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.