Our Town Mayor, Guy Loosmore married his Mayoress, Fiona Lawson, at St Mary’s Church on 10th August followed by a reception at the Town Hall. Councillor Loosmore now moves into the history books as the first Mayor of Marlborough to be married whilst in office. Congratulations to them both.
Following an Extraordinary Meeting of the Town Council on Wednesday, 26th June, we welcome Mervyn Hall (East Ward) and Alec Light (West Ward) to the team. Both bring lots of experience to the roles and are keen to work closely with the community. They were co-opted onto the Council from a strong field of 7 candidates and will serve until the next full elections in May 2017.
The Town Council was delighted that there was a such a keen interest in the vacancies and would like to thank our candidates, all of whom were of a very high calibre, for stepping forward for co-option.
At the Full Council Meeting of 20th May, Town Councillors discussed a proposal to install cycle racks along the side of the High Street. Though this issue is really a matter for Highways, Wiltshire Council quite rightly consulted with the Town Council before taking it forward. Unfortunately, the proposal was not brought to the attention of the Council until late on and Councillors did not have an opportunity to properly give their early input as would normally be the case.
For the sake of clarification, the Town Council would like to make clear that it fully supports the idea of facilities for cyclists in the High Street but feels that it is first worth looking at some alternatives to the original proposal. Councillors discussed how improvements could be made to the inadequate and old racks already in place, whether racks might be installed in paid parking spaces in the central area rather than in the limited free parking slots at the side and changes to signage to help direct cyclists. Also, the possibility of undertaking consultation and surveys to evidence the use of existing racks to help make sure any new ones are installed in the right place. An outcome of a broader, more thorough approach might, in fact, mean more or better facilities for cyclists and everyone else who uses our High Street.
This month we say farewell to Sgt Vincent Logue who has headed up the police team in Marlborough for the last 2 years. After 2 years in the town, Sgt Logue is leaving to move on to concentrate on the Pewsey area.
Sgt Logue said “I have been fortunate to work with a great policing team who work very hard for the people of Marlborough. I have also enjoyed working with Councillors and staff at the Town Council, all of whom made me feel welcome and part of the team. I have been proud to have been associated with Marlborough which is a great town with great people.”
“Happy memories for me include helping to police the Olympic Torch Relay, an event where the people of Marlborough stepped up and showed the world what the town is all about, it was a great day. I shall miss taking part in the Remembrance Day parades and the kind invitations to the Marlborough College Carol Services as well as other special occasions.”
We shall miss Vincent and thank him for everything he has done to keep Marlborough the safe place it is. At the same time we welcome Sergeant Barry Reed who begins his role in the town over the next couple of weeks.
At his first Full Town Council meeting, our new Town Mayor, Councillor Guy Loosmore, presented his Mayoress and fiancée, Fiona Lawson, with her badge of office. While our Mayoress does not have an official or legal status, the national tradition and local custom is for the Town Mayor to have a consort to help navigate through his or her busy year ahead. Fiona will accompany our Mayor, Marlborough’s First Citizen, to official engagements helping to host various community events, promote Marlborough, attend award ceremonies, visit our schools as well as meeting British and foreign dignitaries to the town.
A priority for Fiona will be her work to help raise funds for the two charities chosen by the Mayor - locally based Marlborough and District Dyslexia Association and Hope for Tomorrow, which operates mobile chemotherapy units. This is entirely separate from the Town Council’s funds and money raised will be distributed to these charities at the end of the Mayoral year.
Fiona, a historian, is already heavily involved in voluntary work in the local community particularly around the Kennet Valley Arts Trust said: “It’ll be a busy year for Guy and I’m really looking forward to helping build up funds for these two worthwhile charities both bringing such important advice and help to local people.” Something else to fit in amongst official duties for 2013/14 will be the couple’s wedding in August.
At the Annual Meeting of the Town Council on Monday, 13th May, new Councillors voted in Councillor Guy Loosmore as Marlborough’s 518th Mayor with Councillor Mrs Marian Hannaford Dobson as the Deputy Mayor. Following an address by outgoing Mayor, Mrs Edwina Fogg, who is stepping down from the Council, Councillor Loosmore set out his aspirations for his Mayoral year. He aims to make Marlborough’s community his focus with an emphasis on youth as well as working towards important land marks such as the coming World War 1 commemorations. The Mayor has chosen Marlborough and District Dyslexia Association and Hope for Tomorrow, which operates mobile chemotherapy units, as his chosen charities. Both provide Marlborough with much needed services.
The Council meets on Monday, 20th May for the first Full Town Council meeting of a 4 year term of office.
On Thursday, 2nd May, Town Mayor, Councillor Mrs Edwina Fogg, presented a cheque for £8,000 to Prospect Hospice’s representative, Sheryll Crouch. Prospect was our Mayor’s chosen charity for her Mayoral year and this impressive sum was raised through her hard work and the tremendous support of her fundraising committee.