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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.

Visit to Harrow

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.

Mayors visit to school

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.

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Le Retraite Awards Ceremony

On 15 December I attended La Retraite Roman Catholic Girls’ Schools Certificate Awards Ceremony. The event was preceded by the annual carol service which included readings from the students, a medley of music from the school band and of course the school choir singing a selection of seasonal music.

Councillor Florence Nosegbe was the nights guest of honour, presenting certificates to students and she gave an excellent speech talking about how she had come from a similar background as many of the students and had gone on to University and now an elected councillor in the London Borough of Lambeth.

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Arriving at Brockwell Park to give the countdown to the launching of the fireworks was hugely exciting. As I counted down thousands joined in, anticipating the delights to come.

Deputy Mayor of Lambeth at Brockwell Park Fireworks

Unfortunately despite a huge roar from everyone there was a delay whilst they held on for late comers.

Following a further countdown the fireworks finally brightened the sky.

It was fantastic, and stood so close beneath the fireworks at times I wondered if my Deputy Mayoralship would be cut short.

The crowd roared as the sky became brighter and brighter. Just as we thought it was all over a small gap and then an amazing ending,

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The weather held out, after a very wet Friday, for the Clapham Park Festival at Agnes Riley Gardens, Poynders Road. The festival included music and live performances including local youngsters from local primary schools and Lambeth Performing Arts who took to the stage to show off the singing and dancing.

Along with the entertainment on stage their were activities including football, basketball, netnball, facepainting, badge making and other arts and crafts. There were free health checks and other health advice on several stalls and I saw Councillor Lib Peck having her blood pressure taken.

We visited the Time Bank stall. This is a fantastic initiative where you give your time to others and in return others can then help you. For every hour you give you earn an hours time credit, you can exchange this for an hours help from other members of the time bank for any of the services they have to offer.

Several councillors and local MP Keith Hill joined the local people that had turned out to enjoy the day. I was pleased to meet again Donna C Henry, chair of Clapham Park Project and Joe Moll, Chair of Clapham Park Homes.

A very successful and fun day, in particular I was impressed by the talent of the children who confidentially took the stage and were enjoyed by all.

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