Blooming Good Fun Awards

2022 saw another fantastic 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 and second.

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 & Yards, and Public Spaces.

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.

County Council offering Winter Car Safety Checks

Keeping safe on the roads this winter

Motorists are reminded to be 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.

The County Fleet Manager has 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.”

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

or online :  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 residents.  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 Mandy Scott or email us at [email protected] 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

New Community hub?

Council to support new Community Hub proposal

New Community hub?

At Tuesday’s Council meeting, Stanley Town Councillors voted unanimously to support a new social project aimed to address social, training, health and wellbeing needs for a range of residents. The project, provisionally named ‘PACT House’, will be a collaboration between Stanley Police, the Town Council and other key partners and will be a ‘one stop shop’ for a number of support and community services, many of which are about to be displaced by the imminent closure of the Tommy Armstrong centre.  The Town Council has agreed to taking on the lease of the former Lloyds Bank building in Front Street Stanley to provide a base for a number of community projects, including a youth cafe, advice services and a number of others.  More information to follow.