Upcoming Event: Saturday 25th January
This Charity Quiz Night is a major fundraising event taking place at Hillside Community Centre, Stowmarket, IP14 2BD. All proceeds will go to The Mayor’s chosen charities for this year, The Mix and WeCan@TheJunction. Tickets for the Quiz Night are priced at £10 per person to include a fish and chip supper. To book your teams place, please complete the below form and send into email@example.com, or call 01449 612060 for more details.
Mayors Piece – December 2019
We are well into what is the business end of the year from a Mayoral perspective. The Town took part in the Act of Remembrance in good numbers and the weather was kind to us. It was indeed special to be a part of this event starting with the breakfast at the Town Council offices where the RBL Women’s Section put on a fine display of war time memorabilia. The overwhelming feedback to all of the events was very positive but as always, the team lead by the RBL, will be looking to improve on it and make it even more special next year.
The Christmas Tree Festival at St Peter & St Mary’s Church is open through until early January. It’s definitely worth the visit.
That was pretty much immediately followed by the Christmas Lights Switch-On in the Market Place – I really enjoyed that as did my assistant, Knight Protector, Jasper. Wonderful to see so many people enjoying themselves well after the switch on. The band really felt the vibes and entertained us with a lively set.
On the Saturday morning following, I had a great time with the team at Tesco promoting and collecting food items on behalf of FareShare (https://fareshare.org.uk/). The next week we had the Combs Ford Lights Switch On where I was ably assisted by the four winners of the drawing competition to, whom I had the pleasure of giving them their prizes. Thank you to all for the money raised for my charities at this event.
A unique, at least for me, experience, was attending the preview evening of the fine jewellery and watches that were to be auctioned by Bishop & Miller (www.bishopandmillerauctions.co.uk) based in the Charles Industrial Estate. I am looking forward to taking part in an actual auction in the future. Oliver Miller’s grandma would be so proud of him and his team.
On December 1st, we had the Churches Together in Stowmarket Advent Carol Service with the Salvation Army Brass Band and the combined choir. Both gave the whole service a huge lift. Lots of people brought all manner of food stuffs to donate to the Stowmarket Food Bank which will be a great addition to those who need it. The Food Bank has served 2,700 recipients so far this year. The collection from this service will be going towards the Mayor’s charities so thank you very much to all of you who were at the service.
Last but by no means least, in the last of this year’s reports, I had the privilege of spending time with the Stowmarket Fire and Rescue Service at their station on Lockington Road. Not only that, while I was they were called to an RTC (road traffic collision to the uninitiated as I was at the start). It was truly impressive to see the speed and agility with which they leapt into action. From hearing the bell, they were gone in about 90 seconds. On this occasion they soon returned as the person involved had managed to extricate themselves from their car and was unhurt, so the Stowmarket crew were stood down.
The crew at Stowmarket, all 11 of them, are all volunteers. So it is just fantastic to hear that they have recently been voted the best On-Call Fire Station in Suffolk in 2019.
It is amazing that only 2 of the crew were there when they last won this accolade back in 2010. They are on call 120 hours a week so it is a huge commitment by our Stowmarket fire fighters and their families, without whose support I’m sure they would not be able to do what they do.
It was clear that they loved their role and derived a great deal of satisfaction from it. So if you fancy a go at being a firefighter then pop along and see them. They are looking for a couple more people – and I’m told that they would like to add more women to the team because they make really good firefighters. I think I can understand why.
Until next time…have a peaceful and enjoyable Christmas holiday period and a very Happy New Year.