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Mayor’s Blog – Week Ending 20th April 2014

Posted on 22nd April 2014


Although I did not have any official engagements during this week Easter weekend was busy for us. On Good Fri Andy and I greeted Chard churches together at the Guildhall and then joined them on the Walk of Witness through Chard for a service at St Mary’s Church. The service was followed by hot cross buns and tea; this was something I have not been involved with before and was quite humbling walking through the town behind the cross.

Later that evening Kelly Leigh’s School of Dance put on a show in aid of my three charities, all the girls gave their time for nothing and as usual they were amazing, the music was pumping and Kelly and her crew were so full of energy. They have dance classes for all ages from tiny tots to adults if you want to join them, Kelly’s studio is in the main street near Co-op.

On Saturday 18th April Andy and I attended the Methodist Church Rooms for breakfast cooked by the gentlemen of the Church in aid of Mercy Ships, the breakfast was free you just donated some money to the charity. Given the abseil later that day it felt like the condemned man’s last meal. One of the ladies told us about the Friends of Chard Library having an open day so we popped in to see them on our way home. More cake! The girls told us about a couple of workshops that the library was currently promoting, knit and natter and a Lego club for children, more details of both can be found in the library.

That afternoon was the scheduled Mayor and Vicar abseil down St Mary’s Church roof and at 2pm we climbed the bell tower to peer from the top at the whole of Chard. The event was organised by Cave Climb who were fantastic I can’t praise them enough for their time, dedication and reassurance. Luckily there was a small ledge at the top of the tower that you could step over and rest your feet on before descending down the tower on the rope. I think the most difficult thing was to lift that second leg through the turret and perch on the ledge before trusting the rope and the instructors to get you down. We both did it; although Rev Sue was much quicker than me we are both here to tell the tale. At least forty other Chard people came down the tower though, most of them with a lot less fuss than me, they aged from 7 to over 80 and each one of them deserves a massive well done…. Not sure I would do it again but hopefully the lead will last for a few years now.