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Mayors Blog – Week Ending 17th November 2013

Posted on 18th November 2013

It’s been a busy week this week, on Monday 11th available Councillors, representatives from the Royal British Legion, Royal Naval Association as well as cadets joined local people as we stopped to remember the fallen from the conflicts both old and modern at 11am.

After the two minute silence three local gentlemen, John White, Mark Hambrey and Richard Lupton gave talks in the Town Hall about Bomber Command, the experiences of a local family who were in Japan and became displaced during World War II and the work that Help For Heroes is doing working with members of the armed forces from modern conflicts and how young men cope with loss of limbs.  There was also an exhibition by John White displaying information about those who had lost their lives in the Second World War and are remembered on the war memorial in St Mary’s Church.

On Tuesday 12th I was invited to the Street Pastors tea at St Mary’s Church Rooms. My chaplain Cresswell and I were treated to a lovely selection of cakes provided by local caterer Allsorts Kitchen. There was an opportunity to find out more about the work of the street pastors in Chard. I promised I would go out with them after Christmas; it’s been a while since I was out in town late at night!

On Thursday 14th Cresswell and I visited Messy Church at the Baptist Church, young children and mums come in to play and eat together. The theme was “what we are frightened of”, we made spiders and bats and a rather messy orange iced cake which I took home for my grandson. There was lots of glitter and glue and afterwards we were treated to a meal of jacket potato and beans with home made cakes afterwards. 

On Saturday 16th Andy and I attended the Mayor of Yeovil’s Ball at Yeovilton, where we were listened to a pipe band and met personnel from HMS Heron. The meal was fantastic and then an auction followed with donations of helicopter flights, a shopping experience and Yeovil Football Club items which helped to raise over £5,000 on the night.