Meeting of the Council.

Tuesday evening.  It is our usual practice to commemorate local people but l asked the Council this evening to pay tribute to two brave and courageous Police Officers from Greater Manchester, who tragically lost their lives while responding to an incident in Tameside on Tuesday the 18th of September. I asked the Council to observe a minute’s silence to the memory of PC Fiona Bone and PC Nicola Hughes.

The Council proceeded as normal with business and my Mayors announcements l did say that since my inauguration l have carried out 128 engagements, all of which can be visited by my blog http://www.sandwellmayor.org. I thanked everyone who donated to my charities and gave special thanks to Suzanne Hartwell and Geoff for The Tipton Charity Show, and Carole and Vic Silvester for the charity evening arranged at Brandhall Labour Club both events were well supported and enjoyed by all who attended.

The rest of the Council business proceeded normally but with reports from Cllr John Edwards on The West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority, and Cllr Roger Horton on The West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority.

The Boy’s Brigade Annual Church Service.

Sunday morning at 11.00 am we made our way to St Andrews Church, Carters Green West Bromwich for the Annual Church Service for The Mid Staffs and Sandwell Battalion Boy’s Brigade.

It was truly wonderful experience to be part of their annual celebrations. Not only were the seniors catered for but also the young children. The Walls Of Jericho certainly came down when an illustrated story narrated from The Reverent Mike  made us all chuckle.

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I presented the awards to worthy winners but realise everyone was a winner.

West Bromwich Rail Model Club.

Saturday lunchtime we arrived at Wednesbury Town Hall to visit The West Bromwich Rail Model Club Open Day.

We went not knowing what to expect but our hosts  David Miles and Les Plews showed us around the hall to see the exhibits and didn’t realise how fascinating it was. Not only were the trains on show the scenery was outstanding, so much hard work has gone into making this a very succesful day. There was even a complete working model inside a suitcase.

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Members range in age from under 10 to over 90. We met Martin Holford the oldest member 93 and Stephan Baker a junior member, and the club is known locally as “The Friendly Club”.  It was a pleasure to spend time with everyone. Well Done.

Recognition of Bristnall Hall Neighbourhood Ambassadors.

Friday evening was a special occasion where the community and partners were recognised.  Carol Goult and her husband Stephen Goult who were responsible for the presentations that took place at Ormston Academy School Tividale.

Brendon Hawthorne was The Master of Ceremonies and a great job he did, not only did he do a magnificent job of comparing he also gave us renditions of Black Country poems.

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The awards event is to celebrate the work carried out by volunteers in the town of Oldbury, and encourage others to join them to continue the work.