Mayoral Musings for July (2)
My next event was attending the Okehampton & District Community Transport AGM. They do wonderful work in providing transport for those who are unable to drive or use public transport. They are always looking for more volunteer drivers, so if this is something you think you could do, please do give them a shout. In the evening, I was invited to be the guest speaker at Okehampton Rotary Club. Again, this is another fantastic organisation in the town that does so much in terms of fundraising and support to other local groups.
We are all very much aware that there is a Climate crisis and Okehampton is no exception. On Tuesday 23rd July, there was a public meeting in the Ockment Centre called "Climate Crisis - what can we do?" This was called by a group of like-minded volunteers who are extremely concerned about the environment and it was very well attended. Okehampton Town Council has signed up to the Devon Climate Declaration and will be seeking to work with others on this vitally important matter. The Council itself has been taking steps over the last couple of years to identify and reduce its own carbon footprint and to work in a more environmentally friendly way and will continue to do so.
The Mayor sits on various trustee boards within the town as part of the role. The Charities of Holditch & Others, an ancient local charity within the town, has met its aims and objectives so the decision had been taken earlier in the year to wind the Charity up. On Wednesday 24th July the Okehampton Times came along to take a photo of the final presentation of cheques to those organisations who would benefit from the final grants. Congratulations to the Okehampton & District Community Transport Group; Age UK; Tor Support Services and Okehampton College who were the recipients.
My final event for July was attending the Bideford Regatta as the guest of the Mayor. The weather was glorious and it was lovely to be able to spend a rare afternoon sitting and watching the boats go by. Having said that, one or two hats blew off in the breeze and went into the river much to the amusement of the passers-by. They were all safely rescued with no harm done to the wildlife, hats or humans!
I had a meeting with the Plume of Feathers who are looking to put on a Folk Evening as a fundraiser for OkePADS on 2nd November. It has been fantastic to have so much support for the Mayor's Charity and it looks like it will be an exciting evening. More details to follow!