Last week I was able to spend time with close friends for a long overdue dinner. Great to catch up and to hear about their latest business interests in Dunstable.

A trip up to Manchester for work was followed by me attending the Dunstable In Bloom meeting. Preparations are well ahead for this year’s campaign and as I’m now part of the committee I’ll be helping with some of the judging in the local competitions. Look out on the Dunstable in Bloom social media pages for more details.

I visited the Sewing Box on Wednesday to get some Union Jack pennants ready for bunting making. They are moving their business to Great Yarmouth whereas a family they will live and will continue to provide an online service to those that are wanting to stay connected. Over the next few weeks, they will start to move some of the stock to their new shop, but until then they are open and trading and have some great offers on.

On Friday night, my deputy and I took our husbands over to Flitwick to support the Mayor at his last fundraising event of his year – a quiz night with fish and chip supper. We teamed up with the Mayor of Newport Pagnell, gave ourselves the name of The Dunports and off we went – we didn’t win, but we didn’t disgrace ourselves!

A rare Saturday off from mayoral duties allowed for an afternoon and evening on the sofa.

Sunday was Girlguiding Thinking Day. I was invited along to The Vale Academy where the Dunstable Girlguiding team held a day of activity.

I visited the Wedding Fayre being held at Priory House and was pleased to see so many couples coming in to look around and booking their special day.

Sunday afternoon was Leighton Linslade’s turn to hold their Civic Service.

The week ahead is busy with meetings and my own charity fundraising activities.

My Civic Service is on Friday evening and I will be presenting some Mayors Community Ambassador Awards to recognise the outstanding contributions of some people present within our community over many years and with many different organisations.