The Mayor announced that that her Chaplain for the year would be Reverend Darcy Chesterfield-Terry, who unfortunately due to a long standing holiday arrangement was unable to attend the meeting. Members were informed that Father Darcy had recently taken up the post as vicar of St Thomas’s Church in Colnbrook as well as St Mary’s Church in Datchet and was already a very welcome addition to both churches and the wider communities and would be an asset during the Mayor’s civic year.
The Mayor conveyed her thanks to all Members and their guests who attended the Mayor’s Reception on 4th July. It was a very successful evening and the Mayor placed on record her thanks to all the council staff whose contribution added to the great success of the evening.
Members were informed that on June 11th, the Safer Slough Partnership’s ‘Modern Slavery is Closer than you Think’ campaign won a very special national media award at an awards ceremony hosted by Clear Channel. The partnership won the social impact category at the Outdoor Media Awards. This was a brand new category for 2019 and the team were up against other campaigns including those submitted by Justice4Grenfell and the National Aids Trust. As a result of the campaign, the Modern Slavery Helpline saw a 400 percent increase in calls during the quarter it was running. The Mayor acknowledged the contribution made by the hard working and inspirational Slough Borough Council staff whose input to the campaign was key to the successful winning of this award. The Mayor’s Commendation Award was then awarded to Helen Buckland, Gemma Morgan, Corletta Rolle, Caroline Steele and Garry Tallett.