From the Mayor's Parlour

Published on 14th November 2018

One of the strengths of Todmorden is the cooperation we see between organisations in the town. If I've understood things right, the picture above taken at the railway station is not a display produced by Todmorden in Bloom, as it might appear, but one put together by the British Legion to commemorate the centenary of the end of the 1st World War.

At the same time, Todmorden in Bloom were working on the Remembrance Garden in Centre Vale Park, planting away for the same purpose. I find such coordination uplifting.

Mind you, I have to declare an interest: both organisations invited me to amazing events at the beginning of the month.

Two separate groups almost joined at the hip are Todmorden Society for the Blind and the Talking Newspaper. My 'consort' and I were invited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Talking Newspaper and its 300th edition. We were even allowed to chatter away for a few minutes to add to the magazine section – they’ll have to be good at editing…

Then there's Todconnect, which sounds like tautology. That's what Tod does. It connects. As mentioned previously, Burnley Road has been shortlisted for a Great British High Street award. Seventy per cent of our final marks are down to the judges who came to Tod last Thursday to take a look for themselves. Perfect weather, fantastic turnout, as usual on a Thursday. Thirty per cent of the marks are down to us Facebook, Instagram and Twitter users. We have to vote for ourselves, using #GBHSTodmorden and #MYHIGHSTREET. So let’s connect with Todconnect and help them win this award, setting them up for the next one!

Saturday evening was special. An invitation to Todmorden Choral Society at St. Mary's (Burnley Road, Rochdale Road, Halifax Road, all connecting…). A mass by Haydn, an organ piece by Bach – nothing too surprising there, but still wonderful. Then came the surprises: a modern Harp Baroque Flamenco by Deborah Henson Conant, played stunningly and only 7.5 feet from where I was sitting; then a piece which some members of the choir admitted to feeling nervous about, though that didn’t show in the performance – the Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein (West Side Story), sung in Hebrew. The only soloist was an approximately 11-year-old boy with a beautiful voice.

At one of the events, I was asked to put more about the Town Council in these articles. Well, there’s a lot going on, but possibly the best way to hear about it all – and take part – is to come to full Town Council (next one, Wednesday 7 November), where Public Question Time now comes first, before the fascinating ratification of Committee minutes.  


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