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Mayor's Extravaganza 2023

Mayor: November Update

2nd November 2023

The Mayor along with six Town Councillors and Council Staff completed their First Aid training in the Fletcher Room of the Parish Hall with Help! First Aid trainer, Graham Brown. All seven are now qualified First Aiders, proficient in CPR and the use of a defibrillator, amongst other life-saving techniques. It is to be hoped that they never have to use these skills.

3rd November 2023

What a great concert the Mayor and Consort attended tonight in Morpeth County Hall with Ashington Male Voice Choir and wonderful soloist Susan Robertson. Huge thanks are due to Northumberland Civic Head Catherine Seymour for inviting them and to Karina Butterworth for standing in as his Consort. They bumped into their friends Trevor and Nicoleta Cessford, which was a big bonus.

4th November 2023

The Mayor attended the Coffee Morning for Action for Children at the Methodist Church today. It was a full house as people chatted over coffee, tea, cakes and biscuits, whilst raising funds for this valuable charity.

7th November 2023

The Mayor and Consort were delighted to be invited to Mordon Village Hall Open Mic Night. Some excellent turns included The Gastric Band, Top Dollar, Marjorie Watt and a young lady called Beth, who stole the show. The evening concluded with a massed band leading everyone in a rendition of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.

10th November 2023

The Mayor and Consort are always happy to support local community groups so they were delighted to be invited to the u3a Coffee Morning. The hall was buzzing as usual and it was a pleasure for them to be introduced to the new Chair of the group, Ray Manning. Their good friends Gillian Bowman and Chris Balfour were doing a great job on the cakes and raffle stalls.

14th November 2023

What a fantastic afternoon The Mayor and Consort have had at the Afternoon Extravaganza with superb food from Susan Clark, great musical entertainment from ‘Top Dollar’ and even a tour round the outskirts of Sedgefield on a vintage 1950s coach, which used to travel the Newcastle to London route.

14th November 2023

The Mayor and Consort spent a fascinating evening with 8 lovely Girl Guide Rangers, talking to them about being a Mayor, Councillor work and debating local issues. They came up with some really searching and pertinent questions. 2 of them have been selected to go to Norway in the summer to a Guiding Jamboree so they were seeking the Mayor’s support. The Mayor and Consort would like to thank Marie for inviting them.

17th November 2023

The Mayor was pleased to attend the Ferryhill & District Flower Club Coffee Morning in the Parish Hall on Friday. It’s always good to talk to local residents informally on these occasions. 🌹🪻🌸🌺🌷🌻🌼💐🥀🪷

18th November 2023

Tonight the Mayor and Consort were delighted to be invited to something of a Celebration Concert in St Edmund’s Church, to mark the completion of three projects: a raised floor in the crossing, the replacement of the church bells and the regilding of the clock face. The main mover of these was Brian Mutch and he and his wife, Christine, received thank you gifts from Michael King after the splendid concert. Alex Ord, Jude Murphy and Jimmy ‘Sticks’ plus young Edward Wakerley treated us to a wonderfully varied programme of jazz music.

21st November 2023

The Mayor was pleased to pop in to the Memory Café in the Methodist Church Hall this morning and he joined in with making a Christmas Card, before having a well-earned cup of coffee and a cake (or two.) Sue read out a moving poem she had written about a member, Win Cairns, who had passed away recently and everyone sang a slightly belated ‘Happy Birthday’ to Bill Hodgson. The Mayor enjoyed chatting with the members.

24th November 2023

The Mayor and Consort attended the Veterans’ Coffee Morning in the Parish Hall with Hardwick Primary School Choir providing the musical entertainment. The Veterans’ regular helpers received a bouquet of flowers each, the choir members were given selection boxes as a thank you gift and there was a huge Christmas Raffle.

25th November 2023

The Mayor and Consort visited the Sedgefield Woodland and Wildlife Group this morning and helped them to plant acorns as part of the Seeds2Trees Project. Melissa gave them a guided tour of the extensive site, just beyond the NETPark and showed them the various stages of the area’s development. They also spotted a kestrel overhead. The baby trees will go on to become part of a new woodland area in Northumberland in a few years’ time. The W&W Group is a branch of Sedgefield Development Trust.

25th November 2023

The Mayor and Consort were at the Sedgefield in Bloom Dance with ‘Mamma Said’ in the Parish Hall and it was a great success. A quiz, stand up bingo and a raffle added to the fun and the Mayor won a bottle of wine. The Bloomers do a fantastic job all year round so the Mayor is always happy to support them.

26th November 2023

The Mayor and Consort were very pleased to be asked to attend the County Durham Federation of Young Farmers’ Christmas Fayre today in the Parish Hall. There was a variety of local craft work on offer from wax melts to locally-produced honey and from cushions and cakes to jewellery. It was lovely to bump into the friendly face of Helen Shaw on the Butterwick Hospice stall – the Mayor knows her well from Sedgefield Show, of course. It was a very worthwhile event.

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