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20 Aug, 14
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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.


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.

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