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.

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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.

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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

 

Stanley AAP Forum Event and Small Grants Fund 2015/16 Launch

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 in to one of our local priorities.
The Stanley AAP Forum Event is taking place on Saturday 14th November 2015, from 10.00am until 2.00pm in The Masonic Hall, Scott Street, Stanley, DH9 8AD.  Local groups are encouraged to attend the Event and pick up an Small Grants application pack.

In addition to the launch of the ‘Small Grants Fund’ a wide range of local community groups and service providers will also be attending to promote their activities and services.

A really vital part of the AAP Forum Event is also to ask local people to vote for their most important priorities – the things that you think matter the most to you and your community.

 

FREE:

Face Painting, Candy Floss, Popcorn, and refreshments will be available free of charge from 10:30am—1:30pm.
For more info: Email: stanleyaap@durham.gov.uk or Telephone: 03000 265 323

 

FREE Lumiere Transport & Tickets

Free Transport to Lumiere Thursday 12th November 6.15pm

Stanley AAP have 50 spare seats / tickets on a Coach leaving from Stanley Civic Hall Thursday at 6.15pm and returning around 9.00pm. If anyone is interested in securing a place on the coach please contact Stanley AAP 03000 265 325.

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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