January was relatively quiet compared to December, although there were quite a few meetings as the Council got down to business after the holidays.
On Saturday 13th, I and other Councillors were shown the new tennis courts, a very welcome addition to the town’s sports facilities. I look forward to trying them out. We were also given a thorough briefing on the Golf Club and its activities.
One of my charities, Home Start Kennet, was preparing for its birthday party this week, so on Tuesday 16th I visited their office in Pewsey and did a publicity shot for the local press to help publicise the forthcoming event.
On Wednesday 17th I attended the launch of a new charity, Thriving Through Venture, which aims to help young people gain confidence and experience. This was hosted by Dr Nick Maurice and will involve some working in the Gambia, where the town already has established links with the town of Gunjur.
Saturday 20th saw the 30th Birthday Party of Home Start Kennet, held in the Town Hall. This is one of my two Mayor’s charities and the Mayoress and I were very pleased to see such an enjoyable event involving Scottish dancing and then blues bands, a bit of something for everyone! This charity has done very good work supporting young families, in this area, over the last 30 years and continues to be very active.
An important meeting on Wednesday 24th discussed the forthcoming major roadworks, in April, with the resurfacing of George Lane and London Road. It was a good opportunity to impart some local knowledge to the contractors in order to minimise disruption. Let’s hope that it all goes smoothly and we end up with smooth roads.
We both attended a reception in Swindon, on Friday 26th, given by the Girl Guides. It is good to see that the organisation is thriving and interesting to see how it has changed over time. The Mayoress was once a member but, I won’t say how many years ago.
The really big event this month was the official opening of our superb new primary school, Marlborough St Mary’s, on Tuesday 30th. This event involved a royal visit by the Duchess of Cornwall, who told me how much she liked Marlborough and managed to chat to many of the children who, I am sure, will always remember this special day.