After the lull of the late summer months the activity level picked up again markedly in September as expected. There were several really interesting and rewarding events during the month, of which our fundraising Caribbean Evening was one of the stand outs.
Chef Pete Worthington at The Aviary did us proud with his menu which went down a storm. Considering it was his first ever attempt at such cuisine we all thought he had done a really good job. The puddings were amazing and several of us struggled to finish it.
We were entertained by a steel pan musician and everyone had a really good time which help us to raise over £500 on the night. One lucky guy even got an extra special prize for dressing in the most colourful floral shirt. Well done to Owen Finbow (immediately on my right holding his bottle of rum prize) on that one.
Right up there with the Caribbean Evening was the absolutely tremendous effort by the Mayor’s Gears & Beers team in the Revolve 24 cycling trials at Brands Hatch. Our intrepid team of James Maidstone, James Whitworth, Stuart McNarmara and Chris Woolener cycled round the Brands Hatch circuit 161 times in total. They had achieved the target of 8,848m in just under 20 hours. This sterling effort has helped raise over £800.00 for my 2 chosen charities, The Mix and WeCan. Well done lads, well done indeed.
In between and around these, I had the pleasure of joining in a yoga class with the Stowmarket Stroke Support Group. They told me yoga does not hurt but I guess with my suit and chain of office on, my arms did end up aching a tiny bit. It was good fun though.
My consort Annette and I had the pleasure of handing out certificates and medals to the children who had completed this summer’s reading challenge, around 200 of the 300 who started it. That is a fantastic achievement and congratulations to the children and indeed their very supportive parents.
The same afternoon we were at the official launch of the Sensory Library at the Community Hub. These self-help clubs (Stowmarket ASD Saturday Clubs) provides safe and stimulating environments for children who have a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder to socialise, play and access a wide range of activities. It was just fascinating to see the range of objects and other sensory stimulating ideas were on offer to help these children. The idea is that the sensory library contains a variety of sensory items which are designed to help a child or adult adjust to, or cope with sensory challenges.
Caroline Grove (seen here with Annette) and her team and others are doing a really marvellous job in this regard and it was wonderful to see these children really enjoying their experiences at the launch.