Agenda item

Charter Mayor's Report

The Charter Mayor will report on her activities.

 

Minutes:

The Mayor reported on her activities since the last meeting of the Charter Trustees on 28 October 2020.

Before making her report the Mayor referred to the recent death of Ian Andrews who was the Town Clerk and Chief Executive for the Borough of Poole for 20 years from 1973-1993. She explained that he was a fountain of local knowledge about Poole's history and heritage and had been involved in many local organisations. He wrote several books and articles on Poole and made an immense contribution to Poole.

The Mayor presented her report.  She explained that at the time of the last Charter Trustees meeting there was still some uncertainty about the form Poole's commemoration of Remembrance Day would take. The Mayor reported that in the event a short ceremony was held at the War Memorial at 10 am on the Sunday with a limited number of members of the British Legion and the public present. Poppy wreaths were laid there and at the Burma Star memorial. Later in the day the Mayor went alone to lay wreaths in Falkland Square and at the Quay.  On 11 November a short ceremony was held on the steps of the Civic Centre at 11 am and although there had been no publicity a number of people attended in the expectation that the usual practice of the 2 minutes silence would take place.

The Mayor highlighted that the introduction of the 2nd lockdown put an end to further public events but after it was lifted, she was able to go to Upton Bay Care Home in Hamworthy to open the marketing suite. She outlined her attendance at the event and explained that she was interested to be told that the site of the landmark chimney had been marked on the ground to retain links with the former use of the site.

The Mayor reported that it seemed that residents had made an even greater effort to decorate their homes at Christmas, encouraged in some areas by a challenge to 'light up ….'.  The Mayor reported that she had the pleasure of presenting the winners with hampers of goodies, having been asked to judge the competitions in Broadstone and Upper Parkstone from photos.   The Canford Heath competition was organised by the Residents Association and the winners (5 of them) were selected in an online poll.  The top prize went to a 90-year old resident who had decorated his bungalow and garden for several years, making many exhibits himself from scratch, much to the delight of children passing on their way to school.

The Charter Trustees were informed that the Mayor had attended the Holocaust Memorial Day, taking place this year on Zoom, but following the usual pattern.  The Mayor emphasised that the whole event was very meaningful and moving, and at the same time inspiring.

The Mayor reported that just this morning she, the Sheriff and Deputy Mayor had selected the winning photograph in a competition organised by McCarthy and Stone to mark the opening of their new development in Lindsay Road.