From the Mayor’s Parlour

One of the great delights of the last few days has been attending (yes, in person!) 2 sessions of the choir I belong to. We have not met for many weeks and I really thought it was all over, but the organiser suggested we might like to meet in the open air and sing...

From The Mayors Parlour

16 May should have been Mayor-Making in Todmorden, and no doubt many other places, but of course that was not possible this year. However, it was still a day for celebration! I accepted my first invitation as Mayor to attend the first Virtual Iftar in Todmorden at the...

From the Mayor’s Parlour

Several towns in Calderdale have no town or parish council. Some readers might feel this is the right choice. It is, though, one that comes at a cost. For the greatest achievement of the 2015 intake of Todmorden Town Council has been without doubt obtaining government...

From the Mayor’s Parlour

About ten years ago a postgrad student handed me a translation text for approval in which a doctor attempted to describe for civil servants the demographic problems facing Germany as far as the health service was concerned.  His predictions were centred around 2050....

From the Mayor’s Parlour

The Parlour isn’t big, so when I received a request to open it recently for elevenses, serving around 12, maximum 20, visitors from Integrate, a local organisation seeking to bring communities together, I was slightly nervous. Even more so since the Parlour is...

From the Mayor’s Parlour

All those journalists and politicians who ramble on about the UK being a ‘divided nation’ should pop their way out of whichever bubble they’re living in and make their way over to reality, i.e. Todmorden. Despite a near 50:50 split in the referendum,...
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