November Mayoral Musings
The Plume of Feathers hosted a buffet and concert of folk music on Saturday 2nd November in aid of the Mayor's chosen charity OkePADS. The performers very generously gave their time for free and people came from far and wide to enjoy an evening's entertainment for a good cause. Many thanks to the local businesses who donated raffle prizes and to all those who worked so hard to make it a roaring success. The grand sum of £490.71 was raised, all of which will go to OkePADS to enable them to continue to provide free training to the community in CPR and the use of defibrillators.
On Sunday 3rd November, I went along to the Launceston Town Council Civic Service by kind invitation of their Mayor. Whilst there, I had opportunity to chat to the MP for North Cornwall who continues to support the re-instatement of a passenger rail service between Okehampton and Exeter. All the MP's in our area have been very engaged in working together with OkeRAIL behind the scenes to get this line re-established.
On Sunday 10th November, I joined with everyone else as we remembered the fallen by taking part in the Remembrance Day Parade and Service at All Saints. This is organised by the Royal British Legion every year and is a key date in the calendar where the town comes together in an act of remembrance. I was privileged to be invited to read the names on the Roll of Honour at the Memorial from the two Great Wars and Afghanistan and to light a candle. 'For your sacrifice we will be eternally grateful - Lest we Forget'.
Monday 11th November, I attended the funeral of Mr Michael Morse who was a previous Mayor of the Town. I had the opportunity to sit and listen to the lovely memories that his family, friends and neighbours have as they chatted about things they had done together. My thoughts and prayers are very much with his wife and family at this difficult time.
Towards the end of the month, I was invited along to a 'Music Centre' Concert being put on by Community Links SW in the Octagon Theatre. This was to showcase all that their students have learnt over the term and was of a very high standard. Young people from Okehampton Primary and the College took part playing a multitude of different instruments. Lots of justifiably proud parents and teachers - a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
During November, I presented two cheques on behalf of Okehampton Town Council. One was in support of our local Community Transport Group which does such sterling work in the town and wider community. The second cheque was for the Armed Forces Veterans Breakfast Club which is a social group that meets monthly in the town and is open to all members of the armed forces - whether they are still serving or not.