Mayor’s Report for Sept / Oct 17

The months of September and October were very busy in which I attended a variety of events and met lots of people. I attended with my consort Rob the Civic Sundays of the Mayors of Porthcawl, Penarth and the Vale of Glamorgan.  We met representatives of the Gideons in Vale of Glamorgan Mayor’s   parlour and were presented with bibles on the 5th September. We were lucky enough to attend two concerts of the Cowbridge Music Festival 2017 both in the Holy Cross Church although the festival was held in various venues throughout Cowbridge. Both were excellent and very different one was a chamber music seminar featuring the music of varied composers including the Russian composers Prokofiev and Shostakovich for the French horn, violin cello, clarinet, viola and piano. The quality of the young performers was outstanding. The second concert was a baroque violin and harpsichord recital featuring an outstanding violinist from Germany playing a 1700 ‘Dragonetti’ Stradivarius and an exceptional harpsichord player who specialises in music of the 17th and 18th centuries. It was a unique performance. If you missed this year’s festival I recommend attending in 2018. We also attended a Music in the Vale event in the Pierhead building in Cardiff on 18th October which showcased performers, singers and musicians aged 8 to 23 the local talent on display was phenomenal.

We attended the Cowbridge School’s sports presentation evening on the 11th September and were amazed at the number of different sports the children are involved in and at such a high level in many of them. The Vale Tourism Association invited us to one of their regular events and this time it was held in Cobbles Kitchen Ogmore by Sea on 13th September and it was interesting  to see the work that has been done and still going on to renovate the barns there in order to operate a Deli, Cafe, Bar and Restaurant.

On the 21st September, The Commanding Officers and Officers of the Officer’s Mess, MOD St Athan invited us to the annual reception where we met lots of local community representatives and were entertained by the RAF St Athan Voluntary Band. On the 28th September Churches Together in Cowbridge signed a new constitution. The event took place in the Council Chamber and was covered by the Gem. The 28th also saw the Licensing of Reverend Victoria Ashley by the Right Reverend June Osborne, Bishop of Llandaff in Holy Cross Church. It was a pleasure to meet both ladies and I’m sure many of you have met or will meet Victoria as she undertakes her new duties in the Rectorial Benefice of Cowbridge.    

On the 29th September we attended a ceremony to mark the re-opening of the Fred Dunn Memorial Gates at Cowbridge and District Athletic Club following their refurbishment and a service of dedication of a new memorial to honour those members who died in conflict. The event was organised by Cowbridge Cricket Club and very moving and informative talks were given by Dr Andrew Hignell and Jeffrey Bird. The service of dedication was led by the Reverend David Boult.

On the 12th October I attended the Glamorgan Voluntary Service (GVS) Agm and Volunteering Fayre in the Barry Memorial Hall. GVS is an independent charity and has a flourishing membership of voluntary and community organisations active in the Vale of Glamorgan. They can help by supporting voluntary groups, volunteers and volunteering opportunities.

Our final event in October was attending a reception to mark the Accreditation of Cowbridge & District Museum by MALD - the Museums, Archives, Libraries Division (Wales). Congratulations to them for their achievement and I recommend you visit the museum at the town hall on the first and third Saturdays in the month from 10.30am – 4pm. This story made the front page of the Gem on the 26th October, well done to all involved.

I held 3 charity events in September / October for Cancer Research Wales. Thank you very much to everyone who attended. The fundraising will resume in 2018.