|From School Christmas Fair To A Funeral For A Friend|
A week in the life of a local councillor as told by Sam Hearn
Cllr Sam Hearn who represents the Riverside ward in Chiswick, is chairman of the Chiswick Area Forum. He has written this account of his week as a busy local councillor
Saturday 5th December: Volunteered for the first shift “on the door” at the Strand Schools’ Xmas Fair. Bizarrely I always find that standing in a wind tunnel giving change for twenty pound notes whilst simultaneously folding programmes and handing out treasure hunt leaflets is a great way of getting to know fellow governors.
Sunday 6th December: Rushing around doing chores before travelling to Peterborough to stay with friends ahead of a funeral in Spalding on Monday. It was interesting to hear how my friends’ sons are adapting to student life in London. Naturally as both my friends are medics I received an articulate and impassioned ear-battering on the subject of the junior doctors.
Monday 7th December: The first funeral for a school friend that I have attended. Hard to accept the loss of an individual that I have known since the age of five and who was so vital and gifted. The committal was in accordance with the principles of the Humanist Association which in the circumstances was exactly right. I am not sure however that I want to listen to Enya on such occasions. As we were in Spalding I took the opportunity to visit the Spalding Gentlemen’s Society, the second oldest museum in the country. With its library of 15,000 antiquarian books there were some interesting points of reference and comparison with the Hounslow based Thomas Layton Collection.
Wednesday 9th December: Back to the Chiswick Pier Trust for a management committee meeting. Progress on all fronts.
Thursday 10th December : Accompany my wife to an “adult” panto in a room above a pub in Guildford and we manage to catch nearly the last train home. The Guildford Fringe Theatre Company are supposed to be amateurs but I am not so sure.
December 14, 2015