Cowbridge with Llanblethian Town Council

The Mayor, Councillor Mrs Sian Vaughan

Mayor's Diary for September 2017

Autumn has arrived and so I thought I should reflect on the events that I have attended this summer. On the 28th June my Consort and I attended Old Hall to present prizes to the winners of the ‘selfie’ art exhibition. It was lovely to meet children from Y Bontfaen and Ysgol Iolo Morganwg.  The Gem Newspaper covered this event and it was great to see photos of the children in the paper.

On the 2nd July, I held my Civic Sunday Service with the Town Councillors in Holy Cross Church.  It was wonderful to keep our traditions alive by processing on foot up the High Street to the Church and back. We were lucky enough to be accompanied by the South Wales Police Band, who really enhanced the occasion on a beautiful sunny, dry day.  We have also attended other Council’s Civic Sunday Services at Dinas Powys on the 9th July  and Barry on the 16th July.

I held my ‘Sparkling Strawberry Tea’ event on the 8th July in aid of Cancer Research Wales, which was really well attended and received excellent coverage in the Gem. I was so grateful that the staff at Hendrewennol picked the majority of the strawberries eaten at the Tea and I visited them to collect the fruit on the 7th July. 

My Consort and I attended the annual ‘Leavers Service’ at Holy Cross on the 11th July to hand out   over 180 copies of the booklet ‘It’s Your Move’.  It was lovely to meet so many of the children who were finishing primary school and making their transition to senior school in September. 

We attended the summer concert of Cardiff County and Vale Youth Orchestra on Saturday 22nd July in the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff. The standard was incredible and we listened to a Richard Strauss horn concerto and a Shostakovich Symphony No. 5.

On the 31st July a short service took place outside the Town Hall, by the War Memorial to mark the 100th Anniversary of the commencement of the Third Battle of Ypres at Passchendaele.  A wreath was laid by the Royal British Legion and it was a time of quiet reflection on the tragic and huge loss of life.

As Mayor of Cowbridge (Ancient Borough) with Llanblethian, I was invited to become a Vice President  of the 2017 Vale of Glamorgan Agricultural Show.  The Vale of Glamorgan Agricultural Society was established in 1772 and as is customary an Annual Thanksgiving Service took place on Sunday 6th August before the Vale Show at St Cadoc’s Church, Llancarfan.  During the Service a sheaf of newly cut corn and a newly baked loaf was carried through the Church up to the Altar, to give thanks and ask for a blessing for the gathering of all crops.  The Vale Show itself took place at Fonmon Castle grounds on the 9th August and was a great day out for everyone.  If you did not make it this year I recommend putting the date of next year’s show in your diary - Wednesday 8th August 2018.  It was a huge honour to be a Vice President and to meet so many of our farming community on the day and dignitaries from other parts of South Wales.

My next charity events in support of Cancer Research Wales are ‘Champagne and Canapes’ in the Physic Garden on Friday 8th Sept 6.30pm to 8.00pm at £10 a ticket.  The coffee morning dates for the rest of the year are Saturday 16th September, Saturday 21st October and Saturday 4th November, all from 10.30am to 12 noon, in the Mayor’s Parlour at the Town Hall.  I look forward to meeting you and your support for Cancer Research Wales.

Finally don’t forget if you want the Mayor to attend any of your events in Cowbridge, Llanblethian or Aberthin email the Town Council at enquiries@  or phone the office on 01446 773385. Best wishes to everyone at the start of the new school year.