The Mayor's Travels
Mayor visits Philip and Wendy Underwood on their Golden Wedding Anniversary
On the 24th December Mayor, Cllr Melanie Coleman, and the Mayor's Consort, Cllr David Coleman, paid a doorstep Christmas Eve, surprise visit to Philip and Wendy Underwood to congratulate them on the fantastic milestone of their 50th Wedding Anniversary and to discover more about their story…
The couple met as children of 14 in Rushden's Hall Park, and it was only when they reached their early 20's that Philip asked Wendy out. They were married on Christmas Eve 1970 at Wellingborough Registry Office.
The couple went on to have their daughter, Sally. Devastatingly, at the age of only 4 years old, Sally passed away due to a health condition.
According to their neighbours, Mr and Mrs Hales, Philip and Wendy are a very caring couple and played a big part in their son's life. In Mrs Hales own words "extremely special and like grandparents to him."
The caring couple that are obviously very good with children, went on to foster a little girl. Samantha was with the couple from 3 years old to the age of 16 and they are still in contact to this day.
Philip worked at Rushden's infamous DB Shoes as a clicker for many years and the he was a Postman until he retired. Wendy worked at Flavell and Hart in Rushden high street, selling ladies and gents fashions.
The couple have a variety of hobbies and keep themselves active. Philip has an allotment and breeds canaries, enjoys running and walking their dogs. Caroline Hales, neighbour said "They also look after our dog while we are at work so very often he's walking 3." Wendy enjoys meeting up with friends for lunch and going on coach trips. According to her neighbour, she is a well-known face down the high street as she goes down and supports the local shops on a daily basis, enjoying chatting to many along the way!
To help them celebrate their Golden wedding anniversary, Phil and Wendy's neighbours (and friends), the Hales' created an afternoon tea in the garden, decorated with flowers and balloons and with a gazeebo and heater.
When asked by the mayor what the secret was to a long and happy marriage, Wendy said, "it's about give and take" and Philip answered, "to take care of each other."
Mayor, Cllr Melanie Coleman made these comments about the Underwood's story, "it is so romantic, engaged at Easter, married at Christmas, it was lovely to be a tiny part in their special day."
Thank you to Philip and Wendy for letting us share your amazing milestone with the people of Rushden, we wish you all the very best!
Mayor visits Gill and Roy Burridge on their Diamond
Just before the second lockdown on the 29th October, Mayor, Cllr Melanie Coleman, and the Mayor's Consort, Cllr David Coleman, paid a doorstep visit to Gill and Roy Burridge to congratulate them on the fantastic milestone of their 60th Wedding Anniversary and to discover more about their story…
The couple met 66 years ago at Cardington Mill and were married 6 years later. They then moved to Rushden shortly after, as Roy took up employment with Arthur Sanders Ltd.
Both Roy and Gill have made a huge contribution to the community in the 59 years they've lived here. With Roy being a member of Rushden Round Table for 12 years, a Parent Governor at South End Junior School and a Scout leader for the 8th Rushden (S A) Scouts.
Gill was a Hairdresser at Helen Butlins (until the birth of their son Ivan), a crossing patrol person for South End Infant and Junior School and then a went on to become a Classroom Assistant. She was a Governor at South End Infant, a Guide leader for 5th Rushden (town guides) and later guide leader for 7th St Mary's Guides.
Roy and Gill who are both in their 80's like to keep active and have a number of hobbies and interested , Roy Enjoys playing skittles and has played for number of local teams and Gill is an active member of an over 60's keep fit group and also enjoys cross stitching and embroidery.
The couple caravanned for 45 years throughout the UK up until sadly, Macular Degeneration prevented Roy from driving. After retirement, they enjoyed travelling abroad, especially by train. Both do crosswords daily and often play scrabble. Both enjoy reading, their favourites being crime fiction.
The couple are very family orientated and it was clear to see that they are adored by their 3 children, Ivan, Nicholas and Emma and their 6 Grandchildren as they had a number of socially distanced doorstep visits, celebrating this big occasion!
When asked what the secret was to a long and happy marriage, Gill looked at her husband loving twinkle in her eye and said "never go to sleep on an argument." Roy agreed.
It was wonderful to hear how the couple have shared such a full and beautiful life together and to see how Roy and his cheeky antics can still put a smile on Gill's face!
Thank you to Roy and Gill for letting us share your amazing milestone with the people of Rushden, we wish you all the very best!
Mayor visits Angela and Colin West on their Golden
On the 7th October Rushden residents Angela & Colin West, celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary. On behalf of Rushden Town Council, Mayor Cllr Melanie Coleman, and the Mayor's Consort, Cllr David Coleman, gave the couple a socially distanced visit in their beautiful garden, to congratulate them on a fantastic fifty year milestone and to discover a bit more about the couple's story...
Angela and Colin told the Mayor how they met at a school in Nottingham and grew up in the same town. On Angela's' 14th Birthday, Colin took Angela on a date to the cinema to watch 'From Russia with Love', and this is where their beautiful, strong and long lasting relationship began. The couple married in in Nottinghamshire, but Colin's career as an Engineer and Draftsman (working for the likes of Rolls Royce, Crossland Fitters and Lotus Cars) saw the couple relocate to Norfolk, where they brought up their 2 children, Alan and Alison and resided there for almost 40 years.
Very sadly in 2005, the couple suffered the loss of their son due to an ongoing health condition. Angela described to the Mayor of how their family really struggled through this devastating time, but how they really stuck together and battled though as a strong family. As they told the Mayor endearing stories about their son, it was lovely to see that Alan lives on in their memories and clearly still brings them joy. Like the words inscribed on a little memorial plaque that pops out of one of their garden flower beds says, "Forever in our memories, forever in our hearts."
July of last year saw Angela and Colin relocate from Nolfolk to Rushden to be closer to their daughter and two granddaughters. Angela commented, "we dote upon our grandchildren, they are our life, we love seeing them, it's been hard with the current circumstances but we make the most of it and love every minute of it."
Colin chatted to the Mayor's consort, Cllr David Coleman, about the current times and praised Northamptonshire and the local area, explaining that he thoroughly enjoyed discovering the Nene Valley on his bicycle throughout lockdown.
The couple planned on visiting Jersey for their anniversary, however due to lockdown they decided again and instead celebrated in Nottingham with family and friends for a socially distanced Sunday lunch.
When asked what the secret was to a long and happy marriage, Angela laughed and said, "it's better the devil you know." However, according to Colin, Angela is a fantastic cook and said "I could never give up her cake."
The Mayor said, "During these strange times it was a pleasure to meet Angela and Colin, to congratulate them on their special Anniversary and wish them many more."
Mayor visits John and Betty Shooter on their Diamond Wedding Anniversary
On the 24th September John and Betty Shooter of Rushden celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary. On behalf of Rushden Town Council the newly appointed Mayor, Cllr Mrs Melanie Coleman gave the couple a socially distanced doorstep visit to congratulate them on their fantastic milestone and to discover a bit more about their story…
John, who's an ex service man told the Mayor a charming account of when he first set eyes on Betty at 'the pictures' which led to them becoming childhood sweethearts. They were married in Scarborough in 1960 and moved to Kettering in 1968 where John worked for Shepherds Consultants. In 1994 they then moved to Rushden and have lived here ever since. The couple have 2 children who live in Northamptonshire and who they enjoy seeing often. Betty, still a keen knitting enthusiast, talked fondly of working for the yarn shop 'Play Mates' and John, a big Darby FC supporter, spoke of his football refereeing days.
The couple told the Mayor that they were celebrating their anniversary with a nice slice of cake "we've bought an extra cake so we can cut it up and share it out amongst our wonderful neighbours." They went on to explain how great their neighbours have been throughout the pandemic and how supportive everyone has been.
When asked what the secret was to a long and happy marriage, John laughed and jokingly said, "do as your told." But joking aside, it was clear to see the admiration the couple had for each other and the beautiful life they have shared.
Thank you to John and Betty for letting us share your amazing milestone with the people of Rushden, we wish you all the very best!
Cllr Melanie Coleman Elected as New Town Mayor for 2020 - 2021
On the 15th September 2020 at the Annual General Meeting of Rushden Town Council, Cllr Mrs Melanie Coleman was elected as Town Mayor for 2020 – 2021, and her husband, Cllr David Coleman, was named as Mayor's Consort.
Due to Covid-19 a Deputy Mayor will not be elected for 2020 - 2021; the role will be fulfilled by a member of Rushden Town Council, when required.
The Mayor's chosen charities will be announced at a later date.
The Mayor Did It !!
On Sunday 13th September the Town Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, completed a Charity Sky Dive at the Hinton Skydive Centre in Brackley.
This being Cllr Marinaro's last Mayoral event, the Sky Dive has raised in excess of £3,880.00.
Cllr Marinaro has raised a massive £13,200.00 during his Mayoral Year 2019 - 2020, which will go towards his chosen charities Teenage Cancer Trust and Rushden MIND.
Welcome done Mr Mayor!!!
The Mayor helps Paul & Jean Baker Celebrate their Diamond Wedding Anniversary
On the 11th of September, Paul and Jean Baker of Rushden celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary and enjoyed a surprise visit from the Town Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, who visited to congratulate them on their inspiring milestone.
The Bakers showed the Mayor into their beautiful garden, which provided a wonderful backdrop for photos of the visit.
Paul and Jean Baker where childhood sweethearts who met at grammar school. They were married in Cornwall in 1960 and bought their current house in Rushden in 1969. The couple who have 2 children, 2 grandchildren and a great grandchild, they are both avid gardeners and Paul loves a spot of Golf.
When asked what the secret was to a long and happy marriage, Paul humorously laughed, "to agree with everything she says," and Jean then nodded with a huge smile!
The Mayor really appreciated his time with Paul and Jean, he commented on how welcoming the couple were and also commented on how much he enjoyed talking with Paul about golf!
Thank you to Paul and Jean for letting us share your amazing milestone with the people of Rushden, we wish you all the very best!
The Mayor helps Patrick and Ann Savage Celebrate their 65th Wedding Anniversary
On the 3rd of September, Patrick and Ann Savage of Newton Road celebrated their Blue Sapphire Wedding Anniversary!
On behalf of Rushden Town Council, the Town Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, paid the couple a socially distanced visit to congratulate them on this huge milestone and to hear their story.
The couple, who have been together for an inspirational 69 years and married for 65, met at a village dance back in 1951. Ann lived in Newton Bromswold and Patrick would cycle over from his village in Riseley, to court Ann. They married at St Peters Church, Newton Bromswold in September 1955 and shortly after, moved into their Newton Road home where their 2 sons, John and Ian were born and grew up. Before he retired, Patrick was the drawing office manager at Timpsons press in Kettering and Ann a housewife. They have always shared a love of animals and wildlife and enjoy spending time in their garden, feeding and watching the birds.
The Mayor commented, "It was clear to see that Patrick and Ann Savage are real family people who are adored by everyone including their 3 Grandchildren."
Patrick, 86 and Ann 85 celebrated their anniversary by spending a few well deserved days in Thirsk, Yorkshire, one of the couple's favourite places. They were said to be delighted when returning home to a belated celebration in the garden with tea and cake, plus a surprise visit from the town's Mayor! To top it off nicely, the postman also delivered an anniversary card from Her Majesty The Queen.
When asked what the secret was to a long and happy marriage, the couple both agreed that trust was a major part. Ann went on to say, "You have to trust each other 100%, give and take is also a big factor and sometimes you have to do things you may not want to, but because the other one wants to."
Thank you to Patrick and Ann for letting us share your amazing milestone with the people of Rushden, we wish you all the very best!
The Mayor thanks Volunteers at Rush 2 the Den
On Thursday 20th August, on behalf of Rushden Town Council, Mayor Cesare Marinaro visited RUSH 2The DEN children's centre to give a huge thanks to Nina and her volunteers for going above and beyond for the children and families of Rushden and to also wish them good luck upon their reopening on the 7th September. While normal activities have been temporarily closed due to COVID-19, Nina and her team have very cleverly diversified, to ensure continuity of support in the community. From compiling and hand delivering fortnightly free activity and craft packs for over 600 local children and young people to assist their mental health and wellbeing, to utilising their building as a temporary food bank, which has been receiving regular surplus food donations from local supermarkets including ASDA, Morrisions, COOP, Waitrose and Costa to name but a few! The food bank has been open to 'anyone who needed a little helping hand' and Nina commented that "the temporary food bank was a lifesaver for many and continues to be in great demand." The RUSH 2The DEN volunteers also helped deliver food parcels to 80 families a week during lockdown.The Children's centre 'Swap Shop' service was also extended and includes baby's, children's and young people's clothing and school uniforms, plus books, equipment and toys. The Swap Shop and food bank are currently open Mon - Fri 9-11am & Sat 9.30-11am. Since lockdown eased, the RUSH 2The DEN youth clubs have been taking place outdoors and in our local parks, with activities such as socially distanced park games, countryside walks and bike rides. As of the 7th September, groups and youth clubs will be able to resume in their Fitzwilliam street building, in a Covid-secure environment. Thank you to all of the RUSH 2The DEN volunteers, the work you carry out really is invaluable to our community and we wish you all the very best upon your reopening.http://www.rush2theden.org.uk/
Worzel Tours Rushden with Scarecrow Friends
On Wednesday 5th August Worzel met up with some of his Rushden scarecrow friends, who scarily share a resemblance to Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, and Deputy Mayor, Cllr Melanie Coleman, (Aunt Sally) don't you think? They had a good chat about the Rushden Garden Competition as they toured around Rushden on a 1940's tractor, even taking a look at some plants at Thing-Me-Jigz!
Thank you to everyone who put some coins into the Mayor's charity buckets to raise money for Rushden Mind and The Teenage Cancer Trust.
The Mayor Celebrates Osborne’s Sport & Toys 65th Anniversary
Rushden high street's longstanding toy shop, Osborne's Sport & Toys celebrates its 65th Anniversary! Today also marks the 5 year anniversary of the passing of Jim Osborne, the much loved-founder.
Special 65th anniversary jigsaws have been commissioned to commemorate the milestone 65th year of trading. The jigsaws are on sale from today, with a donation from each one sold going to the local Rushden Museum.
On Friday 30th July the Town Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, visited to congratulate Pam Osborne, her son Will, and all the staff at Osborne's on behalf of Rushden Town Council. The Mayor said these words, "it's such a great achievement, reaching sixty five years on our high street. It's also such an inspiration to see Pam Osborne at 87 year of age, continuing to work in the shop. Rushden is truly honoured and we wish them all the very best."
Will Osborne commented, "We've been overwhelmed by the good wishes and support of everyone, especially in these difficult times. So a big thank you to our past, present and future customers."
Congratulations to the Osborne's Family, what a remarkable milestone to reach.
Take a look at the fun vintage window display in the photos below (or when you're visiting the high street) and see if you can spot a toy that you had as a child...
Mayor thanks Ang's Ices
The Town Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, visited Ang's Ices to thank her for her patience and hard work over the last few months (and of course, to have a sneaky 99 too!). Ang's unique order and delivery service was a real 'pick me up' for lots of families and even care homes during lockdown, and it's great to see Ang's Ices back in our park.
Mayor Celebrates In The Frame on its 21st Anniversary
In the Frame, Rushden high street's longstanding picture framing shop, celebrates its 21st Anniversary!
On Monday 27th July the Town Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, popped in to congratulate them on behalf of Rushden Town Council.
Steve Martin, owner of In The Frame, gave these comments, "We have enjoyed being part of Rushden's high street over the last twenty one years. We take pride in the services we offer and the products we sell and we are very thankful for our amazing and loyal customers who have stuck with us over the years and who have been very supportive, especially throughout the circumstances surrounding COVID-19. It's great to be back and for the shop to be open again, we hope to be here for many more years to come."
Congratulations and well done to Steve and his staff at In The Frame. Thank you for being an integral part of Rushden's high street for over 20 years!
Mayor's Before and After 14 Week Haircut
The Town Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, with his before and after haircut.
Good to see our Mayor complying with Covid-19 regulations!
Mayor thanks Local Businesses
On Wednesday 10th June the Town Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, visited local businesses in Rushden High Street, to thank them for their support, during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mayor Supports 'Clap for our Carers' at Redclyffe Care Home
On Thursday 28th May the Town Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, took part in the last of the 'Clap for our Carers', this time showing his support at Redclyffe Care Home (again observing social distancing).
Mayor Supports 'Clap for our Carers' at Victoria House Care Home
On Thursday 14th May the Town Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, once again took part in the 'Clap for our Carers', this time showing his support at Victoria House Care Home (again observing social distancing).
Mayor Supports 'Clap for our Carers' at Spinneyfields Care Home
On Thursday 7th May the Town Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, was invited to join Spinneyfields Care Home, which is managed by Shaw Healthcare, to show his support for 'Clap for our Carers' (whilst observing social distancing).
Mayor Attends the 2020 Northamptonshire Amateur Swimming Association County Championships
On Sunday 26th January the Town Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, attended the 2020 Northamptonshire Amateur Swimming Association County Championships, at Corby International Pool.
Mayor Attends an Afternoon Tea Fundraising Event
On Saturday 25th January the Town Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, attended an Afternoon Tea fundraising event, at the Bede House, Higham Ferrers.
A total of £1,145.86 was raised, which will go towards a four week volunteering expedition to Borneo for Alfie Burge, to help build a sustainable community for the local people and help with deforestation.
For further information and to donate to Alfie's GoFundMe page please click on www.gofundme.com/alfieburge
Mayor's Annual Civic Carol Service
On Sunday 22nd December the Town Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, held his Civic Carol Service at St Peter's Church, Rushden.
Special thanks to Revd Rachel Hawkins of St Peter's Church and to all that attended.
(Pictured from left Mayor of Higham Ferrers, Cllr Chris O'Rourke, Mayor of Wisbech, Cllr Michael Hill, Mayor and Mayoress of Raunds, Cllr Richard Levell and his wife Magdalene, Mayor and Mayoress of Rushden, Cllr Cesare Marinaro and his wife Sabina, Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress of Huntingdon, Cllr Karl Webb and his wife Hilary Meers-Webb, Mayor of Irthlingborough, Cllr Adrian Winkle)
Mayor Attends the Eclipse Gymnastics Christmas Show
On Saturday 14th December the Town Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, was a special guest at Eclipse Gymnastics Christmas Show. Eclipse Gymnastics won Community Club Of The Year in October.
Mayor at Town's Annual Christmas Lights Switch-On
On Saturday 30th November, the Town Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, joined in with the fun at the Town's annual lights Switch-On. Pictured here with the Polar Bear!
Mayor Attends East Northamptonshire Sports & Physical Activity Awards 2019
On Thursday 17th October, the Town Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, attended East Northamptonshire Sports & Physical Activity Awards 2019, at Rushden Historical Transport Society's Goods Shed, and presented the Primary School of the Year Award to Newton Road School.
Mayor Joins the Celebrations at Victoria House for Long Serving Staff
On Wednesday 9th October the Town Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, joined the celebrations at Victoria House, in recognition of the long serving staff. Russell Brown, Chief Financial Officer, was there to thank staff for 5, 10 and 15 years service. Town Councillors also joined in the fun celebrating the wonderful staff team.
Mayor's Charity Golf Day
On Monday 23rd September the Town Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, held his Charity Golf Day at Rushden Golf Club. The sun shone and a fantastic day was had by all, raising in excess of £4,000.00 for the Mayor's Charities, Teenage Cancer Trust and Rushden Mind, which will be divided at the end of the Mayoral year. Well done to the winning team, Paul Hunt & Associates, as pictured. A huge thank you to everyone that took part and for the generous donations.
Mayor Opens the Annual Civic Opening of Rushden Feast
On Friday 13th September the Town Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, attended the Annual Civic Opening of Rushden Feast, at Spencer Park. A short service was held by Rev Jez Safford.
Mayor Opens the British Championships for the EMTF-UK Tang Soo Do Championships
On Saturday 6th July the Town Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, opened the British Championships for the EMTF-UK Tang Soo Do Championships, at the Pemberton Centre.
The Mayor was delighted to welcome in children and competitors from Cornwall, Scotland, Wales, London, Newcastle, Cambridge, Bedford, Lincoln, Manchester, Milton Keynes and of course Rushden. He was welcomed by their local instructor Master Ashok Kumar, who is also the Vice Chairman for International Organisation and was presented with a plaque for the appreciation and support that Rushden provides for the local group. The Mayor was particularly impressed by the determination, courage and skill of the youngsters. The local group went on to secure 1 Grand Champion trophy, 30 Gold medals, 26 Silver medals and 18 Bronze medals facing tough competition from 126 competitors. All the above will be offered the opportunity to now compete in the European championships that will be held in Rotterdam in October 2019. If you would like further details please contact Master Kumar on 07968 033213.
Mayor Supports YourTown NN10 Junior Park Run
On Sunday 9th June the Town Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, supported YourTown NN10 Junior Park Run, in Hall Park, as part of Celebrate Rushden week.
'Monday Mayor' with BBC Radio Northampton
On Monday 3rd June, as part of BBC Radio Northampton's 'Monday Mayor', the newly elected Town Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, was the first Mayor in the County to be interviewed by Helen Blaby. Well done Cllr Marinaro! To listen to the interview click here 'Monday Mayor'
Cllr Cesare Marinaro Elected as New Town Mayor for 2019 - 2020
On Tuesday 14th May 2019 at the Annual General Meeting of Rushden Town Council, Cllr Cesare Marinaro was elected as Town Mayor for 2019 – 2020, and his wife, Mrs Sabina Marinaro, was named as Mayor's Consort.
Cllr Mrs Melanie Coleman was elected as Deputy Mayor for 2019 - 2020, and her husband, Cllr David Coleman, was named as Deputy Mayor's Consort.
The Mayor's Cadet is Cadet Jessica Pickles of the CO Rushden Sea Cadets Corps.
The Mayor's chosen charities are Rushden MIND and Teenage Cancer Trust.