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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

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 

Tuesday April 4

10am to approx. 12noon Sittingbourne in Bloom Garden judging

Sittingbourne in Bloom would like to invite the Mayor to join them for their final judging of the spring front gardens competition. There will be 6 gardens to visit and should take about 2 hours.

(Contact Ali Corbel Swale in Bloom Coordinator 01795 4172)

Wednesday April 5

10.30am to 12 noon (ends 3pm) RBLI Living Aged Veterans 2017 Health and Wellbeing Day. The Mayor and Mayoress will be attending the RBLI Living Aged Veterans 2017 Health and Wellbeing Day at the OASIS West Campus at Marine Parade, Sheerness. Many local community organisations present and an opportunity for veterans to meet others, share stories and experiences, have a health MOT, try out sports, drama performances etc.

(Contact Michael Bishop 07827 943609)

Tuesday April 11

1.50pm for 2pm     Care Home Easter Party.   

The Mayor has been invited to join all the staff and residents at Pine Lodge Residential Home to help them celebrate Easter.  There will be an Easter egg hunt, singers, raffle and refreshments.  

(Contact Carol Davis Events Organiser Pine Lodge

Tuesday April 18

11.15am Barton Court Care Home visit to award certificate

The Mayor will be attending Barton Court Care Home Minster Sheppey to award a framed certificate to Mabel Gibbs for her many years of outstanding services to the community on the Isle of Sheppey.

(Contact Elaine Bashford – 875394)

1pm Official Launch of Sheppey FM Community Radio Station.

The Mayor will be guest of honour at the launch of Sheppey FM Community Radio Station off the Broadway Sheerness.

(Contact Julie Nicholls Project Manager 01795 664499)

Friday April 21

10.30 to 11.30 Fulston Manor School Echo Squad Project

The Mayor will attend Fulston Manor School for a photo opportunity along with MP Gordon Henderson to promote the work of their Echo Squad. The Squad has been formed to litter pick around the school every week. (Contact Sarah Palmer –

12 noon to 2pm Rotary Club St George’s Day Old Folks Lunch.

The Mayor has been invited to join Faversham Rotary Club at their Old Folks St Georges Day fish and chip lunch sponsored by Faversham Rotary Club at the Alexander Centre, Faversham

(Contact Rob Ellingham 07909 110637)

Saturday April 22

10am to 4pm St Georges Day Event Sittingbourne Town

The Mayor will be attending the St Georges Day celebrations in Sittingbourne Town Centre. There will be numerous stalls and events occurring during the course of the day.

(Contact Pam Griggs Carnival Court Chairman – 01795 475733

6.30pm for 7.00pm to 11.15pm Swale Lions Club 46th Charter Anniversary Dinner Dance.

At the invitation of President Margaret Luxton and members of the Swale Lions Club, the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress have accepted an invitation as special guests at their 46th Charter Anniversary Dinner Dance to be held at Upchurch River Valley Golf Club at Oak Lane, Upchurch, Sittingbourne.

(Contact President Margaret Luxton - 01795 841439)

6.30pm to 11pm St George’s Day Dinner.

The Mayor and Mayoress will be attending the Royal Society of St George’s, Swale Branch, Annual St George’s Day Dinner at the Masonic Hall, Albany Road, Sittingbourne.

(Contact Mrs Ann Smith 01795 421145)

Sunday April 23

12.30pm for 1pm to 2pm Lifeboat Naming Ceremony.

The Mayor will be attending the Naming Ceremony for the new Sheerness Lifeboat D-799 ‘BUSTER’ at Queenborough Isle of Sheppey

(Contact Andrew Willmore RNLI -

3.30pm Annual Thanksgiving Service

the Mayor will be attending the Royal Society of St George’s, Swale Branch Annual Thanksgiving Service at Teynham Church.

(Contact Mrs Ann Smith 01795 421145)

Thursday April 27

7.15pm for 7.45pm     Ray Ballard’s Charity Show.  

The Mayor and Mayoress will be attending, as guests of honour, “A Night at the London Palladium” at Sheerness East Working Men’s Club.  There will be a Frankie Vaughan tribute act along with comedians/singers Paul James and Gary O’Conner in aid of the charities British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research.    

(Contact Mr Ray Ballard 01795 227046)

Wednesday May 3

Swale Youth Forum Council Chamber Swale House 9.30am

Mayor will be attending the Swale Youth Forum. Westlands School will be chairing the meeting. Mayor will meet the Chairpersons at 9.15am in the Mayor’s Parlour

(Contact Brooke Butterfield at Swale Borough Council 01795 417193)

3pm Hair Show Canterbury College Bridge Road Sheerness

The Mayor has been invited to attend a Hair Show at the College campus in Sheerness. The show is being run to raise money for Bluetown Heritage Centre and Tiger Harry charity. The Mayor has been invited to be on the judging panel of this event and will be seeing some exotic and wonderful hair designs created by the students at the college as part of their coursework.

(Contact Cheryl Philpott

Thursday May 4

10.15am for  10.30am     The Living Land.     Kent Showground, Detling.  

The Mayor and Mayoress of Swale have been invited to join the Chairman of the Kent County Agricultural Society Kevin Attwood at their annual Living Land event. The event is provided free of charge by the society for around 2,800 Kent schoolchildren aged 7 – 9yrs. The objective is to educate young people about farming, agriculture, the countryside, food and healthy eating. There will be a short presentation then a tour of the event to meet with some of the children and teachers that will be attending from all areas in Kent.

 (Contact Hannah Stimpson 01622 633053)

Friday May 5

Annual Observance.     Eastchurch Parish Council have invited the Mayor and Mayoress to attend the Annual Observance to the Aviation Pioneers. The Observance at the unique Aviation Memorial in High Street Eastchurch will comprise of a short service with a speech by Rear Admiral Keith Blount.  Members of the Royal Navy, Fleet Air Arm Association and Royal Naval Association are supporting the event with Standard Bearers and members present from across their associations.

(Contact Eastchurch Parish Council at or 01795 880790)

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