September & October 2020
Hi Marlborough and Manton,
Just wanted to let you know what I have been up to in the last couple of months!
On 2 September, I had the great honour of opening the new play area at Jubilee Field in Manton. Despite the rain, everybody there had a great time and the ice cream van provided by Manton Residents Association was very much appreciated and enjoyed by all. It takes more than a drop of rain to put me off my Mr Whippy with flake!
A huge thank you to members of Manton Community Outdoors for their amazing work and fundraising towards the project, the Manton Residents Association for its hard work and the people of Manton who were prepared to listen and work together so that not only the young people of Manton and Marlborough have a brilliant play area now, future generations will also be able to use it and love it.
On the 23 September, I attended the licensing of the Reverend Pete Sainsbury at St George's Church to welcome him as the new Team Vicar for Preshute. I am sure that Reverend Sainsbury and his family will love their new parish and discover just what an amazing place Marlborough and Manton is to live and work.
Huge thanks to all those who took part in the Great Marlborough September Clean, your efforts and work are very much appreciated.
On 3 October, we were treated to the Dark Skies Fest ‘At Home,’ a virtual event this year but, again, I can't wait for October 2021 where it will be held in person for people to get involved in and learn more about our amazing night skies.
On 8 October, we saw the Annual Golf Match between the Golf Club and the Town Council take place. It was really nice to have my Uncle and Auntie Glynn and Katherine Yelland play for the Mayor’s team and I was very happy with a draw as the result of the match. A big thank you to all who played and to the Golf Club which provided great hospitality and a lovely meal at the end of the match.
On 10 October, the Town Council along with the Showmen's Guild marked the opening ceremony of what would of been the opening of the Little Mop and helped Mr Billy Whitelegg, a former President of the Showman Guild, unveil a plaque celebrating Mr Whitelegg's over 70 year involvement and contribution to the Marlborough Mops. I love the fair and cannot wait until next year when, hopefully, the fair can return even bigger and better than ever!
On Sunday, 8 November and Wednesday, 11 November, we held, again in a different way because of COVID and a new lockdown, low key ceremonies to mark Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day. Small gestures, but with huge meaning to us all.
Later in the month the Christmas Lights will be switched on virtually and we’ve invited Father Christmas to say a word or two as well.
Before signing off, may I also welcome the latest addition to the Town Council - Councillor Jo Waltham? Councillor Waltham has been a great addition to the Council and like all your Councillors, works hard and does her best for the town that we all love and care about so much.
Take care and speak soon.