On February 5th, Minehead Town Council held its Civic Service at the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church. The event was a great success and attended by the Deputy Lieutenant of the County and the Mayor and Chairs of our neighbouring towns and parishes. The Mayor Cllr Jean Parbrook thanked Fathers Michael and David for an inspiring service, the ladies of the parish for the delicious tea and the Clerk and Town Hall staff for sending out the invitations.
For their last civic duty of the year the Mayor and Cllr Andrew Parbrook attended a Christmas Concert in the main hall at West Somerset College. They enjoyed the eclectic mix of musical styles performed by the very talented students.
The Mayor Cllr Jean Parbrook attended the Amnesty International's exhibition at the Methodist Church in Minehead and signed cards which would be sent to non-violent political prisoners. It helps for badly treated prisoners to know that that others are concerned about them.
On the 6th December the Mayor Cllr Jean Parbrook attended the Light Up a Life Service with Cllr Andrew Parbrook. The service is organised by St Margaret's Hospice at St Andrews Church in Minehead.
On the 5th December The Mayor Cllr Jean Parbrook and Cllr Andrew Parbrook had enjoyed the beautiful Christmas music performed at the Somerset Schools Christmas Celebration at Wells Cathedral which was a very uplifting experience.
The Mayor Cllr Jean Parbrook attended the Annual General Meeting of the West Somerset Advice Bureau which was held at Carhampton Village Hall. There were a variety of local organisations attending with information about their services.
On the following day (17th November) she had the pleasure of opening a Pop-Up Charity Shop in the Old Hospital. This Charity Shop, run by the Rotary Club, allows smaller charities to have a retail outlet without the expense of permanent premises.
On the 6th November the Mayor went to the dedication of the Remembrance Garden in Wellington Square, she also attended the Somerset County Council's Civic Service at Dunster Church at which she read the lesson. The Mayor said Remembrance Sunday was a lovely day. The midday service in Alcombe was very well attended and the procession to the Baptist Church in the afternoon and laying of wreaths at the War Memorial went very well.
The Mayor, Cllr Jean Parbrook, said that on 23rd October she had attended West Somerset Council's Civic Service in Dulverton.
On 30th October The Mayor, along with with Councillor Christine Lawrence, went to the Methodist Church for the "Brownies Love Minehead" Service. She said the Brownies had done a splendid job identifying all the things they liked (and disliked) in the town. They had planted the bulbs in Blenheim Gardens and picked up litter on the Esplanade. Both Councillors had given the the Brownies an inspirational talk.
The Mayor Cllr Jean Parbrook and Cllr A Parbrook attended a Service of Thanksgiving and Reflection at Harvest Time at Wells Cathedral. This was a splendid occasion with supper provided afterwards which was hosted by Somerset Young Farmers.
The Mayor Cllr Jean Parbrook was accompanied by her husband Cllr A Parbrook to a tea dance at the Windsor Nursing Home. They both enjoyed the occasion, Cllr A Parbrook proved to be an excellent dancer.
On the 16th May 2016 at the Statutory Annual Meeting of the Full Council Councillor Jean Parbrook was re-elected as the Mayor of Minehead, Councillor Andrew Kingston-James was elected as Deputy Mayor of Minehead.