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Mayor’s Blog – Week ending 27th April 2014

Posted on 1st May 2014

On Fri 25th April I visited my former school Manor Court for their launch of the schools new values and vision under the new Head teacher Mr Mitchell.  Mr Mitchell explained the process that got the school to adopt “Aspire” as their tag line and our MP David Laws helped some children to release balloons to mark the new start for the school.  We also watched a new mural depicting the schools new values and Manor Court’s class names being unveiled for the first time.  It was lovely to see how the school has changed over the many years since I last attended ……. I remember it well!

On Saturday, at the invitation of the Mayor of Taunton, Andy and I attended “Tone talent” at the newly re-opened Brewhouse theatre in Taunton. The theatre is now being leased from the Council by a group of volunteers and has only been open for a few weeks.  We were entertained for a full four hours by dancers, a male voice choir, a lady comic and 80’s pop star Howard Jones. They all gave their time for free to try and raise funds to keep the theatre open.  The lady comic, Laura Lexx was very funny …… one to keep an eye out for I think.

Sunday’s rain stopped just long enough for Chards first St George’s day parade for the general public.  We had lots of local groups pull together to make this happen, led by Rosie a young musician on the drum and a dragon made at the Laurel centre. The procession was headed by two beautiful horses from Horseshoes and handprints and included the new High Sheriff and a representative of Lady Gass the Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset.  Chard concert brass played at St Marys and we had tea and cake afterwards supplied by the church.  It was really nice to see so many people out and I am hoping that this will become a regular occurrence.