9 July 2023

Well, it’s back to the blog after a short respite in North West England! It was lovely to catch up with family and friends, but it’s now back to reality, and the life of the Mayor resumes with a vengeance.

Monday saw me at the latest in a meeting organised by the Trowbridge Chamber of Commerce to promote tourism in the town. The idea is to build on our rich heritage and history to boost awareness of the town. There are certainly a lot of people in Trowbridge with good ideas; the challenge is to get everyone working in concert and with the same ends in sight. It’s a work in progress, but it is progressing, and I’m confident that by continuing to work together, we really can make a difference. Watch this space!

Tuesday saw me miss a Town Council committee meeting. I don’t like doing this, but I thought it more worthwhile to start the evening at the Trowbridge Chamber Summer Garden Party, which was held indoors at Emmanuel’s Yard, where I met and chatted with a whole raft of interesting local entrepreneurs and business owners. It’s truly inspiring to know just how many people believe in this town and really want us to succeed!

I then dived down to Stepping Stones (one of my chosen charities for this year) to sit in on their AGM. Again, I’m just blown away by the dedication and commitment shown day after day by this local charity, which really CARES about what they’re doing. My other chosen charity, Trowbridge Future, also attended the AGM, as the two groups are now working together to raise their joint profile.

Tuesday evening really was a dash from one end of town to the other, both metaphorically and geographically, but the evening showcased the very best of Trowbridge, and I can honestly say that I’ve never been prouder to live in this town.

Wednesday saw me struggling with a nasty cough that I’d picked up the previous week, so our Deputy Mayor Denise Bates took my place at the “Choral Spectacular” at St. Augustine’s College that evening. Everything I’ve heard from Denise and some of the performers tells me that I missed a truly wonderful evening, and I can only (belatedly) congratulate everyone involved.

Thursday was the Park Club’s AGM. I don’t think anyone would have thanked me for sitting through this event while disrupting the proceedings with an incessant cough, so I, unfortunately, ended up sending my apologies for this event also. I do still want to visit the club officially, as they’ve been so instrumental in helping out with warm spaces and hot drinks over this last winter, and I really want to personally thank them.

Then came Saturday. What can I say – the team did it again! The Active Festival in the park may have been a bit “dampened” by the weather, but that didn’t do anything to diminish the enthusiasm of those both attending and exhibiting. It really was a day of family fun with a serious message. I definitely enjoyed it, and a suitable number of embarrassing photos were taken of me trying my hand at throwing and catching various balls (of different shapes and sizes), but I’ll let them tell their own story.

I’ll finish with a big “thank you” to my new Mayoral Cadet, Rose Church, who came around the festival with me and entered fully into the spirit of the day. And yes, she did totally wipe the floor with me whenever we ended up “demonstrating” catching or throwing ability!

That’s it for now, so until next time, keep safe, and please be kind to each other.

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