Category Archives: Clarkson

Wisbech Rock Festival 2017

Wisbech Rock Festival 2017

I enjoyed Wisbech Rock Festival immensely. What a massive day for our town.
 
Three stages, all with superb acts. An enormous crowd in the thousands, possibly the highest overall turnout the Festival has ever seen.
 
A true family event with people of every age and many nationalities just having a lovely time, in the sun. No trouble worth nothing, no problems the team could not handle, just a smooth and brilliant event.
 
Although walking around in the Mayor’s gear was somewhat warm, it was great fun to meet so many Wisbech people and visitors to our town. Thank you all for being such good fun. Without you there would be no event, of course.
 
I was pleased that my Mayor’s Stall made nearly £200 for the Mayor’s Charities.
 
The bands and acts were great. The DJs and MCs smashed it from start to finish. The acoustic acts gave everybody somewhere peaceful to sit and enjoy a more relaxed melodic area.
 
It was a privilege to meet Jade, the young lady who has made the loom band that was nearly a mile long. Wow, that was impressive! But even more impressive is the hundreds of pounds she has raised for McMillans. Well done!
 
Well done particularly to Anthony James Steward who was the driving force behind the amazing Ducky D Mind Control DJ Stage. Anthony is an ambassador for dance and rave and long may he continue with his brilliant team and acts. Also thanks to David Topgood for helping me with the Mayor’s walkabout and to my parents and the rest of the WCP team for being such stalwart volunteers.
 
Kudos also to The Oliver Family, without whom these events would not be safe, would not run smoothly, and probably would not happen at all. Briliant work from Garry Tibbs, the previous Mayor, who was our exemplary compere this year. Thanks to all the many stewards and volunteers who helped from dawn ’til dusk and beyond.
 
But most of all, thanks to the Leader of the Town Council, Samantha Hoy – who was the main organiser and whose work over many months is what makes this event possible at all.
 
What a fantastic team. Thank you for making this event such a huge success and for allowing me, as the Mayor, to be a part of it.

Medworth & Clarkson Ward Surgery, July 2017

Medworth & Clarkson Ward Surgery, July 2017

Just a quick reminder that my Councillor Surgery is on today, in the Angel, from 3PM – 5PM.
 
Drop in for a chat, to report issues, to suggest ideas, or just to say “hello”. Hope to see some of you there.

Clarkson School Fete

Clarkson School Fete
This morning I popped into the Clarkson School Fete, where parents, staff and kids were busy having a whole bunch of fun and raising money at the same time.
 
I was keen to help promote the “Walk With Me” Campaign, being championed by parents and local residents.
 
I joined it with all the games and tried to take part in everything, including getting to pour a bucket of water on the Head Teacher and her Deputy, for which task I enlisted some of the students to help.
 
Well done everybody, excellent event!

Fast Weeks

Fast Weeks

Is it just me or are the weeks flashing by right now? A packed diary always seems to be mean a fast pace, but even bearing that in mind things are fairly zooming along at present.

Outside of politics all the areas of business I’m involved in seem to have dramatically picked up. I can only hope this is more than a temporary blip and isn’t isolated to me! Within party politics my rolls as chairman of the Wisbech Conservatives, executive member of NECCA, county councillor, Overview and Scrutiny chairman and generic political activist are certainly keeping me active.

Today, for instance, I went with a few friends to assist fellow Conservatives in the Hornchurch and Upminster area – or more specifically to assist Boris Johnson in his campaign to gain a second term as Mayor of London. Now look – every politician will always sing the praises of every campaign day, so you should feel free to take my words with a pinch of salt if you want to. But the buzz on the streets we visited was exceptional. No Labour posters, no stand-offishness, just a lot of people who seem to really like Boris.

Tomorrow I’m working in the day at my engraving/engineering company but have to rush home to attend the first committee meeting of the new Leverington Street Pride group which I have helped to set up. On Tuesday i’m off to Impington to walk the route that is discussed in an appeal to the Service Appeals committee that I sit on (and which is happening next week.) Then I’m speaking at CCC Cabinet as a local member and then in the afternoon I have the cross-party scrutiny management committee to attend.

On Wednesday I’m volunteering with the Wisbech Street Pride team to help clean up areas in Clarkson, Wisbech. Then i’m off to my cafe (Number10) to work in the afternoon. On Wednesday evening I have a NECCA officer’s meeting to attend.

Thursday has me back in London on business and on Friday I’m back in Shire Hall, Cambridge, for a seminar and then a group meeting. Saturday is my monthly Councillor’s surgery (this month it is in Leverington) followed by a committee meeting to arrange fundraising for (hopefully) a new skate park for young people in my division. And on Sunday I have a fundraiser to attend.

As you can see, this is another week that is going to be gone in the blink of an eye. But that’s fine by me. I love to be busy.