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The magic of Glastonbury town!

As part of the ongoing policy to positively promote Glastonbury, the town’s Green Councillors were delighted that the BBC broadcast a feature on the town as part of its coverage of this year’s Glastonbury Festival.

Mayor Jon Cousins said:  “Getting maximum exposure for the town during Pilton was a priority discussed with the Festival’s representative on the Town Council’s ‘Promoting Glastonbury Committee’ during May’s meeting, and the idea developed from there.

The feature was shown prime-time on BBC 2 on the evening of Friday 24th June, and again on BBC2 on the afternoon of Saturday 25th June.  An estimated TV audience of 420,000 people watched Friday’s coverage!

Mayor of Glastonbury Jon Cousins and BBC presenter James Ballardie at Glastonbury Town Hall

Mayor of Glastonbury Jon Cousins and BBC presenter James Ballardie at Glastonbury Town Hall

BBC Radio 1 also got involved in promoting the town during the Festival, featuring Glastonbury’s Mayor on the Greg James Show’s ‘Mayor of Where’!

Chris Smith ‘with the News’ and Greg James go head-to-head in the Mayor Of Where, to guess where the Mayor comes from.  They asked me if the town had a Roman name, and I said that it was once called ‘Ynis Witrin’… they obviously thought I was in Wales, and seemed quite lost, until they asked if the town was known for any events.  I said: well we have an annual carnival and a cultural festival with theatre, arts, some comedy, and the odd Rock ‘n’ Roll band.  This seemed to have them stumped for a moment, and then Greg James said wait a minute…  It was great fun!

Mayor’s Tour of Glastonbury Festival

On Tuesday, 14th June, Glastonbury’s Mayor, Green Councillor Jon Cousins, visited Worthy Farm as the VIP guest of Michael Eavis in the annual ‘Mayor’s Tour’ of the Glastonbury Festival site.

Joining Jon on the tour were the Mayoress Lucia Forge and Deputy Mayor, Green Councillor Emma George.

Michael personally chauffeured the Mayor’s party around the festival in his Land Rover – stopping at various locations, including the world famous Pyramid Stage. Following the tour Michael treated his guests to lunch at ‘Goose Hall’.

Glastonbury Mayor Jon Cousins and Mayoress Lucia Forge, with Deputy Mayor Emma George (left) and Michael Eavis – at Worthy Farm, following their tour of the Glastonbury Festival site [photograph by Jason Bryant].

Talking about the visit later that day, Jon Cousins told GSGP’s Paul Lund: “It was absolutely wonderful to take the tour with Michael – what a privilege to see the site in the latter stages of preparation before the big event; to take a walk on the Pyramid Stage was a real highlight. It’s incredible how much hard work and dedication goes on behind the scenes by Michael and his amazing crew; it is huge, exciting, and marvellous – in the truest sense of the word – and that’s before the ticket holders arrive! No wonder Glastonbury is the most important and prestigious festival of the year. As Mayor, I know that Glastonbury is rightfully proud that our festival is the best in the world.”

Flash Mob to keep the Banks in Glastonbury!

Message from Glastonbury Green Councillor Gabriel Avalon:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who was involved in making today’s flash mob in Glastonbury such a success. Even the rain didn’t stop a massive crowd from turning out to show the banks that Glastonbury will not go down quietly.

There are so many people to thank that to do so individually would take all day but I would like to pay special mention to Charles Hazlewood for conducting on the day and for being an all round good egg and getting right behind us.

Also mention goes to Kevin Redpath who even as I write this is working away to create the YouTube video of the weekend and who also rewrote the words that we sung today.

Dave and John and the staff of Heaphys Café who have put up with us taking up his tables while we have had the many meetings needed to organise today. Dave also very kindly supplied the coffee for the videographers and press and TV people at the town hall.

Paul Manning from the Blue Cedar Print room and Jan and Shirley from Fragrant Earth have also given invaluable input and help to make today happen.

And let’s not forget the towns taxi drivers who made such a wonderful end to the day.

And finally thank you the people of this wonderful quirky, unique, town for showing you care and for literally singing in the rain. Thank you all for coming.

This is just the start. We are already working on new and exciting ways to show the banks that we will not be left without banking provision and that the economy of our town will not be broken just because an accountant miles away decides to shave a bit of the running costs of the branches.

Please share this message so that as many as possible can see it

Thanks

Gabe

Cllr Gabriel Avalon
St. Benedict’s Ward Councillor
Glastonbury Town Council

Glastonbury’s Greens lead campaign to stop bank closures

Green Councillor Gabriel Avalon contemplates virtual banking...

Green Councillor Gabriel Avalon contemplates virtual banking…

Glastonbury’s Green minority-controlled Council is increasing efforts to stop Glastonbury being left without a bank.

At the end of 2015, following the closure of NatWest and HSBC, it was revealed that both Lloyds and Barclays would close their doors by April, leaving Glastonbury with no banks or ATMs in the centre.

But the community and local businesses have joined with Glastonbury’s councillors in a bid to stop at least one of the banks from closing, and on Saturday 9th January hundreds of people are expected to take part in a flash mob.

Green Councillor Gabriel Avalon, said: “It is going to be a major, major event. A flash mob will take place at midday at the market square and we want everybody to turn up, as many people as possible.  About 30 seconds before midday we will be calling in the taxis who will block the High Street to stop the traffic, then we will migrate on the street.  Flash mobs are known to be very successful – we are hoping to go viral.”

Conductor Charles Hazlewood is expected to be at the event and Cllr Avalon said other celebrities could be joining the crowd, including Glastonbury Festival’s Michael Eavis and Dragons’ Den investor Deborah Meaden!

Following the news of the closures, Glastonbury Council contacted Lloyds and Barclays in the hope one would reconsider, but it has only had a response from Barclays.

Cllr Avalon said: “Representatives from Barclays have attended a meeting at the town hall – we discussed various options. We suggested they would consider a six-month deal for people to show they will support the bank and then they might think it might be worthwhile to stay.  They appeared open to looking at this.  In their opinion, they are closing – but they are approaching these talks with an open mind. We will be meeting with them again.  No other bank has made any contact.”

Cllr Avalon also said that in response to the campaign the Co-op shop was planning to get an ATM cash point installed, but he added that the town centre needs more than one.

The flash mob will be held at midday on Saturday 9th January at the market cross and Cllr Avalon is urging everyone to get involved.

To sign the petition to save one of the banks, visit: www.change.org/p/rt-hon-sajid-javid-mp-last-bank-standing-don-t-let-communities-lose-their-only-bank.

Read more: http://www.centralsomersetgazette.co.uk/Flash-mob-set-held-stop-Glastonbury-banks-closing/story-28462423-detail/story.html#ixzz3wSfaIB8l

Glastonbury’s first Green Mayor to open Festival!

‘Mayor chosen for the festival's opening act’ - 18th June 2015, Central Somerset Gazette.

‘Mayor chosen for the festival’s opening act’ – 18th June 2015, Central Somerset Gazette.