Surrey Civic Network
This month I was delighted to host the Surrey Civic Network. All the Mayors and Chairs from our District and Borough Councils who have recently been ordained, came together here at Woodhatch Place to share their chosen charity and their plans for the forthcoming year. This included our very own Vice-Chair, Saj Hussain who is now officially the Mayor of Woking. Congratulations Saj! It is wonderful to have you and all our Mayors and Chairs on board.
Queen’s Awards for Surrey residents - Birthday Honours 2022
The Surrey Lieutenancy was delighted to congratulate the Surrey residents who have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2022. These residents were honoured for their selfless work in communities across our county during the Covid pandemic, for the benefit of their fellow citizens. A full list of our worthy Surrey residents is contained in Annex 1. Congratulations to them all!
Queen’s Platinum Jubilee ‘Thank You’ Party
I also had the honour this month to thank our Surrey Volunteers who worked so tirelessly and selflessly to help fellow residents throughout the pandemic at our Queen’s Platinum Jubilee ‘Thank You’ Party. A big ‘thank you’ to those of you who nominated these volunteers from your patch. It was a fabulous day, there were smiles all round and it was a pleasure to talk to each of them and hear of their personal experience during the hardest times. I am sincerely grateful to have such strong and resilient residents on our County. Thank you all!
Armed Forces Week
On 22 June, as Chair of the Surrey Civilian-Military Partnership Board and of Surrey County Council, it was a privilege to welcome Reservists, Veterans, Ex-Service Personnel, representatives from the Royal British Legion, SSAFA and ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, for a flag raising and one minute silence in our Memorial Garden at Woodhatch Place. We remembered those brave men, many from the Welsh Guards, Pirbright who lost their lives or were severely wounded liberating the Falkland Islands. We will remember them.
Last but certainly not least, we marked the second NHS National Annual Celebration of our frontline workers, those extraordinary men and women who for Surrey County Council, do so much to protect us and keep our country going. It is absolutely right that, as a nation, we pause, reflect, give thanks and celebrate those who time after time step up and step forward to help others. Although all restrictions have lifted, the after-effects of the pandemic are still felt today by many - and will continue to do so, sadly for weeks, months and years to come. It is only right that we remember our front-line workers who continue to carry on helping and serve the nation.
As ever, I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to Surrey County Council’s officers who do such a fantastic job of setting up and running our Council meetings, all of which would not be possible without your continuing hard work. Thank you!
· Noted that her full announcements could be found in the Council agenda front sheet.