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Mayor’s Blog – Week Ending 22nd March 2015

Posted on 31st March 2015

It’s been back to normal this week after the quiet winter and I started my fortnight with a talk to Chard Carers Support Group with Stuart the Town Crier. Later that day I was asked to attend the launch of superfast broadband in Chard with members of the Town Team, you may have noticed one of the twenty four new BT boxes that have been popping up? This should help not only local businesses to be more competitive but will allow us all to access the internet more quickly and should roll out over the rest of Somerset and Devon soon.
Chard’s mayor is the honorary president or member of over eight local groups and this week has seen the AGM of two of them; Chard and Ilminster U3A (University of the Third Age) and Chard Concert Brass. I also spent two hours at Sainsbury’s of Chard working with their staff raising money for Red Nose Day with the Deputy Mayor’s partner Jude. On sale were not only Red Nose Day items but they were also collecting, selling raffle tickets and there were fun games for the young people. Chard’s branch sold out of red noses and collected £1254 on the day, which boosted the total amount raised nationwide by the organisation to £11million. Everyone was so supportive and we both felt very proud when a young man of about 11 looked through his money as he walked past us and gave us over half of the change in his hand.
As normal we were treated to two dinners, the first as reported by Emma Jane last week in Ilminster’s Town Hall Talk, also the 2381 Squadron Annual Dinner at Hornsbury Mill where the mayors of Chard, Crewkerne and Ilminster gave out the prizes to the cadets. My last event of the week was at St Mary’s Church where they entertained everybody who had been involved in their “raise the roof” campaign. The evening was fantastic with music, bell ringer singing, poems and even a dog act. My favourite of the night? Well it had to be “the story of the custard pie”; the surprise pie went to our very own local vicar Sue Tucker! Later that evening they gave out medals to those who had helped to raise the cash and I was very proud to receive one.