This year’s Annual Town Meeting took place on Monday 2nd March. The Town Mayor Lesley Farrow welcomed everyone to the meeting, and shared reports on the activities of each committee over the past twelve months.
Annual Report 2019/20:
Stephanie Knights of Five Rivers gave a presentation on the Heath Pond Enhancement and Pond Stabilisation. There was a brief question and answer session which followed.
Guest speaker Lucy Lomax of Free Shop Friday outlined the activities of the community service which they provide at the Station Hub.
We then moved onto the presentation of the Daniel Day Lewis Awards 2019/20.
This year’s nominees were Stanley Lyons of The Petersfield School. It was clear from the sound clip that we were treated to that Stanley is a very talented musician with a great future ahead of him.
Darcy Paige Gander of Lion & Unicorn Players. Darcy took the lead role in their recent play Kindertransport having to speak in German in parts.
Theo Lacey nominated by Winton Players for taking on complex roles and helping to mentor junior cast members.
And our winner of the night was The Petersfield School’s Tilley Padley whose video clip had wowed the Councillors at the recent Full Council Meeting. Tilley is hugely involved in both dance and drama in and out of school.
The audience was then treated to a talk by Community Clean Up Coordinator Beth Svarovska. (The Petersfield Society)
Salvation Army & The Rosemary Foundation, Mayor’s Charities 2019/20
Petersfield Youth Theatre – To run a Summer Workshop for Young People
Home Start Butser – To recruit, train and support volunteers who are matched to local families needing support.
Petersfield Lions Club – To pay for a phlebotomist to sample and test blood for PSA levels (prostate cancer) at a PSA event.
Shop Watch Scheme – To purchase 3 new additional 2-way radios and base charging units for local shop owners to keep in contact.
Petersfield Community Radio – To go towards the cost of purchasing equipment and software to allow a 24hr stream.
Headway Portsmouth & SE Hampshire – Outreach to support adults living with acquired brain injury and their families and carers.
Not attending, but also receiving Community Grants were;
Victim Support – To purchase security equipment which is given out free of charge.
Revitalise – To provide essential respite breaks for disabled guests and carers from the town.
And finally, the Mayor presented her awards for services to the town.
Medals were also awarded to Sheila Barker-Wallis and Marika Kyjovska at the recent Full Council on 20th February, as they were unable to make it to the Annual Town Meeting.
Lucy Lomax is the Coordinator for FREE SHOP FRIDAY.
Beth Svarovska organises the Community Clean-Ups, otherwise known as Litter Picks.
Captain Linda Read for her services within the Petersfield Community in conjunction with the Salvation Army over the past ten years. Cpt Linda leaves Petersfield Salvation Army this Summer after ten years here.
Sheila Barker-Wallis fund raises within the local community for women’s refuge.
Marika Kyjovska works with the homeless and organises and runs the PACT Christmas Lunch.