Community Football Centre Opening Saturday 21st May

After the completion of a £50,000 renovation project, Stanley Community Football Centre will officially open this Saturday, the 21st May.

To mark the ribbon-cutting on the area’s newest sporting facility, the centre will host a family open day, featuring a Penalty Shoot Out competition, Football Tennis, a bouncy castle, inflatables, a tombola, a climbing wall, caricature pictures, plus refreshments.

The open day will be run by Stanley Events, who worked in partnership with the Foundation of Light, Durham County Council, Stanley Town Council, the Football Foundation and the Stanley Area Action Partnership to turn the site of the former North Durham Academy into a state-of-the-art community hub.

A spokesman said: “It has taken a tremendous amount of work by a dedicated team of volunteers, working with the County Council and partners to help bring a derelict site that was destined for demolition back into use for the local community.”

Mark Pae, of The Foundation of Light added: “This partnership has helped the Foundation establish a base for helping teenagers and young adults in the region through the Kicks social inclusion programme and Back on Track programme (which helps young people not in employment, education or training).

“The Foundation’s partnership with Stanley Events has proved successful and we are delighted with the development of the facility. Plans to enhance the facility further mean that it can become a place where people can realise their potential.”

The facility has over 600 regular users every week, who access a range of sport and fitness facilities. It is also the home of Beamish Community Football Club and Stanley Youth Club, who use the site’s extensive facilities, including its floodlit 3G astroturf pitches.

Its pitches are all available for hire, alongside a fully-furnished community room that is ideal venue for conferences, training, meetings, and birthday parties, including use of the kitchen area, changing and outdoor sports areas.

This Saturday’s open day starts at 10am, and runs until around 3pm, featuring fun for all the family.

The official ribbon-cutting will be at 12 noon.

STC Annual Report 2015-16

The Council has published an Annual Report to inform residents about the projects, initiatives and events the Council has been involved with over the last 12 months.  There is also information about grant funding the Council has provided and a breakdown of the Council’s finances.

The report is linked HERE (22MB, PDF)

The Council will hold it’s Annual meeting for electors on Tuesday 17th May 2016 at 6.30pm in the Civic Hall.

The meeting is open to all residents of Stanley and it’s purpose is for you to raise issues that concern you in an open forum. The Agenda for the Town Meeting can be found HERE

Stanley Family Cycle – Now Free to enter – Sunday May 1st

With the Stanley Family Cycle day just a couple of weeks away, the introduction to cycling around the area has been given a boost.
The organisers and the Town Council have got together and made the event available to all by making the day a free event.
Council Chairman Joan Nicholson is looking forward to the day and hopes the people of the parish will get behind the project. “This ride is very much geared to the people in the Town and surrounding area.  The Council is putting on small events across the year that are looking to bring back even more of the community feel. This is just part of what we are doing for the Town and we hope people of all ages will get behind this and other events throughout the year.”
Centred on the town’s Oakey Park, the focus of the day will see a fabulous ride of around 6 miles showing off some great landscape and countryside on the way to Beamish. To make sure it isn’t too had on the legs, we will have a half way rest up where we can hone the bike skills with the Council’s Cycle Proficiency team.
Colin Wilkes, part of the organising team: “This is an ideal way to introduce the cycle ways around the Stanley area to a wider audience.  People still need to ‘sign up’ so we know how many to expect – although there will be a limited amount of on the day spaces available.  This is all due to the extra funding that we can offer a great day without charge.”
Along with the ride, there will be other stalls including bike protection marking by the local police, and also some advice on healthy lifestyle.
The event, on Sunday 1st May, will be an opportunity to see some of the best of the countryside around the Stanley area and will also publicise the planned opening of a new link route from the C2C route into Stanley town centre.
For more information, please see the facebook page: Stanley Family Cycle

Getting ahead for the Stanley Family Ride.

With less than a month to go things are taking shape for the Stanley Family Ride on 1st May 2016.

The event, the first time in Stanley will see cyclists old and young getting on their bikes to use part of the refurbished Sustrans route that skirts the north of the town.

Council Chairman Joan Nicholson is looking forward to the day and hopes the people of the parish will get behind the project. “This ride is very much geared to the people in the Town and surrounding area.  The Council is putting on small events across the year that are looking to bring back even more of the community feel. This is just part of what we are doing for the Town and we hope people of all ages will get behind this and other events throughout the year.”

Starting from the town’s Oakey Park, the routes of 6 and 20 miles will see ‘there and back’ rides to Beamish and Cox Green. Whichever route you take some delightful sights await.

At first there are some great views from the iron bridges that take the route to the Iron Cows just underneath the road that brings us to the turn point of the six-mile route – best for beginners and children.

A marshalled crossing to the rest area where the youngsters will get some valuable tips on cycling from our qualified and experienced cycle marshals before a rest and off back on the steady incline back to the park where the T-shirt and goodie bag awaits.

Gina Clarke, Network Manager from Sustrans welcomes the idea of even more people using the pathways: “These scenic traffic free paths provide a safe, enjoyable route for cyclists and our team work hard to maintain this section of the National Cycle Network from Consett to Washington. We are looking forward to the event bringing new people to the C2C, giving the next generation of cyclists the opportunity to experience the route for themselves.”

The event, on Sunday 1st May, will be an opportunity to see some of the best of the countryside around the Stanley area and will also publicise the planned opening of a new link route from the C2C route into Stanley town centre.

 

Event: Stanley family Cycle                       Date: Sunday May 1

Start: Long ride 9.30am – Short 9.45 approx.

Costs: £15 adults £7 under 14 – groups discounts are available for 10 plus riders.

For more information, please see the facebook page: Stanley Family Cycle

 

Picture: Cllr Ron Harrison & Community Development Officer Brian Hall promoting the Stanley Family Ride at last week’s South Moor Play in the park day

Shield Row Station to re-open in 2022

Tobyn Hughes, Chief Executive of Nexus has announced that the Tyne & Wear Metro will reach Stanley by 2022.  In a statement issued yesterday, he stated that Nexus had reached an agreement with Sustrans and the North East Combined Authority that would see a new line being created across former North Eastern Railway lines that would link Washington, Chester, Beamish and Shield Row with the existing Metro line which terminates at South Hylton.

Mr Hughes said “It has always been our goal to extend the Metro into County Durham and thanks to Stanley Town Council’s investment of £1 billion into stations and infrastructure that is now possible”.

Cyclists who currently use the Sustrans route have been advised to try the A693 instead, which is apparently just as nice.

Next Week’s Meetings – Agendas Uploaded

There are three meetings of Council next week:

Planning – Tuesday 5th April at 6.00pm – the application for change of use at Stansfield House in Joicey Square will be considered.

05-04-16 Planning Agenda

Personnel – Tuesday 5th April at 6.30pm

05-04-16 Personnel Agenda

Crime & Community Safety – Wednesday 6th April at 6.30pm – Mini Police funding, Durham Money Advice Service funding, updates from Police & Partners

06.04.16 Crime & Comm Safety Agenda

Play in the Park – 1st April, South Moor

Play in the Park – This Friday, South Moor Memorial Park 10 – 3

The Town Council has organised some FREE half term activities for families in the Park this Friday. There will be loads of free activities including skittles, ball games, messy and creative play, outdoors skills and even a fairy trail. There will also be some kids rides, a bouncy castle and an ice cream van. (not free)The forecast for Friday says no rain, (sadly no sun either probably!) so come along and join in.