Archive for November, 2015

Monday 30/11/15 Twelve Days of Christmas

November 30, 2015



Today I was asked by our Communications Officer to pose in the Atrium of The Plaza in my full Regalia. This photo beside the Christmas Tree is No 1 of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Looking forward to seeing the other 11 days.

Monday 30/11/15 Cream Tea for Animal Welfare Officers

November 30, 2015


Today we were happy to entertain Gill and Margaret, from the HBC Animal Welfare and Licensing Team, to a cream tea in The Parlour.

HBC has just been awarded an RSPCA CAWF silver award in the Stray Dog/Animal Welfare category. It is the hard work of Gill and her assistants that has won the award for the Council.

Andy and I were both amused and informed by the stories that we were told.

Friday 27/11/15 Emsworth Christmas Lights

November 27, 2015

Today we helped turn on the lights on the Christmas Tree in Emsworth Square. With us were the oldest gentleman and youngest schoolchild, Ted and Todd.

After this we walked down to The Quay for the turn on of the lights on the Lobster Pot Christmas Tree, which is beautiful. There were hundreds of excited children and their parents.

Thursday 26/11/15 Hayling College Certificate Presentation

November 27, 2015

In the evening we were happy to join parents and students at the presentation of GSCE certificates at Hayling College.

Confident young people accepting certificates celebrating their hard work at The College. Well done to them all, I am sure they will all do well in their chosen careers.



Thursday 26/11/15 Lantern Procession in Leigh Park

November 27, 2015


Led by a Piper, we processed around the Greywell Precinct   holding our lanterns. Followed by many children and their parents. Two Christmas Trees were lit and the Solent Male Voice Choir sang. We all joined in singing Christmas Carols.

Andy and I were escorted by two of the Junior Leigh Park Police Cadets, two lovely girls.





Thursday 26/11/15 Opening Leigh Park Christmas Grotto

November 27, 2015

imageWhat a beautiful Christmas Grotto it is in Leigh Park. The organisers work so hard to make it a success for the residents.

We were entertained by children singing to us from:-

St Thomas More Primary School, Riders Infants School, Bidbury Junior School, Front Lawn Acadamy and Barncroft Primary School. They were all wonderful and we enjoyed the singing very much.



Thursday 26/11/15Virgin Kitesurfing Armada Cheque Presentation

November 27, 2015

imageThis morning we were delghted to be at The Plaza when Virgin Kitesurfing Armada presented a cheque to their charity partners. We look forward to them coming back to The Borough in June 2016 to hold their successful event on Hayling Island again.


Wednesday 25/11/15 Hampshire Thanksgiving Dinner

November 26, 2015

This evening we enjoyed a Hampshire Thanksgiving Dinner, hosted at Serle’s House by the Chairman of Hampshire County Council, along with his American wife.

Fellow guests included the Leader and Chief Executive of HCC and Mayor’s and Chairmen from across Hampshire. We much enjoyed a traditional dinner of Turkey and Pumpkin Pie along with  good company.


Tuesday 24/11/15 Junior Citizen

November 24, 2015

Today Andy and I joined children from Front Lawn and St Albans Schools, for the annual Junior Citizen event at Fort Purbrook.

There were short lectures from the RNLI, Fire Service, Southern Domestic Abuse, Police and HBC Neighbourhood Quality. The children listened avidly and asked lots of questions.

I feel sure the children will share what they learned today with their families, a worthwhile outing for us all.

Monday 23/11/15 Rotary Club of Havant

November 23, 2015

This evening I joined the Rotary Club of Havant for dinner at The Bear Hotel in Havant. After dinner I was happy to speak about myself and the role of the Havant Mayor. It was lovely to see so many people I knew, residents of Hayling and members of other organisations in the Borough.

Thank you for inviting me, I had a really nice evening.


Saturday 21/11/15 Sweeney Todd

November 22, 2015

Our last engagement of the day was to see the musical Sweeney Todd. Performed by the Hayling Musical Society. After supper before the show, the performance begun. Goodness me, if I had known the script I might not have eaten the meat pie!

The Musical Society  are brilliant, so professional. The story, gory to say the least. The Hayling Community Centre was laid out as a restaurant with candles on the tables. Very atmospheric.

A very enjoyable end to a busy day.

Saturday 21/11/15 Opening Funlands WinterWonderland

November 22, 2015

imageOur third event today was to open the Funlands Winter Wonderland on Hayling Island. We didn’t think they could make it even better than last year, but they did. It is spectacular, a trip on the Santa Express and a meeting the Santa himself. He gave me a beautiful bouquet and said he knew I wanted diamond necklace, and it was on it’s way!



Saturday 21/11/15 Switch on of Waterlooville Christmas Lights

November 22, 2015

Our second event of the day was to switch on the first Christmas lights in the Havant Borough. After a lantern parade through the Presinct, we joined Santa and his Elf in switching on the lovely Christmas Tree lights. The area was packed with happy children with their Mums and Dads. Well done to the Waterlooville Events Team supported by HBC for a great event.

Saturday 21/11/15 100 Meetings of The Crafty Turners

November 21, 2015

The first visit of today was to the 100th meeting of The Crafty Turners Club in Bedhampton. A club where young people can learn crafts and wood working skills from adult volunteers. What lovely people they all were! I was taught how to make a Fountain Pen, which will make a great Christmas present. I didn’t know I was so clever!

Friday 20/11/15 Opening of the Warblington School Cycle Track

November 20, 2015

Today I cut the ribbon to officially open the new cycle track from Warblington School into Havant. It wil be so much safer for the children to use rather than the busy roads. Another example of great joint working between HBC, HCC and Sustrans.