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Stockton News is produced by Stockton Council’s Communications Unit and designed by Twentyseven Design. Pictures courtesy of Dave Charnley, Peter Mernagh, Gary Walsh, Gilbert Johnston, Rebecca Hues and others. Front cover main picture: A couple at Preston Park Museum and Grounds explore the Victorian Street. There is an audio version of Stockton News. Call (01642) 526098 to order a copy or email email@example.com PAGE 3
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Welcome to this spring edition of Stockton News
Royal seal of approval
Inside, on page 6/7, you will read about our budget plans and the challenging times and tough year we have ahead of us.
Stockton Borough welcomed a flurry of Royal visitors last year including Her Majesty, The Queen and The Duchess of Cambridge. Last to visit was the Countess of Wessex who officially opened the redeveloped Billingham Forum and experienced first hand the state-of-the-art leisure centre and theatre.
I am also very mindful of the impact of the Government’s welfare reforms which will affect a lot of people in our communities. We have an article on page 8/9 aimed at helping you find useful information and where help and support is available. On page 11 you can read the results of the independent survey carried out by Ipsos MORI on residents’ views on a wide range of local issues. There is positive news on the regeneration of our town centres. Our housing schemes are also right on track to deliver first class homes for our residents. An update on these stories is on page 17. A particular focus is the excellent GoWarm partnership which has now helped 1,600 of our residents to have warmer homes. You can read about it on page 20. It has been a very wet and cold winter with flooding in some of our areas and details of our work to tackle this and help residents is on page 22/23. Looking ahead to spring remember to pull out and keep our spring/summer events guide which is now out in libraries and all over the Borough. It is full of great ways to spend your time in Stockton.
The Countess talks to some of the gym users.
The real deal In February central Government gave the green light to the five Tees Valley councils of Stockton, Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland to receive a City Deal. 20 areas were invited to submit an Expression of Interest to gain City Deal status and the Tees Valley bid was submitted in January by Tees Valley Unlimited (TVU), the Local Enterprise Partnership. Now the Government will devolve greater responsibilities to the five authorities to give them greater flexibility to attract private sector investment, close skill gaps and attract new jobs. The City Deal highlights an area’s individual advantages and how best to exploit them. The Tees Valley will use City Deal to establish a global super cluster of petrochemical and processing industries to compete on the world stage. Stephen Catchpole, Managing Director of TVU, said: “We are of course delighted that our bid for City Deal status has been recognised as a vehicle for change. “It is a real opportunity for local decision making to unlock potential and is a clear indication from Government that TVU’s ambitions and objectives for Tees Valley can deliver the growth, investment and jobs that are required. “Over the coming months we will take part in discussions with Government to agree the tools and resources that they will devolve to enable us to support our existing industries and grow our emerging sectors. “The City Deal complements successes with Regional Growth Fund and the Tees Valley Enterprise Zone and further boosts Tees Valley Unlimited’s capacity to deliver a strong and sustainable economy for the people who live, work and look to invest here.”
Chief Executive, stockton borough council PAGE 4
The Countess of Wessex chats to families in the newly refurbished atrium.
City Deals mark the beginning of change between national and local government leading to local transformation, jobs and most importantly – growth.
a Night to remember!
As Stockton News went to print the Borough’s premier museum and park was gearing up for the official launch of Preston Park Museum and Grounds with an occasion to remember! After three years and £7 million of investment, by Stockton Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund, the fantastic redevelopment of its grounds and
museum is a shining example of what the Borough has to offer for visitors near and far. In the next edition we will bring you pictures of this very special event. To find out what the park and its museum has to offer visit www.prestonparkmuseum.co.uk
Lesson time Healthwatch in Stockton From April 2013 changes will take place across England as a new consumer champion, Healthwatch, is introduced to give people and communities a voice on healthcare and social care services. Pioneering Care Partnership (PCP) has been commissioned to deliver the service in Stockton. You can read more about this on page 32.
As Stockton News went to print North Shore Academy pupils were getting ready to move into their new building. Located just off Norton Road in Stockton it also encompasses a state-of-the-art ‘myplace’ youth centre. Look out in the next edition of Stockton News for the full story and pictures.
Councillors met on 27 February to agree the Council budget for 2013/14 and as part of this agreed a 1.9 per cent increase in Council Tax for the coming year. These decisions have not been taken lightly and have been made at a time of unprecedented reductions in Government funding to the Borough as a result of the Government’s austerity measures. The plain facts of the matter are that three years ago the Council received £120m from the Government to deliver services in Stockton, next year this will be £89m and by 2016 this will have fallen to £69m per year. There are all sorts of complexities in local government funding, but if you boil it down to its most simple, by 2016/17 we will have 40 per cent less Government funding to provide services in the Borough than we had three years ago. Councillors did give serious consideration to the option of freezing Council Tax for the coming year and accepting the grant on offer. However in the end, given the scale of the financial challenge, they decided that the £2m cost of this option over the next three years was unaffordable and agreed that a 1.9 per cent increase in Council Tax was unavoidable. This means that Band A homes in the Borough will face an PAGE 6
increase of 31p per week and Band D properties a 46p per week increase. At the same time as funding is going down, we are also facing significant increases in costs: he increase in demand for services T to support vulnerable children has been significant over recent years and there are no signs that this is slowing down. We now have 358 children in our care. The cost of these services is now £14m per year and rising. here are more people in need in the T Borough. Our recent MORI survey of residents shows that 33 per cent of people are expecting their finances to get worse over the next 12 months. This, taken alongside the changes to the welfare system, puts increasing pressure on people and leads to an increase in demand for Council services.
REDUCTION IN GOVERNMENT FUNDING
Challenging Times £120m
e currently spend £44m on social W care the age profile of the population is changing and we are expecting significant increases in these costs. e face huge increases in fuel and W waste disposal costs and, despite achieving reductions in consumption, prices have continued to rise. Taking all this into account we have to recognise that we can’t continue to provide all the services we deliver now. When we look ahead we can see that if we are to continue with current services we will be £18m short each year by 2015/16.
We have already made significant investments in renewable energy technology to reduce our fuel bills
There are no easy answers. We have already taken £20m per year out of our costs, and more than 600 fewer people work for the Council. Of course it goes without saying that we will continue to look at any new possibilities to prevent cuts. We are going to have to make some really difficult choices about what we stop doing. These decisions are hard, not just because the Council does not want to reduce services but also because there are limits to the choices available and it is hard to make choices between the services we provide. There will always be a genuine range of opinions about the relative values of widely used services such as refuse collection, street cleaning, road and footpath repairs, libraries, parks and leisure centres (which consistently show up as most important in resident satisfaction surveys) against the less widely used but vital services such as social care, support to schools, trading standards, licensing, welfare rights, regeneration and business support. The things we deliver are important and often unseen, they are very difficult to compare and are important in many different ways.
We will continue to look for opportunities to invest in projects that will save us money in the long run. We have already made significant investments in renewable energy technology to reduce our fuel bills and we are just about to invest in new recycling vehicles which will cut our costs and help us to keep a weekly collection service. We opened two new children’s homes in 2012 and have some exciting plans to develop an education facility for children with additional needs. All of these developments help us to provide a better service and reduce costs in the future. We are also forging ahead with the wide range of exciting regeneration schemes across the Borough, from the transformation of Stockton and Billingham Town Centres to the housing developments in Parkfield, Swainby Road, Mandale, Northshore and Victoria, these schemes continue to make the Borough an even better place to live and generate value and economic benefit. We still have ambitious plans for the Borough and won’t lose sight of this through the current financial challenges.
Benefits are Changing The Government is making major changes to the way benefits are calculated and paid. These changes will come into effect from April this year but do not affect pensioners. This article explains these changes and tells you where you can go to get more information and advice. Council Tax Benefit is changing From 1 April 2013, the Government is abolishing the national Council Tax Benefits system and has told councils to introduce a local council tax support scheme to replace it. At the same time the Government is also reducing the amount of money to pay for the new scheme. Will I be affected? Anyone liable for Council Tax can apply for help under the new scheme which, like the old one, is based on your income and personal circumstances. However under the new scheme, working age people will only be able to claim help with up to 80% of their bill, therefore everyone of working age, even if they qualify for help, will have to pay at least 20 per cent of their council tax bill. There are no changes to the Single Person Discount or to the groups of people who are not counted when we add up the number of people in the household. Pensioners are not affected they will receive the same level of help as they did under the old Council Tax Benefit What do I need to do? If you are claiming Council Tax Benefit now you don’t need to do anything to claim the new support. Your bill for April will show how much you now have to pay. We anticipate approximately 13,000 families will be affected by these changes.
Housing Benefit is Changing From 1 April 2013 there are changes to housing benefit for residents who live in Housing Association homes. This may alter the amount of money you receive. New Government rules will tell you how many bedrooms you need for the size of your household. Will I be affected? If you have more bedrooms than allowed in the Government guideline you will be affected. The rent we use to work out your housing benefit will be reduced by 14 per cent where you have one extra bedroom and by 25 per cent if you have two or more extra bedrooms. What do I need to do? If you are concerned you could be affected please contact your housing provider or one of the support organisations on the panel on this feature who can give you advice.
Where to get help and advice There are a number of places you can go for advice and information on all of the benefits outlined in this article. We are holding a series of information sessions to explain these changes at the following libraries. Date Time Library Mon 18 March
Stockton Central Library Stockton Central Library
Tues 19 March
Will I be affected? The cap will start to be rolled out across England between July and September 2013..
Wed 20 March
10-12.30 Billingham Library, Bedale Avenue
There are exceptions to these limits for example, if you have Disability Living Allowance, are entitled to Working Tax Credit or Employment and Support Allowance. If you are affected by this benefit cap you will receive a letter from DWP telling you.
Wed 20 March
Thurs 21 March 10-12.30
Thurs 21 March 1.30-4.00
What do I need to do? If you want advice please contact support organisations listed in this feature or visit www.gov.uk/benefit-cap or call 0845 6057064
Fri 22 March
Sat 23 March
10.00-12.30 Stockton Central Library
There will be approximately 95 families affected by this cap in Stockton Borough.
Mon 25 March
Thornaby Central Library
Tues 26 March
Westbury Street, Thornaby
Wed 27 March
Wed 27 March
More changes are on the way Further changes are due in October when the Government introduces Universal Credit. This will replace most means-tested benefits and result in residents getting one single payment per month. This will be paid directly to you. More information will be included in future editions of Stockton News.
Thurs 28 March 9.30-12.30
Roseberry Library, Billingham
Ingleby Barwick Ragworth
Thurs 28 March 1.30-4.00 Roseworth
Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is Changing
If you can’t make it to any of these sessions you can also contact: Stockton Welfare Rights Service on 01642 526476 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Disability Living Allowance will change to the Personal Independence Payment from April 2013.
You can also get more information on the Stockton Council website at www.stockton.gov.uk/benefitchanges
Will I be affected? The changes will affect people aged between 16 and 64 who are claiming Disability Living Allowance. You will be affected even if you have an indefinite or lifetime award. Not everyone will be affected straight away. You will get a letter from Department for Work and Pensions.
Or you can get help from Stockton and District Advice Information Service (Citizens Advice Bureau) on Adviceline 08 444 111 444 (For mobiles use 0300 3300 650) For appointments: 01642 633877 E mail address: email@example.com
What do I need to do? There is no need to do anything until you are invited to apply by DWP giving you more information. You can also find out more on the website www.gov.uk/pip
They can also put you in touch with a number of other organisations who can help.
The number of people affected by these changes will be clarified over the next two to three years.
For more information Tristar tenants can contact Tristar Homes.
New Household Benefit Cap The Government has set a limit on the amount of benefit people can receive. The maximum benefit which can be received is £500 per week for single parents, couples with or without children and £350 per week for single people without children.
T: 0300 111 1000
Pensioners are not affected by these changes.
E: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.tristarhomes.co.uk
Stockton - a great place to live! Results from an independent survey, by the respected polling company Ipsos MORI, has shown 79 per cent of Stockton Borough residents are happy with their local area. Commissioned last summer by a consortium of North East councils, Ipsos MORI carried out an independent survey of residents’ views on a wide range of local issues and satisfaction with Council services.
In the last edition of Stockton News we told you about various consultations being carried out by the Council - here we bring you updates on their progress. Library Services The first part of a consultation on Library Services, which asked residents what they liked about the current service and how they thought it could be improved, has been completed. The second part of the consultation is now under way using the information already gathered from residents and library users. It asks a series of questions about future opening hours and locations of the Borough’s branch libraries. To have your say before the consultation closes on Thursday 4 April, visit www.stockton.gov.uk/libraryconsultation or visit your local branch library to fill out a questionnaire. Carers and Young Carers To ensure the needs of local carers and young carers in the Borough are catered for, Stockton Council and the local NHS are developing a joint Adult Carers’ and Young Carers’ Strategy. The Council has sought the views of adult and young carers, patients, members of the public and stakeholders through online and paper surveys and consultation events. As Stockton News was going to print the results were being analysed and a plan developed to provide feedback to respondents. We will be bringing you more information on this in the May edition. If you would like to find out the results please telephone Elaine Lamb from the Adult Strategy Team on (01642) 528460.
Learning Disability The second phase of the Learning Disability review is now complete. Following the consultation, recommendations were agreed at Council’s Cabinet for the revised provision and development of Learning Disability Services. Areas for improvement and transformation included developing more options for the provision of local Residential, Day and Respite Care Services. Other recommendations included encouraging the development of community based services and activities to promote people to live more independently through increased choice and a range of affordable homes with appropriate care and support. Information about how the recommendations will be taken forward will be published on the Council’s website soon. Adult Mental Health Services The second phase of this consultation is underway. It will run for 12 weeks until the beginning of June - building upon feedback from phase one. Service users and carers will receive a questionnaire which will suggest ways in which the service might change in the future. Across the Borough there will also be a series of consultation drop in sessions. The results from phase two of the consultation will be drawn together into a report for consideration by the Adult Services and Health Select Committee. It will then go before the Council’s Cabinet in September 2013. The questionnaire is also available on www.stockton.gov.uk/adultmentalhealthservicesreview
Neil Schneider, Chief Executive for Stockton Council, said: “We welcome the results of the survey as the views of our residents play a vital role in our planning of local services. We are particularly pleased that the results show comparatively high levels of satisfaction in terms of trust in the Council, perceptions that the Council provides value for money and that the Council acts on concerns of residents.”
Nine in 10 residents are satisfied with their homes with almost half (48 per cent) being very satisfied and 91 per cent feeling safe when outside in their local area during the day and three in five feeling safe after dark. Nearly two thirds (64 percent) of residents are satisfied with the Council overall. Satisfaction levels with key universal services are high with 88 per cent satisfied with refuse collection and 81 per cent with street lighting and doorstep recycling.
Sandy Gibson, from Billingham, said: “I think surveys are important particularly local ones because people seem to be more interested in them. I think Stockton Council is a listening council and the survey will help to shape services in the future.”
Mike Derbyshire, a resident born and bred in Stockton who took part in the survey said: “I think the surveys are useful to get the residents’ opinions know. If a higher proportion of residents took the opportunity to participate in these surveys the Borough would benefit from the results of their feedback and action taken.”
A decade of support
Councillor Apedaile said: “This was a wonderful evening in celebration of ten years of the dedicated and hardworking team at A Way Out. I wish them every success in the future as they continue their great work.” For more information visit www.awayout.co.uk or email email@example.com
Local Stockton charity ‘A Way Out’ celebrates ten years of success. As one of the charities being supported by the Mayor of Stockton, Councillor Lynne Apedaile, A Way Out sets out to help and improve the lives of women, young people and hardto-reach groups. Last year they reached more than 1,000 vulnerable and at risk people. Every year the organisation helps people live safer, healthier and fuller lives. A Way Out Chief Executive Officer, Jessie Jacobs, said: “It’s ten years since a small group of us began asking, ‘Is there another way?’ for all the people caught in cycles of abuse and addiction. Along the way there have been so many ups and downs, but also amazing stories of lives transformed and hope brought to situations deemed hopeless.” The event was held at the Destiny Centre in Norton. Among the guest list was the Mayor of Stockton, and her Consort Maurice Apedaile along with BBC personality and former gladiator, Diane Youdale.
Left to right: The Mayor of Stockton’s Consort, Maurice Apedaile, CEO of ‘A Way Out’, Jessie Jacobs and the Mayor of Stockton, Councillor Lynne Apedaile. PAGE 11
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Derek Bates, Affordable Art, Enterprise Arcade
Brooke Harland trying out finger puppets in Beanie Girl
Stockton Council’s Richard Poundford outside DigitalCity, Dovecot Street, Stockton
Stockton Town Centre’s exciting multi-million pound regeneration is progressing at pace – here is an over view.
Physical works Visitors to Stockton will have noticed a hive of activity in and around the Town Centre as physical works continue to take place to improve access, reduce bus journey times and make it easier for people to get around the Town Centre. In the last edition, Stockton News set out how phase one works were progressing. Phase two works are also now underway. This will see the area between The Shambles and The Town Hall transformed with new paving laid, trees planted, current street furniture replaced with artistically designed furniture and a modern pedestrian crossing installed. Most of the underground works are now complete outside the southern end of the Castlegate shopping centre with paving laid. Work has also begun on the new bus lay-bys and a new taxi rank.
Market traders at Chic Vintique The Marley family outside Marley’s
Meanwhile natural stone paving is being laid for a car park to the south of The Shambles. Access to shops will be maintained at all times during these works with noise and disruption kept to a minimum. It’s not just the improvement works to the town centre’s infrastructure which are bringing real changes - the Council’s wider redevelopment plans have also seen a 200 year old Grade II building transformed into a million pound digital centre. DigitalCity Stockton, 62 Dovecot Street will provide flexible accommodation and general networking areas for digital and creative business. A hot-desking facility is also available so businesses and freelancers can rent space by the day or hour. Companies can not only take on short-term lets but are also able to access a wide range of business advice and support. The hightech hub will bring new and expanding businesses right into the heart of the town centre which will increase footfall and further investment into Stockton.
The renovation has been funded by a £500,000 investment grant from the European Regional Development Fund plus a £500,000 investment from owners, Stockton Council. Business support services will be provided by DigitalCity Business Community Interest Company (CIC), a spin-out of the highly successful DigitalCity project. Thanks to the exciting regeneration programme new businesses are being attracted to make their home in the Town Centre while existing businesses are expanding or relocating. Marley’s Butchers in the Castlegate Centre is one such business recently moving to an adjacent unit. The company is headed up by Denis Marley and his son Andrew. Carly’s Corner owned by Denis’s granddaughter has also moved and is now in Denis’ old unit. Gifted, previously based in the Castlegate Centre has moved to Silver Street. Graeme and Kay Greenwell run the boutique which sells a wide range of handbags and selection of decorative homeware. To find out more about all the ongoing regeneration of Stockton visit the Rediscover Shop on 134 High Street or visit www.rediscoverstockton.co.uk
Support for businesses As the regeneration works continue apace Stockton Council is offering a variety of support to existing and start-up businesses to help them prosper and boost Town Centre trade. In April Stockton Council is introducing a new local business rate discount scheme. The new scheme will apply to all vacant units in the main shopping areas of town and will apply to professional service companies, retail outlets, restaurants, cafes and offices. All sizes of unit will be applicable for the discount as long as the premises include the ground floor (in keeping with the Council’s ambition to transform the vibrancy of the main shopping area.) It is anticipated around 35 businesses are likely to benefit from the scheme over a two year period which could result in up to 100 jobs being created. And if you’re thinking of setting up a business Stockton Council can offer expert guidance with its new Enterprise Support Programme which offers a range of bite-size workshops and oneto-one mentoring on all aspects of starting up a business.
Kay Greenwell from boutique, Gifted on Silver Street
Centre businesses will also be able to access to one-to-one specialist, intensive support, from a retail specialist support organisation. To find out more call (01642) 528384. Meanwhile Stockton Council’s Enterprise Arcade continues to support fledging businesses as they start trading. Two new businesses have recently moved into the Arcade which provides free retail space plus a full package of business support to tenants. Laura Carter, 23, has opened ‘Beanie Girl’ selling gifts and accessories. She began selling items such as a range of gifts, handbags ‘keep calm’ merchandise and finger puppets online. She said: “I really wanted a place to sell from rather than base my business over the internet and the Enterprise Arcade is perfect.” Another newcomer to the Arcade is award winning photographer and graphic designer, Derek Bates, from Billingham. ‘‘Affordable Art’, offers individual art prints of Derek’s own work alongside vintage reproductions of old adverts and movie posters. Off the shelf frames and a bespoke picture framing service are also available. Derek is available for any commissioned photography work and offers very reasonable wedding packages as well as restoring old photos. He said: “The aim of the business is to offer quality art prints and a range of photography services at prices people can afford, hence the name of the business.”
Specific support will be offered to people wishing to start up a retail business and existing retailers across the Borough. Specialist retail workshops will offer a range of retail related issues such as merchandising and marketing. Stockton Town
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It’s all about teamwork Meet Stockton’s Town Team – a group of like-minded people with a commitment and passion to help create new ideas to rejuvenate business in Stockton Town Centre.
Proud of its heritage Stockton Council continues to work closely with Jomast Developments, the owners of the Globe Theatre, to recognise its history in its future redevelopment. As Stockton News was going to print, the Council had received an application for listed building consent for a vibrant wrap for the whole of the front of the building. We will keep you updated in future issues as to its progress. To celebrate the Borough’s rich industrial history a new automaton (moving sculpture) is to be installed in the Town Centre. Residents and visitors to Stockton Town Centre were asked to choose one of three moving models based in the Rediscover Shop in Stockton High Street. The winning design commemorates Stockton’s railway heritage and is based on The Locomotion No 1 steam engine. Stockton Council is currently developing a programme for its production and suitable location. External funding is being sourced as well as help and support from local engineering and manufacturing companies.
Specialist markets Stockton Council’s diverse and interesting programme of specialist markets continues over the coming months to attract visitors and shoppers to rediscover the town and to complement what the popular weekly market has to offer.
The Team is behind Stockton’s involvement in the Mary Portas led ‘Portas Pilot’ scheme. Stockton was one of the first 12 towns selected from across the country to receive a share of £1.2 million to help ‘breathe new life’ into town centres. Stockton’s Town Team is made up of people from all walks of life who work, live or have an interest in the town and its exciting future. It includes individuals who work for local retailers, independent businesses, Stockton Council, charities, community groups, social enterprises, Durham University Queen’s Campus as well as market traders. Stockton based business woman, Joanna Wake, is a member of the Town Team. Joanna, 28, lives in Stockton Borough and runs two businesses, Tees Valley Weddings and RAW Marketing Company. She is very proud to say she comes from six generations of ‘Stocktonians.’ Talking about Stockton, she said: “I love everything about it. I love the history and age of our buildings, I always find myself staring at the buildings on the High Street. The market, specialist markets, superb independent shops, butchers and an amazing music and culture scene.” There is currently a monthly networking event for Stockton Town Centre businesses. It will be held on Thursday 11 April, Thurs 9 May, Thurs 13 June and Thurs 11 July at the Rediscover Stockton shop on Stockton High Street. To find out more or to get involved with the Town Team email firstname.lastname@example.org
From the ever popular Chic Vintique on 27 April, to the Makers Market selling a vast array of crafts, textiles and homemade goodies on 11 May, make a date in your diary and come for a browse among the stalls.
BUSINESSES BOOM Gearing up for growth
Mike Matthews, Managing Director of Nifco
Eaglescliffe car parts giant, Nifco UK Ltd, is in the driving seat for further expansion. It plans to start work on a research and development centre this spring next to its current site in Eaglescliffe.
Members of Stockton Town Team
The new HDIA cable plough which has the unique facility of being able to dig deeper cable trenches under the sea.
Success and a new name for Pearson Harper - Phusion
Aker Solutions opens in Stockton
International oil services group Aker Solutions, one of the top two global suppliers of drilling equipment for offshore drilling rigs for both fixed and mobile units, has opened its new engineering offices in Stockton.
SNF Oil and Gas
For details of the whole range of markets coming soon visit www.stockton.gov.uk/specialistmarkets
In three years Reef Subsea Power & Umbilical, part of the Reef Subsea group, has made its mark. The company, based in Thornaby, is going from strength to strength having more than trebled its workforce from just 11 to 34 and it’s hoped this will rise to 50 plus this year. Reef Subsea specialises in the installation and maintenance of subsea cables and has won a number of offshore contracts using state of the art machinery. They are now working on a prestigious European offshore wind farm and hope to create more employment opportunities.
Award winning international engineering information management specialist, Pearson Harper has a new name – Phusion IM Limited. Phusion was named by NOF Energy as its Company of the Year 2012 and the International Business of the Year. The company maintains large volumes of information on complex, multi-million pound projects. Currently they are based at Billingham’s Belasis Business Park (part of the Tees Valley The company was awarded £1.92 million from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund last year to expand and with the new centre Enterprise Zone) and plan to expand into bigger units there. it is expected Nifco’s workforce will increase to 453 by 2015. Clipper For more information about Nifco UK visit www.nifcoeu.com Anyone interested in applying for a vacancy can visit www.latestvacancies.com/nifco
Ten engineers were appointed initially and, over the next three years, the group aims to create up to 100 new jobs in Stockton.
The Council is supporting the expansion of all markets in Stockton Town Centre as part of its multi-million programme to regenerate the High Street.
Making waves in the subsea industry
The company, which produces small plastic parts used in the interiors and engines of cars made by Nissan, Ford, Honda and Toyota among others, will create 167 new jobs, including design engineers, technicians, tool setters as well as machine and assembly operatives.
Engineers in the new Stockton office will be working on a wide range of drilling equipment located directly next to the company’s current premises at Preston Farm Industrial Estate.
The regular farmers’ markets continue to delight with local produce for sale. Head along to Wellington Square on 27 April for the first farmers’ market of the year.
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After searching for suitable sites along the East coast, SNF Oil and Gas have settled on a 40 acre brownfield site at Belasis Avenue, Billingham as their chosen location to build a new plant. The company is a leading supplier of chemicals in the UK and worldwide. The plant will create around 80 construction jobs and 249 others once it’s working at full capacity - a high proportion of which will be for local people.
A giant warehouse, operated by Clipper Logistics, used primarily by Asda as a base for its George clothing brand, is creating more than 400 jobs at the Wynyard Park site in Billingham. The 840,000 sqft warehouse accepts and distributes clothes across the country. Down by the riverside Infinity Marine & Leisure is proposing to introduce a Water Taxi Service on the river Tees with the potential to offer a commuter service. The idea follows the success of their café and chandlery shop at Castlegate Quay. Overlooking the stunning views of Stockton’s Riverside, the cafe opens from 8am for breakfast and serves a wide variety of refreshments throughout the day. For further details visit www.cafeinfinity.com and look out for the May edition of Stockton News for more information. Air Products The American company Air Products Plc has started building a new waste to energy plant in Billingham which will be the largest facility of its kind in the world. It is expected to create up to 700 construction jobs and once the facility comes into opperation it will also permanently employ more than 50 people.
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Campaign continues A campaign to boost business is doing its job for Durham Tees Valley Airport. The ‘World on Your Doorstep’ campaign has seen a rise in KLM passengers since it was launched in May last year. KLM’s three daily flights offer North-East passengers access to destinations across the world through the international hub at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. As part of a partnership agreement to promote flights from Durham Tees Valley, the campaign will continue to work closely with major regional travel agents Dawson and Sanderson. Airport Chairman Robert Hough said: “The long-standing commitment of KLM to Durham Tees Valley Airport, and the importance of their service to the area’s economy, is one of our most important assets. We worked with the airline to develop the joint marketing campaign aimed at highlighting that, wherever you want to be in the world—whether for business or leisure—you can get there with KLM from Durham Tees Valley. “We are pleased that since the launch of the campaign there has been a steady improvement on the route and we are now aiming to reinforce that progress.” PAGE 16
Whilst the KLM service is obviously very important to the local business community, the ease of access and link provided through Schiphol offers a massive choice of holiday and leisure destinations.
offering a wide choice of destinations and packages, including the Italian Lakes, the Seven Cities of Italy, Sorrento and the Bay of Naples, the Treasures of Tuscany and the Austrian Tyrol.
The KLM service plays a central role in the forthcoming summer flights programme from Durham Tees Valley, which also
The airport is set to become a major centre for the storage, maintenance and decommissioning of aircraft tanks.
We worked with the airline to develop the joint marketing campaign aimed at highlighting that, wherever you want to be in the world—whether for business or leisure—you can get there with KLM from Durham Tees Valley. includes the ever-popular Saturday flights to Jersey and the Tuesday flight to Palma Majorca available through both Thomson and First Choice. If you fancy a break in the North of Scotland there is the four-times daily Eastern Airways service to Aberdeen, whilst Newmarket Holidays will be offering four specialist departures over the summer,
Sycamore Aviation, led by local man Kevin O’Hare has already begun work on dismantling a number of airliners using state-of-the-art methods to deal with the growing demand for recycling facilities. The development has been warmly welcomed by the airport which is actively seeking to attract businesses relating to the air industry. The company has taken over a 45,000 sq ft hanger where a team of experienced aircraft engineers are able to decommission aircraft and recover many high value spares which are wanted by clients across the world.
The last edition of Stockton News explained how, by 2026, the Borough’s current population of 190,000 is expected to rise by a further 10,000. In this edition we bring you news of the homes being built for this growing population. Along Stockton’s Riverside the Vivo development at Northshore is set to get under way with the second phase of the development of two, three and four bedroom homes this follows the success of Phase 1 where 25 homes have already been sold out of 36 built. On the western side of the Borough outline planning permission has been granted for a development on brownfield land at Allens West in Eaglescliffe to include 845 homes along with a 60 bedroom care home and a small shopping parade to include associated landscaping, roads and parking. Outline planning permission was also granted for a residential development, with associated community facilities at Morley Carr Farm in Yarm. It will include up to 350 homes, a community hall, bowling green and public open space with an equipped play area. In central Stockton the ambitious regeneration of the Victoria Estate is moving forward. It will see the current area of around 250 properties of a mix of flats and maisonettes redeveloped to bring about improved housing and quality of life for residents.
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It is anticipated the first residents will move in April and all households within Phase 1 of the scheme will be relocated within the next 12 months. Meanwhile, 42 High Street in Stockton Town Centre, which dates back to pre-1850, is receiving funding of £400,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Stockton Council. The money will be used to bring the building back into use, creating five apartments above the current Thompsons travel agent and to the rear of the building an old warehouse will be converted into three apartments. In Norton planning permission has been granted on the Red House School site for 68 homes with car parking and landscaping. Meanwhile the Mandale Park development in Thornaby is in its final phase and due for completion in 2016 with a total of 867 homes.
Phase two coming up Work will start in July on the second phase of the regeneration of the Parkfield and Mill Lane areas of Stockton. The scheme will also create at least 15 new apprenticeships with the intention to keep as many of the jobs generated, for local people. See the next edition of Stockton News where we will keep you updated.
Marking memories Stockton Borough residents can celebrate or remember a special person, event or pet using new memorial walls at Billingham, Durham Road and Thornaby cemeteries. A plaque, made from naturally sourced Scottish Caithness stone, can be placed on the walls. The plaques come in two sizes and can be used for either five or ten years. Prices start from £166 for a small plaque with text, and rise to £378 which can include a design with a photo. The Council can provide you with a separate cost should you wish to use a design of your own. For more information, help or advice, please contact Stockton Council’s Bereavement Services Team on (01642) 527341 or 527342. PAGE 17
Two years on for Tristar environment and housing
Stockton housing provider, Tristar Homes, has had an incredible two years since it not only took over the ownership of more than 10,000 homes from Stockton Council but also became part of the Vela Group in December 2010.
Shaping places, creating communities and changing lives
In those two years they have invested more than £49 million in homes with another £54 million planned over the next three years. This multi-million pound investment programme has helped to transform homes and boost both the local economy and the environmental quality of housing estates across Stockton Borough. There’s so much to celebrate. Tristar has provided £200,000 for neighbourhood tenant groups and invested £80,000 in activities for young people. They have installed 500 new kitchens, homes have 2,200 new windows, 1,200 new doors as well as 1,600 new heating systems and a satisfaction survey carried out indicates more than 95 per cent of residents are satisfied with their work. Cath Purdy, Group Chief Executive of the Vela Group (pictured), said: “Delivering the promises that were made to the customers before stock transfer has, and will, continue to be our key priority. “We are delighted to have been able to improve so many homes already, within the
first two years, and the feedback we get from customers shows we are doing the right things in the right way. “Being part of the Vela Group means there’s so much more for Tristar Homes and our customers to look forward to. We are now building much needed homes here in Stockton and beyond, in partnership with Housing Hartlepool. This plays a key part in regenerating our communities and making a real difference to people’s lives.” The Vela Group, which includes Tristar Homes and Housing Hartlepool, has built more than 300 homes in the past two years with regeneration schemes ongoing at Swainby Road, Norton and Victoria Estate areas of Stockton.
So what did we promise and what have we done? In all, Tristar have made 242 commitments which includes providing double glazed windows, new heating, kitchens and bathrooms. We also promised to tackle anti-social behaviour and improve services for older people. To date 212 of the 242 commitments already being honoured include: £49 million of home improvements 13 million of environmental £ improvements have begun ll anti-social behaviour reports A responded to within 24 hours ll routine repairs are carried out A by appointment
Tristar’s commitment to customers doesn’t stop there… As well as investing in homes – Tristar have supported customers into work through their Pathways service which supports people looking for employment. Pathways offers advice on interview techniques, creating a CV, accessing training and matching up people’s abilities with suitable careers. Pathways has helped 123 people in finding jobs, 119 people to access training and supported 40 apprentices as well as providing 35 apprentice work placements for local training provider Nordic Pioneer. Tristar also offer a Money Advice Service to help customers who may be experiencing financial difficulty offering advice to more than 450 customers over the past year. If you would like to find out more about Tristar Homes and its future plans visit www.tristarhomes.co.uk or call the Customer Services Centre on 0300 111 1000 or email email@example.com You can also follow them on Facebook www.facebook.com/tristarhomes or Twitter@tristarhomes
Pathways has helped 123 people to find jobs, 119 people to access training and supported 40 apprentices as well as providing 35 apprentice work placements for local training provider Nordic Pioneer.
Swainby Road regeneration progressing well Work began in January on further demolition of houses in the Swainby Road area of Norton where a total of 186 properties will be demolished. Since January 2010 Stockton Council and Tristar Homes, have been working with residents in the area to relocate them.
he creation of a Voice for Action T Disability Group which is making great progress
It is expected the development partner who will build the new homes will be decided soon and work is continuing on a range of highway works to cater for the anticipated extra traffic.
unding for youth activities – with F young people involved in deciding how the money is spent
Work includes widening the junction of Norton Road and Talbot Street and resurfacing of footpaths.
ontinuing to involve and listen to C customers in improving services 1 million spent each year £ adapting customers’ homes PAGE 18
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A Toucan crossing will be installed on Norton Road near the entrance to the new North Shore Academy building. There will also be a ‘part time’ 20mph ‘School Zone’ on Norton Road with a permanent 20mph zone on Talbot Street as well as surrounding estate roads.
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Warm as toast An £8m scheme tackling fuel poverty is celebrating its success in Stockton after expanding to more than two and a half times its original size. The GoWarm scheme, run by Community Interest Company Community Energy Solutions (CES) and Stockton Borough Council, was originally planned to offer free energy efficiency measures and benefits advice to 600 homes.
Now, twelve months on, the scheme has benefitted more than 1600 properties in the Parkfield, Newtown and Mill Lane areas of Stockton as well as the Mandale and Victoria areas of Thornaby where homes are warmer for less money.
The scheme has also created work for more than 500 people. Jean Oliver, 82, has lived in her Parkfield home for 30 years. She is one of the residents enjoying energy efficient additions to her home thanks to the GoWarm Parkfield Scheme run by Stockton Council and GoWarm. Jean’s home has now been fitted with external wall insulation, a new full central heating system, loft insulation and draft proofing. She said: “As Vice Chair of the Parkfield and Mill Lane Neighbourhood Management Pathfinder Board I was aware of the GoWarm Parkfield scheme before its launch and from the outset was extremely supportive of what the Community Energy Saving Programme and the Council were trying to achieve. “I hadn’t known at that point that my own home was going to benefit but my family and I are overjoyed with the results. I used to have an electric heater on almost constantly to keep me warm but thanks to the cladding that’s been installed this hasn’t been necessary and the house has been comfortable enough without switching anything on.
Jean Oliver (right) pictured with Karen Hindhaugh Director of GoWarm
“We’re now looking forward to cosier winters with our new central heating system and even more so to enjoying the savings we expect to make on our fuel bills.” The GoWarm Parkfield project, the largest scheme of its kind in the UK, is expected to cut each household’s energy bills by up to £750 a year. It is funded by Eggborough Power Ltd, via the Government backed Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP) which targets households in areas of low income to improve energy efficiency standards and reduce fuel poverty. For more information visit www.gowarm.org.uk , call (01642) 605130, visit the GoWarm Parkfield office at Blue Post Yard, Stockton or search for GoWarm Parkfield on Facebook and Twitter.
Green waste collections Your green waste collections are due to start again in April and continue through until October. Blue Week collections start week commencing 1 April 2013 and Red Week collections start week commencing 8 April 2013. Your green waste will be collected every fortnight on the same day as all your other recycling.
Positive outcomes for empty homes There is no doubt about it empty properties are a big issue. They quickly fall into disrepair becoming a target for anti social behaviour, fly tipping, arson and vandalism and can have a negative impact on surrounding residents. Returning empty properties to use provides a much needed home, a rental income for owners and helps rebuild confidence in neighbourhoods.
A new partnership between the Council, Coast & Country Housing, Vela Homes, Hartlepool Borough Council, Redcar & Cleveland Council and social enterprise organisation Community Campus 87 is bringing new life to empty properties and securing apprenticeship and training opportunities for young people. Jack Glasper Smith, 19, from Stockton is now on an apprenticeship studying for his Level 2 in joinery with Community Campus 87 working on the Empty Homes project. He said: “The project really helped me progress. I have picked up the basics of a lot of new skills whilst on the scheme such as painting and plastering, which will hopefully help me in my career.” The partnership offers owners of empty properties a package of refurbishment
works in return for leasing the property to one of the partners for an agreed period of time. The refurbishment works are completed by Community Campus 87 who provide the apprenticeship opportunities. The cost of the works are then recovered through a loan and repaid through the rental income from the property over the term of the lease. Over the next eight years, 199 properties will be returned to use in Stockton. If you own an empty property and want to see it brought back into use – call the Empty Homes Team on (01642) 526687 or email firstname.lastname@example.org They may be able to work with you to refurbish it and manage it for you for an agreed lease period.
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MAKE SURE THAT IT IS OUT BEFORE 7AM ON THE MORNING OF COLLECTION. Replacement or additional re-useable green waste sacks can be purchased for £1.50 from various Council Offices in the Borough. Rolls of clear plastic green waste bags are also available for £2.00. For information please visit www.stockton.gov. uk/wasteandrecycling or call (01642) 391959.
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Joe and Pat Clay’s lounge
Brown’s Bridge area of Stockton
Oxbridge Lane area of Stockton
On flood alert Last year England experienced the wettest summer on record. In Stockton, this resulted in saturated ground, waterlogged fields and high river levels, as parts of the Borough experienced unprecedented flooding. As the torrential rain fell in September, communities along Lustrum Beck and residents in Norton near to Billingham Beck were the worst affected. The floods affected not only homes but also roads which lead to much disruption across the Borough. Other areas affected included the Brown’s Bridge area of Newtown, Hartburn, Orde Wingate Way businesses, Portrack Retail Park and the A66 at Long Newton. Various teams across Stockton Council were on hand day and night, including the Care For Your Area team, who were working triple shifts to ensure residents’ safety. They provided sandbags, pumped out water and removed household items damaged by flood water. Operations manager, Rob Burrell, led his teams throughout the night to assist the public. He said; “We have robust plans in place and teams on call 24/7 who are fully aware of the swift actions they need to take to alleviate as much flood damage as possible. “The equipment we hold includes JCBs, wagons, HGV wagons, gulley suckers and when necessary we hire in more powerful additional equipment.” Joe and Pat Clay who have lived for 41 years in their home on Bishopton Road had direct experience of the floods. They have become more aware of when they need help.
“We have robust plans in place and teams on call 24/7 who are fully aware of the swift actions they need to take to alleviate as much flood damage as possible.”
Pat said: “The lads from the Council were very, very helpful. We really couldn’t have asked for more – they were brilliant. They were straight out to help, made sure things like the drains were unblocked and also sorted boxes out for us to put our things in.” The Council’s Customer Services centre staff were able to reassure residents with queries and a rest centre was opened at the Elmwood Centre before being relocated to Splash. It’s estimated around 150 properties and businesses were affected with 112 reporting problems with flooding. However, this may not be the true extent as some residents may have not reported problems. Earlier this year the Council, in liaison with the Environment Agency, Northumbrian Water, the Highways Agency and others produced a report to help all the agencies involved understand flooding issues in particular locations which will form a plan to reduce risks in the future. It outlines proposals for the future protection of homes including developing a range of rapid response measures so the Council can do all in its power to protect properties at risk. This includes buying additional equipment to pump water and portable barriers which could be installed in certain areas where a risk of flooding is known. When a flood is imminent the media will issue various flood alert signs as the the levels of danger. For information and advice about flooding and to sign up for flood alerts visit www.stockton.gov.uk/flooding
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Tackling health inequalities Following consultation with various communities across the Borough, Stockton Council, agencies and partners including the NHS, are working to tackle health inequalities with the recently launched Joint Health & Wellbeing Strategy 2012-2018. In each edition of Stockton News we will be covering various areas of the Strategy from giving every child the best start in life to obesity and preventing ill health. We’ll start off in this edition by looking at the work being done to tackle the drinking culture and reduce the harmful impact of alcohol on communities, families and individuals. David Biddlestone (pictured) is 42 years old and is currently in recovery from alcohol dependency. He has maintained this status for almost 18 months and says Stockton Alcohol Service, based in a centre in Skinner Street Stockton, literally ‘is a lifeline for people who want to help themselves to break the cycle in drinking alcohol at harmful levels.’ The national charity Lifeline, also based in the centre in Skinner Street, works with other agencies such as Addictive Behaviour Services and the Drugs Action Team. Dave believes both the staff along with the Centre’s friendly, warm atmosphere have had a positive impact on his life. David’s story of drinking began when he was quite young and, in time, escalated to a point where, although he had been open with his employers about his dependence on alcohol, he did eventually lose his job. By attending Lifeline he is not only getting his own life back on track, but also helping others to do the same. He is heavily involved in many activities in and outside of the Centre including heading up the Furniture Group where donated furniture is lovingly restored to a new life and given to those who need it. Cooking on a budget has proved to be a hit with clients of the centre where, for just £1, David and others will cook a meal then reinvest the money for another budget lunch. The outcome is twofold – it gives people skills and helps others. Keeping fit physically as well as mentally is high on David’s agenda. He regularly visits Durham University’s gym, takes other clients on walks around the area and is currently putting together a five-a-side football team and organising groups to take part in boxercise. PAGE 24
David said: “I have had help over the years from other agencies but I feel Stockton Alcohol Service has helped me the most. With support from the centre, and my sister, I am turning my life around.” Stockton Alcohol Service works with other agencies in the Stockton area and is commissioned by the Drug and Alcohol Action Team. Stockton Alcohol Service is also currently employing staff to work alongside GP practices in the Stockton area. Anyone who needs support around alcohol misuse can either call the Centre or simply knock on its door to speak to someone who can help.
If you would like to find out more about the Stockton Alcohol Service call (01642) 625980 or call in to 3-9 Skinner Street, Stockton. To see the detailed report on the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2012 – 2108 visit www.stockton.gov.uk/ healthstrategy
Your good health
From April 1 the Primary Care Trust will no longer exist and Stockton Council will have new responsibilities to ensure the good health of residents. Peter Kelly (pictured), a resident of the Borough for 25 years, is Stockton’s new Director of Public Health and he will coordinate and oversee this w ork. Here, Peter tells Stockton News more about the Council’s new responsibilities. Q: Will the Council be responsible for delivering health services? A: No, not directly but the Council is responsible for working with the Clinical Commissioning Group. The Clinical Commissioning Group is made up of a group of GPs. The services the Council will commission through the Clinical Commissioning Group will include weight management, school nurses and smoking cessation as well as encouraging breastfeeding.
some marked differences in ward areas and we will prioritise finances to improve the health of the poorest fastest. Q: How often will you be looking at future plans? A: Plans will be developed and reviewed annually to make sure they reflect the national picture and address local needs. Q: Can members of the community become involved: A: We hope to develop community champions who will be ambassadors for health and wellbeing across communities, organisations and partners. If you would like to find out more about the Council’s health responsibilities visit www.stockton.gov.uk/healthandwellbeing
Q: What other health issues will be addressed? A: The Council will work with the Clinical Commissioning Group to tackle a full range of health matters including mental health, heart disease, cancer and respiratory illness. Q: What else will the Council be responsible for? A: The new responsibilities encompass health in the widest sense including fair employment, good work for all, good housing and good education as well as ensuring communities are safe. Q: Will the Council be looking at ways to prevent ill-health as well as tackle it? A: Yes, it is important to focus on early intervention and prevention - particularly around children and young people to give them the best healthy start in life and reduce childhood accidents. We would also like to see further progress in early years education, reducing the rates of teenage pregnancy including improving the sexual health of young people. Q: Will the Council target particular wards? A: The Council is responsible for improving health and well-being across the whole Borough. However, we know there are
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Fostering a future for children People who foster children not only enhance their own family lives but also those of the youngsters and babies they foster. Many children who are fostered will eventually return to their birth families. This may come about in days or weeks but sometimes longer – perhaps one or two years.
The first consideration is the welfare of children and the Council will ensure they are fostered by safe and suitable families usually within a 50-mile radius of Stockton Borough.
Many people dismiss the idea of being able to foster – thinking they may not be eligible – but the criteria allows for a range of people. You can apply to become a foster carer if you’re married, single, co-habiting or divorced. Your sexuality will not be a barrier to becoming a foster carer. Other factors, such as whether you are employed or disabled, are assessed on a case by case basis.
Foster carers are needed from all races and cultures to reflect those of the children to be cared for.
Taking the first step to enquire could be daunting but Stockton Council’s Child Placement Team are welcoming, friendly and approachable, ready to discuss and open channels to fostering.
Keeping our children safe Who is responsible for keeping children safe? The answer to that is very simply – ‘everyone’. Nine years ago the Government introduced the Children Act 2004 and as part of this Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCB) were set up across the country in 2006 to ensure
organisations work together to protect children and young people up to the age of 18. Stockton’s Board is a jigsaw of organisations which fit together and work closely to ensure the safety of children and young people is covered from as many angles as possible. It includes the Council, Health Service, Police, Probation and Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service. Jo Thornhill (pictured right) is a lay member of the Board. As a qualified social worker and having worked as a lecturer in health and social care at Middlesbrough College, Jo is well placed for the role. She said: “The Board is responsible for the welfare and safety of all children across the Borough. I am personally committed to contributing to and maintaining high standards in children’s
Foster carers are not left to cope on their own. They have a dedicated Supervising Social Worker giving full support throughout the process of training and development. They work to match prospective foster carers with a child and you will be paid for the costs associated with caring for the child. Stockton Council’s Foster Care Service recently underwent an inspection by Ofsted which found that it provides a ‘good’ service with ‘outstanding’ outcomes for children and young people.
As well as highlighting that good support is provided for foster carers, the inspectors also found there are outstanding outcomes for fostered children who have a good start in life which contributes to their long-term ambitions, aspirations and success including employment prospects. Many children say they feel like one of the family and a number remain where they are being fostered when they are 18 years old. If you would like to take an bold first step to finding out what is involved in becoming a foster carer email child. email@example.com or call (01642) 526218.
You can also visit Stockton Council’s website www.stockton.gov.uk/fostering for more information and to read some of the real life stories and perspectives of foster carers and other members of the family who live with fostered children.
services and I believe acting as a lay person and a representative of my local community is one way I can play my part.” “The Board works together and shares information to make better decisions to keep children safe from harm. It listens to children about what makes them feel unsafe. We monitor how people who work with children are doing to ensure they are doing it correctly.” If you have concerns that a child is being abused, sexually exploited, neglected or may be at risk of harm, you can call (01642) 527764 or email firstname.lastname@example.org in confidence or in an emergency call the Police. You can find out much more detailed information on the work of Stockton LCSB by visiting www.stockton.gov.uk/slscb
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Private fostering knowing the facts Are you a private foster carer or do you know of someone who is? By law, Stockton Council is required to know where all children in the Borough are living. As Jill Anderson (pictured), the lead officer for Private Fostering at Stockton Council explains: What is private fostering?
Who needs to know?
When a parent asks another adult to look after their child for a period intended to last more than 28 days this constitutes private fostering.
By Law the Council must be told so we can ensure the child is well cared for and we should be informed at least six weeks (but no more than 13 weeks) before the arrangement is due to start. If you are already privately fostering a child, or looking after a child in an emergency, you must notify the Local Authority within 48 hours.
A common example is when a parent arranges for someone to care for their child for a fixed period of time while they go to work, college or go into hospital. Or if a child under 16 (or 18 if the child has a disability) is cared for and lives with someone other than a parent or someone with parental responsibility such as a close relative. Who pays for the care of the child? Any financial arrangements are the responsibility of the parent and the carer. The person who receives Child Benefit should let the Department for Work & Pensions know the child is to be privately fostered for longer than six weeks.
How is it arranged? Private Fostering is arranged and agreed by the child’s parents and carers. What will the Council do? The Council has a duty to be satisfied that the welfare of privately fostered children is being carried out satisfactorily and will make regular visits to make sure children are safe and well cared for. We will carry out checks both on the foster carer, and their home, and provide advice for the children, private foster carers and parents.
The proposed new chapel
Artist’s impression of inside the school
Although the Council does not give approval for private foster carers we have the power to stop a person from privately fostering if the carer or accommodation is not suitable and can take actions to sort out any problems, for example, installing fire guards or smoke alarms. What are the Private Foster Carer’s responsibilities? They must offer the child a safe and loving place to live and help the child keep in touch with their own family and a social worker. They must ensure the child is registered with a GP and ensure their health needs are met. They must also inform the Council if anyone else comes to live with them and when the child leaves their care, stating why and giving the name and address of the person into whose care the child has moved. Is there a limit to the number of children a person can privately foster? Yes, you are not usually permitted to foster more than three children at a time – unless they are siblings. To find out more visit www.stockton.gov.uk/privatefostering If you would like to speak to someone about private fostering please call the First Contact Unit on (01642) 527764 or email email@example.com
Artist’s impression of the new school
A new school to take shape Work will begin this summer on a new school building for Ian Ramsey Church of England School, in Stockton.
forward to seeing the designs as they evolve. Our whole school community is really excited about seeing our building take shape.”
Built on the present Green Lane site it will replace the existing north and south block meaning all future learning can take place in one building.
Funding is coming from the Government’s Priority Schools Building programme. The building should take around 14 months to complete. It is being procured by the Education Funding Agency (EFA) and Sir Robert McAlpine has been appointed by the EFA as the contractor to design and build the new school building.
Headteacher at Ian Ramsey, Janet Wilson, said: “I’m delighted our school build project is progressing and we are all looking
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Young entrepreneurs stand out Stockton Borough’s young people are continuing to show their entrepreneurial flair. Matthew receives the award from Lo rd Puttnam.
Matthew’s musical magic A music teacher from Egglescliffe Comprehensive School has scooped a top national award. Matthew Haworth won the ‘Secondary Music Teacher of the Year Award’ at the 14th annual Classic FM Music Teacher of the Year Awards. The award recognises teachers who have made a real difference to the musical lives of young people.
Throughout the year school pupils take part in all manner of challenges to develop their entrepreneurial skills. The latest to impress are from St Michael’s RC School in Billingham who were crowned 2012 Premier League Enterprise Challenge champions. They wowed the ‘Dragons’ Den’-style judges with a business plan pitch to improve the match day experience for Middlesbrough Football Club supporters. It included, creating a smartphone app for ticketless sales, an interactive stadium map and an option to pre-order club merchandise. Elish Chambers, said: “Everbody worked together as a team. It just came together so nicely and we are so proud that all that work put in over the last two months, not just from us, but the teachers and the people we contacted, has paid off.”
Matthew received his award from Lord Puttnam at the Music for Youth Schools Prom Concert at the Royal Albert Hall. Egglescliffe School will receive musical equipment and instruments from Yamaha and specialist music software from Avid.
Keeping vulnerable adults safe Adult abuse can happen to anyone, anywhere, and the responsibility for reporting it lies with us all. Stockton Council works with other agencies including the Safer Stockton Partnership, Police and NHS to support local communities to live safely and vulnerable adults to retain their independence and live a life free from abuse. During 2011/12 the creation of a dedicated Safeguarding Team strengthened responses to allegations or concerns regarding abuse to ensure people affected are involved in decisions and helped in their recovery. This can involve counselling for individuals or perpetrators to enforcement or criminal prosecution. 88 per cent of people say they feel safe after being supported by the Safeguarding Team. Now, following consultation with local groups, the Council has published a special report called Are You Being Served….Well? It outlines how the Council is working with its partners in the Voluntary and Community Sector and Health to improve adult social care. For more information call (01642) 527521.
Here’s just one example of how someone has been helped: The Safeguarding Team received an allegation that Ruth (name changed) was being physically and financially abused by a neighbour. Ruth found it difficult to recognise risks and had allowed others to pay her bills. She was at risk of losing her tenancy because these bills weren’t being paid. The Safeguarding Team stepped in to help support Ruth in managing her finances and develop a Protection Plan to help reduce the risks she faces. Ruth, assisted by a social worker, followed the plan which involved support from the Council to help her negotiate an extension in her tenancy and exploring the possibility of alternative accommodation.
On receiving the award Matthew said: “I am flattered and thrilled to receive this award. Egglescliffe Comprehensive School has a remarkable history and culture of music making, and it is a constant delight to work in a school that values the commitment, ambition, and determination that good music making demands. I love music, and I love teaching. I will treasure this award for the rest of my career.” Picture courtesy of Richard Johnson
Left to right: Joe Buck, Max Bover, Elish Chambers, Amy Buck and Olivia Shovlin
A logo to go Bright media students from Stockton Riverside College have come up with a new name and logo to represent several youth services across the Borough. Youth Direction is the new name for the Integrated Youth Support Service (IYSS). The students were asked to create a name and logo which would give the services delivered through the former IYSS an identity easily recognised by young people, staff and partners. The final logo designs were judged by managers from Stockton Council in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style setting. If you would like to find out more about Youth Direction email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (01642) 677600.
Some of the students involved in the project show off the new logo - left to right Lewis Stephens, Jonathan Howard, Laura Lincoln, Matthew Powell and Sean Hobbs.
Dementia – a new approach
Initial work will concentrate on training staff to identify areas for improvement and work is now under way to tackle problems identified.
The North Tees Dementia Collaborative has launched a special one year project to help improve the lives of Stockton Borough residents living with dementia.
People with dementia and their carers will share their experience of services and suggest ideas for improvements.
Building on the success of similar projects in Darlington and Harrogate ‘Living well with Dementia in Stockton and Hartlepool’ involves local health, social care and voluntary organisations, service users, carer groups and care homes.
Dr Paul Williams, Stockton locality lead for Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “The CCG has identified care of people with Dementia as a key priority for improvement and this project is expected
to deliver significantly improved outcomes for people with dementia and their carers.” The project is being funded by NHS Tees, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust, Stockton Council, Hartlepool Borough Council, Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust and is co-ordinated by the Clinical Commissioning Group for North Tees. If you would like to take part in the project to help shape dementia services please email email@example.com
PCP to deliver Healthwatch across Stockton Borough From April 2013, Healthwatch will be the new consumer champion for health and social care aiming to strengthen the voice of people and communities across England so they can influence local health and social care services. Pioneering Care Partnership (PCP), a registered charity and social enterprise, with a focus on improving health and wellbeing, has been appointed to deliver the Healthwatch Services across Stockton-on-Tees. They have also been commissioned to deliver services across Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland. Replacing Local Involvement Networks (LiNKs), Healthwatch will build on LiNKs’ work to ensure the public, patients and service users influence social care services. This will also include services for children and young people, previously not included in the LiNk remit.
Healthwatch will also carry out the information and signposting role, previously provided by the Primary Care Trust’s PALS (Public Advisory Liaison Service). They will support people to access health and care services as well as signposting those who want to make a complaint about NHS services to the NHS complaints advocacy service. The Stockton Service Navigation Project will also be managed by PCP to provide one-to-one support to help adults access the right opportunities and services to make positive changes in their life. Jane Hartley, Chief Executive of PCP said “I’m delighted we’ve been selected to deliver Healthwatch across Stocktonon-Tees. Our model for Healthwatch is based on working collaboratively with local partners rooted in communities, including voluntary and community sector partners, Housing Associations, the Council, Clinical Commissioning Group, local GPs and many
Roseworth residents are celebrating after being awarded £1 million from the Big Lottery’s national Big Local programme. The money is designed to help local people and organisations make a massive and lasting difference to their community. Over a period of ten years local residents, of all ages, will have the opportunity to have their say on what and how the money is spent. This could range from tackling unemployment and local issues to starting up social enterprises and providing services and activities for residents. The Big Local programme is run by the Local Trust. They have appointed Simon Underwood (pictured) as the “Big Local Rep” for Roseworth. He said: “The key thing about the Big Local is in the name. Local residents, organisations and businesses must be in the lead. We are looking for ideas which will help make the money stretch and will create a lasting difference to people’s lives in the area. The first step is to gather people’s ideas and to build them into a workable plan.” Over the coming weeks and months Simon will be out and about in the Roseworth ward to help raise awareness about the programme and encouraging residents to get involved. If you would like to find out more visit www.localtrust.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07787 193968.
others who share an interest in the health and well-being of the people of Stockton Borough and a passion for bringing about positive change. “Local people should be at the centre of how health and social care services are planned, designed and delivered across Stockton Borough including within General Practices, dentists, pharmacies, hospitals, mental health services, care homes and personal care at home. We will actively seek views from all sections of the community, especially from those who sometimes struggle to be heard in influencing these services.”
Would you like to volunteer? Viva Volunteers, established in 2010, has supported more than 2,000 people in seeking volunteering opportunities across the Borough. Now some brand new volunteering opportunities are on offer thanks to Public Health funding and Stockton Council’s Drug and Alcohol Action Team (DAAT). Examples of volunteering opportunities might include helping to refurbish a local community centre or the planting of a new community allotment - but there’s much more! Volunteers can show their competitive streak with a ‘challenge’ to raise funds for a charity shop or much needed funding elsewhere. If you would like to find out more and give it a go visit www.tessvalleyfoundation.org or call (01642) 260860.
Representatives of the armed forces at Ropner Park, Stockton.
Planting trees for memories An idea to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Year came to fruition when representatives from the Armed Forces planted Oak trees in Billingham, Thornaby and Stockton.
To find out more email email@example.com visit www.pcp.uk.net or call Pioneering Care Partnership on (01325) 321234.
It’s like winning the lottery!
Dennis Grubb (pictured), President of the local R.A.F.A. came up with the idea. Representatives from the Armed Forces were at each of the venues as the trees were planted next to commemorative plaques. A tree dedicated to The Army was planted in John Whitehead Park, Billingham. The Royal Navy, Royal Marines and Merchant Navy also have a tree in Ropner Park, Stockton and a tree was planted to represent, Stockton and Thornaby Branch of the Royal Air Force at the RAF Memorial in Thornaby. Volunteers take on a challenge in Bassleton Woods, Thornaby
If you would like to know more about the Cinnamon Trust, or become a volunteer, visit www.cinnamon.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01736 757900.
For many people, particularly those living on their own, pets are the most important thing in their life. Pets are loyal, boost morale and reduce stress levels and have the ability to bring laughter and lift depression. Cinnamon Trust is the only specialist national charity which seeks to relieve the anxieties and problems faced by elderly and terminally ill pet owners. For example, they can arrange to walk the dog for a housebound owner or look after pets when their owner is in hospital. The Trust can also match up bereaved pets with new owners. Sheila Taylorson, from Stockton, volunteers for the Trust and said: “People don’t always know there is someone out there willing to help them. I walk a dog for a lady in Norton and I know how much it means to her to know someone can be trusted with her dog and also every day she will also see someone for a chat.” PAGE 33
Meet your new Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer interested in the transparency agenda, and opening up our decision-making to the public so that they can understand why we make some of the decisions we do. One of the measures we have announced is the intention to publish outcomes of disciplinary proceedings against officers who have been dismissed with immediate effect, or if they have resigned while facing proceedings for which they could have lost their job. To hold the office of Constable Firstly congratulations on your permanent Do you see challenging times ahead for is a tremendous privilege, and with that appointment – how do you feel? the Force in light of the cuts? privilege comes great responsibility and I’m absolutely delighted to have been Yes, we have to reduce to 1400 officers by integrity. I expect the highest standards of appointed to the position of Chief Constable March 2014 however we are nearly at that behaviour from my officers and if they fall of Cleveland Police. When I arrived number. As part of the restructure, we have short of these, this needs tackling robustly. in October last year, one of the main looked at best practice around the country I am also keen to increase the number of priorities was to plan for the future and which we are bringing to Cleveland. Special Constables in Cleveland, and will reshape the Force to absorb the financial We have also lost senior managers so open this up to recruitment as soon as we cuts imposed on us. I started a process to we can afford to keep more officers in are able. redesign the Force with fewer officers, and Neighbourhood Policing. Cleveland was What key areas would you like to see the appointment means that I can see this one of the first forces to enter into an tackled in Stockton? work through. innovative outsourcing contract with a strategic partner, Steria. This has meant we Our work on tackling crime and anti-social How long have you worked for the behaviour with our partners will continue, can remove police officers from business police service? with a specific focus on reducing crime that support functions, and release them to the I joined Essex Police in April 1984 and then impacts on victims, for example, violent frontline to ensure their warranted powers moved to Suffolk Constabulary as Assistant crime, antisocial behaviour and burglary. are being fully used. Chief Constable in July 2006. In 2007 I was It’s also really important that local promoted to Deputy Chief Constable, and What are your plans for the future of communities feel able to engage with us I moved to Cleveland as Temporary Chief Cleveland Police? and let us know if they have any concerns Constable in October 2011. We need to keep reducing crime and antiabout crime and antisocial behaviour, or if social behaviour and continue delivering there are any areas they feel we should be an excellent service to the people of looking at but aren’t. Cleveland. But I am also extremely
In February Jacqui Cheer was appointed as the new permanent Chief Constable of Cleveland Police. Here she talks about her appointment and future plans.
Meet your new Police and Crime Commissioner
Rating food hygiene Stockton Council is continuing to make sure food outlets operating across the Borough are adhering to the highest of standards to keep residents safe.
Where are you really eating out?
Food outlets like restaurants, pubs, cafes, takeaways and hotels, are regularly inspected to check that their hygiene standards meet legal requirements.
Check the food hygiene rating before you eat out. Go to food.gov.uk/ratings or download the app.
The hygiene standards found at these inspections are rated on a scale ranging from 0 (urgent improvement necessary) to 5 (very good) following an unannounced food hygiene inspection. The Council then uses the National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme to publicise the results of inspections so residents can easily find out about a premises food hygiene standards when deciding where to eat or buy food. Reassuringly, the majority of those in Stockton Borough are achieving a top rating of five and more than 90 per cent achieving a score of three or more. Businesses are encouraged to display a sticker or certificate showing their hygiene rating. Before visiting any food outlet in the Borough you can check their Food Hygiene Rating on the official Food Standards Agency website www.food.gov.uk/ratings or you can also download an App to your mobile phone.
A scheme operated in partnership with Local Authorities.
Did you know 2 to 3 breaths of toxic smoke and you’re unconscious? working Smoke alarms save lives
In January Barry Coppinger was appointed as Cleveland’s first Police and Crime Commissioner. His responsibilities include: Representing the interests of local communities Holding the Chief Constable to account for police performance Setting priorities for the Force and preparing the Police and Crime Plan etting the Police budget and the part of the Council tax S that goes to policing To find out more visit www.cleveland.pcc.police.uk or www.stockton.gov.uk/policeandcrimecommissioner
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Be part of the action! Stockton is hosting a whole range of exciting sporting events this spring and summer and you can take part or spectate! Here is a flavour of some of them. Stockton Duathlon Festival Sunday 21 April 2013 This is a brand new event, set to be one of the top duathlon races in the country. A running and cycling sporting challenge - there’s a format to suit all abilities. Novice 2k run, 10k cycle, 1k run Sprint 5k run, 20k cycle, 2.5k run
STOCKTON CYCLING FESTIVAL Friday 5 July – Sunday 7 July 2013 Friday 5 July Evening Race Spectacle. Come and watch some of the country’s fastest cyclists in action. Saturday 6 July Sign up and Cycle. Join in a fun and friendly cycling challenge with a “Tour de France” style escorted start. Get your bike at the ready and sign up via www.stockton.gov.uk/cyclingfestival to take part in either a:
Standard 10k run, 40k cycle, 5k run
32 mile easy, flat route
£2,000 prize fund for Standard Distance Race
62 mile varied route
Enter now via www.stockton. gov.uk/duathlon
River Rat Race Sunday 25 August 2013 Join hundreds of rat racers for an urban challenge alongside the River Tees. Splash, jump, kayak, and climb across a truly unique 10k course; now including the Tees Barrage International White Water Course. No special skills needed, just a sense of adventure! www.RatRaceAdventure.com/ RiverRatRace
32 mile challenge route with hills 92 mile endurance route. Sunday 7 July Family Festival Day/Racing. An action-packed day out with exciting races to watch, a family fun cycle through Stockton and fantastic, interactive activities. www.stockton.gov.uk/cyclingfestival
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Day in the Life Since Annabel Turpin (pictured) joined ARC in Stockton, five years ago as Chief Executive, it has gone from strength to strength. Visitor numbers in the first three years increased by a whopping fifty per cent. She has achieved financial stability for this unique arts venue and broadened what ARC has to offer as well as establishing its place in the Borough and further afield.
Hailing from her previous job in Berkshire, Annabel moved to the Borough with a desire to offer art and entertainment in the north to match that of the south, in a venue visitors can enjoy and appreciate. ARC is a unique building, based on the corner of Dovecot Street. It houses various spaces which provide a whole variety of opportunities for both participants and audiences. Walk into its foyer and you can immediately feel there is more to this five storey building, than meets the eye. Annabel says: “It can be hard for people to ‘get a handle’ on what happens at Arc as there is so much on offer!” Every year more than 110,000 people visit the building, which houses three performance spaces including a 100 seat studio, a 250 seat theatre and The Point, a space which can accommodate 400 people seated or 550 standing.
ARC also has a very intimate cinema which seats 130 people. There is a dance studio with mirrors and a sprung floor as well as a number of rooms where workshops can be held. Whether you enjoy comedy, music, drama, dance, spoken word or the going to the cinema – ARC can offer it all. It even has special shows for under-7s. Comedy nights are hugely popular and a real strength. Comedians such as Lee Evans and Jack Dee have graced ARC’s stage and tried out new material on Stockton’s audiences, and ARC has also showcased emerging talent such as Chris Ramsey. Remember – you may have seen them first! Alongside its programme of films and performances, ARC also offers a whole range of activities for people to get involved in. More than 15,000 people took part in workshops and classes at ARC last year. As well as lots of activities for children and young people, ARC has a special ‘Silver’ programme of subsidised daytime activities for over 50s.
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Over the Bank Holiday weekend of 31 May – 2 June look out for a festival with a difference as ‘Riveting Stuff’ sets out to showcase and celebrate 200 years of Tees Valley engineering. Engineering is an important part of our economy, and thanks to 200 years of innovation and invention, a source of tremendous pride. The Tees Barrage is the setting for three days of fascinating displays and exciting activities, with something for everyone. Come and have a go at building a real suspension bridge, or a model boat, watch demonstrations of raw power and ingenious mechanisms, climb into giant vehicles, or lift a double-decker bus with your bare hands!
Shipyards, once the greatest producing yard in the land. Redcar will feature an exhibition of images of 20th Century industry and industrial landscapes by painter Len Tabner and photographer Ian McDonald. Artefacts from Middlesbrough’s museum collection will tell the story of traditional craft, and restoration of rare theological texts from the William Kelly collection providing a link to the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels - coming to Durham in July.
Cycle tours and bridge building workshops will complement an exhibition at the Head of Steam museum to show Darlington’s unique contribution to both railways and civil engineering. Partners ARUP, BIRSE, Cleveland Bridge and Teesside University are working with all five Tees Valley councils to bring about this fascinating series of events which are part of the Festival of the North East. For information visit www.stockton.gov. uk/riveting stuff
Visitors of all ages will be invited to turn handles, lean on levers and pump hydraulic Hold the dates in your diary… rams providing memorable lessons in the Look out for ongoing details of two of Stockton’s major events – Stockton Weekender power of engineering. on Saturday and Sunday 27 and 28 July followed by the 26th Stockton International Meanwhile elsewhere in the Tees Valley, Riverside Festival (SIRF) from 1 – 4 August. There will be music and and entertainment an exhibition of Hartlepool’s maritime aplenty. You can read more about these events and all the fantastic forthcoming ones history will tell the story of the Grey in 2013 in your pull out Events Guide.
It also supports local professional actors, writers, directors and dancers through its artist development programme, which is now seen as huge success across the whole region. A large part of Annabel’s time is spent dealing with theatre companies and promoters and travelling countrywide to source shows for ARC. As well as deciding what goes on the stages, she is also responsible for managing the building, staff and finances. She said: “I love it here in Stockton – it really is such a great place to work and live. I’m keen to bring work which is cutting edge, new and exciting to the town. This means sometimes taking a step into the unknown. ARC will continue to complement other art and music available in the town and bring material which is contemporary and relevant, that people can relate to.” To find out up and coming events visit: www.arconline.co.uk or call the Box Office on (01642) 525199. PAGE 38
Olympic legacy comes to Stockton Projects across Stockton Borough are to receive an Olympic legacy funding boost from Sport England. Stockton Council will receive £150,000 to develop a new high quality skatepark in Preston Park, Eaglescliffe. The skatepark will be built to accommodate BMXers, skateboarders, scooter riders and in line skaters among others. Tees Rowing Club will receive £47,534 to upgrade facilities at its home, The River Tees Watersports Centre, and to improve facilities for adaptive athletes such as Stockton’s own budding paralympian, Caroline MacDonald, who competes as an adaptive rower.
Norton Hockey Club will receive £50,000 to upgrade changing facilities at the club and Norton Squash Club also scooped £30,000 to refurbish Norton Sports Complex. Reuben Kench, Stockton Council’s Head of Culture and Leisure, said: “This round of grants is helping the people of Stockton to ensure that the Borough has a long-lasting legacy from the London 2012 games. “We secured money direct from Sport England to provide another much needed skatepark for the Borough. This will provide our younger residents with an exciting and innovative space for sport within Preston Park. “Following Kat Copeland’s homecoming the Mayor of Stockton pledged the Council’s support to Tees Rowing Club. I’m delighted we have been able to honour this commitment by providing essential leverage funding to the club to allow them to secure Sport England money to upgrade their facilities. “The future of all these clubs looks bright and this cash will help them to meet the surge of interest generated since the Olympics and Paralympics.” PAGE 39
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Come and see an amazing new sculpture based on the Mad Hatter’s tea party at RSPB Saltholme. Artist Andrew Frost has carved this ten foot long wooden picnic bench and associated characters with funding from Impetus Environmental Trust. Visitors can enjoy a picnic sitting right next to the Mad Hatter and Alice whilst appreciating all the other wildlife Saltholme has to offer. To find out more about Saltholme visit www.rspb.org.uk/ saltholme or call (01642) 546625.
Up to end of May early June 2013 www.stockton.gov.uk/wardsurgeries BILLINGHAM CENTRAL 6:30PM – 7:30PM www.stockton.gov.uk/billinghamcentralward
BILLINGHAM NORTH 7:15PM - 8:15PM www.stockton.gov.uk/billinghamnorthward
17 April 2013 Billingham Youth & Community 08 May 2013 Billingham Youth & Community Centre
02 April 2013 High Grange Community Centre 07 May 2013 North Billingham Methodist Church 04 June 2013 High Grange Community Centre
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26 April 2013 New Life Family Centre 5:00pm – 5:40pm Hereford Centre 5:45pm – 6:30pm
Maureen first became a Labour Councillor in 1947 on Billingham Urban District Council then went on to serve on Teesside County Borough, Cleveland County and Stockton councils. She was ward councillor for the former Grange Ward in Billingham. She was awarded the MBE in 1968. Following her retirement as a councillor she was made an honorary alderman at Stockton in 2000.
COUNCILLOR MRS ANN McCOY Tel: 01642 535604 Email: email@example.com COUNCILLOR BARRY WOODHOUSE Tel: 01642 371638 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
BILLINGHAM NORTH 6:30PM – 7:30PM www.stockton.gov.uk/billinghamnorthward 08 April 2013 High Grange Community Centre 13 May 2013 North Billingham Methodist Church COUNCILLOR MRS LYNNE APEDAILE Tel: 01642 554344 Email: email@example.com Web: www.stockton.gov.uk/cllrlynneapedaile COUNCILLOR COLIN LECKONBY Tel: 01642 872896 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.stockton.gov.uk/cllrcolinleckonby
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22 March 2013 New Life Family Centre 5:00pm – 5:40pm Hereford Centre 5:45pm – 6:30pm
Former councillor Maureen Taylor died at the end of January at the age of 90.
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COUNCILLOR RAY McCALL Tel: 01642 533407 Email: email@example.com BILLINGHAM SOUTH 6:00PM – 7:00PM www.stockton.gov.uk/billinghamsouthward 11 April 2013 Billingham Branch Library 9 May 2013 Billlingham Branch Library COUNCILLOR MRS JEAN O’DONNELL Tel: 01642 559717 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org COUNCILLOR MICHAEL SMITH Tel: 01642 371782 Email: email@example.com BILLINGHAM WEST 6:00PM – 7:00PM www.stockton.gov.uk/billinghamwestward 29 March 2013 Wolviston Court Community Centre 26 April 2013 Wolviston Court Community Centre COUNCILLOR MRS MARY WOMPHREY Tel: 01642 555755 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org COUNCILLOR MICK WOMPHREY Tel: 01642 555755 Email: email@example.com
BISHOPSGARTH & ELM TREE (STOCKTON) www.stockton.gov.uk/ bishopsgarthelmtreeward 09 April 2013 Elm Tree Community Centre 6:00pm - 7:00pm 15 April 2013 Bishopsgarth School 6:00pm - 6:30pm 07 May 2013 E lm Tree Community Centre 6.00pm-7.00pm 03 June 2013 B ishopsgarth School 6.00pm-6.30pm COUNCILLOR MRS JULIA CHERRETT Tel: 01642 785473 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org COUNCILLOR ELLIOT KENNEDY Tel: 01642 618851 Email: email@example.com FAIRFIELD 6:00PM – 6:30PM www.stockton.gov.uk/fairfieldward 08 April 2013 Fairfield Library 13 May 2013 Fairfield Library COUNCILLOR MAURICE PERRY Tel: 01642 586914 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org COUNCILLOR BILL WOODHEAD Tel: 01642 584409 Email: email@example.com Web: www.stockton.gov.uk/cllrbillwoodhead GRANGEFIELD WARD 6:00PM – 7:00PM www.stockton.gov.uk/grangefieldward 04 April 2013 Grays Road Institute 08 April 2013 Hartburn Scout Group Hut 15 April 2013 Fairfield Library 02 May 2013 Grays Road Institute 13 May 2013 Hartburn Scout Group Hut 20 May 2013 Fairfield Library 06 June 2013 Grays Road Institute COUNCILLOR CAROL CLARK Tel: 01642 675688 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org COUNCILLOR MICHAEL CLARK Tel: 01642 675688 Email: email@example.com www.stockton.gov.uk/cllrclark HARDWICK WARD www.stockton.gov.uk/hardwickward 19 April 2013 Salters Lane Community Centre 6:00pm - 7:00pm 20 April 2013 Aspen Gardens 11:00am – 12:00 17 May 2013 Salters Lane Community Centre 6:00pm - 7:00pm 18 May 2013 Aspen Gardens 11:00am – 12:00 COUNCILLOR NIGEL COOKE Tel: 01642 589442 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org COUNCILLOR NORMA STEPHENSON OBE Tel: 01642 675891 Email: email@example.com
NORTON SOUTH 5:30PM – 6:30PM www.stockton.gov.uk/nortonsouthward 26 March 2013 Albany Resource Centre 09 April 2013 Assembly Hall, St John Ambulance Place 23 April 2013 Albany Resource Centre 14 May 2013 Assembly Hall, St John Ambulance Place 28 May 2013 Albany Resource Centre
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HARTBURN 6:45PM start www.stockton.gov.uk/hartburnward 08 April 2013 Elmwood Community Centre 13 May 2013 Elmwood Community Centre COUNCILLOR TERRY LAING Tel: 01642 587356 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.stockton.gov.uk/cllrterrylaing COUNCILLOR KEN LUPTON Tel: 01642 587286 Email: email@example.com Web: www.stockton.gov.uk/cllrkenlupton NEWTOWN 6:00PM – 7:00PM www.stockton.gov.uk/newtownward 22 March 2013 Ragworth Neighbourhood Centre 05 April 2013 Newtown Community Resource Centre 19 April 2013 Ragworth Neighbourhood Centre 03 May 2013 Newtown Community Resource Centre 17 May 2013 Ragworth Neighbourhood Centre COUNCILLOR PAUL BAKER Tel: 01642 608406 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org COUNCILLOR BOB GIBSON OBE Tel: 01642 614482 Email: email@example.com Web: www.stockton.gov.uk/cllrbobgibson NORTHERN PARISHES 7:00PM – 8:00PM www.stockton.gov.uk/northernparishesward 11 April 2013 Grindon Parish Hall, Thorpe Thewles 02 May 2013 Wolviston Common Room COUNCILLOR JOHN GARDNER Tel: 01740 645357 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org NORTON NORTH 6:00PM - 7:00PM www.stockton.gov.uk/nortonnorthward 20 March 2013 Norton Library 17 April 2013 Frederick Nattrass Children’s Centre 15 May 2013 Norton North Community & Resource Centre COUNCILLOR STEVE NELSON Tel: 01642 534417 Email: email@example.com COUNCILLOR MRS KATH NELSON Tel: 01642 534417 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
NORTON WEST www.stockton.gov.uk/nortonwestward 02 April 2013 The Education Centre 5:45pm – 6:45pm Glebe Community Centre 7:15pm – 8:00pm 07 May 2013 Crooksbarn Primary School 4:30pm – 5:30pm The Education Centre 5:45pm – 6:45pm Glebe Community Centre 7:15pm – 8:00pm 04 June 2013 The Education Centre 5:45pm – 6:45pm Glebe Community Centre 7:15pm – 8:00pm COUNCILLOR DAVID WILBURN Tel: 01642 532517 Email: email@example.com COUNCILLOR NORMA WILBURN Tel: 01642 532517 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org PARKFIELD & OXBRIDGE 6:00PM – 7:00PM www.stockton.gov.uk/parkfieldoxbridgeward 04 April 2013 Parkfield Community Centre (Cllr Javed only) Oxbridge Christian Fellowship (Cllr Rose only) 18 April 2013 Oxbridge Christian Fellowship
02 May 2013 Parkfield Community Centre (Cllr Javed only) Oxbridge Christian Fellowship (Cllr Rose only) 16 May 2013 Oxbridge Christian Fellowship 06 June 2013 Parkfield Community Centre (Cllr Javed only) Oxbridge Christian Fellowship (Cllr Rose only) COUNCILLOR MOHAMMED JAVED Tel: 01642 602420 Email: email@example.com COUNCILLOR DAVID ROSE Tel: 01642 789993 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ROSEWORTH 6:00PM – 7:00PM www.stockton.gov.uk/roseworthward 08 April 2013 Kiora Hall 13 May 2013 Kiora Hall 10 June 2013 Kiora Hall COUNCILLOR JIM BEALL Tel: 01642 602510 Email: email@example.com Web: COUNCILLOR MISS BARBARA INMAN Tel: 01642 586564 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org STOCKTON TOWN CENTRE 6:00PM – 7:00PM www.stockton.gov.uk/stocktontowncentreward 28 March 2013 Culture CIC, Dovecot St 04 April 2013 The Willows Centre 11 April 2013 Parkfield Community Centre 18 April 2013 Victoria House 25 April 2013 Culture CIC, Dovecot St 02 May 2013 The Willows Centre 09 May 2013 Parkfield Community Centre 16 May 2013 Victoria House 23 May 2013 Culture CIC, Dovecot St 02 June 2013 The Willows Centre COUNCILLOR DAVID COLEMAN Tel: 01642 673952 Email: email@example.com COUNCILLOR PAUL KIRTON Tel: 01642 559331 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
you ever tried flat green Bowled over Have bowling? Well now’s your chance as Ropner Park Bowling in Ropner Association is holding coaching sessions for anyone interested Park in having a go. For a nominal charge of £15 you can take part in a ten week course starting in May in award winning surroundings. You don’t need to wear any special clothing and bowls and shoes will be provided. To find out more and the exact dates call George Fleming on (01642) 363805 or Mike Ranson on (01642) 656061.
Show up and share your views Various agencies are working together, including the Environment Agency and Groundwork North East to develop a Tees Catchment Plan. This plan will look at how rivers are managed and can be improved for people and wildlife. Residents are invited to put forward their views at the River Tees Watersports Centre on Tuesday 9 April between 6.30 – 8.30pm. PAGE 41
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focus on your area WESTERN
WEST WARD SURGERIES
Up to end of May early June 2013 www.stockton.gov.uk/wardsurgeries INGLEBY BARWICK EAST 6:00PM – 7:00PM (Joint surgery with Ingleby Barwick West) www.stockton.gov.uk/inglebybarwickeastward 10 April 2013 All Saints C of E Secondary School 07 May 2013 All Saints C of E Secondary School 05 June 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: email@example.com COUNCILLOR KEVIN FAULKS Tel: 01642 764874 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org COUNCILLOR JEAN KIRBY Tel: 01642 762092 Email: email@example.com INGLEBY BARWICK WEST 6:00PM – 7:00PM (Joint surgery with Ingleby Barwick East) www.stockton.gov.uk/inglebybarwickwestward 10 April 2013 All Saints C of E Secondary School 07 May 2013 All Saints C of E Secondary School 05 June 2013 All Saints C of E Secondary School COUNCILLOR KEN DIXON Tel: 01642 764650 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org COUNCILLOR DAVID HARRINGTON Tel: 01642 764652 Email: email@example.com Skype: david.harrington01642 COUNCILLOR ROSS PATTERSON Tel: 01642 764865 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org MANDALE & VICTORIA www.stockton.gov.uk/mandalevictoriaward 30March2013 Rochester Court Sheltered Housing 11:00am - 12:00 noon 27 April 2013 Westbury Street Library 11:00am - 12:00 29 May 2013 Robert Atkinson Youth & Community Centre 4:00pm - 5:00pm COUNCILLOR TINA LARGE Tel: 01642 676509 Email: email@example.com COUNCILLOR STEVE WALMSLEY Tel: 01642 604176 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
MANDALE & VICTORIA www.stockton.gov.uk/mandalevictoriaward
Up to end of May early June 2013 www.stockton.gov.uk/wardsurgeries
Wynyard NORTHERN Stillington
COUNCILLOR TRACEY STOTT Tel: 01642 674471 Mobile: 07528 014 605 Email: email@example.com
29 April 2013 South Thornaby Community & Resource Centre 27 May 2013 Allensway Centre COUNCILLOR DERRICK BROWN Tel: 01642 751028 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.stockton.gov.uk/derrickbrown STAINSBY HILL www.stockton.gov.uk/stainsbyhillward
Dates and venues to be arranged.
STAINSBY HILL 5:00PM – 6:00PM www.stockton.gov.uk/stainsbyhillward
VILLAGE 5:00PM – 6:00PM www.stockton.gov.uk/villageward 08 April 2013 The Griffin Pub 13 May 2013 The Griffin Pub COUNCILLOR IAN DALGARNO Tel: 01642 882985 Email: email@example.com COUNCILLOR MICK MOORE Details being arranged.
Stockton Stockton Long Newton Eaglescliffe WESTERN Yarm
WESTERN PARISHES 7:00PM – 8:00PM www.stockton.gov.uk/westernparishesward
05 April 2013 Trinity Methodist Church 6:30pm – 7:30pm 16 April 2013 Egglescliffe Parish Hall 6:00pm - 7:00pm 03 May 2013 Trinity Methodist Church 6:30pm - 7:30pm 21 May 2013 Egglescliffe Community Centre 6:30pm - 7:30pm
05 April 2013 The Chapel School Room, Carlton 03 May 2013 Stillington Village Hall, Stillington 07 June 2013 The Wilson Centre, Longnewton
COUNCILLOR ALAN LEWIS Tel: 01642 784910 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org COUNCILLOR MRS MAUREEN RIGG Tel: 01642 785689 Email: email@example.com
15 April 2013 Preston Primary School 5:30pm – 6:30pm 19 April 2013 Egglescliffe Community Centre 5:30pm – 6:30pm 13 May 2013 Preston Primary School 5:30pm – 6:30pm 17 May 2013 Egglescliffe Parish Hall 5:45pm - 6:45pm
COUNCILLOR ANDREW STEPHENSON Tel: 0778 529 3416 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org YARM 6:00PM – 6:45PM www.stockton.gov.uk/yarmward 02 April 2013 Yarm Library 07 May 2013 Layfield Primary School 04 June 2013 Levendale Primary School COUNCILLOR MARK CHATBURN Tel: 01642 789982 Email: email@example.com COUNCILLOR BEN HOUCHEN Tel: 01642 786639 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org COUNCILLOR ANDREW SHERRIS Tel: 01642 786767 Email: email@example.com
COUNCILLOR PHIL DENNIS Tel: 01642 790916 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Better access to Thornaby Town Centre
The centre for the community
People visiting Thornaby Town Centre will soon find it even easier to get to thanks to a new road which is being created from Tedder Avenue.
Yarm Youth and Community Centre is open to everyone and offers a variety of classes and activities from puppy training, Guides and carpet bowls to yoga and stage shows.
The £1.35m scheme will also include improvements to the existing traffic signal junction at Trenchard Avenue and the Town Centre bus stop facilities as well as a new traffic signal control at the Baysdale Road/Mitchell Avenue cross roads.
One of the most popular activities is the Older People’s Luncheon Club where volunteers offer a warm and friendly welcome and provide a three course home made lunch followed by tea or coffee and mints.
Owners of the Town Centre, BAE Systems Pension Funds Trustees Ltd, Department for Transport and capital grants have funded the new road link.
The room is welcoming with fresh flowers and all the tables are dressed with table cloths and set out with crockery and cutlery. The luncheon club caters for up to 60 people and also provides a delivery service to those members who are unable to attend the luncheon club.
Contractors will be on site by late Spring.
By election results The by election for the Thornaby Village Ward, which took place at the beginning of February, was won by Thornaby resident Mick Moore representing Thornaby Independent Association (TIA) with 800 votes. The turnout for the election was 24.4 per cent. Mick, 60, was born and bred in Thornaby and works as a crane driver.
21 March 2013 South Thornaby Community & Resource Centre 6:00pm – 7:00pm 20 April 2013 Thornaby Pavilion 11:00am – 12:00 16 May 2013 South Thornaby Community & Resource Centre 6:00pm – 7:00pm COUNCILLOR MRS SYLVIA WALMSLEY Tel: 01642 602375 Email: email@example.com
west WARD SURGERIES
Tucked down a side street in Yarm is a building which bustles with activity at the heart of the community.
Along with a healthy home cooked hearty meal, volunteers also bake a variety of savoury and sweet treats for the members to buy and take home. The Club meets every fortnight on a Tuesday from 11.00am – 3pm. It’s very popular and there is a waiting list for membership. If you would like to add your name or find out more call Sophie Haste at Stockton Council on (01642) 526026.
Show up and share your views
Eleanor Hannah from Yarm enjoying lunch.
Various agencies are working together, including the Environment Agency and Groundwork North East to develop a Tees Catchment Plan. This plan will look at how rivers are managed and can be improved for people and wildlife. Residents are invited to put forward their views at Yarm Youth and Community Centre between 6.30 – 8.30pm on Thursday 28 March. PAGE 43
What’s On what’s on
A look at what’s going on around the Borough from March to May 2013. This is just a taster so make sure you visit www.stockton.gov.uk/events for a full list with the very latest details.
The events listed are subject to change. We reserve the right to alter or cancel any event.
what’s on March
The Chinese State Circus 22 – 24 March The Forum Theatre - Billingham Fri/Sat 7-30pm, Sat Mat 2-30pm, Sun Mat 2-00pm The title speaks for itself - come and witness 200 years of Tradition and the world’s greatest Acrobatic Circus! All Seats £22-00 conc £19-00 Under 16s £15-00, family ticket £68
To Book call Forum Box Office on (01642) 552663
The Point, ARC, Dovecot Street, Stockton
8-10pm, 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: www.cafesci-stockton.org.uk
Sat 30 March Venues across Stockton Town Centre
The Enormous Turnip
Making a mess! Under 5s club
Markets not to miss! During the year Stockton Town Centre, Parish Gardens and Wellington Square are hosting a whole range of specialist markets including Craft, Food, Fitness & Fun, Art and Farmers’ Markets. The Farmers’ Markets will be selling produce from within a 50 mile radius of Stockton. Delights include home made pies, cakes, organic meats and crafts. See some great local talent at the Creative Expo – Looka Festival showcasing local talented artists from the North East. For a full list of Stockton’s specialist markets visit www.stockton.gov.uk/specialistmarkets
Every Tuesday (except 26 March and 21 May)
Tees Barrage Park Run Every Saturday, 9am This isn’t a run in the park it’s a run at the 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 www.parkrun.org.uk/teesbarrage
Mon 25 March – Sat 6 April, Mon-Thurs 10.30am and 1.00pm. Fri and Sat 11.30am and 2.30pm. Arc, Dovecot Street, Stockton Come and watch a delightful piece of theatre unfold in a truly enchanting hour for children and adults alike. Stuff and Nonsense Theatre present this mesmerising performance. Enjoy wonderful puppetry, live music and massive vegetables! Tickets are £9 or £32 for a family of four. Visit www.arconline.co.uk or call ARC Box Office on (01642) 525199
Made With Pride Tue 2 April and Sun 30 June, 10am-4.00pm - Closed Monday Preston Park Museum & Grounds Exhibitions
Free with normal admission. Please see www.prestonparkmuseum.co.uk for more information.
ParkMade Traditional Taster Days Times vary Discover a traditional pastime or craft with Preston Park’s ParkMade Traditional Taster Days. Experts show you how to make a range of fabulous items such as wood carving, pottery, rug making and blacksmithing. Booking essential. Visit www.prestonparkmuseum.co.uk or call (01642) 527820/528842
There will be music aplenty as this year’s Stockton Calling returns featuring great bands at no less than seven venues around Stockton town centre. You are in for a real treat as synth-pop five-piece Chapel Club headline at The Georgian Theatre as well as another NME favourite The Family Rain. Flying the flag for Teesside is soaring indie rockers The Panoramic along with debutants The Smiles, The Port Authority and bluesy foot stompers Club of Rome. Don’t miss Darlington foursome Goy Boy McIlroy and indie pop maestros Collectors Club. TOY, The Sunshine Underground, Nine Black Alps and Jon Windle headlines at KU Bar and The Vault. Topping the bill at the new stage at The Storytellers will be Fossil Collective. Liverpool five piece The Hummingbirds, reported to be Wayne Rooney’s favourite band, will head a talented packed line up at The Sun Inn. Tickets are £14.50 in advance or £17.50 on the day. For an up-to-date list visit www.stocktoncalling.co.uk or call (01642) 525199 or (01642) 674115. You can also call in person to ARC or Green Dragon Studios.
Made with Pride tells the story of furniture in Stockton from the Georgians to the late 1950’s. Visitors will have the opportunity to see objects from the quirky to the sublime including a chair with an inbuilt trouser press and a chair that was made for Queen Victoria!
Preston Park Museum & Grounds
Youngsters can get messy with a range of craft activities. Adult £2, Child/Concession £1, Family £4 (2A+4C), all tickets are valid for multiple visits for one year from date of issue. Visit www.prestonparkmuseum or call (01642) 527375
Children’s Pottery Workshop Thurs 4 April Preston Park Museum and Grounds Workshop times: 10am-11.30am & 1pm-2.30pm
Creative Kids Easter Holiday/ Half Term Craft Activities Wed 3 April, Fri 5 April, Tue 9 April, Fri 12 April (Also half term Wednesday 29 May and Friday 31 May) Preston Park Museum and Grounds Workshop times: 10.30am-11.30am (organised groups – booking required). Family drop-in times: 12.30pm, 1.30pm-2.30pm and 2.30pm-3.30pm. Family fun craft activities. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Free activities however, suggested donation of 50p to help cover costs. Visit www.prestonparkmuseum.co.uk or call (01642) 527820/528842
£5 includes all tools and materials A unique opportunity for children to make their own Pottery with the fantastic potter Graham Taylor of Potted History! Make jugs, bowls and more. Booking essential, suitable for 8 years old plus. Call (01642) 527820/528842. Visit www.prestonparkmuseaum.co.uk PAGE 45
Traditional Craft Demonstrations – Basket Weaving
Walks Training Course
Sat 6 April Preston Park Museum and Grounds From 10.00am
One day training course will give you the skills and knowledge to confidently lead walks. Places are limited so booking is essential. Visit www.fthp.org.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Groundwork North East on 07587 778449
Mon 29 April and Mon 20 May Contact Groundworks to find out which venue they will be using 10am - 2pm
Free with normal admission. Pat Jorgensen the wonderful basket weaver is back to spread the weaving word. Visit www.prestonparkmuseum.co.uk for more information.
World Book Night 2013 Tues 23 April Thornaby Central Library 7.15pm Characters from Agatha Christie’s era will be brought to life through dramatic readings and dazzling Deco fashions from the 20s & 30s - dainty day dresses, beaded ‘flapper’ frocks and sweeping evening gowns. As part of World Book Night everyone who attends will receive a free book (whilst stocks last). Tickets are £7 including light refreshments. Booking is essential. To book call (01642) 528130 or visit any library in Stockton Borough. Other Stockton Borough libraries are also hosting World Book Night events. To find out more visit www.stockton.gov.uk/ worldbooknight
The Life Story of Stars Fri 19 April Wynyard Planetarium, Wynyard Woodland Park 7:30pm - 9:00pm Learn how the stars are born, live and die. Booking recommended call (01740) 630544
Duathlon Sun 21 April Stockton Riverside All day event starting at 9am
Spring Fair Sun 28 April Ropner Park 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Night Sky Observing Fri 5 & 19 April Wynyard Planetarium, Wynyard Woodland Park 9:00pm - 10:30pm Free of charge. Meet outside the Planetarium. Call 01740 630544
Great new event for 2013. Time to brush off your bike, tie up your trainers and get ready for a brand new, and exciting, racing event in the heart of Stockton.
Come along to Ropner Park for a fun filled day. Rides for the children, entertainment, tombola, stalls and music from the bandstand.
All competitors welcome from novices and first timers to the elite in three races. Closing date for entries is 14 April. Visit www.stockton.gov.uk/duathlon, email email@example.com or call (01642) 524598
Music in Museums
Sun 11 May Stockton Parish Gardens
Mon 27 May Preston Park Museum and Grounds, 1pm-4pm and 6.30pm-10pm
Traditional Craft Demonstrations – Stone Masonry Sun 21 April Preston Park Museum and Grounds Drop in sessions throughout the day from 10am Free with normal admission. Stonemason Keith Murray shows the skill and techniques needed to carve into this beautiful material. Why not have a go! Visit www.prestonparkmuseum.co.uk
Come and buy some unique hand made products in this craft market. Enjoy textiles, cakes, wood turned objects, paintings and jewellery. For a full list of Stockton’s specialist markets visit www.stockton.gov.uk/specialistmarkets
Tees Regatta From 9am, Sat 18 May Stockton Riverside Come on down and enjoy around 150 races over a four lane 850 metre course between the Tees Barrage and the River Tees Watersports Centre for this fantastic event. You can expect a race approximately every four minutes! Traditionally there are around 250-350 entrants from across the North of England. Participants’ ages range from 10 to 80 years. Enter a team of your own on an indoor community challenge event on 14 April. Winning teams receive five weeks training to compete in the Regatta. There are also races for disabled rowers.
This year, as part of the popular, annual Folk Festival, there will be a whole host of unique and inspiring folk music events. Local and regional performers will entertain throughout the day (with tin and drum lessons available too!) During the evening enjoy performances from Bridie Jackson & The Arbour, Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra, Sara Dennis & The Rivensmith and Ditte Elly. For more information on admissions and updates on the ticketed evening performances visit www.prestonparkmuseum.co.uk or call (01642) 527375.
Riveting Stuff Festival Fri 31 May - Sun 2 June Tees Barrage White Water Course Celebrating 200 years of Tees Valley engineering. See page 39 for more details.
Rowers like Kat Copeland, Matthew Wells and Jess Eddie began rowing on the Tees. To find out more visit www.teesrowingclub.co.uk
Foraging Walk (1.5hrs)
Chic Vintique Fair
Sat 20 April Tees Heritage Park Meet at Preston Hall main entrance at 1.00pm
Sat 27 April Stockton Parish Gardens 10am-4pm
Come on a food foraging walk and discover nature’s hidden larder. Booking essential. Visit Facebook Groundwork North East, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Groundwork North East on 07587 778449
Come along to see a vast array of antiques, retro wear, collectables, vintage and quality gifts and homewares. Have a cuppa while you’re there and listen to some music. For a full list of Stockton’s specialist markets visit www.stockton.gov.uk/specialistmarkets
Published on Mar 25, 2013