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Veterans Coffee June 2023

Mayor: June Update

Sunday 11th June

The Mayor and his Consort were delighted to attend the Civic Service for the new Mayor of Sunderland and to meet a new group of Mayors. The Service was held in Holy Trinity Church, High Usworth, Washington, followed by refreshments and a raffle. We got off to a winning start by returning home with three raffle prizes!

Thursday 15th June

The Mayor and Consort had the most amazing day at Sedgefield Community College. The Laidlaw Trust’s Innovation Festival had 7 interactive stations, all about inventing solutions to the problems the world faces. But best of all, out of over 36,000 schools in the UK, Hardwick Primary won the T4 World Education’s  Most Innovative School Category and is one of only 3 schools across the globe vying to be the Most Innovative School in the World with a £50,000 prize to build a school of the future!

We were honoured to be invited and are so proud of their fantastic achievement. And we met 2 Robots; Oscar and Titan. 🏆

Thursday 22nd June

What a great day we have had in Stockton today as guests of the Mayor and Mayoress, Jim and Pauline Beall (pictured.) We were royally entertained from start to finish by children from Crooksbarn Primary School and St Gregory’s RC School, Janie St John singing wartime sounds and the lovely Katy Levin. Fr Mark Millward was the celebrant for the Service of Thanksgiving with music from the Salvation Army Band.

We were fed and watered, we were taught how to salute and we were also treated to a physical exercise display by the Military Preparation Training College. All in all it has been a wonderful day.

Saturday 24th June

The Mayor and his Consort were pleased to be invited to the first event of the Spennymoor Civic Year, the ‘Mayoress At Home’ gathering in the Town Hall.

Pictured are the new Mayor and Mayoress of Great Aycliffe and the Deputy Mayoress of Sunderland.

Tuesday 27th June

The Mayor and Consort were pleased to be invited to a guided tour of the restored Hylton Castle by the Mayor of Sunderland. Volunteer guides gave us a potted history of the Castle from 1400 onwards and of how it was restored and updated over 30 years ago.

It is a fascinating place and well worth a return visit to explore it more fully.

Thursday 29th June

Thursday 29th June – The Mayor and his Consort had a fabulous morning on the village green with youngsters from the 2 primary schools, Brownies, Beavers and Rangers, planting up the tubs with a wide variety of flowers. We should have a magnificent display over the summer.

Thank yous go to our Head Gardener, Stephen for setting up the trays of plants and to STC for providing refreshments afterwards.

Friday 30th June 2023

The Mayor and Consort were part of a packed Parish Hall  today for the Veterans’ Coffee Morning. There was a special appearance from the Hardwick Primary School Choir and their guitar-playing leader, Sarah Guest, who entertained the patrons with a range of songs from Africa right through to The Turtles and The Beatles.

The Veterans presented the Hardwick’s ‘In2’ out of school club with a cheque for £250.

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