Mayor's Announcements (including any petitions received)
To receive any announcements from the Mayor.
NOTED the announcements from the Mayor in relation to:
· NHS 70th Birthday
· Windrush Celebrations
· Annual Remembrance Service at the Jewish War Memorial, Willesden
· Armed Forces Day
· Mayors Civic Service
· Love Chalkhill Festival 2018
· Pride Celebrations
· Claremont High School Teachers Award
· World Cup; and
The Mayor made the following announcements:
(i) NHS 70th Birthday
The Mayor reminded Members that the National Health Service had celebrated its 70th anniversary on 5 July 2018 and asked Members to join him in thanking the NHS for the vital role it had played and would continue to play in everyones lives.
He also took the opportunity to personally thank all the extraordinary NHS staff for the support and care provided to those in need and stated how pleased he had been to attend a number of celebratory events over the past few weeks in Brent.
(ii) Windrush Celebrations
Following the Government’s recent announcement of a national Windrush Day, the Mayor was pleased to advise that a number of celebrations had taken place on 22 June 2018 to mark 70 years since the Empire Windrush had landed at Tilbury docks, carrying 492 passengers from the Caribbean.
As part of the celebrations, Willesden Green Library was currently hosting an exhibition of Brent’s Caribbean heritage, which he reminded Members would be open until October 2018.
The Mayor advised he, like many other Members, had been pleased to attend events across the borough to celebrate the windrush community’s contribution to Brent.
(iii) Annual Remembrance Service at the Jewish War Memorial
The Mayor informed Members that he had been honoured to attend a Service of Commemoration at the Jewish War Memorial held in Willesden on 10 June, along with the Deputy Lieutenant, Mei Sim Lai.
(iv) Armed Forces Day
The Mayor informed Members that Armed Forces Day had been held on 30 June 2018, which had provided an opportunity to show support for the men and women from the Armed Forces community. He was pleased to advise that the Council had proudly flown the armed forces flag above the Civic Centre in order to honour serving troops, their families, veterans and cadets.
(v) Mayor’s Civic Service
The Mayor reminded Members that his Civic Service, hosted by the Chief Executive, would be taking place at the Civic Centre on Monday 30 July 18, starting at 6.30pm.
Members wishing to attend were asked to contact the Mayor’s Office to reserve a ticket.
(vi) Love Chalkhill Festival 2018
The Mayor reminded all Members of an open invitation for them to attend the Annual “Love Chalkhill Festival 2018” on Saturday 14 July 2018. He hoped as many Members as possible would be able to attend.
(vii) Pride Celebrations
The Mayor advised that he had been delighted to see so many thousands of people lining the streets of central London for the city’s annual LGBT Pride celebration, which had involved about 30,000 people from almost 500 LGBT groups.
(viii) Teaching Award
The Mayor took the opportunity to congratulate Shalina Patel of Claremont High School, who he advised had recently won a national teacher award. He also advised that, as a result, Shalina had been entered into a national teaching award in October for which he wished her well, on behalf of the Council.
(ix) World Cup
The Mayor congratulated the national football team for all they had achieved so far at the world cup. Like many others, he advised he would be watching the semi-final against Croatia and felt that whatever the outcome their progress represented an amazing achievement which showed how sport could play a role in bringing communities together.
On behalf of all Members he wished Gareth Southgate and the England team the best of luck.
Finally, the Mayor drew members attention to the list of current petitions along with action being taken to deal with them, which had been tabled at the meeting, in accordance with Standing Order 66.