The Annual Town Meeting took place on Wednesday 6th March with a capacity audience of over 80 from all walks of Petersfield Life. The Town Mayor Hilary Ayer welcomed everyone to the meeting, and shared what each committee had achieved during the past year, and some of the wishes of the committee going forward. Peter Price also gave a talk on the recently purchased Causeway Farm land by Petersfield Town Council, and shared some of the history of the location, including old drainage systems, past use of land for farming, and potential groups of people who had lived on the land.
The Town Mayor also announced the latest changes at the Town Hall offices, including an improved look to the website, a upgrade to the phone system and an expansion to the Town Council offices upstairs where the Finance Department are now based.
Members of the public were invited to ask questions regarding the reports that had been given, and a number of questions were raised, and answered by the Town Clerk, and members of the council.
The Town Mayor presented a cheque to her chosen charity – Homestart Butser, and proceeded to hand out Grants which had been applied for at the beginning of the year. These were awarded to Petersfield Youth Theatre, Petersfield Counselling Services, Petersfield Lions Club, Victim Support, Havant and East Hampshire Mind, Petersfield Musical Festival, Headway Portsmouth and South East Hampshire and Revitalise.
Petersfield Town Mayor presented The Sir Daniel Day Lewis Award, and this years winner was Nikolai Gibbins (Winton Players). Commendations were also awarded to Halcyon Sheen and Oliver Fogelin. (right to left) Halcyon accepted Adam Tutt’s certificate of commendation on his behalf.
Finally the Town Mayor turned to her own award which is presented to individuals for their services to Petersfield. This years recipients were David Petch (Governer of Petersfield School, trustee of Building Steps, Adhurst Allotments)
Amanda Greenlee (Greening Petersfield, Petersfield Town Partnership, Memory Café, Looking Forward Secretary, Community Garden)
Sue Beasant (New Savoy Cinema volunteer coordinator)
Jo Watts (Teaching sewing and craft skills to young people, raising funds with homemade poppies for Royal British Legion, support to local charities, Linus quilt for disadvantaged children)
The Mayors Award was introduced in the term of office of Mayor George Watkinson and came about due to the generous offer of Sir Ray Tindell to provide embossed medallions for the Mayor to award individuals for their services to the town and people of Petersfield in 2011.