These are the Town Mayor’s Engagements for 2020-21:
Councillor Richard MacRae was invited as The Mayor of Stapleford to the Stapleford Combined Services Club to take part in the Walter Parker VC Memorial Day Event.
You can find out more about the group by visiting https:/www.facebook.com/CombinedServicesStapleford/
The Mayor of Stapleford Richard MacRae was invited to Pinnacle Dance School who have just reopened.
There are Dance Sessions at the New Community Centre on Washington Drive.
The Mayor said it was really good to see the dancers who are having great fun, learning some dance moves and making new friends along the way.
The Mayor of Stapleford today had the pleasure of delivering Easter Eggs to those who took part in the Easter Bonnet Competition which was run by Stapleford Town Council.
As well as the winner there were also three runners up. Always a difficult task to choose a winner but fun all the same.
Thank you to all those who took part.
Thank you to the Helpful Bureau for inviting the Mayor of Stapleford to help deliver meals.
55 meals were delivered and thanks to Stapleford Fire Station for helping once again.
As well as delivering dinners and puddings afternoon teas were also delivered which were made up by Ilkeston Rugby Club. Many thanks to them also.
Get in touch with the Helpful Bureau directly if you are interested in any of the services they perform. You can find them on their Website at https://www.thehelpfulbureau.org.uk/
The Mayor of Stapleford was invited to choose a winner from the drawings submitted to Stapleford Town Football Club, along with the Chairman Pete Scott.
All of the drawings were amazing and it was very difficult to choose one winner.
So after some excellent entries for the draw a footballer competition, Arlow from The Soccer School was pronounced the winner!!
He incorporated the Hemlock Stone into his design because he said “its a strong rock in Stapleford and that Stapleford Town are like rocks—nothing can break us!” And how right he is!!
Pete Scott and Richard MacRae were wowed by the pictures and loved that this one gave Soccer School a nickname (The Rocks)and a potential mascot.
A big well done to all and everyone will get a chocolate treat and a print of their design.
Invited to present a bouquet of flowers on behalf of Stapleford Town Council to Una and Jerry Booth who today celebrated 65 years of marriage.
What an amazing couple who have lived in Stapleford for many years are a well known, much loved and highly respected family who also have two wonderful daughters, Tina and Kim.
It is a great honour as the #MayorOfStapleford to do this and I wish them a great day and many many more to follow.
Today as the #MayorOfStapleford I was kindly invited to help deliver meals alongside The Helpful Bureau to local residents.
We took meals to people living in Rockwell Court and also delivered Flowers and Crumpets which were enjoyed by all.
More pictures can be found on The Helpful Bureau Facebook page and get in touch with them if you want to order a meal.
“I had the great pleasure of presenting a bouquet of flowers to Jeff and Coral Orchard who were celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary on Saturday. As The Mayor of Stapleford it is always nice to meet people in Stapleford and today was exactly that. “
Councillor Richard MacRae
“As the Mayor of Stapleford, I was invited to take part in the National Story Telling Week. I have recorded a story which I read out and it will be played to children in a local School. I really enjoyed doing this and I hope the children enjoy the story”.
Councillor Richard MacRae
A great big thank you to The Helpful Bureau for inviting me as the #MayorOfStapleford to help deliver Christmas Hampers and Dinners in Stapleford today. We also delivered Flowers and a Card to a lovely couple who have been married 65 years today.
If you click the following link there are more pictures and information from todays event.
As the #MayorOfStapleford I alongside other Councillors was asked to choose a Christmas Window Display Winner, a very difficult decision but in the end Sue Ryder was chosen. So it was with great pleasure I got to present the award to Julie on behalf of the team who did the window display.
“As Mayor Of Stapleford, it has been an absolute honour to be able to send out Christmas Cards on behalf of Stapleford Town Council. These will be posted out from tomorrow and are going to various groups and organisations as well as past Town Mayors and various others in Stapleford.”
Of course, a massive well done to Reuben Shepherd who designed the card, through our Community Christmas Card Competition. – Councillor Richard MacRae
“This evening as the Mayor of Stapleford, I attended an online meeting with the 3rd Bramcote Brownies who wanted to talk to me about the role of Mayor of Stapleford.”
“What an exciting meeting and all excellent questions, potential Councillors in the making when they are old enough.” – Councillor Richard MacRae
If you would like to join the 3rd Bramcote Brownie Unit in the Hemlock and Castle Division, or have any queries that you would like them to answer then please do not hesitate to contact Elaine on the details provided below.
I was kindly invited as the #MayorOfStapleford to attend a very special birthday celebration for Irene Dorothy Burton, who is 100 today. Most definitely a first for me and I was honoured to present a beautiful bouquet of flowers on behalf of Stapleford Town Council as well as a card. Lots of cards including one from Her Majesty The Queen and lots of presents.
Also thanks to Chairman of the Stapleford Combined Services Club who also attended today.
“I would like to thank the Stapleford Combined Services Club who invited me to attend the Remembrance Sunday and today’s Armistice Day events which they organised this year.
Invited to attend as the Mayor of Stapleford, I laid a Wreath on behalf of Stapleford Town Council and Stapleford.
You can find videos and photos from these and other events on the Combined Services Facebook page –
I would also like to thank Stapleford Town Council, Councillor Sue Patterson and former Councillor Ella Kearney for helping to put together videos which can also be found here” –
Councillor Richard MacRae
“Today in my capacity as the Mayor of Stapleford, I was kindly invited out by the amazing Dig-In Community Allotment to hand out the prizes to the various winners of the Pumpkin Competition they recently ran“.
“Inspired to do this after seeing former Mayor of Stapleford, Councillor Bob Brown on his bike during his term as Mayor). However, I walked up Mayfield Drive though as it was too steep to cycle up and this is my first time out on a bike for ages now!!
“Thanks to Debbie Blake for taking the pics and thanks to Karen Fry for accompanying me on the bike ride” – Councillor Richard MacRae.
Click the link below to Dig-In on Facebook where they have posted more pictures –
“I was kindly invited as the Mayor of Stapleford to attend a very special birthday celebration for Irene Dorothy Burton, who is 100 today. Most definitely a first for me and I was honoured to present a beautiful bouquet of flowers on behalf of Stapleford Town Council as well as a card. She’d received lots of cards including one from Her Majesty The Queen and lots of presents. We had spoke for a while and had a quick drink too. I am so grateful to the family for inviting me and allowing me to be part of such a wonderful day.”
“Special thanks to Chairman of the Stapleford Combined Services Club who also attended today.” – Councillor Richard MacRae
A different way to hold the annual Civic Service!
A virtual service for the Mayor of Broxtowe, Councillor Janet Patrick, took place today. Stapleford Town Mayor, Councillor Richard MacRae attended the service and also logged in for a virtual tea and cake session after the service had finished. Here’s what he had to say –
“Using Microsoft Teams, I joined an online meeting and as the #MayorOfStapleford, I was given the opportunity to speak. I thanked all those unsung heroes who are working so hard on a daily basis and of course, I also thanked the Mayor of Broxtowe who is a great lady.” – Councillor Richard MacRae
Saturday 12th September saw another new independent business open in Stapleford and our Town Mayor, Councillor Richard MacRae was invited to cut the ribbon and officially ‘open’ The Beautè Salon.
“As the Mayor of Stapleford, I was kindly invited to cut the ribbon to officially open the business and after been shown around the premises by staff, I also handed out price lists to those who attended the official opening.
I wished them good luck then nipped across the road to ‘The Little Kitchen’ for a cuppa as they also opened the doors on the same day! It is great to see new businesses opening and the owners investing in high street.” – Councillor Richard MacRae
The Beautè Salon can be found at 159a Derby Road, Stapleford.
They also have a Facebook page which is linked below –
The Town Mayor was invited to present flowers, a card and a certificate to Sharon Goffin – a Stapleford childminder of 30 years.
“Sharon has been a childminder in Stapleford for 30 years and she has looked after the children of people she looked after when they were younger. The Mayor is sure you agree 30 years as a childminder is an amazing achievement and you will join him in saying thank you and giving a huge congratulations to Sharon”. – Councillor Richard MacRae
The Town Mayor was invited to attend the final drill session of Watch Manager, Ray Burton.
“More than a firefighter, Ray is a true community champion. Both his work and personal contribution to the community is to be applauded. It was an emotional event but a well deserved thank you to Ray Burton for his 37 years as a Stapleford Firefighter. We wish him a very happy retirement” – Councillor Richard MacRae
This morning Stapleford Town Mayor, Councillor Richard MacRae and Councillor David Grindell, alongside Stapleford Combined Services, unveiled the VE Day Memorial Bench. The bench can be found in the Walter Parker VC Memorial square in Stapleford.
You can watch the ceremony recorded live this morning here:- https://www.facebook.com/CombinedServicesStapleford/videos/1657979301049554/
The Helpful Bureau invited the Town Mayor along to their first ‘Movement to Music’ class after having to close due to Covid.
“It was a great pleasure to be invited along to the Movement to Music session. 14 people took part at St Helen’s Church Hall and all followed social distancing measures. The Helpful Bureau, with the help and support of the Fire Brigade and Army have also been working hard to get meals out to the more vulnerable as well as helping with shopping and picking up prescriptions etc. It was a great opportunity to thank them for all the hard work they do in Stapleford and beyond”. – Councillor Richard MacRae
31-07-2020 & 03-08-2020
The Town Mayor was invited to attend the ‘Family Friendly Fortnight events’ at The Church at Montrose Court and St Helen’s Church where free packed lunches were distributed over two weeks to children of school age and their families.
“It was an absolute pleasure to be invited as Mayor of Stapleford to my first event at the Church at Montrose Court. They are working hard with other groups and individuals to support the Stapleford Food Project and by the 7th August 2020, over 1000 meals will have been distributed between the Church at Montrose Court and St Helen’s Church.” – Councillor Richard MacRae
“It was a great pleasure to be invited to St Helen’s Church as they distributed free packed lunches. The Vicar kindly gave us a tour of the new Annex building too! Many volunteers have been preparing the packed lunches and organising the activities and it was nice to be able to thank them, in person, for the time they have given to do this” – Councillor Richard MacRae