IF EVER there was a week that encompassed the role of Mayor, last week was it.
On Tuesday, I attended the annual Judges Service in Preston. This was a very grand affair, full of Judges and Mayors from all over Lancashire, and I felt privileged to be involved.
Tuesday evening saw Louise and I host a reception for the Skem MenAces, a football team for adults with learning disability. These guys had won the right to represent the North west in national games next year.
This was a great night; the gratitude these guys expressed for being received in the Mayor’s Parlour was very humbling, it was one of the nicest things Louise and I have done since taking office and an example of what being Mayor and Mayoress is all about.
On Wednesday, Louise attended the Lathom Women’s Institute. The guest speaker was involved in a charity providing education to small villages in Nepal and Louise found it very interesting.
On Friday afternoon, I dashed home from work for a very big appointment indeed. I had been invited to the Richard Durning’s Endowed Primary School, in Bispham, to announce the result of the School Council and Eco Club elections and to present some awards. This was a great occasion.
On Saturday, Louise and the kids went to the Gorse Hill Nature Reserve. She is very interested in ecology and nature and found the visit fascinating but too short. She has promised to visit again to see the whole site.
Saturday evening saw Louise and I attend an Opera evening in Crosby. We used to live near here and it was great to return. It was a lovely evening and my first Opera – it won’t be my last!
On Sunday, Louise and Henry attended the Lathom Civic Service while I did the Ormskirk 10k run for the Mayoress’ Charities, the Northwest Air Ambulance and the Ormskirk & District Scouts. I achieved my goal, which was to complete the race non-stop and in under an hour!
If you fancy supporting my achievement, please send a cheque for £1 payable to the Mayoress‘ Charity to 52 Derby Street, Ormskirk, L29 2DF.
What made this a special occasion, however, was the army of volunteers. They were great and deserve special thanks.
A few hours later, I attended a Civic Service in DownHolland, which was a lovely end to a busy week.