It’s not often that I recommend something OUTSIDE of Maldon or The District come to that! but I would encourage you to take some time to visit a website called the Harwich Mayflower Project. It is a fantastic community project and an international show-piece exhibiting one of the most famous vessels in history - The Mayflower. Pilgrims from England sailed in the then aging ship taking over two months to reach America. They settled in ‘New England’ Massachusetts in 1620, to form Plymouth Colony.
My theme for this Mayoral term is ‘The year of the neighbour’ and I was delighted to represent Maldon at the fantastic Burnham on Crouch Carnival towards the end of September. Although I was born at St Peters Hospital in Maldon, I did live in Burnham for 20 years and visiting there really does seem like ‘going home’. My thanks to Burnham’s brilliant Mayor - Ron PRATT a true neighbour, who made me and my family so welcome on that and other occasions.
September has seen an increase in Mayoral activity as schools return to normal and holidays are now happy memories.
The Town Mayoress and I were delighted to attend the Third annual D’Arcy Day Lecture on ‘Captain’ Anne Carter and the Maldon Grain Riots. My thanks to the Trustees and Friends of the Moot Hall for including us.
I was also privileged to welcome players and present prizes at Drapers Farm for the Division 6 World Cricket match against The Cayman Islands and Fiji.
August has been much calmer than July (event-wise) - our fabulous Carnival was blessed with such great weather (well done to all concerned)and I was also delighted to open Wetherspoons new ‘Rose & Crown’ earlier this month. I have seen how popular it is with residents and visitors alike - sometimes it as absolutely packed out! I think it’s new location gives a significant lift to the lower part of the High Street.
It was a privilege to join the Carnival court to judge the overall winner of the Bonniest Baby competition. Congratulations to Henry, the overall winner.
I was delighted to open the new Rose & Crown Wetherspoons in the High Street yesterday Tuesday 11th August 2015 with my colleague Cllr Michael Pearlman.
July has been my busiest time so far - having attended over 35 events this month representing the great town of Maldon on behalf of the Town Council; I can only touch on a few. The Mayoress and I were treated to a fantastic performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream coat by Wentworth School, and it was a privilege to present prizes to the cadets at Stow Maries Airfield ‘Armed Forces Day’.
As Town Mayor I was very sorry to see the District Council’s trial of a High Street Market in Maldon fail recently following the unexpected decision of the market organizer to pull out; I understand that the requirement to remove Market Traders vehicles proved to be too much to ask of them following a range of other issues and complaints.
As a District Councillor myself, I confess that I had envisaged a more up-beat Farmers style market but as the tender didn’t attract any other takers, unfortunately, that’s what we were left with.