AS I have no official activity to report this week I thought I would take this opportunity to mention my Charity Appeal for this mayoral year 2012/13.
As the Mayor of Boroughbridge I think it only appropriate to put the local community at the heart of my year in office.
For that reason I have decided that I would like to support Boroughbridge and District Community Care, a local charity that provides a service to the whole community.
Boroughbridge and District Community Care – or Communicare, as its known locally – was set up in the mid-1990s with the aim of helping all sections of the local community.
Its services include a weekly lunch club for retired people, ‘Home from Hospital’ and ‘Visiting Warden’ schemes, and outings using its fully equipped minibus.
It also operates a volunteer car service for elderly or disabled people if they are unable to use public transport.
For example, the scheme provides a door-to-door service for those needing transport to and from hospital for appointments or to visit sick relatives, or visits to other local amenities or for essential shopping.
All Communicare’s services are operated using a dedicated team of willing and trained volunteers.
Some grant funding for these services is available, but not enough to run all of the services it provides. Fundraising activities include an annual raffle which is held in August/September, a ‘Christmas Tree Festival’ held in December, and the very popular bingo night – but any additional help with fundraising or monetary donations is always very welcome.
Throughout the year I hope to arrange a number of events to raise money for this local and very worthwhile cause.
Charities such as Communicare do so much to help the communities that we are all part of and by supporting them we are all investing in our community and I hope that everyone will support these events and that together we can have a successful year of fundraising. So please watch this space for further news.
Finally, I know that the cemeteries in both Aldborough and Boroughbridge have been a concern recently not only for the town council but also for many of you.
Problems have included damage caused by moles and rabbits, the maintenance of the trees, and the sorry state of the notice board at Aldborough Cemetery.
The town council has not been complacent and I would like to assure everyone that much work has been going on in the background to address all these problems.
Inspection and maintenance of the trees will be undertaken; a new notice board has been ordered for Aldborough and we are just awaiting delivery; also at Aldborough rabbit-fencing will shortly be erected and the moles will be dealt with in both cemeteries.
As a footnote I would just like to add that our ‘unofficial’ activity this week included a superb Sunday afternoon at Aldborough’s annual barbecue in aid of St Andrew’s Church and despite uncertainty about the weather, Andy Murray in the Wimbledon final and the British Grand Prix, this event was extremely well-attended and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves with good food and beverage in convivial company.
Many thanks to Aiden and Frances Foster who once again hosted the event in their lovely garden and thanks also to everyone who support this fundraising event in whatever capacity.