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Our Modern Mayoress

Mayoress Fiona LawsonAt his first Full Town Council meeting, our new Town Mayor, Councillor Guy Loosmore, presented his Mayoress and fiancée, Fiona Lawson, with her badge of office.  While our Mayoress does not have an official or legal status, the national tradition and local custom is for the Town Mayor to have a consort to help navigate through his or her busy year ahead.   Fiona will accompany our Mayor, Marlborough’s First Citizen, to official engagements helping to host various community events, promote Marlborough, attend award ceremonies, visit our schools as well as meeting British and foreign dignitaries to the town.  

A priority for Fiona will be her work to help raise funds for the two charities chosen by the Mayor - locally based Marlborough and District Dyslexia Association and Hope for Tomorrow, which operates mobile chemotherapy units.  This is entirely separate from the Town Council’s funds and money raised will be distributed to these charities at the end of the Mayoral year.

Fiona, a historian, is already heavily involved in voluntary work in the local community particularly around the Kennet Valley Arts Trust said:  “It’ll be a busy year for Guy and I’m really looking forward to helping build up funds for these two worthwhile charities both bringing such important advice and help to local people.” Something else to fit in amongst official duties for 2013/14 will be the couple’s wedding in August.

 

 Mayoress Chain-Group Shot

Photos - by kind permission of Neil Goodwin MNO

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Marlborough’s New Town Council

Marlborough Town CouncilAt the Annual Meeting of the Town Council on Monday, 13th May, new Councillors voted in Councillor Guy Loosmore as Marlborough’s 518th Mayor with Councillor Mrs Marian Hannaford Dobson as the Deputy Mayor.  Following an address by outgoing Mayor, Mrs Edwina Fogg, who is stepping down from the Council, Councillor Loosmore set out his aspirations for his Mayoral year. He aims to make Marlborough’s community his focus with an emphasis on youth as well as working towards important land marks such as the coming World War 1 commemorations.  The Mayor has chosen Marlborough and District Dyslexia Association and Hope for Tomorrow, which operates mobile chemotherapy units, as his chosen charities.  Both provide Marlborough with much needed services.

The Council meets on Monday, 20th May for the first Full Town Council meeting of a 4 year term of office.

 

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Leaving the Council soon

Mayor Edwina FoggWe will soon wave farewell to our Mayor, Councillor Edwina Fogg, who has led Marlborough through a magnificent year of celebration - the Diamond Jubilee and Olympic Torch Relay, visits by the Duchess of Cornwall and the Acting New Zealand High Commissioner, a Town Hall Open Day, fund raising for the Prospect Hospice and much more. We wish her well for the future now that she has decided to step down from the Council and offer our thanks for everything she has done in the last 12 months.

Also leaving us are Graham Francis (a long serving Councillor with not only the Town Council but at the former County Council too), Caroline Jackson, Richard Pitts, Tony Spranger and Val Compton. These are volunteers who have given their time to try to make a difference in the town and will be missed. A thank you to them all.

 Councillors Richard Pitts, Val Compton, Graham Francis & Caroline Jackson

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Mayor presentation of cheque

On Thursday, 2nd May, Town Mayor, Councillor Mrs Edwina Fogg, presented a cheque for £8,000 to Prospect Hospice’s representative, Sheryll Crouch.  Prospect was our Mayor’s chosen charity for her Mayoral year and this impressive sum was raised through her hard work and the tremendous support of her fundraising committee.

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Marlborough Tourism

We all knew it and now everyone else does too!  Marlborough has been named by The Times as the 10th best place to live in the UK.  Various Marlborough-based organisations have long recognised the potential for improving the economy of the town through tourism and are starting to come together to look at this.  It’s clear that one thing missing has been a leaflet for visitors, signposting them to places of interest, shops, car parks, cafes, restaurants, etc.  For the 2013 season, the Town Council has bought a batch of leaflets to do just that – Merlin’s Marlborough. We are now distributing them around the town and further afield.

Visit the Marlborough Town Council tourism section.

http://www.merlinsmarlborough.com/

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