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.

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.

Special Guests from India in the Big House.

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Wednesday lunchtime we were honoured to have special guests from India and distinguished members of our community to visit us in the Big House to have a cup of tea.

Mr Bhatia was present to introduce everyone and it was a very joyous occasion especially when His Holiness Baba Daljit Singh Ji put on Mayoral Robes and the chains, and had his photograph taken.

Tea with Mr Bill Woodhouse in The Big House.

Monday afternoon we invited Mr Bill Woodhouse into The Big House to have a cup of tea with us.

Mr Woodhouse is a quiet unassuming gentleman who doesn’t seek recognition even though he has worked tirelessly for Sandwell. He was awarded an MBE in 1989 for his work in setting up Sandwell Enterprise Ltd. He was also instrumental in setting up a Sandwell Chamber of Industry and Commerce. He has served as a Director of The Sandwell Homes Board and he was Chair of the Shadow Standards Committee for two years from 1998, and Chair of The statuary Committee from 2000 until 2012.

Mr Woodhouse decided to stand down when changes of legislation removed the requirement for independent members of The Standards Committee.

Mr Woodhouse has been an invaluable asset to The Standards Committee, he has been committed, fair and professional and has been a major factor in the success of The Standards Regime in Sandwell.

Cllr Geoff Lewis, who has known Bill for many years and spoke fondly of their time together.

We were joined by distinguished guest and members of the committee who came to say farewell.