Greetings from the new Mayor, Cllr Peter Brooks

Hello everyone, my name is Councillor Peter Brooks and I am proud to hold the position of the new Mayor of Royal Borough of Greenwich, 2017 to 2018.

Thank you to everyone who came to my inauguration, held for the first time in the Chapel of the Old Royal Naval College. It was not just the inauguration of a new Mayor, it was in fact a great get together recognising the many achievements and contributions by the various groups, clubs, partners of the Royal Borough and individuals all working to ensure that this borough stays a great borough. I thank you all.

A big thank you to the choir from Windrush Primary School, who performed on the evening. They sang beautifully.

Being Mayor is the most exciting thing I have done in my time as a councillor. The Mayoress, my wife Theresa Brooks, and I are treasuring every day. We have had a very busy first month and here are some of the events we have attended.

Launch of Volunteer Week

I was pleased to attend the Launch of Volunteer Week on 1 June. This was a week to celebrate the work of volunteers and to promote volunteering to the public. Thank you to Michelle Martin and her staff at Volunteer Centre Greenwich.

The King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery

The Mayoress and I had the pleasure to see the King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, based at Woolwich Barracks, perform at The Queen's Birthday Parade, The Major General's review. It was a spectacular sight.

Plumstead Make Merry

It was a honour to formally open the Plumstead Make Merry on 10 June . Held on Plumstead Common, it is the oldest event held in the Royal Borough.

The Mayoress and I thoroughly enjoyed the event and had the tough job of judging 'Best Stall'. The day was well very well supported by the local community.

A big thank you to the Plumstead Make Merry committee, made up of local residents, who all volunteer their time and services to put this event.

Albany Taxi Charity Fund Annual Trip to Hastings

The Mayor and Mayoress see off the Albany Taxi Charity Fund annual trip The Mayor and Mayoress see off the Albany Taxi Charity Fund annual trip

The Mayoress and I had the pleasure of seeing off the annual trip to Hastings for children with special needs on 12 June. This fantastic event was organised by Albany Taxi Charity Fund from Charlton Athletic. It was an exciting day for the kids.

Our sincere thanks to all the cabbies, for giving up a day's work to take the children to the seaside.

National Care Home Open Day

I was invited by three care homes across the Royal Borough to visit and meet the residents and staff on National Care Home Open Day.

In the morning, I went to Ashgreen House in Sandbach Place, SE18 and Riverlee Residential Home in Franklin Place, SE10. In the afternoon, I went to the Open Day at Meadows House, in Tudway Road, SE3, where they put on a vintage summer garden party for the residents.

It was lovely to meet everyone.

Celebrate Royal Greenwich Singing Spectacular

I attended an amazing evening at the Royal Festival Hall on 19 June, which showcased the vocal talent of children and young people in the Royal Borough. 500 children from primary and secondary schools across the borough, came together under the same roof and sang their hearts out!

I was so proud of them all. It was an amazing performance. My congratulations to the Musical Director, Laura Baugh.

Great Get Together and Armed Forces Day

Mayor Brooks talks to WW2 veteran Donald Hunt Mayor Brooks talks to WW2 veteran Donald Hunt

The Mayoress and I attended the Great Get Together and Armed Forces Day on 24 June. We enjoyed walking around all the many attractions and met all the Veterans on Parade. I was in Mayoral robes and it was hot work!

One of the veterans I met was Donald Hunt, who has received the rank of Chevalier in the Ordre national de la L├ęgion d'honneur, from the President of the French Republic, in recognition of his 'military engagement and steadfast involvement in the Liberation of France in the Second World War'.

This is a very great honour and as you can imagine his family are very proud. Donald served in the King's Own Scottish Borders during the war, and aged 97 has lived in the borough for 76 years.

Abbey Wood Memorial Gardens

The Mayoress and I attended the Service of Rededication and formal reopening of the Abbey Wood Memorial Garden in Rosedale Close, Abbey Wood, SE2, in honour of those who fell during WW1 and WW2.

Thanks to the determination and hard work of John O'Rourke, Roy Williams and other members of the committee, they have turned land which was overgrown with brambles and weeds into the most beautiful memorial garden.

It was first opened in 2014, and in September 2016, John and his committee dismantled, redesigned and built this new garden. Many congratulations. It is a true jewel and the only one in the Royal Borough, the next nearest one being in Bellingham, Catford.

The Mayor's charities

I would like to round up my first blog with a mention of my charities for the Mayoral year. I hope we can raise as much as possible for both Charities.

Wide Horizons

Wide Horizons provide adventure learning courses and activities, provide stimulating, challenging, fun experiences, helping children to feel good and learn better. They believe that every child should have the opportunity to experience adventures as part of their education and development.

They deliver a range of activities for all age groups of school children, from day centre nature experiences for primary school children, to adventurous activities for older children and young people. Many of these are linked to curriculum topics and can be adapted to suit learning objectives and goals.

They also provide leadership and CPD training to teachers and youth leaders, inspiring them to use the outdoors creatively for teaching.

The Garrison Church of St George, Woolwich

The church was built between 1862 and 1863. It was bombed in WW1 and then again in WW2 on 13 July 1944. The fate of the church changed forever when a flying bomb landed on it, causing a fire and gutting much of the interior.

In 2011 ownership of the church was transferred from Defence Estates to the Heritage of London Trust Operations. The site is now managed largely by borough residents who have formed the Woolwich Garrison Church Trust.

Services are still held at the church for soldiers of the Kings Troop and Royal Horse Artillery based at Woolwich Barracks.

How to support these charities

If you wish to support my charities, please contact my office on 020 8921 5023. You can also send a cheque made payable to the 'Mayor's Charity Appeal' to:

Mayor's Office,
Town Hall,
Wellington Street,
Woolwich SE18 6PW

Thanks for reading

Thank you for reading my blog. Until next time... Peter.

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