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Congratulations Letters

The Mayor of Newbury, Cllr Billy Drummond, has sent the following letters. To see the content of the letter, please click the title below.

September 2021

My most sincere congratulations to all who honoured the emergency workers as part of the festival of Raksha Bandhan.

 

It is wonderful to see the local emergency services involved in your cultural celebration and a delight to learn more about the cultural traditions of the festival.

 

Congratulations to all volunteers involved.

I would like to take the opportunity to offer my thank to you for commemorating the First Battle of Newbury.

 

It’s important that the significance of this historic event is remembered, and I praise you for raising awareness and for remembering those we lost.

 

Thank you.

My most sincere congratulations to you for winning a gold medal at the recent English Closed Pre-Cadet/Cadet Judo Competition in London, which resulted in you being selected for the 2021/22 England Talend Development squad.

 

A truly wonderful achievement, very many congratulations.

A huge congratulations to you for completing a nine-day charity cycle to Scotland.

 

To complete 683.51 miles for charity at such a young age is a remarkable achievement.

 

Very many congratulations to you.

I would like to offer my most sincere congratulations to all who were involved in the organisation of the One Community Cricket and Family Fun Day.

 

It’s wonderful to see so many people attend this event and many local communities come together on this day to celebrate culture.

 

Very many congratulations, once again.

My most sincere congratulations to you on the opening of the new school and for welcoming your first cohort of pupils.

 

I wish all staff and pupils every success for the future as this school continues to grow.

My most sincere congratulations to all who were involved in delivering the return of the Newbury Triathlon.

 

It is wonderful to see so many people participate after a year’s absence. The event was a great success, I look forward to the return of it next year.

 

I would also like to offer my congratulations to Graham Stent and Nicci Clay for their respective race wins. A fantastic achievement for both participants.

I would like to take the opportunity to recognise and offer my most sincere congratulations to you for raising more than £1500 for Time To Talk.

 

It was delightful to hear about your cycle of more than 300 miles in July. And to raise such an enormous amount of money is a truly wonderful achievement.

 

Very many congratulations once again, and I wish you all the best for the future.

My most sincere congratulations to you on your published novel An Island, by Karen Jennings, being included on the Booker Prize longlist.

 

It is fantastic to see a local, independent publisher be included on this list.

 

A wonderful achievement, very many congratulations.

My most sincere congratulations to you on reaching the final stages of the Miss British Isles pageant.

 

A wonderful achievement, I wish you every success for the final event.

I would like to take the opportunity to give my congratulations to all who are involved in the commemoration events for the 40th Anniversary of the Greenham Peace Women.

 

It was wonderful to be a part of your recent event celebrating the arrival of walkers arriving across the Common, following the original route starting from Cardiff.

 

I wish you every success with your upcoming events to commemorate this historic event.

I would like to take the opportunity to offer my most sincere congratulations to you on winning a bronze medal at Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

 

Of all the congratulations I have given to you previously, it is so wonderful to see you achieving your goals and representing Team GB on the world stage.

 

What an incredible achievement and a fantastic role model you are. Very many congratulations, once again.

I would like to give my most sincere thanks to all who are involved in the new ‘Charities Connected’ scheme to help give registered charities the opportunity to apply for free connection to assist in reaching the people they serve.

 

A wonderful initiative, I wish you every success.

August 2021

I would like to offer my most sincere congratulations to all who have been involved in the successful launch of the Waterside Centre this Summer.

 

It’s been wonderful to see so many young people get involved in the activities you have been offering.

 

Congratulations once again, and I wish you every success for the future.

My most sincere congratulations to you for securing bronze medal at the recent GB Masters Championship in the M60 triple jump.

 

A wonderful achievement, very many congratulations.

My most sincere congratulations to you for completing a charity cycle from Yatton in Somerset to Newbury raising funds for NHS Charities Together.

 

A wonderful achievement at such a young age, very many congratulations.

My most sincere congratulations to you both for taking part in a 10km run to raise funds for Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice.

 

A wonderful achievement at such a young age, very many congratulations to you both.

I would like to take the opportunity to publicly recognise and offer my most sincere congratulations to you for 20 years’ service as an Officer for Newbury Town Council.

 

Your hard work and dedication has never gone unnoticed, and I thank you for your long service in multiple roles you have had within the Council.

 

A wonderful achievement, very many congratulations.

I would like to offer my most sincere congratulations to all who took part at the recent British Masters Championships.

 

It is wonderful to see so many local athletes success and bringing medals back to Newbury.

 

Congratulations to all.

My most sincere congratulations to you for raising £500 for various charities by selling your home made jam and marmalade.

 

Very many congratulations.

I would like to offer my most sincere congratulations to all students who have received their exam results over the past week; whether that be A Levels, B-Tech or GCSEs.

 

After an incredibly tough 18 months, every single student should be very proud of their achievements.

 

I wish you all every success for the future.

 

I would like to also thank all local teachers and school staff for all their hard work and support to students over the past year.

I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate you on the return of Chalkfest to the Market Place.

 

It was wonderful to see a great turnout for your event this year which was greatly missed in 2020.

 

Thank you very much to all the organisers who did a great job in the planning of this community event.

My most sincere congratulations to you for winning a Muddy Stilettos Award for the ‘Best Women’s Store’ in Berkshire.

 

A wonderful achievement, very many congratulations.

My most sincere congratulations to you for raising £2,000 for Little Princess Trust by taking part in a charity head shave and donating your hair.

 

A very brave and wonderful act. Very many congratulations.

I would like to offer my most sincere congratulations to you and wish you a happy 100th birthday.

 

What a fantastic milestone to reach, I hope you had a wonderful celebration.

 

Very many congratulations.

I would like to take the opportunity to offer a huge congratulations to all the athletes who were involved in the recent Berkshire Athletics Association Track and Field Championships.

 

It’s wonderful to see so many successful athletes from Newbury taking part and succeeding in top positions.

 

Very many congratulations to all who took part. I wish you every success for the future.

My most sincere congratulations to you for welcoming singer Will Young as Newbury Soup Kitchen’s new patron.

 

It was wonderful for you to give him a warm welcome as well as opening your new catering van.

 

I wish you every success for the future.

My most sincere congratulations to you for being awarded the highest platinum accolade in the Jigsaw Early Years Consultancy #JustQuality accreditation scheme.

 

A wonderful achievement, very many congratulations.

My most sincere congratulations to you for receiving a prestigious Points of Light award from our Prime Minister.

 

A wonderful achievement which is so rightfully deserved. Very many congratulations, and thank you, once again, for all your fundraising.

My most sincere congratulations to you for winning a Muddy Stilettos Award for the ‘Best Bar’ in West Berkshire.

 

A wonderful achievement, very many congratulations.

My most sincere congratulations to you for winning a Muddy Stilettos Award for the ‘Best New Covid Business’ in West Berkshire.

 

A wonderful achievement, very many congratulations.

My most sincere congratulations to you for signing a professional contact with Newcastle United Academy.

 

A wonderful achievement, very many congratulations. I wish you every success for the future.

I would like to offer my most sincere congratulations to you for your service as Shaw-cum-Donnington’s Brown Owl for more than 50 years.

 

Thank you for your voluntary service. I wish you well for the future.

I would like to offer my most sincere congratulations to you for competing in Tokyo 2020 as part of the Men’s rowing team.

 

It’s wonderful that you were able to represent our town at this world event. Thank you for your dedication.

 

A fantastic achievement, very many congratulations.

My most sincere congratulations and thanks to you for serving as Fir Tree School’s lollipop lady for more than 30 years.

 

Your dedication and service has been appreciated by so many over the years. I wish you a long and healthy retirement.

July 2021

I would like to take the opportunity to offer my most sincere thanks and congratulations to you for serving 30 years with Thames Valley Police.

 

Thank you for everything you have done to support the town of Newbury, and for your partnership with the Town Council.

 

I wish you a happy and fulfilled retirement.

I would like to wish you every success with your crowdfunding campaign to launch your brand new social enterprise food truck.

 

It’s brilliant to see your continued support to mental health charities and initiatives through your growing business.

 

Good luck.

My most sincere congratulations to you on the recent publication of your first novel.

 

A wonderful achievement. Very many congratulations and I wish you every success for the future.

My most sincere congratulations to you the recent unveiling of your sculpture ‘Two Rivers’ next to Newbury railway station.

 

It’s wonderful to see your creation in person, and I hope that the local community enjoy your sculpture showcasing our local rivers.

 

Thank you very much for your hard work and creativity.

I would like to take the opportunity to offer my most sincere thanks and congratulations to you for serving 23 years at West Berkshire District Council, with 16 of those as Chief Executive.

 

Thank you for everything you have done to support the town of Newbury, and for your partnership with the Town Council over the years.

 

I wish you a happy and fulfilled retirement.

My most sincere congratulations you on being appointed the new Chief Executive of West Berkshire District Council.

 

I look forward to welcoming you to the town, and I wish you every success in your new role.

Congratulations to you and all those involved in creating the new specialist division to manage the transportation of pharmaceutical supplies.

 

It’s wonderful to see a local organisation expanding to support the medical and life science industry.

 

I wish you every success in your new venture.

A huge congratulations to you for receiving a prestigious Diana Award for your work as an ambassador for the National Autistic Society and for autism advocacy.

 

A wonderful achievement, very many congratulations.

I would like to express my most sincere thanks to you for saving a local man’s life by providing CPR.

 

To reunite with the gentleman you saved is a lovely gesture.

 

Thank you very much for your bravery.

Congratulations to you for being awarded the Gold Seal for 2021 for winning a Good Food Award every year since 2016. The Gold Seal is the highest accolade presented, it is fantastic that a local business has received this honour.

 

A wonderful achievement. Long may your success continue.

My most sincere congratulations to you for your involvement in helping create an online game which has already received more than 1.5 million downloads.

 

A fantastic achievement. Very many congratulations, I wish you every success for the future.

Congratulations to you on securing a new premise at Newbury Cricket Club pavilion.

 

I offer my continued support to all involved with Loose Ends and wish you every success in your new location.

My most sincere congratulations to all students who are involved in raising more than £150 for Newbury Soup Kitchen.

 

A wonderful way to support a local organisation. Thank you to all involved.

My most sincere congratulations to you on being appointed Deputy Chairman of Newbury BID.

 

I wish you every success in your new role.

I would like to offer my most sincere congratulations to you for being a mentor to young migrants in Newbury and for building your life in the town.

 

Your story is very touching, to see how far you have come since arriving to the UK six years ago is a wonderful achievement.

 

I wish you every success in your mechanics course at Newbury College, and for the future.

My most sincere congratulations to you on being appointed Chairman of Newbury BID.

 

I wish you every success in your new role.

June 2021

Congratulations to you once again, this time for being selected to represent Team GB at the European Under 23 Championships in Estonia.

 

A fantastic achievement, very many congratulations. I wish you every success.

My most sincere congratulations to you for taking home the bronze medal in the recent National 50-mile Championship earlier this month, representing Newbury Road Club.

 

A wonderful achievement, very many congratulations.

My most sincere congratulations to you all for taking part in the annual Walk for Parkinson’s to raise money for people the charity.

 

I wish you all every success.

I would like to offer a heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers who gave their time to support the lateral flow testing at Newbury College earlier this year.

 

Thank you very much for your contribution.

I would like to offer a heartfelt thanks to all who were involved in the recent ‘tour’ of the Newbury roads named after out twin towns.

 

It was great to meet with you at the end of the tour. Congratulations for engaging members in this creative way and promoting out Twin Towns.

My most sincere congratulations to the Soroptimists for celebrating the centenary of the movement’s foundation.

 

I also congratulate the Newbury branch for marking their 65th anniversary.

My most sincere congratulations all pupils who were involved in winning awards at the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Design Museum in London. And congratulations to Mr Liam Anderson for winning “Teacher of the Year” award.

 

It’s wonderful that our local school has achieved this great success on a national scale.

 

Congratulations to all for this wonderful achievement.

Congratulations on the recent opening of your new business. It was great to be a part of the opening event.

 

I wish you every success for the future.

My most sincere congratulations to you for celebrating your 100th birthday. Not many people can say they spent their 100th birthday playing a game of golf – what a wonderful way to celebrate!

 

Congratulations on reaching this fantastic milestone.

I would like to offer my most sincere congratulations to you for completing your 70 mile charity walk, raising £2,500 for Guys Hospital.

 

A fantastic achievement, very many congratulations

My most sincere congratulations to you on the start of your upgrade project to redevelop your clubhouse.

 

I wish you every success.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank every single volunteer and medical staff member who has given their time to the Newbury Vaccination Centre.

 

To administer over 65,000 jabs to our local community to protect them from Covid 19 is remarkable.

 

A heartfelt thanks to everyone involved in this success.

My most sincere congratulations to you for becoming the new President of the Royal Geographical Society.

 

A wonderful achievement. I wish you every success in your role.

My most sincere congratulations to you for celebrating your 105th birthday.

 

Congratulations on reaching this fantastic milestone and for your fundraising efforts over the last year.

My most sincere congratulations you on the recent opening of your new garden.

 

It was wonderful to be a part of the official opening.

 

I wish you every success for the future.

My most sincere congratulations to you all for coming together to take on the challenge of climbing Mount Snowdon 10 times to raise funds for Parkinson’s UK and The Brain Tumour Charity.

 

I wish you every success in your challenge. Very many congratulations.

My most sincere congratulations on your recent store opening on Northbrook Street.

 

I wish you every success for the future.

I would like to offer my most sincere congratulations to you for offering free Zoom fitness classes throughout the entirety of lockdown. It is wonderful that you are now looking for your classes to restart again in person.

 

Thank you very much for volunteering your time to help the local community. Very many congratulations.

My most sincere congratulations to all who are volunteering as Street Pastors in Newbury Town on Saturday nights to keep our community safe. We warmly welcome you back.

 

Thank you very much to all volunteers involved.

My most sincere congratulations to you for celebrating 35 years of the Handybus being in operation.

 

A fantastic asset to the community, I would like to offer my thanks to all the volunteer drivers who have helped make this initiative a success.

My most sincere congratulations to all the volunteers who took part in the SEWA UK fund raising drive in the Market Place raising more than £2,000 to help send oxygen, medical supplies and support to India to help fight Coronavirus.

Congratulations on a successful fundraising event.

My most sincere congratulations to you launching your own special range of hair products which focus on being more environmentally friendly.

 

Very many congratulations, I wish you every success with your brand.

My most sincere congratulations to all pupils who took par in the agricultural challenge, encouraging young people to engage with farming and the countryside.

 

A fantastic achievement for all involved. Very many congratulations.

My most sincere congratulations to you for raising over £1,100 for the Little Princess Trust by cutting your hair and donating it to the charity.

 

A wonderful achievement, very many congratulations.

I would like to offer my most sincere thanks and congratulations to you for being an outstanding volunteer at Newbury’s charity shop Scope.

 

To travel to Newbury 5 days a week, making a 90 mile round trip on public transport from your home in Wiltshire to volunteer at the shop is remarkable and you are incredibly dedicated.

 

A wonderful achievement, very many congratulations and thank you for being an valued volunteer in Newbury.

My most sincere congratulations to you for raising over £3,500 for the hospital ward that looked after your granddaughter by walking the Ridgeway.

 

A wonderful achievement, very many congratulations.

I would like to offer my most sincere congratulations to you for being named Volunteer of the Week at Newbury Racecourse Vaccination Centre.

 

Thank you very much for volunteering your time to help the local community. Very many congratulations.

May 2021 - Mayor of Newbury, Cllr Billy Drummond

I would like to congratulate you on your continued success in competing for a place at the Tokyo Olympics.

I wish you every success for the upcoming Para Powerlifting World Cup in Georgia.

Good Luck!

I would like to offer my most sincere congratulations to all the staff involved in taking residents on a virtual world tour as part of your ‘Around the World in 12 Weeks’ event.

 

What a fantastic way to use cultures to bring people together after a difficult year.

 

A wonderful initiative.

A huge congratulations to you for completing your Captain Tom 100 Challenge by doing 100 hill climbs near your home, raising money for Children With Cancer UK.

 

A wonderful achievement, very many congratulations.

Congratulations to you both of being named the Newbury Vaccination Centre Volunteers of the Week.

 

To support the vaccination centre while your pub, The Lion, has had to remain closed is a brilliant way to support the local community.

 

Congratulations, once again, and I wish you every success upon your pub reopening.

My most sincere congratulations to you on being named the winner of the virtual Crafty Craft.

 

Your raft design reflects the theme of supporting the NHS very well and celebrates Captain Sir Tom Moore in a very fitting tribute.

 

A wonderful achievement, very many congratulations.

April 2021 - Cllr Elizabeth O'Keeffe

My most sincere congratulations to you both for recent success in the V&A Museum’s ‘Innovate’ National Schools Challenge being shortlisted to the final 10 designs across the country.

 

A wonderful achievement, very many congratulations and wishing you the very best for the final result.

My most sincere congratulations to you for being named a finalist in the National Guides for Brides Supplier Awards for your photography.

 

A wonderful achievement, very many congratulations.

I would like to take the opportunity to offer my most sincere congratulations to you for joining Green Salon Collective to become a more sustainable business.

 

A wonderful step forward, very many congratulations.

My most sincere congratulations to you all for recent success in the national Design Museum’s ‘Design Ventura’ competition, being chosen as finalists out of 15,000 entries.

 

A wonderful achievement. Very many congratulations and wishing you the very best for the pitching event.

I would like to take the opportunity to offer my most sincere congratulations to you for celebrating your 100th birthday.

 

Thank you very much for your dedication as a violinist with Newbury Symphony Orchestra.

 

A wonderful milestone, very many congratulations.

My most sincere congratulations to you for cutting off your hair, donating it and raising £480 for the Little Princess Trust charity.

 

A wonderful achievement, very many congratulations.

A huge thank you to all who were involved in raising £9,000 through an auction for the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice.

 

A wonderful achievement, very many congratulations.

My most sincere congratulations to you on finishing 3rd place in the Rose of the Shires ultra-marathon race.

A wonderful achievement, very many congratulations.

I would like to wish every success upon all the business that have reopened to the public from the 12th April.

Shops, restaurants & bars, cafes, leisure and beauty salons have all had an incredibly difficult year, and it was wonderful to welcome so many back when I visited the town last week.

All have adapted to offer a safe reopening and I wish everyone the best as we continue to move through the roadmap.

My most sincere congratulations to you again for being part of the team winning the European Gold Championship medal at the recent rowing championships in Italy.

A wonderful achievement, very many congratulations.

I would like to offer my most sincere congratulations to you on being named as the winner of the University of West London’s graduate award for your services to midwifery.

A wonderful achievement, very many congratulations.

My most sincere congratulations to you on being recognised as a worthy winner of a ‘Takeaway Getaway’ holiday from Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway for your charity DJ-ing throughout lockdown.

Very many congratulations to you. I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday.

I would like to offer my most sincere thanks to you for brightening up people’s days by giving out flowers at the Vaccination Centre.

A wonderful act of kindness which has brought joy to so many.

Thank you for your kind gesture.

My most sincere congratulations to all at the Volunteer Centre on your recent move to your new premises in Broadway House.

I wish you every success for the future from your new office.