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MIDDLESBROUGH Council-public partnership will see: £1.3m cash for community-led projects, targeted help for health, jobs and education #BrilliantlyBoro brand will tell our story to the world ALSO IN THIS SOCIAL REGENERATION SPECIAL:

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Wayne Hemingway is a global name in design, so when he says he has never encountered such pride in a town as he found in Middlesbrough it’s worth taking note. Hemingway Design has been working with the council and other local partners to create #BrilliantlyBoro - a campaign that will spread the word about modern day Middlesbrough and  the many opportunities the town offers to those looking for a vibrant place in which to put down roots, to start a business or to visit. Recently, two new hotels have been built in the town centre with a third on the way. Some questioned if Middlesbrough was the best location for such investment - now we know the answer is an emphatic YES. Whilst new and traditional industry is ensuring these hotels are attracting high occupancy through the week, the increasing range of leisure options on offer in Middlesbrough and on its doorstep is pulling in weekend tourists in record numbers. The #BrilliantlyBoro campaign ensures it is these real life experiences, rather than outdated prejudices, that tell our story in the future. #BrilliantlyBoro is part of a newly launched social regeneration strategy to ensure local people have a greater say in what matters to them and the way services are arranged to support them in improving educational and vocational attainment; health and wellbeing; employability and community spirit. We want to work with local communities and partners to address inequalities that exist. Importantly, the council is listening. If communities have ideas as to how the local quality of life can be improved we want to hear so please, get in touch. Speaking of inequalities, loan sharks, unscrupulous pay day lenders charging sky high interest and certain shops charging high interest rates, have caused misery to many communities across Britain. I’m delighted that in Middlesbrough we have delivered on the pledge made in the Mayor’s Vision to open a community bank offering financial services to local people, including those that have previously found themselves financially excluded. The community bank features in this issue and is a fitting tribute to the hard work and leadership of our retiring Elected Mayor Dave Budd. Dave is a great advocate of Middlesbrough and its people and I want to thank him for all he has done in his tenure both as Mayor and as a councillor. Elections for a new Mayor and for ward councillors take place on Thursday May 2. If you’ve ever thought of standing then details are included in this issue as well as important information on how to ensure you are registered to vote.

In this issue...

Helping the over 50’s lead happier lives.............................. 2 Chief Executive’s welcome...........................................................3 News in brief about your town.............................................4-5 Why not try greener travel options?..................................... 6 Hotels braced for record-breaking summer.......................7 Independents flourish at Dundas...........................................8-9 New awards recognise community heroes................10-11 Protect yourself from scammers...........................................12 Thirteen offers homes for all....................................................13 College celebrates decade of success.............................14-15 Could you adopt a child?............................................................. 16 Writing tips from local authors........................................ 17-19 Community Bank opens in Middlesbrough.....................20 Investing in local community futures.........................21-23 Award-winning images of local life..............................24-25 Support for under and post-graduate study...................26 The men with designs on Middlesbrough.................27-29 Guide to forthcoming elections....................................... 30-31 Help us to fight fly tipping........................................................32 Exercise classes for new mums.............................................33 Reducing social isolation in Middlesbrough...................34 Live Well success leads to expansion.................................35 Combined Authority agrees investment plan...............36 Your 11 page guide to forthcoming key events ............ 37 Town Hall birthday celebration ........................................... 38 Explore jungle life at the Dorman ....................................... 39 Spotlight on key events this springtime ................. 40-41 Your chance to advertise in lovemiddlesbrough ........ 42 New arrivals at Newham Grange Farm............................. 43 Your essential listings guide........................................... 44-45 Ward surgeries – contact your local councillor..... 46-47 Swim and win with Everyone Active................................. 48

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Middlesbrough’s museums service needs your help in tracking down some much-loved images of yesteryear. In July 1952 the Odeon cinema ran a Beautiful Babies competition, held at All Saints Church on Grange Road, to promote the latest blockbuster Belles on their Toes.’ But whatever happened to these beautiful tots? If you were one of them, we’d love to hear from you! The winners were Neil Sibley, Geoffrey Bell, Diane Pacey, Marilyn Barnley, Anne Parkinson, Julia Cullimore, M. O’Brien, Christine Sanderson and Susan Jones.

Adoption Tees Valley (ATV) is the new Regional Adoption Agency created in order to make adoption services more efficient and reduce waiting times in providing loving homes for the estimated 90 Tees Valley children who require adoption each year. By pooling the local authority adoption teams, it creates greater opportunities for children to be matched more quickly, and allows all prospective adopters to be available to a larger number of children waiting. As well as recruiting adopters and matching them with children requiring adoption, ATV also offers a lifelong support structure to adopters, the children and birth families. As part of a drive to address the nationwide shortage of adopters ATV is hosting a series of information evenings allowing prospective parents to learn more about the adoption process. Alternatively, an initial home visit or call back from a social worker can be requested.

Visit call 01642 526 400 or email for further details.


If you have any images of you or a family member from the competition and a more recent picture that you would be happy for us to use on our lovemiddlesbrough Facebook page, please email them to us at

.................................. The Centre Square office developments continue apace with both new buildings expected to be complete by the summer. The first building will be occupied by Middlesbrough Council whilst the second has so far attracted enquiries from around 30 companies, both local and national. Construction company Bowmer and Kirkland report that £1m has been directly spent within the local supply chain with 29% of onsite labour coming from within a five mile radius and over 54% from a 20 mile radius.

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Centre Square fountains have recently been running green to raise awareness of sexual abuse and sexual violence. Middlesbrough Council made the change during a recent week of action to highlight the work of Arch North East, who give support to victims and survivors. The theme for 2019 is #itsnotok and the green is to match Arch’s logo colour. Nicky Harkin, CEO of Arch North East said “It’s fantastic that Middlesbrough Council are able to support us in this way. Generating awareness of sexual violence and local support services is vital in helping people to deal with its’ impact. “Support is available no matter when the incident took place, and whether people choose to report to the police or not. Our service is free, confidential, and our role is to help people make the choices that are right for them. “Sexual Violence Awareness Week was a great platform to help us get that message out.” Anyone wishing to access Arch services can telephone 01642 822331 or visit


Wayne Flowers told us in the last edition of his decision to embrace Dry January and look to go a month without alcohol. lovemiddlesbrough caught up with Wayne who confirmed he lasted the full month, lost five pounds in weight, and saved several more pounds in money. “I took Dry January as an opportunity to look at my diet as a whole and also cut down my coffee intake to a max of 2 cups a day, ate loads of fruit and avoided snacking” said Wayne. “I’m sure I could have lost more weight with a bit more exercise but did make some changes like taking the stairs as much as possible instead of taking the lift. “Overall I’m really happy that I did Dry January again and I’ll be continuing with my better diet and starting to get more exercise.”

A project to restore ornate irongates to the entrance of Acklam’s historic Avenue of Trees has been completed. The original gates at the site, which leads from Acklam Road to Acklam Hall, were removed over 70 years ago as part of the Second World War effort and replaced by low-lying gates and reduced size pillars. Now, thanks to a bequest from Acklam resident Alan Hunter to the Acklam 2020 community group, of which he was treasurer, the new gates have been installed, having been designed using an old photograph uncovered by members of Acklam 2020.

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Local schoolchildren have become the first in the country to be recognised for promoting positive mental health among their fellow students. The young people at Sunnyside Academy are now “going for gold” in their ambitions as a Headstart school having recently been accredited with silver standard. The Coulby Newham-based primary has been a Headstart school since 2017 and has a dedicated pastoral team to support positive mental health and wellbeing and works with therapeutic services such as Mind, Headstart, Link, Footprints and Bungalow. In recognition of the school’s achievement and its commitment to positive wellbeing the school were awarded £8,000 to design a new sensory room in the school that can be used to support vulnerable pupils. Headteacher Julie Sutton said: “Supporting positive emotional health in schools is vitally important. We need to equip our young people to be resilient and to have a range of strategies to support themselves and others in the challenges that they face. I am very proud of our Headstarters and the contribution that they have made to the school community.” Middlesbrough Council Chief Executive Tony Parkinson officially opened the new facility and presented the children with their certificates at a special assembly. Mr Parkinson said: “I want to congratulate everyone at the school who has been involved in this process, as well as the Middlesbrough Council officers who have worked with the school.”

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a condition such as dementia, Parkinson’s, has severebe Council Tax reductions may learning difficulties or has had a stroke, they may be able available for residents with dementia, to claim a Council Tax discount? severe loss, a learning Turn overmemory to find out more… disability or a chronic mental illness. If one adult in a household has one of the above conditions, they could be medically certified as being ‘severely mentally impaired’, with Council Tax bills reducing by 25% or even 100% for those who live alone. In order to receive the discount, applicants need to get a letter from their doctor to confirm the condition is permanent and confirmation of eligibility for one of the qualifying state benefits such as attendance allowance, severe disablement allowance or employment support allowance. Discounts are also available to households with a student, people who live alone or where there is a low household income. Information can also be found on the Council’s website.

If you think that this may apply to you, please call the Council’s Customer Centre on 01642 726006 for further information or to arrange an appointment to meet an advisor.


A local primary school raised nearly £4,000 for a dedicated bereavement room at James Cook University Hospital. St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Marton Road, Middlesbrough held a “Baby Blue Dress Up Danceathon Day” which raise £3,969 for local charity Billy’s Room. The school worked with Thornton Dance Academy, who run their gymnastics and after school clubs, to encourage children to wear blue clothes and participate in a ‘Sponsored Danceathon’ in school. Pupils, Teachers and staff all took part and danced the day away in aid of this worthwhile cause. Hugh Hegarty, CEO of Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for the pupils and staff. Giving back to our communities is a key part of our Catholic ethos and I hope this contribution helps the charity move closer to making “Billy’s Room” a reality.” Set up by the staff and students at Thornton Academy of Performing Arts in Middlesbrough, “Billy’s Room” aims to raise money to provide a new dedicated bereavement room in James Cook Hospital, where parents who have had to endure the loss of their baby during and after birth can have the opportunity, in peace and privacy, to spend time together. To find out more about the charity, visit

A key guardian of Teesside’s rich history and heritage has received national acknowledgement of its work. Teesside Archives was awarded Archive Service Accreditation - the UK quality standard which recognises good performance in all areas of archive service delivery. The service is one of only 150 in the UK to hold the award, placing it in the top 5% of services nationally. Archives Manager Ruth Hobbins said: “This award is recognition of the hard work of staff and the progress that has been made over the last few years. “It’s also a chance to say thank you to all the volunteers who do so much to support the service.”


MIDDLESBROUGH Kinship Carers supports people who are looking after the children of other family members. Most often this means grandparents who are bringing up the children of their sons and daughters. They rely on donations and fundraising events to provide activities. They are organising a sponsored walk up Roseberry Topping in the summer. If you would like to take part in this event or want to know more about the group they can be contacted on 01642 913953 or 07956 631061 (mobile). The group are based in the Community Kinship & Wellbeing Centre at 7 Charnwood in Thorntree.


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Using a car is not the only option for everyday journeys‌ Walking, cycling, taking the bus or train, or car-sharing are all great ways to get around your local area. For your greener, healthier and cheaper travel options, visit:

Funded by the Department for Transport’s Access Fund, supported by Tees Valley Combined Authority and delivered by the Tees Valley local authorities.

Take That! Centre set for record breaking summer Industry experts have hailed a double boom of business and leisure which has helped transform the economy of Middlesbrough. Latest research released by the Tees Valley Combined Authority reveals that day and overnight visitors to the town, spending and tourism employment figures are all on the rise. And with the town now permanently scoring highly on feedback to visitor sites such as and tripadvisor word is spreading about the area’s attractions. Intergral to the upturn has been the Investment Strategy launched in 2017 which saw Middlesbrough Council invest £70m to attract inward investment of more than £600m and the aim of creating over 4,000 jobs. Since then new central hotels - the Holiday Inn Express and Premier Inn - have opened with a third on the way. Lewis Graydon (above), sales manager at the Holiday Inn Express, believes this summer will see record breaking numbers visiting the town. “Monday to Thursday we are often full occupancy and that’s down to the amount of business in the area. A lot of this is hidden, people perhaps don’t realise the numbers visiting the town for business, often of a global nature” said Mr Graydon. “This has been fired by the development of Centre Square and Middlehaven

and the established industry of Siemens, Wilton and the port.” Overlooking Centre Square, Holiday Inn Express was built four years ago through a partnership that included investment by the council. It has proved so popular a further 30 rooms were added in 2017 taking capacity to 159 beds. Mr Graydon said that traditionally, occupancy would be expected to drop off at weekends but the increasing number of venues and events on offer in the town have led to a leisure boom. “Orange Pip Market, the football club and other events mean we are now seeing regular high occupancy due to the amount going on. There is lots more on the horizon as well, the £30m snow centre planned for

Middlehaven will be of national significance. “Tour companies and visitors see Middlesbrough as an excellent base because of the facilities in the town centre and the attractions on the doorstep. “Visitors come from all over Britain and further afield with Irish, Dutch and Chinese parties in particular. Feedback tells us they are very pleasantly surprised by what they find. They have heard the usual stereotypes of the area and are delighted to find that the true picture is very different.” Mr Graydon predicts the summer season will start with a bang on the weekend of June 1 with Take That (left) performing at the Riverside. “It was absolutely incredible. Within minutes of that date being released we sold out completely. That’s not just for one night but for the weekend and others found the same, it promises to be a fantastic weekend,” said Mr Graydon. And there are other reasons for Holiday Inn Express Middlesbrough to celebrate. Consistent high scores across 15 categories including customer satisfaction, location and facilities on offer have led to the hotel reaching the final of the prestigious IHG Hotel of the Year competition.


Independents lead the retail fightback at Dundas Market

Independent traders are leading the fightback against the online threat to town centre shopping according to David Harris, manager of one of the region’s most successful indoor markets. He believes the ability to adapt to new trends, creative promotion and personalised customer service are key to the entrepeneurs of Dundas Market continuing to flourish. In fact trading is so buoyant Dundas are looking to reorganise and increase available space to respond to demand. “Small independents can provide a level of service and an in-store experience that cannot be replicated online,” says David. “With the right support from landlords and councils, there is still a bright future for independent retailers who work hard to stand out.” David says positive face-to-face customer interaction encourages people to return time and again.

At his family butchers, Danny provides cooking times and tips to help customers get the best out of his produce. Matthew and Charlotte at the Little Vegan Market were recently shortlisted for best Small Business in the prestigious national Vegan Food UK Awards and are happy to pass on their in-depth knowledge of new products and tips for a vegan and zero waste lifestyle. They have helped the market’s most established tenant, Jean’s Kitchen, the café at the heart of Dundas Market, create an everyday vegan menu to add to their offer. Meanwhile, Interstellar Comics, a former market tenant who has now expanded into one of the centre’s

independent retail units, has created a focal point for the area’s gaming community by providing gaming tables and offering free play during weekend and evening sessions. According to David, good promotion, is also key to success. “A good social media presence extends the customer experience and provides further interaction, as well as alerting customers to new products and offers from the business,” he says. “At Dundas Market we promote all our retailers and service providers via Facebook and Twitter, but we find that those who also have a strong presence in their own right are most likely to have a broad customer base. It is a vital part of modern retailing.”


Great value taster for would-be traders

Dundas offers plenty of opportunities for aspiring traders. Those aged 16-25 can apply for a free stall at the third Youth Market planned for May. Also, one established local trader will be offered a free taster week to trade from May 20-25 as part of the national Love Your Local Market campaign. Anyone can try out the monthly Food and Craft Market on the last Friday and Saturday of each month with a half price discount for first time traders. Or try a stall at the Handmade and Vintage Market


which takes place on the second Saturday of each month. Dundas Market also offers a small number of Enterprise Units from £60 per week on short term tenant agreements, as well as larger units on longer term contracts for more established and experienced traders. For full information about Markets, Enterprise Units and other opportunities contact David Harris on 01642 232552 or

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Savvy staff can help you quit smoking For anyone trying to give up smoking, Dundas Market has help at hand from traders and health staff who know how hard it can be to quit. ECiggy UK was amongst the earliest businesses to sell electronic smoking devices when it opened at the Market seven years ago. Now the business also has stores in Stockton, Darlington and Washington and the ten staff are all former smokers who used vaping to help them give up. “When we first opened the shop there were queues through the Dundas Centre. It was the big new thing,” says company manager Sarah Tuck, who left a job in the civil service to join ECiggy soon after it launched. “I grew up at a time when it was considered anti-social not to smoke.

The business was started to help people stop smoking - and as former smokers we know how difficult that can be.” ECiggy prides itself on the quality of its staff and the high level of customer service. “It’s quite daunting particularly for older people - to come into a shop because there is so much choice and some of the kits can seem quite complicated,” said Sue Keegan (above), Dundas store manager. “What they want is to feel comfortable, have it explained and try out some of the kits - and that’s what we provide. The feedback is great and many of our customers

become regulars,” said Sue, who quite smoking five years ago after switching to vaping. “It’s a nice product to work with. You’re helping people achieve something and it’s saving them lots of money as well.” Dundas Market manager David Harris said: “The presence of ECiggy in Dundas Market and the Live Well Centre in Dundas House which offers free support and advice means smokers can start to change their lives in one visit here.” More information is available on ECiggy’s website or from the Stop Smoking Service at The Live Well Centre on 01642 727590.

Join the Dundas success story Part of the Dundas success story is the wide variety of businesses available to shoppers attractively grouped under one roof to ensure visitors make the most of their time. The ability to adapt is vital and after identifying emerging trends, manager David Harris is particularly keen to hear from greengrocers, bakers and suppliers of ethnic food, as well as vintage memorabilia retailers, sweets sellers and fruit juice or milkshake bars operators. They will join a well-established range of retailers who provide complementary products and services for their customers. In the market there are clusters of

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health and wellbeing businesses, fashion retailers, gift stores and food businesses all within a short distance of each other. “Our success shows that there is a bright future for independent traders offering value-for-money, specialist, and often unique, goods and services, backed up by a great customer service and experience, strong promotion and the ability to adapt to new trends and markets,” said David.

Traders have enjoyed a successful year at Dundas.


Help us find Middlesbrough’s unsung community heroes The Civic Community Awards, incorporating the Citizen of the Year Award, will honour those that help make Middlesbrough such a brilliant place to live. We are looking for individuals, community organisations and businesses who have made a real difference to life in Middlesbrough.

Do you know an unsung community champion or a #BrilliantlyBoro hero? If so, then we want to know! For further information and to submit your nominations visit Closing date for nominations is 13 March 2019.

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New awards will recognise our local community heroes The newly established ROSE awards aim to recognise those who go the extra mile to make our local communities safer places. Established by Cleveland Police and Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, the Recognition of Outstanding Service and Excellence (ROSE) awards recognise the new and traditional challenges faced by police officers and staff and also ensure community heroes get the recognition they deserve. “As Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland I feel immensely proud of the effort and dedication of front line officers and staff across the force area who work tirelessly every day to make our communities safer,” said Mr Coppinger. “Each morning I check the overnight police log detailing the call outs that officers have responded to. Through this and other feedback I am aware that our officers regularly display courage over and beyond the call of duty to protect local communities. “I am also aware of the amazing individual acts of courage displayed by members of the public. Very recently I had the honour of presenting a Royal Humane Society award to someone who helped save four people from drowning off the slipway at Redcar.”

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Mr Coppinger said the force is fortunate to enjoy excellent working relationships with partnership agencies and many within the community who volunteer their services to improve the areas where they live and work. “I know from my regular community meetings that committed groups such as the North Ormesby Residents Against Crime (above) can often have good ideas of how to tackle local crime and anti-social behaviour issues. “The Rose awards encompass previous award schemes and are a way for us to acknowledge and celebrate this community work. They also allow us to say thank you to those who keep us safe and who put their lives on the line for us day in, day out,” said Mr Coppinger. Nominations are sought on a rolling basis. The twelve award categories cover the entire spectrum of public service ranging from displaying care and compassion to demonstrating innovation and problem solving; from leadership to partnership working. Two categories, Public Service and Courage, aim to recognise the efforts

of community members and people working within the public, private and voluntary sectors. The remaining categories are open to nominations for police officers, staff and organisations working on behalf of Cleveland Police. “We are looking for public nominations in each of these categories to celebrate those who are making a real difference to the lives of communities across Cleveland,” said Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Helen McMillan. “I hear on a daily basis of the amazing work going on across our area in the field of community safety and I would urge anyone who has received excellent service or who has seen the difference that a team or individual has made to their local community to let us know.”

You can read about the awards in detail and how to make a nomination by visiting and search for Rose awards.


Don’t fall prey to scammers Trading Standards is reminding consumers to be on their guard against scams and to help elderly friends and relatives protect themselves as they are often targeted. The five most common scams and how to avoid them are: genuine policy and then cancel it Shopping online TV licence refunds – Action Fraud’s 2017 report shows that fraudsters conned over 15,000 shoppers out of more than £11 million. Fake mobile phone sales were the most common scam with Apple iPhones accounting for 74% of all fraudulent purchases. Remember if something seems too much of a bargain, it’s probably poor quality, fake or doesn’t exist. Don’t pay for goods or services by bank transfer unless you know and trust the person. Payments via bank transfer offer you no protection if you become a victim of fraud.

Pension fraud Highly sophisticated scammers lure people into transferring their pensions into fraudulent schemes. Victims can lose their life savings. One of the most common tactics is to offer a ‘free pension review’. Check if the firm is authorised by calling the Financial Conduct Authority on 0800 111 6768. Don’t be rushed into making changes to your pension arrangements and get impartial advice first.


In December 2018 alone, 200 crime reports were made to Action Fraud in relation to TV Licensing emails, with reported losses of £233,455. Fake TV licence refund emails claim you are due an overpayment refund. In reality you are led to a cloned TV Licensing website designed to take your bank account or credit card details. The scammers use headlines such as ‘correct your licensing information’, ‘billing information updates’ and ‘renew now’ to trick people into clicking on the link. Remember TV licensing always include your name in any emails they send you. Hover over the links in the email to see their destination and check the web address carefully. If unsure, go directly to the TV Licensing website.

Fake car insurance New figures reveal that 17-24 year olds are most likely to fall victim to fraudsters selling fake car insurance, each losing on average £912. Criminals either: forge insurance documents; falsify your details to reduce the price; or take out a

soon after to claim the refund money. Be wary of brokers using only mobile phone or email as a way of contact.

For a full list of all authorised insurance brokers visit the Financial Conduct Authority or the British Insurance Brokers’ Association: •

Computer software service fraud Cleveland Police warn of this very common scam in their excellent online book “The Little Book of Big Scams” which can be accessed from their website www.cleveland.police. uk under the advice and information cybercrime page. Criminals may cold call you claiming there are problems with your computer and they can help you to solve them. There will not be a problem and what they want is access to your computer to copy your data or access your online bank accounts. Remember genuine computer service companies don’t make these type of calls. Be wary of all unsolicited phone calls and don’t give out personal information.

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Homes and so much more At Thirteen, there is a range of properties to suit everyone’s needs, from renting, buying or even part buying a home. Thirteen is continuing to build a range of new homes and there’s more affordable homes being built in Middlesbrough, with work well underway to build 92 new homes in Grove Hill (below). The first homes will be available from March and Thirteen is offering options to rent or buy in part through shared ownership.  Even when you think it’s not possible, homeownership can become a reality. Thirteen’s BuyIn Part scheme is an affordable way to own a home, giving people the chance to part-buy and part-rent a new build home.  There’s a specialist team on hand, who can work out what your options are.  No matter which option you choose, there is support available with a range of extra services to help

you live safely and be a part of the community. The company’s plan to build more affordable homes continues to grow. Last year, £29m was invested developing new homes. This year more than 400 new affordable homes will be built, also creating hundreds of jobs and apprenticeships within the local community. The company’s investment programme will continue to ensure more of its homes benefit from improvements such as roof replacements, new bathrooms, kitchens and boilers. Thirteen also offers a range of specialist accommodation, tailored for different needs to help people live independently. From accommodation and support for the homeless, to

young parents, people with learning disabilities and victims of domestic abuse. To enable older people to stay in their homes longer Thirteen carries out home adaptations and has a number of extra care and independent living schemes for customers who need a little more help around their home. Every customer has access to a range of support services, whenever they need them, including money advice, financial planning, help to get into work or training and so much more. To find out more about the work being carried out by Thirteen go to       Main pic - Neighbourhoods co-ordinator Natalie Bolton.

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

• request a home repair • view and update personal information • view details about your tenancy

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• view rent accounts • report anti-social behaviour






In 10 years, Middlesbrough College has transformed its offer SUBZERO through improving its links with SNOW & DEVELOP SKI employers. Since the College’s MENT move to the purpose-built £68m Middlehaven campus in 2008, continual investment in specialist learning environments that replicate work places and first-class staff from industry backgrounds have created a brilliant student experience and attracted students from the Tees Valley and beyond.



Ofsted Requires Improvement

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The Middlesbrough College development story Sept-2008 Migrated from Marton, Acklam Longlands and Kirby to a new £68m campus at Middlehaven.



Sept-2013 Opened extension to the main college building, engineering workshops and external construction skills area.



Sept-2015 Opened the new STEM Centre as Phase II of a £20m investment including external recreation areas and sports facilities.


Opened new £6m sixth form centre on the site of the old rope works on Dock Street, including state of the art 4G pitches for MC Sport Academies.

Sept-2014 Opened £3m extension to the sixth form centre due to increased demand for science and maths.

Sept-2016 Acquired NECC Training to expand apprenticeships provision across the North East.

Launched new partnership with The Open University Opened new specialist English and maths facility.

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1 Highest performing GFE college in the Tees Valley

5 Best student benefits - including 7 day free travel

8 Largest STEM Apprenticeship provider in the region

2 Ofsted rated ‘Good’

6 Matrix award for excellent and impartial careers advice

9 Partnership with The Open University offering affordable and flexible Higher Education courses

3 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) ‘Gold’ 4 £100m campus and industry standard facilities

7 Largest range of courses in the region

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The write stuff Many people have an ambition to write a novel; few have the determination to see it through. Here local authors tell lovemiddlesbrough what inspires them, how the book world works and how to break through writers’ block. We are sitting in Costa Coffee, the baristas are busy brewing, the patrons are chatting. Latte loosens the tongues and trying to catch up with friends over a snatched coffee break means the gossip is flowing fast and freely, as dark and varied as the array of brews on offer. There’s someone else hard at work, though you’d never guess it. This is where Roxie Cooper researches her novels.

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“I can’t write at home, too much temptation to turn on the telly or do other things. In a coffee shop you see the world go by. It gives an insight into people’s lives. You hear their conversations and it can just trigger something,” she says. “People would never dream their conversations are going to end up in a book so they speak freely. You need the peace and quiet of home to edit, but to actually write, you need some background noise.”

Roxie’s first book, The Law of Attraction, proved a summer sensation in 2017 receiving a 5s* review from heat magazine and elsewhere. Her second, The Day We Met, has just hit the bookshelves. Both are influenced by events in her life - some good, some bad - and also by the north east where she was brought up and is now delighted to have returned to. “I’m so pleased to be living back here. Everything just feels like home - the


accents and humour, the honesty, just hearing words like mam,” says Roxie. “I have a great sense of being home and part of a place. I visited Redcar for the first time in years and it felt like being a kid again, having a lemontop. “It is striking how Middlesbrough has developed. I went back to the Dickens Inn and I was just blown away at how Southfield Road has been transformed. I think it is fantastic.” Roxie was raised in a Housing Association property in Hemlington. She recalls with fondness regular trips to Hemlington Library and being captivated by Wuthering Heights; the teachers who inspired her at Hall Garth School and encouraged her to go to university where she gained a first in Classics. After University she spent time travelling, which included working as a dancer in a Greek nightclub and exploring Australia for a year, then returned to Britain and more study before qualifying as a criminal barrister. Being called to the bar realised a long-held ambition, but she became disillusioned with the profession where she was called “Barbie” and her


accent sniffed at. “Whatever I said or did I just didn’t look like a barrister. I wasn’t one of them,” she says. “Most at the bar come from extremely privileged backgrounds. I didn’t. I’m from a working class background. I began to think I was a bit of tokenism. “I had my first child in 2009 and the bar is not compatible with small children. You travel all over country and can be up until 2am, writing closing speeches. That balance didn’t work for me. “There is a lot of sexism in the legal world - women are expected to conform to a role and I never did. The attitude irritated me.” With her first child now at nursery, she applied for a couple of admin jobs but was told she was overqualified. She decided to write a novel reflective of the struggle she had faced in overcoming discrimination in the legal profession, fleshed out with the snippets of real-life stories she overheard in coffee shops. Roxie found digital media offered lots of useful information for aspiring writers and began following the tweets of established writers and joining supportive Facebook groups.

“There’s a good network out there; other authors have advice that will help you find shortcuts and avoid mistakes. It gives a good insight into who can be trusted,” she says. Roxie also contacted one of Britain’s most successful authors, Teessideborn Adele Parks. Adele’s novels have sold more than three million copies and been translated into 26 languages - but she still found time to reply to an email from Roxie. “She is highly inspiring, she writes boldly, a fantastic author. I knew she was from Teesside and thought if she can do it, I can as well. She went to the trouble of replying to my email and offered a few tips which I was thrilled with and thought was really kind. “I wouldn’t be published it if wasn’t for Twitter. You can follow other authors you like, pick up tips from them, that’s where I heard about the literary agent Sarah Manning.” Sarah agreed to take Roxie on after reading the first three chapters of what became The Law of Attraction, a fast-paced, laugh-out-loud romcom. Roxie has received many positive messages from readers since it was published.

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“They love the references to Roseberry Topping and the A19 and the fact it is set in the north east rather than cosy Cornwall.” She adopted a pen name for her books - Roxie came from Roxie Hart, a dancer in Chicago, whilst Cooper namechecks the agent in the cult TV show Twin Peaks. Roxie hopes one day the heroine of her debut novel, Amanda, will return for a sequel but for The Day We Met, she took a different turn. It’s an epic will they, won’t they? story with a twist about two people over ten years. “It’s very different to my first book, much more mature and emotionally complex,” says Roxie. Publishers Penguin stepped in and The Day We Met has just been released in print and as an ebook. Her advice for aspiring authors is simple… get it down in writing. “Do your research, then write the complete first draft before you think about editing. If you try to edit chapter by chapter, you’ll never get past chapter three, continually thinking it can be better.” Ambitions for the future are to progress as a writer and hopefully see her work turned into a film. Meanwhile, she continues to visit local coffee shops to research her next novel, listening intently to the telling of real-life stories. IC @toodletinkbaby Roxie will be signing copies of her new book at Waterstones Middlesbrough on Saturday March 16. See our What’s On section to find out about more local literary events...

COMPETITION! To win a signed copy of Roxie’s latest book please email by 5pm Friday March 29. Write “competition” in the subject field and tell us... Which part of Middlesbrough did Roxie grow up in? Include your name, address and a daytime telephone number. The winner will be notified by April 5 2019.

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Crime fiction is now the most popular fiction genre in the UK according to the latest industry data. We spoke to one author with local connections on how he broke through into the world of publishing. John Dean was for many years a reporter on The Northern Echo and then a freelance, covering Teesside and the north east, specialising in crime. His first novel was published in 2014. Now with the Book Folks of London, his 17th novel Death List has just come out. “I always wanted to tell stories and had written from a young age, banging out rubbishy novels on an old typewriter, learning my craft as I went. Gradually, and it took years, I had learned enough from my mistakes to create my first novel, A Flicker in the Night.” “The Book Folks sells my books primarily through Amazon and they are available on Kindle, in paperback and as audio books. I believe that there is plenty of space for all formats and Kindle is introducing a new generation of readers to books. “I think that having been a reporter specialising in crime has proved immensely useful to me as a writer. It means that you learn how investigators and criminals act and think, and I do often draw on my experiences to develop plots, either as inspiration for characters or for storylines.” It can take many years for an author to earn a living. Most need another job to pay the bills. John still works as a journalist and also branched out into running writing courses. “I have led courses for 16 years, driven by a desire to pass on what I have learned to aspiring writers,”

he says. “The courses, which can be also be taken online, take writers through the process of creating stories, combining creativity with the technical aspects of writing. “Writing can be a lonely pastime and my programmes help writers tackle some of the many challenges that it throws up. I focus on major issues, such as how a story holds together, what characters are doing or could be doing, what is hurting a story’s momentum and what story elements are not pulling their weight. I identify the differences between good and great writing and point out an author’s strengths and weaknesses so that they become more confident.” He advises would-be writers to go for it... and offers five golden rules 1: Consider the reader - do not write for yourself; always write for the reader. Think what they need to understand your story 2: Be disciplined - you may wish to pack lots of information in but does the reader really need it? 3: You may not have put enough information in - you can imagine where a scene is set but have you given the reader the information they need? You may think you have drawn a character but can your readers see them? 4: Be brutal - if you have overwritten, chop out the fat 5: Write something every day - it may not always be brilliant but at least you’ve done it


The bank that fights back against loan sharks A Community Bank will open in Middlesbrough this Spring providing a range of services to local people including those who can find themselves financially excluded and exploited. Fulfilling a pledge made by the Mayor, the bank will open in refurbished premises on Linthorpe Road offering current accounts, online banking and loans. The Community Bank will operate in a similar way to High Street banks but will also offer its services to those in financial hardship who might sometimes be turned away from a traditional bank and have to resort to loan sharks and unscrupulous payday loan companies. After a tendering process, the established north-east based Moneywise Credit Union has been commissioned to establish the bank. Moneywise has a track record of successfully delivering community banking services and reducing financial exclusion. The Council will benefit from the economies of scale from an established community bank, being able to benefit from existing governance and management structures as well as existing banking IT and infrastructure, which would otherwise require significant investment if starting from scratch.


Redcar and Cleveland Council will also establish a modern Community Bank in Redcar and has the same objectives regarding financial exclusion as Middlesbrough. Together the two councils successfully secured a joint grant funding bid from the Tees Valley Combined Authority for £465,000 to set up the banks and working together to establish two banks has also secured economies of scale benefits. For Middlesbrough’s Elected Mayor Dave Budd, the opening of the credit union marks the completion of a personal commitment. He said: “Loan sharks can have a devastating affect on hard pressed local communities and that’s why establishing a Community Bank to offer an alternative way was central to our ambition to build a fairer, safer, stronger Middlesbrough. “Working with Redcar and Cleveland has helped achieve significant benefits and I’m delighted we have secured the services of the experienced Moneywise Credit Union.”

Symon Agnew, Moneywise CEO, said: “Moneywise Credit Union are delighted to have been chosen to work with Middlesbrough Council and Redcar and Cleveland in delivering a sustainable credit union in each area delivering real alternatives to high cost lenders and offer alternatives to those people who cannot access high street banks and are financially excluded as well as everybody else who wishes to save and borrow. “We are open to all members of the community and as we are owned by our members we are an ethical source of lending for people needing to borrow money; our affordable loans and our services can be accessed through our website around the clock.”

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Investing in local futures

As the building boom continues apace in Middlesbrough, an innovative strategy is underway to ensure local residents and future generations benefit from the ongoing half billion pound investment. No-one who has visited Middlesbrough can have failed to notice the transformation that has taken place. In what is the city centre of the Tees Valley, new offices and hotels have appeared whilst a multitude of new shops, cafes, restaurants and bars have opened. Meanwhile, major developments at the Teesside Advanced Manufacturing Park, Middlehaven and Boho keep pace with industry’s demand for cutting edge technology. Now is the time to ensure the people of Middlesbrough are best placed to reap the benefit of this investment, the jobs, skills and training benefits they offer. The social regeneration agenda, Empower Middlesbrough, has at its heart a partnership between council, communities and other stakeholders to shape the future of the town together.

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This agenda has six clearly defined outcomes which are:

• increasing employment levels; • increasing educational attainment (including skills and vocational); • improving health and wellbeing; • improving the physical environment; • improving community life; and, • improving perceptions and raising aspirations.

Director of Regeneration Richard Horniman (below) says the council will use a fundamentally different approach to engage with local communities. “The physical regeneration of the area is progressing at pace, but it is essential that local people benefit from the economic growth that this is creating,” he says. “It is therefore critical that the council and other agencies work together to ensure that everyone is able to get involved. That is what is meant by social regeneration - empowering all people to play their part in Middlesbrough’s future.” Social regeneration is not simply about preparing people for work. It is about local residents having control over their lives, feeling part of their community, proud of where they live, and able to determine their own future.


Middlesbrough Council spends around £87 million, about 65%, of its budget each year directly on services that can be classed as contributing to social regeneration and this will be replicated across many other organisations. Despite this investment, levels of inequality persist, social issues still affect many people’s lives, and individuals, families and communities still face long-standing challenges that prevent inclusive social mobility. “Ensuring that the investment

going into communities is effective in addressing these challenges, and reverses long-term trends will require a different approach, built on the engagement and participation of the communities themselves,” said Mr Horniman. The strategy was drawn up following an extensive consultation project which engaged 1,800 people from the voluntary sector and a further 2,000 residents. This provided a solid base to work from and consultation will continue to ensure residents have an ongoing

opportunity to shape future plans. Key issues arising from the consultation so far are:

• barriers to employment; • poverty and debt issues; • retaining more public expenditure locally; • ‘more relevant’ school provision; • loneliness and isolation affecting health and wellbeing; • litter and empty houses; • not feeling safe after dark – particularly in north and east Middlesbrough; • community integration; • increasing need for volunteering; and, • low aspiration. The new approach reflects the principles of joint working, co-design and ongoing engagement rather than a paternalistic approach. It puts aside the notion that the public sector “always knows best” and encourages the public to come forward with possible solutions to challenges faced by local communities. Whilst there are individuals within all communities across town who are experiencing challenges, the concentration is higher in certain areas.


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The plans will impact across the town with specific elements targeted at communities within the wards: Berwick Hills and Pallister; Brambles and Thorntree; Central; North Ormesby; Hemlington and Newport. It is clearly in these communities that the greatest potential for improved outcomes exists. It is also important however to recognise individuals within other communities also experience specific challenges. Taking a targeted geographical approach is not proposed at the exclusion of town-wide activities, or work that could be undertaken to support people in difficult

circumstances regardless of the communities they live in. Although the immediate benefits of taking a targeted approach would be felt first in the communities identified, the reduction in demand on public services and overall improvement in social mobility would clearly benefit the town as a whole. A number of commitments have now been identified in order to achieve each of the six outcomes identified earlier. These include new procurement methods to ensure more public money is spent locally and interview guarantees to increase the job and apprenticeship chances of those in the poorest communities.

Partnership working and innovative thinking will make the best of the resources available to boost health, aspirations, community life and the physical environment. The council recognises that community involvement is crucial to regeneration success and a Community Action Fund of £1.3m has been proposed to support this with grants of up to £5,000 per project. “Individuals and groups active in communities are aware of the issues their communities face, and how they could potentially be addressed,” said Mr Horniman. “The Community Action Fund could unlock some of these ideas, test them and look at how they could be scaled up across wider areas.”

The full report on social regeneration, including details of how individuals or communities can apply for grants, can be found by visiting searching for the Executive Meeting on Jan 22 2019 and downloading Report 18/58 Social Regeneration.

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Let the world know about #BrilliantlyBoro Father and son team Wayne and Jack Hemingway (below) have spent the past year getting to know the people of Middlesbrough as part of their work to create a place brand for the town. The aim is to spread the word about the many good things going on in Middlesbrough and to ensure that in future the town’s reputation is based on hard evidence and experience rather than dated stereotype. Hemingway Design communicated with around 800 local people as part of their research and were moved by the response. “Of all places we have ever worked at, we have never had such a response from people so proud about life in their town and the people of their town. Many did feel there was a misrepresentation by media outside the region and people felt aggrieved at that,” says Wayne Wayne has visited Middlesbrough many times in the past as part of his work with the Festival of Thrift and to talk to students at the local college and also to watch his beloved

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Blackburn Rovers. For Jack, it’s the first time he has visited the town. “My understanding was based on things I had read in the media. Much of which I discovered was unfounded,” said Jack. “There was so much positivity, so much energy and good things

happening in the town. Creating a place brand is about exploding myths, enabling people to get genuine information about Middlesbrough which is based on personal experience. That might be through a hashtag or social media, it might be through the work of partner organisations like the Council, AV Dawson or the University.” Wayne has a stellar career in design. Back in the 70s he and partner Gerardine famously founded the Red or Dead business after discovering the popularity of retro clothing on market stalls in London. As the business grew rapidly he became familiar to millions as a regular guest on the Big Breakfast Show, passing on street wise advice about everything fashion and design wise to presenters Johnny Vaughan, Paula Yates and Denise Van Outen.


In a literally rags to riches story, the Hemingways became millionaires when they sold their label. Others may have been tempted into very early retirement and a life of luxury but Wayne, who hails from an impoverished Northern background, chose graft instead, working alongside eldest son Jack at Hemingway Design. “We tend to work on the philosophy that designers are about improving things that matter in life. I like to work in places that have had rough justice, that are hidden gems. I do not like the fact that big cities get all of the nice things. “We are always on the side of the underdog, I think that comes with being a Blackburn Rovers fan” says Wayne (above). As Jack explained, digital media now offers a chance to counter misrepresentation in the print media and at the forefront of that will be the #BrilliantlyBoro campaign. “It is a different way of communicating. If people start seeing more positivity shared on social media a new conversation begins. It can give a platform to share so much more about what makes up the lifestyle and culture of the town. “#BrilliantlyBoro is an opportunity for everyone connected with the town, residents, business students to share personal experience about what makes middlesbrough brilliant so when people search online or on


instagram they can see these human stories that aren’t covered elsewhere. “People haven’t had a platform they can use and that really is the most important thing about the place brand. “There is something happening in Middlesbrough that people can be really proud of and it is time to tell that story. We haven’t seen this level of excitement elsewhere.” Research included two engagement days at mima and at the regular Orange Pip market that champions independent traders in the town centre’s Baker and Bedford Street. “Both events were amazing, the number of people, the diversity and vibrancy of people during the day, many with families and then the switchover to evening as people were arriving in their party outfits for a night on the town” says Jack. “Creating a place brand is much more than just graphic design work. It is identifying the DNA of a place. “There is a real entrepreneurial spirit within the DNA of this town which goes all the way back to its founding, there is a fearless streak, whether that is graduates who stay in the town and set up a digital company, or steelworkers using redundancy money to set up a restaurant. “That’s where the place brand identity arose from: Can do people, can do place.” Reflecting on the research, Wayne

says: “Many felt there is an unfair jaundiced view of the town that has been perpetuated in certain aspects of the national media and unfortunately mud sticks. “No place is perfect, it’s not about ignoring the difficult challenges a town faces but about also giving the positive story, the good things going on there to be shared and spoken about.” The Hemingways found that Middlesbrough life is classed beyond council boundaries. “That’s the thing that struck me, people don’t exist within artificial boundaries, the coastline and North Yorks Moors merges with what is effectively a vibrant city. It is all part of what makes living here so great and having experienced a little bit of that I can see why” said Jack. Wayne believes there are many aspects to the place brand campaign but there are two that stand out. “It allows people to express their pride in where they are from, where they work, where they study and something about the people of the town. “Secondly it should be something that is good for business, attracts inward investment makes people who are there feel good about the place. It should help the visitor economy and should embody the spirit of the town. “The strength of Middlesbrough is

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that it already has so much in place. Whilst Orange Pip (above) may seem small in the scale of the whole town, the seeds of independence and what that stands for and the spirit that that gives to a place is vital; we can’t think of many towns or cities of Middlesbrough’s size that have that and that is just the starter. “Mima is a nationally significant cultural asset. So many towns, including Blackburn the town I am from, would give their right arm to have assets like that. “When you live in a place it’s easy to forget about and also not understand that you have amazing things that other places don’t have, including access to inspiration beaches and countryside. Middlesbrough has a lot more going for it than I think the outside world gives it credit for.” Wayne is clear, if towns and cities do not promote themselves they risk falling behind. “Towns and cities are in competition in the same way a trainer brand is in competition with another trainer brand. Middlesbrough is in competition for visitors, for inward investment, for talented young people. “You have to market yourself, think like a brand and invest in saying things about yourself. Many towns would love to steal the thunder from Middlesbrough and the people who study here. The lifeblood of any place is its people, attracting and retaining them and you don’t do that by sitting on your backside.” And as Wayne explains, a place brand aims to encompass all generations. “To be proud of where you come from, what your town is achieving, these things are for any age. It’s future facing but that doesn’t mean you get

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put out to grass at 50 or 60, at that age you are just as capable of setting up a business.” The Hemingways are well aware from previous campaigns that when you mention culture, branding and spending council money there will be critics. “You get that because people sometimes have never been shown the bigger picture and wouldn’t know what marketing and brands are about. Some are just not open to being shown the benefits of it,” said Wayne. “The fact is that art and culture are the second biggest driver of the economy in the country and that is a fact. It is the second biggest employer, balance of payments contributor, creator of wealth and mima is a nationally significant example of that and it’s here. “That’s just the financial side of culture, the other side is what art and culture does for the soul and health I will argue with anybody that this is important and positive, put them in front of me and I will win that argument. “There is no regeneration anywhere in the world that has had success with regards to quality of life that

doesn’t have a strong cultural element to it, it just doesn’t exist. “By quality of life we include health and good pay and countryside and leisure faculties, all the things that you need. I’d challenge anyone to show me an example of a place that is successful and doesn’t have culture at its heart; there is nowhere.” As Jack outlines, the timing couldn’t be better for Middlesbrough to start spreading the word. “At the moment a number of cities are becoming expensive places to live for the demographics any place would want, especially in the digital creative field, we are finding that with Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle to an extent and London in a big way. “A generation of people are looking to find interesting places to establish their lives, families and businesses and Middlesbrough can offer that. “The average salary might be slightly less than the national average wage rate but the cost of living and of housing and transport is way, way less. That combination of low cost of living, with cultural and outdoor assets all contributes to a happy workforce. It is all part of the place brand and makes it very attractive to young people and great for business - provided they know about it.” Wayne adds: “This isn’t just rhetoric. Creative and digital is now the number one sector for wealth and job creation and when you look at the number of successful start ups in that sector Middlesbrough is thriving, better than anywhere else regionally.” Further details about the #BrilliantlyBoro campaign will be releasedthrough the council’s social media outlets. To find out more or to get involved you can contact us via


Middlesbrough decides! On Thursday May 2 2019 elections will be taking place across Middlesbrough. You can vote for your new Mayor, local councillors and in some areas parish councillors. If you haven’t already registered to vote now is the time to do so.

Wards Middlesbrough has a total of 20 wards with 46 elected councillors. There are also two parish wards with 18 councillors in total. The map and chart below show the number of councillors being elected within each ward.

Central North Ormesby


Brambles & Thorntree Park Linthorpe

Berwick Hills & Pallister Longlands & Beechwood

Maps of all the wards can be found at

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Ladgate Trimdon

Marton East


Stainton & Thornton

Hemlington Coulby Newham

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No of Councillors to be elected

Acklam 2 Ayresome 2 Berwick Hills and Pallister 3 Brambles and Thorntree 3 Central 3 Coulby Newham 3 Hemlington 2 Kader 2 Ladgate 2 Linthorpe 2 Longlands and Beechwood 3 Marton East 2 Marton West 2 Newport 3 North Ormesby 1 Nunthorpe 2 Park 3 Park End and Beckfield 3 Stainton and Thornton 1 Trimdon 2


No of Councillors to be elected

Nunthorpe 11 Stainton and Thornton 7

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In order to vote, you must be registered. To vote on May 2 you need to have registered by Friday April 12. Registration is straightforward:

• To register online, go to • To register with a paper application see the contact information below. For all enquiries or for support with applications you can contact the Electoral Services Team via:

Phone: 01642 729771 Email: or Write to: Electoral Services, Middlesbrough Council, PO Box 503, Town Hall, Middlesbrough, TS1 9FX

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If you need extra application forms please contact us. If you are not yet registered you can register as above and select the option to vote by post.

Have you ever considered standing as a councillor? The council will provide briefing sessions for candidates, agents and people considering standing as a candidate in the run up to the election. The Chief Executive Tony Parkinson, who is also the Council’s Returning Officer, will be holding a briefing session for all prospective candidates and their agents to discuss what being an elected member involves and explain election processes. The session will be held in the Council Chamber at Middlesbrough Town Hall on Friday March 8. An overview will also be given by the Elections team on the nomination process and election timetable.

Following the close of nominations further briefings will be held for candidates and agents who have submitted their nomination to stand for election. The local and parish council election candidate briefings will be held 2-4pm on Thursday April 4 in the Town Hall and will cover postal voting, election day, the verification and the Count and what happens after the election. The Mayoral election candidate briefing will be held 11am-1pm on Friday April 5 at the Old Fire Station, Town Hall. It will cover the same as the local elections and candidate briefings, as well as including a meet and greet with Council Directors.

If you are interested in representing your community why not come along. The closing date for nominations to stand for election is 4pm on Wednesday April 3.

Information for candidates and agents is also available on the Electoral Commission website –

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Family friendly exercise classes Push and Go exercise classes allow new mums to bring their babies and toddlers along in prams or pushchairs and enjoy the benefits of fresh air, exercise and the chance to meet others. Kerry Cassidy heard about the classes through her local sports centre’s Facebook page. She went along with three-month-old Leo with the aim of toning up for a relative’s wedding. Kerry, from North Ormesby, attended the first session with very little confidence and knowledge around physical activity but after the first session she felt relaxed and confident that she would be coming back. “I wanted to get out and do

something and the classes were ideal because I could take Leo with me,” said admin. manager Kerry. “I’d recommend them to anyone, I lost two and a half stone, gained a lot of confidence and made some good friends who I now see regularly.” Push and Go and other pre and post natal sessions take place at the Middlesbrough Sports Village and local Sports Centres during winter and then move outdoors to Stewart

Park in the spring. Leo is now 15 months old and Kerry (above) has returned to work but continues with the sessions twice a week. For more information on all of the pre and post-natal classes call The Health Development Team on 01642 728242, email or visit the Facebook site of your local sports centre.


National tennis finals come to town In what is a major boost to Middlesbrough’s growing sporting reputation, the finals of the National Premier League for Tennis are to be held at local venues. The competition features over 100 teams from across the country competing in regional leagues to qualify for the national finals. This year the finals will be hosted by Tennis World Middlesbrough and David Lloyd Thornaby. The prestigious event, which in the past has featured Wimbledon champions, runs from Thursday April 25 through to men’s and women’s final on Sunday April 28. The event will also engage local schools in activity at Middlesbrough’s Tennis World, which is based at the

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town’s Sports Village complex. This is in addition to the community tennis offer delivered in partnership with Middlesbrough Council, which offers free tennis sessions at Albert Park. Tennis World has recently undergone a £400,000 investment and features

three floodlit artificial turf outdoor courts, four indoor courts and an inviting clubhouse function room. To purchase tickets for the National Premier League for Tennis Finals between April 25 – 28, or the launch event dinner at Yarm School on Wednesday April 24, please contact Event Director Mike Dixon or For more information about playing tennis in Middlesbrough and accessing the free coaching at Albert Park, please contact Kelvin Hutton


Working for Middlesbrough Impact Drama Group Reducing social isolation amongst people with special educational needs, building a strong and connected community.

Building on success Following a competitive capital bid process, public health south tees have secured £800,000 of capital funding to redevelop the 5th and 6th floor of Dundas House. This marks an exciting new phase of the award winning Live Well Centre development, prompting new opportunities to expand the existing offer of preventative support in the heart of Middlesbrough. The development comes at the cusp of improved working between key services such as, employment and health. Vanessa Kelly, from Groundwork North East and Cumbria, said: “The Live Well Centre is a successful example of effective partnership working for the benefit of local residents most in need” and it is with this in mind that the expansion phase will focus on building further integration between health and services that enable and empower people to lead healthier and happier lives, including employment, education, housing, welfare and social connectedness. Lisa Jones (pictured) from the Public Health team noted that “The most unexpected benefit from the Live Well Centre so far has been the unearthing of some fantastic local services that make a massive contribution to the health of the local population without any local authority or NHS funding.

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“We need to start learning from these providers and reciprocate that learning by creating a collaborative environment for these services to enable them to grow diversify and integrate better with the wider system.” Richard Wilson, Senior Associate Partner at Middlesbrough-based Dodds Brown, secured the new lease on behalf of Dundas House and Shopping Centre landlord Contract Experts Limited. He says:

“This is an important letting for both Middlesbrough Council and Dundas House and Shopping Centre. New users of the centre will further boost the weekly footfall in the shopping centre which already exceeds 70,000 per week, as well as attracting other wellbeing related organisations to take space in Dundas House and see more people based in The Live Well Centre using the shops and market units in Dundas Shopping Centre. Proposed plans include a meditation suite and floor dedicated to support social regeneration projects within the town.

The refurbishment work will start this spring and is expected to be completed by summer 2019.


£588million Tees Valley Investment Plan Approved An investment plan that lays out the priorities for over half a billion pounds of funding to transform Tees Valley over the next ten years has been approved at a meeting of the Combined Authority Cabinet. The plan includes a number of funding decisions worth a total of £588million across areas including transport, education, employment and skills, culture and tourism, business growth, innovation and place - investing in our towns and communities. As part of the Investment Plan 2019-2029, up to £20million has been earmarked for a strategic project to support the next generation of Middlesbrough’s flagship Boho Zone, which is home to some of the region’s biggest digital businesses. The town is also set to receive £10million over five years from a £50million Indigenous Growth Programme, to help make the town centre, and its surrounding communities, a vibrant place to invest, work, live and visit. Investment in the regeneration of Middlesbrough’s train station is included in the plan, along with a number of other transport projects such as an upgrade of the line from Northallerton to Middlesbrough and Teesport, and a new Tees road crossing. Funds have also been @TeesValleyCA

earmarked for the Northern School of Art Middlesbrough relocation. Also agreed in the plan was funding to support a deal to buy Durham Tees Valley Airport and 819 acres of surrounding land from current owner Peel. The deal will bring the airport back into public ownership, securing its future, and an experienced operator will take on the day-to-day running of the airport. The plan also includes a major deal to acquire more than half of all developable land at the South Tees Development Corporation site. The Investment Plan aims to create 16,875 jobs and add an additional £1.48billion economic output to the region. The document builds on the original Combined Authority Investment Plan, published in March 2017, and outlines new proposals on how to prioritise spending from 2019 to 2029, following a prioritisation project by the Local Authorities and Combined Authority.

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Theatre Days out Music Exhibitions

Family fun Art History

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Town Hall celebrates 130 years in style January 25 heralded the start of a weekend of birthday celebrations at Middlesbrough Town Hall. Hundreds of volunteers lined Albert Road in a modern recreation of the original opening ceremony image by photographer Charles Twist, who used a 19th century lens to capture the scene. Middlesbrough Town Hall, now an impressive 130 years old, gave crowds a warm welcome with the official unveiling of the ‘Club Together’ exhibition by Julian Germain, who has captured the heart of Middlesbrough through his photography of various community groups in the area, from roller derby to scrabble and rugby to community choirs. Many of the groups joined the celebration, including special performances from Breckon Hill’s Community Centre Fencing Club and Muir Irish Dance School. Event-goers also enjoyed specially crafted birthday cakes and refreshments whilst watching a DJ set by Maximo Park frontman, Paul Smith. Saturday evening saw Paul return to the stage for an intimate gig with a string quartet, with a set inspired by music performed in the Town Hall over the past 130 years, as well

as some of Maximo Park’s greatest hits and Paul’s solo work. On Friday and Saturday evenings, award-winning digital artist Seb Lee Delisle brought his interactive laser light synth display to Centre Square. Participants played the synths and watched the outside of the Town Hall light up in colour, which was loved by children and many families. The Town Hall’s birthday event truly celebrated its role as the heart of the community, marking 130 years of bringing authentic experiences to the people of Middlesbrough and generating excitement of what the venue will offer in the 130 years to come!

02 | Big Mouth Comedy Club £10/£13 05 | Collabro £19.50 07 | Chamber Series - £12 Russian Connection 08 | Sleaford Mods £20 14 | Flanders Symphony Orchestra £16 15 | Snake Davis £13.50 16 | Peter Firman: Marvels £16 17 | Cleveland Philarmonic Orchestra £12 19 | Thunder & Rain The Courtroom Sessions £12 21 | Shakin’ Stevens £35 22 | Paul Carrack £34.50 31 | REG VARDY Band £11

April 05 | Martin Stephenson £12.50 05 | Patrick Monahan £14 06 | Big Mouth Comedy Club £10/13 07 | RHOD Gilbert £27.50 13 | Lullaby Sonic Cradle £8.50/£10.50 25 | Russell Kane £20 26 | GoodGreef Classical £39.50

May 6 | Ub40 ‘for the many’ £37.50 13 | Russian Philharmonic £16 16 | An Evening with Peter Case £12 & Sid Griffin 18 | Jools Holland £42 24 | Fast Love - George Michael £27 Additional booking fee may apply.

For more info & tickets visit Box Office 01642 729 729


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Safari A really wild exhibition featuring some of natures’ most magnificent beasts! Travel from the Serengeti to the jungle and explore amazing animals big and small. From beetles to buffalo, and lions to giraffes, Safari will take you on an unforgettable journey of animal discovery.

Coming soon - opening 24 July Open Tuesday - Sunday • 10.30am - 3.30pm Exhibition charges will apply

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We’re delighted to introduce you to Laura Steven who will be at Central Library in March as part of the Read Regional festival. Hailing from the northernmost town in England, Berwick-UponTweed, Laura tells us about the inspiration behind her book The Exact Opposite of Okay, her love of rude jokes and offers invaluable advice for aspiring Middlesbrough writers. Tell us about your book and the inspiration behind it… The Exact Opposite of Okay is about an aspiring comedian whose world implodes when dirty pictures involving her, a politician’s son and a garden bench emerge online. Plus I really wanted to tell a lot of rude jokes! Your advice to aspiring Middlesbrough writers… Use your northernness to your advantage! Let it pervade your work and your characters, because it makes for compelling reading. Also check out organisations like New Writing North, who do tons to help northern writers.

What are you most excited about for Spring 2019? I have three books coming out! The sequel to The Exact Opposite of Okay A Girl Called Shameless (released March 7), the North American release in June and a new middle-grade series in May. I'm also extremely excited for the return of daylight. Remember daylight..? Tell us why everyone should read The Exact Opposite of Okay… Whether you're a teenager who's frustrated with the world (who likes rude jokes), or you're a parent, auntie or uncle who's struggling to connect with younger people (and likes rude jokes), this is the book for you.

If you’ve liked what you’ve read so far, come and meet Laura for yourself...

Read Regional Meet the Author events Laura Steven

Saturday March 23 • 2pm • £3 Middlesbrough Central Library

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World Book Night Celebration • £3 Acklam Community Hub & Library Tuesday April 23 • 7pm

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Thursday May 9 • 7pm • £3 Marton Community Hub & Library Call 01642 729002 to book. Find out more about Read Regional:

Avoid Exploring with Captain Cook! 250 years since Captain Cook landed in Tahiti and New Zealand, the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum is opening up Cook’s story for young learners and their families. The museum launch their 2019 season on April 2, in time for the Easter break, with a family-friendly exhibition featuring images from the popular children’s book “You wouldn’t want to explore with Captain Cook.” Filled with

interactive activities to demonstrate the experiences on Cook’s voyage, visitors can discover more about life on board a ship, the food they ate, dress up as an able seaman, experience the smells of life below decks and even try sewing a sailor into his hammock! The launch also features the Historical Maritime Society who, dressed as characters from the book, will perform live demonstrations and a variety of hands -on activities throughout the galleries to show visitors the ropes.



As always the museum also offers a full programme of events and activities for people of all ages, including a variety of storytelling, crafts and talks for families and lifelong learners - so get on board and come and explore this spring!

Captain Cook Birthplace Museum Stewart Park, Middlesbrough Tuesday April 2 - Thursday October 31 £4 adults / conc. £2.50 / Explorer family season pass £10 For exhibitions and events information call 01642 311211 or visit us online:

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Ahoy there! Jump aboard at Middlesbrough Theatre for a brand new version of Treasure Island! Starring a host of stars from children’s television, this fun-filled show is perfect for all the family. It’s packed full of laughs, big songs and a swashbuckling story that will make you want to run to your very own island and find the buried treasure!

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Feeling inspired by the story, we spoke to Middlesbrough Theatre Box Office Assistant David Fallais, and asked him to tell us...

Which five items would you take to a treasure island?

1. “My first item is my German Shepherd, Dixie!” 2. “Next up is my vinyl collection of 1980s music…” 3. “…which of course means I need a record player. I opted for a wind-up one.” (good thinking as there’s no power on a treasure island!) 4. “I can’t live without delicious hot chocolate!” 5. “For survival tips, i’ll need to pack a couple of Bear Gryll’s books - ‘A Survival Guide for Life’ and ‘How To Stay Alive.’“

Don’t miss this fantastic family spectacular - tickets are available now!

Treasure Island Thursday May 30 • 1.30pm & 4.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre Tickets £12.50 / Children £10.50 / Family ticket £42 Starring Callum Donnelly (CBeebies Spotbot and Justin’s House), Eleanor Snowden (Nickelodeon) and JezO (CBBC’s The Slammer). Book now: 01642 81 51 81 or

What do you think of David’s five choices what would you take?

Fifties Films, Frocks and Frills The Dorman Museum’s latest exhibition gives a wonderful insight into life in Middlesrough in 1950s which was an era influenced by the glamour and fashion seen in Hollywood’s latest releases. Using objects from the museum collections, this exhibition also highlights different aspects of life in the decade that saw an end to austerity and rationing and the images beautifully

capture the cinemas’ original foyer and window displays. There is even a chance to dress up and create your own fifties style Western.

Dorman Museum Linthorpe Rd, Middlesbrough Until Sunday May 12 10.30am -3.30pm, closed Mondays Free entry For exhibitions and events information call 01642 813781 or visit us online:

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ON March Thank You for the Music Sun March 3 • 6.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £15/conc. £13/family ticket £52 An evening of dance celebrating everyone’s favourite - Mamma Mia!

The Odyssey Fri March 15 • 7:30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £15.50 The Pantaloons take on the most epic journey of all time

The Bowie Experience Yamato The Drummers of Japan Wed March 6 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £24.50

Sat March 16 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £22.50/under 14s £10.50 Put on your red shoes and let’s dance!

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Hartlepool Music Weekender

Sat March 23 • 2pm The Corporation Club, Hartlepool £8

Islands in the Stream Thur March 7 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £24.50/conc. £23.50

Celebrating the Queen and King of Country - Dolly and Kenny!

Sounds of the Glenn Miller Era Sat March 9 • 7:30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £22.50

Adventure, romance, comedy and brilliant deductions!

Mother’s Day Gifts

Sat 6 & Sun Apr 7 Captain Cook Birthplace Museum 10.30am - 3pm

April Steel Stories Thur April 4 2019 - April 2020 Kirkleatham Museum Museum opening hours FREE exhibition

Events to celebrate the museum’s new season - visit the Avoid Exploring exhibition and more!

Storyteller Tue 9 & Tue April 16 11-11.30am & 1-1.30pm Dorman Museum Free • no organised groups Join our storyteller for egg-citing Easter themed stories

Learning the Ropes

Giovanni Pernice Dance is Life (with Luba Mushtuk)

Tue 9 & Thur April 11 10.30am-3pm Captain Cook Birthplace Museum £1

Tue March 26 • 8pm Middlesbrough Theatre £30.50/conc. £28.50

Rope and string family craft activity

Back and ready to raise the temperature once again!

Just Like That

Sewing the Sixties Dad’s Army Radio Show Wed March 27 • 7:30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £16

Two actors play 25 characters in a brilliant staging of classic radio


Museum re-opening events

The UK’s #1 Tommy Cooper show!

Call 01642 729002 to book

Starring Kerry Katona and Basil Brush! Bring all the family along for some Easter panto fun!

Get crafty making a special gift for your mother

Thur April 4 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £15.50

Run up a fab little mini-dress on your Singer sewing machine for a Saturday night on the town!

Sat April 6 • 3pm & 7pm Middlesbrough Theatre £17.50/children £15.50/ family £60

The Big Band is poised for an unmissable evening of music and song

Mon March 11 • 7-9pm Central Library £8

Beauty and Beast Easter Panto

Sat March 30 • 11am-3pm Dorman Museum £1 event/steel-stories

Oh! Carol - the Musical Story of Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield

Packed full of hits made famous by Neil Sedaka

Fri 29 & Sat March 30 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £18 (recommended for 11+)

Interactive exhibition celebrating our steel and industrial heritage

Fri March 8 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £21.50

Sherlock Holmes The Sign of Four

Impressions: Barbara Renton Wood Tue April 9 - Sun June 30 Dorman Museum Exhibition of local impressionist style artist

Thank ABBA for the Music

Easter Crafts

Fri April 5 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £23 Grab your platforms and flares for a journey back in time

Wed 10, Fri 12 & Wed April 17 1-3pm Dorman Museum £1 • no organised groups Different Easter-themed crafts for kids each session

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The Trials of Oscar Wilde

Darlington Jazz Festival


Sat April 20 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £15.50

Fri 3 - Sun May 5 Darlington Town Centre FREE event

Dramatization of Wilde’s libel and criminal trials, written by his grandson Merlin Holland

Hit after hit from this blockbuster tribute show

Tue 14 - Sat May 18 • 7.15pm (Sat: 1.15pm & 6.15pm) Middlesbrough Theatre £16.50/matinée £15.50/ conc. £12.50/first night £15.50

Sat May 4 • 10am-4pm Stockton High Street FREE event

Thur April 11 • 7:30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £21.50

Voyage Around the World with Captain Cook using Google Expeditions

Classic, vintage and racing cars

Memory Lane

Fri April 12 • 10.30am-3pm Captain Cook Birthplace Museum Using virtual reality headsets to bring the places visited by Captain Cook and his crew to life

Young curators day

Wed April 24 • 11.30am/1.30pm/5pm Middlesbrough Theatre £7/children £5.50

Cosi Fan Tutte

Fri April 26 • 7:30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £15.50 Revisiting the lives, loves and laughs of the regulars from last year’s Two

Sing-a-long-a: The Greatest Showman

Thur May 9 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £20/students & under 18 £11 Swansea City Opera return with Mozart’s popular comic opera

The Hound of the Baskervilles Fri May 10 • 7:30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £15.50 The hit farce where two fearless actors play every role!

Sat April 27 • 2pm & 7pm Middlesbrough Theatre £16.50/under 16 £12.50 (recommended age 5+)


Sat May 25 • 11am-3pm Dorman Museum £1 per child • no organised groups Could you be a curator? Complete the tasks and win a badge!

Storyteller Tue May 28 11-11.30am & 1-1.30pm Dorman Museum £1 per child • no organised groups Animal themed stories in the gallery

Unlocking the Secret Code Tue May 28 & Thurs May 30 10.30am-3.30pm Captain Cook Birthplace Museum


The Amazing Adventures of Pinocchio Sat May 11 • 1.30pm & 4.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £12.50/children £11.50/ family ticket £42

Izzy whizzy let’s get busy! Brand new laugh out loud magic show from Sooty and friends!

Make a code wheel and break Captain Cook’s secret code!

Sat April 13 • 11am & 2.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £12.50/children £11.50/ family ticket £42

Thur May 23 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £15.50

The ultimate feel-good show!

Fancy dress encouraged, audience participation required!

The Sooty Show

My Dog’s Got No Nose

Puss in Boots


The coolest sounds in funky acid jazz - not to be missed!

One bed, one table, one man, one secret, one amazing show!

Fri April 12 • 8pm Middlesbrough Theatre £22.50

Presented by Teesside Musical Theatre Company

Wed May 8 • 2.30pm & 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £15/matinée £12.50

Purr-fect family treat with this child-friendly performance from Northern Ballet

James Taylor Quartet

Supercar Saturday

High energy family musical

Fri May 31 • 7:30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £20/conc. £19/under 16 £14 Discover classical ballet with Vienna Festival Ballet

Stories From Around the World Wed May 29 • 12.30-3pm Captain Cook Birthplace Museum

Easter Eggsplorers

Cook in Tahiti

Stories inspired by Cook’s voyages

Sat May 11 Captain Cook Birthplace Museum

Animal craft activities

Tue April 16 • 10.30am-3pm Thur April 18 • 1pm-3pm Captain Cook Birthplace Museum Blow and decorate an egg with an explorer theme

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Tinned Goods Wed 1 - Sat May 4 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £11.50/conc. £10.50 Politics, pickets and principles, directed by Wendie Middleton

Lecture exploring Cook’s first voyage, with Phil Philo

Wed 29 & Fri May 31 11am-3pm Dorman Museum £1 per child • no organised groups


Ward Surgeries Mayor

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland

Tees Valley Elected Mayor

Dave Budd (Lab)

Ben Houchen (Con)

Barry Coppinger

01642 524401 or Cavendish House, Teesdale Business Park, Stockton-on-Tees. TS17 6QY 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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Middlesbrough Andy McDonald MP (Lab) 01642 246574 or Unit 4, Broadcasting House, Newport Road, Middlesbrough. TS1 5JA March 15, April 26, May 10 • 4pm - 6pm Please call to make an appointment

Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland Simon Clarke MP (Con)

01287 204709 or South Tees Conservatives, 11 Rectory Lane Guisborough. TS14 7DJ 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:

Monday March 4, 7pm • Friday March 15, 4pm Council Chamber, Town Hall, Middlesbrough. These meetings are open to the public and are also available online

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Councillor Shamal Biswas (Lab) 01642 827270 or

Councillor Sheila Dean (Lab) 01642 913625 or Newham Bridge Primary School March 11, 25 • 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


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.

Councillor Mick Thompson (Lab)

Councillor Janet Thompson (Lab)

01642 288883 or The Neptune Centre, Ormesby Road March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20, 17 10am - 11am

01642 288883 or Thorntree Community Hub March 2, 16, April 6, 20 10am - 11am

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Councillor Terence Lawton (Ind)

Councillor Linda Lewis (Lab)*

01642 288769 or Pallister Court Community Centre, Brambles Farm March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27 10.30am - 11.30am The Thorntree Public House March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25 12.30pm - 1.30pm

01642 646652 or

Councillor Geraldine Purvis (Lab) 01642 291472 or Thorntree Community Hub March 14, 28, April 11, 25 12pm - 1pm Home Start Shop, Marshall Avenue March 12, April 9 • 10am - 11am

Councillor Matthew Storey (Lab)* 07793 274203 or

Councillor Zafar Uddin (Lab)* 01642 820613 or St. Aidan’s Meeting Rm, Grange Rd West March 2 • 10am - 11am Breckon Hill Community Centre April 6 • 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 March 11, 25, April 8 6.30pm - 7.30pm Councillor Jon Rathmell (MICA)* 07929 661771 or

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Councillor Frances McIntyre (Lab) 01642 290397 or Councillor Julia Rostron (Lab) 01642 812824 or Councillor Margaret Walters (Lab) 01642 822682 or Linthorpe Community Centre March 12, 26, April 9, 23 6.30pm - 7.30pm

Hemlington Councillor Jeanette Walker (Lab)* 01642 276732 or Councillor Nicky Walker (Lab)* 01642 591473 or Hemlington Library March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25 5pm

Kader Councillor Ron Arundale (Con) 01642 288504 or 121 Ruskin Avenue, Acklam March 5, 19, April 2, 16 6pm - 7pm Councillor Jordan Blyth (Lab)* 07818 857783 or

Ladgate Councillor Mike Carr (Lab) 01642 590111 or Councillor June Goodchild (Lab) 01642 323591 or Easterside Hub March 2, 16, April 6, 20 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 March 12, 26, April 9, 23 6.30pm - 7.30pm Please note that this information is correct at the time of going to press and may be subject to change. You can also visit

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Councillor Dorothy Davison (Ind) 01642 275489 or Councillor Tom Mawston (Ind) 01642 274054 or Marton Community Centre (please call to make an appointment) March 5, April 2 • 9am - 10am March 28, April 25 • 5pm - 6pm Marton Library, The Willows March 9, April 13 • 11am - 12pm

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

Newport Councillor Bob Brady (Lab)* 01642 311785 or Councillor Tracy Harvey (Lab)* 01642 279913 or cllrtracy_harvey@ Councillor Alma Hellaoui (Lab)* 07980 921071 or Streets Ahead for Information, Parliament Road March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25 10am - 11am March 5, 13, 19, 27, April 2, 10, 16, 30 2pm - 3pm

North Ormesby Councillor Lewis Young (Lab)* 07999 935357 or The Hub, Derwent Street March 18, April 15 • 4pm - 5pm


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 March 12, April 9 • 4pm - 5pm Ormesby Club & Institute, High St April 24 • 12.30pm - 1.30pm Glastonbury House, Lindisfarne Road March 25, April 22 • 4pm - 5pm

Stainton & Thornton Councillor David Coupe (Con)

Trimdon Councillor Dennis McCabe (MICA) 07847 305660 or Salvation Army, Trimdon Avenue March 11, April 8 • 6pm - 7pm Councillor Jean Sharrocks (Lab)* 01642 591335 or

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