Archive for June, 2014

Armed Forces Day Flag Raising Ceremony 23 June 2014

June 30, 2014

23 June – Armed Forces Day Flag Raising Ceremony

Today we joined other Councils across the country in raising a special flag to show support for our Armed Forces.   The Borough of Havant has close traditional links with the services and I am sure local people are proud to see the Armed Forces flag flying at the Plaza.     This was also a special day as immediately after the ceremony I had the privilege of presenting William Ferridge who had served as a Lance Corporal in Greece, Italy and Africa with the 8th Army (the Desert Rats) with his medals.   Having never applied for his medals his friends at Havant Bowls Club hearing of this, applied for them on his behalf.   Williams is a remarkable man and I wish him many more years of happiness.

Sunday 22 June and Hampshire County First World War Centenary Service in Winchester Cathedral

June 30, 2014

Sunday 22 June

On Sunday 22 June, I was privileged to attend the Hampshire County First World War Centenary Service held in Winchester Cathedral hosted by the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, The Dean and Chapter of Winchester Cathedral and the Chairman and Leader of Hampshire County Council.   It was a lovely service helping all ages to reflect in the face of those events which challenge us with the question of life’s meaning and significance.

After the event we had refreshments in a marquee in the grounds of the Cathedral where we enjoyed the opportunity to meet many people sharing this special occasion.

21 June Hampshire Games and 3rd Hayling Scout Group’s Annual Award and Presentation Event

June 30, 2014

21 June

The Deputy Mayor and I started the day attending the Hampshire Games at Aldershot Military Stadium. We couldn’t stay long as we had a commitment to attend the 3rd Hayling Scout Group’s Annual Award and Presentations Event at their 85th Birthday Group Family Camp held in Shedfield. We were welcomed warmly and saw Scouts being presented with anything from their 10 to 40 year certificates for service to the Scout Movement.   After the award ceremony I wandered around the field going to the various tables of activities. At one of the tables youngsters were making badges and one of the scouts made one for me bearing the title ‘Mayor’ – this I will treasure!.    

The theme of this year’s camp was the Vilkings and at one of the tables, I made myself a gold belt with a gaudy buckle. I look forward to seeing the completely finished Viking ship that they were working on during the whole weekend which was to be a surprise to the younger ones at the camp!   I only saw it nearly complete but it was very good and looked very professional even at that stage.

In the evening I was invited to attend a D Day and First Word War Commemorative Dinner at the Ex-Servicemen’s Club in Brockhampton Lane, Havant. The evening was an opportunity to meet and speak with many ex service people and to reflect on the club’s activities over the years. It was a very pleasant evening and I thank them very much for the understanding that this gave me into the work of the Royal British Legion.  

Rock Challenge at The Guildhall, Portsmouth – 20 June 2014

June 27, 2014

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On Friday 20 June I attended the Rock Challenge held at the Guildhall, Portsmouth. The title probably does not do justice to the event as each school decides what theme they want to follow and creates dance and music around this.   Well done to all the pupils from Purbrook Park School who were involved with the Rock Challenge on their success. The costumes were bright and cheerful but must have been very hot for  those wearing them on a very hot night!  I was delighted to be present when they received the award as first place winners on that night.   

Kids Out Rotary trip to Paulton’s Park

June 19, 2014

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On Wednesday 11 June, I was invited to wave off the children from Glenwood School, Emsworth on their annual trip to Paulton’s Park organised by Havant Rotary.  I was accompanied by Cllr Hilary Farrow; it was a delight to see the excitement on the Year 7 children’s faces as they waited to set off.  The year 13 youngsters came to wave them off as well and it was hard for them to realise that only a few years before they would have been setting off on their trip.  One of the older students asked why they couldn’t have two coaches so that the older children could go as well!

9th Waterlooville Music Festival and Party Night – Out of the Shadows

June 19, 2014

The 9th Waterlooville Music Festival commenced on Saturday 14th June.  I  attended  an evening of 60’s music and dance staged by Out of the Shadows in St George’s Church, Waterlooville.  It was great fun and the band were spot on with their interpretation of the 60’s bands and sounded just like the original artists.   Wow did it take me back!  The evening was made all the more special for me, as it was my birthday and to my surprise Father Mike Sheffield presented me with a beautiful bouquet of flowers!    The occasion  was an ideal opportunity to meet and chat with many of the public supporting and enjoying the concert.   

Business in the Community (BITC) Networking Event at Langstone Technology Park

June 19, 2014

On Thursday 12 June I attended a Business in the Community (BITC) networking event at Langstone Technology Park.  Unfortunately I was only able to stay for a short while, but I was extremely warmly welcomed by Gary Medlow and other colleagues. In the short time I was there I gained a good insight into the work and organisation done by ‘Business in the community’ (BITC). I took the opportunity to stress that Havant is always open for Business!

Presenting Healthy Living Accreditation Awards to the Rowlands Pharmacy at Lavender Road, Waterlooville

June 18, 2014

Later that morning Hilary and I went to present Healthy Living Accreditation Awards to the Rowlands Pharmacy at Lavender Road, Waterlooville. They were extremely proud to have been awarded this status and took delight in showing us both the extra skills and knowledge that they had acquired and able to use for their clientele. Both Hilary and I had our blood pressures taken in a separate little side room. Customers coming in were assuring us of the good service that the pharmacy offers. Well done Rowlands Pharmacy!

Waving the children from Glenwood School off on their Rotary trip to Paulton’s Park

June 18, 2014

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On Wednesday 11 June, I was invited to wave off the children from Glenwood School, Emsworth on their annual trip to Paulton’s Park organised by Havant Rotary.  I was accompanied by Cllr Hilary Farrow; it was a delight to see the excitement on the Year 7 children’s faces as they waited to set off.  The Year 13 youngsters came to wave them off as well, it was hard for them to realise that only a few years before they would have been setting off on their trip to Paulton’s Park.  One of the older students asked why they couldn’t have two coaches so that the older children could go as well! 

 

 

7th June – 4th Fitbeat sporting event

June 16, 2014

On Saturday 7th June we joined  George Topsy Turner and Ruth Dancer for the 4th Fitbeat sporting event.  This encourages all ages to try new sports giving the opportunity to have a go under  supervision.  I thoroughly enjoyed having a go at Archery – although I wasn’t much good at it!  I took the children’s challenge set up by the Fire Brigade dressed up in their uniform, including helmet and boots and waddled down the course and enjoyed spraying the fireman at the end – I cannot tell you how heavy their uniform is and this made it extremely difficult to complete the exercise.  Well done to all Firemen! Marjorie + Fireman

Reception at Serle’s House, Winchester

June 12, 2014

On Monday 9th June, in the evening I attend the Lord Lieutenant’s reception for new Mayors and Chairmen of Hampshire at Serle’s House.  This is the home of the Hampshire Regiment and we were shown around the museum which is in the process of being revamped.  This was a very interesting experience where I found out that the Regiment has a total of 10 VC’s.  There were many artefacts to see and I  enjoyed hearing about some of the heroic episodes of the Regiment. 

Ssunday 8th June – D Day Normandy Fellowship Annual Commemorative Service and Mayor of Winchester’s Service

June 12, 2014

On Sunday the 8th June I attended the D Day Normandy Fellowship Annual Commemorative Service and Reception at Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral.  This was particulary poignant this year being two days after the 70th Anniversary of D Day.   In the afternoon I joined the Mayor of Winchester for a special service in Winchester Cathedral. 

Sunday 7 June 1940’s Community Tea at Christ Church

June 12, 2014

Later that afternoon, I attended a 1940′s community tea party at Christ Church.  We were looked after by some very attentive youngsters.  Far from 1940′s tea where I expected to have fish paste sandwiches if I was luckly, we had an enormous quantity of glorious cakes all served by uniformed youngsters wearing black dresses with white frilly aprons as worn by Jo Lyons teahouse waitresses – what incredible memories this evoked.   

 

Saturday 7th June 4th Fitbeat sporting event and Rally for Heroes

June 11, 2014

On Saturday 7th June we joined  George Topsy Turner and Ruth Dancer for the 4th Fitbeat sporting event.  This encourages all ages to try new sports giving the opportunity to have a go under  supervision.  I thoroughly enjoyed having a go at Archery – although I wasn’t much good at it!  I took the children’s challenge set up by the Fire Brigade dressed up in their uniform, including helmet and boots and waddled down the course and enjoyed spraying the fireman at the end – I cannot tell you how heavy their uniform is and this made it extremely difficult to complete the exercise.  Well done to all Firemen!   

 

Following  Fitbeat,  I went on to the Rally for Heroes event at Tesco in Solent Road, Havant  which is raising money for SSAFA.  There will be  50 cars  travelling through 11 countries in 8 days covering a distance of 2,600 miles.    I was delighted  to be presented with a replica of their mascot a SSAFA teddy bear which I intend to auction at one of my forthcoming charity events to raise funds for my chosen charities,  Raynauds and Scleroderma, Footprints – Downs Syndrome Support and The Rowans Hospice

4th June and visit to Stansted Chapel for Festival of Flowers

June 11, 2014

On the 5th June in the evening, I  attended the Chapel in the grounds of Stansted House where the Rowans Hospice Havant  Support Group had invited me to attend a VIP Evening Reception and Festival of Flowers in the Chapel.   If you have  ever visited, you will know what a glorious chapel this is and the flower arrangements were magnificent; it was a joy to be part of this special occasion.