Mayor's Annual Regatta Reception - Saturday 11th June 2016
In the beautiful surroundings of Court Garden House, Mayor Bob Johnson greeted his guests at the start of the annual Mayor’s Regatta Reception. The Mayor welcomed guests including the Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher; MP Dominic Grieve; Lady Ann Redgrave; Marly-le-Roi’s representative Cllr Christian Hubner and Mayors and Chairmen from surrounding areas. He thanked the many organisations which were represented for the work they do within the Marlow community.
The Mayor raised £14,000 for his three chosen charities throughout the year and called on Tony Churchill from OK Our Kids; Belinda Peddle from The Multiple Sclerosis Society, and Roger Dye from Marlow Sports Club to come forward and receive their cheques. He announced his charity for the current Mayoral year, the Thames Hospice, which has a presence in the town with its Vintage Boutique in Spittal Street. Debbie Raven, Chief Executive Officer for Thames Hospice, gave a moving talk about the work of the Hospice.
The Mayor announced the winner of the Community Award, Richard Boast, who joined Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service in 1984 aged 28. He became the Sub Officer (subsequently re-named Watch Commander) in charge of the Marlow station in December 1997 and in his 28 years of service he gave 100 per cent cover responding to calls. In 2002 he, along with his crews, received a commendation from the Chief Fire Officer for exemplary firefighting actions at Protim Solignum, in Fieldhouse Lane, Marlow, on 4th May 2002, resulting in the successful extinguishing of a major factory fire.
In the 2014 floods Richard and his crew played a major part. He has also been active in supporting other parts of the Marlow community with charity events, static displays at schools and the Marlow Regatta. Remembrance Day is particularly important to him; he makes sure every year the Marlow Parade and the Parade in Marly-le-Roi France are attended by the Marlow crews and through these events has built a strong relationship with the fire crews in Marly-le-Roi. Unfortunately Richard was unable to attend and the award was received on his behalf by fellow fire service colleague, David James.
The winner of the Sports Award was Emma Mitchell. Emma is a sporty, competitive person who started rowing at Marlow Rowing Club when she was 16. She has rowed for England at the Home International Regatta, for Cambridge in the boat race and for Marlow Rowing Club and City of Bristol Rowing Club in national and international regattas.
Emma was given the award to mark her feat of rowing a 29-foot boat across the Pacific from America to Australia as part of a crew of four called the “Coxless Crew”. They covered 8,446 miles in just 257 days, breaking three world records – first all-female crew to row the Pacific unsupported, first 4s boat to row the Pacific and the fastest crossing. The crew’s aim was to raise £250,000 in support of Women with
Breast Cancer and Walking with the Wounded. Emma’s mother Sara Bowater collected the Award on her behalf.
Finally, the Mayor announced the winner of the Mayor’s Award, which went to Roger Dye of Marlow Sports Club. Roger is a staunch Trustee and supporter who has helped oversee the acquisition of an important piece of land, securing the sports facility for life and for Marlow’s future generations. Roger has led the club to unparalleled growth and development with membership at an all-time high of around 3,000.
Regatta Gallery (curteousy of Marlow Camera Club)