Mayor’s Piece – August 2019

The undoubted highlight of the past month has to be my Civic Service which took place on Sunday July 21st at the Salvation Army Hall on Violet Hill Road.   It was a great pleasure to welcome other Mayors and dignitaries from around Suffolk as well as family and friends on what turned out to be a beautifully warm day. My huge thanks go to Major Beverley Lloyd and Major James Lloyd for their welcome and enormous help in delivering a unique, interesting and very enjoyable service.  Bram and the Salvation Army Young People’s Band were a joy to listen to.

I would also like to thank Harriet Carr, Evie Berry, Arthur Winchester and the incomparable Emily for their part in making the occasion a very memorable one. Of course such an event requires a lot of preparation so my thanks also to our Communities Team for their tireless efforts as well.

We had a thoroughly delightful time at the SODS performance of Calamity Jane at The Regal in Stowmarket. It was a pleasure to meet and have a drink with the cast afterwards across the road at Weatherspoons pub. This was follow by the Carnival the next day which was a blast from start to finish. I cannot tell you just how excited the winners of the float (Ghost Busters) and walking parade (The Greatest Showman) competitions were. It was just fabulous to be a part of it all. And we must say a special thank you to Aaron from Meredith Greengrass who chauffeured us on the day. A fine young gentleman who carried out his duties with aplomb. A great credit to himself and his company.

I went with our Communities and Marketing Officer, Naomi Day to the Living Well Class that is held every Monday at the Stowmarket Leisure Centre.  This also incorporates the Dementia Alliance WorkOut. Well, what a blast that was. Bob Halls who led the class is an absolute dynamo and had us going in no time at all. It was a real revelation as to the amount of exercise and fun you could have sitting down. We thoroughly enjoyed the ‘workout’ and look forward to another session.

At the beginning of August I had the pleasure of joining the young people and staff at Redwood Lodge for their BBQ. The reception from the young people there was absolutely fantastic. James cooked up a storm with his BBQ. A couple of the young lads treated me to delightfully refreshing mocktails and delicately spiced rice dish which was a treat.

Coming up in September we have an intrepid team of 4 young men who will be participating in the Revolve24 event at Brands Hatch to help raise money for my 2 chosen charities, The Mix and WeCan. The intrepid team “Gears & Beers” of James Maidstone, James Whitworth, Stuart McNarmara and Chris Woolener are aiming to ride the equivalent of the height of Mount Everest around the track at the motor racing circuit. They will be doing this over a 24-hour period and will need to cover just under 9,000 metres. Each lap is equivalent to a gain in height of 65 metres so they will need to ride just over 136 laps of the Brands Hatch circuit to reach the top of the mountain.

This will be followed by our Caribbean Evening on Saturday, September 28th which will be held at the Cedars Park Community Centre. The dinner menu will feature authentic Caribbean cuisine with a steel band to provide musical accompaniment.  Tickets will be available from the Town Council office.