This month has been as interesting and rewarding as in previous months and long may it continue, writes Wetherby Mayor Coun Galan Moss.
The heat wave has stalled and we are now enjoying a more typical English summer - sunshine and showers.
Sandra and I recently attended a Garden Party at Bowcliffe Hall to celebrate The Commonwealth of Nations Day. This took place on a gloriously sunny Sunday afternoon when we were entertained by singers and dancers. There were representatives from various Commonwealth countries as well as other dignitaries from many cities and towns.
We were very pleased be invited to Deighton Gates Primary School to attend an assembly. I talked to the pupils about the role of the Town Council and the Mayor. The questions they asked were very searching. The children performed a song in our honour which was very moving.
Sandra and I visited the annual Wetherby and District Camp for 750 Beavers, Cubs and of course, Leaders. We spent Saturday afternoon there and what we saw in such a short visit was truly amazing. The activities included something for everyone, ranging from laser target to archery, face painting to axe throwing. I was tempted to join in but fortunately for all I was persuaded not to.
We recently attended a Civic Service in Snaith in the East Riding. It was very interesting to me personally because I was born there. The Mayor made us very welcome and was fascinated by all the history of Snaith I could share.
Sandra joined me in Ripon for the Yorkshire Society’s annual celebration on August 1. Mayors from all over Yorkshire gathered for the event on day of brilliant sunshine. We assembled at the racecourse from where we went by bus to a nearby hotel for breakfast. We then formed a procession and followed the Band of the Royal Armoured Corps through the streets of Ripon to the wonderful Cathedral. The streets were lined with hundreds of well-wishers, many waving the Yorkshire Flag; a truly magnificent sight.
After an enjoyable service, The Dean of Ripon hosted lunch, served in an elegant marquee in his garden; all the food was locally sourced. Yorkshire Day is held in a different town or city each year to celebrate commerce, arts and ingenuity as well promoting this great county. We took the opportunity to publicise Wetherby and encourage everyone we met to come and see for themselves what a great place our town is.
We enjoyed visiting Living Potential’s Summer Fair in Sicklinghall recently. This is a community interest company set up as a non-profit social enterprise. It offers daytime activities on a working farm to people with educational and physical needs.
One early morning I handed over the keys to the contractors so they could start the refurbishment of our children’s playground at Scaur Bank. It is disappointing that the work wasn’t completed before the school holidays, but I know when all three of the Town Council’s playgrounds are ready, the children of Wetherby will be delighted.
The usual business of the Town Council continues. I spoke on behalf of the Council and the people of Wetherby at the recent Harrogate Borough Council Planning Committee meeting to object to the proposed development on Harrogate Road, Stockeld.
The attendance of a great number of members of the public demonstrated to the committee the strength of feeling against this proposal in Wetherby and was hugely appreciated.