The Mayor began by updating Members of the sad news of the recent death of former Councillor Mrs Jane Baldwin.
In terms of Mayoral Engagements, the Mayor had attended the Poppy Launch at Surrey University and had been very proud as two residents of Elmbridge had won awards for their services towards the Poppy Appeal and for the amount of money they had raised for the Appeal.
The Mayor had also attended Armistice Day Services in Long Ditton and in Weybridge, together with an evensong at Guildford Cathedral which had been held the evening before. She had also attended an Army Benevolent Fund event in aid of the Soldiers’ Charity.
The Mayor had attended a My Elmbridge public event at Cowey Sale to raise awareness of Council and Partner services. This was the first of a series of such events to be held in the Borough during the autumn.
The Mayor was pleased to announce that a number of water rescue signs had now been installed in Elmbridge, with the first at Cowey Sale.
Other key activities had included events which had been held to raise awareness of domestic abuse, via the White Ribbon Day, which had included a football match at the Xcel Leisure Centre between Elmbridge Borough Council, PA Housing and Surrey Police. The Mayor was pleased to announce that the Borough Council had won the match. There had also been a cake baking competition on White Ribbon Day, with joint winners being announced.
The Mayor had also attended a number of engagements and events in the community and looking forward there were a number of engagements being held on the run up to the Christmas period.
The Mayor was pleased to announce that her Charity Ball had been very well attended by some 195 guests. Thanks were extended to everyone involved in supporting the Charity Ball and whilst the exact sum raised was not yet finalised it was expected to be in excess of £10,000. The Mayor also took the opportunity to thank those who had been unable to attend the event but who had nevertheless donated towards her chosen Charity.
The Mayor also thanked those that had helped with bag packing at Waitrose the previous weekend, which had raised over £1,000.
The Mayor took the opportunity to outline forthcoming events including a service of Nine Lessons and Carols at St. Mary's Church in Long Ditton; a Consort’s Men's Dinner in March 2019 at Brooklands College; a Charity Bridge Tea in April 2019 at Long Ditton Village Hall; and the Mayor’s Golf Day in April 2019. Full details for all these events would be provided by her Secretary in due course.