Higham Ferrers Town Council

Serving the people of Higham Ferrers

Mayor 2019 - 2020

Clerk: Mrs Sandra Mitcham
The Town Hall, Market Square
Higham Ferrers
Northamptonshire NN10 8BT

Tel: 01933 312075

Sunday August 4th:

I attended the Classic Car Show, starting early in the morning with the help of Cllr Jackson to set up the Town Gazebo to promote the Town and my own events. Later in the day I presented prizes for the various categories in show. It was a very successful day with great weather and I raised a lot for my charities.

Thursday August 15th:

Arthur Warburton's Funeral - I attended the funeral of Arthur Warburton, who had lived in John White Close for many years. Arthur was aged 101 and was a well loved character who had lived in the town for most of his life. Along with his family his funeral at Nene Valley Crematorium was well attended by friends and some civics from Helloo and Beverwijk which are towns in the Netherlands which his regiment liberated from the Germans during the 2nd World War. Mr Warburton is fondly remembered.

Saturday August 24th - my 2nd charity fundraiser:

The Afternoon Tea dance with music from Jeff Hatton was a great success. Among the guests were chains from Corby, Rushden, St Ives, Huntingdon and Kettering who enjoyed a wonderful afternoon tea and some dancing.

Saturday September 7th:

We attended Proms in the Park in the Walled Garden at Rushden and enjoyed a great evening of music.

Thursday 12th September:

We attended the RAF Wings Appeal 'Swings the Thing' Concert at Park Road Baptist Church in Rushden along with Chains from East Northants, Rushden and Thrapston.

Friday 13th September:

We attended the Corby Mayor's Dance at the Masonic Hall in Corby, supporting the Mayor and Mayoress of Corby - Ray and Toni Beeby - along with the Mayor of Northampton and Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Kettering.

Saturday 14th September:

This sunny Saturday saw the Horticultural Show at Chichele College organised by the Tourism group. There was an amazing range of entrants including a children's section which I judged. They had a beautifully decorated room and this proved to be a really popular event. I presented a trophy which I donated to the competition to the Best In Show to a Mr Groom for his wonderful carrots! Unfortunately the sponsors pulled out at the last minute so they couldn't award different categories, but next year I'm sure will be even better. The Tourism Group very kindly offered to donate any money's raised to my charities and £147 was donated from the raffle and sale of some of the produce. My thanks go to the Tourism Group for their kind donation.

Sunday September 15th - Mayors Civic Service at St Mary's Church:

I was delighted to welcome so many guests to one of the best attended Civic Services in recent years. We welcomed many youth groups, Bedesmen, Community groups, the British Legion with a standard bearer and Chains from Corby, Northampton, Godmanchester, Rushden and Irthlingborough. We also had a very special guest in the High Sheriff of Northampton, Nicholas Robertson, and his wife Georgie who joined us for this special day. It was said by some that it was the longest parade they had seen! Guests, friends and family as well as the usual congregation enjoyed a wonderful service led by Revd Michelle Dalliston, the Mayor's Chaplain. Many thanks to those who attended and and to all those at the church who were involved in making it such a special day. I also send my thanks to the ladies from Tourism who helped with the refreshments in the Bede House and always lend their time to make these events a success.

Monday 16th September:

I attended the opening of the new Serve Conservatory at the Ron Manning Centre in Higham Ferrers with the Mayor and Mayoress of Rushden. We witnessed the opening of the new conservatory by David Laing, Lord Lieutenant of Northampton and enjoyed some light refreshments.

Sunday 22nd September:

Both the Mayoress and myself attended the Mayor of Northampton's Civic Service on which started with a parade from the Guildhall to All Saints Church. After the Service we paraded back to the Guildhall for refreshments. The service was attended by the High Sheriff of Northampton, Nicholas Robertson DL and his wife Georgie and many dignatories, Civic leaders and Councillors.