Jonathan Radford-Gaby praises people of Helston in outgoing mayor speech

Falmouth Packet: Jonathan Radford-Gaby receives a town plaque from incoming mayor Mike Thomas Jonathan Radford-Gaby receives a town plaque from incoming mayor Mike Thomas

Jonathan Radford-Gaby praised the people of Helston as he stood down after two years as mayor.

He was speaking after handing over to Mike Thomas, who presented him with a town plaque as is customary to retiring mayors.

Mr Radford-Gaby said: “When I took over two years ago I dedicated my term to the people of Helston, because I said that as lovely and architectural as Helston is it’s nothing without its people.

“I tell you what, I have not been disappointed.”

He praised the Epworth Hall and the “fantastic productions” staged there, Helston Museum and its volunteers, and the newly formed CAST (Cornubian Arts and Science Trust), together with the “massive amount of voluntary work” that took place in the town.

Other organisations included the Helston Business Improvement Partnership, its aesthetic group that organised the Town Tidy Week, the Rotary clubs who repainted the town’s white washed walls for Flora Day, the Christmas lights committee and the Flora Day Association.

“The one thing that binds them all together is that we have groups working together for the benefit of this wonderful town,” he said.

“Helston is, in one sense, unique. That is one of the things I’ve found out in the two years of my office. It has been a huge pleasure to serve as mayor and to become involved with all these groups and many, many more.”

Mr Radford-Gaby said he had just “one regret”, which was that he did not see the planned rebuild of Helston Community College’s C-block during his term of office.

He said: “I hope, most sincerely, that in my time on this council the tide shifts and we see a properly built C-block for the students of this town, because they deserve it.”

He also thanked the office staff and the “calming influence” of his chaplain, the Rev Dorothy Noakes, alongside town council members for their support over the past two years, adding that he was happy to hand over to the “very capable administration” of Mr Thomas.

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10:55am Thu 22 May 14

Gill Z Martin says...

Councillor Jonathan Radford-Gaby was an excellent mayor, and I am sure he will continue with a positive input into the council as a backbencher. Having another excellent mayor and deputy mayor now in place, will keep the continuity of a well run council, and good representation for Helston.
Every mayor of Helston has done what they thought was right at the time and brought their own ideas forward, being a mayor is a learning curve, and I do not think anyone should expect anything more from each mayor other than they do their best.
Councillor Jonathan Radford-Gaby was an excellent mayor, and I am sure he will continue with a positive input into the council as a backbencher. Having another excellent mayor and deputy mayor now in place, will keep the continuity of a well run council, and good representation for Helston. Every mayor of Helston has done what they thought was right at the time and brought their own ideas forward, being a mayor is a learning curve, and I do not think anyone should expect anything more from each mayor other than they do their best. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 5

1:20pm Thu 22 May 14

Gill Z Martin says...

Previous post should have said, Every mayor of Helston did what they thought was right at the time.

I think it is shame the Packet website cannot incorporate a facility enabling one to delete/alter ones own posts.

I was wondering, is a mayors gown, 'one size fits all' ? Supposing there was a tiny mayor and then a large well built mayor? what happens if it does not fit?
Previous post should have said, Every mayor of Helston did what they thought was right at the time. I think it is shame the Packet website cannot incorporate a facility enabling one to delete/alter ones own posts. I was wondering, is a mayors gown, 'one size fits all' ? Supposing there was a tiny mayor and then a large well built mayor? what happens if it does not fit? Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 9

5:09pm Thu 22 May 14

Helston fly on the wall says...

Gill Z Martin wrote:
Councillor Jonathan Radford-Gaby was an excellent mayor, and I am sure he will continue with a positive input into the council as a backbencher. Having another excellent mayor and deputy mayor now in place, will keep the continuity of a well run council, and good representation for Helston.
Every mayor of Helston has done what they thought was right at the time and brought their own ideas forward, being a mayor is a learning curve, and I do not think anyone should expect anything more from each mayor other than they do their best.
I think you'll get voted lots of thumbs down by people that think only one person is any good at being mayor. I think Ronnie Williams was pathetic not voting at all for a new mayor, if a Cllr just doesnt want to vote then I think they shouldn't bother being a Cllr.
[quote][p][bold]Gill Z Martin[/bold] wrote: Councillor Jonathan Radford-Gaby was an excellent mayor, and I am sure he will continue with a positive input into the council as a backbencher. Having another excellent mayor and deputy mayor now in place, will keep the continuity of a well run council, and good representation for Helston. Every mayor of Helston has done what they thought was right at the time and brought their own ideas forward, being a mayor is a learning curve, and I do not think anyone should expect anything more from each mayor other than they do their best.[/p][/quote]I think you'll get voted lots of thumbs down by people that think only one person is any good at being mayor. I think Ronnie Williams was pathetic not voting at all for a new mayor, if a Cllr just doesnt want to vote then I think they shouldn't bother being a Cllr. Helston fly on the wall
  • Score: 6

8:50pm Thu 22 May 14

Gill Z Martin says...

Helston fly on the wall wrote:
Gill Z Martin wrote:
Councillor Jonathan Radford-Gaby was an excellent mayor, and I am sure he will continue with a positive input into the council as a backbencher. Having another excellent mayor and deputy mayor now in place, will keep the continuity of a well run council, and good representation for Helston.
Every mayor of Helston has done what they thought was right at the time and brought their own ideas forward, being a mayor is a learning curve, and I do not think anyone should expect anything more from each mayor other than they do their best.
I think you'll get voted lots of thumbs down by people that think only one person is any good at being mayor. I think Ronnie Williams was pathetic not voting at all for a new mayor, if a Cllr just doesnt want to vote then I think they shouldn't bother being a Cllr.
I would not decline to post that of which I believe, just because I know it will be thumbed down. The voting does not interest me, the comments do.

No one is trained to be a mayor, anymore than anybody is trained to be a councillor, therefore I do not think anyone who holds either position can be expected to be perfect. I look for the good in people, not the faults. Some Councillors may make more mistakes than others, but they usually have that pointed out at the time, I therefore see little point in reminding people of their past mistakes or bearing grudges. That is why I say, every mayor can only do their best, and they all did what they thought was right at the time. Hindsight is a wonderful thing.
[quote][p][bold]Helston fly on the wall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gill Z Martin[/bold] wrote: Councillor Jonathan Radford-Gaby was an excellent mayor, and I am sure he will continue with a positive input into the council as a backbencher. Having another excellent mayor and deputy mayor now in place, will keep the continuity of a well run council, and good representation for Helston. Every mayor of Helston has done what they thought was right at the time and brought their own ideas forward, being a mayor is a learning curve, and I do not think anyone should expect anything more from each mayor other than they do their best.[/p][/quote]I think you'll get voted lots of thumbs down by people that think only one person is any good at being mayor. I think Ronnie Williams was pathetic not voting at all for a new mayor, if a Cllr just doesnt want to vote then I think they shouldn't bother being a Cllr.[/p][/quote]I would not decline to post that of which I believe, just because I know it will be thumbed down. The voting does not interest me, the comments do. No one is trained to be a mayor, anymore than anybody is trained to be a councillor, therefore I do not think anyone who holds either position can be expected to be perfect. I look for the good in people, not the faults. Some Councillors may make more mistakes than others, but they usually have that pointed out at the time, I therefore see little point in reminding people of their past mistakes or bearing grudges. That is why I say, every mayor can only do their best, and they all did what they thought was right at the time. Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 12

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