Archive for April, 2016

Monday 18/4/16 Visit from Barncroft Primary School

April 18, 2016

This afternoon we had a visit from 12 pupils and two teachers from Barncroft Primary School. What a good time we had, answering questions about the Mayorality, the chains and the robes. Most of the children were on the school council and had come prepared with some very searching questions for us. They were all beautifully behaved and a credit to their parents and their school.

Tom our Facilities Team Leader had our Regalia on display and even had a small version of the robes and hat for one of the children to try on.

A successful visit we think where the children learnt more about democracy and their local Mayor.

Saturday 16/4/16 Langstone Sailing Club Commodore’s Reception

April 16, 2016

We were pleased to be invited to the Annual Commodore’s reception this evening at the Langstone Sailing Club.

We met some lovely people from Hayling, Langstone and further afield. There was a delicious buffet and drinks.

Andy watched a beautiful sunset and couldn’t resist taking a photo.

Saturday 16/4/16 HRFC President’s Lunch

April 16, 2016

Today Andy and I enjoyed a very nice lunch in good company at Havant Rugby Football Club. It is traditional that the Mayor of Havant becomes a Vice President for the duration of their Mayoral year.

The President holds a lunch each year at the end of the season, this year the food was excellent as I am sure it is every year.

I had the pleasure of presenting rugby balls to the ball boys who were in attendance at today’s game.

Friday 15/4/16 Police Fast Response Unit

April 15, 2016

This afternoon Andy and I joined the 5pm-3am shift at Waterlooville Police Station for a Friday night shift. We were interested to see how busy and varied an evening shift was at the weekend.

We met  friendly, professional Police Officers doing their job under sometimes trying circumstances. We started the evening in a “van” with one male and one female Officer, then at eight pm at Havant Police Station I transferred to a fast response vehicle with two male Officers.

I was surprised when after a short while we answered a 999 call in Waterlooville, only to find an empty telephone box with the receiver hanging off. Apparently a regular occurrence,  what a waste of police time.

We patrolled Hayling Island, where apart from speaking to  three young men who were walking around the streets and we had a friendly exchange with, everything was quiet.

I do think we are lucky to have the police service we do and very much enjoyed speaking to our four Officers this evening.


Thursday 14/4/16 St John’s Ambulance Celebration of Achievements

April 14, 2016

This evening we were pleased to join the St John’s Ambulance Cadets in Bedhampton to celebrate their achievements in 2015.

Two of them had raised sponsorship and fundraised to go on an International Camp last December in Hong Kong. We did enjoy hearing about their trip. We also watched several young people being enrolled into this local St John’s Ambulance Unit.

St John’s do such good work in our Community, it was a pleasure to support them this evening.


Thursday 14/4/16 Hart Civic Day

April 14, 2016

Today with other members of the “Chain Gang” we attended the chairman of Hart’s Civic Day.

Our  first visit of the day was to Stratfield Saye House where we were greeted by The Duke of Wellington. After a tour of the house we also went to see the First Duke’s Funeral Carriage, a magnificent vehicle which was pulled by 12 black shire horses.We then visited The Royal School of Engneering at Gibralter Barracks, Minley, where we watched various displays and had lunch.

Our last visit of the day was to The Basingstoke Canal where we had a trip on the John Pinkerton 2. A very enjoyable day when one of our neighbours could showcase their District.

Wednesday 13/4/16 Full Council Meeting

April 13, 2016

Tonight I chaired the last HBC Full Council Meeting of the Municipal and my Mayoral year.

With one contentious motion, it was the most interesting meeting of the year. As always the HBC Officers advice was essential to the smooth running of the evening.

I felt quite sad, but also amazed that 11 months had passed so quickly.


Monday 11/4/16 Julian Wadsworth MBE

April 12, 2016

This afternoon I was pleased to meet with Julian Wadsworth MBE in The Mayor’s Parlour. Julian and his team formerly called Big World Impact, are now amalgamated with the Active Communities charity. They are doing excellent work with young people in Leigh Park and hope to expand in The Borough in the next few months.

It was good to hear their plans for the future.

Sunday 10/4/16 Mayor of Havant’s Classic Vehicle Run

April 10, 2016

On a windy but dry and sunny Sunday morning, in excess of 200 Classic Cars and Motorbikes assembled at The Plaza in Havant.

We flagged them off at 10.30am on four different routes across the Hampshire countryside.

We hope to have raised a reasonable sum from sponsorship by the entrants in this the 12th  Mayor of Havant’s Classic Vehicle Run. All monies raised will go into our Community Chest, to be distributed to good causes within the Borough of Havant.



Friday 8/4/16 Jesus Christ Superstar

April 8, 2016


As our favourite Rock Opera, we were very much looking forward to seeing the Hayling Musical Society perform Jesus Christ Superstar. What we hadn’t realised was just how brilliant the performance would be.

The singing, acting and dancing were first class. With performances by the leads worthy of the West End.

A wonderful evening, thank you so much for inviting us.


Friday 8/4/16 Rowlands Pharmacy, Leigh Park

April 8, 2016

We were pleased today to attend the Healthy Living Pharmacy accreditation launch event at Rowlands Pharmacy in Middle Park Way,  Leigh Park.

Andy and I were very impressed with the range of tests and services offered free to residents. The team in the pharmacy were also knowledgable and friendly.

We were joined by County Councillor Liz Fairhurst and local MP Alan Mak.




Thursday 7/4/16 Preview of Emsworth Arts Trail

April 7, 2016

This evening we were invited to a “sneak preview” of the 2016 Emsworth Arts Trail. Held at the Brookfield Hotel, there was a wonderful variety of art on display. From jewellery to furniture, paintings to photographs and much more. There are some very talented artists in the Emsworth area.

The Arts Trail is on two weekends 23rd and 24th April and 1st and 2nd May across 64 venues in the Emsworth area.

Wednesday 6/4/16 TS Active Presentation Evening

April 6, 2016

What a pleasure it has been for Andy and I to attend and present certificates at the TS Active Presentation Evening.

The cadets both Royal Navy and Royal Marine were extremely smart in appearance, and their drills and band playing were of the the highest standard. We watched them assemble and take down a twelve man tent so quickly, I think only eight minutes to take it down and pack it away.

A group of young men and women of whom their unit should be proud.

Wednesday 6/5/16 Havant Men’s Shed AGM

April 6, 2016

This afternoon Andy and I were pleased to attend the 2016 AGM of the Havant Men’s Shed. They really are a successful community organisation, well run with a vibrant membership.

On behalf of Havant Borough Council, I was pleased to accept two year’s peppercorn rent. Presented in a carved wooden barrel.

Wednesday 6/4/16 Mengham Park Mural

April 6, 2016


This morning as Mayor and Consort we were at the “unveiling” of the Mengham Play Park Mural. In a joint project between Play Parks for Hayling, Havant Borough Council and S.E.H.C.O, the wall at the back of the Play Park was painted as a seaside mural.

The SEHCO charity supported by the Big Lottery, were able to undertake the work at no cost to the residents of our Borough.

Children from Hayling College put forward their ideas for the mural, some of which were incorporated into the finished design.