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Mayor's Engagements Calendar

The Mayor of Swale

The Mayor of Swale, Councillor Colin Prescott will attend the following engagements. In his absence, he will be represented by the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Samuel Koffie-Williams.

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

Thursday June 15

10.45 for 11am Funeral Holy Trinity Church Milton Regis

The Mayor will be attending the funeral of a lifelong resident of Milton Regis who has died at the age of 101. The funeral of the late Mr George Palmer will be at 11am on Thursday 15 June 2017 at Holy Trinity, Milton Regis. Mr Palmer was a war hero--the only survivor of a bombing in Tripoli and of various battles along the coast of North Africa. (Contact Rev. George Rogers 01795 472 016)

Friday June 16

7.30pm to 10.30pm Quiz Night with Fish and Chip Supper

The Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress will be attending the Royal Society of St George – Swale Branch Quiz Night with fish and chips supper at the Masonic Hall, Albany Road, Sittingbourne ME10 1EB

(Contact Mrs Ann Smith)

6.45pm for 7.15pm Rotary Club of Sittingbourne Invicta Summer Ball

The Mayor and Mayoress will attend the Rotary Club of Sittingbourne Invicta Summer Ball on Friday 16th June at Upchurch River Valley Golf Club

(President Chris Bunting 01634 375109 mob 07976 568125)

Saturday June 17

10am Queenborough Independence Day celebrations

The Mayor and Mayoress will attend the event in Queenborough on 17th June 2017 to celebrate the following;

350th Anniversary of the Dutch Invasion of Queenborough

50th Anniversary of the return of Queenborough by The Netherlands

50th Anniversary of the town twinning with Brielle

There will be a reception at the Queenborough Guildhall hosted by the Mayor of Queenborough at 10am where we hope to recreate the meeting held there 50 years.. The Mayor of Brielle Mr Gregor Rensen, will be in attendance representing The Netherlands.

At midday there will be a large flotilla of boats that will arrive in Queenborough via the Swale who will deliver the Union Flag to the town via the All Tide Landing. At 1pm, there will be a service in Queenborough Park where the Dutch flag, which will be flying prior to the event, will be lowered and presented to the Mayor of Brielle and then the Union Flag will be presented and raised up the flagpole.

(Contact Cllr Cameron Beart 07592 108351)

4pm start Newnham Village Fete

The Mayor and Mayoress will be attending Newnham Village Fete at 4pm.

(Contact Louise Bareham Faversham TC 01795 503288)

Wednesday June 21 

9.15am for 9.30am Swale Youth Forum – Swale House 

Thursday June 22 

OOB Civic 6.30pm to 8pm Lord Lieutenant of Kent Annual Civic Reception 

The Mayor and Mayoress will be attending a Civic Reception at Penshurst Place, the home of Lord De L’Isle who will welcome all the new Mayor’s and Chairmen in post. (Contact Jo Holmes 03000 416259

Saturday June 24 Armed Forces Day 

9.50am Swale Lions Event The Forum Sittingbourne 

The Mayor will be attending The Forum Sittingbourne to visit the Swale Lions Club Stall and officially open the stall at 10am. 

(Contact Jim Mitchell 01794 474088

10.45 am for 11am 24hr Darts Marathon and Disco in Aid of Cancer Research 

The Mayor has been invited to attend and open this event at The Kings Head Pub London Road Sittingbourne. The organiser has asked if the Mayor would open the event by throwing the first few darts. (Contact Joshua Marshall –

11.30am Barton Court Care Home Ceremony to open new Memory Garden 

The Mayor and Mayoress will be attending Barton Court Care Home New Road Minster Sheppey to celebrate Armed Forces Day and to open their new Memory Garden. The Mayor will give a short speech to open the memory garden and thank all those involved. (Contact Elaine Bashford

2pm Sittingbourne High Street Armed Forces Day Celebrations 

The Mayor has been invited to attend the national celebration of Armed Forces in Sittingbourne High Street. The Mayor is asked to meet the Servicemen and Women, the local Cadet Units and if possible judge a competition. There will be a presentation at 3pm when the Cadet Units and Royal British legion will receive cheques from last year’s fundraising as well as medals and a trophy for the competitions. (Contact Sara Seabridge

Sunday June 25 

OOB Civic 10am Mayor of Ashford Civic Service 

The Mayor and Mayoress will be attending the annual Civic Service of the Mayor of Ashford, Cllr Winston Michael, at St Mary the Virgin Church, Town Centre Ashford . The service starts at 10am. 

(Contact Andrea Collard 01233 330317)

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