Remembrance Events this Weekend

Details of the Remembrance Events being held this Sunday around Stanley:

Annfield Plain

1.45 Tesco Car Park march to St Teresa’s church
2pm Service at St Teresa’s.
2.30pm March from Church to Memorial in Park
2.45 approx Wreath laying in Park at Memorial

Kyo Laws Methodist Church

10.30 ServiceShield Row Lane, Stanley. Co. Durham DH9 7SP

South Moor

10.45 Memorial Park

Craghead

10.40 at the War Memorial

Stanley

10.15 Service at St Andrews Church
10.45 at the Memorial in St Andrews Church

Tanfield

9.45am for service at St Margaret’s Church with wreath-laying.

In addition to the events at the weekend, the Town Council will be holding a wreath laying event  on Wednesday 11th November at the Civic Hall. All residents are invited to join us for 2 minutes silence.

Bonfire Incidents down

Bonfire night statistics collected by County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service show a decrease in the number of incidents attended by the Service compared to last year.

The CDDFRS control centre and operational crews coped well throughout bonfire night taking 128 calls (up 7 per cent on 2014) and attending 67 incidents (down 17 per cent on 2014), 35 of which were fires (14 fewer fires than 2014).

Of the 128 calls taken by Control, 73 per cent were received between 4pm and 9pm.

Stuart Errington, chief fire officer for County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We are pleased that year on year more people are following our advice and attending organised firework displays; a much safer and economical way to enjoy bonfire night.

“It is a tribute to the hard work of our staff and our partners, including the local authorities and police, that we have been able to continue to drive down these incidents and keep people safe in County Durham and Darlington. We would like to remind those people carrying forward bonfire events into the weekend to continue to follow the Firework Safety Code.”

 

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For further information, please contact Clare Robinson, communications manager

Phone 0191 375 5600 or email  crobinson@ddfire.gov.uk

Twizell Burn Project

Members of Stanley Town Council voted to support a project initiated by the Wear Rivers Trust, Nothumbrian Water and Durham County Council to improve the area around the Twizell Burn watercourse in Stanley.  The Twizell starts it’s course around the Morrison Busty and has suffered from poor water quality, drainage and poor amenity along it’s course. Large areas along the course of the burn have been prone to flooding for many years.  There is a large project supported by partner agencies to solve the problems that the Twizell has and to improve the recreation value for residents.  At last Tuesday’s meeting, Councillors decided to support this project by:

  • Funding new paths in Memorial Park
  • Funding new paths along South Stanley Nature Reserve and Langley View
  • Funding a sustainable drainage scheme in Pine Street, South Moor as part of the Heritage Trail

The Town Council has already stated it will support proposals for the Heritage Trail in South Moor remembering men of the town who died in the First World War by maintaining the signage after it is installed. The parts of the scheme that the Town Council is funding will allow more people to enjoy walks along the banks of the Twizell and will improve the look and feel of Pine Street whilst reducing the flood risk for residents of South Moor.

Powerpoint Slides on Proposal

Funding Application and Background Information

 

Salvation Army Christmas Toy Appeal

The appeal was first set up in 2006 for children in the Derwentside area and to date has helped over 3500 children have a happier Christmas day. Last year with your help and generosity 534 children in Derwentside woke up to presents on Christmas morning, 361 of those in the Stanley area.  In anticipation of your support we would like to thank you for donating to this year’s appeal.

There will be a box in the reception area of Stanley Civic Hall, local businesses and schools for anyone wishing to donate a present between 30th November and 15th December.

We appeal to you to help make Christmas special by donating new, unwrapped gifts for children & young people who face the reality of waking  up to nothing under the Christmas tree this year.

 So go on make a child smile this Christmas morning and buy an extra gift this year!

 From experience of previous years gifts most needed are for-

Under 1 year old children (rattles, educational toys but not cuddly toys please)

Gifts for Teenage boys (age appropriate games, cosmetics, watches etc)

We would ask that all donations please be new and unwrapped to help empower the parent/carer to wrap them for their children.

Case Study

“One family had returned from holiday in December to find the family home had been burgled. The presents bought for the big day had amongst other items been stolen. Due to the holiday finances were low and support was needed from the Toy Appeal to ensure the children had gifts to open on Dec 25th”.

“Mum and dad within a local family had jobs in factories, but within a 4 week period leading up to Christmas lost their jobs meaning they didn’t have money to buy gifts for Christmas. The gifts donated helped their 2 children have a special time”

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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.

Seeking the family of Thomas Tallentire (d.1918)

The Town Council is trying to trace descendants/ relatives of Thomas Tallentire. Early in WW1, Tom joined the 15th. Battalion DLI, and then was attached to the I.B.D – Infantry Base Depot as a yellow arm-banded instructor (canary) at Etaples. Tom put the new drafts through their paces. He was then sent back into the line with the 14th. Battalion DLI and won the Military Medal for Bravery in the Field at Cambrai in November 1917. Promoted to Corporal and section commander he was killed-in-action on the flank command with his company from the 19th. Battalion DLI (Bantams) during the German Spring offensive in March 1918.
Tom, the pit man proved to be an exceptional soldier, a mentor and leader of men who paid the ultimate price, he holds a cherished place in the history of our town. He is remembered on the plaques at Memorial Park in South Moor. We believe that Thomas’s family may still live in the Stanley area and we would love to make contact with any relatives and would be very keen to find any photographs of him.  If you can help, please Contact Us

County Council offering Winter Car Safety Checks

Keeping safe on the roads this winter

Motorists are being urged to stay safe on the roads this winter by making sure their vehicles are fully prepared.

Durham County Council provides MOT testing and winter vehicle health checks at its servicing centres for members of the public and businesses.

Health checks involve looking at tyres, the battery, wipers, the engine, heating and ventilation, washers, anti-freeze and starter and charger systems.

All works, including MOTs, are carried out by fully qualified technicians and customers do not have to have repairs done there and then, however staff will advise of any work needed to bring the vehicle up to legal standard and withstand a long winter.

Michael Toas, county fleet manager, said: “Vehicle health checks can help make sure your car or van is ready for frosty driving conditions. With winter almost here and temperatures starting to drop, now is the time to think about when your vehicle was last checked as being prepared could help you keep safe and on the move.”

MOTs cost from £42 and are available for cars, minibuses and commercial vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes, while winter health checks are priced from £26.

To book an MOT or winter health check contact any of the following council service centres:

 

  • Annfield Plain Morrison Busty depot on 03000 265 638
  • Chilton depot on 03000 266 247
  • Meadowfield depot on 03000 269 342
  • Peterlee depot on 03000 264 100

 

For further information visit www.durham.gov.uk/MOT

Request for Volunteers – Cinnamon Trust

The Cinnamon Trust is the national charity whose wonderful volunteers help people over retirement age and those in the latter stages of a terminal illness by offering all kinds of pet care. We urgently need dog walking volunteers in Annfield Plain, Stanley for a local resident who is not able to walk their three little dogs a 6 year old Shih Tzu, and two dear little 2 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniels who would love to go for a good walk. If anyone would like to volunteer we would be delighted to hear from them.
We wondered if you would be able to help us publicise our need for volunteers in the area.
We always need new volunteers so even if you can only spare an hour a week we would love to hear from you,
Please call during office hours 01736 758707 email us at volunteer@cinnamon.org.uk or check out our website for more details www.cinnamon.org.uk

Registered Charity No: 1134680 The Cinnamon Trust is a limited company registered in England and Wales. Registered Office: 10 Market Square, Hayle, Cornwall, TR27 4HE. Company Number 07004861

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.