Gertie Ayer from Annfield Plain received the British Empire Medal from Mrs Sue Snowdon, H.M. Lord-Lieutenant of County Durham yesterday at Annfield Plain Central Methodist Church in front of a large gathering of friends, family and well wishers. Local MP Kevan Jones nominated Gertie for the award in recognition of her 75 years of voluntary work in the community at Lee Hill Hospital, Shotley Bridge Hospital (for 40 years) and for the last 30 years visiting the elderly at Stonleigh Care Home, in addition to voluntary work preparing meals and running coffee mornings at the church, work she still does aged 95. An Annfield Plain resident all her life, Gertie truly deserves her recognition and all the members and staff of the Town Council congratulate her.
The Agenda and Background Papers for next week’s Ordinary Council Meeting are linked below. The meeting will be held at 6.30 pm at the Civic Hall. All meetings are open to the public. Please note: If you wish to ask a question at the meeting, it must be notified to the Clerk in advance of the meeting. The Clerk can be emailed on firstname.lastname@example.org
Business to be discussed at the meeting includes:
Member’s Initiative Fund – Details of the projects supported by Councillors in 2017/18
Events Specification – Tender details
Wardens SLA – Specification for enhanced wardens service
Civic Hall Hire charges
The Projects & Initiatives Committee will be considering the provision of grit bins, Stanley In Bloom and updates to outstanding projects. The meeting is at 6.30pm on Tuesday 13th March at the Civic Hall. All meetings are open to the public. The Full Council meeting postponed from 27th February will follow.
The agenda and supporting papers for the February Ordinary Council meeting are linked below. Business to be considered at the meeting includes:
Events Specification, War Memorial, Allotments and the Louisa Morrison disaster memorial
The meeting will be held at the Civic Hall and starts at 6.30pm. All Council meetings are open to the public
Derwentside A.C. based in Stanley have a chance to win £200,000 to help improve facilities for athletics in the town. The club are through to the national final of Persimmon Homes Healthy Communities Competition and need your support against 29 other finalists. The public vote is open until 16th March and each individual can vote once per day until the closing date.
Brian Buckley chairman of Derwentside A.C. was delighted by the news “We have some excellent young athletes at the club who would benefit greatly from better outdoor facilities to train on and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to help our young people. “
The club is based at North Durham Academy. Kevin Reynolds, Executive Principal of North Durham Academy congratulated Derwentisde A.C. on their success in the competition so far, “The news that Derwentside A.C. have progressed to the national finals could provide fantastic opportunities for both the club and wider local community and we look forward to working on any future developments that may arise out of the competition with Derwentside A.C. and Durham County Council. The possibility of funding to improve facilities that will support the development of young people is an exciting prospect for all.”
Votes can be cast via the Persimmon website https://www.persimmonhomes.com/healthy-communities/finalists
The Town Council set its budget for the forthcoming financial year at last Tuesday’s full council meeting. The Council voted to increase the parish precept (which is the part of the Council tax which funds the Council) by 2.95%.
This means that for a Band A property, the parish precept will increase from £59.92 to £61.69 per year. The Band D rate will go from £89.88 to £92.53.
The Council plans to re-introduce an enhanced warden service for Stanley in 2018 to tackle dirty yards, dog fouling and litter around the area, provide more support for local community groups and village halls, whilst continuing to provide funding for the Stanley advice centre, free high quality events throughout the year, youth services and a range of Civic Pride initiatives. The majority of new services will be funded by reducing the subsidy of the Civic Hall.
Proposing the budget increase, Cllr David Marshall said “If no increase is provided, then the ability to provide the improvement in the service we are planning would not be possible”
Full details of the budget can be found here: 2018-19 Budget (Approved)
Video footage of the Council meeting (and all other meetings) can be found on our youtube channel. Tuesday’s meeting is linked below. The budget discussion starts 15 minutes into the meeting.
Next week’s Full Council meeting will see the Council set the budget for the 2018/19 Financial Year. Other business being considered will include Stanley in Bloom, Funding Police Vehicles and a review of the Council staffing structure (this item will be in closed session).
The meeting will be held at 6.30pm on Tuesday 23rd January at the Civic Hall. All Town Council meetings are open to members of the public.
If members of the public wish to ask the Council questions at the meeting, they must be submitted in advance of the meeting to the Town Clerk, either in person or by email to email@example.com
This year’s Christmas market will be held on Saturday 2nd December from 10am on Stanley Front Street. Building on last year’s successful event, the Christmas Market has more stalls and will set up next to the general market and there will be a funfair as well. The main event, the switch on of the Christmas tree, will happen at around 4.30, with entertainment from the cast of the Civic Hall panto, Snow White. Save the date!
Details of the Remembrance Events being held on Sunday 12th November around Stanley:
1.45 Tesco Car Park meet up.
2pm Service at St Theresa’s 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 10th November, 11am
In addition to the events at the weekend, the Town Council will be holding a wreath laying event on Friday 10th November at the Civic Hall. All residents are invited to join us for 2 minutes silence.
A regeneration project that captures the history of its residents has been completed in South Moor.
Due to issues with flooding across the South Moor Terraces in Stanley, the Wear Rivers Trust, in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund, Stanley Town Council, Durham County Council, Groundwork North East and contractors Seymour Civil Engineering have installed a sustainable urban drainage system, a natural approach to managing drainage and recycling water.
To do this, rain garden planters were fitted between the pavement, providing homes for five trees, each commemorating one year of fighting in the First World War.
Along with additional foliage, the trees, positioned along the length of Pine Street, act as markers within the Twizell Heritage Trail, a route which tells the story of South Moor’s origins shortly before the First World War and how the miners shaped the community. Each tree will be marked with a World War one battle insignia, remembering the hundreds of miners who lost their lives.
The project also saw the pathways fitted with block paving designed in the style of old fashioned film reel to commemorate the important role that local cinemas played in war time communications.
During both World Wars, the community surrounding Stanley depended upon the five cinemas in the area for updates from the frontline.
Town Mayor Bala Nair said: “It’s fantastic to see a project that the Town Council has invested in come to fruition. The new scheme has given Pine St a big facelift but it will also have a positive impact in reducing the incidence of flooding in South Moor, which has been a problem for years”
Adrian Cantle-Jones, the Durham County Council Project Manager, said: “South Moor residents are delighted with the wonderful improvements to Pine Street and the wider Twizzel Burn and South Moor Heritage Trail. The South Moor Partnership is looking forward to continuing the regeneration of the South Moor Terraces and Twizzel Burn Catchment”.
Keith Love from Seymour Civil Engineering, said: “As a company, we are really proud to have been a part of a project that has not only contributed to environmental improvement and flood alleviation, but has commemorated Stanley’s heritage.
Stanley Town Council invested £60,000 in the Pine St scheme, the improvements in Memorial park including the new bridges in the woods and contributes to the maintenance of the heritage trail, keeping the path clear for people to enjoy.
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