Councillor Amanda Hack - Town Mayor 2013/2014
I am delighted to have been elected Braunstone Town Mayor for 2013/2014 and to have been given the opportunity to represent the Town Council and to support 'Wishes 4 Kids', my chosen charity, throughout the forthcoming year. I am very much looking forward to visiting as many community groups as possible to meet the people of Braunstone Town.
I do hope you will be able to join me at any of the organised events to raise funds for local groups through the Programme of Events. Please visit our What's On page for up and coming events.
If you would like to me to visit your group, judge a competition, award prizes, etc please contact the Council's Community Development Officer, Mrs Pauline Hurd on 0116 2890045.
Thank you in anticipation of your support throughout the year.
Many congratulations to the Town Mayor for raising £4160 towards Wishes 4 Kids
Braunstone Town Mayor, Miss Amanda Hack, with her Consort, her husband, Lee
The Town Mayor, with Deputy Town Mayor, Mr M S Aslam
Miss Amanda Hack, Town Mayor, with outgoing Town Mayor, Mrs Sam Fox-Kennedy.
The Town Mayor would like to congratulate Mrs Sam Fox-Kennedy for her most successful year as Town Mayor and for raising over £4,300 for LOROS
The Town Mayor's Chosen Charity
Town Mayor's Charity Grants the wishes of six children
Councillor Amanda Hack raised £4,768.98 for her chosen charity - Wishes 4 Kids - as Braunstone Town Mayor in 2013/2014.
The Charity has now advised that this money has been used to grant the wishes of six children.
A seven year old little boy who was undergoing treatments for B-Cell Lymphoma. His greatest wish was for a new computer so that he could keep in touch with his friends and family and also play games.
A twelve year old young lady who was undergoing treatments for Kyphoscoliosis. She adores giraffes so we made her a keeper for the day.
A three year old little boy with spinal cord cancer. He loves all the Disney characters. We sent him, together with his family, for a magical four day VIP visit to Disneyland Paris.
A six year old little boy with Neurofibromotosis. We sent him, together with his family, on a VIP three day trip to Legoland.
A fifteen year old young man undergoing treatments for Hodgkins Lymphoma. His wish was for a PS4 Console and games.
A seven year old little boy with Down's Syndrome and heart problems. He adores all the Disney Characters so we sent him, with his family, on a four day VIP visit to Disneyland, Paris.
All these children and their families would want to join with everyone at Wishes 4 Kids to extend their thanks to you all for your amazing support.
The Town Mayor, Miss Amanda Hack has chosen to support the local charity, Wishes 4 Kids
Wishes 4 Kids has been created to grant a wish for children and youngsters in Leicestershire who are life limited, terminally ill, have experienced life-changing physical or emotional traumas, have suffered major abuse or are diagnosed as HIV Positive. The Charity grants wishes for those of eighteen years and below.
Wishes 4 Kids has already granted hundreds of wishes for local children.
Sadly we do not have a magical cure for the suffering of these youngsters, however, we can bring a short period of respite. The time when a child has a wish granted is a moment that will be treasured by them for the rest of their life. It is also a time which parents will remember - that time when their child forgot the suffering.
Many thanks to all those who supported the Town Mayors Charity - Wishes4Kids.
Braunstone Town Mayor Cllr. Amanda Hack presented Mr Russell Brickett with a cheque for the charity. Over £4,000 was raised this year
Relatives to attend commemorations in France
Mrs Patricia Spence (Sgt Murrays sister) has kindly agreed to lay a wreath on behalf of the citizens of Braunstone at commemorations in France in June 2014.On 10 June 1944 a squadron of Royal Australian aircraft took off from RAF Binbrook to attack railway facilities near Paris. A local lad, Sergeant John Patrick Murray, was the wireless operator onboard Lancaster bomber ME696. Sadly of the twenty five aircraft that took part in the raid, ME696 failed to return. The crew of seven was made up of 2 airmen from the Royal Australian Airforce, two from the Royal Canadian Airforce and 3 from the RAF. Their war graves are in the Viroflay cemetery, France. In February 2013 Braunstone Town Council received a letter from the Elancourt Association requesting assistance in trying to trace any surviving relatives of Sergeant Murray. Seventy years later the association together with the local council intend to commemorate the event in June 2014 by unveiling a memorial at the crash site. At the annual towns meeting on 15th May, the town mayor, Cllr. Amanda hack reported that Braunstone Town Council had been able to help by tracing some of the relatives. Sergeant Murray's sister - Mrs Patricia Spence attended the meeting. The Town Mayor stated that the council was honoured that Patricia had agreed to lay a wreath at the commemorations in France on behalf of the Town council and citizens of Braunstone Town. Cllrs. Hack said she could do no better than echo the words of the Elancourt Association "These people lost their lives to defend our country. We must honour them".
Town Mayor's Award Night
The Town Mayor, Mrs Amanda Hack, welcomed local residents and groups to a Civic Function and Awards Night at Braunstone Civic Centre on Friday 2nd May 2014. The Mayor presented cheques to groups being the net profits from the events organised by the groups that had participated in the Town Council's Programme of Events
Mrs Amanda Hack was pleased to welcome Mr Russell Brickett from Wishes 4 Kids to receive a cheque for over £4000 being the funds raised throughout her year as Town Mayor.
Following a buffet and refreshments Mrs Hack was then pleased to present local residents with an Award of Merit for their work and contribution to the community of Braunstone Town -
- Mr Paul Matthews – In recognition of his work in running the St Crispin's Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade for over 8 years. Paul has worked with the band and brought it up to competition standard with the band winning the Novice Level.
- Mrs Dot McCrudden – In recognition of her work with the Royal Air Force Association as Committee member and organising social events. Dot has been a member of the Royal Air Force Association for 16 years as a Committee member and Membership Secretary.
- Mr John Ford – In recognition of his work with the Royal Air Force Association Wings Appeal for over 8 years. John has been a Committee member of the Braunstone Branch of Royal Air Force Association for 16 years.
- Mrs Becky Moss – In recognition of her work with the Ratby Co-operative Youth Band and promoting Brass Band music around Leicestershire. Becky plays Principal Trombone in the Senior Band, has conducted the Junior Band for 13 years and teaches pupils in Braunstone Town.
- Mr Jeff Plant – In recognition of his work with the Ratby Co-operative Mid Band as Secretary and organising the many social and band events. Jeff co-ordinates trips and tours for the Mid Band both nationally and internationally and organises the concerts for the Band in the Programme of Events.
- Franklin Park Orchard Group – In recognition of the work undertaken by the group in developing and promoting the Franklin Park Community Orchard. The group have undertaken work to the Orchard and helped to organise the annual Apple Day in October, Open Days, Blackberry Picking Days etc.
Recipients of net profits from Programme of Event
Leicester Navy Training Corps T.S.Cutlass
The Town Mayor attended one of the regular meetings of the newly formed Leicester Navy Training Corps T.S.Cutlass which are held at Winstanley Community Wing
Blaby District Council Chairman's Civic Dinner
The Town Mayor has been invited to attend the Blaby District Chairman's Civic Dinner on Thursday 13th March.
Fashion Show & Clothes Sale
The Town Mayor was pleased to host a fabulous Fashion Show & Clothes Sale on 28th February at Thorpe Astley Community Centre. Nearly 70 local residents came along for an evening of fun and clothes shopping! The net proceeds from the event will be donated to the Town Mayor's chosen charity - Wishes 4 Kids.
St Crispin's Church 25th Anniversary
St Crispin's Church 25th Anniversary of the new building. A service was held at the church on Sunday 9th February. Following the service, guests were be invited to share their memories of the building of the new church. The celebration finished with refreshments and buffet.
Family Pantomime - "CINDERELLA"
The Town Mayor the annual family pantomime at Braunstone Civic Centre on Saturday 4th January. This year's pantomime was "Cinderella" and there was plenty of fun and laughter for all the family in the show! The net proceeds from the show will be donated to the Town Mayor's chosen charity - Wishes 4 Kids.
CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE - 15th December at 6pm.
Braunstone Town Mayor, Miss Amanda Hack, invited all residents of Braunstone Town to join her for the Christmas Carol Service held at St Crispin's Parish Church, Turnbull Drive on Sunday 15th December. Light refreshments were served after the service.
Harvest Community Church Carol Service 8th December, Braunstone Civic Centre
The Town Mayor attended the Traditional Carol Service organised by the Harvest Community Church. Music was provided by the Oddfellows Brass Band
Christmas Gifts & Craft Fair
Town Mayor runs in Half Marathon
The Leicester Marathon and Half Marathon was held on 13th October 2013. Braunstone Town Mayor Cllr. Amanda Hack (far left) ran in the half marathon and raised a magnificent £450 for her chosen Charity – Wishes4Kids
When I decided to run the Leicester half marathon at the start of my mayoral year in May, I wasn't sure if I would succeed. As a running novice I had to start from scratch and I've enjoyed my long Sunday runs through the parks of Braunstone town.
We have lots of lovely green spaces locally and it's been a pleasure (most of the time) to experience these parks over the 5 months of training. Whilst running is an individual pastime, it really has been a team effort at home as my family have joined me on my runs (by cycling alongside me) and encouraged me when I was too tired to train.
I must also thank Becky and my work colleague Anton, who made sure I went through with it. (Amanda Hack)
Launch of the Speed Activated Sign - Murby Way - 4th October
Residents in Braunstone Town and Thorpe Astley have raised concerns about the increasing problems of speeding vehicles in area.
Following a consultation with residents to investigate where the main problems were located, Braunstone Town Council has decided to purchase a Speed Activation Sign. The sign will flash up the vehicle speed if it exceeds the maximum speed limit for the designated road.
These signs have been shown to help reduce the speed of vehicles and make roads safer for drivers and pedestrians. The sign will initially be installed on Murby Way at Thorpe Astley where the largest number of complaints have been received.
Braunstone Town Mayor, Miss Amanda Hack, Leader of Braunstone Town Council, Nick Brown and Councillor Gary Sanders were pleased to witness the installation of the sign.
Blaby District Chairman's Civic Service
The Town Mayor has been invited to attend the Blaby Distict Chairman's Civic Service on Sunday 29th September at 10.30am, St Michael and All Angels Church, Cosby
Shakespeare Park Friendly Bowls Match
The Town Mayor and Councillors were invited to participate in a friendly Bowls Match with members of the Shakespeare Park Bowls Club on Saturday 28th September. The Bowls Club are celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year and thought it would be fun opportunity for the Club and Council to mark this historic anniversary.
"Brassamatazz" Featuring Ratby Co-operative Senior Band
The Town Mayor attended the "Brassamatazz" show organised by the Ratby Co-operative Senior Band on Friday 27th September at 7.30pm. The band performed a selection of music from "Around the World" which was enjoyed by the audience attending the event. Net proceeds from the event will be donated to the Ratby Senior Band
Battle of Britain Parade and Service
The Town Mayor has been invited to attend the Battle of Britain Parade and Service on Sunday 15th September 2013 at 9.30am to be held at the Cenotaph and Church of St Jame's the Greater, Leicester
Kingsway Flower Club Flower Demonstration
The Town Mayor attended the Kingsway Flower Club demonstration at Braunstone Civic Centre on Friday 15th November and enjoyed an evening of festive flower arranging by Mr Nigel Whyles. The Flower Club kindly donated the proceeds from their Tombola to the Town Mayor's chosen charity - Wishes 4 Kids.
The Town Mayor, Miss Amanda Hack, was in attendance at the Remembrance Service at St Crispin's Church, Turnbull Drive on Sunday 10th November, followed by a Reception at the Civic Centre. A short Remembrance Service was also marked at the Civic Centre on Monday 11th November.
Diwali Celebrations at Braunstone Civic Centre
Braunstone Deputy Town Mayor Cllr. Aslam was pleased to attend the Diwali Celebrations held at Braunstone Civic Centre on Friday 1st November. The Deputy Mayor and guests enjoyed a hot buffet meal, disco and dance display by the ladies of the SWAGAT group.
Hey Beatles Tribute Band
The Deputy Town Mayor, Mr M Aslam, attended the Hey Beatles Tribute band concert on Friday 18th October. He assisted Councillors Sam Fox-Kennedy and Paul Kennedy to draw the raffle. Net proceeds from the event will be donated to the Town Mayor's chosen charity, Wishes 4 Kids.
Shakespeare Park Bowls Club Annual Dinner & Presentation
The Town Mayor has been invited to attend the Annual Shakespeare Park Bowls Club Dinner and Trohphy presentation on 25th October at Braunstone Civic Centre.
Apple Day - Franklin Park - 5th October 2013
Many thanks to everyone who attended our Apple Day Event and supported the Town Mayors Tombola in aid of Wishes 4 Kids - over £100 was raised for this most worthwhile cause.
The Town Mayor will be attending the Apple Day event on Saturday 5th October on Franklin Park and will be running a Tombola stall to help raise funds for her chosen charity - Wishes 4 Kids.
During the day there will be the chance to sample delicious apple cake, BEST APPLE PRODUCE COMPETITION – THE BEST CAKE, JELLY, ETC JUDGED ON THE DAY WILL WIN A PRIZE, Ladies Morris Dancing Display, BOUNCY CASTLE, Apple Games, Pond Dipping and Mini-beast Hunts, EXPERT ADVICE ON YOUR APPLES, FROM IDENTIFICATION TO MAINTENANCE AND CARE OF YOUR TREE and Tea and Refreshments. The event will run 11am - 3pm.
Rainbows Open Day
The Town Mayor has been invited to attend the Rainbows Open Day on Saturday 14th September at the Rainbows Hospice, Loughborough.
"Last Night of the Proms" Featuring Hathern Band
The Town Mayor has been invited to attend the Hathern Band performance of the "Last Night of the Proms" organised by the Royal Air Force Association on Friday 13th September at 7.30pm. Tickets £6.00 each available from Braunstone Civic Centre
First Council Meeting to be held at the Thorpe Astley Community Centre
A meeting of the Braunstone Town Council will be held at the Thorpe Astley Community Centre, Lakin Drive, Leicester, on Thursday 5th September 2013 at 8pm. For over 37 years the Council Meetings have been held in the Council Chamber at the Civic Centre. Prior to this they would have been held at Shakespeare Park Pavilion or in local Schools.
Town Mayor Cllr. Amanda Hack who is a Thorpe Astley resident put forward the idea. Local people will be able to attend in order to hear discussions etc. There will also be a public session – Members of the public may make representations, give evidence or answer questions in connection with items included on the agenda.
Phil Fox Memorial Event
The Town Mayor has been invited to attend a memorial event at the Civic Centre for Councillor Phil Fox on Saturday 24th August 1pm - 4pm. The event included soft play time, Xplorer activity, treasure hunt, face painting plus plenty of other activities throughout the day.
Allotment Society Open Day
The Town Mayor has been invited to attend the Allotment Society's Open Day on Saturday 17th August. The Town Mayor has been asked to present prizes for the Best Allotments.
Skate Park at Thorpe Astley
Braunstone Town Council and Blaby District Council have arranged for a mobile skate park to attend Thorpe Astley Community Centre on 6th and 20th August. The sessions are free so come along and have a go!
Braunstone Town Summer Fete
The Town Mayor was pleased to host the Braunstone Town Annual Summer Fete at Mossdale Meadows on Saturday 20th July which was well attended.
The Town Mayor opens the Fete
Scouts Achievement Evening
The Town Mayor has been invited to attend the Scout's Achievements Evening at Winstanley Community College on Friday 5th July 2013. The evening will recognise leaders who have recently given in excess of 15 years service and those individuals who go the extra mile for Scouting.
Blaby District Chairman's Welcome
The Town Mayor has been invited to attend the Blaby District Chairman's Welcome on Saturday 29th June 2013,1pm at the Blaby District Council offices
Franklin Park Community Orchard Open Evening 24th June 2013.
Franklin Park Community Orchard Open Evening 24th June 2013. Town Mayor Miss Amanda Hack and local resident Mrs Joyce Spencer in the Meadow Area.
Raising the flag - Armed Forces Day - Braunstone Town Council
The Town Mayor will be attending the raising of the Armed Forces Flag at Brauntone Civic Centre on Monday 24th June at 2.30pm. The ceremony will be attended by members of the Royal Air Force, councillors and Deputy Lord Leiutenant Major G G Simpson MBE TD DL. The short ceremony will be followed by light refreshments
Raising of the Armed Forces Flag - Blaby District Council
The Town Mayor has been invited to attend the raising of the Armed Forces Flag ceremony at Blaby District Council on Monday 24th June at 10.30am.
Town Mayor, Cllr. Amanda Hack opens Scouts Gala Day
Braunstone Town Mayor, Cllr. Amanda Hack opened the South West Fun Day at Winstanley on the 18th May.