Archive for August 19th, 2014

Unveiling of War Memorial on the 8th August at Eagle Avenue

August 19, 2014

8 Aug Engagement 1

On the 8th August I was invited to attend the unveiling of a War Memorial built by housing residents located on the Corner of Grebe and Eagle Avenue at Wecock Farm.

The unveiling was well attended by the local community and it was a very poignant occasion.

8 Aug Engagement 2

Jubilee Park Summer Fair – Sunday 17 August

August 19, 2014

Jubilee Park 17 Aug

David Crichton welcomed me very warmly to the Jubilee Park summer fair on sunday 17 August where there was bouncy play equipment being enjoyed by all the children, there was a big raffle with lots of prizes donated by many kind organisations and a number and variety of stalls. One of the main attractions was a display by a number of Birds of Prey, all of which are quite magnificent.

I was pleased to meet up with the RKdia staff who were manning one of the hamburger/hotdog stalls. This is an organisation which I have used for catering purposes at several civic events – they are not for profit organisation that offers real hands on work experience in catering skills led by an experienced and talented chef. The company was solely created for giving real work experience in catering to young unemployed people.

Sadly I had to miss being the first passenger on the horse and carriage as it started to pour down with rain just as they arrived! This change in the weather was a prelude to a large number of visitors feeling the need to leave!

I too was extremely cold and slightly damp and decided to call it a day!

Honorary Alderman Ceremony – 15th August

August 19, 2014

In the evening, on the 15th August, I had the privilege of bestowing the honour Honorary Alderman on to two previous Councillors namely, David Gillett a former Leader of the Council and Jenny Wride a former Bedhampton ward Councillor for Havant Borough (and County Councillor). This is an honour that is awarded by Councillors to acknowledge eminent service given to the Council during their period of office.

Funeral Service for Ruth Hyson – Friday 15th August

August 19, 2014

Sadly today was the funeral service of a previous Mayor of the Borough of Havant, Ruth Hyson, who served as Mayor in 1995 -1996. This was held at the new crematorium in Havant, The Oaks. Several Councillors, Previous Mayors and Honorary Aldermen attended to pay their respects. My heartfelt sympathy goes to Les Hyson and Les and Colin their two sons.

Three Churches Summer Fete at Hayling Park

August 19, 2014

3 Churches Summer Fete 1

I followed in the footsteps of previous Mayor’s of Havant and opened the 17th Three Churches Summer Fete held in Hayling Park.

This is a fete held annually to support St Mary’s, St Peter’s and St Andrew’s churches on Hayling. Many visitors to Hayling book their holidays yearly to coincide with this function. Fortunately I brought the sunshine when I arrived and most of the time it remained dry!

The organisation was phenomenal! The number and variety of stalls beat anything else I have seen so far this year but I managed to go round and meet and talk (I think), to all of them by which time my feet were killing me!

Hopefully the money raised met expectations!

3 Churches Summer Fete 2

Havant Rotary Club Meeting at The Bear Hotel, Havant on the evening of the 11 August

August 19, 2014

I was invited to attend and speak at the Havant Rotary Club’s regular meeting. This gave me an opportunity to enlarge on my 3 charities which are Raynauds and Scleroderma, Footprints – Down Syndrome Support and The Rowans Hospice. I also gave them a flavour of a variety of engagements that I have attended so far since the end of May.

They welcomed me very warmly and they very kindly gave me the floor instead of telling me all the good work that they do within the community.

Opening of Summer houses at Emsworth House on the 11th August

August 19, 2014

Emsworth House 11 Aug

Weather wise the day was most unpromising, but turned out okay in the end.

The Chairman of Hampshire County Council joined me in opening two very beautiful summer houses at Emsworth House Care Home. Councillor Colin Davidovitz opened the tea room and I opened ‘The Emsworth Arms’, which is a pub.

The summer houses are designed particularly for the dementia unit so that residents can feel that they are having at trip out but within the safe environment of their home. Both of these ‘houses’ have a very welcoming feel and I enjoyed both a cup of tea in the tea room and a small drink of beer in the pub. How nice it was to meet and talk with the residents and staff.