Announcing Blooming Good Fun 2016

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

Stanley Fringe – Remembrance for the Burns Pit Disaster 16th February 2016

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

Environmental Awards for Stanley Projects

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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

 

Blooming Good Fun Awards

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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:

 

Gardens

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

 

Public spaces

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.

Tanfield Wins Gold

Tanfield Village wins GOLD in the Northumbria in Bloom, Britain in Bloom Regional Competition 2015. Check out the Tanfield in Bloom website here for more information.