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Mayor’s Fundraising support local youth theatre

Outgoing Mayor of Bishop Auckland, Cllr Michael Siddle used his time as Mayor to raise £3,415.00 for Daisy Arts CIC to support their youth theatre group at Woodhouse Close. He handed over the cheque for fundraising at the Annual Parish meeting of Bishop Auckland last week.

To fundraise for Daisy Arts Cllr Siddle has hosted a number of events and activities, including his Valentines Ball at Bishop Auckland Town Hall, catered by MasterChef contestant Mike Bartley, a Meet the Mayor afternoon tea at Auckland Castle, a fun Quiz night at the Pollards Inn, as well as the ‘Steaming from the Past to the Future’ where art works were presented by talented artist Derek Siddle, and key note speakers earlier this month. All events were well attended, and local people and organisations were generous in their donations of raffle prizes which helped to raise such a great sum of money.

Outgoing Mayor, Councillor Michael Siddle presenting £3,415 fundraising cheque to Jane Crawford, Director of Daisy Arts CIC
Outgoing Mayor, Councillor Michael Siddle presenting £3,415 fundraising cheque to Jane Crawford, Director of Daisy Arts CIC

 

Cllr Michael Siddle said: “Being Mayor for 2022-23 has been wonderful. Bishop Auckland is a great place full of fantastic people and grass roots organisations who are all working really hard to make a difference for the people of the town. As Mayor I have been honoured to have met so many people, and attended so many events over my term of office, all of which have been really enjoyable. I was particularly honoured to have read proclamations for both HM Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee and to lead the towns tributes on her sad passing.”

“A special thank you goes to all those who supported my fundraising efforts by attending events and donating prize, especially to Derek who has put in an endless hours into preparing the paintings for the exhibition to support my fundraising. Thanks to you, we can ensure that those engaging on youth programmes offered by Daisy Arts can continue with their arts and culture journey, learning new skills, building confidences and new friendships, all so vital in providing encouragement to those attending the groups, improving their mental health and wellbeing.”

Jane Crawford, Director of Daisy Arts CIC said: “We were delighted that Michael chose to fundraise for our organisation. This additional funding means that we can cover ongoing costs and provide skilled artists to facilitate our weekly youth theatre group sessions from September through till summer 2024. Our Youth Theatre, now in its 26 year has supported hundreds of young people over the years, providing them with life skills and opportunities and we thank Cllr Siddle, the Town Council and all those that have given so generously to help a programme such as this continue.”




Coronation Celebrations come to town

King Charles III Coronation Celebrations Photo Collage, Mayor Michael Siddle visiting Local Care Homes,. Knitted Beefeater Bollards Cover in Market Place and White Coronation Cake with Blue Icing.
Mayor Michael Siddle visiting Local Care Homes with Party Packs including a Coronation Cake, Town Clerk visited local schools with party supplies for pupils and the Knitted Beefeater Bollards Covers crafted by King James’s Women’s Institute are standing proud around the Market Place.

 

As Coronation weekend arrives, Bishop Auckland Town Council are thrilled to have supported numerous coronation activities across the town.

Mayor, Michael Siddle said “The Town Council are pleased to have supported numerous activities across the town to help the community celebrate the HM King Charles III Coronation. We decided to support a larger number of small community based activities rather than holding a central celebration in the Market Place like we did for the platinum jubilee last year. This was to fit with the national programme of events at the heart of communities. It has been great to have a mix of activities available in the town by providing the additional support to make the celebrations in the schools and care homes a little more special, as well as having a fantastic mix free to attend events for everyone over the last couple of weeks.”

The town council have supplied each primary school within the town council area, with a ‘Party Box’ to enable all 1500 primary age school children to have a coronation celebration in school. Each party box contained enough for every child to have a crown, a flag, crisps, raisins, cake and juice, plus bunting, commemorative flag, paper chains and ‘The New King’ Mr Men book.

All four care homes in the Town Council area have received a 12” square coronation celebration cake, baked at Longstaff’s Bakery on Newgate Street, plus a commemorative tin of short bread, flags, and union jack napkins, to help with their celebrations over the weekend.

The ‘Bishop Beefeaters’ are proudly back on guard in the market place kindly loaned to the town Council by King James WI.

The town council have also grant funded five community based celebration events:

  • 22nd April – Wear Valley Community Action had a great free event which was very well attended.
  • 5th May – St Johns School held a free community coffee morning.
  • 5th May – Aclet Close Nursery have had a celebration with their children and families.
  • 8th May – Girls Friendly Society, Henknowle are having a free community celebration at Henknowle Community Centre from 1230 with litter pick, and flowerbed planning plus picnic.
  • 8th May – Auckland Youth and Community Centre, on Woodhouse Close, have a free family event from 1230, with 8th May disco, art and crafts, face painting, games and afternoon tea.

The activity has supported by the Town Council Coronation Budget and by Durham County Council (DCC) Councillor Andy Jackson’s coronation budget.

King Charles III Coronation Celebrations Photo Collage, Union Jack on Flagpole, Party Boxes Supplies dropped off to Local Schools, White Coronation Cake with Blue Icing.
Town Clerk and Assistant Town Clerk visiting local schools with party supplies, including ‘The New King’ Mr. Men book. donated by Bishop Auckland Town Council.




Steaming From Past to Future, 5th May 2023

The ‘Steaming From Past to Future’ event, presented by the Mayor of Bishop Auckland, Councillor Michael Siddle is to be held in Bishop Auckland Town Hall on Friday 5th May 2023 from 6pm.

Join the Mayor for an evening to celebrate Bishop Auckland’s rich railway heritage and plans for the future, with presentations and talks by local railway organisations; Bishop Auckland Peoples Museum, Weardale Railway and Stockton & Darlington Railway and artwork by Derek Siddle.

Artwork will be unveiled and exhibited before heading to No. Three Fine Art where prints and the original works will be available for sale.

This event is in support of Daisy Arts and the charity provides act activities and opportunities for all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

To book your tickets for this event, visit the Baccanalia website.

Steaming from Past to Future, Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Friday 5th May 2023, 6pm




Save The Date: Steaming from Past to Future, Friday 5th May 2023

The ‘Steaming From Past to Future’ event, presented by the Mayor of Bishop Auckland, Councillor Michael Siddle is to be held in Bishop Auckland Town Hall on Friday 5th May 2023 from 6pm.

Join the Mayor for an evening to celebrate Bishop Auckland’s rich railway heritage and plans for the future, with presentations and talks by local railway organisations; Bishop Auckland Peoples Museum, Weardale Railway and Stockton & Darlington Railway and artwork by Derek Siddle.

Prints and original artwork will be available to purchase on the evening  from No. Three Fine Art.

This event is in support of Daisy Arts and the charity provides act activities and opportunities for all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

Further information and booking details for this event will be confirmed in due course.

To book tickets for this event, visit the Baccanalia website.

Steaming from Past to Future, Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Friday 5th May 2023




Mayor’s Valentine Ball raised over £1,000

Bishop Auckland Town Council Mayor, Michael Siddle, welcomed dignitaries, friends and members of the public to the Town Hall in Bishop Auckland on Friday. Mayor Siddle hosted a valentine’s ball as part of his fund-raising activities during his year of office. This year sees the Mayor raising funds for local organisation Daisy Arts.

Mayor Michael Siddle with Mike Bartley (Back-left) and Band Members of JD and the Woodsmen.
Mayor Michael Siddle with Mike Bartley and Band Members of JD and the Woodsmen.

The evening saw guests being served a three-course meal by Master Chef contestant (2021) Mike Bartley from DJam Kitchen, followed by entertainment from local band JD and the Woodsmen.

Mayor Cllr Michael Siddle, Mayor of Bishop Auckland said: “The ball was a fantastic evening, I give my thanks to all who attended. It was a wonderful opportunity to showcase the town hall and local talent by using Mike for the catering, and JD and Woodsmen for the entertainment. Myself and the other Mayor’s from across the County were very impressed the food was delicious and the band had everyone dancing all night. ”

“I also wish to thank the businesses of the Town who provided raffle prizes for the evening. Fantastic prizes and gift vouchers were made from The Spar, Bishop Auckland Football Club, Eden Gift shop, Bishop Auckland Town Hall, The Manor House, The Auckland Project, Cllr Sam Zair and Stack. The blind raffle raised over £300 and the winner received an overnight stay with breakfast and access to The Auckland Project attractions was kindly donated by The Park Head Hotel.”

Daisy Arts created the exquisite valentine themed centrepieces for the tables, showing off the creative work they facilitate with local people. The evening raised over £1000 towards the Mayors fundraising which will go towards supporting artistic and creative projects with young people in our area.




A Christmas Message from the Mayor of Bishop Auckland

Mayor, Councillor Michael Siddle at Bishop Auckland Christmas Town 2022 Event
Mayor of Bishop Auckland, Councillor Michael Siddle reflects on the year 2022 and shares his Christmas message with the Town.

This year has continued to be a challenge for so many people. Recovering from the worst of the pandemic to a time of hardship. The continued increase in prices of everyday essential food products and the rise in energy prices means the challenges we face are not yet over.

In Bishop Auckland a number of organisations have worked hard to help the people of the town manage these basic human needs. Warm hubs are situated around the town and food banks are available to those in need of extra support. We encourage people who need extra support to reach out, whether it be emotional, psychological or social well-being from just a low mood or hearing things to reliance on drugs and alcohol or pulling away from family and friends.

Since becoming Mayor, I have been inspired by the sense of community when the Town Council have hosted events such as the free 3 day Queen’s Jubilee Platinum Party and were the key partner in the 3 day Christmas Town party. The Market Place, Fore Bondgate and beyond were inundated with families and friends who had come together to celebrate and have fun. This includes community led events at Woodhouse Close and Henknowle. The support that was given to local businesses by purchases or stopping for refreshments highlights what a hidden gem Bishop Auckland is. I hope that people continue to shop locally to help small businesses and protect jobs.

2022 also saw the passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II. All of us were affected and grieved in our own way to come to terms with someone who had reigned our nation all our lives. It was wonderful to see how St Anne’s Church and the Town Council came together and held a commemorative service at St Andrews followed by prayers at St Anne’s giving everyone the opportunity to pay their respects. The Remembrance Service on 13th November was also very well attended, a time to reflect and honour those who have fallen.

It is also great so see the success Bishop Auckland Cricket Team had this year, winning three Trophies. Our football and rugby teams in both ladies and men’s categories are playing well and could see them land trophies in 2023.

As the year draws to a close, I remain hopeful for 2023. We have lots to look forward to including the Coronation of King Charles III, the regeneration work within the town from the multi million-pound Future High Street Fund and Stronger Towns Fund. The opening of the new Park Head Hotel and the developments at Tindale and continued strengthening of partnerships with all our community groups.

On behalf of Bishop Auckland Town Council, my fellow Councillors and Town Council Officers, I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and above all a healthy 2023.