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The community magazine of Stockton Borough Council Big plans, bright future

CONTENTS Multi-million pound Northshore scheme moves to the next phase


It’s all go on the Riverside


Preston Park Museum and Grounds – Success


Children and Young People


Economic Regeneration and Transport



News Round Up









The community magazine

Council of Stockton Borough future Big plans, bright


Strong Communities




Focus on Your Area

Stockton News is published by Stocktonon-Tees Borough Council and distributed to households across the Borough free of charge. If you have not received a copy please call (01642) 526098 or email

MAY 2013


Adults Services




Arts, Culture and Leisure




Your Council

Community Safety


What’s On



Stockton News aims to provide news and information about the Council, its partner organisations and local community groups and businesses. Every effort is made to ensure all information is accurate and up-to-date at the time of publication. Your views and comments are welcome.

Stockton News is produced by Stockton Council’s Communications Team and designed by Twentyseven Design. Pictures courtesy of Dave Charnley, Peter Mernagh, Gary Walsh, Gilbert Johnston, Rebecca Hues, Doug Moody and others. Front cover main picture: A water taxi at Infinity Marine. Find out more in page 32/33.

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There is no doubt that the challenge of tackling the significant reductions in funding to the Borough continue to take up a lot of our time – on page 24 you will find an update on our budget plans. I’m also very aware that the Government’s welfare reforms began to come into place last month and so on page 25 you’ll find an update on these changes and also some information on where to go for help or advice.

The North East Business Awards, organised by the Evening Gazette and its sister paper The Journal, have recognised a bounty of businesses in our Borough.

Despite these ongoing challenges it is also good to be able to report really positive progress on our many major redevelopment schemes across the Borough and in this edition you’ll find updates on Northshore, Stockton and Billingham town centres and an update on all that’s happening on the riverside. These exciting and ambitious developments are going well and continue to bring real value to the Borough. I’m also delighted to see the opening of the £17.8 million North Shore Academy, a fantastic facility not just for the Academy students but also the wider community. It’s also great for us to be able to report so many local success stories – you can read in this edition about some inspiring people who really capture the ambition and sprit of the Borough. On page five you can read about the success of the Borough’s businesses at the North East Business Awards, on pages 28-29 you can read the stories of this year’s Civic Award winners and on page 30 about the Vela - Resident of the Year. I’m also delighted that our fabulous museum at Preston Hall has been shortlisted for the prestigious Art Fund - Museum of the Year Award - one of only 10 finalists nationally. If you haven’t visited the museum since its £7 million refurbishment then I’d encourage you to come and take a look.

As Stockton News went to print residents across Stockton Borough were waiting to hear whether the GoWarm scheme would expand to other areas.


Newcomer of the Year was awarded to Nortech Solutions based in Wynyard. As one of the brightest new names in the North East it has expanded its engineering design and project management business rapidly since it began in April 2011. The Services Award was won by telecommunications business Odyssey Systems who use cutting edge technology and is based in Stockton.

One of the UK’s top 100 Insurance Brokers has chosen to move to Stockton to manage its business. Erimus Insurance Brokers, one of the North East’s two biggest independently owned brokers and the largest headquartered insurance brokers in the Tees Valley, is now located in state-of-the-art offices on Preston Farm Business Park. Specialising in business-to-business insurance the company offers a full range of professional insurance broking and risk management services to a wide range of industries.

“We are fortunate to have a team of hardworking, committed staff and Gary Lumby MBE as a non-executive Director who received the accolade for his services to the Financial Services Industry.

Go Warm

Visualsoft eCommerce, in Stockton, won the Internet and ICT Award. The company employs 130 staff and has expanded with offices opening in London and Newcastle.


Paul said: “Basing our business in Stockton is one of the best moves we could have made. It ticks all the boxes for us being in an area with a wide range of businesses and industries.


For the second year running Nifco UK, based in Eaglescliffe, won the Manufacturing Award. The car parts manufacturer has recently embarked on a £19.5 million investment programme.

Commercial Director Paul Davison

And finally, why not come and join us for “Riveting Stuff” at the Tees Barrage over the Bank Holiday weekend. This weekend of The company, owned by Paul Davison and Shaun Hughes, free activities and exhibitions celebrates our proud heritage of currently employs 28 staff and is looking to employ another engineering and innovation and promises to be a lot of fun. three within the next six months.


The awards recognise business success across the Borough, innovation and growth.

KEEPING IT LOCAL Did you know Creative Glass from Stockton was responsible for designing the glass awards presented to the North East Business Award winners?

Left to right Mike Odysseas - Odyssey Systems, Mike Matthews - Nifco, Adrian Foster – Visualsoft and Bryan Bunn – Nortech Solutions.

Preston Park Museum and Grounds in running for prestigious award As Stockton News went to print Preston Park Museum and Grounds was waiting to find out if it has been crowned the best museum in the country. It is a finalist for the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2013. The winner will be announced live on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row programme on 4 June. See page 36/37 for more information about the exciting news.

“We felt Stockton was the place to be with high quality office facilities which are second to none. We are very much looking forward to providing a top service to both our regular and new clients whilst adding a boost to Stockton’s economy.” If you would like to find out more visit

Since it was introduced in the Parkfield, Newton, Stockton Town Centre and Thornaby areas it has helped more than 1600 households reduce their energy costs. There will be more information in the July edition of Stockton News. PAGE 5

CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE A partnership between Stockton Council, and national organisation Spark of Genius, will see an exciting new beginning for the former King Edwin School site in Norton


Left to right Tom McGee, Managing Director of Spark of Genius, Lynda Brown, Head of Education, Early Years and Complex Needs Stockton Council and Gary Cummings, Head of Finance and Assets, Stockton Council.

EXCITING NEW BEGINNING FOR FORMER SCHOOL SITE The school, which was last used in 2008, will be transformed into a purpose built facility for the education of children with special educational needs through an innovative “invest to save” project. Stockton Council will own the school site as well as residential facilities for Looked After Children elsewhere in the Borough. Spark of Genius will operate the school whilst working alongside the Council to deliver care for Looked After Children in the Borough. The arrangement is expected to save the Council around £400,000 per year. In addition, around a 100 jobs will be created when the school and residential facilities are up and running.

Managing Director of Spark of Genius Tom McGhee said: “Spark of Genius looks forward to developing an excellent partnership with Stockton Council in delivering education and care for children with special educational needs.

Stockton Council’s Head of Children, Schools and Complex Needs, Lynda Brown said: “We want to ensure all young people, regardless of their personal circumstances receive the best possible start in life.

“I’m delighted to be working with such a dedicated organisation”

“I’m delighted to be working with such a dedicated organisation which shares our vision of providing the very best education and care for all our young people.

“From the onset we have been impressed with the energy and enthusiasm with which Stockton Council’s officials and elected members have developed a partnership model which will deliver significant benefits The newly renovated school is likely to be for the Borough and its children. We are ready for young people to learn there early honoured to be part of this partnership and look forward to further improving care next year. and education for Stockton Council and its children and young people.”

Switched on! A successful bid by Egglescliffe School, to EDF Energy, has resulted in the recent installation of 80 solar panels on the sports hall roof. The funding, which totalled £20,873 from the EDF Energy Green Fund, will not only reduce the school’s carbon footprint but is also part of a much wider initiative by the school to educate pupils about sustainability. Headteacher Angela Darnell said: “We have been working to reduce our energy costs and we are on target for a 10-15 per cent cut by the end of the financial year. We have achieved this by installing energy reduction devices and staff and pupils switching off lights, computers and heating when they are not in use. The bid for the solar panels is part of that commitment to energy reduction.” PAGE 6

“Ideas such as this are a real example of how we can rise to the financial challenge we are facing and develop an idea which not only protects, but also further develops facilities, services and care for our young people.”

Academy opens its doors Young people at North Shore Academy are now learning in their new £17.8 million building on Norton Road in Stockton. It opened its doors after Easter for students aged 11 – 16 years replacing the North Shore Academy building on the former Blakeston School site. Last month members of the local residents association were welcomed into the school to take a look round - making it a great start as the school is very keen to build close relationships with local groups and residents. The school has many modern features including energy saving devices such as solar panels and a rainwater storage system being used for the toilets. A fantastic new state of the art youth centre called ‘myplace’ is integral to the building offering youngsters a place to take part in activities, meet and make new friends.

Externally the full size floodlit football pitch offers a top quality facility for both the school and local community. Bill Jordon,CBE, Principal at North Shore Academy said: “This is a fantastic facility not just for the students who will be attending the Academy but also for the local and wider community. We want to ensure it plays its part in the regeneration of the wider area, through education in its widest sense, so we can all achieve and progress together.

“The building is brilliant with lots of good learning spaces as well as hi-tech facilities.” “The building is brilliant with lots of good learning spaces as well as hi-tech facilities. “It is a credit to those who designed and built it and ensured it was completed on time. “It is now down to governors, staff and students to make sure we maximise the benefits it will bring to all.”



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OUTSTANDING START FOR TRAINEE TEACHERS! Stockton Council’s Initial Teacher Training programme is outstanding – according to the findings of a recent Ofsted inspection.

Gareth Whem trainee at Northfield

Inspectors from the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) found the outcomes for trainees to be ‘outstanding’ where many make the move from ‘teaching assistant’ to ‘newly qualified teacher’ and continue to thrive. They were also extremely impressed with how trainees ‘continue to improve as effective teachers and take on additional responsibilities’ where ‘most trainees find employment within the local authority’. In addition to excellent teaching skills, inspectors noted the depth of knowledge trainees had in the key elements of local authority policies related to safeguarding, child protection, bullying (including cyber bullying), managing behaviour and working with pupils whose first language is not English as well as those with special educational needs.

The outstanding results of our inspection clearly underlines how well the training scheme is working

Rosanna Pagan trainee at Northfield

highlighted how, ‘by the end of their training, trainees are highly effective teachers and very employable.’ Lynda Brown, Head of Education, Early Years and Complex Needs, said: “The outstanding results of our inspection clearly underlines how well the training scheme is working resulting in excellent teachers for the schools across our Borough.”

They also noted how training coordinators and school based tutors ‘carry out their role assiduously’ and advice given to trainees pays ‘close attention to what will help them improve’.

Stockton Council can offer trainees a full Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) as well as Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

The programme encourages the newly ‘home grown’ qualified teachers to continue their careers within the Borough. Inspectors

If you would like to find out more about the course please visit

Elected! Stockton’s Member of Youth Parliament, Jessica Belch PAGE 8

Stockton Borough young people have Following her closely with 1,075 votes a new representative at the UK’s Youth is her Deputy, 14-year-old Ciaran Parliament. Poole from Northfield School & Sports College in Billingham. Jessica Belch from Conyers School in Yarm has been elected a Member of Jessica said: “I am looking forward to Youth Parliament (MYP). delivering my points of view to the House of Commons in London and meeting More than 7,700 students, from nine other MYPs. It’s an exciting new prospect schools across the Borough, were and I can’t wait to get started!” invited to vote in elections. Ciaran, who was also delighted to be Voting mirrored formal elections for elected, said: “My school and friends national MPs with secret ballots and around the Borough have really carefully controlled counts.15-year-old supported me which has been great.” Jessica Belch won the election with 1,174 votes.

SCHOOLS GET ARTY FOR FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT Free childcare for two-year olds From September 2013 if you are in receipt of certain benefits your child may be entitled to a free childcare place for 15 hours a week during term time.

Stockton schools went head-to-head in a competition to make a piece of art out of fairtrade packaging to mark Fairtrade Fortnight. Students from Mill Lane School (pictured) scooped the Stockton Fairtrade Trophy for their sculpture of a farmer watering his crop. Each student was given a goody bag and a certificate for their commitment to Fairtrade by the Mayor of Stockton. The artwork was displayed in the Rediscover Stockton Shop on Stockton High Street during Fairtrade Fortnight.

When you child can take up the free childcare place depends on when they were born. For 2nd birthdays between 1 Jan – 31 March the place would begin at the start of the summer term. If it falls between 1 April – 31 August the placement would begin at the beginning of the autumn term and if your child’s 2nd birthday is between 1 Sept – 31 December the placement

would start in the spring term. Please don’t apply too early though! The best time is two months before your child’s placement could start. To find out more visit uk/freechildcare or email the Families Information Service on earlyyearsfunding@ or call (01642) 527225.

Are you sitting comfortably? Stockton Council’s Road Safety Team is keeping a close eye on the use of child car safety seats. During recent roadshows, they offered shoppers the opportunity to receive free advice and checks. The three day event attracted more than 100 people with around 50 motorists taking advantage of the free checks on offer and many others taking away information. However, of the 50 seats checked only 19 were correctly fitted with the rest requiring adjustment or refitting. Road Safety Officer, Peter Fleming, said: “We run these road shows every year and they always prove extremely popular with the public. This year we saw an increase in the number of people asking for checks and also an increase in the number of incorrectly fitted seats. “It is vitally important motorists make sure youngsters, and themselves, are correctly restrained whilst travelling in a vehicle – both for safety and to keep within the law.” For further advice or to arrange a free check please call the Road Safety Team on (01642) 526737 or email PAGE 9

ECONOMIC REGENERATION AND TRANSPORT Physical works underway outside Castlegate Centre.

The ambitious multi-million pound redevelopment of Stockton Town Centre is rapidly taking shape and with an event-packed summer there are so many reasons to come and take a look.


artistically designed street furniture and a modern pedestrian crossing too. This phase is expected to be complete by the autumn.

Phase one of the Town Centre works are progressing well and should be complete by July this year. Many of the paved areas (such as those outside the Castlegate Shopping Centre) are now open and many others are nearing completion. The northern side of Yarm Lane is being paved with the south side already reopened.

Work on Phase 3, at Dovecot Street will start soon with the transformation of the central area beginning at the end of this year.

Dodshon’s Fountain is in the process of being moved from its current location (near Marks and Spencer) and will shortly be back in its original position at the southern end of the High Street. The new public transport island is now complete which will make it easier and quicker for people to get into the town centre. Meanwhile, work has just started on the old bus stop lay-by near the Post Office which will become on-street short stay parking and the new car park next to the Shambles is nearly finished. Phase two began in February with lots on-going to prepare the area between the Town Hall and Shambles for its transformation. New paving will be laid, trees planted and there will be new

And its not just physical works which are taking place The Globe has now been dressed with a fantastic wrap to improve its appearance on the High Street while owners, Jomast, are in the process of submitting a funding bid to the Heritage Enterprise Scheme run by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The remaining Lindsay House tenants are relocating and the Council is progressing plans for the demolition of the building to open up access to the river and create a flexible area for events and parking. To find out more about the regeneration of Stockton and what’s going on in the Town Centre over coming months visit the Rediscover Shop on 134 High Street or visit


TAKE A WALK IN THE WEST END Stockton Town Centre has its own ‘West End’ where a mix of different shops offering a whole range of fantastic goods and services are based. In Regency West Mall newcomers and established businesses work side-by-side. Liza Cook joined the mall in November 2012 with ‘Regency Boutique’. Liza stocks ‘posh dresses’. She said: “I stock a whole range of dresses from prom and evening to cocktail and races. Some are pre-loved but have never actually been worn and I like to think I offer a good variety.” The shop is open from 10am-4.30pm, Tue-Sat. Visit www.regencyboutique. or call (01642) 613131. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter. Sarah Taylor, proprietor of Sarenity also joined the mall in November 2012. Anything to do with hair and beauty you will find it at Sarenity. Not only does Sarah offer hair cutting, styling and colouring (for ladies and children) but she also offers a whole range of beauty treatments. Find her on Facebook or call (01642) 611337. Suzannah Taylor offers a warm welcome at Bay Leaf café in the mall. From breakfasts to brunches and ‘Credit Crunch Lunches’ you can whet your appetite here. Sarah is well established in the mall and joined the businesses there fourteen years ago! To find out more call 01642 604825. Nikita Hatfield has ventured into the ladies clothing world with ‘Look Good Feel Good’. Nikita stocks a range of ladies clothing for all occasions and sizes. To find out more www. or call 07588 569151.


Visit Top Table Teesside where you will be met by proprietor Denise Clark who specialises in table decorations for all social occasions, parties and weddings. She also stocks a wide range of accessories which can be bought or hired. The shop is open from 10am4pm, Tue-Sat. Tel. 07983 878388 or see it on Facebook. Dec-A-Cake opened in March 2012 and proprietor Vicky Pepper specialises in celebration cakes in all styles! She also sells cake decorating supplies. The shop is open Tue – Sat, 10am-4pm. Call (01642) 961387. Vicky also offers classes in all aspects of cake decorating. For more information see Facebook or visit If it’s a wedding, bridesmaid, flower girl or mother of the bride dress Bridal Barn Boutique and Wedding Cars is your place. Proprietors mother and daughter Christine Grayson and Stephanie Mack offer these as well as accessories and shoes. Open every day 10am-4.30pm except Tuesday and Sunday. Tel (01642) 602688 or find the shop on Facebook.

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Visitors to Stockton enjoy #smile

14-16 West Row will soon re-open as West Row Arts, adding yet another unique element to the town’s growing reputation as a hub for arts and culture.

The attic before

Stockton Council’s “Grants for Historic Buildings” funding has helped to provide new roofing along with some re-pointing and the repair and restoration of historic doors and windows. This Victorian warehouse and linked older building are seeing many of their original features restored and conserved through the high quality workmanship of local contractors and suppliers. Owner, Derek Wilson, said: “We are pleased to see these restoration works bring so many of the original features back to life and we are really excited about its future. There will be something for everyone, from artists using our fine art, illustration, ceramic and glass work facilities to anyone who would like to try some of our taster courses or participate in artbased classes.

The attic after

“Stockton already offers a diverse range of cultural experiences through organisations like ARC and Tees Music Alliance and we are delighted that West Row Arts will be able to contribute to this growing community which is helping to attract more visitors to the Town Centre.” Meanwhile, as Stockton News went to print work was starting on a special mural on the back of the building to commemorate the fire station that was on West Row between 1883 and 1965. There will be a full update and pictures in the next edition of Stockton News. For further information or to share your memories of 14-16 West Row email

The frontage after

The frontage

To find out more about grants available for historic buildings in Stockton Town Centre contact Suzanne Calvert on (01642) 526991 or email before

BIG EVENTS AND SPECIALIST MARKETS The Town Centre will, once again become proud host to a wide range of spectacular events and specialist markets over the coming months attracting visitors and shoppers. Hundreds of people made their way to the High Street on 15 March to ‘smile’ and have a good time. The unusual flash mob event, #smile was organised by Mike McGrother, frontman of popular band The Wildcats of Kilkenny and saw people of all ages come together in the Town Centre with a good old fashioned singsong. Keep your eyes peeled for #piano – another event with a twist at the end of May. Meanwhile, the town recently learnt it has been handpicked to be at the centre of a brand new Sky television programme. “The Town that Danced Again” will see Ashley Banjo, of street dance team Diversity, attempt to get the whole town on its feet and dancing in the streets. Ashley will unite the town’s workers from shop assistants and market traders, teachers and librarians to council staff and care workers by choreographing a series of individual street dance routines. For more information visit Stockton Town Centre’s wide and varied programme of specialist markets gathers pace over the next few months to attract visitors and shoppers to the town and complement what the weekly market has to offer. For details of the exciting range of markets see page 45 or visit

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Billingham developments continue Stockton Council is continuing to make improvements to the town centre and is providing first class facilities with a new Customer Services Centre. The new £2.7 million Customer Services Centre will be built on the former Billingham Art Gallery and Council offices. The one-stopshop style facility will offer a public library and customer services for both Stockton Council and Tristar Homes. Billingham Town Council will also have office space there. The Centre should be ready to open within two years.


Meanwhile work is under way, in partnership with owners of the town centre Stockland, on high quality paving and the provision of new seating, feature lighting and a canopy for the bandstand. This, together with the demolition of the old toilets, results in a further £2.3m of investment by owners of the town centre.

And, thanks to Sport England, John Whitehead Park will receive a boost of £130,000 and a further £41,000 from SITA, who run the waste and household recycling plant at Haverton Hill, for a £260,000 scheme to create a new skate and BMX area, four improved tennis courts and a multi-use games area.

Other works include new windows to the upper floors of Queensway and the town square, stairway repairs and lighting improvements as well as a new CCTV system.

To find out more about investment in Billingham Town Centre visit


Repairs have also been carried out on the closed walkways to Kingsway car park, brickwork and handrails throughout the town centre. In the coming months the West Precinct will see Wetherspoons open a new pub. Other major regeneration projects include a proposal from NHS Stockton to significantly redevelop the Billingham Health Centre, Queensway, to create an Integrated Health Centre providing improved access to health facilities.



Phase 1 of Vivo at Northshore


Views of Durham University Queen’s Campus

Multi-million pound Northshore development moves to the next phase The extensive investment in the regeneration of the banks of the River Tees at Northshore is rapidly progressing.

Head of Regeneration and Economic Development at Stockton Council, Richard Poundford, said: “It is really exciting to see, despite the current national economic conditions, regeneration is progressing on Stockton’s stunning riverside.

The multi-million pound scheme is being developed by Muse Developments in partnership with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), supported by Stockton Council and once completed will provide over 1 million sqft of housing, commercial, retail and leisure accommodation.

“Anyone who chooses to live, work or learn at Northshore will be able to enjoy the benefits of being within easy reach of the town centre which regularly hosts all manner of nationally acclaimed events and festivals.

Exciting plans are also afoot to create a £6 million Innovation Centre at Northshore for digital, science and technology businesses.


“Stockton’s Riverside really is a perfect place for residents and businesses alike – what better location for businesses to grow and develop with purpose built space, within easy reach of the town centre and major transport routes within a high quality waterside environment”.

Artist’s impression of the Innovation Centre

The first phase of the Vivo at Northshore housing scheme is now complete with only 10 of the 50 homes remaining for sale. Work on the second phase has now started with the first of the 76 homes overlooking the iconic Infinity Bridge expected to be released for sale by the Autumn.

Simon Dew (Muse Developments), Richard Poundford (Stockton Council), Rachel Cockerill (Stockton Council), Chris Munro (HCA)

Area Manager of the Homes and Communities Agency, Chris Munro, said “The Northshore development is certainly an exciting one, not just in terms of new homes but the fact that it will be where people can both live and work. “It is in a fantastic location and is a really good example of partnership working and how together we can make a real difference to the lives of local people.”

Vivo is being developed by Muse in partnership with sister company and award-winning house builder, Lovell and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), supported by Stockton Council Vivo phase 2 will include 76, two, three and four bedroom and Tees Valley Housing. homes overlooking the iconic Infinity Bridge with many having roof terraces so residents can make the most of the stunning Senior Development Surveyor at Muse Developments, Simon riverside location. Dew, said: “The first phase of Vivo made a huge impact at Northshore and we’ve been delighted with how it has been To find out more visit received by the public. “With phase 2 of Vivo under way and further commercial development set to take place on other plots at Northshore in the near future, we’re looking forward to welcoming new occupiers whether they be for business, residential or academia.”





Simone Atherton (left) and Macey Coleman with their friends from Crooksbarn Primary School, Norton.

Stockton Council is encouraging local businesses to consider using electric vehicles. At an event in March Tees Valley businesses and organisations learnt about the commercial advantages. 11 different electric cars and hybrid vehicles were used to demonstrate how businesses can gain with a greener future.

A flavour of food

With support from Zero Carbon Futures, Charge Your Car and Tees Valley Unlimited visitors were shown how the reduced running costs like low road tax can generate significant savings. Electric vehicles have very few moving parts therefore need very little maintenance.

If you like the idea of growing and eating your own food then Preston Park Museum and Grounds has just the thing for you with its ‘Growing to Eat’ project.

The Museum offers an understanding of ‘Plot to Plate’ in a relaxed and fun way with cookery demonstrations in its kitchen. The demonstrations use produce from the recently restored walled kitchen garden as well as ‘forage’ sessions exploring culinary uses for a range of plants which grow wild throughout the Park.

The North East has one of the most comprehensive charging networks in the country and Stockton Council has six electric cars for use by staff. Neil Ellison, Sustainability Manager for Stockton Council, said: “The cars we have in operation have proved far cheaper to run than petrol or diesel, are very reliable and perform their local journeys admirably.” To find out the location of electric charge points visit

A ‘POWER’FUL DEAL Stockton Council recently offered residents a brilliant way to save money on heating bills with no catches.

The Big Community Switch allows residents to form a powerful buying group to negotiate cheaper energy bills. The first round took place in April and as a result, around 1,500 of the Borough’s residents who took part could save an average of £111.

FIGHTING FLOODING IN PORT CLARENCE The Environment Agency is planning a major £10 million scheme to help protect the Port Clarence area from flooding. It will see new defences reduce the risk of flooding to more than 350 homes. Work is now under way to decide on options for the project, and construction could start as early as next year. Phil Welton, flood risk manager for the Environment Agency, said: “Port Clarence PAGE 18

The winners of the auction were British Gas, Scottish Power and Sainsbury Energy (supplied by British Gas).

This system of buying energy is already used by nearly one million people in Holland and Belgium.

If you didn’t sign up don’t worry you haven’t missed out as there will be another opportunity to join the scheme in September. It is open to all, including those in rented accommodation, using a pre-pay meter or with a debt of up to £500 with no obligation to join.

To find out more visit uk/bigcommunityswitch or call in to The Horizon Centre, Bridge Road, Stockton tel (01642) 615834 or the Five Lamps Centre, Eldon Street, Thornaby tel (01642) 704142.

Andrew Gee, project manager for the scheme, said: “We are only just beginning to assess our options, and will be looking to consult with people in the area. Many residents stand to benefit from the new defences, and we need their help to define our approach to the scheme.” The project will also look to build on existing flood defence plans. The Port Clarence area includes a large number has been identified as a key risk area in the of industries and businesses, as well as Tees and this scheme has been brought hundreds of residential properties. forward with the help of extra government If you would like to find out more call funding.” Andrew Gee on 0113 819 6230. Port Clarence has flooded several times The Environment Agency issues free flood in the past. The industrial village saw its alerts. To sign up or for more information, worst event in 1953, when more than 300 call Floodline on 0845 988 1188 or visit homes were flooded to a depth of up to 1.2 metres. And more recent breaches in January 1978 and February 1983 caused localised flooding.

To find out more about these and other activities there visit

Edible Stockton! Stockton-on-Tees is once again proud to be representing the region in the finals of the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Britain in Bloom competition 2013 where historically the Borough has shone. With dedication and hard work from local people and businesses alongside the Council’s Care For Your Area team – Stockton’s string of accolades already include Britain in Bloom Gold in 2009 and 2011, Best City in 2011 and Champion of Champions in 2012.

Community gardening groups applied to the RHS to receive free edible seeds. Around 30,000 packets of seeds, such as chives, dill, parsley, carrots, coriander, spring onions and red frills mustard were distributed as well as edible flowers. ‘Edible Gardens’ is an ideal opportunity for all generations to become involved by engaging children to grow fresh produce. Older people can also stay active and engage with others to take part.

This year one of the themes is edible gardens and Stockton Council is inviting schools, residents and community groups to start growing their own produce.

A wildflower bed was also created in April to mark the official launch of Stockton’s Britain in Bloom 2013 Campaign and to celebrate the RHS National Gardening Week. Pupils from Frederick Natrass Primary School joined Stockton Council’s Care For Your Area Team to create a wildflower bed near to St Mary’s Church in Norton.

Children at Crooksbarn Primary School in Norton are just one of a number of schools, community groups and residents’ associations taking part in planting seeds – which will result in something edible ranging from herbs and vegetables to flowers!

Judges will be visiting the Borough in spring and summer before announcing the results in October. If you would like to become involved visit call Debbie McGough on (01642) 524682 or email PAGE 19



Stockton Borough – the safest place to be Stockton Borough remains the safest place in the Tees Valley. Between 2011/12 and 2012/13 (financial year) publicly recorded crime fell by 4.2 per cent which means there were 439 fewer victims of crime. In 2012/13 there were 10098 publicly recorded crimes compared to 10537 in 2011/12. The figures show Stockton Borough still has the lowest publicly recorded crime rate at 52.64 per 1000 people. Chair of the Safer Stockton Partnership, Geoff Lee, said: “The published crime figures are a huge achievement for the Borough’s Crime and Disorder Partnership. The last 12 months has produced very encouraging figures especially bearing in mind the pressures on reducing budgets in the public sector.

“Crime across Stockton Borough has reduced steadily over the last ten years and recorded crime is consistently lower than the national average. “Over this coming year partners will continue their efforts and work closely with the community to make sure this trend continues. To help with this we will be asking residents what they think our priorities for the next three years should be.” Stockton Council’s Head of Community Safety, Mike Batty, said: “We are delighted to see the Safer Stockton Partnership is continuing to coordinate work which successfully reduces crime, despite the fact that Stockton Borough’s population is growing. “It is easy to forget how many services and organisations play a part in reducing crime levels. We can do so much more to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour by working in partnership with a whole range of organisations from the Police to the Council to the probation service, fire brigade and voluntary and community groups and we remain strongly committed to this to ensure our

residents are safe and continue to feel safe when living, working and visiting all parts of our Borough.” To find out more about the work of the Safer Stockton Partnership visit

Geoff Lee with two enforcement officers

A Crime and Disorder survey will be sent out to all residents at the end of August. We will bring you more information on this in the next edition of Stockton News.


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As a Senior Enforcement Officer for Stockton Council, the safety of the whole community is at the heart of the work of Errol Parks (pictured). Errol, based in the Security Control Centre close to Stockton Police Station, has worked in the Enforcement Team for the last four years - initially as an Enforcement Officer for the SWAT team (Stockton Waste Action Team) before being promoted to his current role. He recalls his time in the SWAT team with particular pride as he was passionate about reducing fly tipping. Stockton Borough now suffers very little of this crime which blights the environment.


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DAY IN THE LIFE Errol certainly doesn’t have a ‘nine to five’ job. His working life involves working on a shift basis. His three ‘early’ shifts start at 7.00am and finish at 6.15pm and late shifts begin at 3.45pm and end at 3.00am. He currently spends an amount of time in his office, managing various members of his team. However, Errol is happiest when he is out and about in the community. He and his team work closely with Cleveland Police and can be called out to various incidents which may vary from dealing with anti social behaviour to major incidents where it may be necessary to implement road closures. To deal with incidents the team are equipped with state of the art radio and cameras. Members of the public can see themselves being filmed and Errol says “This often acts as a deterrent as the cameras, which were developed by the Russian military, record footage in high definition audio and visual. “Our radios are fitted with a GPS system whereby they can be pinpointed by the team in the control room to within two metres.” Errol also arranges for various members of the team to take part in regular ‘Operation Lunchbox’ duties. This is a special operation which helps to alleviate traffic problems such as congestion and the dangers associated with parking near schools. When asked about job satisfaction, he said: “I know it sounds like a cliché but no two days are ever the same. It’s a job which holds your attention. I can never know what will be involved in each working day. It’s the most enjoyable job I have ever had.” For the last seven years Errol has worked as a volunteer with Cleveland Police as a ‘Special Constable’ for four hours per week carrying out the same duties as a Police Constable - with much the same powers. He said: “I enjoy both my job and working as a Special Constable though the four hours volunteering can often turn into fourteen especially if it’s on a Friday night!” When he’s not at work Errol enjoys spending time with his wife and three-year-old little boy who is he is teaching to swim.





In the last edition of Stockton News we explained how Stockton Council, agencies and partners, including the NHS, are working to tackle health inequalities through the Joint Health & Wellbeing Strategy 2012-2108. In this edition we look at the issue of obesity and the negative impact it can have on an individual’s life.

wasn’t good as Jimmy explains: “I would get out of breath just walking to the shop over the road.

50-year-old Jimmy Garvey, a dad from Norton, is determined to stick to his new regime to live a healthy lifestyle and is changing his life for the better after losing four stone.

“My brother said he wanted me to be here next year. It was those words of encouragement, which made me realise I needed to change my lifestyle.”

After visiting his GP last year Jimmy found out about the health trainer service at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust.

For Jimmy, the biggest problem wasn’t the food he ate, but the amount he was drinking. Every day he was drinking a tray of 48 cans of larger.

Jimmy, a father of seven and With the help and support of senior health grandfather of 14, continued: “I started trainer Mick Fawcett, Jimmy is well and a 12-week course with the health truly on the right track to continue to lead trainers and have since completely a healthier lifestyle. changed my diet and I exercise regularly. I go to Splash in Stockton and Jimmy’s weight had risen to 18 stone swim twice a week and I go to the gym and he had a BMI (Body Mass Index) of three times a week. I enjoy it and I’ve 35.2. Both he and his family realised it noticed a real difference in my health.

“I started to keep a food diary and I’m now eating the right portion sizes and fruit and vegetables every day of the week. I no longer eat sweets or unhealthy snacks. “I’ve had fantastic support from my wife, Sue, who has also done brilliantly with losing weight. It’s just become a way of life for us both. I’m always checking the food labels when I’m shopping. Everything Mick has spoken to me about I’ve adapted to. I’m really grateful for his support and I’m looking forward to a healthier future with my family.”

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Now, Jimmy weighs a healthier 14 stone 4lb and is well on the way to reaching his target weight and almost a normal BMI of 28.5. By the time you read this Jimmy could weigh even less! If you want help to start leading a healthier lifestyle you can contact the trust’s health trainers on (01642) 383833. If you would like to read about the Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2012-2018 visit

Councillor Nelson pictured with her husband and three children.

TACKLING HEALTH INEQUALITIES CONTROLLING MEASLES A school-based measles vaccination programme began across Teesside in April in response to a measles outbreak across the region. Vaccinations were offered to all children who had not been vaccinated or who had missed out on one of the two jabs necessary to ensure protection. PAGE 22

Chair of the Tees Outbreak Control Team and Director of Public Health at Stockton Council, Professor Peter Kelly, said: “Measles is a highly infectious disease and people who contract it can feel very poorly. “MMR is a safe and highly effective vaccination which protects against measles as well as mumps and rubella.” Any parent who is concerned about their child’s vaccination status should contact their GPs in the first instance.

Stockton born Kathryn Nelson, 54, (pictured) is very much looking forward to her year as Mayor of Stockton. Councillor Nelson grew up and went to school in Billingham and in 1979 moved to the warmer climes of Australia. However, missing her Teesside roots, she came back three years later. She now lives in Norton with her husband Steve who is also a councillor. Their three children, David, Heather and Anthony have now flown the nest but with two lovely grandchildren and one new addition – Sophie their poodle – the house is still a lively place! Council life began in 1999 when she became a ward councillor in the Blue Hall Ward. Councillor Nelson’s life is very much enshrined in Council work as she is a ward councillor in Norton North, vice chair of the Licensing Committee and vice chair of the Employee Appeals panel. Looking ahead to her year as Mayor, she said: “Being part of the Council is both interesting and satisfying and I’m honoured to be the Mayor of Stockton. I’m looking forward to raising as much money as possible for my charity whilst meeting as many residents as I can during my mayoral year.”

The Great North Air Ambulance is the Mayor’s chosen charity this year. She is also setting up a special benevolent fund where members and groups in the community can apply for help to fund projects.

Being part of the Council is both interesting and satisfying and I’m honoured to be the Mayor of Stockton. As Councillor Nelson was being installed as new Mayor of Stockton her family in Australia were able to watch the event as her daughter relayed it across the miles using Skype. Quite possibly the first time a Mayor Making ceremony has been shared live across the globe in this way!




Challenging Times We wrote in the last edition of Stockton News about the financial challenges facing the Council as a result of the reduction in Government funding and how we now need to identify another £18 million of savings over the next 3 years, on top of the £22 million of savings made over the past three years.

At the time of setting the budget in March the Council balanced the budget for 2013/14 by using £1.6 million of reserves and agreed a process of looking at all services to identify savings which would balance the books over the next three years. As Stockton News goes to print, the Council’s leaders are meeting to consider a set of proposals which will make these necessary savings. The proposals under consideration cover every area of the Council and, whilst the savings identified have maximised all possibilities for additional savings in back office functions, they include a number of reductions

in front line services such as highways maintenance, subsidies to commercial bus services, floral displays and street cleaning. There are also proposals to make minor increases in charges for services at civic amenity sites, green waste collections and Preston Park Museum. In addition there will also be further major reviews of the areas where costs are growing due to increases in demand – that is in support for the growing elderly population, care for vulnerable children and waste and energy costs. Councillors are also considering proposals to reduce their allowances by 15 per cent. The Council has applied three key principles in identifying the savings proposals:  o protect as far as possible the most T vulnerable people in the Borough  o maintain front line services as far T as possible

 nd, wherever possible, to look for A alternative or new approaches rather than cuts. The proposals are scheduled to be considered by a full meeting of Council in June and we will be able to bring more details in the next edition of Stockton News.

Benefit Changes The Government’s benefit changes are now coming into effect and many residents have questions about them. Here we answer some of the common queries and also provide some helpful advice and sources of information. CHANGES TO COUNCIL TAX SUPPORT Q. This is the first time I have had to pay Council Tax how do I pay my bill? Your council tax bill shows all the ways to pay. You can choose to pay weekly, fortnightly or over 12 months too – just let us know how you would like to pay.

The Council is still in the process of carrying out and analysing the outcomes of various consultations. Here is an update on their progress. Library Services As Stockton News was going to print the Library Services consultation was coming to a close. The results will be analysed over the coming weeks. Please see the July edition of Stockton News for a further update on the results and the way forward for libraries across the Borough.


Carers and Young Carers A consultation by Stockton Council and the local NHS, about how they can support carers and young carers, is now complete. The two organisations will be working to form a new Joint Carers Strategy based on suggestions made by carers to bring about improvements. You can read more about this on page 26. Adult Mental Health Services The second phase of the twelve week consultation on the Council’s Adult Mental Health Services is also now coming to a close. The results of this consultation will be analysed and set out in a report which will be reviewed by the Adult Services and Health Select Committee before it goes before the Council’s Cabinet for consideration in September.

BENEFIT Q. I need financial help due to the changes – is this possible? A. Help is available for people who receive housing benefit but still need extra help towards their housing costs, called Discretionary Housing Payments. Q. Can anyone apply? A. We have limited funding for this and cannot help everyone who applies. We prioritise help for those people who are least able to help themselves, such as disabled people in larger or adapted homes or people in a crisis situation. Q. If I want to make enquiries who do I contact? A. For more information visit the Council website www.stockton. or call the benefit helpline (01642) 393829. HELP AND ADVICE IS ALSO AVAILABLE FROM THE FOLLOWING ORGANISATIONS:

Q. What should I do if I am having problems paying? Your council tax bill should be paid when your instalments are due. If you do not pay or pay late consistently you may incur some further costs. It is very important to tell us if you are having payment problems.

Stockton Council’s Welfare Rights Service: (01642) 526141

If you want to change to a different payment pattern or discuss any payment problems, please call the Council Tax helpline on (01642) 397108.

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Q. What can I do to get help? Firstly, check you are claiming all of the help you can. We have an easy to use online calculator to check all of your potential benefits. This can also help you assess how working could affect your income if you are considering moving into work or increasing your working hours. You can find the calculator on our website at TO HOUSING

Other external agencies, who are independent of Stockton Council, may also be able to offer advice. Stockton District Advice and Information Service: 0844 4111 444 The Money Advice Service: or call (0300) 500 5000 StepChange Debt Charity (formerly Consumer Credit Counselling Service): or call 0800 138 1111 National Debtline: or call (0808) 8084000





Keeping you informed about Adult Services

In 2012 it was estimated more than 2,000 people in Stockton Borough were affected by some form of dementia and that figure is predicted to increase by 75 per cent by 2030. Now, the charity Clevearc (Cleveland Alzheimer’s Residential Centre), a local specialist provider of services for people affected by Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, has secured more than £17,000 from NHS North East, to fund a Dementia Friendly Communities Link Worker to support people with early stages of dementia.

Allowing people to live independently and increasing choice, and control, for those who receive care and support, is at the heart of the recent review of council services for adults.

The Council hopes to modernise, transform and improve the whole spectrum of services. For people with learning disabilities, support will be provided to enable independent living and proposals are being drawn up to develop small schemes for approximately 10-12 people to have individual tenancies with care on site, similar to an extra care approach. In addition to this, Stockton Council has submitted a bid to the Homes and Communities Agency for 24 units of accommodation to be developed on the former Blenheim site in Thornaby. Vela Group is the selected provider and we will bring you news of the outcome in the next edition of Stockton News.

The Council is also exploring the feasibility of providing dedicated facilities for people with autism for housing and meaningful daytime activities. Reviews continue of Adult Mental Health Services and consultation is ongoing until June. A report with final proposals is due to be considered at Stockton Council’s Cabinet in September. Stockton Council’s commitment is to provide and commission high quality, cost effective support, to keep adults safe and ensure they are treated with respect. We will bring you further news in future editions of Stockton News.


Last year the Council consulted with adult and young carers to find out what kind of support would help most and identify any improvements that are needed. The consultation was carried out across the whole Borough and was open to carers, carer organisations and other people or groups interested in promoting the health and well-being of carers. It included consultation events, questionnaires and awareness raising through youth services as well as schools. Information was also displayed in GPs’ surgeries and publicised at various health meetings and forums. PAGE 26

The results have now been analysed and a full summary is available at

In addition, Clevearc is being offered the opportunity to compete for funding from the Department of Health to assist with the ongoing development of the Halcyon Centre in Thornaby to make the building dementia-friendly. To find out more about the project visit or call (01642) 611110.

Clevearc Chief Executive, Gayle Tweed, said: “This is an opportunity to make sure Stockton is at the forefront of helping people affected by dementia and their families, to ensure services are in place so people can find their way around safely, access their familiar local facilities and maintain their social networks. “The link worker will also work with businesses and organisations to raise awareness of the needs of people affected by dementia.”

It’s never too late to learn 18-24 May is national Adult Learners’ Week when people are encouraged to celebrate the benefits of lifelong learning along with outstanding achievements of individuals.

If you are thinking about a change of career, pursuing a new interest or improving your English, Maths or ICT skills then Tees Achieve offers an unrivalled range of opportunities and possibilities.

The Council’s Tees Achieve service offers a whole raft of learning opportunities across Stockton Borough.

A range of courses take place all times of the day and evening. Look out for the new prospectus with full details of all courses on Stockton Council’s website or call (01642) 527904.

Peter Jennings’ life changed direction when he received a gift voucher from his daughter for woodworking lessons at Kiora Hall, Stockton.

Work is under way to improve the support available for the hundreds of people across Stockton Borough who care for a loved one.

Clevearc has two specialist residential nursing homes in Teesdale and a day service at Guisborough and will work closely with Stockton and Hartlepool Dementia Services Collaborative.

Peter exceeded all his own expectations and produced a wooden horse which he donated to the Butterwick Hospice.

Alternatively a copy can be requested by emailing Elaine. or calling (01642) 528460. The results will be used to help develop a new Joint Health and Social Care Carers’ and Young Carers’ Strategy which will explain how the Council and NHS is proposing to support carers. The priorities identified will reflect those set out in the national strategy. As Stockton News went to print the Council’s Carers Strategy was being finalised and it is expected that new services will start by 1 October 2013. To keep updated visit or email or call (01642) 528460 PAGE 27



Joan Perry Geoff Lee with Stockton Sixth Form students

Doug Nicholson beside the River Tees The young inspectors

CIVIC AWARDS CELEBRATE THE BEST OF STOCKTON Last month the Borough’s unsung heroes were honoured by the Mayor of Stockton for the tireless work they do to make a real and positive difference to their community. PAGE 28

Joe Glynn encouraging his Judo students

Now in their second year, the Civic Awards highlight both individuals and groups who set an inspiring example to others through their effort and determination. This year there were four award categories with two winners jointly scooping the Services to the Community Award. The Young Person’s Award The Young Inspectors won the Young Person’s Award. The group of volunteers, aged 13-19 years, give up their free time to raise awareness about key issues which impact on them and their peers. This includes reviewing services in

their local community, such as the YMCA, Lawson Street Health surgery, Connexions and Hartlepool Health Surgery. Services to the Community Award Mr Geoff Lee was presented with the Services to the Community Award for an outstanding commitment to public services in Stockton Borough having worked in a voluntary capacity for more than 20 years. Mr Lee has been an independent director of Tristar Homes since 2002, done voluntary work for Stockton Council’s Youth Offending Service and has been a long standing member of the governing body of Stockton Sixth Form College, which he chaired from 2000 to 2005. He

The Carer/Foster Carer Award The Carer/Foster Carer Award went to Mrs Joan Perry. Mrs Perry is a foster Mr Joseph (Joe) Glynn also scooped the carer with a passion for excellent care Services to the Community Award for and a true skill for helping children his outstanding sporting contribution prepare for adoption. She dedicates a as a Judo coach. The 80-year-old has lot of her own time and money to provide been a coach for more than 50 years. a life story box full of memories for the Mr Glynn’s enthusiasm and knowledge looked after children in her care. She are an inspiration to everyone. happily provides a much needed loving The Green Award and supportive environment to the Mr Doug Nicholson was awarded the Green children in her care. Award for his tireless work conserving If you know an individual or group who and protecting the River Tees and its you would like to nominate for a Civic surrounding green areas. Mr Nicholson Award visit has nurtured the Tees Heritage Park civicawards to find out how you can project from its infancy and has worked apply now for next year’s awards. hard to bring the project to fruition. has also been Chairman of the Safer Stockton Partnership since 2005.




SHOWING OUR SUPPORT In Stockton Borough we have 17,500 residents who are part of the Armed Forces Community (serving personnel, ex-services and their families). As part of the Local Strategic Partnership’s commitment to the Armed Forces Community Covenant, key services from the public, voluntary and community sectors and Armed Forces met to ensure all information on support to this section of our community is easily accessible and in one place. Details of services available to the Armed Forces Guest speakers from the British Legion and Civvy Street attended the event

Community can be found at or by contacting the helpline (01642) 528830.

HEALTHWATCH STOCKTON ON TEES IS HERE AND NEEDS YOU! Healthwatch Stockton-on-Tees, the new consumer champion for health and social care, has moved into their local offices at Catalyst House, 27 Yarm Road, Stockton, TS18 3NJ. They are now recruiting people just like you to volunteer to: Become members of Healthwatch Become a Healthwatch volunteer and help deliver Healthwatch Shape and influence local health and social care services Interested? See or email or call (01642) 688312. Healthwatch Stockton can also provide information and advice on health and social care services. Freephone 0808 172 9559.

Don’t be lonely The Over 50’s Assembly is a group of local residents who come together to identify and tackle issues facing people over the age of 50 across the Borough. Their most recent project has been to look at what can be done to help those affected by loneliness. With the help of Council staff they organised an event where Marianne Symons from the ‘National Campaign to end Loneliness’ heard the results of a recent survey on ‘Loneliness in Stockton on Tees’ commissioned by the Over 50’s Assembly . The results show that loneliness most affects those aged 50-65 and people over the age of 85, is more likely to affect some groups of people than others and, once it hits, loneliness progresses rapidly and affects people in a wide range of ways. The participants looked at what factors contributed to loneliness and what services, communities and individuals could do to combat it. The outcomes will inform an action plan for the Over 50’s Assembly with a view to influencing future service delivery and a bid to Big Lottery, Fulfilling Lives – Ageing Better. If you would like to find out more, call (01642) 528441.

A WELL DESERVED AWARD! An incredibly keen interest in her local community has won Verna Pickering the accolade of ‘Vela – Resident of the Year’ in the recent Vela awards.

As Stockton News went to print, the town was gearing up for its first ever festival to celebrate engineering innovation and creativity. The engineering triumph that is the Tees Barrage and White Water Course is the setting for three fascinating days when Riveting Stuff comes to town. Riveting Stuff begins on Friday 31 May (10am - 5pm) with a Careers and Education Day offering young people the chance to: meet prospective employers take a guided tour of the white water course with its designer Andy Laird learn about training opportunities take fun aptitude tests talk to people who are already forging careers in ground breaking engineering companies. No appointments necessary - come along at any time during the day. Families welcome - there’s so much to see and enjoy at the Riveting Stuff Careers and Education Day that younger kids won’t be bored while older children and parents find out more about the amazing careers possible in engineering.

Saturday (10am - 5pm) and Sunday (11am - 5pm) is one for the families and engineering enthusiasts as television presenter Jem Stansfield presents the two-day action packed engineering extravaganza. Try the interactive engineering structures Test the working models of some of the region’s most iconic structures See photo displays of engineering works through the decades Play skittles with JCBs See 3D printing in action Watch demonstrations from a working blacksmith watch a new documentary on the history and legacy of local engineering firm Head Wrightson Fly across the Tees on a zip wire Take part in the raft or bridge building challenges

TEAM CHALLENGE!! We’re looking for teams to take part in free raft and bridge building challenges – visit to register your team today! Riveting Stuff is the opening event of the region-wide Festival of the North East taking place throughout June. Partners Arup, Birse Civil, Nifco, Teesside University, Diggerland and Tees Active are working with Stockton Council to bring about this fascinating event. For information on other Riveting Stuff events in Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland visit


Verna is not only active in her own area of Roseworth but also across the Borough. The many groups she is involved with include Roseworth Residents Association, Roseworth Community partnership, Community First Panel, and the Central Area Partnership Board. She also participates in many local community initiatives whether its tree planting, taking tours of the area, or being part of local group activities for bingo and knitting. She goes the extra mile by trying to secure funding for these, and other activities, and recently supported Heidi Laverick from Tristar Homes to organise a day trip for older residents. Friends’ comments about Verna include: “Verna is always approachable and someone you can always pick up the phone to.” And “She is just an amazing person!” The award categories include Young Achiever, Community Achievement, Resident of the Year and Good Neighbour.


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Stockton’s Riverside is a bustling hive of activity. With places to eat and drink, river trips, and water sports aplenty, there’s something for everyone.

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It’s all go on the Riverside Improving access to the riverside and the leisure activities it offers is an important part of the town’s multi-million pound regeneration. The latest addition of water taxis means people will be able to quickly and easily visit riverside businesses and the town centre from Yarm, Preston Park and Ingleby Barwick. The taxis are expected to start operating over the next few weeks and will also take people downstream to the Tees Barrage International White Water Centre. Not only will this allow people to take part in a whole manner of walks along the riverside but they will also be able to explore the Tees Heritage Park – stretching between Yarm and Stockton. Water-based fun including white water rafting, canoeing and kayaking to name but a few will be right on hand at the Tees Barrage. The Tees Barrage Park Run which takes place every Saturday provides an interesting course taking in many Riverside views. There are also plenty of picturesque spots for fishing enthusiasts. The River Tees Watersports Centre also continues to offer a range of watersports such as rowing, sailing and wheelyboats. PAGE 32

The water taxis are based at Infinity Marine and Café Infinity on Stockton’s Riverside and the riverside business is also awaiting the arrival of motor boats and rowing boats which the public will be able to hire. Lindsay Eccles owns the business, which currently employs 20 people and includes a boat showroom and café. He said: “Our venue is so stunning and unique we felt it was really important to open it up to more than just a few boat enthusiasts – there really is nowhere else like it in the area. “The café has a full glass front with beautiful views of the riverside making it a perfect venue and its more than just a café, it’s a cultural venue too with regular art exhibitions and live music nights. “The riverside is a perfect visitor destination and that’s why I’ve also recently bought the Teesside Princess leisure boat with a view to reintroducing daily sailings to Yarm and Preston Park for river cruises and themed events.

“We have also just taken on the replica HM Bark Endeavour boat which we will re-open as a visitor attraction later in the summer and host events for Stockton’s sea cadets.” People visiting the Riverside can also sample Italian and Indian culinary delights with river views at Joe Rigatonis and Café Indigo or enjoy an evening at the nearby Grosvenor Casino and Mecca Bingo. Last year, as part of the town’s multimillion pound regeneration lights were installed on the river’s bridges and along the riverside between the Princess of Wales bridge and Millennium bridge. The colourful light installations change colour and pattern making the views of the riverside after dark even more spectacular.

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ARTS, CULTURE AND LEISURE Participators did just that as they took part in Stockton’s very first ‘Duathlon’ in April. Around 600 cyclists and runners of all levels took part in this fantastic inaugural event held right in the heart of Stockton around the riverside. Those taking part had a choice of three levels and distances: Novice 2K run – 10K cycle – 1K run, the Sprint 5K run – 20K cycle – 2K run or the Standard 10K run – 40K cycle followed by 5K run. Road closures in place made this a traffic free circuit which was perfect for the sports men and women taking part as well as for spectators. Stockton is the perfect venue for an event of this nature with runners taking a scenic route along the riverside and across the iconic Infinity Bridge.

One of the most exciting areas had spectators’ hearts beating as runners took to their bikes for the next leg of the competition. Stockton has high hopes for the future of this event. Already plans are being put in place for next year. Stockton hopes to up its game and raise the profile where a European or even World Championships Duathlon qualifier event could be held here. Watch this space Andrea Hogg, Leisure and Sports Development co-ordinator for Stockton Council said: “This was a first for Stockton and turned out to be a spectacular event. We have the perfect circuit here for such an event as the Duathlon and we are working hard to raise its profile in the future.”

An enthusiastic runner taking part in Stockton’s Duathlon.


BIGGEST YET The Stockton Weekender, organised by Tees Music Alliance (TMA), will take place on Saturday and Sunday 27 and 28 July, and promises to be the best yet!

This will be the third year of the Weekender - and with it comes headline names to be reckoned with. So far names released include psychedelia band Primal Scream and genrebending chameleons, Dexys. Saturday night will feature Primal Scream. The band, which Bobby Gillespie (then drummer for The Jesus & Mary Chain) formed in 1982 with Jim Beattie, has released nine studio albums in their 30 year career.

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UK chart toppers Dexys, formerly Dexys Midnight Runners, will top Sunday’s bill, with Scottish hit generators The Proclaimers performing first.

Canadian comic Craig Campbell will headline the Cabaret Tent on Sunday night with more acts still to be announced. If you are into hip-hop then don’t miss the After Show Party at the Georgian Theatre on Saturday 27 July featuring Clement Marfo and The Kids are Solid Gold. Paul Burns TMA Director, said: “We really hope the crowds will turn out in force again to support the festival – alongside, what is now, a small travelling army from around the country who visit Stockton-on-Tees for a great weekend of music.”

Until 26 July tickets are priced at £30 per day, £40 for the weekend and £75 for Other music to delight the camping. Each adult ticket masses include Dublin’s entitles the holder to two free most exciting prospect Kodaline and the flamboyantly under 14s tickets. To find out more visit entertaining King Charles, www.stocktonweekender. along with Temples, Dutch or call (01642) 606612. Uncles and Spiritualized.


People across the Borough had a great time celebrating World Book Night in April. Tens of thousands of passionate volunteers distributed specially chosen books throughout their communities. Each year 20,000 volunteers hand out 20 copies of their favourite book from the World Book Night list to people who don’t regularly read. World Book Night also distributes half a million books directly to the hardest to reach readers in prisons, care homes, hospitals, sheltered, supported and social housing, the homeless and through partner charities working throughout the UK. This year Stockton libraries gave away copies of their favourite books in gyms, hospitals, job clubs and supermarkets across the Borough.

Technology is just the ticket for Stockton Libraries Reading enthusiasts now have a whole range of books at their fingertips thanks to new e-book services being offered by Stockton Council. Book lovers can take advantage of three systems for both e-books and e-audio books allowing borrowers to check out their favourite reads with no fees, fines or fuss. All you need is your library card to create an account. Just log onto www.stockton. to get started. PAGE 34

And for people always on the go Stockton Libraries Service has launched a new app which will let members search the library catalogue, find a book, reserve, borrow or renew a title – straight from their mobile phone.

Use the barcode scanner option to see where and when a title is available in any of the Borough’s branch libraries. The app can also tell you where your nearest library is, what time it is open and when events are taking place. The app is now available for IOS devices and Android users with an app coming soon for Blackberry users. To get your free app go to

SKATEPARK AND BMX CONSULTATION SUCCESS More than 150 people took part in a consultation event with a difference at Preston Park Museum and Grounds. As well as giving their views on how the planned £300k wheeled sports facility could look at Preston Park, those people giving their views and 1,000 visitors were also treated to gravity-defying demonstrations of BMX, skateboard and scooter tricks.

The event was arranged to give young people, and those interested in how the Museum’s grounds are developed, an opportunity to see how the activity area could look as well as help to identify what would work in terms of ramps, pipes and other challenges. Preston Park’s wheeled sports area will complement the £120k plans for John

Whitehead Park in Billingham, where similar facilities for scooter, BMX and skateboarders are also being created by a company called Maverick. This facility was designed in consultation with the young people who want to use it and the planning application is currently waiting a decision.



PRESTON PARK MUSEUM AND GROUNDS – AMONG THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY! Preston Park Museum and Grounds is one of ten Museum’s across the country short-listed for the prestigious Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2013.


ARTS, CULTURE AND LEISURE The prize is being judged by, Art Fund Director, Stephen Deuchar, Daily Telegraph arts editor Sarah Crompton, writer and broadcaster Bettany Hughes and the artist Bob and Roberta Smith.

The winner of both prizes will be announced live on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row from an award ceremony at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London on 4 June.

Last month they paid Preston Park Museum and Grounds a visit so they could see first hand the innovative and dynamic journey through time experienced by visitors.

The Museum, which is currently celebrating its Diamond Jubilee year, learnt it was on the short-list just weeks after it was officially relaunched.

Bettany Hughes, said: “We had a gorgeous morning at Preston Park – a museum that works completely within its landscape. I was really overwhelmed by the energy and enthusiasm of the volunteers who are very knowledgeable about the specifics of the collection – a smashing smorgasbord of artefacts and objects.” As well as the £100,000 for Museum of the Year, Preston Park Museum and Grounds is also in the running for the Clore Award for Learning of £10,000 which recognises achievements in learning programmes in museums.

The spectacular event saw a specially commissioned 3D film projected onto the front of the Hall. It was presided over by Alan Davey, Chief Executive of the Arts Council. He said: “Growing up in Stockton, Preston Park Museum and Grounds was one of the first places where I experienced the transformative powers of arts and culture. Not only did I learn more about the history of where I lived, but I also realised that this was part of my identity – and still is.

“The Novak Collective piece brilliantly illuminated the museum and its collections.” Preston Park Museum and Ground’s two-year transformation was funded in partnership between the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Stockton Borough Council. It now incorporates a complete redisplay of the wide and varied collection, an activity-filled Victorian Street and a traditional walled kitchen garden and orchard. To find out more about Preston Park Museum and Grounds and the full range of activities on offer there visit




SIRF will once again transform the centre of Stockton for four fantastic days with the finest street theatre, circus, dance, music and pyrotechnics from all over the world. The festival is launched on Thursday evening, 1 August with Furnace Symphony on Stockton Riverside, an extraordinary musical celebration of Tees Valley’s steel heritage. Over the weekend there will be a diverse menu of over 100 individual shows and the famous community carnival on Saturday, 3 August. SIRF’s finale will take place Sunday evening, 4 August, with 18 20 foot tall giraffe puppets. They will parade through Stockton Riverside down to the riverside and end with a flourish of fireworks.

Join in Stockton’s Cycling Festival Weekend For three days from Friday 5 to Sunday 7 July, Stockton’s roads will come alive with the country’s top cyclists, and the region’s families enjoying fun and a traffic-free cycle.

These Velo29-Altura Endeavour Sportive cycle rides range from a 32m short and easy route, rising to the fourth, most difficult ride of 90 miles, including the infamous Rosedale Chimney.

to do and see on the Riverside event site, all day, including high energy displays, demonstrations from stunt cyclists, interactive fun competitions, coaching sessions, tryout areas and tracks to play on.

Now in its third year the cycling festival starts on Friday evening with a high speed, elite cycling race around Stockton High Street. During these Town Centre “Elite Criterium” races, hundreds of riders will tear past spectators, who can stand inches away from the high speed action. The races start at 6pm and will last approximately two hours.

Details of the entry fees for these rides are on the website listed below and start from £15.

Further information is available on

Criterion races will be televised and highlights shown on British Eurosport, (provisionally scheduled for 10 July). On Saturday there is an opportunity for cyclists to challenge themselves with a choice of four carefully planned routes, all fully escorted ‘Tour de France style’ out of Stockton and then onto open roads taking in the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside.

The grand finale of the festival is the Sunday which has a host of family activities for everyone to enjoy. Elite and support races along the riverside and town centre. The Stockton Velo29Altura Grand Prix road race will start at 12 noon, where elite riders and their team cars will line up on Riverside road. Footage of the Grand Prix race and event are due to be on the British Eurosport channel on 13 July. Sunday is the family day, we want as many children and adults as possible to have fun with their bikes by joining the Stockton Skyride, a great traffic-free safe route, taking in the town centre and scenic riverside. There will be loads PAGE 39









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Stockton market traders have some wonderful things to say about one of their much loved, and well respected, colleagues who passed away in March at the age of 77.

Ingleby Barwick

Ron Waites (pictured) began work on Stockton market to help his mother on her textile stall and continued as a market trader for 52 years.

Hilton Kirklevington



12 June 2013 Billingham Youth & Community Centre 10 July 2013 Billingham Youth & Community Centre

04 June 2013 High Grange Community Centre 02 July 2013 North Billingham Methodist Church

COUNCILLOR MRS ANN McCOY Tel: 01642 535604 Email: COUNCILLOR BARRY WOODHOUSE Tel: 01642 371638 Email:

COUNCILLOR RAY McCALL Tel: 01642 880999 Email: BILLINGHAM SOUTH 6:00PM – 7:00PM


13 June 2013 Billingham Branch Library 11 July 2013 Billingham Branch Library

31 May 2013 Wolviston Court Community Centre 28 June 2013 Wolviston Court Community Centre

COUNCILLOR MRS JEAN O’DONNELL Tel: 01642 559717 Email:

COUNCILLOR MRS MARY WOMPHREY Tel: 01642 555755 Email: COUNCILLOR MICK WOMPHREY Tel: 01642 555755 Email: BILLINGHAM NORTH 6:30PM – 7:30PM 10 June 2013 High Grange Community Centre


TALK TALK They say time flies when you’re enjoying yourself and it is 25 years since Norton Library held its first talk for visitors!

The first talk was held on Wednesday 2 March, 1988 when Blaize Vyner intrigued guests with tales of the Norton Saxons. A quarter of a century later the library talks are still being held on the first Wednesday afternoon of the month. Topics have been diverse over the years - ranging from local history, personal stories, travel, history as well as practical demonstrations such as gardening. Between 30 or 40 people usually attend the monthly talks, which are not only informative but provide a social occasion for many people. Mrs Lee Firth (pictured) was present at the original talk in 1988 and was recently presented with a long service award and cut a celebratory cake.

08 July 2013 North Billingham Methodist Church COUNCILLOR MRS LYNNE APEDAILE Tel: 01642 554344 Email: Web:

26 July 2013 New Life Family Centre 5:00pm – 5:40pm Hereford Centre 5:45pm – 6:30pm

COUNCILLOR COLIN LECKONBY Tel: 01642 872896 Email: Web:

COUNCILLOR MICK STOKER Tel: 01642 371641 Email:

Ronnie’s funeral cortege had special permission to drive past the market on Stockton High Street so he could take one final look at his old pitch. Picture courtesy of The Evening Gazette BISHOPSGARTH & ELM TREE (STOCKTON) 03 June 2013 Bishopsgarth School 6:00pm - 6:30pm 04 June 2013 Elm Tree Community Centre 6:00pm - 7:00pm 01 July 2013 Bishopsgarth School 6:00pm - 6:30pm 02 July 2013 Elm Tree Community Centre 6:00pm - 7:00pm COUNCILLOR MRS JULIA CHERRETT Tel: 01642 785473 Email: COUNCILLOR ELLIOT KENNEDY Tel: 01642 618851 Email: FAIRFIELD 6:00PM – 6:30PM 10 June 2013 Fairfield Library 08 July 2013 Fairfield Library

COUNCILLOR BILL WOODHEAD Tel: 01642 584409 Email: Web:

New Life Family Centre 5:00pm – 5:40pm Hereford Centre 5:45pm – 6:30pm


His fellow market traders, who collected £200 for cancer research in his memory, said Ron was a very special man who would do a good turn for anyone. Peter Storey, a former market trader and close friend of Ron’s, said: “Ron was a lovely person, always ready to help anyone, and would never see anyone struggle.”

COUNCILLOR MAURICE PERRY Tel: 01642 586914 Email:

31 May 2013 New Life Family Centre 5:00pm – 5:40pm Hereford Centre 5:45pm – 6:30pm 28 June 2013


Bill pops in to present award Staff at Saltholme were delighted when Bill Oddie turned up recently to announce they had won the lottery! Saltholme has scooped the top prize for its education work in this year’s National Lottery Awards. For more details on school visits, outreach work or information on booking group tours and talks, visit saltholme.aspx or contact-


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Grays Road Institute Hartburn Scout Group Hut Fairfield Library Grays Road Institute Hartburn Scout Group Hut Fairfield Library

COUNCILLOR CAROL CLARK Tel: 01642 675688 Email: COUNCILLOR MICHAEL CLARK Tel: 01642 675688 Email: HARDWICK WARD 14 June 2013 Salters Lane Community Centre 6:00pm - 7:00pm 15 June 2013 Aspen Gardens 11:00am – 12:00 19 July 2013 Salters Lane

20 July 2013

Community Centre 6:00pm - 7:00pm Aspen Gardens 11:00am – 12:00

COUNCILLOR NIGEL COOKE Tel: 01642 589442 Email: COUNCILLOR NORMA STEPHENSON OBE Tel: 01642 675891 Email: HARTBURN 6:45PM start 03 June 2013 01 July 2013

Elmwood Community Centre Elmwood Community Centre

COUNCILLOR TERRY LAING Tel: 01642 587356 Email: Web: COUNCILLOR KEN LUPTON Tel: 01642 587286 Email: Web: NEWTOWN 6:00PM – 7:00PM 31 May 2013 Newtown Community Resource Centre 14 June 2013 Ragworth Neighbourhood Centre 28 June 2013 Newtown Community Resource Centre 12 July 2013 Ragworth Neighbourhood Centre

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19 June 2013 Norton Library 17 July 2013 Frederick Nattrass Children’s Centre

06 June 2013 Parkfield Community Centre (Cllr Javed only) Oxbridge Christian Fellowship (Cllr Rose only) 20 June 2013 Oxbridge Christian Fellowship 04 July 2013 Parkfield Community Centre (Cllr Javed only) Oxbridge Christian Fellowship (Cllr Rose only) 18 July 2013 Oxbridge Christian Fellowship

COUNCILLOR STEVE NELSON Tel: 01642 534417 Email: COUNCILLOR MRS KATH NELSON Tel: 01642 534417 Email: NORTON SOUTH 5:30PM – 6:30PM 28 May 2013 Albany Resource Centre 11 June 2013 Assembly Hall, St John Ambulance Place 25 June 2013 Albany Resource Centre 09 July 2013 Assembly Hall, St John Ambulance Place

COUNCILLOR MOHAMMED JAVED Tel: 01642 602420 Email:

COUNCILLOR BOB COOK Tel: 01642 890058 Email: Web:



COUNCILLOR BOB GIBSON OBE Tel: 01642 614482 Email: Web:

04 June 2013 The Education Centre 5:45pm – 6:45pm Glebe Community Centre 7:15pm – 8:00pm 02 July 2013 Crooksbarn Primary School 4:30pm – 5:30pm The Education Centre 5:45pm – 6:45pm Glebe Community Centre 7:15pm – 8:00pm


COUNCILLOR DAVID WILBURN Tel: 01642 532517 Email:

13 June 2013 Grindon Parish Hall, Thorpe Thewles 04 July 2013 Wolviston Common Room

COUNCILLOR NORMA WILBURN Tel: 01642 532517 Email:

COUNCILLOR PAUL BAKER Tel: 01642 608406 Email:

COUNCILLOR JOHN GARDNER Tel: 01740 645357 Email:

COUNCILLOR DAVID ROSE Tel: 01642 789993 Email:

11 June 2013 08 July 2013

Kiora Hall Kiora Hall

COUNCILLOR JIM BEALL Tel: 01642 602510 Email: Web: COUNCILLOR MISS BARBARA INMAN Tel: 01642 586564 Email: STOCKTON TOWN CENTRE 6:00PM – 7:00PM stocktontowncentreward 23 May 2013 02 June 2013 09 June 2013 16 June 2013 23 June 2013 04 July 2013 11 July 2013 18 July 2013

Culture CIC, Dovecot St The Willows Centre Parkfield Community Centre Victoria House Culture CIC, Dovecot St The Willows Centre Parkfield Community Centre Victoria House

COUNCILLOR DAVID COLEMAN Tel: 01642 673952 Email: COUNCILLOR PAUL KIRTON Tel: 01642 559331 Email:






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Rachel Highfield, 17, from Thornaby (pictured), has started her 2013 athletics season in style having already claimed the indoor North Eastern 60m title and returned with two silver medals from the indoor Northern Championships in the 60m and the 200m.

Up to mid July 2013 INGLEBY BARWICK EAST 6:00PM – 7:00PM (Joint surgery with InglebyBarwick West)

Rachel, a member of Tees Active Sports Academy and Gateshead Athletics Club, will train and compete in Malta for four days against athletes from all over Europe.

05 June 2013 All Saints C of E Secondary School 09 July 2013 All Saints C of E Secondary School Residents of Maltby & Hilton are welcome at Ingleby Barwick Ward Surgeries but if unable to attend, can request a meeting with Councillors Corr, Faulks and Kirby by appointment before Parish Council meetings. COUNCILLOR GILLIAN CORR Tel: 01642 764056 Email: COUNCILLOR KEVIN FAULKS Tel: 01642 764874 Email: COUNCILLOR JEAN KIRBY Tel: 01642 762092 Email: INGLEBY BARWICK WEST 6:00PM – 7:00PM (Joint surgery with InglebyBarwick East) inglebybarwickwestward 05 June 2013 All Saints C of E Secondary School 09 July 2013 All Saints C of E Secondary School COUNCILLOR KEN DIXON Tel: 01642 764650 Email:

COUNCILLOR TINA LARGE Tel: 01642 676509 Email: COUNCILLOR STEVE WALMSLEY Tel: 01642 604176 Email: MANDALE & VICTORIA COUNCILLOR TRACEY STOTT Tel: 01642 674471 Mobile: 07528 014 605 Email: STAINSBY HILL 5:00PM – 6:00PM 27 May 2013 Allensway Centre 24 June 2013 Eltham Crescent Community Centre 29 July 2013 South Thornaby Community & Resource Centre

She said: “The opportunity to compete against athletes from other countries is really exciting and the chance to train and compete in warm weather conditions is going to be a tremendous experience.” To find out more about Tees Active Sports Academy visit or call Manager Allan McDermott on (01642) 528772.

COUNCILLOR DERRICK BROWN Tel: 01642 751028 Email: Web:

COUNCILLOR ROSS PATTERSON Tel: 01642 764865 Email:

COUNCILLOR IAN DALGARNO Tel: 01642 882985 Email:

MANDALE & VICTORIA 29 May Robert Atkinson Youth & Community Centre 4.00pm-5.00pm 29 June Rochester Court Sheltered Housing 11.00am-Noon

COUNCILLOR MICK MOORE Tel: 01642 764381 Email:


£3,000 from the Mandale Park Talented Sportsperson grant has been awarded to young sportspeople across the Borough who are competing or aspiring to compete at County level or above. The funding was made available through the Mandale Park regeneration partnership consisting of Stockton Council, Barratt Homes, Keepmoat and Isos Housing.

Thornaby EASTERN


Ingleby Barwick Hilton


YARM’S FAMILY FUN DAY Let the sun shine on Sunday 16 June for Yarm’s Family Fun day! From 10am – 8pm there will be entertainment and fun aplenty not only in Yarm High Street but also on the river. Local schools and dance schools will be performing on the stage as well as live music from local bands. There’s also a Victorian fun fair, charity stalls and face painting. On the river you can see a steam boat parade and take a ride.

Join in the run - for fun! This 5K course commences at 12 noon from Conyers School on Green Lane and ends at Snaith’s Field near Bentley Wynd.

COUNCILLOR MRS SYLVIA WALMSLEY Tel: 01642 602375 Email: VILLAGE 5:00PM – 6:00PM 10 June 2013 The Griffin Pub 08 July 2013 The Griffin Pub


Put a date in your diary for the Yarm Lions Charity Fun Run to be held on Sunday 14 July.

STAINSBY HILL 15 June 2013 Thornaby Pavilion 11:00am – 12:00 No July surgery

COUNCILLOR DAVID HARRINGTON Tel: 01642 764652 Email: Skype: david.harrington01642


RACHEL’S ON THE RIGHT TRACK As Stockton News was going to print, Rachel was getting ready to compete at the Malta International meet as part of a team of 19 athletes from the North.





07 June 2013 Trinity Methodist Church 6:30 - 7:30pm 18 June 2013 Egglescliffe Parish Hall 6:00 - 7:00pm 05 July 2013 Trinity Methodist Church 6:30 - 7:30pm 16 July 2013 Egglescliffe Community Centre 6:30 - 7:30pm COUNCILLOR ALAN LEWIS Tel: 01642 784910 Email: COUNCILLOR MRS MAUREEN RIGG Tel: 01642 785689 Email:

07 June 2013 The Wilson Centre, Long Newton, 05 July 2013 The Chapel School Room, Carlton 02 August 2013 Stillington Village Hall, Stillington COUNCILLOR ANDREW STEPHENSON Tel: 0778 529 3416 Email:

EAGLESCLIFFE 10 June 2013 Preston Primary School 5:30pm - 6:30pm 21 June 2013 Egglescliffe Community Centre 5:30pm - 6:30pm 08 July 2013 Preston Primary School 5:30pm - 6:30pm 19 July 2013 Egglescliffe Parish Hall 5:45pm - 6:45pm COUNCILLOR PHIL DENNIS Tel: 01642 790916 Email:

YARM 6:00PM – 6:45PM 04 June 2013 Levendale Primary School 02 July 2013 Yarm Library COUNCILLOR MARK CHATBURN Tel: 01642 789982 Email: COUNCILLOR BEN HOUCHEN Tel: 01642 786639 Email: COUNCILLOR ANDREW SHERRIS Tel: 01642 786767 Email:

You can take part and support a charity of your choice by rounding up your sponsors and donning your trainers! All those who complete the run will receive a medal with cups for others who are placed. Presentations will take place on Snaith’s Field. To enter your can download a form by visiting or pick up a copy from local libraries. For a nominal charge you can enter on the day between 10.30am and 11.30am when runners’ numbers will be allocated.



A look at what’s going on across Stockton from May to August 2013. This is just a taster so make sure you visit for a full list with the very latest



Specialist Market: Creative Expo Date: Time: Location:

details. The events listed are subject to change. We reserve the right to alter or cancel any event.

Creative Expo showcases everything creative from the Borough and beyond. Visit for more information.


Café Scientifique

Your local library

Date: Time: Location:

To find out more about the events held at Stockton Borough libraries from craft events to parent and toddler reading groups pop into your local library or visit libraries

Monthly 8pm-10pm The Point, ARC, Dovecot Street

Café Scientifique meets monthly to chat about current issues in science and technology. Free entrance but participants (other than students and the unwaged) are invited to make a donation of £3 towards expenses. Held on the third Tuesday of the month. Visit:

Tees Barrage Park Run Date: Every Saturday Time: 9am Location: Tees Barrage International White Water Course The hour long run is open to everyone regardless of running pace or level of fitness. You must register at

Preston Park Museum and Grounds

Sat 1 June 10am-4pm Parish Gardens, Stockton Town Centre

Tees Heritage Park Groundwork North East offers a range of walks and events suitable for adults, children and families. All walks are free and funded through Big Lottery Community Spaces. Some have limited spaces available. To find out more visit or or to book a place call Amie Henry, on (01642) 616144 or 07587 778449 or email

Ropner Park Throughout the summer Friends of Ropner Park will be hosting a wide range of events including a 5k trail race and a varied programme of bandstand concerts. For more information visit

Historic Commercial Vehicle Society Rally Date: Time: Location:

Sat 2 June 9am-10.30am Starts at Tees Barrage car park

Come on down and see around 150 spectacular commercial vehicles of yesteryear. To find out more visit

Specialist Market: Food, Fitness and Fun Date: Time: Location:

Friday 31 May 10am - 4pm Stockton High Street

Specialist Markets are held throughout the year in Stockton Town Centre. Visit for more information.

Riveting Stuff

There is so much going on at Preston Park - from outdoor theatre, exhibitions, events and the special Parkmade Traditional Taster Days where you can discover a traditional pastime or craft.

Specialist Market: Family Market Date: Wed 5 June Time: 10am-2pm Location: Stockton High Street Families from across the Borough will be competing to run the best market stall. Visit specialistmarkets for more information.

Specialist Market: Farmers’ Market Date: Sat 29 June Time: 10am-4pm Location: Wellington Square, Stockton Town Centre

Regular events include Making More Mess! Under 5s club, which meets every Tuesday from 1-3pm.

You will be spoiled for choice at this specialist market where you will find a great selection of locally sourced and organic fruit, veg, preserves and much more. Visit for more information.

Make sure you make a visit in the Museum and Park’s 60th anniversary year. To find out more visit or call (01642) 527375.

Date: Time: Location:

Fri 31 May to Sunday 2 June Fri 1pm-5pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm Tees Barrage

Join us at the Tees Barrage for a free and fun celebration of Teesside and the North East’s greatest engineering achievements. For full details see page 31 or visit PAGE 44




Stockton Cycling Festival Date: Time: Location:

Fri 5 – Sun 7 July Various – see website for details Circuit around Riverside Stockton.

During the Friday Evening Race Spectacle you can see some of the country’s fastest cyclists. On Saturday take part in a fun and friendly cycling challenge. Don’t miss the Free Family Festival Day/Racing on the Sunday through Stockton. For the latest details or to enter visit

Specialist Market: Chic Vintique Date: Time: Location:

Sat 20 July 10am-4pm Parish Gardens, Stockton Town Centre

Come and take your pick from a great selection of gorgeous goodies, retro clothes and amazing collectables. Visit for more information.

Specialist Market: Farmers Market Date: Sat 27 July Time: 10am-4pm Location: Wellington Square, Stockton Town Centre


SIRF 2013 Date: Time: Location:

Thur 1- Sun 4 August Various Across Stockton Town Centre.

Stockton’s premier event. SIRF 13 will once again transform the centre of Stockton for four fantastic days of the finest street theatre, circus, dance, music and pyrotechnics from all over the world. Join us in the Community Carnival on the Saturday and help make it the biggest ever! Anyone interested in taking part can contact, visit or telephone (01642) 527696.

Visit for more information.

Stockton Weekender Midnight Walk – Butterwick Hospice Fire Engine and Vintage Vehicle Show Date: Time: Location:

Sat 29 and Sun 30 June 11am-5pm Preston Park Museum and Grounds

Come and see a great selection of classic and restored cars plus exhibits to highlight the history of fire-fighting vehicles guaranteed to satisfy even the most demanding of enthusiasts. Attractions include: Monster Truck car crushing action, ‘Backdraft’, the Wheelying Fire Truck, fire rescue displays, pumping displays, Fireman Sam, craft fair, trade stands and helicopter rides, plus have your photo taken with the 99th Garrison Star Wars Imperial Forces. Tickets £4 (adults) & £2 (children and concessions) at the gate. For more information visit


Date: Time: Location:

Sat 6 July Midnight Stockton Riverside

This 10k walk, for ladies only, around Stockton’s Riverside is an opportunity to have a great time and walk in memory of loved ones. This year Chico is coming to kick start the walk! Visit or call (01642) 628930.

Reminisce 70s Date: Time: Location:

Sat 13 July 5pm-11pm Preston Park Museum and Grounds

Following last year’s success the outdoor themed disco returns to Preston Park. For more information and to book tickets visit

Date: Sat 27 – Sun 28 July Time: Various Location: Various locations - see website and page 31 for more information Come and enjoy Stockton’s very own music festival with genres to suit all. See page for more information.

Golf Week Date: Tues 30 July – Fri 2 August Time: Various locations - see website for more information Location: Billingham, Eaglescliffe, Wynyard and Teesside Golf clubs Challenge yourself against the bunkers and water hazards of the Borough’s four 18-hole golf courses. See www.stockton. or call (01642) 528130 to enter or for more information.

Billingham International Folklore Festival Date: Tue 10 – Sat 17 August Time: Various Location: Various This will be Billingham’s 49th International Folklore Festival bringing dance from cultures across the globe including Argentina, Egypt, Macedonia, Mexico and Peru to name but a few. To find out more visit or call (01642) 553220.

‘Criminal Minds’

Your local venues

Date: Time: Location:

There’s always something going on at your local arts and entertainment venues – simply call or visit their websites:

Wed 3 July 2pm Stockton Central Library

Award winning crime author, Margaret Murphy, and leading forensic scientist, Prof. Dave Barclay, give the inside information on their unique collaborations as A.D. Garrett with readings and forensic insights from ‘Everyone Lies’ their first joint writing venture. For more information visit PAGE 46

ARC visit tel (01642) 525199 Billingham Forum visit tel (01642) 552663 Georgian Theatre visit tel (01642) 674115 PAGE 47

Stockton News - May 2013  

The community magazine from Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council.

Stockton News - May 2013  

The community magazine from Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council.