Cllr Linda Ashley was unanimously re-elected as Mayor for a third term of office at the Annual Chatteris Town Council meeting on Tuesday 4th May 2021. Members agreed that Cllr Ashley should continue in the role for a third year as the past year had been unprecedented due to the pandemic. Covid-19 meant she had been unable to undertake many Mayoral duties. Cllr Ashley assured members she had been working hard in the background for the good of the town during the past year but hoped to be able to get out and about in the coming year.
Cllr Ian Benney was unanimously re-elected as Deputy Mayor for a third year.
The Annual meeeting of Chatteris Town Council will be held virtually via Zoom on Tuesday 4rh May 2021 at 7pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.
For an agenda and the Zoom Meeting ID and Passcode please go to the meetings tab and look under agendas.
Hunts Forum and Cambridge CVS are collaborating on a project, Support Fenland, which aims to provide support for community and voluntary groups in Fenland to help them set up, grow and overcome obstacles. The first phase of Support Fenland is to engage with local people to better understand the opportunities and challenges that community organisations in Fenland face.
They are hosting an open discussion, via Zoom, on Wednesday 5th May at 7:30-8:30pm. which is open to anyone who is involved in community action and volunteering – or who might like to be. For more information go to: email@example.com
Exciting news for Chatteris – the Alternative Chatteris Midsummer Festival will feature the first ever Family Colour Fun Run in Chatteris on Sunday 27th June 2021 at Furrowfields Recreation Ground.
Organisers of the Festival are determined to put on some form of event this year and have been planning long and hard with a series of ideas put forward based on different levels of lockdown measures or the lifting of all restrictions.
At the March meeting of the group a decision was taken on which plan to pursue and it was agreed to follow the scheme which means there will be no festival events on the Saturday but there will be family orientated events on the Sunday. In addition to the fun run, there will be a dog show, live music and food vans.
Guided by advice from Fenland District Council, it was agreed that it would be best not to rely on all restrictions being lifted on the 21st June as this could lead to disappointment and extra costs if planned attractions had to be cancelled at the last moment. So plans were made which follow the guidelines due to be introduced on the 17th May.
There will be no charge for the event, as the site will not be fenced, and in order to keep the temporary infrastructure to a minimum there will be no marquee or gazebos. Visitors will be warned that there will be no shade or cover but toilets and first aid cover will be provided. There will also be no parade, community stalls or bar.
It is hoped the Colour Fun Run, which is being sponsored by Jacks, will prove to be very popular and will become an annual attraction. Participants will have to book to take part in the run in advance,
It is also hoped that families will bring along their own picnic blankets and set up a space on the field to enjoy the food and music whilst socially distancing from others if needed.
Chatteris Town Council, Fenland District Council and the steering group are aiming for a low key day of fun which abides by any restrictions still in place.
Any offers to help on that day would be greatly appreciated. To contact the steering group please either email firstname.lastname@example.org , go the Festival website of Facebook page or ring 01354 695166.