|Our delegation tries out the former|
Mayor of Deptford's chair for size!
|Joanne and Loic address the|
We were welcomed to the Town Hall by the Mayor's team and told a bit about how Lewisham Borough was created. We were shown the Borough's ceremonial mace and those from the former boroughs of Lewisham and Deptford (now merged): all three maces are together worth £200,000 and are displayed behind alarmed security glass!
We were shown into the Council Chamber where we heard what the Young Mayor, Laurelle Henry, does. She was elected by Lewisham secondary school students and has a budget of £25,000 to spend during her year in office. Each school delegation was invited to discuss in their group, then speak about, how they would spend the £25,000 budget if they were Young Mayor. The children enjoyed the challenge and had some fresh and interesting ideas - like tackling homelessness, promoting electric cars and encouraging healthy living. I found it reassuring that we are clearly nurturing a socially conscious, responsible and caring generation of children.
|Smile please! A photo with Sir Steve.|
Finally we were ushered in to Sir Steve Bullock's office. He has been Mayor of Lewisham for nearly sixteen years now but will retire from the job next May when his successor will be elected by the people of Lewisham. Steve dealt with questions - mainly about the challenges of his job and what were the good and bad things about being Mayor - and showed us all his heavy gold 'badge of office' and his Mayoral chain. Afterwards he let us have a photo with him.
|Our future delegation to the United Nations?|
Thank you to the Mayor and Young Mayor, to Mrs Antwi and to our four children (future leaders maybe?) who came on the trip.