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Thursday, 18 June 2015 11:20

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Local Policing Area Awards Ceremony

On Tuesday 3rd July I attended Local Policing Area Awards Ceremony which was held at the Barnstaple Rugby Club. It was a privilege to listen to the reasons these awards were given and for the recognition of some outstanding achievements from Police Officers and Staff, and members of the public.

The nominations and awards were given for both team and individuals and included the rescuing of drownings and from house fires and negotiating skills for attempted suicides. Such bravery was over and above the call of duty.

The online child predators, child trafficking and child abuse and drug trafficking - awards given showed absolute diligence of investigation skills of the police officers and the supportive partner agencies. The perpetrators of these crimes received long prison sentences. 

Our area here in North and West Devon remains one of the safest in the country thanks to our hard working professional policing making our area a safe place to live work and visit. 

Mayor's Civic Service

Thank you to all who attended this Civic Service on Sunday 1st July, it was enjoyed by all. It also gave me the opportunity to chose my grandmothers favourite hymn : How Great Thou Art.

A well deserved applause was given to David Read the Organist who played the resounding Organ Recital Interlude - Toccata from the 5th Symphony: C.M. Widor.

My grateful thanks for the generosity of the congregation during the collection which raised £134.30 for my two charities, The Memory Cafe and North Devon Hospice. 

I would like to thank Rev. Peter Bevan, the Church Wardens, the Organist, Great Torrington Silver Band, Sgt. Jimmy Birch, Mayor’s Cadet and all the ladies for their help in preparing the Church for the service. 



Clinton Primary School Coldstream Prize Giving Ceremony

I accepted the kind invitation to attend the Clinton Primary School Coldstream Prize Giving Ceremony on Thursday 28th June. This has been an annual event held at the school for some years now and the history of it is quite fascinating. General George Monck who was the founder of the Coldstream Guards Regiment and was born in Merton in 1608. In 2011 Merton granted the freedom of the parish to the Coldstream Guards who are the oldest regular regiment in the Army. 

The children gave a very knowledgeable display both verbal and visually on their chosen projects of both World War 1 and 2 it was very impressive indeed. I also managed to chat with some teachers, we discussed the challenges facing small village schools and how some of these were being overcome.

Lt Thomas Melville gave a brief talk on the Coldstream Guards and sadly informed us all that this would be the last visit for some time as the Regiment was now preparing for a future tour of duty to Afghanistan.


Armed Forces Day

On Monday 25th June I attended the Armed Forces Day with the Flag Raising Ceremony at the Victoria Park in Bideford. 

It was a beautiful summer evening and it was a lovely sight to see the parade along the quay and into Victoria Park for the Flag Raising Ceremony. The parade included veterans, dignitaries, cadets, local groups and serving members of the Armed Forces.

This was the tenth anniversary of the Armed Forces Day and the passing of 100 years since the end of the First World War. Two aluminium figures were also unveiled to mark the occasion. 

The local primary schools of St. Mary’s School, East-the-Water Primary and West Croft and their choirs gave an entertaining number of songs which was well received by everyone.


Bideford Regatta

On Saturday June 23rd my Consort Cllr. Margaret Brown and I were given a very warm welcome to the Port of Bideford Regatta 2018. The weather was blisteringly hot but we managed to find some shade. It was quite exciting watching the races and it was also great to see how the River Torridge provides leisure opportunities for water sports as rowing for local people. This also gave us the opportunity to network with other councillors on a variety of subjects which we found very helpful indeed. It was great to see so many young people getting in lived in this sport.


South Molton Olde English Fayre

Cllr Miss Sue Mills and I attended South Molton’s Olde English Fayre on Saturday 9th June for the annual celebrations.  It was a really beautiful day with such warm weather, and so lovely to see the excitement of all the children taking part in the crowning of the Fayre Queen.

We congratulate South Molton on the colourful and busy Pannier Market which had such a variety of stalls and indeed the stall holders themselves who were dressed in the quaint and charming costumes. 

We ended the day by listening to the “Battle of the Bands” which was a contest between Tiverton Town Band and Appledore Band. We are awaiting the result of the contest. Both were really brilliant.


Happy birthday wishes

A very happy birthday wish to Mrs Phyllis Stacey of Well Street who celebrated a special birthday on Wednesday 30th May. Phyllis was so pleased to be given a bouquet of flowers and birthday card which I presented to her on behalf of Great Torrington Town Council.

Phyllis is a really lovely lady and it was really great to hear her carers sing happy birthday to her when I was leaving the house.

Diamond Wedding Anniversary

Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Sanderson  of St. Mary’s Close who celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on May 24th. I had the pleasure of presenting  this lovely couple with a bouquet of flowers on behalf of Great Torrington Town Council. They also proudly showed me the lovely card they received from the Queen.