1. The Mayor attended the Chestnut Tree House Night to Remember Midnight Walk on Saturday 14 May. The Mayor arrived at the Sovereign Centre shortly before midnight to wish the walkers well on their journey. This has become an annual event and this year over 700 walkers took part.
2. On Saturday 21 May the Mayor attended the Royal British Legion’s annual conference at the Congress Theatre and welcomed delegates to the town. Later in the day, the Mayor attended a parade at the War Memorial and laid a wreath on behalf of the Town. The following weekend the Mayor attended events during the Oddfellows Annual Moveable Conference.
3. The Eastbourne Sunshine Carnival took place on Eastbourne Seafront on Saturday 11 June. The Mayor was pleased to help judge the floats before taking part in the parade.
4. On Friday 17 June the Mayor welcomed a group from Fort Mahon Plage, France, to Eastbourne. The group included the town’s Mayor and school children and they visited the Fort Mahon Plage memorial at Beachy Head before lunch followed by a Town Hall tour and visit to the Mayor’s Parlour. The following week the Mayor welcomed another French Mayor to the town, this time from Richebourg. At the Redoubt Fortress the Mayor of Richebourg was presented with the remains of a church bell brought back to England after the Battle of Boars Head in WWI.
5. The Mayor attended the Aegon International Finals at Devonshire Park on Saturday 25 June. This year’s winner was Dominika Cibulkova.
6. A number of events which the Mayor attended took place on Saturday 2 July. First of all, the Mayor attended the opening ceremony of the annual 999 Emergency Services display at the Western Lawns. This was followed by the unveiling of a memorial stone dedicated to Nelson Carter VC during a ceremony at the Redoubt Gardens. The ceremony marked 100 years since Nelson Carter was awarded the VC posthumously following his death during the Battle of Boars Head. Prior to his death Nelson Carter lived in Eastbourne with his family. The ceremony was organised by Eastbourne Borough Council in conjunction with East Sussex County Council. Later in the day the Mayor attended the unveiling of another stone in Hailsham, as Nelson Carter also spent a few years of his life living there.
7. During the week commencing 4 July, the Civil Service Bowling Association Tournament took place in Eastbourne. The Mayor attended the opening ceremony at Eastbourne Bowls Club on the Monday, and later in the week their annual dinner at Pomodoro e Mozzarella.
8. During her first couple of months in her new position as Mayor, Councillor Pat Hearn has also attended a number of awards ceremonies for local schools, concerts and opening ceremonies.
9. The Mayor has chosen to support Refuge, which helps women and children affected by domestic violence and The Eastbourne Open Award Centre for the Duke of Edinburgh Award, a programme of personal development for young people. The Mayor’s Charity Committee have been busy organising the yearly programme of fundraising events, the first of which, a Charity Bowls Tournament, takes place on Sunday 24 July at Hampden Park Bowls Club. It is still possible to enter a team in the tournament, please contact the Mayor’s Office for further details.
10. The Mayor’s Charity Committee will also be attending the Hampden Park Funday on Sunday 21 August, and will be holding a tombola. Please come along and support them during the day.
11. Notice is given to Councillors that the Mayor’s Civic Church Service will take place at St Mary’s Church, Hampden Park, on Sunday 2 October. Further information and invitations will be sent by the Mayor’s Office shortly.