A message from your mayor
I DON'T know about you, but I think there is a definite autumnal feel in the air. The fall in temperature, coupled with the arrival of a very large arachnid in my sitting room, tells me that we've had the best of the weather.
Oh well…. at least there was a full four weeks of summer so we really mustn't complain.
Everyone told me that August is a fairly quiet month for civic events and that has turned out to be true. Since my last report I have attended Civic Walkabouts at Shaftesbury and Wareham – visiting local businesses and places of historic interest. I've been inducted into the Gillingham branch of Rotary International (a privileged membership just for my Mayoral year) whose meetings are held at the Olive Bowl, and I was delighted to be asked to judge the stand entries in the Wessex Arcade at the Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show. What a smashing day out that was! September is beginning to look very busy and so far I have 12 civic functions in the diary.
I continue to attend meetings of the Gillingham Neighbourhood Plan Group who are working very hard to make sure that our town has its fair share of amenities in the years to come and is a place where we can all enjoy living. I'm also pleased to tell you that we have had two meetings of the Town Team Management Group to set up the governance arrangements in support of the brilliant enthusiasm shown by the four working groups. The community has really stepped up to the mark and a great many ideas are coming forward. I feel very proud of all of them and really excited to be
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