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

October has been a busy month for me and I've attended many events in a wide variety of places.

On October 2nd I attended the Frontier Camp at Irthlingborough. This was a meeting with several community and Church leaders on the support they give the homeless and those less well off in the forms of shelter, housing through the church, and foodbanks.

On October 3rd I went to the Saxon Hall in Raunds for Cllr Richard Levell, The Mayor of Raunds' Quiz Night and Ploughman's Supper. I entered a team of six with Mayoress Kathleen, Zoe from Cando Care, Donna and Emily from the Town Hall and Emily's husband Steve. We finished 16th out of 22 teams in total and were playing alongside Civics and teams from Thrapston, Raunds, Whittlesey, St Ives, Northampton and Corby. Cllr Richard raised over £1400 for his charities.

On October 5th the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Tina Reavey, Cllr Pam Whiting and I attended the NCALC AGM at Moulton Community Centre where the focus of the speeches was mainly on the upcoming Unitary changes. Daventry Council won the Council of the Year award.

On October 6th I attended the Mayor of Irthlingborough, Cllr Adrian Winkle's Civic Service at St Peters Church, accompanied by Civics from Raunds, Rushden, Kettering, Corby and East Northants. The service was followed by a reception in the Albert Underwood room.

On October 12th I had my 3rd Mayoral fundraising event, the Legends Show at Rushden Bowls Club with Marshall King. We sold 222 tickets and everyone enjoyed comedy and music from legends such as Neil Diamond, Roy Orbison, Elvis and many, many more. The set included some fantastic moments, like Michael Crawford's Phantom of the Opera, Freddie Mercury's Live Aid routine and a final performance of Pavarotti. It was a night that had everyone laughing with Marshall King's great comedy routine and we almost filled the dance floor. Everyone I saw went home having had a great night and with the help of my fellow Councillors and friends Cllr Angela, Cllr Tina, Sharon and Zoe we raised £687 on the raffle making (with some sponsorship from Brian's Flooring Service for the hire of the venue) a fundraising total for the evening of just over £3400. Thanks to all who bought tickets, donated raffle prizes and helped to make it such a memorable night not just for me and Kathleen, but for the Town. All the Civics that attended from East Northants, Raunds, Brackley, Godmanchester, Corby, Thrapston, Rushden and Northampton loved it and we've had a lot of positive feedback about the event.

On October 13th we were up early for two Civic Services in one day. First up we were in Godmanchester at 11am for Mayor Cllr Dick Taplin's Civic Service at St Marys Church. It was nice to see and hear youth groups and schools involved with the entertainment, in particular I liked the song they sang about Godmanchester. There were other Chains from Rushden, Raunds and Huntingdon as well as Lady Duberly, a Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire. From there we drove to Corby for the 2pm Civic Service of Mayor Cllr Ray Beeby where we were joined by Chains from Rushden and East Northants as well as High Sheriff Nick Robertson.

On October 20th we attended the Northamptonshire Court Service for the High Sheriff of Northamptonshire Nicholas Robertson DL at Holy Trinity Church Rothwell in the presence of Her Majesty's Judges. This was quite a splendid Church and although have been through Rothwell plenty of times and heard about the Church, this was the first time I had the chance to visit it. We were joined for the service by the Mayor of Northampton, Cllr Naz Choudary and Deputy Mayor Cllr Lorraine Burton and her Consort Cllr James Burton from Kettering. The long processions were led in by the Choir of Holy Trinity, the Swarbrick Singers, Reverend Oliver Cross, the SSC, the Churchwardens and Reverend Canon John Westwood of Holy Trinity Church. Then it was the Lord of the Manor of Rothwell's procession followed by the Civic procession of the Mayor of Rothwell, Mayor of Kettering and Rothwell Town Councillors. Completing the procession was The High Sheriff's procession which included, amongst many, the Under Sheriff, Chief Constable, Chief Fire Officer, members of the bar, HM Coroner, District Judges, Circuit Judges and High Sheriffs of other counties. It was quite an amazing parade which you don't get to see very often.

There were many readings by various judges and the High Sheriff himself, and of course a sermon by the Chaplain to the High Sheriff, Reverend Will Adams. The afternoon concluded with refreshments in the Church.