Since my last update, I’ve had the absolute pleasure to represent the Town at the Anglia in Bloom Awards event in Huntingdon. Accompanied by two members of Dunstable in Bloom and Town Council officers, we were over the moon to walk away with 14 certificates for various projects and overall Gold for our town. An amazing achievement in difficult circumstances this year.
Following this, I presented the local winners of Dunstable In Bloom with their certificates and trophies at a local awards evening held at Ashton St Peter’s.
My charity golf day was a day filled with energy, laughter and very competitive players. A total of 42 golfers gathered and having played 18 holes a prize giving went ahead after a wonderful meal at Dunstable Downs Golf Club. Over £4000 was raised for my charities.
Several visits to local businesses, schools and organisations have taken place all looking to see how greater collaboration and partnership working could benefit all. Really positive conversations taking place around working more closely with the town council events programme.
A gathering of 45 hungry people at Grove House on Friday 6 October evening saw my charities further benefit with a successful Ploughman’s Supper held. With the supper prepared my myself and deserts by my sister and a bumper raffle, my charities will benefit by a further £800.
Both myself and my deputy, Cllr Louise O’Riordan, have represented the town at civic and non-civic events. Louise has officially launched the exhibition of the past in the archway in Middle Row with designs of the iconic wall from the Queensway Hall included. The High Sheriff Justice Service in Bedford was an opportunity to thank all those part of the Justice system.
Each Mayor holds a Civic Service during their year to reflect on the town and their year of office. I attended Flitwick’s service on Sunday which was an opportunity to bring organisations together to celebrate.
The month ahead gives me an opportunity to spend time in the town, visiting local businesses, the Middle Row Markets and the activities being organised by the High Street Action Zone and Cultural Consortium Projects. It’s been a difficult few weeks with the loss of Wilkinsons from the town, and the news that FarmFoods will be moving to Luton Road in the new year. This leaves a void in the Ashton Square area of the town and it’s even more important now than ever before that we all support those businesses that are continuing to offer a service to the town.
Times are tough; we are all challenged with the cost-of-living crisis, but I ask that you all shop local where you can to help maintain the businesses we have.
If you have an event coming up or would like me as Mayor to visit to your business or school etc, please contact Georgia via email at email@example.com