Mayor & Mayoress of Torfaen Cllr Philip Seabourne and Mrs Rosemarie Seabourne 2011 - 2012

29 January 2013
Charity Fund reaches over £10,000
Cllr Seabourne this week accepted the audited account of his Mayoral Fundraising for the charities he nominated and worked for during his Mayoral year of office some monies have been paid directly into the organisations during the year and a final total will be announced and distributed shortly to Tenovus Mobile Support Unit The British Heart Foundation Wales and Torfaen MS Group.


08 April 2012
Inspirational Lady Linda Imm

It was with great sadness that we attended the funeral of Mrs Linda Imm who sadly passed away after battling with Cancer.  Linda was an inspiration to all and never let her diagnosis or illness get her down.  She continuously fought to raise funds for Tenovus Cancer Support and we were proud to have her in attendance as our guest at an event held in the City Hall in Cardiff.  The event was held to recognise the hundreds of volunteers within Wales who do such tremendous work.  The Mayor was also very proud to have Linda nominated for Civic achievement award by her local councillor, Cllr Colette Thomas, unfortunately Linda was too ill to attend the ceromony held in the Civic Centre
Linda leaves a partner of 19 years and two beautiful daughters Verity and Becky.

22 March 2012
Just Two Months to Go
This year has just flown by and we are now on the homeward stretch with just two months to go.  The next Council meeting will be on the 22nd May 2012 which will be the AGM the first of a new Council with some members returning, new members taking up their seat and a selection for the new Council Mayor, Deputy Mayor Leader and Deputy Leader.
Rosemarie and I have had an absolutely brilliant year as Mayor and Mayoress.  The most surprising of all has been how many good people we have within our Borough all ready to help and run different organisations all voluntarily.  The amount of talent we have from the senior citizens right down to our toddlers in the nursery schools is exceptional and we have been entertained by many of our schools and our choirs throughout our year of office.  We have had invitations to run in the park for charity and have tea with the Queen in Buckingham Palace all invites varied and enjoyable.

We have worked hard and are continuing to work till our term ends.

01 December 2011

WE WOULD LIKE TO WISH YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY HEALTHY AND PROSPEROUS CHRISTMAS
We cannot believe we are halfway through our term of office. We have thouroughly enjoyed meeting lots of new friends and supporting numerous Community Groups right throughout the Borough and beyond into other Local Authorities all across Wales.  Supporting numerous charity events and visiting schools.  We would like to place on record our sincere thanks to all those who are helping in our Charity fundraising in aid of the British Heart Foundation Cymru, Tenovus Mobile Support Unit, Torfaen MS Society.

In the run up to Christmas we
will be out and about lighting Christmas Trees singing in Advent and Carol Services and trying to get as many people into the Mayors Parlour for a personal thank you for all the hard work they do within the Community, Council and indeed through all walks of life. If you know of anyone who you think deserves a thank you or if your group would like acknowledgement from the Mayor please contact us or the Mayor's P.A. Chris Slade Mayors Parlour Civic Centre Pontypool on 01495 762200.
We would like to thank especially Mr Howell Evans a local artist who has agreed to organise our Christmas Cards this year and supply Calendars towards the Mayors Charity fundraising.  An exhibition of Howell's work is on show at the moment in the Civic Centre Pontypool and anyone wanting to buy their Christmas cards with the special views of Torfaen can visit and place their orders.


Old Time Music Hall
Our thanks also to Cllr Gwyneira Clark and Rev. Harald Thomas and their team who have been hard at work organising an Old Time Music Hall show planned for this Saturday 3rd December in Garndiffaith Millennium Hall to include a faggots and Peas supper all for a fiver.  Thank You Last few tickets can be bought from Chris Slade in the Mayors Parlour.

PUDSEY BOWLED OVER THE MAYOR

I hope you all managed to see some of the Children in Need events and one in particular televised from The Football Factory in Torfaen where the Mayor was took to the wicket (and told to miss totally against his coaching rule book) It was a pleasure to see so many of our schools participating at this event and even more of a pleasure signing autographs for our pupils The Mayor and Mayoress felt like film stars



Mayoral Engagements from 24th May 2011

We would like to thank Cllr Mary Barnett who contributes to the Grassroots pages of the South Wales Argus.  Cllr Barnett kindly copied us into the last few contributions she has written and on reading them we were delighted to reflect on the Good work that is going on in our Borough.  We felt others would like to share our experiences and have therefore decided to have a Mayor & Mayoress page on our website reflecting the busy role and informing everyone of the wonderfull work taking place by so many schools, charities, volunteers and groups.  We hope you enjoy reading ours and others comments.



8th July 2011
Rougemount School

Once again for the third time in two days we were in attendance at Rougemount School this time it was the turn of the senior school prize giving event the achievements of the students were exceptional.  We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the school and wish all the students well with their future acheivements.

Delilah's Cocktail Bar

The evening appointment was the opening of the new Coctail Bar Delilah's in Cwmbran.  Where we were with guests from the staff of shops within the town and others, we were entertained by a former pupil of Fairwater High and her band no other than "Blusie Susie" Our thanks to Mr Harris the owner for his generous invitation to the Mayor to officially open his establishment.  Whilst we were there the security team from Newport were being filmed for a TV programme going out on Channel Four later in the year.


7th July 2011
Rougemount School

Today saw two out of the three visits to end of school performances at Rougemount School the first in the morning at Nant Coch House, was a superb performance by the Nursery children with their rendition of "The Ugly Bug Ball"  we learned all about the habits of each group of little bugs from wiggly worms to ants to beautiful butterflies with songs performed very professionally by all the pupils from age three and four upwards.
The afternoon session was held in the sportshall where we were very proud to watch the pupils receive their awards presentation.  The Sportshall was packed full of proud Parents Grandparents and siblings as well as other guests.

Poet of Pontypool
Later in the day we were once again double-booked therefore relying on the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress to cover the Poet of Pontypool held at The Museum we would have loved to have attended this but did not want to disappoint the children at Greenmeadow School.

Greenmeadow School

Greenmeadow School performed a superb musical evening for us.  Some children being self taught or beginners on individual instruments some composing their own music and some really professional performances from very advanced musicians. We were very pleased to be invited to an excellent performance and were very disappointed to hear funding for Music within the school had now come to an end.

6th J
ULY 2011

Presentation of Art Work in the Mayors Parlour

A delightful time was spent in the Mayors Parlour when Michaela came in to explain to us how her collage was made and how it had won a prestigous award.  What a delightful young lady Michaela is and we were pleased to meet Mum, Dad and Nan who were rightly very proud.  Michaela offered to leave her artwork in the Mayors Parlour at the Civic Centre in Pontypool for a while.  Whilst in the Civic we took the opportunity to show our guests around the Council Chamber where we took some photographs and Michaela even tried on the Mayoress's Chain of Office and went away with photographs to show her school friends.



Annie Jnr COMES TO PONTYMOILE

No, not a new pupil for this Torfaen School but an excellent production of the world famous musical, involving pupils throughout the school, from the youngest to those about to leave to progress to Secondary School. Not even tempestuous rain could dampen the enthusiasm of families and friends of the pupils who flocked to the sell out performance. The Mayor and Mayoress attended on the same evening, along with Governors and other supporters of the school. The Head Teacher Miss Sarah Truelove welcomed all present and spoke of her pride in the pupils who had worked so hard with the production.

Over 46 pupils were on stage for this production and everyone performed brilliantly. The Orphans, 17 in number scrubbed and sang with gusto, whilst even I was scared of the strict orphanage Owner, Miss Hannigan! Towns Folk, Police  and Servants all acted in the most realistic manner, with confidently delivered American accents (apart from Sandy the dog, that is!) Taylor Roden performed a most skilful street dance as Star-to-be. The baddies, posing as Annie’s parents were played admirably by Alicia Green and Elias Bevan, whilst President FD Roosevelt was played with convincing dignity by Joshua Gibbons. The main characters were played so well it was difficult to believe they were not pupils from a stage school. Oliver Warbucks was played with great confidence and skill by Cobyjac Taylor, this billionaire was ably supported by Emma Williams playing his Personal Assistant. Annie was played with all her heart and soul by the highly talented Ciara MacMan. All the song and dance routines were performed with great skill and the cast well deserve the resounding applause they received at the end.

Congratulations to all who took part in the production and to the backstage crew of Lloyd Newman, Dylan Price, Thomas Dyke, Owain Filer, Jade Morris and Callum Gibbs who coped extremely well with limited space on and off stage.

Jay Rowlands, a past pupil at the school and now a drama teaching student helped enormously with the production as did Kirsty Rogers a teaching student from Newport University, who returned after her placement at the school ended to produce the colourful backdrop. Well done everyone!  (Cllr Mary Barnett)

5th July 2011

PUPIL SCHEME AFTERNOON OF CELEBRATION

This was held at the Parkway Hotel, where the Mayor and Mayoress of Torfaen,Cllr Phil and Mrs Rose Seabourne, and I, were invited to see the work displayed by pupils and students involved in this scheme in Torfaen. The scheme is designed to increase the employability of pupils and gives them the opportunity to develop projects on community issues of concern in their areas. Participation in the scheme can lead to OCN qualifications. Pupils on the scheme work closely with PCSOs for their area. This great scheme operates within the counties of Blaenau Gwent; Bridgend; Caerphilly; Mertyhyr Tydfil; Rhondda Cynon Taf and of course, Torfaen. PUPIL is an ESF funded Project (European Social fund.)

The schools from Torfaen participating were: Abersychan Comprehensive School; Croesyceiliog Comprehensive School; Crownbridge School; Fairwater High School; Llantarnam School; St Albans RC High School; Torfaen PRU; West Monmouth School and Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw.

After refreshments the Mayor, Mayoress and I toured the stalls displaying the various projects completed by the pupils.

I was amazed at the dedication and determined efforts which had gone into the projects, each of which demanded teamwork, attention to detail, project management and a whole host of production skills. Amongst the projects on view were those dealing with topics such as Help the Elderly; Road Safety; Anti-Smoking Campaign; Animal Welfare and many other areas of research. Congratulations to all involved and for the mature and knowledgeable manner in which you answered all the questions from the Mayor, Mayoress and me. Many thanks also to Mrs Eleanor Jones, Schools project Manager and her dedicated team.

After our tour of the project displays we then gathered to the Hall to be addressed by the guest speakers, unfortunately I was not able to stay for all the speeches as I had to travel to County Hall Cwmbran for another very important event.  (Cllr Mary Barnett)

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CIVIC SUNDAY 3rd July 2011

At 3pm a beautiful Civic Service was held at Fairhill Church, Cwmbran when the Mayor and Mayoress of Torfaen,Cllr Phil Seabourne and his wife Rose, invited guests to join them to celebrate the beginning of their Mayoral Year and to listen to the Mayor pledge his loyalty to the County Borough of Torfaen. Over a hundred guests were present including the Lord Lieutenant of Gwent, the High Sheriff, Rt Hon Paul Murphy MP, Lynne Neagle Torfaen’s Assembly Member, the Chief Constable Carmel Napier, Andy Marles Head of the Fire Service, and the Civic Heads of many of the Unitary authorities in Wales as well as the Civic Heads of the Community Councils in Torfaen, TCBC Councillors, family and friends and many Community Leaders and representatives of organisations in Torfaen. The Service was conducted by the Mayor’s Chaplain Reverend Cathy Gale, assisted by Canon Brian Pippen TCBC Chaplain. Rev Alvan Richards-Clark read a lesson in Welsh. Fairwater School Choir sang some glorious numbers. Reverend Cathy Gale gave an inspirational address referring to some of her experiences working with the needy in Kingston Jamaica; she reminded us of the fundraising aspect of the Mayoral role and his chosen charities British Heart Foundation Cymru, Torfaen and District Multiple Sclerosis Society and Tenovus Mobile Cancer Support Unit. After the service guests joined the Mayor and Mayoress at Greenmeadow Golf Club for a Reception when we were greeted musically by Blaenavon Town Band and entertained magnificently by Scott from Only Boys Aloud.

The sun shone throughout the day and it was delightful to see so many people taking part in this lovely Civic Sunday.  (Cllr Mary Barnett)

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3rd July 2011



CIVIC SERVICE SUNDAY 3rd July 2011

We were honoured on Sunday 3th July to hold our Mayoral Civic Service at Fairhill Methodist Church on Fairhill in Fairwater.  Reverend Superintendant Minister of Gwent Hills and Vales Methodist Circuit Cathy Gale who has kindly agreed to be the Mayors Chaplain for this year, officiated and was ably accompanied by Fr Brian Pippen the Torfaen Council Chaplain and a Welsh speaking, Jamaican Minister Reverend Alvan Richards-Clark.

We were very grateful to our friend Paul Murphy MP who read the first lesson.  The second lesson was read in Welsh by Rev Alvan Richards-Clark.  We were then delightfully entertained by members of the Senior school choir from Fairwater High School who performed a Musical Interlude.

We owe our sincere thanks to the Members and Church Wardens of Fairhill Methodist who gave up their time and helped tremendously with the organisation of our service.  We were so pleased to welcome so many of our fellow Councillors, our colleague of the "Chain Gang" Lord Mayors and Mayors of neighbouring Authorities, our family friends and our local organisations that do so much good work within our community, as well as representatives from our nominated charities.

Our Charities for this year are the British Heart Foundation Cymru, The MS Society Torfaen & District and The Tenovus Mobile Support Unit we hope to raise funds to donate to these organisations. At the end of our year we will total the amount raised and share between these organisations at the same time supporting all other charities and events along our way.

We followed the Church Service with a reception at the Greenmeadow Golf Club Croesyceiliog where we were welcomed by Blaenafon Town Brass Band and were treated to a medley of songs by a Member of Boys Aloud Scott Howells.

Without the dedicated hard work of our Mayoral Support Team of Hywel, Chris and Ian this event would not have been such a success and we thank everyone for

their contribution.


2nd July 2011

Caerphilly Civic Service

The Mayor and Mayoress of Caerphilly held their Civic Service on what was a beautiful Saturday, the service held in the Caerphilly County Borough Council Offices was slightly different from the usual, being held on a Saturday with no Church Service but a delightful reception in the Civic Offices.


1st July 2011

Trevethin Festival Summer Gala

Trevethin Festival Summer Gala was held in St Cadoc's Church Trevethin where we experienced a wonderful Musical Evening with outstanding talent we were joined in the audience by Richard Hanbury Tennison and his family,  Cannon Brian Pippen officiated and we were delighted to meet Scott Howells of Only Boys Allowed fame, who had agreed to sing a medley of songs at out Civic Service.

30th June 2011

Registrar Office, New Entrance


Saw the  Launch of the Registrar's Office, New Entrance at the Registrars Suite, Civic Centre, Pontypool.  Residents can now visit the refurbished Ground Floor of the Civic Centre via the old Town Hall entrance near the bus stop.  The premises are licensed to hold all kinds of ceremonies with the excellent refurbished Cabinet Committee rooms that now form a larger exquisite function suite alongside the smaller room.

Fashion Extravaganza


The evening brought another double booking with a Fashion Extravaganza in the Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Centre where Jeff Banks and Merthyrs own home grown designer Julian ...... presented a Fashion Extravaganza in a massive Fundraising Event for the McMillan Nurses
Whilst the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress deputised and joined the North Torfaen Youth Theatre's Production of "Pirates" in Blaenavon Workmen's Hall.




29th June 2011

Brynteg Nursery


Today we were delighted to attend along with Cllr Gwyneira Clark a Community Learning Event in Association with Microsoft at Brynteg Nursery, Abersychan, Pontypool.  We were totally impressed with the Nursery Pupils and staff and intrigued with the DVD shown to us by Ysgol Bryn-Onen pupils, who delighted us with their film making talents.  We extended an invitation to the very talented pupils to join the Mayor and Mayoress at the forthcoming Horse Show which they accepted.

Lottery Cheque Presentation


The afternoon was pleasantly spent in the presence of the Members of the Croesyceiliog Dance Club where we were delighted to present a Lottery Cheque to Mrs June Brain Secretary, when we attended their Lunch and watched some expert Dancers at the Bryn Eglws Community Hall, Croesyceiliog, Cwmbran.

28th June 2011

Fairwater High School School Council


We were delighted to invite to a Council meeting, representatives of Fairwater High School School Council where prior to we met with them in The Mayor’s Parlour, Civic Centre, Pontypool.  The School Council Members sat in on the early part of the Full Council Meeting in the Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Pontypool.


Torfaen Riding Club

Following the Council Meeting we greeted a representative from Torfaen Riding Club in The Mayor’s Parlour, Civic Centre, Pontypool where the Riding Club offered to put on a horse show and for all funds after out of pocket expenses to be donated to the Mayor's Charity Appeal.

Civic Service Rehearsal


The day followed the Civic Service Rehearsal held at  Fairhill Methodist Church, Cwmbran where we were met by the Mayoral Team, The Mayors Chaplain for the year Rev. Cathy Gale and the eager members of the Church who offered their help and assistance with our Civic Service.  We owe them a great Thank You.


27th June 2011


Funeral of the Late Mr Alan Thomas


It was with great sadness that we attended the Funeral of the Late Mr Alan Thomas at The Gwent Crematorium, Croesyceiliog, Cwmbran The husband of Cllr Marlene Thomas was a long standing member of the Labour Party and a highly respected member of the Community of
Croesyceiliog and Cwmbran.


26th June 2011


Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council Civic Service


Today we were guests of the Mayor and Mayoress of  Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council at their Civic Service held in the Calfaria Baptist Church, Heolgerrig, Merthyr Tydfil.

Race for Life

Whilst we were in attendance in Merthyr the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress ddeputised for us at the Race for Life - North Fields, Cwmbran where we understand was a superb turnout and an excellent fundraising opportunity to help Cancer research.

Songs of Praise Service

We travelled hot from Merthyr to the excellent Songs of Praise Service held in St Peter's Church, Blaenavon where churches from the area presented to the congregation their choices of hymns and their reason for their choice.  We thoroughly enjoyed exercising our voices to some very well known hymns.

Opera in Pontypool

Travelling from Blaenavon to Opera in Pontypool held in West Mon School, Pontypool where the Mayor was delighted to be converted to Opera.  The evening was a superb success where the audience were enthralled with music and songs from the Welsh Opera.


25th June 2011

Dedication and Opening of Beachley Lifeboat Station

Today was one of our busyest days commencing with the Dedication and Opening of Beachley Lifeboat Station - Beachley, Chepstow where all the Mayors of the supporting Local Authorities gathered to officially open the phase two, of the new lifeboat station.

The Gwyl Plant Cwmbran

The Gwyl Plant Cwmbran (morning and afternoon dance sessions) - Gwent Square, Cwmbran we owe our thanks for attending this event to the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress,  unfortunately this clash of events meant The Mayor and Mayoress were unable to attend but having attended last year as Deputy's we knew our Deputy Mayor and Mayoress were in for a treat.

Blaenavon World Heritage Day

Due to Chepstow holding their Carnival and closing off one of the main routes out of town we were running late as we arrived at the Blaenavon World Heritage Day but finally arrived in time to lead the procession through the town.  The day was held in wonderful sunshine and records amount of people in attendance.


Gwent County Football Association Centenary Dinner

In the evening we were delighted to accept the kind invitation of Gwent County Football Association to their Centenary Dinner at the Best Western Parkway Hotel, Cwmbran Drive, Cwmbran where we were delighted with entertainment from Owen Money and Guest Speaker, Jan Molby ex Denmark and Liverpool footballer.

24th June 2011

Mic Morris Trust
Another of the functions of the Mayors role is President of the Mic Morris Trust and we were delighted to accept an invitation to present awards on the Mick Morris Golf Day held at the Pontypool Golf Club, Lasgarn Lane, Trevethin, Pontypool we were delighted to meet some long standing friends, who participated and are doing some superb work within our community.  We would like to thank all who supported this well deserving Trust which benefits up and coming sports people.

23rd June 2011

Official Launch of the Mayor's Charity Appeal Fund
Today saw the Official Launch of the Mayor's Charity Appeal Fund held in the Mayor's Parlour, Civic Centre, Pontypool where were joined by representatives from the charities to discuss how our work would benefit users of the British Heart Foundation Cymru, Tenovus Cancer Support and The MS Society Torfaen & District.





Fairwater High School Annual Awards Evening
Later in the day we attended the Fairwater High School Annual Awards Evening, prior to and after the awards, Guests and parents were invited to the Design Technology Block where we were able to sample some magnificant catering prepared and cooked by the students.  We were delighted to present certificates of acheivement to students during the event.  The students and parents also had an opportunity to listen to an inspired speech by the Guest Speaker Mark Gardner of Melin Homes whose own children had attended the school.



22nd June 2011

Young Consumer of the Year Competition
We attended the Semi Finals of the Young Consumer of the Year Competition in Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Road, Bournemouth
in the morning and the finals in the afternoon,
where we were proud and delighted to support the pupils from the Team from St Albans School who were UK finalists.  Whilst we were busy supporting our schools team in Bournemouth we were ably assisted by the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress who filled in for us at the  Road Safety Illustrated Poem Presentation - Council Chamber,
Civic Centre, Newport


20th June 2011


Armed Forces Week

Today saw the start of Armed Forces Week saw the Flag Raising Ceremony at the Civic Centre, Pontypool where we were joined by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant Gerald Davies and his wife Cilla,  the Leader Cllr Bob Wellington and other Civic leaders, where we joined veterans to mark this commemorative event.

We were then transported to a very memorable experience with the Installation of the Rt Revd George Stack as the Seventh Archbishop of Cardiff - St David's Metropolitan Cathedral, Charles Street, Cardiff where we joined people from all over the world in the wonderful service in the Metropolitan Cathedral.  We were delighted to meet the Rt Revd George Stack after his installation along with our very own MP Paul Murphy.

In the evening we were delighted to accept the invitation from the Bishop of Newport to a Supper Party for Civic Leaders - Bishopstow, Stow Hill, Newport this event afforded us an opportunity to meet with other Civic Leaders from our adjoining authorities in the peaceful setting to just sit and chat and get to know one and other.


19th June 2011

City of Newport Annual Civic Sunday Service & Parade
We were very pleased to attend the City of Newport Annual Civic Sunday Service & Parade - travelling from the Civic Centre, Newport to Newport Cathedral we were unable to stay for refreshments travelling directly from this service to the Vale of Glamorgan Civic Service - St Illtud's Church, Llantwit Major arriving just in time before the Civic Party entered the beautiful church.  This service was followed by a reception held in the local Comprehensive School.

17th June 2011

The Pontypool & District and Griffithstown & District Art Club Exhibition
The Pontypool & District and Griffithstown & District Art Club Exhibition Opening - took place at the Torfaen People's Centre, Trosnant Street, Pontypool
where the Mayor and Mayoress were delighted to view the exhibits produced by some of our very talented local artists.  The exhibits ranged from Embroidery rag rugs, painting and woodwork to mention just a few.

15th June 2011

Torfaen Young People's Music and Arts Trust

In the position of Mayor I am priviledged to Chair a number of organisations, one of which is the Torfaen Young People's Music and Arts Trust  I attended my first meeting at the Arts Development Office, 3rd Floor, County Hall, Cwmbran where the committee met to decided on grant applications to young people applying for support to further their careers.


10th June 2011

Support of the Royal British Legion's 90th Birthday

The  Mayor of The Vale of Glamorgan Cllr John Clifford, kindly invited us both to the Garden Party in Support of the Royal British Legion's 90th Birthday - Dyffryn Gardens, St Nicholas, Vale of Glamorgan. It was a very enjoyable event where we were able to meet and chat with some of the veterans of the area,  unfortunately the heavens opened and rain prevented us from looking around the beautifully kept walled garden



9th June 2011

90th Birthday Celebration
We were delighted to visit Mrs Gwen Phillips on her 90th Birthday Celebration who even at her sprightly age still manages to fit in her dancing and social activities.



8th June 2011


Funeral of the Late Dennis Puddle

I along with the Mayoress attended the Funeral of the Late Dennis Puddle - Gwent Crematorium, Croesyceiliog, Cwmbran. This elder statesman of Torfaen had given many years of service to the people particularly those of Blaenavon 


7th June 2011

Opening of the Fourth Assembly - The Senedd, Cardiff Bay This was an event just for The Mayor (the Mayoress was lucky enough to have a day off) It was a wonderful experience where I was fortunate to meet and shake hands with HRH Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh who took a great interest in the Mayoral Chain of Office.  I also had the pleasure of meeting some of my fellow Mayors (The Chain Gang) for the first time.  We were all invited to lunch, after the Senydd Opening at the Millenium Centre where we experienced the best of Welsh cuisine.  On arrival back home The Mayoress had recorded the event on out TV and I was centre stage along with HRH the Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.


6th June 2011

Breast Cancer Support Shop
I was joined by the Mayoress and Cllr Colette Thomas for the Official Opening of Breast Cancer Support Shop - Room F5, Beechwood House, Christchurch Road, Newport The excellent work being carried out by the volunteers of the South Gwent Breast Cancer Support Service is to be commended.
The new premises is in the peaceful setting of Beechwood Park where anyone affected by Breast Cancer can go and get support.  The shop hosts a superb array of underwear and swim wear for people to purchase at the same time as receiving support from the wonderful staff and volunteers who know only too well from personal experience the effects that Breast Cancer can bring to a family.  Why not take time out and visit.

3rd June 2011

Fairwater Playscheme

What fun we had when we attended the Fairwater Playscheme - Fairwater Leisure Centre, Cwmbran, seeing first hand all the different activities happening at one of the many Playschemes held around the Borough, this particular one in Fairwater has gone from strength to strength over the last few years and now accomodates children from all over the local area. Our thanks go to Julian Devene and his team and to the very supportive team of volunteers actively coping with our able bodied and disabled young people.

Central Drive Park
We left Fairwater for the Central Drive Park Launch - Central Drive Park, Trevethin, Pontypool where we were to find huge crowds eagerly awaiting the official opening of their new play area.  The work and dedication that has gone into fundraising for this once derilect park to bring it up to a standard which is the envy of most areas in the Borough is to be commended.  Fundraising from within their own community and supported by the local Councillors exhibits true Community spirit we thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.



2nd June 2011

Funeral of the Late Sergeant Steve Burt

This was the first of many sad occasions, we were honoured to attend the Funeral of the Late Sergeant Steve Burt - St Mary's Church, New
Inn, Pontypool followed by Internment at Gwent Crematorium,
Croesyceiliog, Cwmbran, such a sad loss to our community thousands of people attended to pay their last respects to the family and to Steve which was held in bright sunshine in the beautiful peacefull setting of St Mary's in New Inn.

29th May 2011

THE ARMY BENEVOLENT FUND

We were delighted to attend the fundraising event at the Oakfield Public House in Oakfield Cwmbran organised by our very good friend Mr Tony Burnett on behalf of the Army Benevolent Fund.  Thanks go out to the Landlady of the Oakfield for the dedicated support given to charities over the year.  We were delighted to participate with this worthy cause and thanks also to the TA's who supplied the Army Transport and Green Goddess for the families and the Mayor to climb all over and investigate.


28th May 2011

40th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

We were delighted to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary with our friends and family at Coed Eva & Hollybush Community Hall.  We had a superb party and were able to kick off our fundraising with our Family and friends donations in lieu of gifts.  We were delighted to raise £430.00 and would like to thank all our friends and family for a lovely evening and their kind donations to the Mayor's Charities British Heart Foundation Cymru, Tenovus Mobile Support Unit and the MS Society Torfaen & District.  Anyone wishing to contribute over the year with our fundraising can contact us or the Mayoral support Officer Chris Slade at the Civic Centre.



26th May

TSS KITTIWAKE

We were delighted to attend TSS Kittiwake and welcomed the display given by the young Cadets.  This brought back some good memories because our son had actually become a Sea Cadet at TSS Kittiwake in the 80's.  Two Cadets (Army and Marine) were appointed as Mayor's Cadets for the my Mayoral year and I was delighted that they could join us for the Civic Service.

25th May


The Carers Event 
Held in The Henllys Suite Cwmbran Stadium where we enjoyed meeting so many of our Torfaen Carers who give up their lives seflessly to care for loved ones and others.

TYPS
Then onto the leaving party for Gary Jones a long serving officer with Torfaen finally retiring as Manager of out Torfaen Young People's Service,  a service caring for our 16+ young people who need support either after leaving the care system or for any young person needing support.

The Scouts AGM
We were kindly invited to the Scouts AGM by Cllr Coletter Thomas who gives up a great deal of her time supporting the Scouts.  Our thanks to the Officers and parents who also do such good work with our young people in the Scouts movement.

A list of our activities is on the TCBC website where the Mayors webpage is now up and running.  We would not be able to cover all engagements and are extremely grateful for the assistance of the Deputy Mayor Cllr. Wayne Tomlinson and the Deputy Mayoress Mrs Erika Tomlinson who cover for us when we have double appointments for the same time.  (Rosemarie Seabourne Mayoress)


24th May 2011


MAYOR OF TORFAEN APPOINTMENT at AGM

Torfaen County Borough Council held their Annual Council Meeting in the Council Chamber, Civic Centre Pontypool last night 24th May 2011.  I was very honoured and proud to be nominated for the position of Mayor of Torfaen and even more so to receive the support of many of of my fellow councillors in the majority vote for selection.  This is an accolade that I accept with great humility and with a sincere determination to do my very best for Torfaen, for its residents and the Members and Officers of the Council.  It is also a very proud time for my family and friends.

I look forward to the year.  Another plus for Fairwater is that the Reverend Cathy Gale, Minister for Fairhill Methodist Church who has agreed to be my chaplain and spiritual support.  With my wife Rosemarie who now takes up the position by my side as the Mayoress.

I am working with staff in the Mayor's office to produce a programme that will support the Council's Corporate Values.  I am taking as my theme for this year what strikes me as the underlying principle throughout the Corporate Plan, namely the protection of the Vulnerable in our Society.  It is this particular feature that I want to emphasise in my approach and I am certain that the constituents of Torfaen and of our Ward of Fairwater will want to support me in this work for the year ahead.

My Civic Service on 3rd July at Fairhill Methodist Church will be structured around vulnerability in our choice of hymns and lessons and I am pleased that I can share this celebration within the Community that I represent.

The beneficiaries under the Mayor's Charity Appeal for 2011 - 2012 continue the theme of vulnerability and I have chosen:

The British Heart Foundation Cymru, The Torfaen & District Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Tenovus Mobile Cancer Support Unit.

Here again, I will be working up a programme of events and look forward to your support in raising funds for charity in these difficult times in recession and ever increasing competition for the pound in the pockect.  Along with the budget cuts the Council has had to make, the Mayors Office has not been immune, taking a reduction in its budget.

I will make myself available for events and functions, if you feel the Mayor can help, assist or promote your project in any way, please contact the Mayoral support Officer Mr Chris Slade in the Civic Centre.

More than anything I would like to serve the people of the Borough and to act as an Ambassador for Torfaen. (Cllr. Phil Seabourne Mayor)


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