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Parade Night at Maldon Army Cadet Force H.Q.

Thursday, 5th December, was Parade Night at the Maldon Army Cadet Force H.Q. only this evening was ‘open night’ where the parents and potential interested recruits could watch an evening’s training and lectures meeting. Because of both of our professional backgrounds, Jeanette and I had a well informed appreciation of both the subject content and the how lectures were being presented.

Maldon Light up a Life Service

The evening of Tuesday 3rd December 2013 found me again on consecrated ground, this time it in the churchyard of what was St Peter’s Church now the Plume Library and Maeldune Centre. We were assembled there for the annual “Maldon Light up a Life Service”. This we do in conjunction with Farleigh Hospice; the hospice organise this service at this time of the year in several places to give the local community the chance to remember their loved ones who are no longer with us.

St Mary's Church for the District Chairman's Advent Service

The evening of Sunday 1st December 2013 found the Deputy Mayor, Jeanette and me at another event. This was in St Mary’s Church for the District Chairman’s (David Williams) Advent Service. As Advent is celebrated by the lighting of a light on each Sunday leading up to Christmas day this service started in near total darkness save for a few ‘tea light’ candles dotted around with the addition of the congregation each holding a tiny candle, as the service progressed the church was gradual illuminated.

It's Christmas in Maldon

“IT’S CHRISTMAS IN MALDON AND THAT’S OFFICIAL” I proclaimed on the 30th of November. Was I crazy or just very impatient? No, it was because the street decorations for this year’s winter festival had just been turned on.  It was the traditional ceremony with some carols, helped by the choir from All Saints with St Peters, accompanied by the town’s folk of Maldon and assisted by my grandchildren Ryan (10), Holly and her friend Zara (both who are to be 6 in a few days time), the daughter of John Bunkell, one of my councillors. We pulled the switch to activate the illuminations.

Tennis Competition in aid of Age UK

On 31st August to finish the month, it started with sunny weather and the scent of the flowers and grass in the air is, for me, one of the pleasures of life. Added to that was the privilege of being invited to a tennis competition to raise funds for ‘Age UK’. This event was arranged by the staff of the Lodge Residential Home who I had visited last month on the day of their fete.

Moot Hall Art Exhibition

Friday the 30th was our next civic event - we attended a private viewing of an art exhibition in the Moot Hall.

Havering Borough Show

Sunday, the 25th August, after a good night’s sleep we were on the road for the Havering Borough two day Show’. As always the Havering Show is well worth a visit; with the stalls and the entertainment (I attended it for many years, as part of the Red Cross medical team, in the 1980’s).   This year’s star appearance was The Tremeloes. Unfortunately the sound system failed so after them giving up on the technicians’ best attempts they used the announcer’s microphone to give the audience a non-instrumental rendering of “silence is golden”!

Mersea Regatta

Saturday, the 24th August, found me on the Thames Sailing Barge ‘Dawn’, with the Mayor and Mayoress of Colchester , as guests of the Mayor and Mayoress of Mersea at the island’s regatta. We were rowed out to the barge in a very stately vessel, where amongst the oarsmen and women were two members of the crew of the “Row around the UK” team, held earlier this year.

Clacton-on-Sea Air Show

Apart from several committee meetings my next civic duty wasn’t until Friday the 23rd when we were at the Clacton-on-Sea fantastic Air Show. The displays by the various aircraft were amazing. The “Red Arrows” were, as always, breathtaking but the things that the Vulcan Bomber did, as it was put through its paces, was just unbelievable

Maldon History Talk by Stephen Nunn

On Wednesday the 14th August, I had the pleasure of learning some more of the history of Maldon when I was present at All Saints Church, with a group of international students who were staying at the “Annual International Youth Camp” held on Mersey outdoor centre. The talk for them was given by Stephen, in his role as the Town Historian instead of the Deputy Mayor. If it wasn’t for Maldon the United States of America wouldn’t have had George Washington as their first President!

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