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1 May 2015

The Cornwall Civic Awards panel met on the 20 April and I am delighted to announce that we had some outstanding nominations.  There will be quite a gathering on 18 May when we present the awards to the most deserving of winners.  It is amazing to see just how much is going on in the Duchy with so many people working hard to make the lives of others less fortunate than themselves that bit better. I am really looking forward to meeting all the recipients at a reception later in the month.


The Council quiz was as usual a great success.  Richard Williams, otherwise known as the Head of Governance and Information, is an excellent question master.  Not only does he write all the questions but he also manages to make every round varied and interesting.  I can’t imagine the books and journals that the winners must read as their range of knowledge was exceptional.   I am pretty certain that if I had entered there would have been another contender for the ‘wooden spoon’ prize given to the team which scores the lowest number of points.  Well done to everybody who took part and gave so generously that more than £1,300 was raised for charity.

On Saturday the 25 May I was honoured to be asked to read out the citation for Michael Hewitt of the Rock Lifeboat as he was presented with his MBE by the Lord Lieutenant. He was the instigator, founder and inspiration for the facility that the RNLI has at Rock.  He continues to do so much for the charity and really was a deserving recipient of the MBE.   More than 100 people were there to share his special day and to also celebrate the installation of the new lifeboat at Rock.

I attended the first concert of this year’s International Male Voice Choral Festival which was held in Truro Cathedral which really was a fantastic occasion.  The cathedral was packed, the atmosphere was ‘electric’, the acoustics were perfect and the singing was par excellence.  It was a truly memorable evening and one that my wife and I will treasure for a long time. There are too many people to thank individually but I must mention Peter Davies the Festival Director and his team on the Festival Board.  Thanks must also go to all the sponsors, volunteers, participants and the wonderful responsive audiences who have contributed once again to making this festival such a great success.


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