#MayorOfBroxtowe announcement for 2nd March 2022 Council Meeting
Good evening everyone and welcome to this March meeting. It’s the budget meeting tonight so please keep your comments relevant and to the point and of course as always, keep it friendly and be respectful of other people’s opinions.
Since we were here just before Christmas, a lot has been going on. Firstly, the Schools Foodbank appeal and Broxtowe Youth Homelessness food collection point here in the council offices were a great success and I am pleased that with a collective team effort we managed to help a good number of people across the borough.
We marked Holocaust Memorial day in Bramcote Park’s walled garden with the help of the amazing students from Alderman White school. If you haven’t watched it, the theme was One Day and it is worth watching just to hear the students singing.
We launched Beeston Light Night at the end of January which was an amazing event and very well attended and enjoyed by many.
Last month, I had the pleasure of meeting two work experience students in the offices and giving them an insight into what we do here day to day. It is a valuable learning for them and I enjoyed it very much.
We also organised a charity night at Oliver’s Pub & Kitchen in Eastwood and with the help of Mark Preston and team, we raised over £3,000 all of which goes to Broxtowe Youth Homelessness.
In between all of this, in conjunction with Tim Crawford’s team and two local schools, we have planted 14 trees in two parks in Stapleford and Eastwood as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy for her jubilee year.
Looking forward, the civic team are starting to organise a community thank-you celebration evening at the end of April at The Arc Cinema in Beeston and I’m hoping to do another charity bike ride before I finish my time as Mayor.
Finally, before we get down to business, I would like to conclude my announcement tonight with a minutes’ silence for Colin Slater MBE, a Beeston resident and a Freeman of the Borough, who sadly passed away in January. Colin will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by us all. Doctor Peter Robinson chair of the remuneration panel sends his condolences and if anyone would like to say a few words about Colin before we start the minutes’ silence, please go ahead.