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19th May 2017

Thanks to everyone who has sent their congratulations and good wishes for my second Mayoral year. It is an honour and a privilege to be chosen to be Mayor of Morpeth – and doubly so to be chosen to serve a second time. I only hope I can live up to your expectations.

I intended to write a Mayor’s Blog reporting my activities last time, but it never got off the ground. So, I’m trying again this time – watch this space…

The Mayor’s Charity I have chosen for this coming year is the Wansbeck Valley Food Bank – and in addition to simply fundraising, I want to help them recruit much-needed volunteers.

I have again deliberately chosen a local charity which echoes something of the councillor’s role. The Wansbeck Valley Food Bank is a charity which works to support individuals in crisis when bureaucratic systems have allowed them to “fall through the net”. Similarly, part of a councillor’s role is to be the “human face” of a sometime bureaucratic council, helping people when they fall foul of the “system”.

If you have any ideas about fundraising activities for the year or would like to help out – do get in touch.

And get in touch too, if you would like a “Mayoral presence” at any functions or events that you might be organising in Morpeth.

Well – I was out ribbon-cutting within 24 hours of being elected Mayor when I was asked to re-open the re-furbished Leeds Building Society shop on Bridge St. They also had a couple of people there from the St. Oswald’s Hospice charity shop which is the charity that “the Leeds” are supporting this year.

I was also glad to learn that both shops will be displaying hanging baskets to support Morpeth In Bloom this year. The Chamber of Trade are out now taking orders for hanging baskets from shops and businesses in the town centre – and it is good news to hear of corporate businesses, as well as independents, supporting the initiative.

Tomorrow (Saturday), the Morpeth Bellringers will be ringing the Mayor’s Peal in my honour. This year, I gather, they’ll be ringing “Cambridge Major Surprise” starting at 3pm and scheduled to finish just before 6pm! You have to be both something of a mathematician and also have incredible stamina to be a bellringer. (Photos courtesy of Morpeth News TV).

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