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BEA­CONS­FIELD Town Coun­cil launched the new Mayor’s Ap­peal with an an­cient cus­tom for the first time since 1928.

The coun­cil re­vived the tra­di­tion of Beat­ing the Bounds on Sun­day (May 22) to cel­e­brate the unity and com­mu­nity of the town and present the two char­i­ties cho­sen for the ap­peal.

Newly elected mayor Pa­trick Ho­gan has cho­sen Pad­stones and Ren­nie Grove Hospice Care, and be­lieved it was the first time beat­ing the bounds had taken place for over 80 years.

He added: “We had the beat­ing around the town to cel­e­brate the fact that the town has grown.

“The event cel­e­brated the unity of the town and the three dis­tinct parts of it.” He added: “For re­viv­ing an event it went very well.”

Ren­nie Grove com­mu­nity fundrais­ing man­ager, Claire Re­drup, said: “We’re de­lighted that the new Mayor of Bea­cons­field, Pa­trick Ho­gan, has cho­sen to sup­port us dur­ing his mayoral year.

“We need to raise £7.2 mil­lion each year to fund our 24/7 re­spon­sive hospice at home ser­vice in pa­tients’ homes and hav­ing the mayor’s sup­port will not only help us raise cru­cial funds but also vi­tal aware­ness of our ser­vice.”

The ap­peal can be found at https://lo­cal­giv­ fundrais­ing/may­o­rof bea­cons­field2016-17/

Cer­e­mony: Mayor Pa­trick Ho­gan and town crier Dick Smith with Sue Varvel of the Ren­nie Grove Hospice. Pa­trick Ho­gan with mem­bers of the 606 Air Cadets squadron, and Ran­wal Toor reads a brief his­tory of the town

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