Statement of Persons Nominated, Notice of Poll and Situation of Polling Stations

A poll for the election of a Town Councillor for Henknowle Ward of Bishop Auckland Parish will be held on Thursday 16 September 2021, between the hours of 7:00 am and 10:00 pm. One Town Councillor is to be elected.

The statement of persons nominated, notice of poll and situation of polling stations can be found in the attached PDF.

Statement of Persons Nominated, Notice of Poll & Situation of Polling Stations – Bishop Auckland (Henknowle Ward)PDF




Council Provides ‘Big Tea’ Hampers to Say Thank You

Hamper delivery to Auckland Medical Group

Bishop Auckland Town Council has marked the first NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers Day with a range of activities, including recognising the ‘NHS BigTea’ with hampers for NHS staff. The national celebration is trying to encourage frontline workers to recharge and take care of their mental health. In support of this Bishop Auckland Town Council have provided hampers to Bishop Auckland General Hospital along with the three GP surgeries in the town. The hampers will help to provide tea break essentials to almost 900 people across the four sites. The tea in the hampers was provided courtesy of the Community Champions at Morrisons Bishop Auckland, Laura Ward and Julie Knighton.

Mayor of Bishop Auckland, Councillor Katie Eliot “The idea of the #BigTea, is an important reminder about taking a break. So being able to say thanks by providing a little something for staff on their rest break is nothing compared to the work which the NHS staff do every day. The challenges and additional pressures which our NHS staff have faced during the pandemic has been unimaginable, but the staff have rose to the challenge and shone. I will forever be grateful for the fabulous NHS and the wonderful staff in our town, who have done us proud, therefore it is only right that we give thanks and prise.”

The pack includes, tea coffee and biscuits to help staff take a time out and recharge.

Allison Hodgson, Practice Manager of Auckland Medical Group has said: The last 18 months have been difficult but due to massive team work and dedication of staff we have managed to come through it.  It has been an honour to be part of the vaccine roll out during the pandemic.  The hamper is a lovely gesture and its things like this that have helped the team keep going.”

 Bishop Auckland Town Council hopes to build on the celebrations for NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers Day and celebrate again in 2022.

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Bishop Auckland Celebrates NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers Day

Councillor Katie Eliot, Mayor of Bishop Auckland with NHS Staff

Bishop Auckland Town Council has marked the first NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers Day with range of activities throughout the town to show their gratitude to all NHS and frontline staff on this new annual day of thanks.

The 5th July 1948 was an historic moment in our country’s history, as it was the day our pioneering National Health Service (NHS) was born, bringing free healthcare to all. It has been treasured every year since, but never more so than since March 2020 when the Coronavirus pandemic gripped the UK and changed everyone’s lives.

The celebrations started at 10am at Bishop Auckland General Hospital with a ceremony of thanks, which saw the NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers flag hoisted in the presence of the Mayor of Bishop Auckland, Councillor Katie Eliot, Sue Jacques, Chief Executive Officer of Bishop Auckland General Hospital and Jenny Flynn MBE a Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director of the County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust along with frontline NHS Staff.

This was followed at 11am with a salute, taken by the Queens representative, the Lord Lieutenant of County Durham Mrs Sue Snowdon followed by a two minutes silence to reflect and remember those from the NHS, Social Care and other key services who have lost their lives in the service of others. The Last Post and Reveille was played by buglers from the 8th Rifles, of St Andrews Road, Bishop Auckland. Colour Sergeant Chris Coxon, Lance Corporal Foster and Corporal Thompson were in attendance.

Lord Lieutenant of County Durham, Mrs Sue Snowdon has said “All our lives have changed dramatically as a result of the terrible Covid-19 pandemic which has brought much sorrow and tragedy to many people. The NHS and all its wonderful, compassionate and caring staff have throughout done an amazing, remarkable job. They have shown such resilience during these difficult and challenging times, working tirelessly to ensure all in their care received the very best healthcare experience. Their dedication and commitment to all their patients has won the admiration and appreciation of the whole country, and today is our opportunity to thank each and every one of them for the service they have given.”

Lord Lieutenant of County Durham, Mrs Sue Snowdon with NHS Staff

The national celebration has a focus of #NHSBigTea to encourage frontline workers to recharge and take care of their mental health. In support of this Bishop Auckland Town Council have provided ‘Big Tea’ hampers to Bishop Auckland General Hospital along with the three GP surgeries in the town. The hampers will help to provide tea break essentials to almost 900 people across the four sites. The tea in the hampers was provided courtesy of the Community Champions at Morrisons Bishop Auckland.

Staff at Bishop Auckland General Hospital with Hampers          Mayor of Bishop Auckland, Councillor Katie Eliot with hampers for NHS Staff

Sue Jacques, Chief Executive Officer of Bishop Auckland General Hospital, said “It’s amazing to have Councillor Eliot here today on such an important day for the NHS, it’s 73rd Birthday. Today is an opportunity for us to recognise everything that has happened over the last 16 months, the tremendous effort that frontline workers have put in over that time and of course to acknowledge all those who have very sadly lost their lives due to the Covid-19 pandemic.”

The wider community have engaged with the celebration, which has seen, schools and nursery children from across the town supplying fabulous pictures to decorate the windows of the Town Council Offices, and some have even held “rainbow clothes” days in support. King James Women’s Institute have crafted an intricate banner which can be seen in the window of Number42 in the market place. The Auckland Project also have a celebration flag flying to show support across the town. The Auckland Project have assisted Bishop Auckland Town Council by partnering with the event. Businesses such as ‘Just Like Grandmas’ and ‘Sam Zair’s Café‘ on Fore Bondgate, community groups like ‘Bishop Auckland – the Big Neighbourhood Windowland trail’ and charities like ‘ Angel Trust’ have all been joining in with rainbow displays or flying flags, to give thanks and help bring the rainbows to Bishop Auckland.

The event holds a special significance for the new Mayor of Bishop Auckland, Councillor Katie Eliot as the fundraising for her year in office is to benefit County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust with a focus on Bishop Auckland General Hospital. Councillor Eliot has said of the celebrations “Being involved in the first annual NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers Day is really important to me as the NHS is very close to my heart. I believe it is important to give thanks for the work which the staff do and I am thrilled that so many members of the community have engaged with the celebration, through crafts, displays and our hampers. I hope we can grow these celebrations as a town to show our appreciation for the invaluable work which NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers do.”

Socially distanced garden parties, afternoon tea, doorstep clapping and the ringing of Church bells is encouraged at 8pm on Monday 5th July to close the celebrations.

For any further information contact the Town Council on 01388 207110 or email council@bishopauckland-tc.gov.uk




Bishop Auckland Bright with Rainbows of Thanks

Thank you NHS Banner

Bishop Auckland is awash with rainbows ahead of the first NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers Day on Monday 5th July 2021, coordinated with Bishop Auckland Town Council, and it’s not too late to join in.

The 5th July 1948 was an historic moment in our country’s history, as it was the day our pioneering National Health Service (NHS) was born, bringing free healthcare to all. And we have treasured it every year since, but never more so than from March 2020 when the Coronavirus pandemic gripped the UK and changed everyone’s lives completely.

A range of celebrations are taking place on Monday 5th July, including rainbow decorations created to show thanks to the NHS and frontline workers. Bishop Auckland Town Council are encouraging people to share their displays and pictures can be sent in via the Facebook page, or via email. There are downloadable colouring sheets on the council website and Facebook page.

School and nursery children from six schools across the town have already supplied fabulous pictures to decorate the window of the Town Council Offices. The rainbow panels are all highly decorated and show off what the young people of the town feel about our NHS Heroes. The Local WI have crafted a lovely banner which can be seen in the window of Number42 in the market place. The Auckland Project will also have a celebration flag flying to show support across the town. The Auckland Project has worked in partnership with Bishop Auckland Town Council to support the event.

 

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Businesses such as ‘Just Like Grandmas’ on Fore Bondgate, and community groups like ‘Bishop Auckland – the Big Neighbourhood Windowland Trail’ have all been joining in with rainbow displays, to give thanks to those who have worked tirelessly in the NHS and on the Frontline.

The new Mayor of Bishop Auckland, Councillor Katie Eliot, said:

“It is lovely to see so many people displaying rainbows to give thanks for the NHS, and it is not too late to get involved. I encourage more people to get crafting over the weekend, and spread a little bit of cheer. Being involved in the first annual NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers Day is really important to me as the NHS is very close to my heart. I hope we can grow these celebrations as a town to show our appreciation for the invaluable work which NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers do.”

There is still all weekend to get your windows decorated, to show your support. There are some templates available to download on the website and on Bishop Auckland Town Council’ Facebook Page. You can share the pictures of your displays via Facebook or by emailing them to council@bishopauckland-tc.gov.uk

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Socially distanced garden parties, afternoon teas, doorstep clapping and the ringing of Church bells is encouraged at 8pm to close the celebrations on Monday 5th July 2021.

For any further information contact the Town Council on 01388 207110 or email council@bishopauckland-tc.gov.uk




NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers Day – How to join in!

Colour Poster NHS Day

Share your displays with us and show how Bishop Auckland can celebrate NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers Day on Monday 5th July 2021.

Pictures can be sent in via the Facebook page, or via email to council@bishopauckland-tc.gov.uk.

You can download and print this poster –

NHS Day Poster – BWPDF

Or create your own!

We look forward to seeing them!