Mayor's Diary for April/May 2017 - Councillor Mrs Liz George
The final two months of my year of office have been very busy and in addition to my duties of chairing the Town Council l have also attended a number of events representing the town.
The Cowbridge Gateway Monday Club for young people with learning disabilities held their Annual Dinner at the Bear Hotel where we all enjoyed an evening of dining followed by some energetic dancing. The evening was organised and hosted by the young members of the club supported by their helpers.
The Beavers visited the town hall and museum and I presented a number of young people with badges and awards.
I visited Atlantic College in St Donats on two occasions. Once as a guest at a musical evening where students of many nationalities entertained us with song and dance from their own particular cultures. At a later date I attended the opening of their impressive new Moondance sports hall.
It was a great pleasure to attend the rugby tournament organised by Cowbridge Rugby Club , and an even greater pleasure to be able to present the winning trophy to one of the Cowbridge teams that won their age group. This was the first time such a tournament has been held in Cowbridge and credit must go to the organisers who brought together so many young rugby players from as far away as Haverfodwest, Builth Wells and Caldicot.
I attended a performance of Handels Messiah given by the St Donats Chorale in Llantwit Major.
One of my final duties was to perform the opening of the May Fair held on the Bear Field , alongside the President of the Llantwit Major and Cowbridge Lions Club . For this occasion we were ably supported by our Town Crier, Mr John Wilks, in his traditional costume. What a loud voice he has!
The May Fair is organised by the Llantwit Major and Cowbridge Lions Club and they must have been delighted at the turnout of stall holders and visitors on the day. I know that this event takes a lot of organising and hard work.
To bring my year to a conclusion, I held a charity dinner at the Bear Hotel in support of my chosen charity, The Forget Me Not Chorus. This charity supports people with dementia, and their carers, through the joy of singing. I have held a number of other fund raising events during my year of office, including coffee mornings and an opera evening. As a result of these events, together with donations and match funding from the Waterloo Foundation, I am delighted that this small local charity will have benefitted by over £ 9500. I would like to thank all those who have supported my events (or in other ways donated), for their generosity, without which this sum could not have been achieved.
Mayor, Councillor Liz George, her Consort Mr Chris George and the Musical Director for the Forget Me Not Chorus, Ms Kate Woolridge at the Charity Dinner, Bear Hotel.
During my period as Mayor, I have, in partnership with Cowbridge Rotary Club and their President Steven Blackman, and with the support of the Town Council, begun the process of raising the awareness of the issues experienced by people with dementia. A steering committee has been formed with the aim of making Cowbridge a “dementia friendly community”.
I hope that this initiative will win the support of everyone in the town.
Finally, I wish the incoming Mayor of Cowbridge with Llanblethian Council, and her consort, a successful and fulfilling year.