Archive for October, 2015

Saturday 17/10/15. Hayling Billy Heritage Project

October 17, 2015

Our second visit of today was to the re-opening of the newly restored Hayling Billy Railway Signal.

After a project involving Hayling’s Best, the Borough and County Councils, supported by the Heritage Lottery, the ribbon to the Signal was cut by me this afternoon. What a lovely reminder of the history of the old Hayling Billy running from Havant to Hayling, the signal will be.

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Saturday 17/10/15 Support4SEND

October 17, 2015

Our first invitation today was to the Horndean Technology College, where there was a Special Needs Information Day.

We visited many of the stalls, manned by both volunteers and professionals. It would be unfair to pick out the ones we liked the most, we were just overwhelmed by the quality of the help on offer to those Special Children with their Special Needs.

Many of the organisations were based in the Havant Borough and we were delighted to meet them.

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Thursday 15/10/15 Hayling Island Residents Association (HIRA) AGM

October 16, 2015

All the Hayling Island Councillors were invited to speak at the HIRA AGM. I was asked to wear my chain and talk about the role of Mayor and my Mayoral year. Andy and I were pleased to attend and had the opportunity to speak to residents after the meeting.

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Wednesday 14/10/15. Full Council

October 14, 2015

This evening I chaired the Havant Full Council. As always full of debate and some laughter. I am proud to be a member of a Council that listens to the views of it’s members and residents.

Wednesday 14/10/15 It’s a Knockout

October 14, 2015

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Today Andy and I much enjoyed visiting the It’s a Knock Out Competition at the Mountbatten Centre.

Our friends at The Hayling Lions Club had arranged such a fun day for young people from across the area. It was lovely to share their pleasure.

Tuesday 13/10/15 Tea with Sylvia Crabtree

October 13, 2015

This afternoon we had a delicious Cream Tea in the parlour with Sylvia Crabtree.  Sylvia has just completed 25 years service with HBC and so received her loyalty award.

We did swop some lovely stories.


Tuesday 13/10/15 Entries for the Global Citizen Award Competition

October 13, 2015

This morning we met with Sue James from Fairtrade, we looked at the entries for the Global Cirizen Award competition.

The winner will receive a cup and the runner up a certificate. These will be presented at a later date date.


Sunday 11/10/15 Service of Thanksgiving for the Freemasons

October 12, 2015


In the evening, we attended the reception and Service of Thanksgiving for the Provincial Grand Lodge of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Attended again by Civic Heads from across Hampshire.

The local lodges of the Freemasons attended our V.J. Service in August this year, and always attend our Holocaust Memorial Day Services. The Freemasons were among those persecuted by Nazi Germany in WW2.

The service was less formal, I much enjoyed singing a hymn to the tune of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” My favourite version being the one by Elvis Presley.

Sunday 11/10/15 Law Sunday

October 12, 2015

The first service Andy and I attended was Law Sunday, invited by Lady Louisa Portal The High Sheriff, and attended by Judges, Magistrates and Civic Heads from across Hampshire and the Channel Islands.

We particularly enjoyed the processions, the robes and wigs were spectacular. The service was traditional and moving.


Friday 9/10/15

October 10, 2015

Last night we were invited to the last night of “Salt of the Earth” performed by H.I.A.D.S at The Station Theatre on Hayling Island.

I cannot praise this play too highly. We were moved to laughter and almost tears by the emotional rollercoaster that the story and acting produced. Very well done to everyone concerned,we very much look forward to your next production.

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Thursday 8/10/15. World Sight Day

October 8, 2015

Today in Mengham Village on Hayling Island, we were pleased to support World Sight Day. Organised by The Lions Club, Andy and I along with fellow Councillor Andy Lenaghan were blindfolded and guided around the shops.

I found the experience quite frightening, relying on my guide to stop me falling or tripping over. Avoiding obstacles and losing all sense of direction. I do hope that this day of awareness reinforces how very precious our sight is.

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Tuesday 6/10/15 Chairman of New Forest Council’s Civic Day

October 6, 2015

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Today we joined the Chairman of New Forest Council for her Civic Day. We visited the St Barbe Museum in Lymington first with it’s wonderful art gallery. Then we had lunch at Brockenhurst College. Prepared and served by the catering students, it was a lovely meal.

After lunch we drove to Southampton Football Club’s training ground at ¬†Marchwood. With every facility and piece of training equipment you can think of, it was more like a small town. We were made very welcome and much enjoyed the visit.

Sunday 4/10/15. Annual Lions Club District Service

October 4, 2015

We were invited by an Officer of the Lions Club of Hayling Island to their Annual District Service. This was held at the Minster Church at Warminster. As the Lions Clubs of Havant and Hayling are working closely with us on our Community Chest this year, we were happy to attend. We met many Civic Heads from other areas, other than the usual members of our “Chain Gang.” It was a lovely service with patriotic and rousing hymns and an amusing sermon.

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Saturday 3/10/15 Emsworth A Thought for Food Market

October 3, 2015

Today we went to the Emsworth A Thought for Food Market. Organised by the Emsworth Business Organisation, there were an amazing range of stalls to visit. We bought lots of different foods and Andy tasted ciders, beer and wine on our behalf. A very successful event in only it’s second year, thank you Giles and Alistair for inviting us.

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Thursday 1/10/15 New Community Centre for Havant

October 1, 2015

This morning Andy and I attended the Spade in the Ground Ceremony for the new Community Centre being built in Denvilles, Havant. It is arranged that Barratt David Wilson Homes are to build this as part of their S 106 obligations.

We particularly enjoyed meeting some of the apprentices who will build the Centre under supervision.

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