Sunday, 28th August 2016
On Sunday afternoon, Susan and I were lucky enough to attend a service of worship which included a party to mark 200 years of the Methodist Church here in Marlborough. The mood was relaxed and welcoming and we were warmly greeted by the Rev. Heather Cooper who had recently returned from a three month sabbatical. We all sat at tables and enjoyed a service of hymn singing, prayer and a 'potted history' of the major events of the last two hundred years. We were also given a quiz which tested our knowledge of the bible before being served with afternoon tea including scones, jam and cream plus a special 200th anniversary cake.
It was a delightful and informal service which allowed plenty of opportunity to chat with our fellow worshippers.
Sunday, 28th August
The day after the deluge, Fun Day at the Recreation Ground. A great deal of hard work, organisation and enthusiasm had gone into setting up this event aimed at families and children. Heavy showers did not dampen the cheerful stallholders' spirits (well organised with covers at the ready) and for those who did brave the weather, they were rewarded with plenty to see and do.
Special thanks to all of those taking part, in particular the organisers, Councillors Lisa Farrell, Justin Cook and Mervyn Hall.
In excess of £1,000 was raised on the day and the profits will go towards keeping the Marlborough Youth Community Project going strong. Well done everyone.
20th July 2016
My wife and I and a small group visited the Houses of Parliament at the invitation of our MP, Claire Perry, our host. As well as seeing some famous politicians, when we met in a Commons Committee Room we found a ponderous Hilary Benn still sitting after another meeting of Her Majesty’s opposition. When we entered he got up and left!
The House of Commons, Commons and Lord’s Chamber always reminds me of our great democratic system, which is played out daily in Committee Rooms and the Chambers, in the running of our wonderful country. That day our new Prime Minister had her first Prime Minister’s questions but, sadly, we did not get to see it as the Gallery was overbooked.
We had a very nice tea under the Pugin inspired décor. A lovely visit.
August is traditionally a quiet month for Mayoral engagements.
Other than the very enjoyable cricket match at the beginning of the month we have had a quiet time.
However, we have been getting to know most of the members and helpers at Mencap - first a visit to the Conservative Club where they all meet up on Tuesdays for activities and coffee, lots to do including painting and sewing. We then joined everyone for a skittles evening at the Football Club where young Sophie showed us how to do it by knocking down all of the skittles - a worthy winner and a fun evening.
Wednesday, 3rd August 2016
What a team... Councillor Justin Cook, several members of Councillor Alec Light's family, four keen cricketers from 4 Military Intelligence Battalion, Councillor Fogg's son-in-law Jim (1st class wicket keeper) and last but no means least our Rector, Revd. Canon Andrew Studdert-Kennedy (Man of the Match)!
The result - a very close second place!! Somewhat of a tradition I have been assured!
The match played against Marlborough Cricket Club was great fun and well attended - a friendly atmosphere.
At the instigation of Revd. Janneke Blokland the funds raised on the evening - £615 - will benefit some keen young Afghan cricketers currently residing in Berlin. They will receive equipment purchased from the funds.
A very successful and enjoyable evening was had by all.
Full match report at Marlborough News Online
Thursday 28th July
Today I cut the ribbon to open the refurbished Haine & Smith, opticians in our High Street. This practice has been in Marlborough for many years but, not always at this location. We met Malcolm, the Manager, and his very efficient and experienced staff who showed us around their refurbished premises providing them with new consulting rooms and state of the art equipment. My wife and I were very impressed.
Haine & Smith is still a family based business and support a nominated charity each year - true community spirit.
It is always good to see a local business thriving.