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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

Tuesday February 21

2pm - Annual ‘In Bloom’ Flower Bed Competition Prizegiving.

Each year children at all the Primary, Junior and Infant Schools across Sittingbourne are given the opportunity to take part in the annual 'Sittingbourne in Bloom Flower Bed Competition' to design a layout for the summer bedding on the flower bed in St. Michael’s Road. The Mayor will be in the Parlour at Swale House to present a prize to the pupil whose winning design has been chosen from the hundreds of entries from seven schools. Second and third place prizes will also be awarded and Highly Commended Certificates will be sent to other children via their schools. The winning design will be planted up on the flower bed in late May, with a sign crediting the winner.

Contact: Ali Corbel, Swale in Bloom Co-ordinator, 01795 417240 or 07713 342218, or Malcolm Moore, Chairman of Sittingbourne in Bloom, 01795 438083.

Thursday February 23

2pm - Dementia Café.

The Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey 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 Dementia Café at the Academy’s West Campus in Marine Parade, Sheerness.

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

7.15pm - Annual General Meeting and Social Evening.

The Mayor will attend the Annual General Meeting of The Royal Society of St. George, Swale Branch, at The Phoenix Centre in Central Avenue, Sittingbourne. After the conclusion of business, there will be refreshments and a Social Evening, with a presentation on ‘Medical Detection Dogs’ by Claire Pearson.

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

Saturday February 25

9am - Sittingbourne parkrun 1st Birthday event.

The Mayor will be at Milton Creek Country Park in Sittingbourne to celebrate the first anniversary of the opening of the Sittingbourne parkrun in 2016. The free, weekly, 5km timed parkruns take place all around the world and the Sittingbourne parkrun comprises of two 2.5k laps of the park and is open to people from the age of four - and dogs are also welcome!

The Mayor will start the parkrun runners off at 9am and then scan in the first runner home at approximately 9.17am. There will be refreshments in the Holy Trinity Church Parish Hall and an opportunity to greet some of the first runners to get back.

Contact: Russell Fairman, Swale Borough Council, Community Sport and Physical Activity Officer, 01795 417426.

3pm - Church 'Mix and Mingle' event.

The Mayor has accepted an invitation to attend a ‘Mix and Mingle’ event at All Saints Church, Eastchurch. The informal afternoon and evening will include various baking competitions (for all ages) to be judged by the Mayor. Also a Talent Show, fish and chips supper, and Quiz.

Contact: Yvonne Dyer, Church Warden.

2.30pm & 7pm - Annual Carnival Court Selection.

At the invitation of the Sheppey Summer Carnival Club, the Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress Mrs Pamela Prescott, will attend the annual event to select the new Sheppey Carnival Court for 2017. During the afternoon the Junior Court selection will take place at Sheerness East Working Mens Club, 47 Queenborough Road, Sheerness, with the Senior Court selection between 7pm and 11pm. The Deputy Mayor will help to crown the newly elected court and take the curtsey.

Contact: Miss Lauren McCall, Vice Chair, Sheppey Summer Carnival Club, 01795 667927.

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