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24 Jul, 14
Great War Commemoration Rehearsal & Plume Prize Giving: Things continue to move on…

Sam Potter Sponsorship for Age Concern & Julia Tanner Exhibition

April seemed to consist of me being involved in a lot of office matters. This was the reason why I couldn’t attend Sam Potter’s “pop in for a coffee and a cake”, on Wednesday the 2nd, and hopefully sponsor her for her run in the “London 2014 Marathon” to raise money for Age Concern. Sam is a Health Care Professional at the Lodge Care Home. Although I wasn’t able to get that cake I have pledged to sponsor her for her run.

MAST Launch & Mayor & Mayoress of Colchester Civic Dinner

We finished the month of March on Friday the 28th with two events. I was at the Town Hall in the afternoon for the launch of the “MAST” (Maldon Active Support Team) which is a formation of the majority of the local organisations to who the population of Maldon can get assistance, support when needed and advice.

In the evening we were the guests of the Mayor and Mayoress of Colchester at their Civic Dinner in the auspicious Borough of Colchester Town Hall. We also were treated to a talk by the Colchester Military Garrison Commander.

Buddies Children's Centre AGM

The evening of Wednesday 26th March found me at the AGM of Buddies Children’s Centre a pre-school group which benefited from a donation from my fund last year. They are unique in the area by having the facilities for children who benefit from things such as a sensory room.

Visit to H.E.L.P (Help and Encouragement for Lone Parents)

At noon on Monday the 24th March I visited the offices of H.E.L.P. (Help and Encouragement for Lone Parents) not only to find about them but also to put a couple of the staff through a mock newspaper interview, on behalf of the organiser, to help the staff build their self-confidence. HELP is now on my list for a donation from my fund.

100th Anniversary of Brownies & The Mayor or Witham Civic Service

On Saturday the 15th March I was in my full robes for 100th anniversary of the formation of the Brownie section of what was then the Girl Guides now the Guide Association. Because of the number of Brownies in the Maldon Division the event was held in the Plume Academy. It was a very enjoyable day for both them and me.

On Sunday Jeanette and I were guests of the Mayor of Witham at her Civic Service. This was held in the delightful Church of Saint Nicholas, which is in the Chipping Hill part of Witham.

Mayoral Civic Events & Mayor of Maldon's Charity Fund Event

Mayoral Civic Events didn’t start until Friday morning (the 7th March) when I travelled to Chelmsford Baptist Church to the Essex Schools Health Eating Awards Ceremony. This is a scheme that has been running for several years not only to encourage healthy eating among pupils but also so that they can develop better citizenship. One school has developed a befriending of the youngest pupils by the oldest pupils. Another school was researching into the effects of food colouring on mental health.

Maldon Division Guide Association Thinking Day Service

Sunday the 22nd found me at the Maldon Division Guide Association Thinking Day Service in the Methodist Church in Maldon High Street. The youngest members are the Rainbows and so that they didn’t get bored, halfway through the service we all used the contents of a plastic bag in front of us to make a rabbit out of pipe cleaners and fluffy bits.

Burnham Civic Reception

Unfortunately due to work commitments, I was unable to attend this month’s Soup Lunch and so it wasn’t until Friday the 21st we attended the Burnham Civic Reception held in the Burnham Yacht Club, by invitation of the Town Mayor of Burnham.  It is at this event the awards for service to the community are given out, which were much appreciated by all.

Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Maldon Branch, Lifeboat Supper

The next event wasn’t till Saturday evening when we were at the Maldon Little Ship Club for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Maldon Branch, Lifeboat Supper.  A very enjoyable evening in support of, and a thank you to, the hard working supporters of the local RNLI branch.  It was an early start on Sunday morning for the annual presentation and reports, cunningly disguised under the title of a “sherry morning” at the Langford Village Hall of the Maldon Branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Winter Festival Lights Meeting & Charity Quiz Night

Friday 7th was fun because the early part of the afternoon was spent with my fellow  Councillor David Denyer and a lighting contractor looking at possible Winter Festival Lights Displays. The funny part was as we looked up at the shops on the opposite side of the High Street, to see where to hang the lights and the power sockets, and taking notes, members of the public also looked up but were not quite sure what they would be seeing. The traffic slowed down so much that one of our District Traffic Officers suggested, to me, that a tea break on our part may help the situation!

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