Following my presentation to full Town Council on August 1st I have now made details of my presentation slides available online as below for my Mayors blog from July.
The Scouts AGM – 1st July 2011
Claude and I spent a very pleasant couple of hours in a packed Scout Hut with the 3rd New Forest South (1st Milton) Scout Group at their AGM where awards were presented to Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. A BBQ followed the meeting. The Trustees Annual Report reminded us that the planting of new trees in addition to the building of new garages this year has greatly improved the grounds of the Scout Hut. It was good to see Cllr Geoff
Blunden among the parents.
New Milton Eagles – 2nd / 3rd July 6-a-side Tournament
The weather was fantastic when Claude and attended the New Milton Eagles 6-a-side boys and girls Tournament held on Ballard School Sports Field on the 2nd and 3rd July. I was asked to give out the trophies. Teams came from as far as Corfe Mullen to participate in this excellent well run annual event. A big thank you to all those who give so
generously of their time to these young people.
Speech Day, Ballard School – 8th July 2011
It was a great pleasure being invited to Ballard School Speech Day by headmaster, Mr Alastair Reid. Also in attendance was the Mayor of Lymington, Cllr Anna Rostand. The speaker, Mr Adrian Hayes, is a double record-breaking polar explorer, keynote speaker, corporate coach and sustainability ambassador and a former Gurkha army officer. Adrian Hayes grew up at Busketts Lawn Hotel at Woodlands in the New Forest. His achievements
include setting a Guinness World record for reaching the Earth’s “3 Poles” – walking all the way to the north pole, South Pole and summiting Mt Everest – in the shortest period of time in history (19 months and 3 days), which he completed in December 2007, becoming one of only 18 people ever to achieve the feat. He holds a second Guinness World record for the longest unsupported Artic expedition in history (kite assisted), the 2,200 mile south to north crossing of the Greenland ice cap, which he completed in 2009 with two
Canadian colleagues. The documentary of the expedition “Adrian Hayes – the Greenland Quest” will be broadcast on the 20th August on the National Geographical channel.
Other highlights apart from the privilege of awarding a cup were the Senior
Vocal Ensemble singing Panis Angelicus by Cesar Franck. Charlotte Hulme
performing the poem ‘From a Distance’ and the Senior Chamber Choir perform
Pedal Car Grand Prix – 10th July
Pedal Car Grand Prix. The Jubilee Committee have firmly put New Milton on the map with this bi-annual event attended and enjoyed by thousands. This year BBC CBBs filmed two of their presenters who entered the race. I understand it will be on our screens in January. This year for the first time we had a hospitality suite run to perfection by a team of ladies
from Lions. An enormous amount of work goes into this event and we are enormously grateful to the Jubilee Committee and all those who help out to make this event so special.
New Forest Disability Service Annual Public Meeting – 12th July
New Forest Disability Information Service. It was so interesting visiting the New Forest Disability (New Forest Diz) Annual Punblic Meeting, in the Community Centre, and learning all about the work of these wonderful volunteers. County Councilor, Felicity Hindson, the Executive Member for Adult Social Care in Hampshire was the guest speaker, Felicity was inspirational given the difficult time we are going through with resources.
You might like to know New Forest Diz’s mission statement: ‘to empower people living with disabilities in the New Forest and its surrounding area to enable them to lead active and fulfilling lives integrated in society’. Their Head Office is 6 Osborne Road, New Milton. Helpline: 01425 628750.
Oakhaven Hospice – exhibition of collages – 15th July
Graham Flexman, our Town Clerk, accompanied me to Oakhaven Hospice’s fund raising Exhibition of Collages, in the Community Centre in Lymington. They were very beautiful. Oakhaven Hospice requires an awful lot of money to keep going in what is now a competitive market for our money. You might have noticed that their Lymington shop has moved into much larger premises which has improved their sales quite considerably. Next year the New Milton shop will have a make over.
Bashley village flower show & craft fair – 16th July
Claude and I attended the New Milton Town Partnership’s Craft Fare in the Memorial Hall, 70 stalls were displaying a variety of wares. These Craft Fares run by Alan Watson have proved to be very successful. The next one is on the 5th November.
We then visited the Bashley Flower Show, thankfully the weather cheered up in
Arnewood School – New Forest Runners Triathlon – 17th July
The New Forest Runners triathlon, which took place at Arnewood School was very well attended. A great time was had by all and it was a real treat being asked to give out the trophies.
The League of Friends of Lymington New Forest Hospital – 25th July
I attended the League of Friends of the Lymington New Forest Hospital, AGM at St Thomas’ Church Hall, Lymington. The speaker was Dr Nigel Watson, senior partner, Arnewood practice. Dr Watson is the Chairman of the Commissioning Committee of the BMA and discussed the proposed changes in the NHS which will take place from 2013.
New Forest Show – Parkinsons stand – 28th July
I was asked to help out on the ‘Parkinson’s Stand’ and draw the raffle at the New Forest Show by my friend Sally. The New Forest Parkinson’s Group meet in Brockenhurst every month. This is the first time they have taken a stand at the Show which was very successful by raising the profile of the group and collected much needed funding to find a cure for
this terrible disease.
Photo credit: The Advertiser & Times, Adam Parker