Community Consultation Launched

Today we are announcing the launch of ‘Ask Stanley 2016’, a comprehensive consultation exercise with Stanley Residents. We want to know what you like about your area, what you don’t, and what you think should be done to improve both the good and bad things. We have put together a short questionnaire and will be trying to get as many people as possible to participate over the next six weeks. The more people take part and the more feedback we get, the better chance we have of identifying the real priorities of Stanley people.

We will use the results to identify issues and options for a more detailed questionnaire to be sent out later in the year and we will use all this evidence to build an action plan for the next five years.

To reach as wide an audience as possible, we are sending a hard copy of the questionnaire to every address in Stanley. The questionnaire will be in the centre pages of the ‘Stanley Life’ magazine, which will be distributed across the parish in the week commencing 18th January. We will also be going out into the community and have arranged sessions to discuss the consultation at:

Catchgate Primary School – 08.30am to 12.30pm Tuesday 9th February

Craghead Village Hall – 09.30am to 11.30am Wednesday 10th February

South Moor Methodist Church – 6pm to 8pm Tuesday 16th February

Tanfield Lea Community Centre – 6pm to 8pm Monday 22nd February

Asda – still to confirm date

Market day – Thursday 21st January 0900am to 1200pm

We will also be speaking to the schools because we want to capture the views of our young people – every person currently aged 13 or over will reach the age of majority during the lifetime of this plan so we need their opinions – any positive changes we can make will have the greatest impact on them.

The Consultation questionnaire can be found on our website at the following address:

Please take the time to complete the questionnaire. Your views are important to us.

Stanley AAP Small Grants Fund 2015/16


Stanley AAP is providing the opportunity for local groups and organisations to apply for a small grant to help them deliver projects and activities in the Stanley area.

Funding of £30,000 has been made available by Stanley AAP and we would like to invite local organisations to consider submitting an application.  You can apply for a grant of between £500 and £2,000 and your project / activity must fit into one of our local priorities:


Stanley AAP Priorities:

Regeneration of Stanley & its Villages

Opportunities and Activities for Young People

Support for the Elderly, Carers, and Disability Groups


Project applications submitted by the required deadline and that meet our grant criteria will be considered by a Stanley AAP Small Grants Awards Panel.

If you would like to apply for a small grant, please contact us for an application form.  Guidance Notes will also be included to assist you with the completion of your form and to see if your group is eligible to apply, but if you would like any further help or support then please contact a member of the Stanley AAP team and we will be happy to assist.


When all application forms have been received they will be independently appraised by the AAP Team that will check whether your project is eligible to be put to the Awards Panel.

If your application does not meet the criteria, we will provide a valid explanation as to why we could not progress your application on this occasion and offer advice and guidance. We will also, where possible, signpost you to alternative sources of funding for your project/activity.

As this is a competitive process not everyone will be successful in being awarded a small grant.

For more info: Email: or Telephone: 03000 265 323.

Posted on Behalf of Durham County Council: Please Contact DCC for more information not the Town Council

Former Councillor Roy Mellor has passed away

The Town Council has just learned that former Councillor Roy Mellor, who was one of the founder members of Stanley Town Council, has passed away. He was 77.  Roy was born in Buxton in Derbyshire, and moved with his wife Sue to Stanley after retirement so that he could be closer to daughter Jane.  Both Roy and Sue became involved in the local community and local politics and Roy was amongst those who campaigned to create the Town Council. Roy was involved with the St Stephens Centre and was a lifelong Rotarian. Colleagues remember a true gentleman with a brilliant sense of humour who was loved by his family and friends. The Town Council would like to send our condolences to his family.

Council Agenda – 15th December

The Town Council meets next Tuesday (15th) at 6.30 pm at the Civic Hall. We are in the later stages of setting the budget for the next financial year and Councillors will be deciding what the priorities are. Business to be discussed will include:

  • Who the first Blue Plaques should be put up for;
  • Whether or not the Council should put new signs and floral displays on the roads into the Parish and hanging baskets in the shopping streets;
  • Whether or not a new war memorial should be built for the whole of Stanley to commemorate the centenary of the end of the war in 1918, or something different.
  • What should be funded in the next year’s budget.

The Agenda and background documents are linked on our homepage:

Consultation about Craghead Post Office

The Post Office are consulting on their proposal to relocate Craghead Post Office from it’s current location at the Village Hall to Craghead Off Licence & Foodstore at Standerton Terrace.  The details of the proposal are contained in a letter they have sent to the Town Council, a copy of which can be viewed HERE.

If you have comments to make about the consultation, you can complete an online questionnaire HERE.

When entering the site you will be required to enter a branch code for Craghead which is 36232999.

Edit: Link updated

Alun Armstrong switches on Christmas Lights

Local hero, actor Alun Armstrong, who hails from Annfield Plain, battled extreme Canadian weather to make his way back to Stanley to turn on the Christmas Lights. Mr Armstrong had been filming in Canada but due to heavy snowfall his return to the UK was delayed by days as flight after flight was cancelled. He  even boarded a flight only to be turned back after an hour in the air. Many people would have cancelled, but Alun jumped on a train as soon as he arrived in London and just made it in time to be here for the switch on . We’re very grateful that Alun went to all this effort to support his home town.

For this year’s event, we had a ‘mini lumiere’, featuring the light clock that has been seen at the Gala in Durham, light installations in the planters and on street furniture and a mirror ball installation that when coupled with the music from the funfair made the front street feel like a huge outdoor disco. There was also an installation in the bus station for the night. We were also lucky enough to have carols on Front Street performed by our own Craghead Colliery Band.  There is nothing more festive than a brass band  on a cold night and Craghead did the town proud as always.

Hundreds of local residents came to enjoy the event, which brought a real buzz to the Front Street. There is a gallery of images HERE

Thanks to Lewis Christie for images. Check his page out here

Christmas Lights Switch On – 6th December

Next Sunday will see the festive season get started in Stanley! The Town Council has organised a fun family day for everybody.

The Christmas Fayre returns to Civic Hall starting at 10am, with lots of stalls selling gifts for all the family. Bring the kids to Santa’s Grotto and stop for Coffee and cake, or maybe a festive mulled wine!

There will be free hot dogs at the Civic Hall from 6, followed by the main event of the day, the switching on of the Front Street lights by local celebrity Alun Armstrong. There will be rides for the kids in Front Street and to top the day off, there will be a free mini-concert by ‘One and Only Direction’, the next best thing to One Direction themselves, at the Civic Hall.

xmas fayre poster

Town Council to ‘Ask Stanley’ in 2016

The Town Council will be launching a comprehensive consultation with residents of the Parish in the New Year.  We want to build a plan for the next 5 years that focuses on delivering things that people who live in the Parish think are important, so we will be asking every resident aged 13 or over to tell us what is important to them in their part of the Parish and what they would like us to try and do about it.

We want to reach as many people as we can, so we will be sending a newsletter to every home in the area, holding public meetings at Village Halls and Community Centres, engaging with secondary schools and even visiting people at home to capture their views about Stanley and what we should do to make it a better place to live, work and visit.

The Council is also looking to develop a neighbourhood plan for the Parish, so we will be asking what sort of development you think Stanley needs to be encourage growth and be sustainable in the future. We will also share the results with partners like Durham County Council so that all the people providing services in Stanley know what your views and aspirations are.

Please subscribe to our website or like our Facebook page to keep updated.

Town Council launches Blue Plaque Scheme

Stanley Town Council is launching a blue plaque scheme within the Parish to celebrate the area’s heritage. The Parish includes not just Stanley but surrounding villages including Annfield Plain, Catchgate, Tanfield, South Moor and Craghead.

The intention will be to commemorate noteworthy individuals and locations across the Parish and develop a heritage trail for the interest of residents and visitors alike. For more information about the Scheme or to nominate a location for a Blue Plaque, please see our Blue Plaque Scheme Page

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