Mayor's Diary for November 2017
November was a month of Remembrance with Rob, my Consort and I attending a number of Remembrance events. There was an Armistice Day Commemoration with a two minute silence and wreath laying ceremony to mark Armistice Day at the Merchant Seaman Memorial in Barry on the 10th November. There was a two minute silence and short service in Cowbridge at 11am on Saturday the 11th November, followed by a full Remembrance Sunday Service and Parade on Sunday 12th November. Crowds turned out in the rain to watch the parade of Councillors, serving and former members of HM Armed Forces, Cadets, Emergency Services and children in the Scouting and Guide organisations. The names of five more Cowbridge personnel who died in World War One were added to the Town’s War Memorial and their names were read out by Reverend Norman Williams. Three had served in the Canadian Infantry. Many thanks to all those involved in the research to enable this to happen including David Howells.
The work on the Cowbridge Remembrance Quilt is on- going and the completed quilt will be on display in Cowbridge on Remembrance Day 2018. The names of those who died in conflict from 1914 to the present day from Cowbridge, Llanblethian and Aberthin will be remembered. I am sewing the panel to remember David Fitzgerald who died on the 9th April 1918 age 26.
On the 2nd November Rob and I had a very enjoyable evening attending the social bingo group that meet in the Lesser Hall. Some of the members also belong to the Royal British Legion. We were given a very warm welcome and one of their members makes a lovely buffet and fabulous cakes every month.
On the 7th November we ventured into Cardiff to attend the 24th Understanding Disability Awards at the Future Inn in Cardiff Bay. The awards were presented by the Lord Mayor of Cardiff and the Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan. The guest speaker was Andy Jones, Lead Nurse for Surgery, Urology, Ophthalmology and ENT for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. There was also entertainment from Ysgol Y Deri School Choir and a musical presentation by ‘Free Beats’. It was a truly inspiring event and I did not expect to be joining in with the singing! What a wonderful event and congratulations to all the winners.
Cowbridge Art Society invited us to the official opening of their Winter Exhibition in Old Hall on 16th November to present prizes to the winners. The artist Sue Mc Donagh selected the winners who received their prizes from the Mayor. The exhibition showed off a wide variety of art forms including paintings, prints, ceramics, fused glass, felt etc. Many exhibits were for sale and we were lucky enough to purchase a piece of fused glass work by Frances Lloyd depicting a Cowbridge High Street facade.
On the 17th November we visited the Gem newspaper office to be interviewed by the ‘Press Gang’ a group of school children from Dinas Powys Primary School and Ysgol Y Ddraig. This visit was reported in detail in the Gem’s 23rd November edition.
The Rectorial Benefice of Cowbridge invited us to the Holy Cross Christmas Festival preview evening on the 23rd November. The church looked resplendent with about 50 Christmas trees decorated by various local organisations or individuals. The event was supporting the Memory Jar Cafe this year.
Finally our last engagement in November was the wonderful Cowbridge Reindeer Parade and the arrival of Santa to the town on the 26th November. Many present said it was the biggest and best event to date. The weather was dry and crisp and there were lots of tractors with floats and people processing along with Santa and the Reindeers. Holly did a fantastic job managing the entertainment on the stage and there was a great variety of acts, singers, dancers, and her Princess Elsa from Frozen act etc. for the large crowd to enjoy. The new and improved Christmas Lights were switched on by our very own TV personalities Ruth, Rhodri and Lucy. Many thanks to all involved especially Alun John, Kate Williams, Cowbridge Chamber of Trade, Cowbridge Lions and the Police who kept everyone safe on the day.
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all. Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda.
The Mayor, Councillor Mrs Sian Vaughan & Consort, Mr Rob Vaughan
Cowbridge with Llanblethian Town Council.