May and June 2019
May and June 2019
I now begin my second spell serving as Marlborough Town Mayor and I am very proud to do so. This is a busy time for the Town Council with events to organise, projects to manage and the final phases of the Marlborough Area Neighbourhood Plan to complete. During the period from becoming Mayor on 13th May to the end of June I attended 31 meetings, many of which I chaired. I did though find time for some civic engagements too.
My first engagement, which I attended as Deputy Mayor, was just before Mayor making when I attended the Annual Dinner of the Phoenix Brass Band in Froxfield on Saturday, 11th May. My link to the band is that my granddaughter, Genevieve, plays cornet in the training band.
Mayor-Making then took place on Monday 13th May and was a lot less scary having already done it once before. I give my thanks to outgoing Mayor, Lisa Farrell, who did a fantastic job and welcome Councillor Mark Cooper as the new Deputy Mayor. The causes that I am supporting this year are 2nd Marlborough Scouts and the Jubilee Centre.
On Wednesday, 15th May I attended the AGM of Marlborough Mencap and now fulfil the traditional Mayor’s role of being Honorary President for a year, I look forward to attending Mencap events over the coming year.
It was a very sad occasion on Tuesday, 21st May when former Town Crier and Town Beadle Alf Johnson’s funeral took place in a packed St Mary’s Church. Alf was very well-known and much loved in the town.
There was something new in the town on Saturday 25th May when The Rifles Regiment held a Sounding the Retreat ceremony at Marlborough College as part of their recruiting campaign. A very enjoyable evening.
My first duty in June was on Tuesday 4th when I had the honour of presenting the Mayor’s Cup for athletics which is competed for by Marlborough College against St John’s. Both schools competed well but the College won the day and the cup.
Thursday, 6th June was the 75th Anniversary of D-Day and to mark the event we held a ceremony and laid a wreath on The Common to remember all of those involved in the Military Hospital there that treated over 60,000 casualties from D-Day to the end of the war.
Another anniversary was remembered on Friday, 7th June, the 100th anniversary of the founding of The Save The Children Fund by Eglantyne Jebb, who first encountered real child poverty when teaching at St Peter’s School Marlborough in 1899, then housed in today’s library building. My day started early with a BBC Wiltshire interview on the High Street, in pouring rain.
The day then brightened up and we unveiled a new plaque to Eglantyne, the previous one having had a naming mistake on it. We were joined by actress Ann Chamberlain dressed as Eglantyne herself!
We then went on to see Ann Chamberlain’s one woman show “Eglantyne” performed in St Peter’s Church on Saturday 8th June, a truly inspiring performance.
Our new Marlborough Tennis Club Courts were formally opened on Saturday, 15th June and we were treated to an exhibition of fine tennis in the sunshine and good hospitality. The Tennis Club now offers a really good opportunity to young players wanting to learn the game.
A great favourite of mine is the Choral Evensong in Malmesbury Abbey, which the Mayoress and I attended on Sunday, 16th June, the Abbey is very atmospheric when filled with the sound of a choir.
The Phoenix Brass training band treated us to a concert on Saturday, 22nd June along with coffee and cake.
Later that day we attended the Marlborough RFC Summer Ball at Marlborough College on what was a glorious evening.
One of my more challenging assignments was to attend an evening of cheese, wine and belly dancing at Savernake View Care Home and, of course, I was persuaded to join in a couple of the dances. I was advised not to give up the day job!