Wednesday 22nd September 2010
The Mayoral Year is a busy one, with a high profile, public role that runs alongside the council duties. We caught up with the Mayor at the end of a very busy week of engagements.
Invitations are coming in to the Town hall all the time, unbelievably some already for Carol Concerts, and the Mayor expressed his gratitude to the Deputy Mayor who takes on some of the workload in order that people are not disappointed.
One of the most regular batches of invites for the Mayor and Lady Mayoress this year has come from Derby Cathedral. The Mayor and Mayoress recently attended a service that saw Rev Richenda Leigh licensed as the new Anglican chaplain there. It's felt that links between Chesterfield and Derby could be a lot closer and visits like this help to strengthen these ties.
Notable other engagements this week have centred on the elderly in the town. One of the main visits the Mayor made was to the AGM of the Tontine Road Chesterfield Care Group. It's a group that meets regularly to socialise and provide care, or simply an outlet for the elderly to meet, chat and play cards. Their transport service also ensures that the older population in the town can get about and retain their independence.
His Worship the Mayor told us that loneliness is a key problem amongst the retired, especially if transport links aren't good around them. In fact, he reported, most of the Chesterfield Care group's funds go on transport, through the community bus facility. It's a valuable service for the older community, and growing fast - there are now 11 centres in and around Chesterfield that provide care and support.
One of the visits the Mayor was looking forward to was the 'Pearson Buzz', an environmental community event at Pearson Park, Brampton, featuring amongst other things music, food, drinks, and a plant and recipe swap. It follows on from the very successful Inkerman Buzz that took place last year. The Mayor is hoping that more of these community events will begin to take place annually and wished to express his thanks to Alistair Michael for organising and co-coordinating the event.
One of the major events in the week's calendar would see the Fairplay Fun Day take place. The charity is one of the beneficiaries of the Mayor's Charity Appeal this year - it's a charity dedicated to helping children and young people with learning disabilities and needs to raise £600,000 to turn a derelict site into an innovative garden for children unable to access traditional play areas. It will be unique in the UK.
A date for your diary
The next Mayor's Appeal Event will take place on 7th October at the Town Hall when the Mayor hosts a Ploughman's Evening. Tickets are £10
The Mayoral Appeal will help both charities meet their needs.
There are many charity Appeal Events scheduled for the year ahead (see below ) - more are being added throughout the weeks.
For more information or dates please contact the Civic Secretary Vivien Miller
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 01246 345239
Fax: (01246) 345252
You can make a donation in the following ways .
By cheque - Please make payable to "The Mayor's Appeal"
Cash - given in to The Mayor's Office, Rose Hill, Town Hall, Chesterfield.
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