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October 2011

Welcome to the Village Park Residents Association. Thornaby on Tees

Your residents group for the Village Area.      Membership is free to every household in the Village Area.

(Supported by Stockton Residents & Community Groups Association)

If you see any Anti Social Behaviour no matter how small call Neighbourhood policing on 302930

The VPRA News Blog (click here for past months)

Your VPRA at work reports for October 2011

Click here for CFYA Bin and Recycle Collection Days

29.10.2011 Winter Time

Dont forget clocks go back an hour tonight. This means that its going to be dark earlier from Sunday night. Dark from 5 pm and getting darker earlier from next week.

25.10.2011 NW Warning

Another warning from Neighbourhood Watch and Cleveland Police.

[Reference: Thornaby /Mandale ]

We have had a few reports were keys have been targeted in your area.

Over the weekend a property on Stranton Street was targeted and the house keys were removed via the letterbox the door was then opened and a purse stolen.

Please keep keys out of sight, our advice is to place them in a draw or cupboard.


24.10.2011 Remembrance Sunday

Advance notice for this years service, 13th November.

The Parade will assemble at the Aerodrome Club car park (Old Legion),  Queen's Avenue, at 9.30am and march off at 9.45am for a service in St  Luke's Church, Acklam Road, Thornaby, followed by a service at the  Cenotaph, at 11am.

24.10.2011 Easter Area Transport

Invites received for the next Eastern Area Transport Strategy meeting on 10th November. Update after the meeting.

23.10.2011 Thornaby Central Library.

This years Winter Bazaar in the Library is scheduled for 11th to 13th November in the Library in Thornaby Town Centre, more info next week.

23.10.2011 Bulb Planting

We are planning a bulb planting session for 12th or 13th November. A couple of areas identified including the flower bed opposite the Jolly Farmers. More info nearer the date.

22.10.2011 Town Centre Taxis

People may have noticed that the new Town Centre has a proper recognised Taxi Rank between Asda and the Doctors, cars must be registered to use this. Currently the owners of the shopping centre lease the space to the newly formed Thornaby Town Taxi’s and they are the only taxis licensed to ply their trade from the centre.

Other firms and Private Hire Cars are allowed to drop off and pick up if pre booked but not allowed to approach people for hire. Talking with one of the TTT owners today and they state if you approach their cars and use them and have an accident of any kind then you would be insured. If you approach and use a non pre booked Private Hire car then insurance’s may be invalid as well as the driver breaking the law.


20.10.2011 Barry Hunter

Our good friend and supporter Barry Hunter has recently been made redundant from Stockton Council CFYA. Barry has done a tremendous amount of work helping our group and others in the borough for numerous years and to be honest we have missed his input since July. Barry lives in Darlington but he always attended our functions and In Bloom planting sessions .To thank Barry for his help we arranged for committee members to present him with an engraved clock at last nights meeting. Thank You Barry and keep in touch.


19.10.2011 Urban Blitz Apprenticeship and Job Opportunities

VPRA have been approached by Nordic Pioneer to support their latest venture in the area.for 16-24 year olds.

 First Steps

Should you qualify after the recruitment day you will be offered a 2 week placement where you will receive two weeks initial training commencing on 24th October. Week 1 you will receive Industry specific training, Week 2 you will complete Key Skills in Application of Number and Communication which will go towards the completion and achievement of the Cleaning and Environ-mental Service Skills Apprenticeship Framework.

What Happens Next?

At the end of the 2 weeks those who have demonstrated the required skills, qualities and attitude will be offered a 28 week work placement. This will require you to work a 30 hour working week and you will be paid the National Apprentice wage. During this time you will work towards an Appren-ticeship in Cleaning and Environmental Service Skills at Level 2. At the end of your placement you will be offered 2 weeks employability support to help further develop your job hunting skills and secure employment, training and educational opportunities.

Available for 16-24 year olds in the following areas



Would you like to join an elite team of Nordic Pioneer staff and gain a Level 2 Apprenticeship in Cleaning and Environmental Service Skills? This involves working mostly outdoors, while employed with a successful environmentally responsible company. It will give you an opportunity to make a difference in your own neighbourhood?

If you are interested call the Recruitment Team on 01642 628 198 and book onto our Recruitment Day being held on 19th October in Thornaby.

Still Interested?…… the Recruitment Team on 01642 628 198

18.10.2011 Thorntree Road Parking

Complaints received from residents on Thorntree and surrounding roads about the way contractors are parking while working at the new Parkview home build. This is to be brought up at the next meeting as well as immediate mail to Fabric.

16.10.2011 Village Club

Representation today from residents about an application from the Green Club for extended hours up till midnight.This is to be brought up at next meeting on Wednesday. We have requested that the club send along someone to put their side.

14.10.2011 NW Alert

Reference: Thornaby ]

We have had a report of a two in one burglary at Orkney Way it is reported that the keys to the front door were pushed out and recovered via the cat flap.
A ford focus was stolen registration number is SB52NNV this took place between 05:35 AND 05:50 this morning. Also an I-Phone and a handbag were taken two males were seen acting suspiciously at the time however no description has been obtained.

If you know anything about the above crime please phone the Police on 326326 or speak with your local neighbourhood policing team on 302930

12.10.2011 VPRA Meeting

Next meeting is on Wednesday 19th October, 7 Pm Robert Atkinson Centre.

10.10.2011 Childrens Home

Work has started on converting the old Redcar Road rent office into a childrens home. VPRA rep has been talking with contractors to ensure they abide by the restrictions and keep noise and mess down to a minimum. 

07.10.2011 Arriva Updates

Arrive are using twitter to give traffic and bus updates throughout the area. Handy info @arrivanortheast

06.10.2011 Scam Alert

From Neighbourhood Watch

[Reference: NEW SCAM ]

Hotel Scam


You go to your hotel check in, give them your card details for charges (i.e. room service) You get settled into your room, and your room phone rings, it is the front desk stating that there is a problem with the card and could you re-read your details and the last three digits of the security code so that they can clarify and take payment.

 Only problem is this is not the front desk but a scammer who has phoned the hotel and asked to be put through to  your room front desk transfers them to your room, and that’s when the scam starts.

The Scammer may have been in the reception area when you booked in and heard your surname as you booked in and your room number.

However it is know that scammers will just phone any hotel reception and give any room number hoping that the room will be occupied.

If you use Hotels and you get a call from reception of this kind then please take the time to go to reception and speak with them direct.


04.10.2011 Britain In Bloom

VPRA were awarded an Outstanding Award at tonight’s Britain in Bloom Neighbourhood Awards. Well done to all our helpers.


03.10.2011 River Views

A couple of views from our river bank at Black Bobbies. worth a visit when the weather is right.




02.10.2011 Village Green

Picture below shows the Village Green last night after the hot couple of days we have had. 24 hours later we had a lot of rain and a lot of the leaves have now fallen. Take care on footpaths as they are very slippy.



02.10.2011 Black Bobbies

Inspections around the Black Bobbies today by VPRA reps showed that anglers are still leaving their rubbish around especially tin cans.

There was also a large collection of “Vodka “bottles discarded just off one of the pathways. Police will be notified about the possible drinking den.


01.10.2011 NW Warning

Warning from Neighbourhood Watch to keep bikes locked up when not in use. Several reports around the area about bikes being stolen from outside shops and from peoples gardens.

There has also been reports of thefts of garden and electrical tools from garden sheds, with the rise in car boot sales again residents are warned to lock sheds and alarm if possible.

01.10.2011 Village Park

VPRA rep inspected the park this evening after the busy sunny day, quite tidy with only an odd can or crisp packet left. Soon picked up and put in the bin. Nice to see so many people of different nationalities using the play facilities. 

01.10.2011 Wild Geese

There are lots of migrant birds now around the area especially across the river in the new ponds on the old Bowesfield Farm. Well worth going down to Black Bobbies just before dark to watch them all forming up into their “V`s” ready for the journey back over to Seal Sands and Saltholme

Picture below although slightly out of focus shows one of the ponds taken from a a vantage point about 200 yards away on Black Bobbies Field.


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