Mayor's Diary for November

 

The month of November was very busy and I attended a number of events which demonstrated what makes Cowbridge such a special place to live. The creative side of Cowbridge was evident at the Annual Award Ceremony of the Cowbridge Arts Society held in the Old Hall where I was invited to present the awards to some very talented artists.

Cowbridge Amateur Dramatic Society reminded us of the suffering and personal loss suffered during the First World War when they performed two short plays in their atmospheric little theatre. An appropriate performance given the time of year’

Remembrance Day was marked with two minutes silence outside the Town Hall to be followed a few days later with the full Civic Service of Remembrance commencing with wreath laying at the War Memorial followed by the Service of Remembrance at the Holy Cross Church.  It was a very moving day and I was so pleased that so many people, especially children and younger people attended, and their presence added to the significance of the day.

The History Society invited me to the launch of their new publication,  “An Historical Miscellany”, which adds to their already impressive list of books reliving Cowbridge’s past. The Christmas Tree Festival is another well-established event in the Towns calendar.  The Church looks so festive with so many trees donated by local groups lighting up the interior,  and I was delighted to attend both the preview evening, and the following evening’s concert given by the Cowbridge Male Voice Choir.  It was great to see Shelley back in charge for the first time since last year keeping the “boys” in good order.

I spent an enjoyable morning with the Cowbridge Scout Group in Poplars Park planting a number of young trees.  We planted over 100 saplings in a very short time! Well done Beavers, Cubs and Scouts!!

The month concluded with the Reindeer Parade, an event which brings in literally thousands of people to Cowbridge.  This is such an important event which not only provides a great family day out but also shows cases the town to many people who have not been here before.  I enjoyed a grandstand view of the parade, met Father Christmas, and even sang a Christmas carol with Aubrey!

On a sadder note I attended the funeral of our Local Police Community Support Officer, Hilary O’Callaghan, a well-loved character around town.  We shall miss her.

I held a coffee morning on behalf of the Forget Me Not Chorus.  My thanks to those who support these mornings. My next coffee morning will be on January 7th.  Please come and join me.

One final thought as we run up to Christmas.  Our little town relies on the support we all give to local traders without whom the Town would lose its unique charm. Please continue to support them at this important time of the year.

Merry Xmas to you all.

Councillor Liz George

Mayor of Cowbridge with Llanblethian.