Stockton Sparkles: Launch night this week!

Stockton Sparkles returns this week with an amazing launch line up!

Join us for festive fun and entertainment on Stockton High Street on Thursday 23 November from 5.30pm featuring our Victorian Fair, live music and entertainment, not forgetting our spectacular light switch on at 6.30pm. Plus don’t miss the return of the Singing Christmas Tree.

We are expecting there to be high demand for car parking spaces, particularly on launch night when there is a show at the Globe Theatre. However, there are more than 1,000 parking spaces in Stockton, including Wellington Square car park (TS18 1NA), Skinner Street (TS18 1DY), Thompson Street Car Park (TS18 2BF), Maritime Car Park (TS18 2HD), Parliament Street Car Park (TS18 3SW) and Riverside Car Park (TS18 1TE).

There will be the following car park closures:

Shambles Car Park – Tuesday 21 to Thursday 23 November, 4pm until 11.59pm.

Shambles Car Park – Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 November, 4pm until 11.59pm.

Shambles Car Park – Friday 1 to Sunday 3 December, 4pm until 11.59pm.

High Street Car Park North – Tuesday 21 to Friday 24 November, 6pm until 6am.

High Street Car Park North – Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December, 5pm until 11.59pm.

Visit for a full list.

To plan your Sparkles visit, go to the Tees Valley website for the full programme.


HAF Bookings Now Live

You don’t need to look far to know the December holiday is approaching. Bookings are now open for Holidays Are Fun!

This Week! Wellbeing Festival over 50’s.

This Thursday 23rd November there will be Stockton’s first Wellbeing Festival for the over 50s from 10am-3pm at Thornaby Pavilion Leisure Centre. There will be over 70 agencies attending to provide support and information around a range of topics including healthcare, wellbeing groups, staying active and much more. There will be a free raffle, a wellness choir and refreshments.

At the event the Community Engagement Team at SBC will be collecting for the Community Gift. This year for Christmas we will be collecting items to distribute amongst food banks, food pantries and those who may be struggling this Christmas. The items we are looking for are new toiletry (sets) and sanitary products, shampoo and conditioner, toothpaste and toothbrushes, lip balm, hand cream, socks and slippers, hats, scarves and gloves, hairbrushes and accessories, alarm clocks and other gifts and chocolates, biscuits and sweets. If anyone is able to donate an item it would be greatly appreciated.

Neuro Key have been working to re-brand publications and platforms.

The website has been transferred to the new domain,

now the registered Charity name.  We are working across the North East and North Cumbria (NENC)

through regional networks to support anyone living with or caring for someone with a neurological condition, impairment, injury, disability or neurodiversity’.

We offer peer support and advocacy to help problem-solve, education and research through mentoring medical students or lived experience seminars at Teesside University to improve professional understanding in the future.

The website has a contact form and new email address – will be available from 1st December.


National Grief Awareness Week

To support National Grief Awareness Week Co-op Funeral Care are supporting a service at Stockton Church on Tuesday 5th December. Click here for details.


A Christmas with Teesside Dementia Links

There is so much going in November and December with Teesside Dementia Links that we had to create a whole post for the events! Click here to take a look 

or you can visit their Facebook page here Teesside Dementia Links Facebook Page


Peer Talk Coming To Thornaby

Peer Talk are working closely with Thornaby Methodist Church as part of the Community Mental Health Transformation funding to deliver support for people living with depression, anxiety, and similar psychological distress. They are seeking volunteers to help support the group, not directly offering advice. Can you get involved or promote the need for volunteers?


Gluten-free in Stockton-on-Tees

Monthly support group meeting held at the Elmwood Tea rooms at Hartburn once a month on a Thursday morning. See our Facebook page for details.


Grant funding for a Defibrillator

Find out if your community group is eligible for a free, BHF-funded defibrillator. Having a defibrillator and knowing how to do CPR will give members of your community a better chance at surviving a cardiac arrest.

Defibrillator funding for your local community – BHF


Event line up at Egglescliffe Community Centre

Christmas Fair

All are welcome to come along to our Christmas Fair taking place on Saturday 2 December from 10am-2pm please come and meet Father Christmas. There will also be a tombola, raffle a variety of stalls and refreshments.

Carol Service

All are welcome to come and take part in our Carol Service which is taking place on Thursday 7 December at 7.30pm. Admission Free with collection in aid of Stockton Butterwick Childrens Hospice.


Centre Stage will be performing the pantomime ‘Aladdin’ from 30 January-2 February 2024 at 7pm and Saturday 3 February at 2pm and 6.30pm.  For details please keep looking at Centre Stage and Egglescliffe Community Centre Facebook Pages.


Help make Ropner Ward Safer!

Don’t forget to share your views and help us make the Ropner Ward safer

A community consultation to gather the views and concerns of those who live and work in the Ropner Ward closes on Friday 1 December.

If you live or work in the Ropner Ward please take a few minutes to complete the survey on the Stockton-on-TeesBorough Council website to help understand your views and where th focus needs to be so that we can try to make a real difference to your community.

The consultation is part of a new initiative called ‘Project Harmony’ which is focussed on reducing crime and improving lives for the residents in the area.


Trees on Tees Community Packs!

Are you a Stockton based Community Group interested in the Trees on Tees? Then you can apply for a Community bag.

A “community bag” is basically what is sounds like. A small bag with a selection of around 15 different trees ( very small, cell-grown trees) available for collection/delivery in the Stockton area. These will be trees that grow small in size, so suitable for back gardens and small community areas, such as Hazel, Silver Birch, Rowan etc.

To apply please email


Contact name

Community Group name

Postcode / Delivery address:


Home Energy Efficiency Tees Valley (HEET)

HEET (Home Energy Efficiency Tees Valley) is a partnership scheme between Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Darlington Borough Council, Hartlepool Borough Council and Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council.
It has been set up to provide grants to homeowners and residents to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

HEET has been awarded over £6 million in funding from the Government’s Home Upgrade Grant (HUG) to help homes that don’t have gas central heating, and are heated by other means such as electricity, oil, LPG or other fossil fuels.
HEET, along with HUG, are offering help and assistance with funding up to the value of £18,000 per household for properties that don’t have gas central heating. The energy efficiency measures include insulation, upgrading windows from single to double glazing, and installing new heating and renewable technologies such air source heat pumps and solar panels – all FREE for qualifying residents.

Your home must have an Energy Performance of D, E, F or G. Go to to check yours.

For more information and to see if your postcode is eligible visit the HEET webpage.

The Big Community Switch – Have you signed up yet?

Don’t forget registrations are still open for the Big Community Switch.

The Big Community Switch is a safe and simple option for our residents to save money on their fuel bills and fix their tariff.

Registrations are open for Stockton-on-Tees Borough residents until Monday 8 January 2024.

The next online auction will take place on Tuesday 9 January 2024.

To find out more and how to register visit the Big Community Switch webpage


Does your group or organisation need furniture?

Please see attached pic of equipment which is currently available at South Thornaby Community Centre until this Friday for any groups that could utilise it.

For people wanting any equipment you need to get in touch with Gemma who runs a dance group from the centre.  Her email address is


Winter Wellbeing Support

The cold weather over the winter months can make it much more difficult for individuals and families. Our bills go up, it’s hard to get out of the house, and our immune system is lowered. Stockton Borough Council has pulled together details of support services across the borough to help you through the winter. If you would like copies of these please contact the council direct.

Thank you Co-op members for supporting your local community.

On Friday 17.11.23 Katharine Lam, Co-op community Member Pioneer, Stockton and Wynyard, brought together colleagues from Funeralcare, food stores and local causes to thank and celebrate the contribution our members make to supporting local communities by choosing Co-op.

This Community Celebration focused on highlighting the impact our funding has had supporting local communities across the UK.

Young at Heart CIC received £3485.29 to support its Dementia choir (Musical Memories) in Stockton and to open a new weekly service in Thornaby.

Friends of Hartburn Primary School raised £2928.89 to improve the outdoor spaces and to purchase speakers, microphones and lights when putting on events. Mrs Park, the school headmaster and 4 school ambassadors attended the celebration event at Co-op Stockton Funeralcare home.

Also in attendance were the 2 new local causes that Co-op members will support this year, Stockton Men’s Shed and Bright Minds Big Futures (BMBF).

If you haven’t already, you can help make a difference in your community by selecting a new local cause to support. Head to our website or download the Co-op app to choose a cause today.

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