Category Archives: Mayor Of Wisbech

Fenland Enterprise Business Awards 2017

Fenland Enterprise Business Awards 2017

My Wife and I have had a lovely evening at the Fenland Enterprise Business Awards.

http://www.fenlandbusinessawards.co.uk/

It was brilliant to see such innovative, creative and successful companies highlighted and given the spotlight to celebrate the great work they do in the area.

The event was well-organised, very well-attended and glamorous. I really cannot fault it at all. It was a pleasure to be there and see hard work, entrepreneurialism and good old-fashioned business cheered to the rafters.

Well done to all who were nominated, and particularly to all our fantastic winners.

A special mention to my neighbours The Luxe Cinema, who were finalists, but didn’t get a top prize this year but who I know will go from strength to strength with their new/old team and passionate new manager.

Thank you! Marie and I enjoyed it immensely and spent altogether too much money – but all in a good cause.

Afternoon Tea In Leverington

Afternoon Tea In Leverington

Having been a member of the Leverington Village Hall Committee for a number of years, it was very nice to be invited to join them for their Afternoon Tea event, in my role as the Mayor of Wisbech.
 
Leverington is a village I have always been very fond of and where I have many friends, so it was such fun to see some of them in this setting and to enjoy a cuppa with them.
 
Thank you for inviting me!

In Bloom Awards

In Bloom Awards

I spent a couple of hours this evening at the In Bloom Awards which incorporates Wisbech Town Council’s Allotment awards.
 
It was a real pleasure to hand out awards to people who have played a part in making Wisbech beautiful, floral and colourful this year.
 
The fact that Wisbech won its TENTH successive gold medal this year speaks well of the fact that this is a town full of the sort of people who make it their business to spread beauty and joy.
 
I was very proud to meet so many of those people tonight and those awards and medals were all well-deserved. The In Bloom team and all the gardeners and allotment owners who each do their bit to add to the wonderful whole deserve respect, admiration and thanks for all they do.

Statute Fair, Wisbech 2017

Statute Fair, Wisbech 2017

One of the enjoyable historic duties of the Mayor is to open the fair when it visits town.

The Statute Fair is in town and today, I led a procession of Councillors (all fully robed) and their families and guests to the fair, where we were met by a representative of the Showman’s Guild.  As is traditional, a short speech was given and the fair declared open.

Then the children all got to go on lots of rides.  (And even one or two adults!)

A nice mild evening and everybody had fun.  I would like to thank the good folk of the fair for their warm welcome and for entertaining the people of Wisbech with all the colour and lights and rides and games that we all know and love.

Library Reading Challenge Awards

Library Reading Challenge Awards

Yesterday I accompanied the Leader of Wisbech Town Council, Cllr Sam Hoy, to present the awards for the Summer Reading Challenge at Wisbech Library.
 
The Summer Reading Challenge is a reading initiative run by local libraries to encourage children to read during the Summer holidays.
 
A huge number of children took part this year and it was fantastic to see such a great turnout of young people and their proud parents and grandparents. The kids clearly loved being a part of it and were enjoying the whole thing immensely.
 
We handed out a small mountain of certificates and medals to the children who had completed the challenge, who ranged in ages dramatically.
 
My hat goes off to the Library staff and volunteers who worked so hard to make this all possible.
 
It was a very nice event and it was a joy to be a part of it.

Knit & Natter

Knit & Natter

I joined the St. Augustines’ Knit & natter group today for a coffee and a very pleasant chat with some talented and industrious ladies, who get together to knit, sow and generally raise charity funds.
 
It is a very relaxed and pleasant atmosphere which I would highly recommend to anybody who enjoys knitting, chatting or coffee in good company.
 
I’ve commissioned a Mayor’s Jumper :) I’ll post pictures when it’s done.

AA Brothers International Party

AA Brothers International Party

It was a great honour to be asked to introduce the Latvian band at the International Music Party hosted by the AA Brothers in the Queen Mary Centre tonight.

The atmosphere was brilliant and there was a really nice mix of people there, from all different places.

The DJ (Dj Gunchs) was great and really got the crowd moving, the act themselves was Rassell, with Sabine Berezina and Edvards Grieze and were excellent.

A nice international party night where everybody seemed to be having a lot of fun.

Race Night In March

Race Night In March

Tonight I attended a fundraising Race Night in March, hosted by by friend and colleague Cllr Kim French, the Mayor Of March.

It was a great event and a lot of fun was had by all there. The food was delicious and even though I did not win a single race, I did manage to do quite well on the raffle!

Just Ballet – New Dance Studio

Just Ballet – New Dance Studio

I paid a visit to Just Ballet, a thriving small business in Wisbech, today.
 
Just Ballet opened last year on Hill Street, but quickly found they needed to expand and have moved onto the Nene Quay. Their new shop is much bigger and jam-packed with everything somebody interested in ballet could ever need.
 
It’s always great to see businesses in Wisbech doing well, but the team here have gone a step further and have converted the loft of the old building into an incredible dance studio, where a ballet school is being started.
 
It was great to meet the people who have worked so hard turning a fairly dilapidated building into such an amazing space. The work done is incredible and the excitement and passion of those involved is palpable.
 
I expect to see amazing things coming from Just Ballet and their dance school in future years and look forward to watching them go from strength to strength, becoming a champion for young people who want to do ballet into the future.
 

St Augustine’s Heritage And Poppy Weekend

St Augustine’s Heritage And Poppy Weekend

Today it was my honour to be invited to the St Augustine’s Church 2017 Heritage and Poppy weekend.

Please take the time to go along to St. Augustine’s Church today if you are able.

This is their Heritage and Poppy Weekend and there is an exhibition in the church in commemoration and remembrance of our heroes of World War One.

The exhibition focuses on the Battle of Passchendale along with the history of men from Wisbech who died in the Great War.

It really is an exceptional, poignant and respectful exhibition which is well worth a visit to learn about the town’s heroes and their history and to remember those who have fallen.

The church is open until 4PM.

(The picture are the Army Cadets who were demonstrating WW1 battlefield medical practices in period uniforms. Doing an excellent job, too!)