My first blog as the new Chairman of the County Council

This is my first blog and so far, two months into the year there have been some amazing engagements which has included meeting the most welcoming people from various walks of life.

It was a very exciting first engagement where we went to Claybrooke Primary School’s 200th celebrations where we were entertained with music from the decades by the children as well as by a parent who sang professionally and was very Michael Buble!! A lovely evening with lots of history and very proud parents!

We witnessed the Lord Mayor of Leicester’s inauguration and along with the new Lord Mayor and his consort attended a lovely service and afternoon tea the following week at Wyggeston Hospital where we also enjoyed talking to the residents.

As well as all the exciting engagements we have so far been blessed with lovely weather although with Music in the Park which was put on by the Rotary Club and Loros, the weather was pretty dreadful during the day but fortunately improved greatly for the evening.  It was a superb evening where we enjoyed lovely picnic food and waved our flags to “Land of Hope and Glory” and chatted to the various groups of people including a large number of regulars from the “Dog and Gun” pub at Kilby.

The following week we were again waving our flag at the Lions event at the De Monfort Hall and enjoying the music and the dry humour from BBC Radio Leicester’s Dave Andrews!

I have also attended a 40 years service lunch for County Council staff and am soon due to attend another!!

The 112th Cub Scouts requested a visit from the Chairman so I paid a visit before they finished for the summer. The cubs were very excited to see the car arrive and hopefully they were pleased to see me too!  They had plenty of questions ready to ask me and strangely enough they wanted my autograph! Something that is unlikely to be requested again during the year!

In the past two months we have been regulars at the cathedral and were privileged to attend the Mesothelioma Reflection Service. We joined in with families who have lost a loved one to this awful disease but on a positive note Professor Fennel updated us on the ongoing research.

This is just a summary of the many engagements that I have attended in the past couple of months but one outstanding visit was to a couple last week who had been married for 75 years! We drank tea and enjoyed some lovely fruit cake with the couple and their family and learned the secrets of staying married for so long…

Until next time here’s a selection of my first pictures as Chairman…

Scouts eventScouts Older peopleServiceArmed Forces DayAttending an event