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Mayor's Engagements Calendar

The Mayor of Swale

The Mayor of Swale, Councillor Lesley Ingham, will attend or be represented by the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Colin Prescott, at the following:

9.30am Formal Opening - The Mayor will be at the Sittingbourne branch of Santander Bank at 106-108 High Street for a brief tour and to ‘cut the ribbon’ to formally open the newly designed and refurbished branch. Santander hopes that the official opening day will provide an opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to helping the local community and businesses, and will be a ‘fun day’ with opportunities for customers to win instant prizes and separate cash prizes.
Contact: John Greasby, Branch Director, Sittingbourne Santander – 05511 430337 or 07904 381493
Friday January 6
11am Funeral Service for Past Mayoress - The Mayor will attend a Service at Rodmersham Church for former Mayoress of Swale, Mrs Elisabeth (Lis) Jordan. Lis was the wife of Honorary Alderman Don Jordan, former Mayor of Swale for the civic year 1995-96, when she served as his Mayoress. 
Contact: Mrs Heather Elliott, PA to Mayor, Swale Borough Council – 01795 417392
Saturday January 7
7pm - ‘Dining Out’ of Lt (SCC) Brian Moore RNR. The Mayor and her guest, former Mayor of Swale, Councillor Mrs Anita Walker, will attend the customary ‘Dining Out’ for Lt (SCC) Brian Moore RNR, to mark the end of his tenure as Commanding Officer of Sheppey Sea Cadets. The venue is The Holiday Inn Sittingbourne – The Coniston, London Road, Sittingbourne. 
Contact: Nina Montgomery, Executive Officer, Sheppey Sea Cadets – 07736 926268
Sunday January 8
11.30am for 1.15pm Annual ‘Blessing of the Seas’ Ceremony. Each year a Service is held at the Greek Orthodox Church, Westbrook Cottages, Margate, prior to the ‘Blessing of the Seas Ceremony’ at Marine Sands, Margate. Greek Cypriots from all over South East England come to this special event where the Greek Archbishop gives a blessing to thank the sea for giving up its fruits. A cross, made out of flowers, is cast on the water and a Greek child is sent to retrieve it. There is great competition amongst the youngsters to be chosen for this honour. At 12.30pm the Deputy Mayor, and Deputy Mayoress Mrs Pamela Prescott, will join the procession of Mayors and other visiting guests attending this ceremony. 
Contact: Ingrid Spencer, Town Mayor’s Assistant - 01843 448590

Wednesday March 29

10.30am - Dedication Service for WWII Memorial Plaque.

Swale Borough Council has been working with the Royal British Legion over the past couple of years to retrieve a large bronze plaque which honours the war dead from the Kemsley community from WWII.

The plaque was housed in a former public house in Kemsley which is now a development site. After lengthy community consultation, and identifying local funding sources to build a new case in which to house this historic plaque, the Memorial Plaque is now in its new home – The Holy Trinity Church, Milton Regis.

The Reverend George Rogers, Vicar of Milton Regis with Murston,Bapchild and Tonge will officiate at a service led by the Bishop of Dover to mark the installation of the plaque, and the Mayor will attend. The short service will be followed by the regular community lunch in the Church Hall.

Contact Lyn Newton 

Thursday March 30

2pm - Easter Dementia Café. East Site Oasis Academy

The Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey East site, organises regular ‘Dementia Café’ events for residents of Blackburn Lodge, and other local residential homes, to visit the Academy and enjoy afternoon tea and entertainment. The Mayor will attend the Easter themed Dementia Café at the Academy’s East Campus in Minster, Isle of Sheppey.

Contact: Paul Murray, Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey on 01795 873591

Friday March 31

2.30pm - Residential Home visit.

The Mayor will visit The Island Residential Home in Leysdown Road, Leysdown-on-Sea to present the Care Worker of the Year award to a staff member.

Contact Nathan Brown Community Liaison on 07808 253556

Saturday April 1

7.30pm - Choral Society Annual Spring Concert.

The Deputy Mayor and Mayoress will attend Faversham Choral Society’s Annual Spring Concert at the Parish Church of St Mary of Charity, Faversham. Programme – Mendelssohn’s Hear my Prayer; Franz Schubert’s Mass in G; Mendelssohn’s Verleih uns Frieden; Gypsy Songs by Johannes Brahms and the Organ solo Sigfrid Karg-Elert’s First Sonatina Op. 74.

Contact Malcolm Phelps 

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