Mayor’s Piece – July 2019

What a truly wonderful day it was on the Sunday of our second Food and Drink Festival. We were delighted to welcome our local MP, Jo Churchill and her husband Peter both of whom had a thoroughly enjoyable time as did the huge throngs that came to the festival.

Like them, I was very pleased to be able to welcome traders from all around Suffolk and beyond. We had a lot of fun sampling many of the different foods and drinks on offer as well as buying some for later consumption.   It was so busy that I only got to the craft gin bar in the John Peel Centre late in the day but still managed to get the last drop of Fishers gin – what an amazing flavor. Must get some of that for my cocktail collection.  All this locally produced food and drink from around Suffolk has led me and my wife to now try and buy British wherever possible.  It’s our way of reducing our carbon foot print and more importantly supporting our local food producers where it counts – with our cash.

The evening before, we went along to the Beer & Brewing Festival at the Museum of East Anglian Life where we naturally sampled a few beers. Juice Rocket from the Three Blind Mice brewery in Cambridgeshire was a lovely refreshing drink.


Jerry – our Market Superintendent/Officer and the Communities team did a wonderful job organizing this second festival which looks set to become the premier festival event in Stowmarket.

So a huge thank you to Jerry for the tremendous work he has put into this project and I know he has lots of ideas to make it even more spectacular next year. Can’t wait for that as I see this festival being the highlight of our summers in Stowmarket for years to come going by the huge amount of enthusiasm for it from the traders who were full of praise for him.

Earlier in July there were delightful sessions with three of the four primary schools (Chilton Primary, Trinity CEVAP and Wood Ley CPS) that took part in the art competition for the OVO Energy Women’s Cycle Tour where I presented prizes to the winners at each school.  These were the bunting artwork you would have seen in the shops along the high street and elsewhere prior to the race coming to town. The children gave me a great reception and asked lots of interesting questions about the Mayor.

I had a really good meeting with the team at the Mix to talk about fund raising ideas and other activities to get more young people involved with the Town Council. They tweeted about that…which I retweeted on the Mayor’s Twitter account @StowmarketMayor.

I was also delighted, on very sunny warm afternoon, to join the team at WeCan for their summer BBQ. Looking forward to drawing out the raffle tickets for their summer raffle on 1st August.

Next up a visit to The Regal to see the SODS musical Calamity Jane whom I met during the Food & Drink Festival…