Written by a member of 3rd Ely Guides.
3rd Ely Guides had an interesting evening when the Mayor of Ely, Elisabeth Every, came to tell us about her job. She was previously a Brownie, but not a Guide. She is quite short and the Mayor’s robe comes down to her feet so she told us she has to wear heels! The previous Mayor was a man who is 6 feet 3 inches tall! The Chain of Office has a named golden disc for every Mayor so it is getting longer and heavier. The Mayor attends lots of local events and has to spend quite a lot of her cash on fundraising stalls; she also needs to eat and drink all she is offered whether it suits her or not. In May she hosts a fundraising ball. She told us that you have to be cheerful and smiling all the time when you are the Mayor in case people are taking photos.
She realises that the Council make a lot of decisions about local matters without consulting young people, but she and the Guides intend to turn that around. We will hope to be more involved in Ely’s development plans. One problem is where the funfair can be sited. The ancient charter gives the fair people the right to set up the funfair, but it is difficult to find a suitable place where there is access for large vehicles, where the ground is strong enough for heavy loads and where there are no nearby houses whose occupants will not be affected.
She also told us about the countrywide Clean for the Queen campaign for The Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations, so we are going to liaise with the Mayor to take part in the Ely event.