I think regrets are corrosive. I try hard to give my all at whatever I do so that I have no regrets. I guess it’s the product of leaving school at 16 to make my way in the world. However, I hope you’ll allow me my one regret. It’s that neither of my parents are alive to see that ‘the boy made something of his life’. Enough.
I’m sure everyone approaches being Mayor with some nervousness and trepidation. It certainly was for me. What did surprise was the warmth, encouragement, and support of Councillors, council officers, and everyone in Surrey Heath. It’s this that gives you confidence, for which I thank everyone in Surrey Heath.
The extent of voluntary work in the Borough made the biggest impact on me. The number of people who organise, donate, or take part in voluntary activities seemed to me to be almost everyone in the Surrey Heath. Truly humbling to witness.
The two areas of society that I han’t expected to be so involved with were schools and the Armed Forces.
The unaffected pleasure, maybe even joy, that school children show towards the Mayor is uplifting. I’m confident that from what I’ve seen, all of our headteachers and teachers are excellent. We should have no cause to worry about the education of our children in Surrey Heath.
I’ve known that the military history and connections in this part of England are strong, but to see, and be close to the Army and cadets has been an inspiration. Their exhibition of duty, comradeship, professionalism, and courage is inspirational.
On Monday this week I was interviewed by Sophie, community publisher of Camberley People, and her article is far more succinct than mine. The Camberley People website is worth a regular visit, or how else would I know that Heatherside is No. 1 in the 10 richest communities in England.