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: www.stanley-tc.gov.uk

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