February was a fantastic month for raising funds for the Mayoral Charities.
The Fortunes evening was a huge success, raising a total £2538 - wow! This event could not have happened without the generous donations of Sue & Jen Chapman, who through their generosity made it possible to bring the Fortunes to Leominster for their Past n’ Present Concert. People sang and danced the night away, with raffle prizes raising £348. To all of you who supported this event, and those who gave all those wonderful prizes, many, many thanks.
In February, we welcomed two choirs – Rhayader and the Herefordshire Police Male Voice Choir - who together entertained us with their songs from the valleys and beyond, with a romantic twist for St. Valentine’s Day. A wonderfully uplifting evening, if a trifle cold due to a failure in the heating system. It was somewhat humorous to see Bethan, musical accompanist, wearing mittens when not playing!
Renowned pianist and maestro, Mark Latimer, accompanied by jazz singer and bass player Ruth Bowen, gave the audience a flavour of jazz! An electrifying performance! Mark waived his fee for the Mayoral Charities and the evening raised a total £752!
Whilst on the theme of choirs, please remember 31st March when Leominster is most fortunate in welcoming the Cantabile Choir, winners of many international awards. They are so much in demand that this night had to be booked over eighteen months ago. I must share with you all that the choir, under the direction of Jo Williamson, have waived their fee for the Mayor’s Charities. It will be a night not to be missed!
Another uplifting evening came when I was invited to a performance by The Playhouse Company of the Christmas Carol at the Community Centre. With devilish humour, fantastic efforts from all who took part, and rapturous applause from the audience, this was just what the doctor ordered to lift one’s spirits!
This month as Mayor I also attended the Herefordshire Commendation Awards of West Mercia Police. The awards celebrate those unsung heroes who never hesitate in helping people in distress; such as Mr Alan Wood and Heather Smith of Leominster, who came to the aid and rescue of a person who had collapsed in the street. Both received The Royal Humane Society Award & High Sherriff’s Award. Also of Leominster was Debbie Stringer, who achieved the High Sheriff’s Award for her sterling work (coupled with her drive and personal commitment) in supporting the Police in making our streets safe.
Although not set in stone, I can share with you a very positive introductory meeting I had at the Mayor’s Parlour with Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Trelawny and Colonel Andy Taylor CBE. DL. This meeting was held to discuss the possibility of the Rifles Regiment returning to Leominster under the Freedom of the Town. Although at an embryonic stage, it is hoped that August 2019 will see the Rifles Regiment in Leominster.
This month has indeed been one of celebration - of music & theatre, coupled with unconditional love and optimism. Together we can, and do, make a difference!
Cllr. Angela Pendleton – Mayor of Leominster