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The Mayor of Newbury, Cllr Elizabeth O’Keeffe, has sent the following letters. To see the content of the letter, please click the title below.

Full List of Mayoral Letter Recipients 2020. Cllr Elizabeth O’Keeffe

February 2021

I would like to take the opportunity to offer my most sincere thanks to you in supporting local schools in the community by offering a £10 donation to each client’s school of choice for every quote on a new car, home, van, or business insurance policy.

A wonderful initiative, very many congratulations.

My most sincere congratulations to you for publishing your new book Over 50? Get That Next Job, offering advice and help to older job seekers.

In these uncertain times, many older people may find that searching for a new job challenging. I hope your book offers some hope to those who may be struggling.

I wish you every success and many congratulations.

My most sincere congratulations to you for taking part in a video for Public Health for Berkshire urging people to observe the coronavirus restrictions.

Thank you for taking part and playing a role in sharing important advice.

My most sincere congratulations to you for qualifying to complete on the PDC ProTour for the first time. I wish you every success in your darts career.

A wonderful achievement, very many congratulations.

I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate you on marking Shrove Tuesday in a virtual capacity when your usual Annual Pancake Day Races and lunches was unable to take place.

It is such a shame your much-loved event was unable to take place, which is supported by so many local people and businesses raising funds for your organisation.

We hope to welcome the Pancake Day Races back to the Market Place in 2022.

My most sincere congratulations to you for supporting home schooling children in West Berkshire by donating PCs and laptops to schools which you no longer require to local schools.

Your generosity is incredibly valuable to those who are in need of access to virtual lessons.

Thank you, once again

My most sincere congratulations to you on being announced as the winners of Visit Newbury’s Christmas Window Trail Competition.

It is wonderful to see so many local businesses and organisations taking par in this initiative.

Very many congratulations.

My most sincere congratulations to you in organising the Wash Common Colour March. I hope the project raises community spirits and brings brightness to everyone’s day, as intended.

I wish you every success.

I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate you for teaming up with Olympic champion Paula Radcliffe to encourage families to take part in the TWO-15 challenge, exclusive to Berkshire promoting half-term exercise.

I wish you every success in your campaign

My most sincere congratulations to all at Gardner Leader who have worked to transform your offices to become dementia friendly and for offering all staff to become Dementia Friends.

A fantastic step forward to ensuring our town is inclusive to support those living with dementia.

I would like to take the opportunity to offer my most sincere thanks to you for introducing additional train services to stop at Newbury Racecourse to help assist public travel to vaccination appointments.

It is wonderful that these services will enable nearby residents to travel for their essential vaccination and ensuring their safety on your services.

This will be of huge benefit to many West Berkshire residents.

My most sincere congratulations to you in successfully raising more than half your fundraising target for the Laptops for Lockdown Learning appeal, and for already funding more than 1,000 laptops and devices to primary and secondary schools across the area.

I wish you continued success for the project.

I would like to take the opportunity to offer my most sincere congratulations to you for the three years of service you have given as Chairman of Eight Bells for Mental Health.

You should be incredibly proud of your achievements in growing and raising the profile this small, local charity.

Thank you for your service

My most sincere congratulations to you in taking part in the initiative to spread Random Acts of Kindness in the Newbury area.

It is a wonderful idea to recognise the kindness and goodwill of those in the town.

Thank you for your participation, and I wish you every success.

My most sincere congratulations to you in bringing people together to celebrate Burns Night.

When I read about you playing the bagpipes on the roof of Strawberry Hill Medical Centre, it is wonderful that you were able to share Scottish heritage and bring smiles to many faces.

Thank you for your service.

I would like to express my most sincere thanks to you in marking this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day by taking part in the initiative to light candles in your windows at home as part of the national ‘Light in the Darkness’ event.

Very many congratulations

I would like to express my most sincere thanks to you in holding a community candle vigil of remembrance as the UK’s Covid deaths surpass 100,000.

It is comforting for those who have lost a loved one to this awful virus to know that they are being remembered in our community.

Thank you.

My most sincere congratulations to you in taking part in the initiative to spread Random Acts of Kindness in the Newbury area.

It is a wonderful idea to recognise the kindness and goodwill of those in the town.

Thank you for your participation, and I wish you every success.

Dear Community United West Berkshire

 

I would like to offer my most sincere thanks and support towards your campaign to help address concerns about the Covid-19 vaccine within our diverse community.

 

It is great to see that you are hosting webinars to open the conversation in tacking misinformation about the vaccines and help reassure people that the vaccines are safe for all.

 

I wish you every success in your campaign.

 

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth O’Keeffe

Mayor of Newbury

 

Dear Newbury Soup Kitchen

 

My most sincere congratulations to you and all volunteers who are helpings support rough sleepers and those in emergency accommodation to get their Covid-19 vaccine.

 

Your outdoor clinic set up by the canal is providing an incredibly important service to our most vulnerable.

 

Thank you for your incredible efforts.

 

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth O’Keeffe

Mayor of Newbury

January 2021

Dear Donnington Valley Hotel & Spa

 

My most sincere congratulations to you on being shortlisted for the Beautiful South Awards in the category of Spa and Wellbeing Experience of the Year.

 

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

 

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth O’Keeffe

Mayor of Newbury

Dear Kennet Radio

 

I would like to express my most sincere congratulations to you in your Ray of Hope fundraiser.

 

It was wonderful to see your light beams bring the community together, encouraging donations to Greenham Trust’s Laptops for Lockdown Learning Appeal.

 

Congratulations once again, and I wish you every success.

 

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth O’Keeffe

Mayor of Newbury

Dear Lizzie

 

My most sincere congratulations to you on running 5km every day throughout December to raise money for Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice, being part of the Berkshire team raising over £12,000 for the charity.

 

A wonderful achievement, very many congratulations and I wish you every success in supporting the charity further in 2022 London Marathon.

 

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth O’Keeffe

Mayor of Newbury

Dear Newbury College

 

My most sincere congratulations to you in delivering the Government’s lateral flow Covid-19 testing in the college.

 

It is hopeful to see that this lateral testing will ensure the safety of staff and students to continue their teaching and learning following these uncertain times.

 

Thank you.

 

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth O’Keeffe

Mayor of Newbury

Dear Tim

 

My most sincere congratulations to you on being selected for the Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

 

We look forward to following your progress and wish you every success representing Great Britain.

 

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth O’Keeffe

Mayor of Newbury

Dear The Corn Exchange

 

My most sincere congratulations to you in raising £126k as part of the Save Your Corn Exchange: Fund The Future campaign.

 

A wonderful achievement, very many congratulations.

 

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth O’Keeffe

Mayor of Newbury

Parkway Shopping

20 January 2021

Dear Parkway Shopping

My most sincere congratulations to all who took part in walking over Lego pieces, raising £1000 for Naomi House & Jack’s Place.

It is wonderful to see this innovative way to raise funds when your usual event was unable to take place.

Very many congratulations.

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth O’Keeffe
Mayor of Newbury

Edie Kingston

20 January 2021

Dear Edie

I would like to thank you for spreading positivity and uplifting the spirits of your local community during this difficult time.

Your idea to encourage others to place a drawing of an apple in your window to show appreciation for teachers is a wonderful initiative.

Thank you for acknowledging the work of teachers during this difficult time.

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth O’Keeffe

John Hall Spencer

Gracewell of Newbury

20 January 2021

Dear John

My most sincere congratulations to you for the republication of your book Battle For Crete.

It is wonderful to see that your book is still as popular was it was back in 1962, and it is fantastic to see at age 92 you are still writing and are currently finishing your next novel.

A wonderful achievement, very many congratulations.

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth O’Keeffe
Mayor of Newbury

Newbury Racecourse

20 January 2021

Dear All at Newbury Racecourse

I would like to offer my most sincere thanks to all at Newbury Racecourse for allowing your facilities to be used as a Covid-19 vaccination centre.

It is wonderful that a local facility is able to support Newbury’s local GP surgeries, and I thank all those who have been involved in making the Racecourse safe for administering the vaccine to so many of our residents.

The success of the first few days of vaccinating is uplifting for our community, bringing hope that we will see and end to this awful time soon.

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth O’Keeffe
Mayor of Newbury

Newbury Women RFC

20 January 2021

Dear Newbury Women RFC

My most sincere congratulations to all who are taking part in the fundraising challenge to walk the length of 4,172 miles, the length of travel to all Six Nations stadiums and back, to raise funds for Berkshire Health Charitable Fund.

It is wonderful to see the club is working hard to raise funds for vital causes while training is unable to take place. I wish you every success.

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth O’Keeffe
Mayor of Newbury

Cecilia Consort
Newbury

12 January 2021

Dear Cecilia Consort

My most sincere congratulations to all who took part in Christmas carolling outside St Nicolas’ Church before Christmas.

Thank you for spreading some Christmas cheer, and for also raising £200 for Newbury Cancer Care and The Cecilia Consort 30th Anniversary Fund.

A wonderful achievement, very many congratulations.

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth O’Keeffe
Mayor of Newbury

Tesco Extra
Pinchington Lane

Tesco Superstore
London Road

Tesco Metro
Northbrook Street

12 January 2021

Dear Newbury Tesco Branches

My most sincere congratulations to you for taking part in the annual food collection for Trussell Trust and FareShare.

To see that Newbury’s contribution has over four thousand meals donated is fantastic, making a vital difference to our local community during these difficult times.

A truly wonderful achievement for all, very many congratulations.

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth O’Keeffe
Mayor of Newbury

Dear Ruth

My most sincere congratulations to you on receiving an MBE for your services to charity during Covid-19.

I have been following your journey and have supported your fundraising marathon for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance raising almost £50,000.

A truly wonderful achievement at 104 years old, you are an inspiration to many. Very many congratulations.

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth O’Keeffe
Mayor of Newbury

December 2020

Charlotte Payne

22 December 2020

Dear Charlotte

A massive ‘well done’ to you on earning a membership of the Olympic Futures Academy programme for 2021.

A wonderful achievement, very many congratulations.

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth O’Keeffe

Mayor of Newbury

Fawcetts Newbury

22 December 2020

Dear Fawcetts Newbury

My most sincere congratulations to you on winning Dealer Group of the Year in the national Motor Trader awards, for your team’s work ethic and company values.

A wonderful achievement, very many congratulations.

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth O’Keeffe

Mayor of Newbury

Newbury Lions Club

22 December 2020

Dear Newbury Lions Club

I would like to express my most sincere thanks to all involved in the Santa’s Sleigh Visits throughout the residential areas of Newbury and the surrounding areas.

Your visits have brought joy and smiles to the festive period in what has been a truly awful year for so many.

Thank you to all involved, a wonderful achievement.

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth O’Keeffe

Mayor of Newbury

Glen Knight, Chairman

Newbury Velo Cycling Club

22 December 2020

Dear Newbury Velo Cycling Club

My most sincere congratulations to you on being one of four finalists in the Cycling Weekly Club of the Year.

A truly wonderful achievement, very many congratulations.

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth O’Keeffe

Newbury MG Motors Club

22 December 2020

Dear Newbury MG Motors Club

My most sincere congratulations to all have taken part in fundraising a fantastic among of money for Cancer Research.

A wonderful achievement, very many congratulations.

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth O’Keeffe

Mayor of Newbury

The Corn Exchange

22 December 2020

Dear Newbury Corn Exchange

My most sincere congratulations to all who were involved in the organisation of Winter Lantern Trail.

It was wonderful to see this event go ahead in a covid-compliant, safe manner which was enjoyed by many.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth O’Keeffe

Mayor of Newbury

West Berkshire Foodbank

22 December 2020

Dear West Berkshire Foodbank

I would like to send my most heartfelt thanks to all who have been involved in West Berkshire Foodbank this year.

After a truly awful year, it is wonderful to see that your small team of 12 has grown to nearly 100 volunteers and so much food has been donated to help those in the community in need.

I would like to thank every volunteer who has supported this vital service, and to those who have lead the project, and wish you all the best for the new year.

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth O’Keeffe

Mayor of Newbury

Living Advent Calendar

15 December 2020

Dear Bridget Lawrence

I would like to send my most sincere thanks to all who are involved in the Living Advent Calendar this year, and a huge congratulations to those who have organised this year’s event.

Encouraging families to follow a trail to enjoy the window creations is a fantastic idea to ensure the event is safe.

I wish you every success for the rest of the month.

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth O’Keeffe
Mayor of Newbury

High Score Arcade
Cheap Street
Newbury

15 December 2020

Dear All at High Score Arcade

My most sincere congratulations in the opening of your brand-new gaming arcade. It is wonderful to see a new entertainment venue in Newbury open for all the family to enjoy.

I wish you every success for the future.

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth O’Keeffe
Mayor of Newbury

Jo Fulker
Over 80’s Parcel Fund
Newbury Weekly News

15 December 2020

Dear Jo

My most sincere congratulations to you and all volunteers who took part in making the Over 80’s Parcel Fund happen this year.

After what has been an awful year, it is wonderful that this fantastic project has been able to take place and support some of our oldest, and most isolated residents.

Congratulations to all involved.

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth O’Keeffe
Mayor of Newbury

St Nicolas Church

15 December 2020

Dear Will Hunter-Smart

My most sincere congratulations to you and all staff who were involved in hosting your first wedding of 2020.

After what has been an awful year for weddings, it is wonderful to see the local community coming together to help it take place.

Very many congratulations, and here’s to a brighter 2021.

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth O’Keeffe
Mayor of Newbury

Sterling Garages
Faraday Road
Newbury

15 December 2020

Dear Sterling Garages

My most sincere congratulations to you in buying toys and giving them away to local children this Christmas.

What a wonderful way to give back to local people after an incredibly difficult year.

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth O’Keeffe
Mayor of Newbury

Helix Group

7 December 2020

Dear Helix Group

My most sincere congratulations to you on receiving the Bronze Award from the Employer Recognition Scheme.

A wonderful achievement, very many congratulations.

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth O’Keeffe
Mayor of Newbury

ER Marketing

7 December 2020

Dear Emma & Richard

My most sincere congratulations to you both in setting up your own marketing firm in Newbury.

I wish you both every success in your new venture.

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth O’Keeffe
Mayor of Newbury

Newbury BID

7 December 2020

Dear All at Newbury BID

My most sincere congratulations to all who were involved in the delivery of Newbury’s virtual Christmas lights switch on.

It’s unfortunate that we have been unable to host the usual Switch-On event for all to enjoy, however the video that was produced was excellent and captured the festive spirit of the Town.

Thank you and congratulations.

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth O’Keeffe
Mayor of Newbury

Jackie Paynter

7 December 2020

Dear Jackie

My most sincere congratulations to you on your mural unveiling in the Kennet Centre.

A wonderful achievement, very many congratulations.

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth O’Keeffe
Mayor of Newbury

Trinity School

7 December 2020

Dear Mrs Wilson

My most sincere congratulations to all staff and students who were involve in donating more than 1000 meals to West Berkshire Food Bank. Your contribution will make a difference to many.

A wonderful achievement for all, very many congratulations.

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth O’Keeffe
Mayor of Newbury

St John’s & St George’s Church

7 December 2020

Dear All at St John’s Church and St George’s Church

My most sincere congratulations to all who were involved in the virtual Come Dine With Me event to raise more than £1,100 for West Berkshire Food Bank.

It is wonderful to see both church communities come together for this local cause.

Very many congratulations.

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth O’Keeffe
Mayor of Newbury

November 2020

Florrie Wilson
Falkland Grange Care Home
Monks Lane
Newbury
Berkshire
RG14 7RW

25 November 2020

Dear Florrie

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Happy 100th Birthday.

I hope you have a lovely birthday celebration as you reach this incredible milestone. A truly wonderful and special occasion, very many congratulations and best wishes.

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth O’Keeffe
Mayor of Newbury

Lewis Freeman
bstFitness
Parkway
Newbury

25 November 2020

Dear All at bstFitness

I would like to express my most sincere congratulations to all that were involved in yellow to support Children in Need this year.

With the gym currently not open due to lockdown, it is wonderful to see that staff are dressing up from home to support the cause. Very many congratulations

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth O’Keeffe
Mayor of Newbury

Joyce Prew
Gracewell of Newbury
307 London Road
Newbury
Berkshire
RG14 2QU

25 November 2020

Dear Joyce

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Happy 105th Birthday.

I hope you have a lovely birthday celebration as you reach this incredible milestone. A truly wonderful and special occasion, very many congratulations and best wishes.

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth O’Keeffe
Mayor of Newbury

Loose Ends
Newbury

25 November 2020

Dear All at Loose Ends

I would like to express my most sincere congratulations to all that have been involved in continuing to provide food and support for homeless and vulnerable people in Newbury.

Your support to those in need is invaluable to those who require it. Thank you to everyone involved.

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth O’Keeffe
Mayor of Newbury

Izzy Fry
Newbury Athletics Club

25 November 2020

Dear Izzy

My most sincere congratulations to you on achieving your first professional contract with New Balance.

A wonderful achievement for you, very many congratulations.

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth O’Keeffe
Mayor of Newbury

M&T Motor Company

25 November 2020

Dear M&T Motor Company

My most sincere congratulations to you on winning the Customer Choice award at the Auto Trader Retailer Awards.

A wonderful achievement, very many congratulations.

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth O’Keeffe
Mayor of Newbury

Sammy Hillen

25 November 2020

Dear Sammy

My most sincere congratulations to you on taking part in BBC One’s MasterChef: The Professionals. It is wonderful to see a local chef excel to appear on the programme.

A wonderful achievement, very many congratulations.

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth O’Keeffe
Mayor of Newbury

Newbury Velo Club

25 November 2020

Dear Newbury Velo Club

I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate you on purchasing a number of tandem bicycles as part of the vision of Cycling for All.

It is a wonderful way to promote inclusivity and to encourage more to get involved in cycling.

A wonderful achievement, very many congratulations.

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth O’Keeffe
Mayor of Newbury

Winchcombe School
Newbury

25 November 2020

Dear All at Winchcombe School

My most sincere congratulations to all staff and pupils who were involved in creating the Remembrance Garden.

What a wonderful way to honour Armistice Day, commemorating those who gave their lives for the future generation.

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth O’Keeffe
Mayor of Newbury

Swift Logistics

25 November 2020

Dear All at Swift Logistics

I would like to express my most sincere congratulations to you in supporting Newbury Soup Kitchen in providing them a premises to operate.

Your support to the Soup Kitchen and to those who require their services is invaluable. Thank you to everyone involved.

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth O’Keeffe
Mayor of Newbury

Cow & Cask

10th November 2020

Dear Cow & Cask

My most sincere congratulations to you for being named in 2021’s Good Beer Guide.

Very many congratulations.

Yours sincerely
Elizabeth O’Keeffe
Mayor of Newbury

Denise Shippen & Diane Jones
D-Den
Kennet Centre
Newbury

10th November 2020

Dear Denise & Diane

My most sincere congratulations to you on the opening of your pop-up charity shop, D Den, in the Kennet Centre. It is wonderful to see a new baby and toddler shop in Newbury, with proceeds going to Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice.

I wish you every success.

Yours sincerely
Elizabeth O’Keeffe
Mayor of Newbury

Jayne French-Drayton

10th November 2020

Dear Jayne

I was very moved to see the impact that having an allotment has made to your wellbeing.

It is wonderful to see that the Town’s allotments have brought you comfort and serenity during what has been an incredibly difficult year. I wish you well in attending to your plot in the future.

Yours sincerely
Elizabeth O’Keeffe
Mayor of Newbury

King Charles Tavern

10th November 2020

Dear All at King Charles Tavern

My most sincere congratulations to you for being named in 2021’s Good Beer Guide.

Very many congratulations.

Yours sincerely
Elizabeth O’Keeffe
Mayor of Newbury

Lock, Stock & Barrel

10th November 2020

Dear All at the Lock, Stock & Barrel

My most sincere congratulations to you for being named in 2021’s Good Beer Guide.

Very many congratulations.

Yours sincerely
Elizabeth O’Keeffe
Mayor of Newbury

Ruth Saunders

10th November 2020

Dear Ruth

My most sincere congratulations to you on completing your charity challenge, walking the equivalent of a marathon around the roads of your home, raising more than £31,000 for Thames Valley Air Ambulance.

It has been a privilege to follow you progress and join you on your journey.

You truly are an inspiring lady.

Yours sincerely
Elizabeth O’Keeffe
Mayor of Newbury

Catherine Wheel

10th November 2020

Dear All at Catherine Wheel

My most sincere congratulations to you for being named in 2021’s Good Beer Guide.

Very many congratulations.

Yours sincerely
Elizabeth O’Keeffe
Mayor of Newbury

The Hatchet Inn

10th November 2020

Dear All at The Hatchet Inn

My most sincere congratulations to you for being named in 2021’s Good Beer Guide.

Very many congratulations.

Yours sincerely
Elizabeth O’Keeffe
Mayor of Newbury

West Berkshire Community Baby Bank

10th November 2020

Dear Kayleigh

I would like to offer my most sincere congratulations to you on a fantastic year running West Berkshire Community Baby Bank.

With the struggles that many have faced this year, and with Christmas on the horizon, I wish you every success for the future.

Yours sincerely
Elizabeth O’Keeffe
Mayor of Newbury