The Mayoral Year 2019 to 2020

It has been a memorable year in more ways than one, for sure.  The majority of 2019/2020 saw our attendance of various Civic functions from Church Services to fundraising soirées for many worthy causes.  I am happy to have met fellow pilgrims cheerfully referred to as the “Chain Gang” from all parts of Hertfordshire and Essex.

My charity this year has been the ATC 309 Squadron, which under the guidance of Flt. Lt. Andrew Passfield, has seen many a raw recruit turned into a well-rounded member of society for which he has earned the appreciation of the whole town of Sawbridgeworth.  As you may know by now, my father was in the RAF during WWII in 301 (“Land of Pomerania” Bomber) Squadron.  All of the early 300 numbers were mainly Polish and can be seen on the Polish Air Force Memorial in Northolt.  309 was originally a fighter-reconnaissance unit.

My other memorable occasions have mainly been down to the youngsters of our town. They have been a real bonus.  We have had Young People’s awards for personal achievement, the Mini-Police, School’s Councils and a (very) young design team drawing up plans for a futuristic Sawbridgeworth, including an Observatory.  I had the feeling that some of these young “town planners” had more about them than the adult versions!!  So thank you for some memorable days and lots of laughs, not to mention the “Mayor for a minute” highlight which seemed to have been a real hit.

I would also like to thank our wonderful Police force, both from Hertford HQ and locally, with our PCSOs for being a presence without whom we could not have achieved what we have done.  This also goes for the STC Staff, again who are priceless in terms of getting things done and looking after our wonderful town, often unseen, but always there.    I also have to give thanks to my long suffering wife, Sandra, the Lady Mayoress, for her support in what has often been a frantic round of social engagements both for this and other positions that I hold.

My last thanks goes to the Hailey Day Centre of which I am also a trustee.  This has been a real treat and although we have sadly lost a few members along the way, the scope of what is available for our older members of society is envied by many other towns in our locality and I am proud to be associated with it.

Finally, my other goal was to have a Defibrillator placed in the Bell Street Car Park.  The need for one in the centre of Town is quite clear.  I have used money left to me by my parents and close relatives to purchase the unit as a personal contribution to the well-being of our residents. The unit is there and will be unveiled as soon as I can get the currently unused telephone box moved from the West Road roundabouts to a location close to the Public Conveniences and the Hailey Day Centre.  The current Pandemic has, of course, put a hold on this part, but it will pass and we will get the unit installed in this prime position as soon as we can.

So thank you for your support over the last year and I wish our residents all the very best; keep safe and well.

Dr John Burmicz-Woznicki

Mayor Sawbridgeworth