Cowbridge with Llanblethian Town Council

The Mayor, Councillor Mrs Sian Vaughan

Mayor's Diary for May/June 2017

I became Mayor of Cowbridge (Ancient Borough) with Llanblethian on the 16th May.  I feel extremely honoured and privileged to undertake this historic role. My family moved to Llanblethian 50 years ago and I was lucky enough to be brought up here. I attended Y Bont Faen Primary school followed by Cowbridge Girls High School, which then became Cowbridge School. I live in Cowbridge and represent the Cowbridge Ward. My husband Rob is supporting me with my duties and is my Consort.

My first event as Mayor was to attend the Mayor Making Ceremony for Penarth Town Council on the 19th May.  On the 24th May our own Town Council took part in the ‘Cowbridge Day’ of the Valeways Annual Walking Festival.  Myself and Rob hosted our first Charity Coffee Morning in aid of my chosen charity for the year Cancer Research Wales on the 3rd June in the Mayor’s Parlour.  I will be hosting such mornings throughout my year plus other events.  These will be advertised outside the Town Hall.

Rob and I attended a special flower arranging event on the 7th June organised by the Cowbridge and District Flower Arranging Club as part of their 40th year celebrations.  Lucy Ellis a national demonstrator from Wiltshire arranged flowers to the theme of ‘fusion’.  We were lucky enough to win one of the flower arrangements in the raffle it was an amazing, a red and  pink design loosely based on Japanese Ikebana.  More special celebrations followed when we attended the 50th birthday celebrations of the Cowbridge Country Market on Friday 16th June.  The Country Market is held in the Town Hall and I encourage people to attend.

We have also attended events outside of our area.  The Samaritans invited us to their Annual General Meeting on the 15th June in the Vale Cricket Club, Corntown.  Llantrisant Town Trust invited us to attend the ‘Beating of the Bounds’ on the 17th June. This special event only takes place once every 7 years, so it was a privilege to attend on behalf of Cowbridge.  The event consisted of a Thanksgiving Service in Llantrisant Parish Church followed by a Ceremonial March following the Macebearer and the Newport Pipe Band to Cross Inn.  Following the ‘bumping a child ‘ ceremony held at Cross Inn’s bumping stone cottage  the serious walkers carried on to walk the 7 miles around the ancient boundary of Llantrisant.

To complete my first month in office there was a flag raising ceremony outside the Town Hall on Monday morning 19th June to mark the start of Armed Forces week, to honour our service men and women who have served, are currently serving and will serve in the future.

Rob and I have enjoyed meeting so many of you already and if you would like the Mayor to attend any of your events please send requests to the Town Clerk at email - enquiries@cowbridge-tc.gov.uk.

I am fortunate to be ably supported through the year by the Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress, Councillor Terry Williams and his wife Jane, who will attend events if Rob and I cannot attend.

As I have said earlier my chosen charity for the year is Cancer Research Wales, who are based at Velindre Hospital.  Unfortunately, cancer affects many families including my own and also myself.  I hope you will support me in my efforts to raise as much money as possible.  My next coffee morning is on Saturday 1st July at 10.30am in the Mayor’s Parlour and  I am hosting a ‘Sparkling Strawberry Tea’ on Saturday 8th July from 3.00pm to 5.00pm in the Lesser Hall at the Town Hall. Tickets cost £7.50 and are available from myself or the Town Clerk’s Office at the Town Hall.

Rob and I are really looking forward to this year, representing the citizens of Cowbridge with Llanblethian at the events we attend.  Hopefully I will meet many of you as the year progresses.