The life of the Mayor is never dull - July 2014

mayorWell, the life of the Mayor is never dull!  Since my last blog, I have attended the blessing of two Mayors, one in Malmsbury and the other in Devizes. These church services are traditionally to wish the new Mayors of these two towns a happy and productive year. 

I was invited by Help for Heroes to visit Tedworth House in Tidworth to view facilities for wounded and disabled servicemen and women.  It is simply amazing to see what these young people with injuries and disabilities have achieved and all living full and productive lives.  It was a very humbling experience and I can only commend to you the wonderful work undertaken by this charity.

I attended the North East Scouts AGM.  The evening began with an outdoor service to commemorate those Scouts who had joined up in the First World War and fallen in battle.  It was shocking to realise how many Scouts and their leaders from this town and surrounding villages gave their lives in WW1 and sad to hear just how young they were.  Their names and ranks were read out from the Roll of Honour and then the Last Post was played, it was very touching.

The 2nd of July saw me at Marlborough College for the Wiltshire School Games Sports Day to present some of the medals.  Over a thousand children competed in every conceivable sport you could imagine. They did not all expect to win but, what I heard time and time again was that they were trying to achieve their “PB.”  This, I was told, referred to their own ‘personal best.’  What a wonderful concept for young people to strive for.

On the 6th July I joined  the Mencap Summer Party and as soon as I arrived  I was told I was in the Patrick team and I spent a happy hour playing rounders before  eating a delicious afternoon tea. My poor legs were bit stiff the next day but, it was worth it.

On Monday, 7th July, Councillors and members of the public assembled for a "Community Clean Up".  This was in readiness for the South West in Bloom judge’s visit to the town.  We dead-headed roses and dug the flower beds in Priory Gardens, picked up litter and weeds from the High Street, washed road signs and telephone boxes.  Hard work but, very enjoyable. Afterwards we had a good natter over a cup of tea and went home well pleased with ourselves.  My grateful thanks go out to this fantastic team.  We will not know the outcome of our entry into South West in Bloom until September but, the judges did seem pleased.

 On Thursday, 17th July, I presented certificates to pupils at St Peter’s school for their entries into the Poppy Painting competition run alongside Marlborough in Bloom. I will also be visiting Preshute and St Mary’s schools to award their certificates.  I was delighted that all three of our infant, junior and primary schools took part in the competition.  The paintings were charming and it was a difficult task to select the winning entries.

On Friday, 18th July I attended the opening of the Jazz Festival and a reception for Wiltshire Life.  As I said at the beginning of this blog, a Mayor’s life is not dull, never boring and certainly very enjoyable.

Just a quick reminder about the Civil War Re-enactment on the Common on the 26th and 27th July. It promises to be an exciting weekend.  The battle commences each day at 3pm where 17th century soldiers with muskets, horses and cannons will fight it out.  There will also be a Living History exhibition in the Priory Gardens where you will see 17th century life as it was when Marlborough was overrun by the Royalists in 1642. Both events are provided free for the whole family.  Just a word of caution, the battle will have muskets and cannons firing and will be very noisy so warn small children and perhaps leave your dog at home.

1-Mayor - St PetersMayor with pupils at St Peter’s school1-Mayor and Clean-up TeamMayor and Clean-up Team

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Message from your Mayor - June 2014

mayorWith the planning and the pomp of Mayor Making over, it’s now time to get down to the job of being the Mayor of Marlborough.

In my first two weeks of office, I have chaired a Full Town Council meeting and attended several other committees and working parties.  I also chaired a Common Users Group meeting held at the Golf Club. This is a group of people who use The Common for a variety of reasons - football, rugby, golf, flying model planes, walking the dog and those who just enjoy the Common and take a real interest in its future. In turn, the thoughts of the group are passed on to the Town Council helping to influence decision-making. Anyone interested is welcome to come along and to put ideas forward, simply contact the Council office for details.

This year Marlborough has entered the Small Town category of the RHS regional South West in Bloom competition.   A small committee of determined people is planning and plotting to put Marlborough on the map. Doing well in this competition is bound to have a knock-on effect on the local economy and tourism. We are appealing to any interested person who can help in any way to join us.  

So, this week you will have seen me, pile of letters in hand visiting every single retailer in the High Street and talking to each owner or manager of these premises to prevail on them to put a hanging basket or trough of flowers outside their premises. I am pleased to report a huge amount of good will and many promises to provide some sort of floral display for judging day on 8th July.

On Friday, I laid a wreath at our War Memorial to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.  We were hugely privileged to have three local D-Day veterans with us.  We owe so much to these brave, gallant yet modest men who only tell us that they were just doing their duty. Without their service to our country, our lives today would be so different. Thank you to them all.

What will the next two weeks hold.....................

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