Well this was a busy week for sure and so hot – the hottest week of the year so far, but watch out for later BLOG posts, it could heat up from here! Friends and family are on holiday in typical European sunny countries and are sending pictures back of cloud and rain. There’s no better place than right here in England when the weather is like this – well almost, read on!
This Monday I had the privilege of judging the local first and middle school’s entries to the Wimborne in Bloom painting competition with the theme of ‘Transport through the ages’. I’ve never judged artwork before and it’s so hard!! Eventually I was able to reduce to a shortlist and then the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places for each age group.
Naturally I must remain tight lipped about results for now, Wimborne in Bloom will be revealing winners a little later on and I’ll be at Allenbourne School in September to award prizes to the little artists themselves.
FIRST FULL COUNCIL MEETING 26TH JUNE
I chaired my first Council meeting on Tuesday evening. I was ably assisted by the Town Clerk who ensures that all prescribed wording is set out clearly in front of me to reduce slips up and that we remain ‘legal’ and ‘compliant’!
It is normal to do a Mayor’s Report (as each Councillor is invited to report – on their activities in relation to any organisations they are linked with in order to represent the Town Council). The report has traditionally been to quote the number of Mayoral engagements done in the time period since the last meeting and special mentions to any particular ones of note.
I have decided in my year to also provide the total hours worked in the role as Chairman and Town Mayor and then split that into each part (although some included in Chairman’s hours may also be general Councillor work). This is to give Councillors and general public a good idea of the time commitment of being the Chairman of the Council and could inform future changes at the Council – whether that be in relation to Councillors or paid staff.
The detailed report is included in the minutes of that meeting but as a summary, total hours in the 6wks was 70.25hrs. And a special mention to the Folk Festival event which was my first ‘big one’ in town and was totally awesome!
On the same evening the Council had an informal meeting to meet with East Dorset District Council officers to get a general update on the new housing developments – updates will be given at Planning Committees as usual each month.
PRIEST’S HOUSE MUSEUM PREVIEW EVENING
I was invited with a number of other people to preview some new exhibitions at the PHM on Wednesday evening. David Morgan the Chairman was very entertaining (as usual) and talked a little about the new displays and how they were put together. I didn’t know anyone would expect me to say anything until the day before so hadn’t prepared anything but I think I did okay just to thank them for inviting me and how myself and the children loved to go to the PHM (the girls especially like the school room)!
In the photo above from left to right is Chairman of EDDC Cllr Mrs Toni Coombs, Bernie King (House Steward, Kingston Lacy), Alice Sage (curator of ‘Wildflowers’), Me, David Morgan, Emma Munn (Project Manager, Unlocking the Bankes Archive Project).
I’m not going to spoil the details of the exhibition for you but you must see the wonderful jigsaw! I’ll just say that the bringing to life of four girls from Edwardian times was my favourite!
GRADUATION CEREMONY AT THE PAVILLION
Well this was a first and a big one at that! Having had a drink in the Circle bar, we then had to ‘robe up’ in a dressing room and then process with various dignitaries and senior Uni personnel AND Darcey Bussell who was receiving a Fellowship on the day.
We were lead into a very full theatre and had to go up on stage where we were seated for the duration (about 2 hours). On a very hot day, it heated up somewhat further by very bright stage lights beaming down on us! I don’t mind admitting that I was feeling quite unwell throughout and considered exiting stage left to avoid fainting on stage! However, I made it through and afterwards we all went to the marquee on the beach for a glass of bubbly.
I didn’t know Darcey Bussell would be there – so this was a lovely surprise! I was sat right next to her on stage and she is as lovely close up as she is on TV. I had de-robed for this photo as otherwise I wouldn’t have made it to the end of the day!
What a great day, thanks to the Uni for inviting me – to Pincipal and Vice Chancellor Professor Stuart Bartholomew CBE for his kind welcome and to Lynne from his office for taking care of me throughout.
TEA AND CAKE (AND A BIT OF HISTORY)
I had my 2nd informal coffee morning today where Dave Stewart from BMTH Uni came and gave a talk to some of our Cllrs and interested towns people about the Roman Vexillation Fortress just off the Julian’s road. It was fascinating and we will wait for the work to be published formally before being able to share it fully – which I hope is soon. But the message was clear, there was a full Roman Fort and Vespasian would have been there – they think his residence is currently buried beneath the bridge just before Lake Gates roundabout. It’s truly amazing the images they have been able to create with the modern magnetic equipment they now use.
The work started originally two years (by the Uni team – work had been done well before by another surveyor which is why it has been designated an ‘Ancient Scheduled Monument’), as it was invited to by Wimborne History Festival. What a great legacy from that inaugural festival (next one 21st July this year).
HOME START CHARITY – AGM
I was invited to this AGM as a local charity. Even though it’s located up the road in Kinson, I was interested to attend as it supports people all over, including in Wimborne Minster.
The Chairman Isobel took us through the work of the charity and how the volunteers and staff were invaluable to the operation. Many people aren’t aware of their charity and how they help families. There were a couple of stories about new Mums struggling with post natal depression and isolating themselves. Home Start was a lifeline to them and they have managed to rebuild their lives. They work closely with the Barnados too, a rep was there today to also sing their praises.
Well done to the charity for what they do and how they help families in need.
Well what a week – just a Civic Service to Swanage on Sunday to go! But that will be in the next BLOG!