Happy New Year and welcome to the first edition of the Mayor’s Musings! For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Mayor of Sefton Councillor Dave Robinson.
Along with my wife Mayoress Wendy Robinson and my team of civic helpers, I get to see the very best of what our beautiful borough has to offer – from welcoming new citizens to fabulous theatre performances from our talented troupes and much more in between.
The start of 2018 has been a rollercoaster of Mayoral engagements! We started on January 5 with a trip to the Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain Annual Luncheon. Around 35-40 other Mayors from the North West attended along so it was a great opportunity for me to meet the other mayors and to see what they’re doing in their terms of office.
But there’s little time to take in the busy diaries of my contemporaries as the very next day I was honoured to attend the Sefton Children’s Trust Christmas Party at the Plaza Cinema where I got to meet and greet the families of the children I had previously met at the Children’s Trust House in Shropshire.
Not everyone realises part of the Mayor’s duty is also to give tours of our fabulous town halls – the following Monday I was delighted to welcome Formby U3A (University of the Third Age) to Bootle Town Hall; a building of much grandeur!
And from Formby it was onto Romania…and India…and Eqypt! I welcomed nine lovely people from a variety different countries including Romania, Philippines, Egypt, America, China, India, Australia and Malaysia as part of one of our many citizenship ceremonies we host throughout the year.
Finally, just before I hung up my robes for another week, it was on to Merseyside Police HQ for a fantastic initiative between our friends in Blue and Sefton Council to help warn children of the dangers of scrambler bikes. A special competition saw some of our fabulous local school kids win a one of a kind ski-trip to Scotland.
Five different schools throughout Sefton including Lander Road, The Grange, English Martyrs, Hatton Hill and All Saint took part where they were asked to make short videos about the dangers of scrambler bike use and the impact they have on the community.
Now it’s time for me to look forward to my next set of adventures and start planning for the Mayor’s Charity Dinner in March! Plenty of more details soon to come!
Cllr Dave Robinson
Mayor of Sefton