To round off the first weekend of July, the Mayor and Mayoress took part in the Chelmsford Carnival, a very well organised and supported accessible event, I even had my mode of transport decorated, enabling me to take part.

‘Chelmsford 100 is the creation and legacy of 100 hand-painted silk flags reflecting journeys and stories, Chelmsford CVS invited 100 people to tell their stories of Chelmsford, reflecting on recent times and what has kept them going’. The Mayor attended the first flag installation held at the Wilderness Foundation, a beautiful morning and some amazing flags. Watch out for the flags during the summer, find out more information about how to become involved at https://chelmsford100.org.uk/

The Mayor and Mayoress attended Christ Church URC 50th Anniversary Celebration, an evening with Jonathan Veira. Another evening showcasing a talented gentleman.

Chelmsford Cathedral is already becoming a very familiar and always welcoming venue for engagements, on Monday the Mayor and Mayoress were privileged to attend the Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust Service of Thanks and Reflection to commemorate staff, the service was fully inclusive of all faiths and beliefs and those with no faith.

Some days there are more than one engagement request received and where possible the Mayor and Deputy Mayor will attend separately. The Mayor and Mayoress attended the New Hall School Years 11 to 13 Prize Giving and Commissioning of Year 13 Leavers whilst the Deputies attended the Renew Celebration Event for children and young people’s counsellors, both were very engaging events, a delight to celebrate local students.

The Deputies attended the Declaration Ceremony of Frankland Fields Nature Reserve in South Woodham Ferrers, it was attended by a representative from Natural England and the Town Mayor and Deputy Mayor of SWF. Following the dedication guests enjoyed walking around the nature reserve, chatting and thanking volunteers for giving up their valuable time. 

Later the same day, the Mayor and Mayoress were at Hyde Hall to attend the blue plaque unveiling for Helen Robinson, she started the garden at RHS Hyde Hall with her husband as part of the Essex Women’s Commemorative Project, another enjoyable afternoon, the sunshine always helps.

The Mayor and Mayoress were fortunate to attend the High Sheriff Garden Party at Hyde Hall, we are so lucky to have such beautiful gardens in our local area. The Deputies attended, the same evening the Reception for the Chairman of Essex County Council, both events were attended by other Mayor’s, Chairmen and Councillors from across the County.

The Mayoralty were invited to attend the Farleigh Hospice Forget-me-not Service, held in the grounds of Farleigh Hospice, an enjoyable afternoon, including a visit around the memorial garden. 

The Mayor and Mayoress attended a second Garden Party, hosted by the Chairman of Rochford Council at the Lawns, another interesting setting.

The Deputies attended the Riverside Kumon Presentation of Awards for students, an afternoon celebrating the achievements of students who had attended regular sessions. 

The Mayor of Southend-on-Sea held his Civic Service in Prittlewell to which the Mayor and Mayoress attended, the Service was both a celebration and blessing of the Mayor’s term of office. 

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor were delighted to be invited to the Columbus School Leavers Event, a most enjoyable evening, celebrating the year 14 students at the end of their education.

The following morning the Deputy Mayor spent an interesting morning attending the Shaw Trust Skills and Jobs Fair.

The Mayoralty were delighted to be able to host their first parlour visit, welcoming students from Boreham Primary School. It is an opportunity to be able to show the regalia worn for civic occasions and to talk in more detail about the history of the mayoralty. We are already looking forward to the next visit.

The Mayor and Mayoress thoroughly enjoyed being entertained by the students from Essex Dance Theatre at their Annual Show, performed for the first time at Moulsham High School, in the Mayor’s words ‘this is the best dance performance I have ever seen’, Chelmsford certainly has talent.

This event was followed by attending the Cheque Presentations from the Great Baddow Races, an event raising money for local charities.

The Deputy Mayor enjoyed attending one of the many ARU Graduation Ceremonies, specifically from the School of Education and Social Care held in Chelmsford Cathedral, a most versatile venue for holding events.

The Mayor and Mayoress have taken part in the Chelmsford Beekeepers Willow Bees launch in Oaklands Park and Museum, well worth a visit if you are passing.

Meetings have included weekly updates to discuss engagement requests and forthcoming events as well as the Mayor chairing his first Full Council Meeting.

The Mayor and Mayoress were welcomed to the Chelmer Waterside Celebration Event hosted by CHP who are proud to have delivered 106 new affordable homes at Chelmer Waterside a combination of affordable rent and shared ownership as well as delivered their 4,000th property.

The Mayor and Mayoress were invited to attend a picnic in the park event at Melbourne Park, an event open to residents of the Melbourne area, a well organised and popular event

The following day the Mayor and Deputy Mayor were made very welcome at the Chelmsford Community Support Centre Heritage Summer School where they presented participation certificates to children.

The Mayor and Mayoress enjoyed a visiting Riverside Leisure Centre, to support one of the young skaters who was holding a fundraising event, raising money for SNAP.

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor were honoured to be invited to the Redeemed Christian Church of God to join in the Multicultural Day celebrations, a totally uplifting occasion. The Deputy Mayor was privilege to be presented with a beautiful Kimono which she thoroughly enjoyed wearing during her visit.

The Mayor’s chosen Charities for 2022/2023 are Farleigh Hospice and Parkinson’s Chelmsford Branch. You can donate via JustGiving or make out a cheque, payable to ‘The Mayor of Chelmsford's Charities’.

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Last updated: 29 September 2022