Agenda item

Chairman's Announcements (Agenda item 4)

(including the engagements of the Chairman and Vice-Chairman)


The following announcements were made:


Welcome Home Parade of the Light Dragoons

The Chairman had been very proud and overwhelmed to be in a position to host the parade and to welcome the Light Dragoons home from Afganistan.  The Council had received thank you letters, telephone calls and emails from many of the guests.  Complimentary letters had also been received from General Richard Dannant, the Head of the Armed Forces, the Deputy Chief of the Armed Forces, and from the Commanding Officer of the Light Dragoons, Lieutenant Colonel Angus Watson.  The parade had seen the biggest turnout of its kind in Dereham’s living memory and had reflected the overwhelming support form the local community for the returning soldiers.


Mr W Smith, the Executive Member for the Cabinet Office, had been the mentor behind the ‘Welcome Home’ event; however, the person who had made all the necessary arrangements, and who had worked extremely hard to ensure that the event was a great success, had been Mary Palmer, Breckland Council’s Marketing and Communications Officer and her team.  The Chairman was delighted to present Mary with a bouquet of flowers and a bottle of champagne.


Auction of Promises

Members were reminded of the ‘Auction of Promises’ that would be held following the Full Council meeting.  All monies raised would be in aid of Quidenham Hospice.

The Chairman offered his congratulations to Councillor Stephen Askew who had completed a half marathon in 2 hours and 16 minutes and had raised over £1,000, also in aid of the Hospice.   Finally, Councillor Ann Steward and Lady Fisher were looking for sponsorship as they had offered to abseil from the Ecotech wind turbine in the Spring.


A list of engagements attended by the Chairman and Vice-Chairman was tabled, for the period 26th October to 5th December 2007, which included:


30th Oct,

Funeral of Wilf Mathews – ex-councillor and Chairman of Breckland Council


4th Nov

Justice Service

The High Sheriff of Norfolk and The Countess of Romney DL

19th Nov

Welcome Home Parade of the Light Dragoons followed by Church Service

Breckland Council

20th Nov

Launch of the Wayland Community Bank

Wayland Partnership

23rd Nov

Charity Dinner

Chairman of Norfolk County Council, Michael Carttiss

28th Nov

Light Dragoons Cocktail Party

Commanding Officer and the Officers of The Light Dragoons






The Chairman thanked Councillor J Labouchere, the Vice-Chairman for helping him out on a number of his appointments.


26th October,

Mayor’s Charity Ceilidh

Mayor and Mayoress of Thetford, Councillor Robert Kybird and Sue Glason

22nd November,

Exercising their Freedom of the City of Norwich by the Royal Anglian Regiment

Lord Mayor of Norwich, Councillor Roy Blower, and The Sheriff of Norwich, Nick Williams

23rd November,

Homecoming of the 1st Battalion of the Royal Anglian Regiment

Mayor of St. Edmundsbury Borough Council

5th December,

Ceremony to mark the completion of the strengthening of three bridges over the Mid Norfolk Railway

Chairman of Norfolk County Council, Councillor Michael Carttiss