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Hemlington is a settlement within the town of Middlesbrough, in the borough of Middlesbrough and the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire, England. In 2005, it had a population of approximately 4,200. The main shopping centre is Viewley Hill Shopping Centre. The Parkway Centre, which has a wider range of stores and facilities including a leisure centre, fast food restaurants, and DIY stores, is a short journey away in Coulby Newham- buses run regularly between these.
Hemlington has three primary schools: Viewley Hill Primary School, Hemlington Hall Primary School and St. Gerrards RC Primary School. An artificial lake also exists. It did have a local hospital set in the countryside until the late 1980s when it was closed and later demolished: it had been built in 1895 as an infectious control hospital (hence its very rural status) but then during the wars was used for treatment of war injuries.
Hemlington is currently in two electoral wards: Hemlington (Labour) and Stainton & Thornton (Liberal Democrat). It is in the Parliamentary Constituency of Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland- current MP Tom Blenkinsop
Hemlington was built on farmland during the 1960s and expanded thereafter, Coulby Newham lies on the outskirts and the villages of East Stainton and Stainton are to the south-west. Originally a farming community, it was built to provide affordable housing for the burgeoning population of Middlesbrough and to provide attractive housing at an affordable price.
Hemlington has various local leisure amenities, mostly centred on a 39 acres (160,000 m2) area of open parkland which has been split into two sites: Hemlington Recreation Centre and Hemlington Hall Farm.
The recreation centre includes an activity hall in which various activities and classes for children and babies take place as well as fitness classes for adults. It also has a small but fully equipped gym consisting of fitness equipment and weight lifting machines. Outdoor leisure facilities include the nine acre artificial lake, two adult and one junior football pitches, a children’s play area, floodlit "multi-court", skateboard park and a 1.25-mile (2.01 km) running circuit.
The lake is host to a wide variety of wildlife, including kingfishers, mute swans, tufted and ruddy ducks and many seasonal visitors as well as a thriving population of watervoles. The Bluebell Beck Woodland Walk has been created around the lake and includes both metal and chainsaw sculptures.
The farm outbuildings are used for a range of activities; as a drop in facility for the Linx detached youth work project, changing facilities for the football pitches, canoe and kayak storage areas and a small classroom.
A horse-riding centre for disabled people, The Unicorn Centre, offers riders professional tuition tailored to their personal ambitions and capabilities.
There is also an adult education and job resource training centre called Initiative Centre, the aim of which is to get people back into work and give them the skills to further their employment
Three churches serve Hemlington. St Timothy's Church of England, Providence Baptist Church and All Nations Church which is an Assemblies of God church. These churches provide a range of service to the local community including toddler groups, stop smoking support and weight management support. They also offer pastoral support to people at difficult times.
- Regional and Miscellaneous Green Flag Award Winner 2007/2008
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