Category Archives: Mayor Of Wisbech

Wax On, Wax Off

Wax On, Wax Off

Tesco had organised a fundraiser for Cancer Research this morning and I had (stupidly) agreed to have my legs waxed, along with four other gentlemen from the Tesco staff.

Not sure how much we raised in total, but with donations and pledges I managed £400 so was pleased with that.

Fun morning all in all, though I will not pretend the waxing did not hurt. ‘Coz it did.  But all in a good cause.


My “Mayors At Home.”

My “Mayors At Home.”

I was both humbled and touched by the amazing turnout at my Mayor’s At Home event today.  I certainly did not expect such a huge turnout, both from Mayors and Council leaders far and wide but also from all over Wisbech.  I suppose no matter how hard you hope you have worked, you don’t really know if you’ve had a successful year as Mayor until you put on your last event and see who shows up.  Thank you, everybody, for being there.

I’d like to thank the local talented youngsters who provided the entertainment for the guests including the incredible Amy Palmer, the Fenland Gymnastic Academy and the Nine Lives Theatre Company.  In turn each wowed the audience and were a spectacular example of the incredible talent that Wisbech has to offer.

I’d like to thank the Armed Forces youth groups who were so professional and looked so smart including the Wisbech Scouts, Air Cadets, the Army Cadets and the GVC.  You were all as excellent as ever.

I’d also like to thank the Town Councillors who worked so hard to make the event a success and the many other volunteers who pitched in setting up, running the event and then clearing it all away.

I must not forget to thank my Mum and my Stepdad, who catered the entire event with good humour, professionalism and damn fine food.  They worked their socks off and delivered an incredible spread which received nothing but compliments from the guests.

The Mayors At Home was also the event where we got to hand out the remainder of the money my Wife and I have raised during our Mayoral term.  Totally almost £9000.00 it is been a record-breaking year.


I’d like to give my most heartfelt thanks to all the individuals businesses and organisations which have helped us raise money throughout the year.   In particular, I would like to thank Mr Dain Jensen, whose exceptionally generous donation at the Nightmayor’s Big Bash last year allowed us to do some important work early on in my Mayoral term.

Although we had a fair amount of cash to distribute today, we had already spent several thousands of pounds over the course of the year on other causes.  We had already made donations to local causes including Cat Haven, Sharman’s Dog Legacy, the Lois Smith Fund, the Wisbech Grammar School Rugby Fundraiser, On Track Education.  We were very pleased to be able to fund the delightful Bedazzle group last year, to offer assistance to the Corps of Drums, and to work with the St Augustines Knit & Natter group with two Mayoral Commissions.

We had said we would like to purchase a Defibrillator Unit for Wisbech and we were able to do that last year, allowing the Town Council to have a mobile unit for use at festivals and activities around the town.   Training has taken place and that defib unit is now making people safer in and around our town.

We had already purchased a gazebo for McMillans which I have seen them making very good use of at events around the town.  The Breathe Easy team have a nice new PA system which we purchased for them to help with their important work.   We even paid for the scary Ghost House that delighted and scared people at the Halloween fun day last year in Wisbech Market Place.

One of my favourite local teams, Boogie Tots, who deliver friendly and fun dance classes for very young children, and a nice opportunity to chat and get out for their parents, were supported last year to enable their class to continue offering the help and support that it does.

But today we had to hand out the cash to the charities which my Wife and I chose nearly a year ago – ably assisted by the advice and suggestions of the people of Wisbech via the Wisbech Discussion Forum on Facebook.

And so it was a great pleasure to help Community House in the North Ward with some funds to carry on the great work they do.  They had already been helped by the Mayors Fund in 2017 but they are such an important asset for the town that I wanted to be sure to show my ongoing support.

For the organisation that encourages children from our area to read, and which continue to do much work to share the joy of reading and foster is early, I was pleased to be able to give some money to the Wisbech Reads organisation.

We also had funds for the Wisbech Stroke Club and the Wisbech Cubs and Scouts organisation.

Although Cat Haven weren’t able to make it to the event, we didn’t forget them and were able to give them a donation.

One of the fantastic organisations for young people in Wisbech is the Fenland Gymnastics Academy, which is raising funds to move to a larger location because it simply does not have enough space to meet the huge local demand.  The Mayor donation isn’t going to buy a new premises, I know, but I hope what we were able to give them demonstrates the high regard in which we hold them and the fine young people they train.

I had invited Boogie Tots to the event but I didn’t tell them that I had a surprise for them.  I knew they were looking for a source of funding to allow their activities to continue for the next six months.  I had not told that that we would be able to assist with that, and it was fun to spring the good news on them.

Finally, our key local cause.  My Wife and I continue to consider this such an important organisation.  These ladies do such fantastic work in our town.  They are a never-ending source of enthusiasm, compassion and care.  I have enjoyed working with them throughout my Mayoral year and it was a great pleasure to be able to make a significant donation to help them carry on doing what they do so well.  I know that the support we were able to give the St Augustine’s Day Centre will be put to fantastic use and will help some of the most vulnerable people of Wisbech to live brighter, happier and more fulfilled lives.

I could not have asked for the event to go any better than it did.  It was packed with people, they all seemed to have a really nice time, and we got to reward some really wonderful local causes and charities.  Thank you, everybody.

Time For A Cuppa

Time For A Cuppa

On Monday morning I visited Rosebank Centre in Edina Court to enjoy their “Time For A Cuppa” morning, raising funds for sufferers of dementia and their families.

I always enjoy visiting Edina Court where the residents and staff and so welcoming and friendly, and where they make one of the best cups of tea for a hundred miles.
I even jointly-won the “guess the weight of the cake” competition. But since I have to lose weight for my parachute jump in May, I let the other winner have the honours of devouring that massive feast :)

New Camsight Shop

New Camsight Shop

Last week it was a great pleasure to open the new Camsight shop in Wisbech.
I was amazed by some of the new technology coming out to help the blind and partially-sighted and the team at the shop seem both knowledgable and caring.
A real asset to the town!

New Wickes In Wisbech Opens

New Wickes In Wisbech Opens

This morning I was invited to the new Wickes store in Wisbech to cut the ribbon and officially open it.

The Store Manager said they were keen to get involved with projects around the Town and offered support and help with the Wisbech Castle Project as well as other activities.

They have a great team there and the staff all seem very helpful, knowledgeable and keen to help. I hope the store goes from strength to strength, supplying local people, employing local people and being another integral retail outlet for 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.