sing on June 11 sees school choirs from across Teesside performing in an evening full of entertainment. The choirs will each perform a number of songs and also be joined by talented local singers including Sam Hollyman.

For more information or to book tickets visit or call our Box Office on 01642 81 51 81

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Say hello to an old friend After two years of painstaking restoration work the wraps have come off Middlesbrough Town Hall to reveal a stunning building that mixes the splendour of the Victorian era with the best in modern day facilities. Thanks to £7.7m funding by Middlesbrough Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Town Hall has undergone extensive renovations, restoring rarely seen elements of the Grade II listed building, and allowing its central role in the life of the town to continue. The history of Middlesbrough Town Hall mirrors the development of the town from small hamlet to bustling centre of the Tees Valley. By the late 1880s, the population of Middlesbrough was nearing 90,000, and the town covered much more than just the original St. Hilda’s area. To handle the demands of such a huge increase in population, a bigger town hall was needed, and the decision was made to locate it at the corner of Albert Road and Corporation Road. A competition to design a new Town Hall building was launched and architect G.G. Hoskins’ ‘Law and Order’ design was chosen as the winner. Hoskins was almost entirely responsible for the architectural design of Victorian Darlington, and would have been well-known in the architecture community. The Backhouse Bank building in Middlesbrough (at the corner of Albert Road and Zetland Road) was also designed by Hoskins. The Town Hall was officially opened by the Prince and Princess of Wales on January 23 1889.

Much like today, the Town Hall had two very different uses. Part of the building was given over to the municipal functions needed to keep the town running, and the other part established itself as a popular entertainment venue. The Town Hall housed the Mayor and staff of the Middlesbrough Corporation (the forerunner to Middlesbrough Council), as well as the police station and cells, courtroom, library, water board office, and fire station. It was very much at the heart of civic life, and was a bustling focal point around which much of what we now know as the town centre was developed. Hotels, pubs, offices, and shops transformed the area into the commercial heart of Middlesbrough, which continues to this day. The restoration work carried out has uncovered many of the original features. The grand concert hall has been restored to its former glory and fascinating areas that haven’t been seen by the public in decades have been opened up as café’s for visitors and for use in events, crafts and workshops. These areas include the old police cells, courtroom, and fire station. Like the main building, the register office has also undergone a recent facelift with original features including 130 year old terrazzo flooring, wood panelling and ceiling roses now revealed.

Restoration has thrown new light on original features (main picture and above)

Enjoy a coffee in the old fire station

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The Town Hall is very much a space for the people of Middlesbrough, the restoration has been funded by people playing the National Lottery so thank you for supporting arts and heritage in Middlesbrough. Now we want to hear your ideas for how this magnificent building can be used so please get in touch via our website or social media links.

Tell us what you want from your Town Hall: @mbro_townhall /middlesbrough_townhall / MiddlesbroughTownHall Or sign up to our newsletter online at Work has restored the Town Hall auditorium (top) and allowed visitors the opportunity to enjoy a drink in the foyer (opposite) or explore the original cells (opposite right).

Music and entertainment

Middlesbrough Town Hall’s reputation as a respected entertainment venue began with the grand concert hall, which featured a custom-built organ by the prestigious William Hill and Son. Performers from across the world Jason Manford - Muddle Class played at the Town Hall, including Friday July 6 & the Russian virtuoso pianist, Sergei Friday November 16 Rachmaninov, who appeared not once but twice, in 1911 and 1939; Dame Nellie Melba; Johann Strauss, and Sir Edward Elgar with the London Symphony Orchestra. Over the years, the Town Hall has also played host to more modern, great names in music, including Oasis; David Bowie; The Clash; AC/DC, and Robbie Williams. That tradition will continue with a host of top acts already lined up for the summer and beyond. Some of our top pics for the summer are:

One of the country’s best loved comics. Features a wealth of new material about Jason growing up ‘working class’ then finding that part of him has become ‘middle class’ - causing much confusion along the way.

Chris Ramsey Tuesday June 12 Chris Ramsey is Just Happy To Be Out Of The House! And he wants Middlesbrough to know it. Chris Ramsey has sold out the Town Hall before - so buy early!

Jurassic Park in Concert Sunday September 16 Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Jurassic Park and enjoy the action like never before - projected in HD with Czech National Symphona performing Williams’ magnificent score live to picture. Welcome… to Jurassic Park!

Status Quo Saturday July 21 Don’t miss the rock legends only nonfestival UK date announced for 2018. Founding member Francis Rossi is joined by keyboard player Andrew Bown (member since 1976), bassist John ‘Rhino’ Edwards (1986), guitarist Richie Malone (2016) and drummer Leon Cave (2013).

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years old

of performance, comedy & music

2.3m £7.7m 46,484 1,800 vistors since opening

refurb 2016-2018

102 298

days open


1883-1889 build cost


£39.50 to see Status Quo in 2018

capacity across two spaces

60 graduation parties


cost to see David Bowie in 1972

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Edward Kunonga, Middlesbrough’s Director of Public Health, at the launch of Baby Café

The Live Well Centre: helping your family to Start Well The Live Well Centre - a health and wellbeing hub located in Dundas Arcade - is launching an exciting new offer for families in the summer. The Start Well offer provides help and advice from a variety of providers, aimed primarily at children and parents of young children. The first Start Well offer was the Baby Café, which was launched in April and is a National Childbirth Trust programme that offers information and support for breastfeeding mums and mums to be. Baby Café is a network of dropins, offering help and support to breastfeeding mothers, regardless of the age of the baby or child and no matter how much breastmilk you are giving. Pregnant women are welcome too. You don’t need to have a problem to attend - lots of mums come because they enjoy being in a group with other breastfeeding women chatting about their experiences. No appointment is needed and you can bring your partner too. The dropins are run by trained staff including midwives, health visitors, or lactation consultants, and practitioners such as nursery nurses or breastfeeding counsellors. They have specific training and experience in helping breastfeeding families. Help is available on all aspects of breastfeeding and its impact on daily life - from starting to stopping and all the variations in between.

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In a relaxed atmosphere you can: • Meet other mums and share experiences in a group of other breastfeeding women. • Access one-to-one help, should you need it, from one of our specially trained staff. • Look at a range of breastfeeding information, including books and leaflets. • Be offered refreshments. If you have not fed your baby whilst being out and about before, Baby Café is the perfect environment to bridge the gap from being at home to feeding elsewhere. The drop-in will provide support to mums in a relaxed and informal environment, with staff who are knowledgeable and skilled in helping women to breastfeed. Trina Warman, Baby Café Coordinator, NCT said: “The first few weeks can be tough for new mums

and one of the things they may need support with is breastfeeding. It’s really important that there is somewhere supportive and friendly for women in this area to go to discuss issues with feeding. “Women can find out about breastfeeding at Baby Cafés and decide if it’s for them and also get information on mixed feeding and expressing.” Research shows that 80% of women who stop breastfeeding in the first few weeks would have liked to continue and many stop through a lack of support. An NCT Breastfeeding Counsellor and volunteers will be on hand at the Baby Cafés to give information and encouragement, and the sessions also provide an opportunity for Middlesbrough mums to support each other. For more information on the Start Well offer, including Baby Café, please call The Live Well Centre on 01642 727 579. Baby Café runs every Friday 10am12pm. Booking not necessary. Further information available at


Summer 2018 June

Two, by Jim Cartwright June 6 - 9 • 7.30pm (Sat matinée 2.30pm) Middlesbrough Theatre £15.50/matinée £12.50 Partyintheparkmiddlesbrough

A gritty yet heart-warming look at Northern life

Swan Lake June 1 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £19.50/conc. £18.50/ Under 16s £13.50

Party in the Park May 25 - June 3 Stewart Park

Classic love story presented by Vienna Festival Ballet

Fitted for a Foreign Voyage June 2 • 11am-12.30pm Cpt. Cook B’place Museum £3/free with Explorer Pass (inc. light refreshments) Phil Philo explores the lead up to Cook’s Endeavour Voyage

Giovanni Pernice: Born to Win June 2 • 3pm & 8pm Middlesbrough Theatre £29.50/conc. £27.50

Cattle & Cane with Northern Orchestra June 8 • 7:30pm Middlesbrough Town Hall £22.50 (+bf) Teesside’s own much loved band in a special concert

Gin Up Boro! June 8 • 5-10pm June 9 • 2-10pm Centre Square Free - £50 (see website) Gin, fizz, food, music!

Crossing the Tees Book Festival June 9 - June 23 Various locations

Strictly finalists’ new show

Author talks, poetry, children’s events, workshops and more

Big Mouth Comedy Club June 2 • 8:30pm Middlesbrough Town Hall £12.50 • Strictly 18+ Back in the Town Hall Crypt!

Daliso Chaponda: “What the African Said…” June 9 • 7:30pm Middlesbrough Town Hall £15 (+bf)

Race for Life June 3 • 10.30am Centre Square £14.99/children £10/u6 free

Club Groovy June 10 • 1-3pm Middlesbrough Town Hall £4 (+bf)

The 5k for all abilities!

Zach Said Westgarth Social Club June 10 • 7.30pm • 14+

Boro Babies June 6 • 10am-2pm Central Library • Free Celebrate books and a love of reading

Boy Azooga (+ support) June 6 • 7.30pm Westgarth Social Club £9.50 • 14+

Dogs Trust Community Event Easterside Community Hub June 11 • 11am-3pm Free event Free microchipping, health checks and and training advice

Schools Gotta Sing June 11 • 7pm Middlesbrough Theatre £10.50

Armed Forces Day 2018 June 23 • 11am Middlesbrough Town Centre Free

An evening of entertainment from Teesside school choirs

Celebration and parade

The Bon Jovi Experience June 23 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £21.50

Chris Ramsey: Just Happy to be Out of the House June 12 • 7:30pm • 16+ Middlesbrough Town Hall £20 (+bf)

Some Guys Have all the Luck June 13 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £22 Celebrating the life of Rod Stewart

Sarah Millican: Control Enthusiast June 13 - 15 • 7:30pm Middlesbrough Town Hall £28 (+bf)

Thorntree Fun Day June 16 Thorntree Community Hub

Northern Dales Farmers’ Market June 24 • 9am-2pm Stewart Park • Free Fantastic food from local producers in a fabulous setting!

Dirty Dusting June 24 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £21.50 Heart-warming feel good comedy

Poppy + George June 25 - 30 • 7.30pm The Studio, Toft House (next to M’bro Theatre)

Ditch the corset and discover who wears the trousers!

The Snail and the Whale June 16 • 2pm & 4.30pm June 17 • 11am & 2pm Middlesbrough Theatre £12 • Ages 4+

Royal Northern Sinfonia June 28 • 7:30pm Middlesbrough Town Hall £13.50/conc. £12.50

Inspired by the bestselling Julia Donaldson picture book

Hooray for Hollywood (Dementia Friendly performance) June 21 • 2.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £20.50/conc. £17 Songs from Hollywood’s golden age

FastLove: Tribute to George Michael June 21 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £22.50/conc. £20.50

Orange Pip Market June 30 • 12-7pm Baker/Bedford/Albert Rd Free

Dance Through Life June 30 • 2pm & 7pm Middlesbrough Theatre £10.50 Showcase celebrating 25 years of Thornton Academy

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What’s On July

Ali Brownlee Riverside Run (5k) and Fun Run (2k) July 1 • 10am Riverside Stadium • £7-13 Community event for all levels runmiddlesbrough

Taxidermy Demonstration July 1 • 12.30-2.30pm Cpt. Cook B’place Museum £4/free with Explorer Pass (inc. light refreshments) Real taxidermy demonstration with Adrian Johnston (may not be suitable for all children)

Celtic Rhythm July 1 • 3pm Middlesbrough Theatre £10.50/child £5.50 Irish dancing and music

My Night with Reg Middlesbrough Theatre £15.50/matinee £12.50 July 4 - 6 • 7.30pm (Friday matinée 2.30pm) A comic and moving tale of friendship, love and loss

Dogs Trust Community Event July 9 • 11am-3pm Thorntree Community Hub Free Free microchipping, health checks and and training advice

Summer Reading Challenge July 14 - Sep 15 Middlesbrough Libraries and Community Hubs

Now That’s What I Call… a song and a dance! July 19 • 7pm Middlesbrough Theatre

Hartlepool Waterfront Festival July 20 - 22 Back with a beach-themed bang!

Pressgang! Historical Maritime Society July 21 • 11am-3pm July 22 • 11am-3pm Cpt. Cook B’place Museum Museum admission applies/ free with Explorer Pass For wannabe explorers - cookery, object handling and more!

The Upbeat Beatles July 21 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £21.50 Second to none, if you love The Beatles, you’ll love this show

Status Quo July 21 • 8pm Middlesbrough Town Hall £39.50 (+bf) The rock legends are coming to Middlesbrough Town Hall!

Summer holidays July 24 - Sep 2

Visit for loads of events and activities

Dr Doolittle July 25 • 1pm Middlesbrough Theatre £12/child £10/family £40 An ideal show for all the family

Take part and celebrate 80 years of the Beano!

Darlington By The Sea July 26 - 28 • 11am-5pm

A free beachy family event

Flax Weaving July 15 • 11am-3pm Cpt. Cook B’place Museum Museum admission applies/ free with Explorer Pass

Learn all about the flax plant with Deb Gillanders and have a try at weaving for yourself!

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Cleveland Show 2018 July 28 • 9am-5pm Stewart Park £8/OAP £6/child £4/ family £19 The biggest agricultural show in the North East

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

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

Pirates of the Park Run! Aug 25 • 9am Stewart Park • Free Dress up as a pirate for the Park Run and get a CCBM voucher!

Orange Pip Market Aug 25 • 12-7pm Baker/Bedford/Albert Rd Free

One Big Day 29 July • 9.30am - 10pm Free One Big Day across Redcar, Saltburn and Guisborough!


Captain Cook Society: Remembering the Great Departure Aug 1 • 11am-12noon Cpt. Cook B’place Museum £3/free with Explorer Pass (inc. light refreshments) Steve Ragnall provides an insight into life aboard the Endeavour 250 years ago


SUMMER CRAFTS & family workshops Lots of fun things to make and do each week!

Every Wednesday & Friday from July 25 - August 24 1-3pm • £1 per child No organised groups


Cook Sites with Google Expeditions Aug 2 • 10.30-11.30am Cpt. Cook B’place Museum Museum admission applies/ Explorer Pass required Use VR headsets to see the amazing places visited by Cook

Stockton International Riverside Festival Aug 2 - 5 The countdown is on to SIRF18!

Middlesbrough Mela 2018 Aug 11 - 12 • 11am-6pm Albert Park • Free Middlesbrough Mela returns to Albert Park

Endeavour Festival Aug 24 • 6-11pm Stewart Park Rita Ora! Louisa! Hannah Jane Lewis & more to be announced!


Family fun to see, do & explore

There’s loads of exciting activities for you to take part in all summer

Moving Turtles Pirate Training Day Animal Handling / Animal Story Aug 2 Polynesian Stamps Aug 7 Cook’s Secret Recipe Aug 9 Fighting Scurvy! Aug 14 Maori Tiles Aug 16 Amazing Albatross! Aug 21 Tropical Picture Frames Aug 23 Felt Puppets July 24 July 26 July 31

Prices & times vary. Some events are free with an Explorer Pass.

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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”




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Andy McDonald MP (Lab) 01642 246574 or Unit 4, Broadcasting House, Newport Road, Middlesbrough. TS1 5JA Jun 8, Jul 13 • 4pm - 6pm Please call to make an appointment

Simon Clarke MP (Con)

01287 204709 or South Tees Conservatives, 7a Church Street, Guisborough. TS14 6HG Simon holds weekly surgeries at venues around his constituency, please call or go online for more details

The next scheduled full Council meeting dates are:

Wednesday June 20, Wednesday July 18 • 7pm Council Chamber, Town Hall, Middlesbrough. These meetings are open to the public and are also available online

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

Councillors Acklam Councillor Shamal Biswas (Lab) 01642 827270 or

Councillor Sheila Dean (Lab) 01642 913625 or Newham Bridge Primary School Jun 11, 25, Jul 9, 23 • 5pm - 6pm

Ayresome Councillor Denise Rooney (Lab)* 01642 821054 or

Councillor Vic Walkington (Lab)* 01642 829329 or

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

Councillor Julie McGee (Lab) 07753 328395 or


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

Brambles & Thorntree Councillor Terence Lawton (Ind) 01642 288769 or Pallister Court Community Centre, Brambles Farm Jun 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Jul 7, 14, 21 11am - 12pm The Thorntree Public House Jun 7, 14, 21, 28, Jul 5, 12, 19, 26 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Councillor Geraldine Purvis (Lab) 01642 291472 or

Councillor Peter Purvis (Lab) 01642 291472 or

Thorntree Community Hub Jun 7, Jul 19 • 12pm - 1pm Jun 30, Jul 28, Aug 23 10am - 11am Home Start Shop, Marshall Avenue Jun 12, Jul 10, Aug 14 10am - 11am

Central 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 Jun 2 • 10am - 11am Breckon Hill Community Centre Jul 7 • 10am - 11am Hazel & Elder Court Meeting Room Aug 4 • 10am - 11am

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

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

Councillor Lesley McGloin (Ind)* 07919 174207 or Nunthorpe Institute, The Avenue School Jun 4, 18, Jul 2, 16, 30, Aug 13 6:30pm - 7:30pm Councillor Jon Rathmell (MICA)* 07929 661771 or Nunthorpe Institute, The Avenue School Jun 11, 25, Jul 9, 23 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Hemlington Councillor Jeanette Walker (Lab)* 01642 276732 or Councillor Nicky Walker (Lab)* 01642 591473 or Hemlington Library Jun 7, 14 21, 28, Jul 5, 12, 19, 26, Aug 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 • 5pm


Marton East Councillor Dorothy Davison (Ind) 01642 275489 or Councillor Tom Mawston (Ind) 01642 274054 or Marton Community Centre (please call to make an appointment) Jun 5, Jul 3, Aug 7 • 9am - 10am Jun 28, Jul 26, Aug 23 • 5pm - 6pm Marton Library, The Willows Jun 9, Jul 14, Aug 11 • 11am - 12pm

Councillor Ron Arundale (Con) 01642 288504 or 121 Ruskin Avenue, Acklam Jun 5, 19, Jul 3, 17, Aug 7, 21 • 6pm - 7pm Councillor Jordan Blyth (Lab)* 07818 857783 or

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Councillor Mike Carr (Lab) 01642 590111 or Councillor June Goodchild (Lab) 01642 323591 or Easterside Hub Jun 2, 16, Jul 7, 21, Aug 4, 18 10:30am - 11:30am

Linthorpe Councillor Stephen Bloundele (Lab) 01642 820011 or Councillor Naweed Hussain (Lab) 07766 252524 or Friends’ Meeting House, 131 Cambridge Road Jun 12, 26, Jul 10, 24, Aug 14, 28 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Councillor Chris Hobson (Con)* 01642 313154 or Councillor John Hobson (Con)* 01642 313154 or Councillor Bob Brady (Lab)* 01642 311785 or Councillor Tracy Harvey (Lab)* 01642 279913 or cllrtracy_harvey@ Councillor Alma Hellaoui (Lab)* 07519 365252 or Streets Ahead for Information, Parliament Road Jun 7, 14, 21, 28, Jul 5, 12, 19, 26, Aug 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 • 10am - 11am Jun 5, 12, 19, 26, Jul 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Aug 7, 14, 21, 28 • 2pm - 3pm

North Ormesby Councillor Lewis Young (Lab)* 07999 935357 or The Hub, Derwent Street Jun 18, Jul 16 • 4pm - 5pm

Park Councillor Frances McIntyre (Lab) 01642 290397 or Councillor Julia Rostron (Lab) 01642 812824 or Councillor Margaret Walters (Lab) 01642 822682 or Linthorpe Community Centre Jun 12, 26, Jul 10, 24, Aug 14, 28 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Park End & Beckfield Councillor Brian Hubbard (MICA) 01642 500419 or Councillor Michael Saunders (MICA) 07505 473922 or Councillor Jan Mohan (MICA) 07496 790841 or North Ormesby Club & Institute, Ormesby Road Jun 12, Jul 10, Aug 14 • 1pm - 2pm Ormesby Club & Institute, High St Jun 27, Jul 25, Aug 29 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm Glastonbury House, Lindisfarne Road Jun 25, Jul 23, Aug 27 • 4pm - 5pm

Stainton & Thornton Councillor David Coupe (Con)

Trimdon Councillor Dennis McCabe (MICA) 07847 305660 or Salvation Army, Trimdon Avenue Jun 11, Jul 9, Aug 13 • 6pm - 7pm Councillor Jean Sharrocks (Lab)* 01642 591335 or

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