The Mayor of Knaresborough’s column with Cllr David Goode

Meeting Guide leaders Tracy Templeton, Sharron Shewan and Rebecca Shewan at Ripon race course.
Meeting Guide leaders Tracy Templeton, Sharron Shewan and Rebecca Shewan at Ripon race course.

August has been the busiest month yet for the Mayor and Mayoress. The month kicked off with a trip to Sheffield for Yorkshire Day, celebrating all that is special about the county and its people.

This was quickly followed by the Civic Service at St John’s Church. The event was an extra bit special this year, as it was the first time the district has had a joint service for the Mayor of Harrogate and the Mayor of Knaresborough with the aim of fostering closer ties between local communities.

Knaresborough Festival of Entertainment and Visual Arts (FEVA) along with Knaresborough Bed Race are two of the most iconic events in the town calendar.

So it was a great honour to be asked to open the event in the Market Square where a crowd of mainly families were assembled.

Not sure the Knaresborough Mayor was the main draw, I suspect they were there to see Bob’s Your Uncle magic show.

But we had the opportunity to attend many fantastic events during the nine days ranging from adjudicating at the Town Crier Competition, visiting the scarecrow competition, attending the open day at Jubilee Allotments, enjoying the Romantics with Pro Música concert at St John’s, Party in the Park Knaresborough House, the magical Studio 3 performance of the Wizard of Oz in the Castle Grounds, The urban Beach at Henshaw’s and many of the art trail venues where, with so much talent being shown by exhibitors, I could not resist buying some pictures.

A first for me during FEVA and part of the Blind Jack 300th Anniversary celebrations was being asked, along with the Mayor of Harrogate Cllr Anne Jones, to name a Harrogate Bus Company bus John Metcalf – Blind Jack. The bus can be seen on Route One most days. A very enjoyable nine days and our thanks to everyone who invited us to their events.

We undertook visits to Manor Nursing Home’s Summer Fayre and were invited to make long service awards to staff at Thistle Hill Care Home. These visits gave us the chance to see the hard work shown by staff members looking after both the young and old with great care and compassion.

We had the opportunity to join Knaresborough Girl Guide units as the bi-annual County Camp at Ripon race course.

We joined more than 130 happy and enthusiastic Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and senior section members and leaders from across the county, either camping for a week, or for the younger ones, day visits.

Theme for the camp was “It’s a kind of Magic” with all the broomsticks and witches hats around the sites it felt like a set for a Hogwarts film. We had a great day being shown all the activities that had taken place throughout the week. As we were leaving “It’s a Knockout” was starting.

Participation was enthusiastic and very energetic making me tired just watching!

Knaresborough Guides have a waiting list to join of over 100 girls. Due to a shortage of volunteers this list is growing. So, to former Guides or if you missed out on Guiding when younger, why not become a volunteer.

Upcoming events for the Mayor and Maryoress – Chair Town Council, Age UK AGM, Rotary Dinner, Yorkshire Army Cadets, Kick off a year’s celebration of St Roberts 800th Anniversary, Town Twinning visit to Bebra Germany.

The one thing that stands out at all these events is the hard work and dedication being put in by volunteers to provide support, entertainment, care and new experiences for the Knaresborough community.