Civic Celebration – reflecting on community spirit in Marlow

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Marlow’s Mayor Richard Scott hosted a Civic Celebration, organised by Marlow Town Council, on Sunday 13th March at All Saints’ Church.

Invited guests included the Lord Lieutenant The Countess Howe, High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire Mr George Anson, Chairman of Buckinghamshire Council  Cllr Zahir Mohamed, Mayors from Beaconsfield and Gerrards Cross and the Deputy Mayor of High Wycombe. Representatives of groups, associations and volunteers from across the Marlow Community were also invited to thank them for their contributions to the amazing community spirit in Marlow.

Mayor Richard Scott said it had been three years since a Civic Service had been held due to Covid.  This year it was being called a “Civic Celebration” to reflect on the last two years of the pandemic, hoping the worst was over, and to celebrate the way the community pulled together over this period.

He mentioned there have been many examples of this community spirit, not least ” Meals from Marlow”, a food distribution service to the vulnerable, housebound and health service workers.  The initiative is run by a wide range of volunteers, supported by one of Tom Kerridge’s companies.  To date the initiative has raised £260,000 and supplied 134,000 meals.  This is an ongoing project as there is still a need for support for some residents.

The Mayor added: “Many residents ask why we volunteer to be Councillors.  I have a simple answer, we believe that you should put something back into the community in which you live”

In addition to the service led by Rev. Canon Dave Bull and assisted by Rev. Nick Thompson, the Town Council had invited the Harmony Belles community choir to sing two songs as part of the service having recently reforming after Covid.  They did a wonderful job, filling the church with uplifting and beautiful vocals.

The event also provided a platform for some local groups to explain their role on the community

Lt Nick Jones, Commanding Officer of Marlow Sea Cadets spoke about the Cadets having to build up their numbers after not being able to hold any activities during Covid.  He stated that the Cadets are very much part of the community, helping out at events whenever possible, and that being part of the Cadets helps them develop into responsible and caring adults.  They are actively seeking new recruits, and adult helpers.

Dementia Action Marlow were invited to talk about the charity.  Jen Mason, Jennifer Miles and Bernie Hunter spoke to the guests about the challenges that dementia brings. During the past year, they have built up a friendly and supportive circle for those living with dementia and their carers. They meet every Tuesday & Wednesday afternoon at the Pugin Rooms and Age Concern in Marlow. They welcome anyone who would like to join.

Following the service, guests were invited to Court Garden for a reception. MyMarlow was lucky enough to be invited along, and we certainly enjoyed hearing from all those who spoke – it was a very positive event!

Article author: Paul Merchant

About the author: Founded in its original version back in 2000 - yes the internet DID exist back then. Brought up in Marlow, went to school here, now has children at the same schools. Quite clearly loves all things Marlow - hence spending over 2 decades doing this!

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