August & September 2019
August is traditionally a quiet month when there are no civic events, giving Mayors a chance to go on holiday. We made trips to Yorkshire and to South Wales. Council work still continues and I attended ten meetings this month.
Like August, the first part of September was fairly quiet. I attended sixteen meetings during the month and eight civic events:
Sunday, 15 September saw the Civic Service in Wilton, held at the marvellous Italianate church there.
Tuesday, 17 September was the Civic Day in Salisbury. Our host, the Mayor, took us around the town to visit a number of places that you would not normally get to see. We went to visit a bakery supplying artisan loaves to the major supermarkets, where I actually learned what sourdough is! We then went to the theatre where we had lunch in the auditorium and visited the set making workshop preparing for the Code Breakers and the costume department, which had acquired 1940's clothing for the production. We finished in the Cathedral with visits to the stonemason's yard and the Cathedral Library. A very fascinating day to a city that is still recovering its visitor numbers after the novickok incident.
Wednesday, 18 September, it was my pleasure to visit, with the Town Crier, Mike Tupman, the Savernake View Care Home on the occasion of their 3rd anniversary event. I presented a bouquet to original resident Barbara Livingstone and we were very well entertained by 'Champagne at the Blitz'.
Friday, 20 September saw the annual awards ceremony for the Marlborough Penguins Swimming Club. It is always great to see how successful the sporting organisations for young people in Marlborough are and the Penguins are no exception. They have a long history and a vibrant membership, with some competing at national level. Well done to everyone and a big thank you to the volunteers who make it possible.
On Thursday, 26 September, the start of the Marlborough Literature Festival was marked by a flash dance by Marlborough St Mary's Year 4 pupils in the High Street. The children were dressed as fictional characters and I was proud to see my granddaughter, Genevieve, taking part.
Friday 27 September we went to the LitFest welcome party followed by listening to author Ben Okri who was talking about his new book 'The Freedom Artist'.
On Saturday 28 September we held the Mayor's skittles match, an excellent and entertaining evening which raised several hundred pounds for charity.
On Monday 30 September I, along with PCC Angus McPherson, opened the new police touchdown point at The Corner House in the George Lane car park where the public contact point will be. This replaces the police station on George Lane, which mainly housed the serious crime squad for Wiltshire that has now moved to Gablecross.