In December I attended 8 meetings.
Week Commencing 2 December
December is very much a month of music in the Mayoral calendar, particularly carol concerts.
My first engagement on Tuesday 3 December was to switch on the Christmas tree lights at the Savernake View Care Home accompanied by some fine singing from the Pewsey Male Voice Choir. On Friday we attended two carol concerts. The first was the Wiltshire and Swindon concert at Christchurch in Swindon. This was followed, in the evening, by the concert at Marlborough College where Councillors all wear robes and process through the chapel at the beginning of the concert. On Saturday we attended an excellent concert by Marlborough Concert Orchesta, which featured the young Italian soloist Caterina Isaia playing cello.
WEEK COMMENCING 9 DECEMBER
On Tuesday 10 December I started the day with a visit to Preshute primary school to present a gift voucher to Isabelle Cannings, Age 8, for designing one of my two Christmas cards. Later, on the 10th, I attended the Mencap nativity play, probably the most moving of all of those that I attended, the performers are so natural. On Saturday we attended the Marlborough Choral Society concert in St Mary’s Church for a celebration of Christmas songs and carols, by this time I am nearly word perfect with my carols. On Sunday 15 December we had a Service of Celebration for Eglantyne Jebb, who taught in Marlborough and went on to found the Save the Children fund, a very remarkable lady.
WEEK COMMENCING 16 DECEMBER
On Monday 16 December I opened our new hotel, The Premier Inn Marlborough, which is a very welcome addition to the town providing employment and much needed budget accommodation for visitors. The next day, Tuesday, I pulled the first pint at the newly refurbished Oddfellows Arms in Manton.
On Thursday I attended the school assembly at Marlborough St Mary’s to present a gift voucher to Leo Hall (no relation), age 6, who designed my other Christmas card. Later on Thursday we attended a carol service in aid of the Stroke Association, held in the chapel at Marlborough College to help raise funds for the Association. Astoundingly, it raised over £45,000!
On Friday 20 December we attended the “Sing Out for Christmas” concert in the Town Hall, a wonderfully entertaining evening presented by Ray Dance and Judith Sharp.
Sunday 22 December saw the final carol concert of the season, held at St Mary’s Church.
WEEK COMMENCING 23 DECEMBER
On Christmas Day I visited the Town Hall with my Granddaughter Genevieve, where the annual Christmas lunch was being held, and thanked the helpers and wished everyone a happy Christmas.
Finally, on to my family Christmas and a big welcome to our newest grandchild (number 7), Jude, celebrating his first Christmas.