November 1 took me to lunch with the Snaresbrook and Wanstead Rotary Club. It was a pleasure to meet the members, hear about the good work they do and to speak to them about my role as Mayor.
That evening, Olive and I went to Link Place for the launch of their 2008 calendar. It is beautiful and each month has a different photograph. Link Place is a personal development centre for people with physical and sensory disabilities and the photography group has produced the calendar.
Friday the 2nd was an important day for the Mayor’s Appeal. In the morning, a group climbed Big Ben, organised by Tom Howl. After the climb – 344 steps – they had much needed tea and sandwiches with Lee Scott MP in Portcullis House.
That evening we had an event at the Carlton Club. Paul Waraich owns the club and put on a wonderful event for the Appeal. Not only was it a great evening that everyone thoroughly enjoyed, it made £4,000 for my appeal. I am very grateful to Paul and all those who supported that and all my events.
On the 3rd, Olive and I went to the KMT to see a production of Hair. Like all shows produced by Sideshow it was really enjoyable and it brought back many memories to me.
The Council Chamber, a beautiful room, was the venue for a group of children, teachers and parents to present me with information, plays and Diwali cards they had made at Saturday classes. This presentation was on November 5. As a primary teacher I am always pleased when I am with children, either in the Town Hall or at schools. The children’s cards are lovely and I have them and some little clay lights that they made in the Parlour.
After this I had an Mayor’s Appeal meeting with the members, making arrangements for future events. Look on my events page to see what is coming up. You may feel you might like to support one.
I was with Olive on the evening of the 6th at Caterham High School for their Celebration of Achievement Evening. The students received their GCSE and A-Level certificates and it was a real pleasure to present them. The school had their best results ever so that was terrific. It is so rewarding being given the privilege of presenting these awards and certificates.
November 7 had only one meeting. This was to discuss Redbridge’s entry for the New Year’s Day Parade.
The 8th was very busy. It started off at the Pharmaran Pharmacy where I opened the newly refurbished premises. It is amazing how much extra space has been created. The owners – Mr and Mrs Somaiya – presented me with a cheque for £501 for my Appeal for which I was very grateful, as you can imagine.
Later in the day, Olive and I attended the AGM of the Redbridge Citizens Advice Bureau. The volunteers and staff do a really good job and I am always delighted to show them my civic support as the Mayor of Redbridge.
In the evening we found ourselves at Woodford County High School’s Prize Giving Evening. It was a real pleasure to watch the young people receiving their certificates and prizes and to listen to the delightful musical pieces performed by some of the students. Yet again the pupils have achieved outstanding grades. I was also grateful to receive a cheque for £100 for my appeal.
On the evening of the 9th I watched a production of Murder In The Tarot Cards, a new play by Barrie Stacey. It was really interesting and I did not identify the character who was responsible for the crime!
The weekend of the 10th and 11th were, of course, the days on which we showed our respects at various Remembrance Day services around the borough. I was honoured as the Mayor to be able to lay the wreaths in tribute and remembrance for all those people who lost their lives as a result of conflict. It is particularly poignant to me as so many of our serving officers are being killed at this time. We all have so much to be grateful for as a result of the dreadful sacrifices made by so many.
Olive and I were lucky enough to watch the Lord Mayor’s Parade on the Saturday afternoon. As you can imagine it was a wonderful sight. On the Sunday afternoon we went back to the 36 [E] Signal Regiment’s base in Gordon Fields and shared a curry buffet with the officers who had been on parade.