The Agenda and papers for next week’s meeting of Council are linked below.
We believe that we may be the first Town Council in County Durham and possibly beyond to broadcast our meeting live on Facebook so we will be offering a new way for the public to interact with our meetings from their own homes on Tuesday, fingers crossed there will be no technical problems!
The business on the agenda to be discussed will include decisions being made about projects, events and initiatives the Council is taking forward in 2017 and an update on progress towards a number of the Council’s medium term objectives, including a virtual tour of the old Front Street Council offices.
Details of the Remembrance Events being held this Sunday around Stanley:
1.45 Tesco Car Park march to Annfield Plain Methodist Church
2pm Service at Annfield Plain Methodist Church.
2.30pm March from Church to Memorial in Park
2.45 approx Wreath laying in Park at Memorial
Also in Annfield Plain, ceremonies are held at the Memorial in the Avenue, Greencroft, at 11 am and at the Loud Bank Memorial, also at 11 am.
10.45 Memorial Park
10.45 at the War Memorial
9.45 Service at St Andrews Church
10.45 at the Memorial in St Andrews Church
9.00am for service at St Margaret’s Church with wreath-laying.
Civic Hall, Stanley, Friday 11th November, 11am
In addition to the events at the weekend, the Town Council will be holding a wreath laying event on Friday 11th November at the Civic Hall. All residents are invited to join us for 2 minutes silence.
The paper’s for next Tuesday’s meeting of Stanley Town Council have been published. The meeting will be held at the Civic Hall in Front Street, Stanley at 6.30 pm and the Public are welcome to attend and participate.
Items to be considered will be:
Funding request for Fireworks
Proposals for funding the PACT House
Funding for Front Street Improvements
Civic Hall Coffee Shop
OAPs Christmas Dinner
We hope to see you there. The papers for the meeting are attached below.
Photograph: Simon Green from the Beamish Museum Leek Show
Stanley Town Council and the Tommy Armstrong Society are proud to announce that this Saturday will see the unveiling of the first ‘heritage’ plaque in Stanley under an initiative agreed last year to promote and celebrate the history of the Parish.
It is fitting that the first plaque will be to mark the place of rest of Tommy Armstrong, the famous poet and songwriter who lived in several locations in the parish and whose work celebrated and recorded the people, places and struggles of the area.
The unveiling of the plaque, which will be sited at Tanfield Church, will take place at 1.30pm on Saturday 11th June. Following the unveiling by the Chairman of the Council there will be a blessing held at Tommy Armstrong’s graveside and performances of two of Tommy Armstrong’s songs.
Picture: The Tommy Armstrong heritage plaque being put in place ready for the unveiling
The Annual General Meeting of Stanley Town Council will be held at 6.30 pm on Tuesday 24th May 2016. At the AGM a new Chairman will be elected for the coming year, appointments to Committees will be decided, the accounts will be approved and the Council will be considering whether or not the Chairman should adopt the style of Town Mayor.
The Town Council are launching this year’s ‘Blooming Good Fun’ competition.
It is to encourage gardeners from right across the Parish to make a special effort to brighten up their surroundings – and everybody else’s by bringing colour and floral displays to Stanley.
Entry is FREE and there are CASH PRIZES to be one. There are awards for the best garden, tubs, window boxes, back yard, open space or communal space and trade premises so it’s open to everybody.
To get an entry form, see our Blooming Good Fun page
What is Stanley Fringe? It’s difficult to neatly categorise it. They have published no list of objectives. They have no charitable aims. The group is a loose collective of artists in the broadest sense from this area. It isn’t a historical society, but one of the only clear goals of the group is to remember the anniversary of the Burns pit disaster. It isn’t a political group but their work reflects the politics of the early Labour movement, Their event on 16th February is called ‘Remembrance, Rebellion and Revolt’. Without having yet attended the event I get the feeling that the Stanley Fringe will be settling scores on behalf of the men who died in 1909. Their first event last summer was branded as an ‘alternative afternoon of music and poetry’ but the music and poetry presented was steeped in the traditions of the north east. There is a certain nostalgia for old Stanley about the group but it isn’t sentimentality. Rather, their work speaks about the continued warmth and optimism of the people of this town despite all the injustices that they have endured. Pit disasters, wars, the end of the coal industry and the pedestrianisation of the Front Street. The Stanley Fringe and Stanley Town Council will be leading the remembrance for the men of the West Stanley Disaster at the memorial by North Durham Academy at 3.45 on 16th February, the 107th Anniversary of the event.
At 7pm come along to the Beamish Mary, join the group for a pint, song and poetry and settle some scores with the pit owners who sent those men down unsafe pits.
Visit the Stanley Fringe group on Facebook for more information or to get involved
Two Environmental Projects from the Stanley area have been recognised this week in Durham County Partnership’s 2015 Environmental Awards. The Catchgate Neighbourhood Planter Scheme, which was led by the Neighbourhood Watch with support from the Town Council and Tanfield in Bloom were both commended for their valuable contributions to the quality and appearance of the local environment and the efforts and participation from the Local Community. For full details of the winners of the Environmental Awards, click HERE. For more information about Tanfield in Bloom, please visit their WEBSITE
Main Picture: Town Councillor Colin Thompson with the award for Tanfield in Bloom
This year saw the second running of Stanley Town Council’s “Blooming Good Fun” initiative, a competition for residents to create the most spectacular gardens, yards and planters in the Stanley area. Participation increased from the first competition last year, with twice as many entrants.
Twenty passionate green fingered members/groups of the Stanley Community submitted their gardens, yards and open spaces into the competition. All the entries were of a very high standard, sparking excitement and big debate between judges.
The Awards Night
A Fantastic evening held at the Civic Hall Stanley, with guest speaker Ann Burns ‘Northumbria in Bloom Judge’ congratulating all the entrants. The 9 placed entries received a certificates, trophies and cash prizes. The awards night was also attended by local agencies including Durham County Council’s Civic Pride Team & Stanley’s Area Action Partnership. It was a terrific evening to reward residents who help to develop a sense of community and pride across the whole of the Parish.
Sergeant Dave Clark of Durham Constabulary, speaking at the event, hailed the project a success and talked about how well kept spaces and environments contribute to a decrease in Crime.
The competition was divided into 3 categories; Gardens, Planters and Yards, and Public Spaces. The winners were:
1st place – Alastair Cartwright
2nd place – Alan Murray
3rd place – Gerald Rimington
Planters and Yards
1st place – Brenda Richards
2nd place – Kathleen Gibson
3rd place – James Crowley
1st place – Les Quigley
2nd place – Stanley Park Nursing Home
3rd place – South Moor Police station
Councillors at Tuesday’s Council meeting voted to repeat the initiative in 2016 and would like to see more entries than ever next year. If you are a gardener and would like to get involved next year, please Contact Us and we will add you to our mailing list and provide details of how to enter.