Mayor’s Report March 2018 

March started with the Beast from the East meeting Storm Emma and depositing 55 cm of snow in the Vale. This resulted in a few events being postponed or cancelled. My consort Rob and I received a  warm welcome at the Merched y Wawr St David’s Day coffee morning  held at Maes Melyn.  We were lucky to be invited to two events in the Bear Hotel, the Vale for Africa gala dinner dance on the 9th March and the Cowbridge (Gateway) Monday Club  40th Annual Dinner on the 12th March.  The Vale for Africa event was very successful and  raised over £5,000 to improve health and education in Tororo district in Uganda.  The Monday Club event was lead by the club chair person for the year Mr Brett Shelley and end of event closing thanks were delivered by Emily Morgan. I was presented with a lovely bunch of flowers. The musical entertainment for the evening was provided by The Vale Ukelastic Band which involved a very enthusiastic  sing a long  followed by some dancing.  Thank you to all involved, the loyal regular helpers, volunteer drivers and  various funding bodies including the Town Council, Rotary and the Llantwit Major with Cowbridge Lions. Best wishes for the next 40 years.

On the 13th March Rob and I attended the Cardiff Council and Vale of Glamorgan Music Service spring showcase in St David’s Hall, Cardiff in the presence of the Lord Mayor of Cardiff Cllr Bob Derbyshire . The event involved performances by the Senior Wind Band ,  CCVG Youth Choir, Transitional Orchestra, Symphonic Brass, Senior Guitar Ensemble, Fitzalan Steel Pans and the Primary School Massed Choir. The variety and quality of the musical entertainment was outstanding. More singing was required from the audience !

The Mayor of the Vale Cllr Janice Charles held a Charity Dinner Dance on the 23rd March in Art Central Gallery in Barry which we attended. Dancing was to the local band ‘The Flares’ and fun was had in the ‘Guest Who’ photo booth.  An auction and raffle raised money for the mayor’s chosen charities.

On Easter Saturday 31st March Rob and I were invited to attend the new Specsavers shop in Cowbridge. Prosecco and Easter cakes were available to the customers attending and an Easter Treasure Hunt around the shop had been organised for the children. I was asked to judge a children’s painting competition and chose a fine picture of an Easter bunny painted by Masie. I was able to present her with her prize a bucket of chocolate and painting goodies. There was also a prize draw from the first 200 customers to win the cost of their spectacles and the lucky winner was local butcher James  Nicholas.

Finally on a sad note I attended the funeral of Ex-Councillor Mike Bassett on the 15th March and will attend the funeral of Ex-Mayor Graham Phillips on the 6th April.  Condolences to both families.