After previously meeting the Mayor and Mayoress of Harrow at a Hendon passing out parade, I was pleased to recieve an invite to a tour they were organising of Harrow School and Grim’s Dyke Hotel. It was at this first meeting I discovered that Harrow’s Mayor Councillor John Nickolay would have been my first councillor when I lived in Roxbourne Ward, South Harrow up to the age of eight.
It was wonderful to have the opportunity to revisit the borough where I spent my early years, this time representing the London Borough of Lambeth as its first citizen.
The event, which raised money in aid of the Welldon Activity Group – a day care centre for adults with learning difficulties – was an excellent opportunity to visit and learn more about the historic Harrow School, where many famous people including former prime minister Winston Churchill were once pupils.
Following a tour of the school Mayors from several London boroughs including our neighbours from Wandsworth met with Head Master of Harrow School, Mr Barnaby Lenon and Mrs Lenon. Views from the headmasters garden reach, at the top of Harrow Hill, reach out across London including Lambeth’s London Eye.
Later we went on to the Grim’s Dyke Hotel, former home of writer and librettist W.S.Gilbert which was designed by Norman Shaw for the painter Frederick Goodall. Following lunch we were treated to a tour of the building and gardens.
It was a wonderful day, a great opportunity to meet Mayors from other boroughs to discuss common issues whilst gaining a unique insight into these historic buildings. The Mayor and his Mayoress were excellent hosts making us all feel extremely welcome and I hope to have the opportunity to return their hospitality at a future event in Lambeth.