1.45 Tesco Car Park meet up.
2pm Service at Annfield Plain Central 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.
6.45pm “Battles Over” Beacon Lighting Ceremony on Catchgate Village Green (adjacent to the Crown & Thistle)
10.45 at the War Memorial
10.45 Memorial Park
9.45 Service at St Andrews Church
10.45 at the Memorial in St Andrews Church
6.45pm “Battles Over” Beacon Lighting Ceremony on Stanley Front Street
9.00am for service at St Margaret’s Church with wreath-laying.
Stanley Beacon of Light to remember fallen heroes…
A BEACON of remembrance will be lit in Stanley on Armistice Day to remember those lost in World War I.
Stanley will be illuminated by a Beacon of Light – one of over 1,000 that will be ignited at 7pm on November 11, across Britain – as it falls silent to honour the millions who fought and died in the conflict, which ended 100 years ago.
Stanley Town Council, which has funded the Beacon in Front Street, will light its brazier as the last post is played by a bugler.
Council Leader, David Marshall, himself a veteran, said: “Every year, we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice and honour them with silent prayer. With 2018 marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, we felt it was appropriate to join with cities, towns and villages across the country in lighting a Beacon, not only of remembrance, but also of hope for a peaceful future. The Beacon of Light will symbolise the ‘light of hope’ that emerged from the darkness of war. The four-metre Beacon will become a permanent fixture on Front Street, only moving during the December weeks when we light-up and display the town’s Christmas tree.”
The service will also feature a dedication to the memory of Private Michael Heaviside, a Craghead pit hewer who was awarded the Victoria Cross for valour during the conflict.
The 36 year-old soldier crawled 60 yards across No Man’s Land under heavy fire to bring water and first aid to a wounded soldier lying in a shell hole during the Battle of Arras, risking his life to bring him back to the trenches.
On July 12, 1917, Stanley ground to a halt as locals afforded him a hero’s welcome. Days later, the Durham Light Infantry soldier was presented with his Victoria Cross by King George V.
Stanley Town Mayor, Alexander Clegg, said: “Stanley and the surrounding villages lost many good people in World War I, and while we remember them all, it’s also important we do the same for those who exhibited extraordinary heroics in the face of grave danger. It will be an honour to stand alongside the descendants of Michael Heavisides and recognise the act of uncommon valour of someone who saved a life by putting his own at risk.”
Over 1,000 councils, communities and other organisations nationwide have confirmed their involvement by lighting WWI Beacons of Light.
Everyone is invited to the Remembrance Sunday event, which will take place on Stanley Front Street (in front of the old board school) from 6:40pm on Sunday, November 11, 2018.
The agenda and background papers for next Tuesday’s Full Council meeting are linked below. The meeting will be held at 6.30pm at the Civic Hall and is open to the general public. Members of the public may ask questions in relation to the business on the agenda, please notify the Town Clerk in advance of the meeting. Contact Us
the business to be considered at the meeting will include:
An update from the CLLD Funding Officer; Fireworks; Civic Hall Business Planning; Beacons of Light; Neighbourhood Wardens Update.
Stanley Town Council is delighted to announce the dates for this year’s Summer Play in the Park Events. As always, all the rides and activities will be FREE so get the dates in your diary now.
The dates are:
Wed 1 Aug – View Lane Park
Sat 4 Aug – Oakies Park
Wed 8 Aug – South Moor Greenland School Playing Fields
Sat 18 Aug – Annfield Plain Park
Wed 22 Aug – Craghead Millennium Green
All events are from 10 am to 3 pm
Stanley Town Council has joined forces with local company Alan Hillary Events to deliver its events programme over the next 3 years. The Council took the decision to seek a professional events management partner to improve the quality of events delivered for residents and to enable the Town Council’s own staff to focus on delivering more community projects in the Stanley area.
James Harper, STC Environment Manager, (pictured, right) met with Scott Hillary (left) today to finalise the arrangements for the Town Council’s Play in the Park events.
James said “Alan Hillary Events have 30 years of experience in this area, put forward the strongest bid for the contract and we’re looking forward to working with them”.
For more information about the company, see their facebook page linked below
There will be an Extra-Ordinary Meeting of the Council to consider bids received for the events management tender on Friday 20th July, 6.30pm. The meeting will be held at Craghead Village Hall, Middles Road, Craghead.
Please note that the meeting will not be open to the public after Agenda Item 4 due to the Commercial Sensitivity of the matter being discussed.
The Agenda is linked below.
Next week the Council is holding two Committee Meetings:
Tuesday 8th May, 6.30 pm – Projects & Initiatives
Wednesday 9th May, 6.00 pm – Finance & Governance
Both meetings will be held at the Civic Hall, Front St Stanley and are open to members of the public for attendance. The agendas are linked below for information. Background papers will be uploaded when they are available.
Stanley Town Council has decided to engage a partner company to deliver its programme of community events over the next three years. We are inviting applications from experienced and highly reputable events management businesses to will provide a high quality service for a number of outdoor events throughout the years 2018, 2019 and 2020.
The specification and contract details have been published on the Open Government’s Contract Finder website. Full details of the specification and how to submit a bid for the contract are on the website, which can be found HERE
For an informal discussion about the contract, please contact the Town Clerk on 01207 299109 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Agenda and papers for next week’s Projects Committee are linked below.
The meeting will be held at 6.30 pm on Tuesday 10th April at the Civic Hall. All meetings are open to the public. Items to be considered:
Advice Service Specification
Youth Theatre production for Armed Forces Day
Advice in County Durham Networking Event
STANLEY TOWN COUNCIL