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Mayors Blog Week Ending 2nd March 2014

Posted on 3rd March 2014

On Tuesday 25th February I visited Chard and Crewkerne After Stroke Group at the Rugby Club with Mark the Mace Bearer and Stuart the Town Crier to give a talk on our various roles within the town.( Mark and I also went to Snowdon house on Wednesday 26th to give a similar talk). This was the first of several we have booked during the next few weeks. Stuart rang his bell and announced our arrival and we were able to explain about the history of the mace, chain and robes. We then answered people’s questions about the positions we have within the town and how we came to hold them.

On Tuesday afternoon Andy and I hosted our first “Tea with the Mayor” of 2014. Eleven local members of voluntary groups came to the Mayor’s Parlour for tea and a chat about how we can work together and what the Mayor can do to help the organisations to flourish and grow. During the last year we have met lots of local people who work hard for their community and we have been able to get a better idea of what is happening in the town. As always at the teas it is nice to introduce ourselves to the groups and the groups to each other, it’s amazing how diverse the voluntary organisations are within our town.

On Friday 28th February I was invited to attend the press release of the announcement of the first pantograph (conductor for electrified trains) to be dispatched from local engineering company Brecknell Willis for Hitachi Rail Europe. This order will comprise 184 pantographs which will be fitted to the newly electrified Great Western and East Coast main lines in the UK. Brecknell Willis has a workforce of 220 people and is one of the successful engineering companies “working hard for Chard”.