Category Archives: Mayor Of Wisbech

FGA Extravaganza Performance

FGA Extravaganza Performance


Just wow.

Tonight I watched the Fenland Gynmastics Academy’s big show.

I watched a huge number of incredibly talented and skilled young people; ages ranging from not much more than one or two right up to teenagers – just blow the audience away.

A spectacularly colourful and vibrant performance, confident and powerful, sizzling the crowd with one jaw-dropping team after another.

The Fenland Gymnastics Academy is a sparkling gem in the town’s crown. An inspirational parade of some of the best young people you could ever hope to see, displaying the results of hard work and dedication, natural gifts and learned skills.

I thought they could not top last year’s show, but they really did. Incredible. The staff, helpers and organisers are amazing. The parents should all be immensely proud – and I could tell they were.

My Wife and I were just utterly dazzled by it all. Thank you so much. A really proud moment for Wisbech and we were thrilled by every second of it.

March Mayor’s Ball

March Mayor’s Ball

Last night my Wife and I attended the Mayor of March, Kim French ‘s Mayoral Ball.
The organisation, decor and food was incredible. The evening was themed 1920s and many people wore clothing from the period. The excellent band played jazz and swing also in keeping with the theme.
It was a successful event which I thoroughly enjoyed, despite trying to recover from flu. Great company and a warm welcome from our Sister town.

Nightmayor Winter Ale

Nightmayor Winter Ale

Just for fun I have commissioned a Mayoral Beer from Elgoods’.

This rather special ale should be available shortly in The Angel, the King’s Head and the Three Tuns. I’d like to thank these pubs for allowing me to run a charity beer for a month or so.

7.5% @ £2.50 a pint.

I have paid for the ale from my own pocket, not from any Council or Mayoral funds. (Before anybody gets uppity!) 

Profits going to the Mayor’s Charity Fund.

Please drink responsibly :)

Saturday Fun

Saturday Fun

I started the day with the Very Merry Christmas Show, put on by the Nine Lives Theater Company at the Institute. I caught the morning show and what a brilliant way to start the day. My Wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the entertaining spectacle which featured dancing, singing and an amusing plot and characters. All performed absolutely flawlessly by the Nine Lives Team, who just seem to go from strength to strength.

After that I passed through town and noticed how exceptionally busy it was. Heaving, I think, is the correct term! Good to see.
Then it was on to Lyncroft Care Home on Clarkson Avenue where I opened their Christmas Fayre and then spent an hour with the staff, residents and guests. I picked up some good stocking fillers too, from the many varied stalls that were selling there.
This evening I had been invited to the Queen Mary Centre for the Vive La Voce show. This was a funded by Market Place and driven by the talented Linda Ekins, which has brought people who did not believe they could sing together. With just 12 weeks training these “non singers” have put on this show. Now I thought this stuff only happened in movies, but Linda has certainly proved that real life can be just as surprising because this group of singers sounded like they had been singing for years. Linda says that anybody can sing and her techniques give evidence to her claims because this was a fun night full of surprising and well-performed songs. Others will have their own favourites by I particularly liked Scarborough Fayre, which had just the right haunting medieval sound and harmonies. Well done all!

Manic Friday

Manic Friday

Today has been a mammoth day for Mayoral things.

I started at Clarkson Infant and Nursery School where I was pleased to be a guest at not one, but two Christmas Assemblies. It’s great to see another excellent local school where parents and teachers are so clearly working as a team to make such a positive learning environment for the children. I helped give out the awards for 100% attendance, and there were a LOT! The headteacher and staff are an incredibly impressive bunch and the parents and children are like a giant family.
After this I was on my way to the Cambian School, which specialises in children who, for one reason or another, could not manage in mainstream schools. I had never been to this school before and just WOW. What lovely teachers and well-behaved and bright children. Whatever hiccups have brought these kids to this place, it is clearly somewhere in which they are excelling. i was shown “the dungeons”, while the kids leapt out and tried to make me jump. We messed around on the keyboard in the music room. We played lego (no organised sets, just lump all the sets together and be super creative!) Loved it. And the children had made Gingerbread Christmas biscuits, which I then joined in decorating. What a fine way to spend an hour or two in the afternoon. Clearly I am a big kid at heart! :)
Next it was off to St Peters Church for the Grammar School Carol Service. Now I’ve been to a lot of carol services this Christmas, but this was something special. The schools young musicians and singers were absolutely top notch. Our town is so loaded with talented young people, we are literally bursting at the seams with potential. Everything about this service was classy, from the amazing single-voice solo from a balcony at the start to the rousing choirs throughout and I just loved every minute of it.
Over to North Brink to visit Conifer Lodge care home, which is a nursing care home that specialises in people with learning disabilities and mental health conditions. Conifer Lodge had a pantomime show and I was invited. The show was delivered by two young ladies who played all the different parts, with quick costume changes behind a small screen. it was hilarious, musical, engaging and fun throughout. The residents were joint stars of the show, often jumping up and dancing and singing with the actors. Such a lot of fun! I loved meeting everybody there and seeing them have such a brilliant time. I was made very welcome and even joined in some of the dancing. Brilliant, wonderful fun!
Then I picked up my Mum and my Stepdad, who came with me to the Mayor of March’s Christmas Carol Service in the Church of St Peter in March. I had been given a reading to do as part of the service. Mayor Kim French had put together an exceptional service with lovely singing from MADAOS and readings from all sorts of people. There were lots of other Mayors and Council Chairman there in various chains and adornments. After the lovely service we had mince pieces of refreshments in the church hall.
It’s been a long day with literally one Mayoral invite after another. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.

Manic Thursday

Manic Thursday

I was off this morning delivering leaflets across North Ward / Waterlees to remind residents of our Councillor’s Coffee Morning at the Oasis Center.  I was joined by most of the Conservative North Ward team and a bunch of residents with issues they’d like resolved, and ideas they’d like to share.  We drank quite a lot of coffee and it was a useful way to meet with residents and get their views and concerns.

Then, on with my “Mayor hat.”

This afternoon I visited the St. Augustines Day Care Centre for their Christmas Carols and Afternoon Tea. We were entertained by some excellent singers from the Walsoken Church and a very nice time was had. I always enjoy spending time with the St Augustine’s gang, lots of laughs and merriment.

I had to leave before the end in order to make the Magdalene House Christmas Service at St. Peters’, where the children were responsible for most of the singing and bible readings. Proud parents watched on and, I am sure, had just as lovely a time as I did.

There is always so much happening in Wisbech, but never more so than Christmas!

A quick drive to March followed, where I switched hats again and attended the last FDC Full Council meeting of the year.  A fairly straightforward agenda was cleared in short order and that’s it for FDC for 2017!  Since CCC had its last Full Council meeting on Tuesday that means we only have next Monday’s Town Council meeting to go and then it’s holiday time!  For a few days anyway.

Christmas Festivities

Christmas Festivities
I was lucky enough to be invited to two events this evening.
The first, at the Queen Mary Centre, was a Christmas Family Party organised by the Rima’s Ladies Lithuanian Community group that meet regularly at that venue. There was a festival atmosphere with all the children in costume and families having a lot of fun. Games, dances and music were shared and everybody was joining in. A Lithuanian Santa Claus made an appearance, complete with a very colourful Christmas Stave. It was quite a spectacle! The food that had been made by members of the group and donated by volunteers looked absolutely delicious, but I was unable to try and because I had to rush off to….
…. The 14th Scouts Christmas Carol Service at the Trinity Methodist Church. Which was also immense fun, with an unusual delivery full of action, drama and powerful messages. The Beavers, Cubs and Scouts all took part, including a lovely instrumental solo on the clarinet. The 14th Scouts raise money every year to buy a hamper for the Trafford Ward to bring a smile to people who have long-term illness and are in hospital over the Christmas period. This year, the staff of the Trafford ward returned the favour and brought selection packs for the children and young people who work so hard to raise money for them. It was very touching.
All in all a very nice evening. Thank you to all those involved for your hard work, and for inviting me to join you. Also thanks to Councillor Samantha Hoy for being my additional person to help look after the Mayoral chain.

Wisbech Christmas Fayre & More

Wisbech Christmas Fayre & More
Yesterday I arrived. before the start of the Wisbech Christmas Fayre to join representatives of the Chamber of Commerce to visit all the shops who had entered the Christmas Window competition and judge the winners. There were lots of great entries but we decided in the end to give commendations to the two runners up; Cats Pajamas and The Wool Shop, and award the Winner’s Trophy to Sarah’s Flowers on Market Street.
I officially opened the Fayre at 10.40AM and then stayed to enjoy the Carols from several local schools. With all the snow it was very festive – and very cold.
I spent some time visiting stalls and buying things and then at 11.45AM I joined the Churches Together team and their Walking Nativity. Touring the town on foot and dressed in nativity costumes they sang carols at several different stops along the way, including inside Poundland! It was a lot of fun.
The Walking Nativity then joined the Salvation Army band and, altogether, we sang from the stage area to an audience at the Christmas Fayre.
Then onto the Sense shop, where I had been asked to draw the winning raffle together for their big draw, and to make the telephone call to the lucky winner.
At this point there was 20 minutes to snatch a cuppa, before rushing on to Rose Lodge Care Home where I joined residents and staff for their Christmas Party.
After that, I grabbed my DJ gear and rushed to Newton, where I was the DJ at their annual Christmas Party.
And that was just the daytime. :)
Busy day, very festive and wonderful to see the people of Wisbech and the surrounding villages enjoying themselves.

St Augustine’s, Knit & Natter, Christmas Trees Everywhere!

St Augustine’s, Knit & Natter, Christmas Trees Everywhere!
I went along to St Augustine’s Church today to see their wonderful Christmas Tree Display, to enjoy the Warblers’ Carol Singing Carolaoke, and to meet the ladies from Knit & Natter who have been working on a Mayoral Christmas Jumper and a Christmas hanging display for the Town Council Chambers.
If you could catch the atmosphere of Christmas and bottle it, you’d have an idea of what St Augustine’s is like at this time of year. The display of Christmas Trees by different people and organisations is lovely, and everybody you meet is merry and full of joy.
I was bowled over by my spectacular Christmas knitted jumper and I will be returning in the New Year to meet the lady who actually did most of the knitting. The hanging decoration I commissioned as a present to the Town Council from the Mayor looks amazing too. I could not have asked for more from these talented ladies and I am so very pleased with these items.
I enjoyed the carols too, trying my best to keep up with the Warblers, whose jolly singing was a pleasure to hear.
Thank you all and a very Merry Christmas to you!
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A Coyote Comes To Town

A Coyote Comes To Town

One of the things I most enjoy doing as Mayor is opening new businesses.
It is great to see new ideas, new investment, new jobs and new choice introduced into our fantastic Town.
So it was an enormous pleasure today to cut the ribbon and open the new Coyote Bar & Grill, which sits in the previous location of “The Gallery” just outside of the Market Place.
The inside looks brilliant, entirely refurbished with a mix of American themes, a Wild West Saloon Bar look and creative pieces of art and flourishes.
The menu is very American indeed, with some fine burgers, ribs and other tasty meals. I thought the Mixed Grill look like a meal for a Norse God, rather than for a normal person, but then I know there are some who would see that as a challenge. And yes, I am one of them :)
I cannot recommend highly enough that you get yourself down there and try it out, whether just for a few drinks (it’s an Elgoods Brewery venture) or a fantastic belly-busting dinner. The prices look very reasonable to me. They even have their own branded beer!
I’d like to thank the excited staff at the Coyote for inviting me to cut the ribbon. It was a pleasure. I wish you every success going forwards.