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Mayor's Engagements Calendar

The Mayor of Swale's Engagements

Friday September 12

7.25pm for 7.30pm to 10.30pm - Charity Race Night and Supper. At the invitation of the Royal Society of St George - Swale branch, the Mayor and Mayoress, Mrs Brenda Bobbin, and their guests will attend a Charity Race Night and Supper at The Masonic Hall, Albany Road in Sittingbourne.

Contact: Mrs Ann Smith  01795 421145.

Saturday September 13

10am - Heritage Open Day at Local Museum. At the invitation of The Friends of Milton Regis Court Hall, the Mayor and Mayoress, Mrs Brenda Bobbin, will attend the Heritage Open Day at Milton Regis Court Hall, a restored museum in Milton Regis High Street open to the public again for the first time in many years.

Contact: Mr Mike Baldwin, The Friends of Milton Regis Court Hall - 01795 423288.

Sunday September 14

10.50am for 11am - Green Flag Raising. The Deputy Mayor will be at Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park near Faversham to officially raise the recently awarded ‘Green Flag’.

Contact: Graeme Tuff, Greenspaces Manager, Swale Borough Council - 01795 417127.

2pm to 4pm - Rotary Club Fundraising event. The Rotary Club of Sittingbourne Invicta have invited the Mayor, and Mayoress Mrs Brenda Bobbin, for a ‘Pimms in the Garden’ fundraising event at Chesley House, off Bull Lane, Newington.

Contact: Mrs Pamela Prescott, Chairman, Foundation Committee, Rotary Club of Sittingbourne Invicta - 01795 590054.

11.45am for 12 noon and then 1.45pm for 2pm - Annual Memorial Service. The Deputy Mayor, accompanied by Deputy Mayoress Mrs Sylvia Lawrence, will attend and lay a wreath at the Annual Memorial Service at Nouds Farm, Teynham, near Sittingbourne. Battle of Britain pilot P/O Roy Marchand fatally crashed his Hurricane aeroplane at the site on September 15, 1940, and the service has been held annually at the Nouds Farm Memorial for 30 years. The Reverend Steven Lilicrap will officiate, assisted by the Faversham Branch Chaplain of the Royal Air Forces Association, the Reverend Canon Struan Dunn. Before the Service a lunch reception will be held at the Brents Tavern, Upper Brents, Faversham.

Contact: Angela Simmons, Branch Secretary, Faversham Branch of Royal Air Forces Association - 01795 532282.

Wednesday September 17

5.45pm (tour church) for 6.30pm - Launch of Annual Arts and Cultural Promenade Festival. The Sheppey Promenade Festival 2014 “War and Peas” - www.sheppeypromenade.org - will commemorate Sheppey’s role in World War One, both on the battlefield and on the Home Front. Following an ‘Open Day’ at the Dockyard Church in Garrison Road, Blue Town, which is being preserved by the Spittalfields Trust, the Festival Launch event will take place at Will Palin’s historic home at 4 Naval Terrace, Sheerness. The Mayor and Mayoress, Mrs Brenda Bobbin, will visit and tour the Dockyard Church, prior to attending the launch of Sheppey Promenade Festival 2014.

Contact: Janys Thornton, Sheppey Promenade Festival - 01795 873491.

Thursday September 18

1.55pm for 2pm - Readings in a Country Church. The Mayor and Mayoress, Mrs Brenda Bobbin, will be at Harty Church on the Isle of Sheppey for ‘Readings in a Country Church’ – a Sheppey Promenade Festival 2014 event featuring a mixture of poems from World War One and poems by local writers.

Contact: Janys Thornton, Sheppey Promenade Festival - 01795 873491.

Saturday September 20

10.30am for 11am to 3pm - Formal Opening Mediaeval ‘Mops’ Fair. At the invitation of the Sub-Committee within the Sittingbourne Retail Association (SRA), the Mayor and Mayoress, Mrs Brenda Bobbin, will attend and formally open a Mediaeval ‘Mops’ Fair in Sittingbourne High Street. Records dating back to 1659 show that a regular five day event was held in the town to mark the end of the financial year, when new contracts of employment were signed and jobs agreed and both employers and workers would celebrate. The 2014 ‘Mops’ Fair will have its own “Town Crier” as well as many events during the day, from minstrels to belly dancers, jesters to live music.

Contact: Sara Seabridge, Manager & Company Secretary, Swale Community Centres - 01795 426081.

Sunday September 21

12.15 for 1pm to 4pm - Official Opening - School Annual Fete and ‘Bake Off’. The Parent Teacher Association at The Oaks Infant School in Gore Court Road, Sittingbourne has invited the Mayor to open the school’s traditional Annual Fete at 1pm. Then, accompanied by the Mayoress, Mrs Brenda Bobbin, the Mayor will also judge the ‘Great Oaks Bake Off’ competition. This will involve choosing the five ‘best looking’ cakes and then tasting them all to determine the best three!

Contact: Laura West (Chair) and Helen Hockney (Secretary), The Oaks Infant School PTA - 01795 423619.

Wednesday September 24

10.30am to 11.30am - Judging Photographic Competition. The Mayor, and Mayoress Mrs Brenda Bobbin, will be at Melvin Sillcock’s Photographic Studio at 41 Park Road, Sittingbourne to judge the recent “Mini Face of Melvin Sillcock” Photographic Competition, run in association with the local newspapers to find the “cutest” face from birth to nine years old.

Contact: Melvin Sillcock - 01795 426856.

Saturday September 27

7pm to 10.30pm - Private Viewing of Arts and Crafts Exhibition. At the invitation of the Rotary Club of Sittingbourne Invicta ‘Freewheelers’, the Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress, Mrs Sylvia Lawrence, will attend an Exclusive Private Viewing of Arts and Crafts at Tunstall Village Hall, near Sittingbourne. The charity fundraising exhibition by local artists from the Kent and Sussex area will open to the general public on Sunday 28 September. The artists will donate a commission from their sales towards the Freewheeler charities, which are Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Kent MS Therapy Centre, Canterbury.

Contact: Mrs Denise Gee, Freewheelers, Sittingbourne Invicta Rotary Club - denisepgee@yahoo.co.uk

Sunday September 28

1pm for 1.30pm to 6.30pm - Costermongers’ Harvest Festival Parade and Service. At the invitation of Mrs Doreen Golding, Pearly Queen of the Old Kent Road and Bow Bells, the Mayor, and Mayoress Mrs Brenda Bobbin, accompanied by Mayoral Cadet, Leading Cadet Shaun Lock of Sheppey Sea Cadet Corps, will attend the Annual Costermongers’ Harvest Festival Parade and Service in London. This year will mark the 16th Anniversary Celebration of the return of this historical event to London’s East End. The civic party will be in the Guildhall Yard, Gresham Street, London for 1.30pm to watch traditional entertainment before joining the Parade to the Service at St Mary-le-Bow Church, Cheapside, where Harvest Festival offerings will be made. Afterwards there will be a reception hosted by London’s Pearly Kings and Queens Society at The Lord Raglan, at 61 St Martin’s Le Grand. All Harvest Festival food offerings will be donated to The Whitechapel Mission for the Homeless.

Contact: Mrs Doreen Golding, Pearly Queen of the Old Kent Road and Bow Bells - 0208 989 1994.

Thursday October 2

7.25pm for 7.30pm - Local Gardeners Society, Talk by former Television Gardener’s son. The Mayor, and Mayoress Mrs Brenda Bobbin, will attend a talk given by Nick Hamilton, owner of Barnsdale Gardens and Plant Nursery in Rutland. Nick, the son of famous television gardener, the Late Geoff Hamilton, will present “Barnsdale – The Television Years” at a meeting of the Sittingbourne Gardeners and Flower Arrangers Society at Tunstall Village Hall, near Sittingbourne.

Contact: Malcolm Moore, Sittingbourne Gardeners and Flower Arrangers Society - 01795 473807.

Friday October 3

10.30am for 11 am to 12 noon - Annual Justice Service for Kent. At the invitation of Mr Hugo Fenwick, the High Sheriff of Kent, the Mayor and Mayoress, Mrs Brenda Bobbin will attend the annual Justice Service for Kent, to be held at Canterbury Cathedral.

Contact: Mrs Susie Fox, PA to High Sheriff of Kent - 01227 730568.

Sunday October 5

5.30pm for 6pm - County Harvest Thanksgiving Service. The Mayor and Mayoress, Mrs Brenda Bobbin have accepted an invitation from The Diocese of Canterbury to attend the annual County Harvest Thanksgiving Service at Canterbury Cathedral, followed by a Reception in The Chapter House.

Contact: Sarah Howells, The Diocese of Canterbury - 01227 459401.

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