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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.

December 2021

My most sincere congratulations to you on achieving an ‘Outstanding’ rating by Ofsted.

 

To be awarded the highest accolade in all categories of inspection is a truly wonderful achievement.

 

Very many congratulations to all.

My most sincere congratulations to you for celebrating your 30th birthday.

 

It’s wonderful that you are returning to practice following a break due to covid and can celebrate the Club’s belated birthday.

 

I wish you every success for the future.

I would like to offer my most sincere congratulations to you for hosting the Santa Fun Run this year.

 

It was a joy to be a part of and having the pleasure to start the event and hand medals out to all the runners was brilliant.

 

It was great to see it return after last year’s hiatus. Thank you to all involved in making the event happen this year and a huge congratulations to all who participated.

November 2021

My most sincere congratulations to you on being awarded a grant of £120,000 from the Culture Recovery Fund.

 

I hope this funding helps support you coming out of the pandemic. I wish you every success for the future.

I would like to offer my most sincere congratulations to you for hosting a stellar Christmas Lights Switch On event.

 

It was a joy to be a part of and having the pleasure to turn on the Christmas Lights was brilliant.

 

It was great to see it return after last year’s hiatus. Thank you to all involved in producing this fantastic event.

I would like to offer my congratulations to those who volunteered to collect money for Children in Need on Northbrook Street.

 

Raising more than £2,500 from your efforts is a wonderful achievement.

 

Very many congratulations to all members involved.

I would like to offer my most sincere thanks to you for the time and effort that you have put into creating the sea of red poppies on display at the corner of Bath Road and Leys Gardens.

 

A wonderful creation, and a great way to raise awareness for the Poppy Appeal.

 

Very many congratulations and thanks to you.

I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate you all for raising funds to buy the Old London Apprentice Pub a defibrillator by running as George, Zippy and Bungle from the TV show Rainbow.

 

What a fun way to raise money to buy a life saving piece of equipment!

 

A huge congratulations to the three of you.

My most sincere congratulations to all who were involved in the return of your annual fireworks fundraiser at Newbury Racecourse.

 

It was wonderful to see the event back, and I thank everyone who was involved in the organisation of the successful event this year.

My most sincere congratulations to you on raising a fantastic £14,000 at your Bonfire Night fireworks display.

 

A truly wonderful amount of money raised for support the development of the club and opportunities for all to get involved with.

 

Very many congratulations.

My most sincere congratulations to you both on the recent publication of your children’s book Raffles Discovers the Magic that you worked on together through lockdown.

 

A wonderful achievement, very many congratulations to you both.

My most sincere congratulations to you on qualifying for the Spartan Race Kids World Championships in competitive obstacle course racing, taking place in Abu Dhabi.

 

To be representing at such a young age at this event is a truly fantastic achievement.

 

Very many congratulations to you.

I would like to offer my most sincere congratulations to all the men who took part in the ‘Boys in Bras’ charity walk.

 

It’s wonderful to hear that the event raised more than £7,000 for the charity.

 

A fantastic achievement, and a huge congratulations to all involved.

My most sincere congratulations to you on the opening of your new coffee shop.

 

I had a wonderful time visiting for the opening, I wish you every success for the future.

I would like to send my congratulations to you for celebrating 25 years at your home on Monks Lane.

 

A wonderful achievement, very many congratulations and I wish you all the best for your celebration events.

October 2021

I would like to offer my most sincere congratulations to you as you celebrate your 100th birthday.

 

What an incredible milestone to reach, a truly wonderful achievement. Very many congratulations, once again.

I would like to offer the very best of luck to you in your challenge of rowing the Atlantic this December, raising funds for Victoria’s Promise which supports young women and families through their cancer diagnosis.

 

To raise money for this charity in memory of your late wife through this challenge is truly heart-warming.

 

I wish you every success and all the very best for your adventure and fundraising endeavors.

My most sincere congratulations to you for winning the top title at the WTKA British Open event for Muay Thai.

 

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

I would like to offer my congratulations to students who were involved in the sponsored walk as part of a health and wellbeing day.

 

By doing this you raised over £11,500 for student wellbeing and environmental projects which is truly fantastic.

 

Very many congratulations to all involved.

My most sincere congratulations to you on the opening of your new shop.

 

I wish you every success for the future.

A huge congratulations to you for being awarded the highest accolade possible for your gins from the world’s largest guild of gourmet food and wines.

 

A wonderful achievement, very many congratulations.

My most sincere congratulations to you on the recent opening of your new restaurant. It will make a great addition to the town.

 

I wish you every success for the future.

My most sincere congratulations to you for raising more than £500 for Wallace and Gromit’s Children’s Charity by hosting a fundraising concert playing the cello.

 

A truly wonderful achievement, very many congratulations.

I would like to offer my congratulations to you on your recent silver win in the M60 triple jump at the West Masters Championship.

 

A wonderful achievement, very many congratulations.

My most sincere congratulations to you, not only for completing the London Marathon but for becoming the first British runner over the age of 70 to complete the run in under three hours.

 

What an outstanding achievement, very many congratulations.

I would like to offer my congratulations to all local people who recently took part in the London Marathon.

 

Whether you were raising funds for charity or were aiming to reach a personal goal; you should all be incredibly proud of your achievements.

 

Very many congratulations to you all!

A huge congratulations to all who took part in your recent 12 hour charity martial arts roll-athon for Macmillan Cancer Support.

 

Raising £3,000 is a wonderful achievement. Very many congratulations and thanks to all who took part.

My most sincere congratulations to you for, once again, being shortlisted for the award of Best UK Weekly Newspaper.

 

A wonderful achievement. Very many congratulations.

My most sincere congratulations to you on winning a gold and a silver medal after competing at the C2 International Judo Competition in London.

 

A wonderful achievement, very many congratulations.

I would like to offer my congratulations to all local people who recently took part in the Newbury Race for Life at the racecourse.

 

Very many congratulations to you all!

I would like to take the opportunity to offer my most sincere congratulations upon the long-awaited official opening of Falkland Grange Care Home

 

After welcoming your first residents over a year ago, it’s wonderful that you were able to finally have the opportunity to celebrate your official opening.

 

A huge congratulations to you, I wish you every success for the future.

I would like to take the opportunity to offer my most sincere congratulations to you for the opening of your new store in Parkway Shopping Centre.

 

A wonderful achievement after starting your business at our very own Market.

 

Huge congratulations, and I wish you every success for the future.

My most sincere congratulations to you on your recent success at the regional gymnastics competition in Southampton.

 

It is wonderful to see local talent perform so well in competitions, but to come away with 21 medals, 22 ribbons, 2 overall champions and two selectees for the Southern Regional Team is a truly wonderful achievement.

 

Congratulations to all coaches and gymnasts who helped secure such fantastic achievements.

September 2021

I would like to take the opportunity to send my most sincere congratulations to you for celebrating 100 years of business.

 

It is truly wonderful that you are celebrating this very special anniversary and for playing such an important part in Newbury’s history.

 

A fantastic achievement, very many congratulations once again. I wish you every success for the future.

I would like to take the opportunity to offer my most heartfelt thanks to you for encouraging your retailers to support Afghan refugees who have recently arrived into the area.

 

To hear that your retailers have pulled out all the stops to support refugees is testament to how much people care and want to help support those in need.

 

Thank you to all retailers who were involved and for your swift organisation.

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.