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Mayor’s Blog – Week Ending 21st September 2014

Posted on 24th September 2014

It’s been a hectic couple of weeks for Andy, myself and the Deputy Mayor Garry Shortland as any invitation that I cannot attend he takes on if at all possible.  This has been a busy time and we have all been involved representing Chard at events.

We started our post ‘slide’ week opening the new St Margaret’s Hospice Shop in Chard with Stuart the town crier. It’s just great to see another empty shop being used and there was a queue waiting outside for us when we cut the ribbon. This is Chard’s first furniture shop for quite a while and if you have anything to donate I am sure they will be pleased to use it to raise funds to provide care for local people in their final months.

On Tuesday 9th Andy and I attended the licensing of Georgina Vye, the new associate priest of St Mary’s and Combe St Nicholas Church at St Mary’s in Chard. The service was attended by the Bishop of Bath and Wells as well as representatives from all the parishes within her new office and Chard Churches Together.

On Friday 12th Andy and I visited Crewkerne to watch the performance of High Society a classic musical set in the 30’s where wealthy socialite Tracy Lord is in the midst of planning a lavish summer wedding when her ex-husband turns up to disrupt the proceedings in an attempt to try and win her back. A further complication is charming reporter Mike Connor who falls instantly for Tracy, and she for him. As the day of the wedding draws closer we’re left guessing which groom the bride will choose!

On Sunday 13th we attended St Mary’s again with Members of Chard Town Council to remember those who took part in the battle of Britain. September 15th is known as Battle of Britain day because it was the last daylight raid the German Luftwaffe launched on London believing that the RAF was at breaking point.

On Monday 15th we played host to some visiting Rotarians from America and Canada who were greeted outside the Guildhall by our town crier Stuart welcoming them to Chard on behalf of all of us. They had tea and cake with us in the Town Hall and were delighted to hear about our traditions as a town council and given small keepsakes to take back to their countries to remind them of their “tea with the mayor” before they left to have a look around Chard Museum.

On Thursday 18th I had the great pleasure of crowning our new Carnival royal party, Miss Chard, the Carnival princess and her attendants at The Potting Shed in Cuttifords Door. The girls have raised an incredible amount of money this year and we will be able to see them first at the Children’s Carnival on Saturday 4th October.

On Saturday 20th September I was invited to attend the open day at Spillers AGA in Chard where they had an indoor market and 8 chefs in the showrooms cooking up delights to show us how all the kitchens worked. What amazed me about the day was the very fact that all these show kitchens were actually working and visitors were able to see how the various pieces of equipment worked. I spent a couple of hours trying out the homemade fudge, macadamia cookies, scones with jam and cream and cupcakes, well someone has to be willing to do the job!!! We left to have LUNCH in Axbridge with their Mayor before taking part in their Blackberry Carnival, a daytime parade through their historic streets. The parade was led by the retiring town crier who had held her position for 40 years and had reached the grand age of 90

On Sunday 21st we were up early to visit Bridgwater and attend the Civic Service of their Mayor at the Salvation Army Church in the town. This was a first for me as I have never been inside a sally army church but it seemed to be the centre of the community in that area of Bridgwater and I knew all the hymns!