|May 2006: Cllr Penny
Kraft, Town Mayor, 2006 - 2007
Little did I think, when I first
came to Wivenhoe to open my business in 1969, that I would end up becoming
the Town Mayor. To me in
those days all councillors seemed very important and rather
unapproachable, partly to do with me being in my early twenties of course,
but I hope in this modern age the councillors are now more “user
friendly”. I would like to
feel anyone can contact us if they have any issues on a council matter.
I have always been interested in
the business side of the town and, although many shops have gone, there
are still many local trades people we can call on.
For over twenty years I edited “Wivenhoe At Your Service“,
hoping to show how many varied services we have in the town and, together
with Cllr Peter Hill’s initiative in 1995, tried to persuade people to
use “Wivenhoe First”. The
Farmers’ Market has just started. It
opened with a bang - people queueing to get in at opening time.
Cllr Roberts was instrumental in setting this up and we hope it
will breathe new life into the town.
My main objective was to get the
toilet for the disabled installed in the William Loveless Hall. One of my duties is acting as Hall Chairman and,
although we would like to stretch the walls at times to accommodate even
more event possibilities, it serves the community well and is very well
used by many different groups and organisations.
My chosen charities
were the organisations of Wivenhoe, many
of which operate on a shoestring, run by small groups of volunteers.
We are lucky to have so many clubs and organisations in our small
town, from cubs to the over sixties, something for all ages.
I think that Wivenhoe is a
lovely place to live and, although a much bigger
town than when I first came here,
it still maintains a good community spirit.
We are so lucky to have the river and the woods to walk through on
enjoyed my year as Mayor and am happy to
continue as a member of the council.