Jubilee Week - Neil Tungate June 7, 2012

Jubilee Week

What a busy time in the run up to Jubilee weekend, and the weekend itself!

On the 30th May Betty and I attended the 1st New Milton Cubs for their Heroes Awards evening. A number of well-deserving people received certificates of recognition from the Cubs, for work they have performed in the community. Among them was Cllr John Ward, who was instrumental in raising the funds to build the Scout Hut in Caird Avenue – this was extremely well deserved in my opinion.

The following day, 31st May, we attended Sports Day at New Milton Junior School, where I was delighted to present the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals to the team captains. Later in the afternoon we went to Arnewood School where a commemorative tree was planted and we enjoyed a delightful tea prepared by the students, accompanied by some excellent music played by other students.

On the 1st June, I was pleased to assist Station Financial: with their Diamond Jubilee Afternoon Tea and raffle in aid of Oakhaven Hospice.

During the Jubilee weekend, we attended the “Street Party on the Rec” on the Saturday, and the Bashley Jubilee Party in the Village Hall on the Monday. Both events were well attended and I offer my sincere thanks to all the unsung heroes who organised these. Also of note were the excellent musicians at the Street Party – one of the groups (Shrunk in the Wash) consisted of students in their last year at Brockenhurst College, all of whom are going on to study music at well-known establishments.

Diamond Jubilee Bookmarks - Neil Tungate June 1, 2012

Diamond Jubilee Bookmarks

Town Mayor Cllr Neil Tungate and Students together with Robin Ede and John Evans from the Jubilee Committee.

A few weeks ago, Robin Ede of the Jubilee Committee came to our Finance Committee meeting to ask if the Town Council would be prepared to help provide a Diamond Jubilee commemorative item to each schoolchild in New Milton. The Council agreed to help with the funding and it was decided to produce bookmarks bearing the Town’s badge and a message commemorating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

It was with great pleasure that we welcomed representative students and staff from each of the town’s schools (Ashley Infants and Juniors, New Milton Infants and Juniors, Arnewood, Ballard and Durlston Court) to the Town hall on Thursday 24th May. Robin Ede welcomed all those present and spoke a little about the Queen’s 60 years. We then distributed the bookmarks to the representatives, and I said a few words about books and the importance of reading.

The Jubilee Committee primarily hosts the biennial Pedal car race in New Milton but does, as in this case, also get involved in other projects. It is supported by the local Lions, Rotary and Round Table clubs.

This was a wonderful event, my first formal engagement since being elected Mayor.