Mayoral Blog 2008/09
Councillor Jack Davis
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We were invited into school as part of their special Community Week activities and we were very well looked after by members of the School Council. I chatted to the children about my role as the Borough’s Mayor and as a local Councillor and we then held a Q&A Session, where I was asked some really interesting questions.
It was a lovely afternoon and in return, I have invited the School Council to join me in the Town Hall, in order that I can show them around the Mayor’s Parlour and Council Chamber.
On Monday evening, Carole and I were invited to the Queen Elizabeth Hall in Oldham for the Hulme Grammar School Annual Speech Night. Several of the pupils at the school live in Tameside and therefore we were pleased to offer our support and congratulations.
And it was back to school again on Tuesday! This time we called in at Leigh Primary School in Hyde where we were delighted to join the children for lunch. School Chef, Yvonne Wain recently won our heat for the School Chef of the Year Competition. Carole and I were invited to sample her winning menu of salmon and broccoli fishcakes ahead of the regional final in Knowsley on the 29th January. Yvonne’s food was absolutely delicious and the school made us feel very welcome.
Although I had business meetings on Wednesday there were no official Mayoral engagements.
On Thursday evening, Carole and I were joined in the Mayor’s Parlour by the Borough’s citizens who were recognised in the New Year Honours List. We felt very honoured to meet Mr John Stewart MBE, Mr Andy Platt MBE and Mrs Susan West OBE and were pleased to have the opportunity to extend in person our congratulations and best wishes.
We were given a day off on Friday but resumed our duties on Saturday morning with a visit to the St Peter’s Children’s Centre in Ashton for a Winter Family Fun Day.
Later we attended a special celebration at the Indian Community Centre to mark the 59th Republic Day of India and on Sunday we were invited to observe the Chinese New Year Celebrations in Manchester .
On Sunday evening, Carole and I were very pleased to be invited to the 60th Birthday celebration of Radio Presenter, Mr Fred Fielder MBE. The event was held at The Willows Variety Centre in Salford and in true Fred Fielder style, guests were asked not to bring a gift but instead to make a donation to the Mayor of Salford’s Charity Appeal Fund. It was a fabulous evening with wonderful entertainment and it was a pleasure to be able to support Fred on his special night.
And that brings another week to a close, I can’t believe it’s February already, where does the time ago?
I hope you will join me next time, bye for now.
Mayoral engagements started on Tuesday this week with the first Council Meeting of 2009.
There was then a short break before Carole and I visited Gee Cross Holy Trinity Primary School on Friday for the official opening of the new Early Years Department.
I was very honoured to be asked to officially open the new unit with the help of one of the children from the school. It was a lovely afternoon and it was wonderful to have the opportunity to see the new facilities and to be part of the school’s special celebration.
On Friday evening, Carole and I attended a Duke of Edinburgh Awards Ceremony at Dukinfield Town Hall at the invitation of West Hill School . It was a pleasure to be able to help recognise the achievements of the young people involved and to congratulate them on their success.
To round off the week, we had a very exciting day on Saturday when we attended and took part in the Borough’s Chinese New Year Celebrations.
As Civic Mayor, it was my duty to formally welcome a Chinese Lion to the Town Hall, following a traditional parade through the town centre.
It was very entertaining as the lion performed a colourful dance and blessing to welcome in the new year of the Ox. Other activities included Chinese music, acrobats, tumbling and martial arts and a ribbon dance show.
Sunday was a day of rest.
That’s all for this week, thank you for joining me. I hope to see you next time.
Kung Hei Fat Choi!
Although I have been busy with several meetings both in the Council Offices and in the local community this week, my Mayoral commitments have been very quiet.
In fact, Carole and I have only carried out one engagement this week.
The children were very well behaved and very keen to learn about my role as Civic Mayor and as their local Councillor. The visit included a tour of the Mayor’s Parlour and Council Chamber and we finished the afternoon with orange juice and biscuits.
I hope the children will take away with them some happy memories of their visit and some interesting facts about the Council.
That’s all for this week, things do get a little busier next week as people steadily get back to normal after the Christmas and New Year holidays.
I hope you will join me then.
As this is my first Blog of 2009, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy New Year.
I hope you enjoyed the festive season and are now looking forward to the year ahead – let’s hope it’s a good one for us all.
Things were very quiet over the Christmas period.
Carole and I did attend the funeral of Mr Percy Travis on the 30th December at Dukinfield Crematorium . Percy was an Honorary Freeman of the Borough, a past Mayor of both Ashton and Tameside and a former Leader and Deputy Leader of Tameside Council. Although I didn’t know Percy personally, I had heard many good things said about him from my colleagues on the Council and from the local community and I know he was a well liked and much respected gentleman. He will be sadly missed by his children and his family and many friends.
Normal duties resumed at the Council Offices on the 5th January, however, my first Mayoral engagement of 2009 was not until Friday the 9th January when Carole and I had the pleasure of representing the Borough at the Annual Luncheon of the Showman’s Guild. This year, the event was held at the impressive Crewe Hall where we shared a very pleasant afternoon with Guild Members and their invited guests.
On Saturday, we attended a thank you luncheon at the Broadoak Hotel in Ashton with volunteers from the Tameside Hospital League of Friends. It was a lovely afternoon and it was good to have the opportunity to recognise the work of the volunteers and to say thank you for their efforts and of course their precious gift of time.
On Sunday, the Deputy Mayor kindly represented me at a Christmas Concert at the Ukrainian Centre in Bolton , which I was unable to attend due to prior commitments at home.
And that brings our first week of the New Year to a close.
Once again, I wish everybody well for the year ahead and look forward to seeing you next week.