Statement from the Town Mayor

Stanley Town Council are deeply saddened to hear of the death of HRH Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh and would like to extend our deepest condolences to HRH Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family.

HRH Prince Philip has served as the longest Consort in history by the side of HRH The Queen since she ascended the throne in 1952, accompanying her in her duties around the UK and across the globe, until his retirement in 2017 at the age of 96.

He will be forever remembered as creating the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme which began in 1956, equipping and empowering young people from all communities to build the skills, confidence, and resilience they need to make the most out of life. During his life he has supported over 780 organisations.

The Union Jack at the Civic Hall has been lowered as a sign of respect and further announcements will be made over the coming days, including arrangements for a book of condolences, and the laying of flowers.

6 May 2021 – Elections

Elections for all 20 seats of Stanley Town Council and the whole of Durham County Council will be held on 6th May 2021.

Any person who meets the qualifying criteria can stand for election. For more information about what the criteria are and how to stand, check the Electoral Comission’s website

Make sure you’re registered to vote in the forthcoming election.

Just visit https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote it takes only a few seconds. You will need your National Insurance number.

Who’s Standing in the Election?

The full lists of candidates contesting elections for the Town and County Councils on May 6th will be linked below in due course:

2021 Town Council Candidates

2021 County Council Candidates

Happy 100th birthday Vera Soulsby

Happy 100th birthday Vera Soulsby 🥳
Huge congratulations to Vera Soulsby, resident of South Moor, Stanley who today (18th February 2021) celebrates her 100th birthday.
Vera, who has was born in Maple Street, worked in the Colliery canteen in her younger years, before moving to the Disco Superstore in Annfield Plain, an allusion to its true name of the Annfield Plain Co-op and Discount Electricals.
As one of eight siblings, she remains close to her only surviving sister, who is just four years her junior and who also lives in South Moor. Unfortunately Vera’s husband Eddie passed away in 1994, but she still reminisces the rides out in their car and their nice holidays abroad. Vera has continued to live an active lifestyle, devoting her time to the Woman’s Institute prior to its closure, and she continues to live in good health today.
Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, Town Mayor Cllr Carole Hampson is unable to congratulate Vera in person, however we hope everyone can join with us in saying Happy 100th Birthday Vera!!

Stanley Civic Hall Diamond Anniversary

THE DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY

Stanley Civic Hall has been at the heart of the town and community since her opening on 7th January 1961, accommodating many shows through the Alun Armstrong Theatre, cinema films, weddings, and celebrations, not to mention training courses, a base for community groups and conferences.

The year 2020 will be always known as a challenging year for all, however, the Civic Hall has remained at the heart of the town and community, just as was always intended, upon her opening in 1961. Following her recent closure to the public because of government restrictions, she has continued to provide space for the operations of Stanley Town Council, whilst the Alnwick Suite and Lumley Room have housed an extended PACT House team.

Unfortunately, 2021 continues to see her closure, however, whilst she remains unavailable to the public, we have taken the opportunity to carry out some essential maintenance works to ensure she will be ready for use when restrictions allow.

Stanley Town Council believe the Civic Hall has a significant part to play as a vital community resource and we look forward to opening her doors in the not-so-distant future. Once we are allowed to reopen, we look forward to working with clients old and new for all your occasions, including weddings, celebrations, conferences, and shows within her newly refurbished walls. So remember, if you are looking to organise an event of any kind, get in touch!!

Now with all that in mind, we wanted to give you a quick taster of what we have in store for 2021, when we reopen! In December 2021 we are planning to bring back the panto with a production of Beauty and the Beast, we also look forward to relaunching our community cinema programme, and to top it all off, a live events programme. Also not forgetting our private event partners, including MMA contests, Amateur Dramatics and of course our local education conferences and events.

So, whilst she sits quietly, waiting for her next call to provide, please join us in wishing the Stanley Civic Hall a “Happy 60th Birthday” and here’s hoping for a bright and positive future for the Civic Hall in the years to come.

Do you have any fond memories from across the years? Let us know below!

Conclusion of Audit 2019/20

In accordance with the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015, the Council is required to publish a n notice informing electors that the final audited accounts for the year 2019/20 have been published and how they can be inspected if required by the public.

The Notice of Conclusion of Audit can be accessed HERE

The Annual Governance & Accounting Statement can be accessed HERE

West Stanley Disaster Memorial Sunday 16th February 3.30pm

Every year the town stops and pays its respects to the 168 men and boys who were killed on 16th February 1909, when at 3.45 pm, an explosion ripped through the Burns Pit.

It was a disaster that had a huge effect on the town. Over 300 dependents, the vast majority of whom lived in colliery company houses faced destitution after losing their loved ones.

The log book of the East Stanley Board School stated :

“Many of our children have lost father or brothers. The intense grief is unbearable. In my visits I find that 11 of my old pupils have suffered on Tuesday. The West Stanley Disaster has made an awful havoc among our children”

There will be a Remembrance Event held from 3.30 pm on Sunday 16th February. Songs and poems will be sung and recited and the Craghead Colliery Band will perform, followed by the observance of a silence to remember those who died 111 years ago.