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Brownie Group Achievement Badges Presentation


Being Easter Bank Holiday weekend it wasn’t till Tuesday the 22nd April, that I was in the Maldon Methodist Church Hall to present the Brownie group, which meets there each week, with their achievement badges. This was a “topsy turvy” event in which they had to do every thing back to front including starting the meeting with the finishing song and finishing with the starting song as well as wearing their uniform the wrong way round and writing their notes back to front!


Brownie Group Achievement Badges Presentation


Being Easter Bank Holiday weekend it wasn’t till Tuesday the 22nd April, that I was in the Maldon Methodist Church Hall to present the Brownie group, which meets there each week, with their achievement badges. This was a “topsy turvy” event in which they had to do every thing back to front including starting the meeting with the finishing song and finishing with the starting song as well as wearing their uniform the wrong way round and writing their notes back to front!


Osea View Cafe Opening & Mayor's Charity Fund Presentation


It was high noon of “Good Friday” the 17th April, when the Chairman of Heybridge Parish Council and I (this time with only the Badge of Office) cut the ribbon to open the revamped and renamed Osea View Café which is situated overlooking the sea wall of Osea Leisure Park in Goldhanger Road.  Being at this location we had a breathtaking view of the broad expanse of the River Blackwater, with Mayland in the far distance while we sipped champagne and enjoyed canapés.  For me, excellent coffee and cake as I was driving!


Full Mayoral Regalia


It was the Full Mayoral Regalia on Thursday the 17th April, because due to a “Royal Command” dating back to King Henry the 8th “that when the Monarch, or their personal representative, doth visit a town it will be the Mayor (who will take precedence over all others and honours of ranks) to greet assure them of their safety within the town”. It was this reason why Town Mayor Ken Smith who was the first to greet Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll. on her visit to Maldon in his Mayoral year 2010-11.


Visit to Longfield Care Home


On Monday the 14th April, I was invited to the Longfield Care Home to meet and take tea with the residents. While I was there I met and congratulated a member of staff who had progressed in her qualifications, and therefore professional position. Following a Polish tradition she presented me with an “Easter sugar rabbit” which I still have as it is too nice to eat. The reason that I had been invited was that the residents had had a “Valentine Day event” and during the day they had raised a sum of money which they wished the Mayor to distribute via the Mayor’s Charity Fund to help others.


Dinner Dance & Auction for Action for Family Carers


Saturday (the 12th April) we attended a “dinner dance and auction” at the Three Rivers Golf and Country Club in Cold Norton. The event was hosted by “Action for Family Carer’s”; many of these family carers are of school age, and we are talking about junior school children. This is why this organisation will be receiving a donation from the “Mayors Charity Fund” this year.


Age Concern Coffee Morning


Friday (11th April) morning found Jeanette and me in the foyer of our own Town Hall meeting people during a coffee morning organised by the Maldon Branch of Age Concern, which is part of (under their rebranded title) Age UK. The cakes were all the better as they were home made.


Sarah Banham 'For The Love of Books' Book Launch


Although they were not Civic events, I was at various meetings until Thursday the 10th March where I was onboard the Thames Sailing Barge “Thistle” for Sarah Banham “for the love of Books” (she spells Books with the oo in the shape of hearts) book launch of her new book “I’ve got a pen & I’m not afraid to use it”. Her latest book, in addition to being a very good read, has very relevant point on writing your own novel!


Visit to Maldon St. John Ambulance Cadets unit


On the evening of Friday the 4th April, after ironically a day’s teaching of pre-hospital emergency aid in Southend-on-Sea, I visited Maldon’s unit of St. John Ambulance Cadets.  They meet in the Church building which is at the bottom of Market Hill every Friday evening at 7 o’clock, where they learn, amongst many other skills the chance of potentially saving someone’s life by doing CPR. If someone isn’t on their knees doing CPR until the ambulance gets there then there is little or no hope of the heart attack victim having any chance of life.


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.

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