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Mayor's Engagements Calendar

The Mayor of Swale's engagements

Wednesday April 20

1.45pm for 2pm to 3pm School Visit to Council Chamber. Children from Years Five and Six at Holywell Primary School in Upchurch will visit the Council Chamber and Mayor’s Parlour at Swale House, East Street, Sittingbourne. To support their Citizenship studies and understanding of British Values, they will become ‘Junior Councillors’ for the afternoon! The Mayor recently visited the school and enjoyed morning Assembly, a question and answer session and a tour of the school by the children and now it is her turn to welcome them to the Council Chamber.

Contact: Councillor Alan Horton, Chair of Governors, Holywell Primary School - 01634 375332.

2.30pm for 3pm to 4.30pm Launch of Wild About Gardens Competition. The Deputy Mayor will attend the Launch of Kent Wildlife Trust’s ‘Wild About Gardens’ Competition which aims to encourage wildlife friendly gardens, all over Kent. The Launch will take place at the Regis Gate Retirement Home in North

Street, Milton Regis, near Sittingbourne and will include a visit to the nearby Bob Fowler Allotment.

Contact: Ali Corbel, Swale in Bloom Co-ordinator - 01795 417240 or Maureen Rainey, Kent Wildlife Trust - 01622 662012.

Friday April 22

12 noon (to 2pm) Rotary Club Senior Citizens Lunch. Members of The Faversham Rotary Club have invited the Mayor to attend their ‘Senior Citizens Lunch’ at the Alexander Centre in Preston Street, Faversham.

Contact: John Griffin, Faversham Rotary Club - 01795 483040.

1.45pm for 2pm Funeral Service for Past Mayor. The Mayor will attend the Funeral Service at Newnham Church, near Sittingbourne, for former Mayor of Swale, the Late Major (Rtd) Terry Holden. Terry Holden was a Member of Swale Borough Council from 1976 to 1983 and served as Mayor for the civic year 1981-82. He was also a County Councillor from 1981-1993.

Saturday April 23

10.45am for 11am Formal Opening - Retail Association St George’s Day Extravaganza. Members of the Sittingbourne Retail Association have invited the Mayor to formally open the ‘St George’s Day Extravaganza’ in Sittingbourne High Street. After the opening the Mayor, together with the Sittingbourne Carnival Court and the Chairman of the Swale Branch of the Royal Society of St George, will walk around the town to view the stalls and some of the shop window displays.

Contact: Sara Seabridge, Sittingbourne Retail Association Sub Committee - 01795 426081.

2pm Freemasons’ Public Open Day. At the personal invitation of Mr Neil S Hancock, Chairman of the Sittingbourne Masonic House Committee, the Mayor will attend a Public Open Day at the Sittingbourne Masonic Centre, 7 Albany Road, Sittingbourne. For the first time in nearly 150 years the Masonic Centre will been opened to the public and the Lodge Room will be set up as though a meeting were about to take place. Experienced Freemasons from the six Masonic Lodges which meet in Sittingbourne will be on hand to guide visitors and answer questions. The open day has been organised as part of the Freemasons’ modern policy of openness and visibility.

Contact: Mr Neil S Hancock, Chairman of the Sittingbourne Masonic House Committee - 01795 663887.

6.45pm for 7pm to 11pm Annual St George’s Day Dinner. At the invitation of The Royal Society of St. George, Swale Branch, the Mayor, and Mayoress Mrs Sylvia Lawrence, will be guests at the Annual St. George’s Day Dinner at Newington Village Hall, High Street, Newington, near Sittingbourne. Musical entertainment during the evening will be provided by popular singer, Joy Dey.

Contact: Mrs Ann Smith, Secretary, Royal Society of St George, Swale Branch - 01795 421145.

Sunday April 24

3.15pm for 3.30pm Annual Thanksgiving Service. The Royal Society of St. George, Swale Branch, will hold their Annual St. George’s Day Service of Thanksgiving at St. Mary’s Church, Conyer Road, Teynham, to be conducted by the Reverend Steve Lillicrap. The Mayor, and Mayoress Mrs Sylvia Lawrence, will attend and during the service the Mayor will read the first lesson.

Contact: Mrs Ann Smith, Secretary, Royal Society of St George, Swale Branch - 01795 421145.

Tuesday April 26

10.50am for 11am Formal Opening of Show Homes. The Mayor will officially open two new Redrow Show Homes at the Archers Park development, off Staplehurst Road in Sittingbourne.

Contact: Rachael Bruce, Account Manager, Active PR - 07545 504052.

Thursday April 28

2.15pm for 2.30pm Music Hall Show. The Mayor, and Mayoress Mrs Sylvia Lawrence, will attend a Spring Season Show at the Criterion Music Hall at the Blue Town Heritage Centre in Blue Town, Sheerness.

Contact: Jenny Hurkett, Blue Town Heritage Centre - 01795 662981.

7.15pm for 7.30pm Charity Comedy Night. The Mayor has accepted an invitation to attend a Charity Comedy Night presented by BBC Radio Kent’s Paul James, in aid of the British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK. The Mayoress, Mrs Sylvia Lawrence, will also attend the Show, billed as ‘A Night of Comedy’ starring Paul James, with Gary O’Conner and Ray Ballard, at the Sheerness East Working Men’s Club in Queenborough Road, Sheerness.

Contact: Ray Ballard - 01795 227046 or 07783 069446.

Friday April 29

9.50am for 10am Formal Opening. The Mayor will cut a ribbon to officially open and re-launch the recently refurbished Wickes store on London Road in Sittingbourne. The store has undergone a refit to provide a new kitchen and bathroom showroom plus improved ranges of paints, tiling and flooring and a bigger range of garden and outdoor products.

Contact: Emma Hedges, The Big Kick - 0208 0906800 or 07880 385995.

Sunday May 1

12.45pm for 1pm (to 9pm) Formal Opening of Fun Day. A Charity Fun Day has been organised to support ten year old Shannon Purdy, who is a Leukaemia patient and the Mayor will cut a ribbon to formally open the event at 1pm. The venue is the UKP Leisure Club Sports Pavilion in Gore Court Road, Sittingbourne and proceeds are to benefit “Building The Smiles” and other children’s charities.

Contact: Jo Murphy - 07966 974041.

Tuesday May 3

2pm 90th Birthday Celebration. The Mayor, and Mayoress Mrs Sylvia Lawrence, will be at Blair Park Residential Home at 2 Beechwood Avenue, Crown Road, Milton Regis, near Sittingbourne to celebrate the 90th Birthday of resident Mrs Wynfreda (Betty) Field.

Contact: Tina Shilling, Activities Organiser, Blair Park Residential Home - 01795 473695.

Thursday May 5

10.30am for 10.45am to 2pm The Living Land 2016. At the invitation of the Chairman of the Kent County Agricultural Society, Mr Kevin Attwood the Mayor, and Mayoress Mrs Sylvia Lawrence, will attend ‘The Living Land 2016’ at the Kent Showground, Detling, near Maidstone. An annual educational free event for schoolchildren held for the past thirteen years, the objective is to educate young people aged seven to nine years old about farming, agriculture, the countryside, food and healthy eating.

Contact: Hannah Stimpson, Event Organiser, Kent County Agricultural Society - 01622 633053.

Friday May 6

11.30am for 12 noon to 2pm Annual Observance to Aviation Pioneers. At the invitation of the Chairman and Councillors of Eastchurch Parish Council and the Observance Committee the Mayor, and Deputy Mayor Councillor Lesley Ingham, will attend the 2016 Annual Observance at the Aviation Memorial in the High Street, Eastchurch. The year 1916 is described as ‘The Watershed Year’ and this year’s Annual Observance will comprise of a short service and speeches, after a parade of Standard Bearers from the FAAA and the RNA. At the close of the Observance guests will process to the Village Hall in Warden Road for refreshments.

Contact: Ms Fiona Jackson, Clerk to Eastchurch Parish Council - 01795 880790.

Monday January 25

7pm for 7.30pm to 9pm     Guides Visit Swale House.     The Mayor will host a visit to Swale House by the 1st Bobbing Guides.   Seventeen Guides, aged ten to fourteen years, have asked to see the Council Chamber and the Mayor’s Parlour and to learn about the Civic Regalia.  They have prepared a list of questions to ask the Mayor!   Four Rangers and Leaders will accompany the Guides.

(Contact:  Mrs Alison Alexander, Guide Leader – 01795 423930).

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