The Knaresborough Mayor’s column with David Goode

Mayoress Cath and I are pictured with Cadet Hall, learning about expedition planning.
Mayoress Cath and I are pictured with Cadet Hall, learning about expedition planning.

The mayoral diary for September was quieter than previous months. This was a blessing as I had a lot of work to do to support the Knaresborough Neighbourhood Development team launch, and the next round of public consultation at the end of the month.

The month started with a unique event put on by Robert Addyman at Staveley Village Hall. Robert presented a series of photos, documents and books telling the story of his family through the late 19th Century and into the 20th Century.

The family at this time lived in the Red House, Knaresborough, and were very involved in the early days of the development of aviation locally and nationally, mountaineering and engineering. Robert’s twice great uncle was responsible for the design of the Victoria Falls rail bridge in South Africa along with others. Robert’s family history is fascinating and represents an important element of Knaresborough’s history that I was not aware of.

I hope there will be an opportunity for Robert to do a similar display in Knaresborough in the near future.

I had the opportunity to meet with members of the Royal British Legion, Knaresborough Town Council, Scouts, Knaresborough Band and other groups to plan for Remembrance Day ceremonies.

Attending such planning events helps to remind me of the many hours of hard work that is put in by many over weeks and months to put on major events in our town.

I attended Age UK’s AGM and learnt about the challenges the organisation faces as it delivers much needed services to the elderly of our town at a time of unprecedented funding cuts to social and mental health service budgets. They do a great job in very difficult times.

The mayoress and I had a fantastic day, along with mayors from across Yorkshire with cadets and leaders at the Yorkshire Army Cadet Force Presentation Day at Strensall Camp, York.

The Cadet Force in Yorkshire has approximately 1,100 cadets between the ages of 12 and 18. With many participating in the Duke and Edinburgh awards scheme, BTEC and leadership training. The mayoress even learnt how to strip down a rifle. I was glad not to be stood behind it when the spring came out! There is a cadet unit based in Knaresborough for anyone interested. They have places available.

As the month comes to a close it was a great honour to be asked along with Rev Garry Hinchcliffe to kick off the year of celebration for the 800th anniversary of the death of St Robert of Knaresborough.

Knaresborough is very fortunate to have many famous historic personalities associated with the town.

Mother Shipton and Blind Jack are well known figures but perhaps not as well-known is the contribution made by St Robert of Knaresborough at the end of the 12th Century to the development of Christianity locally and the personal sacrifices he made to help and support the poor of the area.

It’s important that the story of St Robert’s life is told and I wish every success to the co-ordinating team who have organised the launch event and will be putting on further events throughout the year culminating in a weekend of celebration for St Robert of Knaresborough’s life next September.

We continue to meet some great people giving their time to help others, doing fantastic work for our community and the wider area.