The Mayor referred to the following Mayoral engagements:
· The laying of wreaths at World War One memorial sites within the Borough in the lead up to Armistice Day, the planting of a tree as a lasting memorial to the centenary commemorations and the Remembrance Service and wreath laying ceremony in front of the poppy cascade at the Town Hall. He thanked all those involved in the World War One Working Group, particularly the Chair, Councillor Steve Brunt.
· A visit to Wallis Barracks to welcome the 53 Military Intelligence Company, where he had unveiled a plaque in honour of Captain Jack Oldfield who fought in the Intelligence Corps in World War 2 and had this year reached his 104th birthday.
· A tour of the site of the new Premier Inn hotel at the end of November.
· A celebration event at Gussie’s Kitchen in St Augustines’ Church to acknowledge the fantastic work that the volunteers do in their community bringing together families and individuals to share a hot cooked meal in a friendly atmosphere.
· Switching on the Christmas lights in New Square, accompanied by Paddington Bear and the stars of the pantomime.
He also expressed the Council’s thanks to Dr Michael Rich, the Council’s Executive Director, for his hard work, dedication and commitment to the Council and the people of Chesterfield over the previous four years following his recent appointment as Chief Executive of the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority.