Mayor's Blog

Each year Garstang Town Council elects a new Mayor for the next Civic Year.

The Mayor’s Blog is where you’ll find some information.

It gives the Mayor an opportunity to showcase some of the great work undertaken by our local community by sharing the events and appointments the Mayor attends throughout the year and provides updates from Town Council meetings.

We hope that you will thoroughly enjoy reading about the local activities of the Mayor.

Click on the title of each post to read the article in full.

Mayor’s blog – 14 November 2023

Well someone told me this morning that I am halfway through my year, where did that go? nearly put me off my stride whilst planting a tree.So this morning was the Tree Planting Ceremony for the King’s Coronation, I know we are late but for those who remember May was quite dry and not the time to plant a tree if you wanted it to survive. Today is the King’s birthday [ his real one

Mayor’s blog – 19 October 2023

So firstly I have two apologies for things I missed last month, thanks to my sister for pointing out the fact that I had failed to mention Civic Sunday. Thanks to the Team at St Thomas’s for creating a wonderful Service Rev’d Michael’s hard work in researching a service which he had never undertaken before- a great job Sir. He did all this whilst in training for his Deanery Marathon which he is about to

Mayor’s September Blog

It doesn’t seem 6 weeks since my last blog but time flies when you are enjoying yourself and yes the Mayoress and myself have had a wonderful few weeks.Firstly Garstang Show, I have been attending the show in a professional capacity for about 45 years but this year following my retirement in March I attended as the Mayor. So a change for me but the show remains the same as it has been almost continually

Garstang Town Council Talking Cafe

The Town Council has agreed to fund 10 fortnightly sessions of a Talking Cafe The cafe is an event which has been created in towns and villages to encourage people who have not or cannot easily get out into the community or who feel lonely or isolated to come and simply have a chat and have a brew. The idea is that it is a safe space for people to share thoughts and concerns if

Mayor’s Charity event – A Traditional Sunday Tea

The Mayor (Cllr Alan Pearson) & Mayoress of Garstang would like to invite you to their next charity event which will be held Sunday 3rd September at Garstang Arts Centre between 4.00pm and 7.00pm. The Mayor would be grateful if you could support this event. Please share and invite your friends.

Mayor’s Blog, July 2023

Three things have happened this month which were inspirational and will stay with me for along time. Firstly I had the privilege, last Thursday, to re-open the School room at the Arts Centre thiswonderful resource has been out of action for several months due to a damp issue, but isnow fully functional once again, just in time for my second opening of the day that of theSummer Arts Season which runs until the 16th of

Mayor’s First Blog

Following the Mayor making meeting of the Garstang Town Council the Mayoress and I have had a busy round of Galas and Charity events. It was great in all these cases to see a real community spirit and return to ‘normaility’ after the restrictions of the pandemic. Churchtown was a beautiful little Festival and the enthusiasm of a group of Volunteers who make it happen was so evident. It was a great day to celebrate

Mayor’s Charity Open Garden, Sunday 4 June 2023

In my year as Mayor, I have chosen to support the following local good causes through charity fundraising.The Scout and Guide Headquarters, this building sees over 300 young people through it’s doors each week and is a fantastic youth resourceCancer Help [ Garstang] a great Charity offering a superb counselling serviceDefying Dementia Research at Lancaster University a local charity working on this most devastating disease I hope you will support me in raising funds for

A Month in the Life of the Mayor

A Month in the Life of The Mayor It’s been a busy April. On Friday the 1st April I had a meeting with the Events Manager at Garstang Country House Hotel and Golf Club to discuss arrangements for the Charity Spring Ball. On Sunday 3rd April the Mayoress, Joanne and I attended the Children’s Festival Tractor Run and flagged the Tractors off on their convoy. Then on Monday the 4th I had a catch up

Town Council Awards

Annual Town Council Awards I have great pleasure in letting you know that the Town Council Awards for 2022 will be presented during the Annual Town Meeting at Booths Café on Thursday 28th April 2022. This is the Town Council’s opportunity to congratulate the individuals, businesses, community groups and teams that have been nominated by our residents for an award. We look forward to welcoming you on the night.

Mayor’s Charity Spring Ball

Mayor’s Charity Spring Ball On Saturday the 9th April the Mayoress, Jo and I hosted my Charity Spring Ball at Garstang Golf Club and Country Hotel. Our guests included the Mayor of Preesall and the Mayor and Mayoress of Wesham. It was a fantastic night with 100 people attending the evening’s entertainment. After we had enjoyed our meal we were entertained by the FLATLANDERS, a very popular local band who kept the dance floor bouncing

Looking Forward to 2022

On this last day of 2021, a year in which we have all endured another year of disruption due to the Covid 19 pandemic, I am in awe at the resilience of our community. Our community groups have rallied round and tried to make this year as normal as possible. Garstang Musical Productions and Garstang Theatre Group both staged fantastic live events. Garstang Events Team were able to run events including a Festive Trail and

A Christmas Message

On this Christmas Eve, I am sure that we will all be doing those last minute things. I am usually quite well prepared for the festive season but it seems this year that everything is being done last minute. Even down to the mince pies which this year could very well be designer style de-constructed mince pies. All the top chefs are doing them but mine are truly deconstructed the mincemeat is still in the

16th August Town Council Meeting

August’s Face to Face Council meeting was held on Monday 16th August with a very full agenda with more than 20 agenda items, not bad considering we never used to meet in August. We had two members of the public who attended for item 20 Childcare Nursery. It was agreed that we bring this item forward to near the start of the meeting to save them having to sit through the previous 19 items. I’m

26th July Extraordinary Town Council Meeting

On Monday evening the Town Council was pleased to co-opt two new Councillors onto the Town Council, Andrew Hogton and Ethan Lees. Andrew Hogton is currently the Landlord of Th’owd Tithe Barn public house and has lived as well as worked in Garstang all his life with strong family ties to the local area. During his presentation Andrew highlighted his wish to engage and listen to the local community on a range of issues in

19th July 2021 Full Council Meeting

July’s Face to Face Council meeting was held on Monday 19th July and thankfully it was not as long as June’s meeting given the heatwave we are enjoying or enduring depending on your preference for tropical temperatures. Neighbourhood Plan We will bring a report forward to the August meeting which updates the draft Garstang Vision document that imagines what Garstang will look like in 15 years time. The Greater Garstang Partnership Board is also creating

Armed Forces Flag Raising Ceremony – Thursday 24th June 2021 @ 11am

It was a pleasure to welcome Garstang Ward Cllr Collinson, Town Cllr Brooks, members of the Royal British Legion, our Deputy Young Mayor Jorge and Representatives from the Community Academy, the Community Primary, SS Mary and Michaels and Garstang St Thomas’s schools to the Armed Forces Day Flag Raising Ceremony at Kepple Lane Park this morning. Unfortunately because of Covid regulations we had to restrict numbers to a maximum of 30 attendees. I have copied

21 June 2021 Full Council Meeting

We had our first Face to Face Council meeting since March 2020 on Monday 21st June. We had a very full agenda with over 30 items to get through. Moss Lane It was great to be able to welcome a member of the public who delivered a passionate account of his and his neighbours’ issues with the Moss Lane road surface. Our County Councillor, Shaun Turner listened intently to what was being said and responded

Mayor’s Christmas Message

Another year has almost passed and what a year it has been. This has certainly been a year we will not forget in a hurry. Garstang Town Council has continued to operate throughout the pandemic conducting all meetings virtually including the Town Council Awards evening. A huge congratulations to all the winners this year and thank you for making Garstang the special place that it is to live. I would like to thank all the

Garstang Christmas Lights Switch On 2020

Last night I had the pleasure of saying a few words and switching on the Christmas Lights. The switch-on was streamed live on social media and was well received. I have to say, the lights look absolutely magical, a credit to our beautiful town. The highlight of my night was walking home and a mother stopping me in the street with her young daughter to say how they loved watching the switch on from home,

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