Issue 145    Dec 1st   to   March 1st   2020

Hungerford Town Council (HTC) News

I was invited to attend the Queen’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in May this year. Honoured and proud to represent Hungerford as Town Mayor. I planned my outfit, ensuring every detail was considered for this ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity.

It was important for me to wear the Mayor’s Chain of Office, making sure it was polished and fit for such an occasion. Sadly, on close inspection, I realised how tired and worn the black velvet pad had become from years of previous civic engagements.

Fortunately, Hungerford is rich with talented artists and crafters, many of which I’m lucky enough to call friends.
I called upon the very talented June Hiscock, who thankfully, agreed to create a new velvet collar fit for purpose. The deadline was tight, armed with a collection of haberdashery (June had requested), we set about removing the chain from the old collar. I think it’s safe to say both June and I felt slightly anxious at this point! We’d wholeheartedly committed ourselves to the project. Taking much longer than either of us had anticipated, (around 6hrs) June asked me to try on the finished article. A real ‘Ta- Da’ moment!

June, thank you for agreeing to help ensure Hungerford’s newly refurbished chain of office really looked the business! I’ve received so many lovely comments whilst on civic engagements. The new rich navy- blue velvet, really shows off the Mayoral chain to perfection.

Every day, I’m totally blown away by the selfless acts of kindness and support we have in Hungerford. To each and every volunteer, please know how appreciated you are within the town.

Your efforts and commitment ensure Hungerford remains a small town with the BIGGEST heart.

Cllr Helen Simpson
Hungerford Town Mayor