June has been a busy month, with engagements continuing with the Platinum Jubilee theme. It is an honour to be Mayor and Deputy Mayor especially taking part in so many Jubilee celebrations.
The first engagement of the month saw the Deputy Mayor and I attend a Jubilee cake presentation on behalf of local resident Graham to Sanctus. This was closely followed by a celebration event at the Galleywood U3A 40th Anniversary and Platinum Jubilee celebrations, a most memorable afternoon.
At the start of the Jubilee weekend celebrations, the Mayor and Mayoress attended the Boreham Jubilee celebration, including the unveiling of the heritage trail apple sculpture. Meanwhile, the Deputy Mayor spent an enjoyable afternoon with the residents at Keene Home for a Jubilee Afternoon Tea.
The Mayoralty attended a Beacon Lighting event in Oaklands Park, attended by guests, including the High Sheriff of Essex, Nick Alston CBE DL. Set pieces of music had been written to celebrate the Jubilee, including Dieu Regnare, played by Jonathan Swan. The Essex Army Cadets Corps of Drums played the Bugle Fanfare ‘Majesty’ among other pieces and Chelmsford Singers performed the Song for the Commonwealth, as well as a couple of other pieces on the night.
The Mayor and Mayoress attended a combined event to celebrate a BEM awarded to Anne Wilson in the New Year’s Honours as well as the Platinum Jubilee. The Deputies attended Tea on the Green and Songs of Praise at St Andrew’s, Sandon. The weather was kind and two memorable afternoons. The Saturday morning, the Deputies attended an Indian Bean tree planting as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy for the Platinum Jubilee in West Hanningfield and a little later the same day the Mayor and Mayoress were made welcome at the Galleywood Jubilee Lunch.
The Mayoralty were invited to the South Hanningfield Platinum Jubilee Celebration Event, including unveiling of a bench, a most enjoyable, busy five days of Jubilee celebrations.
The Mayor and Mayoress were delighted to be invited to a double celebration at Chignal & Mashbury WI, celebrating 70 years of the group combined with the last Jubilee themed engagement. The engagement included the planting of a lavender bush and the Mayoress cutting the delicious celebration cake.
The Mayor and Deputy Mayor visited Chelmsford Sport & Athletic Centre to be part of the mini games, an event run over several days for local primary school children.
The Mayor and Mayoress were honoured to open Popeye’s in the High Street. There was a lovely atmosphere in the City Centre, with a samba band playing. Farleigh Hospice were street collecting and we were able to sneak a quick song with members of the Big Sing who were also performing.
The Deputies attended the Welsh Society Concert in the Cathedral, another most enjoyable occasion.
The Mayor and Mayoress visited the Little Baddow Open Gardens, some beautiful displays and an enjoyable time talking to residents who take pride and enjoy opening their gardens up to visitors.
The Mayor and Mayoress revisited Chelmsford Sport & Athletic Centre to attend the Sports Experience Day, meeting hundreds of children with disabilities from a variety of schools. They enjoyed rubbing shoulders with Sir Trevor Brooking, Frank Bruno, Tony Cottee, Peter Shilton, being a keen sportsman, the Mayor was in his element.
The first civic event of the Mayoral calendar took place in Chelmsford Cathedral on Monday evening, the Civic Service, a wonderful venue, supported by the Mayor’s Chaplain, Cathedral Choir and representatives from local faith groups. Guests included HM Lord Lieutenant, High Sheriff of Essex, Mayors and Chairmen from neighbouring authorities and members of the wider community. The service was livestreamed via the Cathedral YouTube channel.
The Mayor and Deputy Mayor had an informative evening attending the Essex Council for Voluntary Youth Service AGM and Celebration and listening to guest speaker Mark Russell, CEO, The Children’s Society.
The Mayoralty spent an enjoyable evening at the Civic Theatre watching Springers performance of Kinky Boots, an excellent performance showcasing our local talent.
On the hottest day of the year so far, the Mayor and Mayoress visited Morrison’s store to meet with the Store Manager, Barry and Community Champion Lindsay. They were shown some excellent work from local primary schools along the theme of ‘HOPE’, which coincides with the theme chosen for the mayoral year. Children from Kings Road, Newlands Spring, St Piux, Lawford Mead and Parkwood Academy have written messages of Hope – I recommend having a look at these if you are in the store.
This was followed by a visit to Willowmead, which has received a Good CQC report and is having a new building built. The Mayor planted a tree which will be moved into the new garden once the building is complete.
The Deputies dropped into the Technology Competition run by the Chelmsford Engineering Society at ARU. This is the first time for three years this has been able to run, an interesting morning chatting to students and teachers. They look forward to seeing the results and attending the Awards Evening next month.
The Deputies were made very welcome at the Open Garden event in Springfield, a charity event raising funds for Farleigh Hospice, they visited a total of 11 gardens and allotments, a busy and inspiring day. The Mayor and Mayoress were made very welcome at the well-attended Farleigh Hospice 40th birthday celebration service at Chelmsford Cathedral
At the beginning of Armed Forces week, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor took part in a short ceremony to raise the Armed Forces flag gathered at the war memorial. The event was attended by HM Deputy Lieutenant, High Sheriff of Essex, representatives of the armed forces and cadet groups. Later the same day, the Mayor and Mayoress attending the Basildon Civic Service, attended by members of the community and Mayor’s and Chairman from neighbouring authorities.
The Deputies had pleasure in attending the Marconi and Beyond Reception, a most interesting evening celebrating the Marconi milestones and view the artefacts on display in the exhibition which continues running until the middle of July at ARU, well worth a visit if you have the opportunity.
A busy morning followed with the Mayor and Deputy Mayor attending the first Chelmsford Festival of Music Speech and Drama. Over 500 primary school children took part in the day, and the Mayoral party had a thoroughly enjoyable morning listening to some talented young people. The young people theme continued into the evening when the Mayor and Deputy attended the North Avenue Youth Centre AGM and Presentations. It was a very well attended event and thoroughly enjoyed listening to the good work provided for the local community.
The Deputies joined the Summer Solstice Stride organised by the Heart and Sole team at the City Council. Money raised from the walk will benefit the Mayor’s Charities, which are Farleigh Hospice and Parkinson’s. Due to rail strikes, the Regimental Reception due to be attended by the Mayor and Mayoress held in Lincoln’s Inn was cancelled, a disappointment as we all know how much planning will have gone into the event.
The Deputy Mayor attended the NHS Pride Picnic at Broomfield Hospital, attended by many staff in the hospital grounds, shortly followed by visiting Circles Farm Alternative Education for an Awards Presentation, celebrating the success of the students. The same evening attending Dance 21’s Anniversary Celebrations the end of a busy, most enjoyable day.
The Deputies were fortunate to attend the 16 Air Assault Brigade Colchester Garrison Show on Armed Forces Day, an enjoyable afternoon, especially watching the performance of the Red Devils.
Weekly meetings continue to discuss engagement requests received from organisations and to plan forthcoming charity events to raise vital funds for Farleigh Hospice and Parkinson’s. Keep an eye out for those events and hopefully you can support one or two of them in some way, either by attending or donating a raffle prize. Donations can be made through JustGiving or cheques payable to ‘The Mayor of Chelmsford's Charities’
Great Baddow High School invited the Mayor to watch their end of year production, We Will Rock You, thoroughly enjoyable evening watching the talented students of the future.
The last engagement of the month, the Mayor attended the Chelmsford City Football Club Academy Celebration. The Academy run in conjunction with Moulsham School has won the National League Under 19 Alliance Champion of Champion’s Trophy as the best Academy in the country at their level, another evening of celebrating the success of our local talent of the future.
You can join the Mayor for a charity meal from 7pm on Monday 18 July, at Chillies Indian Fusion Restaurant in South Woodham Ferrers. You can enjoy a traditional Bangladeshi meal for £29 per person, including an Indian dessert. 20% of all food ordered will benefit the Mayor’s charities. You can book directly with Chillies on 01245 426200.