The Mayor and his Consort had enjoyed a busy schedule since the annual meeting and mayor making on 18th May. The Mayor thanked everyone for all the support and encouragement they had received.
Milestones and Anniversaries
On 30th May 2016 the Mayor joined veterans, families and colleagues at a special parade on the Waterfront to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland, followed by a splendid concert from the Ipswich Hospital Band at St Peter’s Church. During the weekend of 11th & 12th June, the Mayor and his Consort joined the people of Ipswich at a special concert to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th Birthday in Christchurch Park. They attended special services at Bury St Edmunds cathedral and at St Mary Le Tower Church. They also visited street parties, school picnics and special meals at several care homes.
This week the Mayor and his Consort will be visiting Mrs Joyce Fisher as she celebrates her 100th birthday at Thornbank Residential Home.
‘Pigs gone wild’ have been ‘released’ as part of a town trail – well worth finding out where all 69 are positioned!
The Mayor and his Consort attended two presentations, ‘The Cleverest Thief’ and ‘Over the Garden Fence’, by talented actresses portraying people living with dementia and the mixed reactions of those around them. The second one included the official launch of ‘Ipswich Dementia Action Alliance’.
Sir Trevor Nunn’s production of ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at New Wolsey Theatre was stunning!
Guests from Overseas
The Mayor and his Consort were delighted to welcome visitors from Nettuno, Italy. The Nettuno chorale gave a splendid early evening concert at the Town Hall. Two Italian students from the Futura School visited Ipswich as part of their language studies and came for tea in the parlour.
Suffolk Showwas a great success and they much enjoyed spending day 2 meeting exhibitors and other visitors.
The Mayor and his Consort, Ellie, had met large numbers of young people in a wide variety of settings:
· the Orwell Panthers provide excellent opportunities in athletics for those with a range of disabilities. They presented awards to participants at Northgate Sports Centre;
· pupils from Gusford Primary School learned some important lessons as they took part in “Crucial Crew 2016”;
· 300 local Beaver Scouts celebrated their 30th anniversary;
· St Albans High School celebrated their 50th anniversary with special guests, including the Bishop of East Anglia;
· Guides, Brownies, Rainbows and pupils from Sprites School Council have visited the parlour.
The Mayor’s Charities
The Mayor and his Consort have chosen two charities to support – the Alzheimer’s Society and IHAG Chapman Centre. A programme of fund-raising events to be held over the next 11 months is being prepared. They hope that everyone will feel able to support them. The first event was the Orwell Sponsored Cycle Ride on 26 June and the Mayor happened to have his sponsor form with him at the Council meeting!
The Mayors “At Home” will take place at Suffolk New College on Friday 15th July 2016 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm and he looked forward to greeting as many of their friends and colleagues that are able to attend.