Friday, 15 November 2019

HONORARY COMMUNITY MAYOR'S ENGAGEMENTS FOR 2019-2020.



MAYORAL ENGAGEMENTS FOR 2019-2020



Here's a full list of engagements which the Mayor and Mayoress are fulfilling this year. Black text indicates a past engagement, and red an engagement still to come. 
Links to relevant information, including blog posts, will be added as time allows.

JUNE 2019

Thursday 13th June 2019: Mayor Making at Victoria Hall, Middlewich.

Friday 14th June 2019: Launch of the 2019 Middlewich Folk & Boat Festival, Market Field, Middlewich. Speech

Sunday 16th June 2019: Middlewich Folk & Boat Festival, Market Field.
'Festival Praise' presented by Churches Together. Speech (impromptu).

Thursday 20th June: Official re-opening of Morrison's Supermarket, Middlewich. Speech

Sunday 23rd June: Sandbach Civic Service, St Mary's Church, Sandbach.

Friday 28th June: Boy's Brigade Presentations, Middlewich URC, Queen Street, Middlewich. Speech

Saturday 29th June: Visit to Mid-Cheshire Scout Camp, Tatton Park.

JULY 2019

Monday 8th July: Strawberry Tea with Middle-Wyches WI, The Wych Centre, Middlewich.

Saturday 13th/ Sunday 14th July: Middlewich Classic Car & Bike Show 2019.
Harbutt's Field, Middlewich (Mayor only) Presentation of Prizes.

Tuesday 16th July: Middlewich High School. Prizegiving. Speech

 Friday 19th July: Folk & Boat Festival Volunteer Evening, Victoria Hall, Middlewich. 6pm.

Saturday 20th July: Unveiling and Official Opening of the Brunner - Mond Memorial Garden, Brooks Lane, Middlewich. 1.30pm at the Royal British legion Club. 2pm at Brooks Lane.

Sunday 28th July: Alsager Civic Service, Wesley Place, Alsager. 2.40pm at the War Memorial. 3pm at Alsager Methodist Church.

AUGUST 2019

Friday 2nd August: Afternoon tea at Sandiway Manor Care Home. Talk on Middlewich's civic insignia, our connections with Northwich and Winsford via Sir John Brunner, and the new community mayoralty.

Monday 5th August: 'Grand Opening' of BARKS & CO, at Hopley House Shopping Village, Nantwich Road, Middlewich.


SEPTEMBER 2019

Wednesday 11th September. Official opening of Princess Court Garden, Cledford.

Link to flyer and further details


Sunday 15th September. Holywell Civic Service. Representing Middlewich at our Welsh 'twin town' in Flintshire.

Holywell Town Council

Saturday 21st September. Greeting Mayor of Knutsford, Andrew Malloy, outside Middlewich Town Hall, as he makes a 'pitstop' on his charity bike ride in aid of new youth facilities in Knutsford.

Mayor of Knutsford Crowdfunding page

OCTOBER 2019

Sunday 6th October: Macclesfield Civic Service 3 p.m. At St Michael & All Angels Church in Macclesfield.

Sunday 13th October: Nantwich Civic Service at St Mary's Parish Church. 10.45pm


POSTPONED: Sunday 13th October: Middlewich Civic Service at Middlewich United Reformed Church, Queen Street, Middlewich. 4pm. Please note that the civic service has now been postponed until Sunday 9th February 2020. Apologies for any inconvenience caused by this postponement.

Monday 14th October: Middle-Wyches WI seventh birthday meeting, at the Wyche Centre, Middlewich 7pm.

Wednesday 16th October: Official re-opening of the Sycamore Drive Children's play area 1pm. Speech (supplied).

CANCELLED: Tuesday 22nd October: Cheese and wine evening at Northwich, in aid of the Northwich Town Mayor's Charity. 7pm. This event was cancelled.

Friday 25th October: Opening of the Middlewich Beer Festival at Middlewich Royal British Legion Club. 8pm (doors open at 7pm). Event organised and sponsored by Middlewich & District Round Table. Including the first public appearance of our Deputy Mayor Linda Boden. Speech.
 

Saturday 26th October: Launch of the 2019 British Legion Poppy Appeal. 'Biker'   event at the War Memorial, Middlewich Town Centre 12.50pm. The Mayor and Mayoress will be in attendance, as will Deputy Mayor Linda Boden and her husband John and Town Crier Devlin Hobson.

NOVEMBER 2019

Friday 8th November: Poppy selling at Morrison's supermarket on behalf of the Royal British Legion. Come along, buy a poppy, have a chat and tell us how we're doing as your first Community Mayor and Mayoress!

Sunday 10th November: Remembrance Sunday. Middlewich town centre from 10.30am. Attended by the Mayor and Mayoress, Deputy Mayor Linda Boden and husband John, and Town Crier Devlin Hobson.

Wednesday 13th November: Attending the funeral of the unforgettable Leo Sykes, the `unofficial Mayor of Middlewich`, Northwich Crematorium.

Thursday 14th November: Helping out at a meeting at the Victoria Hall aimed at improving the no. 42 bus service and creating a Middlewich Bus Users` Group. Attended by the Mayor and Mayoress and Deputy Mayor Linda Boden.


Thursday 21st November: Middlewich High School GCSE Prize Giving Evening at
Middlewich Victoria Hall/Civic Hall. 6pm.

Friday 22nd November: Middlewich Christmas lights switch on. From 5 pm until 7pm (switch on at 6pm).
Mexon Street Market 4pm until 8pm. Carol concerts in St Michael & All Angels Church 4pm and 6.30pm. Santa's Grotto, Brass Bands, Mini Fun-fair. The Silk FM Roadshow with special guests from 'Peter Pan', this year's pantomime at Northwich.

DECEMBER 2019


NEWS of more December events coming soon! Please call back!

Sunday 1st December. Middlewich Town Council`s Over 70s Party at the Victoria Hall. Details soon.

Sunday 8th December. Children`s party at the Victoria Hall, organised by JACKIE LATHAM, followed by fundraising event for the COMMUNITY MAYOR`S CHARITIES. Attended by Deputy Mayor Linda Boden.

Saturday 14th December. Family Cinema at the Victoria Hall. Shaun The Sheep in 'FARMAGEDDON'. More details soon.

Sunday 15th December. Children`s party at the Victoria Hall, organised by JACKIE LATHAM, followed by fundraising event for the COMMUNITY MAYOR`S CHARITIES. Attended by the Mayor and Mayoress and  Deputy Mayor Linda Boden.

Sunday 22nd December. The Middlewich Diary Christmas Quiz at The Boar's Head.  In aid of the Middlewich Community Mayor's Charities. Compiled and presented by David Roberts. Starts at approx. 8.30pm.


Engagements will be added to this list as we go through the year. Please note that certain engagements, fulfilled by the Chairman of the Town Council or the Deputy Mayor, do not appear on this list 


Thursday, 7 November 2019

JACK`S SUPPORTS MIDDLEWICH!

Community Mayor David Roberts accepts the hamper  from Nicky Kettle.

We`re grateful to JACKS SUPERMARKET in Middlewich for the donation of this hamper which will be used to raise money for the MIDDLEWICH COMMUNITY MAYOR`S CHARITIES 2019.

David and Lynne.
7th November 2019

Mayoress Lynne Hardy writes:

`Always happy at Jacks! Great staff, and they are always friendly. Thank you Darren, store manager of Jacks (local man), Nicky, Julie and all the other staff!`


Wednesday, 6 November 2019

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 2019 - AN INVITATION


We invite everyone in Middlewich to attend the town`s annual ceremony of Remembrance this Sunday at the War Memorial in Middlewich Town Centre. The parade assembles at 10.30am at the Royal British Legion Club in Lewin Street. Your Community Mayor will be laying a wreath on behalf of the people of Middlewich.

David and Lynne, Middlewich Community Mayor and Mayoress
6th November 2019

Sunday, 3 November 2019

THE MIDDLEWICH PREMIERE OF 'FARMAGGEDON', DECEMBER 2019


Fun for all the family at the Victoria Hall in the run-up to Christmas, and all in aid of our local charities fund!


Direct link for ticket sales:

FARMAGEDDON TICKETS


Official Trailer (YouTube link)

EXCLUSIVE! On an (unofficial) visit Lynne Hardy, Mayoress of Middlewich, calls in at SHAUN THE SHEEP`S Blackpool HQ to make sure all is well for the FARMAGEDDON Middlewich Premiere on the 14th!
This also appears on THE MIDDLEWICH DIARY

MORRISON`S - HELPING THE COMMUNITY

Mayoress Lynne Hardy accepts the plants from Liz Lyons, Morrison`s Community Champion 

Recently, we were approached by Liz Lyons, Community Champion at Morrison`s Middlewich, with an offer of some plants which had remained unsold and, though a little the worse for wear, would come back to life in the Spring and be an asset to anyone`s garden.

We immediately thought of our visit earlier this year to Princess Court in Cledford where we formally opened the new Community Garden there and later donated some herbs and gardening equipment to help with the new project.

I contacted people at Princess Court who said they would be delighted to have the plants as a welcome addition to their new garden, which was created by residents and staff with financial and practical support from British Salt.


The plants in the back of the official Mayoral limousine.

Your Community Mayor hands over the plants to Don Soames, left, at Princess Court.


Many thanks to Liz, and the team at Morrison`s for thinking of us and giving us the opportunity to once again help Princess Court. A full account of the opening of the Community Garden, with photos, will appear on this blog shortly.

A fine example, we think, of how people working together in the community can get things done!



David Roberts

Middlewich Community Mayor

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

WHY A COMMUNITY MAYOR? QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS


by Dave Roberts

Why a 'Community Mayor'? 
A question which can best be answered with another question: 'Why not?'
We thought the best way to explain why Middlewich now has an Honorary Community Mayor, and how the new Mayoralty will work, was with a series of questions and answers.

WHY DO WE NOW HAVE AN 'HONORARY COMMUNITY MAYOR'?
Because the Town Council has decided to divide the position of Chairman of the Council into two.
 Until now the Chairman has, for ceremonial purposes, also been The Mayor.
 Under the new system, the role of Mayor is completely separated from the council and he or she  acts as an 'ambassador' for the town, promoting the many and varied activities which take place here year by year, raising money for local charities and supporting the local societies and organisations which make community life in Middlewich so enjoyable and rewarding.
The Council Chairman is thus free to concentrate on his/her role as a councillor, and the chairing of council meetings.
If the Mayor, or Deputy Mayor, is not available to fulfil an engagement for any reason, the Chairman can still represent the town.

AREN'T ALL MAYORS 'COMMUNITY MAYORS'?
Well they certainly should be, if they're doing the job and fulfilling the role of Mayor properly.

DIDN'T THE OLD-STYLE MAYOR DO ALL THE THINGS THE NEW-STYLE MAYOR WILL BE DOING?
Yes, and with a great deal of success. We have had some very effective and popular Mayors over the years who have done a lot to promote the town and support local community life.
The new Mayor, though, will be able to concentrate solely on these things, without having to take into account any of the political considerations which have hitherto been part and parcel of being Mayor.

DOES THE COMMUNITY MAYOR HAVE TO MAKE SPEECHES?
Of course! It's a major part of the Mayor's duties to make speeches at events in Middlewich and further afield. To quote from the 'Mayor's Handbook':

Throughout the term of office the Mayor will be required to:
Preside at the Town's Civic Functions; promote the town of Middlewich, always in a positive manner; deliver speeches with confidence; handle interviews (press, radio and possibly TV); network and socialise without prejudice with all members of the local community.


IS THE HONORARY COMMUNITY MAYOR OUR FIRST CITIZEN?
Yes. To again quote from the 'Mayor's Handbook':
The precedence afforded to the Mayor is part of the general law of the UK. 
As the Mayor is the first citizen of the town, only HM The Queen, members of the Royal Family and the Lord Lieutenant take precedence over the Mayor at events in Middlewich.
The Mayor of Cheshire East will take precedence over the Mayor of Middlewich unless Middlewich Town Council is hosting the event.


DOES THE COMMUNITY MAYOR ATTEND COUNCIL MEETINGS?
He or she is entitled to do so, but only on the same basis as any other member of the public.
The Mayor has no role at council meetings and he, or she, is not a councillor.

ISN'T THIS THE END OF A LONG TRADITION OF MAYORS OF MIDDLEWICH?
Not at all. Under the new system the Mayor has exactly the same status as Town Mayors all over the country, and exactly the same status as previous Mayors of Middlewich. He or she also has, when it comes to ceremonial and community matters, the same status as all the Chairmen of the Council dating back to Henry Seddon in 1894.
And that 'long tradition' of Middlewich Mayors is probably not as long as many think. In fact it only goes back as far as 1974 - a total of forty-five years - when the Town council came into being as the successor to the old Middlewich U.D.C. 

HAVE ANY OTHER TOWN COUNCILS  GONE DOWN THIS ROUTE?
As far as we know Middlewich is the first town in the country to appoint an Honorary Community Mayor. However several councils, including a few local to us, have expressed an interest in doing the same thing.

IS THERE A 'MAYORESS'?
Yes. Until now the title has been 'Mayor's Consort', a continuation of the title used by the M.U.D.C. until 1974. 
The Town Council has agreed on the term 'Mayor's Companion' as a replacement, although, for this year at least, most people seem to prefer the term 'Mayoress'.
Obviously in future years, when the Mayor's Companion can be male or female, this won't be the case.

WILL THERE BE A DEPUTY MAYOR?
Yes Arrangements are in hand to appoint a Deputy Mayor, who will automatically become Mayor after his/her  year as Deputy. 
Update: The name of the  first Deputy Community Mayor was announced at a Town Council meeting on the 16th September. Our first Deputy Mayor, and next year's Mayor, will be Linda Boden.

CAN ANYONE BE COMMUNITY MAYOR TWICE?
We've suggested to the Town Council that, in the interests of fairness, and in order to give everyone from all walks of Middlewich life the opportunity to be our town's first citizen, no-one should be able to serve more than one term as Community Mayor. This principle seems likely to be adopted.

CAN THE SITUATION BE REVERSED AND THE 'OLD SYSTEM' RE-INSTATED?
That's entirely a matter for the Town Council.
We hope that this new type of Mayoralty will be so successful that no one will want to go back to the previous system.

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If you have any other questions about the new Mayoralty, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Please note that the information given here has been gathered together by me, Dave Roberts, and opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.

Many thanks to

Jonathan Williams

Helen Pask-Watkinson

Nicci Anthoney

Denise French

Rachel Pendleton

First published 11th July 2019
Re-published 6th September 2019
29th October 2019




Tuesday, 22 October 2019

OUR FIRST DEPUTY COMMUNITY MAYOR

Photo: Go Local (Middlewich)


Congratulations to Linda Boden who, at the Middlewich Town Council Meeting on the 21st October 2019, was sworn in as Middlewich's first Deputy Community Mayor.

We were part of the selection panel, and can tell you that all three of the final candidates were more than worthy of taking up the role.

We very much hope that the other two candidates will want to try again next year as they have much to offer. But from now until June next year, Linda will be the Deputy Mayor, becoming Community Mayor during the 2020 Middlewich Folk & Boat Festival (and what a great pleasure it is to be able to write those immortal words once more!) 


We know Linda will be a popular choice. She's well-known in the town as a community champion and a friendly face.



She'll be making her public debut as Deputy Mayor at the Beer Festival at Middlewich British Legion on Friday evening, and will also be at the launch of this year's Poppy Appeal in the town centre on Saturday afternoon. More details of these events can be found here.

We'd like, if we may, to share with you this article from the excellent 'Go Local' magazine which will give everyone just an inkling of the work Linda has done, and continues to do, in our town.


David Roberts and Lynne Hardy, Middlewich Community Mayor and Mayoress