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22 Oct, 14
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End of Term Mayoress of Harwich Charity Fund Dance


On Saturday the 10th May, we went up to Harwich where our friends the Mayor and his Mayoress had invited us to their End of Term Mayoress of Harwich Charity Fund Dance; yes you have read it correctly in Harwich it is the Mayoress who manages the charity fund whereas in Maldon it is the Mayor’s Charity Fund. Although in reality it is usually, and definitely it has been Jeanette, the Mayoress who arranges everything.  I very much appreciate her hard work and the assistance that the Town Clerk and the office staff have given.


Annual Town Meeting


On Tuesday the 6th May, we had the Annual Town Meeting where I started the meeting with handing out nine donation cheques of £500 each to nine local youth orientated groups. That means that the residents of Maldon and surrounding areas helped me raise £9,500 to assist the younger members of Maldon.


Bar-N-Bus Promotional Video


2nd of May

What is the Mayor and Mayoress doing in the Maldon Promenade car park at five in the evening on a Friday Night? Answer - meeting the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress so that we may visit the Bar-N-Bus which is parked there every Friday evening of course.


Heybridge Quiz


On Saturday the 26th April, Jeanette had developed a nasty cold that persisted for some time, but I was at the Heybridge Quiz organised by the Heybridge Parish Council which was held in the Plantation Hall in King Edwards Field. It was a very enjoyable evening and true to my tradition our team came second. Luckily this was our last engagements of the month as I then went down with the cold as well!


Eppendorf Cryotech Opening, Aspray Launch & RYA Certificate Presentation


Wednesday the 23rd Jeanette and I certainly made up for the weekend because at 11.30 am we started with “cutting of the ribbon” followed by a tour of the  establishment of Eppendorf Cryotech, a firm that due to expansion had relocated to Maldon.


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.

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