Mayor’s Piece – June 2019

The time has really flown by since the mayoral baton was passed onto me by Linda Baxter our previous Mayor. Since May 15th, when I took over the reins, it has been quite a hectic time. My first official engagement was to pop along to Buildbase in Stowmarket to support their team, led by Ian Bell, in their 500-mile May challenge to raise money for Cancer Research. I managed to add a couple of miles to the then almost 250 miles they had ridden.

The same day, Friday May 17th, in the evening, my consort, Annette, and I attended the SODS performance of Last Tango in Whitby at the John Peel Centre which we hugely enjoyed. We also had the very real pleasure of being entertained by their President, Mary Potter, Stowmarket born and bred, who shared quite a few stories with us about her time in SODS and living in Stowmarket during the war.

We then had the pre-tour media event for the OVO Women’s Tour on the Monday. This was followed by me attending the Stowmarket Arts Club exhibition where I had the pleasure of presenting the winner’s trophy to Louise Cobbold for her ‘Umm’ painting which you can see in the photo on the left. Amazingly she had only painted this the previous day in order to get something in!! Louise is also a phantom fund raiser with her paintings of footballers which are used on the covers of the Wolverhampton Wonderers match day programmes.

We joined a bunch of other volunteers for the litter pick around Stowmarket on Saturday (May 25th) morning.  The next day we attend our first civic service of the mayoral year at Southwold on a warm Sunday morning. A good crowd turned out to see us process from the town hall to the church for the service and back.

The following weekend, I was at St Mary’s Church in Combs to open their Strawberry Fayre on a fine sunny Saturday afternoon. We’re still eating our way through the

lemon drizzle cake I bought there. A week later, I was back in Combs, this time to get the duck races going for the 31st jamboree of the 1st Combs Scouts Group. In the second race, the duck splash, I was ably assisted by young Reece who had out sold his peers with a total of 70 ducks – what a salesman!!

Our Civic Officer of 17 years standing, Sue Leedham, retired last month and we are pleased to say we have found an able replacement in Sue Saunders who took up her role on June 11th. I’m looking forward to working with Sue who will be helping me with my diary and organizing events to help raise money for my chosen charities WeCan and The Mix.

These two charities fit in with the theme of my mayoral year which is Youth & Unity. Both WeCan and The Mix work extremely hard to help and support young people and I’m looking forward to raising some funds for them through a variety of activities during the year ahead. I hope we will see you at some of these events. Until next time…