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Mayor’s Blog – Week Ending 8th June 2014

Posted on 9th June 2014

This week has been full of history and tradition, I started the week off with a “Tea with the Mayor” to introduce representatives of my charities to each other, the team and to share my ideas for fundraising for the next year. We had seventeen people sat around the Mayor’s Parlour table sharing tea, cake and thoughts.

On the 70th anniversary of D Day I was honoured to be part of Chard’s D Day event at the Museum. There were over 90 primary school children who come through the door to meet our veterans and experience the history and see the displays that the volunteers had prepared for them. The sun was shining and everyone enjoyed the day. Stuart our Town Crier was present to cry newsreel from the day in 1944 and the children tried some wartime cake that we had prepared for them… my mum tells me that I had put in too much fruit!

Mark (the Mace Bearer) and I have taken the robes and mace on visits to the Methodist Church twice this week, once on Tuesday to deliver our talk to the Methodist Church Ladies’ Guild and on Sunday we joined the Boys Brigade on Somerset’s 100th year celebration service and parade around the town – twice. Some of the younger children thought I looked like a pirate so they tried my hat on and gave me their best pirate ah- harrr. That morning I was at the 80th birthday party of Michael Manning a local gentleman at the Baptist church and in the evening I visited Ilminster for the Mayor’s Civic Service.