AFTER the lull of the summer, brought to an end with last week's boat race, things are beginning to pick up again.
The regular calendar of meetings is starting up again and the invitations to the mayor are arriving – it looks like September will be a busy month.
Saturday was a day to celebrate two of the twin pillars of Somerset life – cheese and skittles.
Last Saturday was my first open day in the Mayor's Parlour, or Cheese and a Chat as the deputy mayor has named it.
From 11am to 1pm I was in the Mayor's Parlour, ably assisted by my deputy, Councillor Chris Briton, ready to receive anyone who wanted to see the Mayor's Parlour, meet the mayor, tell me what I am doing wrong, or simply enjoy some free cheese.
I was pleased with the attendance, people from as far afield as Canada came to say hello. I don't think they made a special trip to the UK to do this.
I hope to build on the success of the first Cheese and a Chat with another three events over the next nine months.
While I was pleased with the attendance on Saturday morning, I did over-cater on the cheese.
I have a tendency to over-cater, suffering from the paranoia that I will run out of food and drink to serve my guests, so I was faced with the challenge of what to do with the remaining cheese having decided that eating it all myself would probably not be the most productive use of the cheese.
Fortunately I had been invited to a part of a 12 hour marathon skittles event at the Venue, South Street, to raise money for a Neurofibromatosis.
I was therefore able to visit, do my part by playing a little skittles, and provide cheese for those who had been playing longer than I.
Sunday saw the united service in St Cuthbert's Church to mark the beginning of the St Cuthbert's Music Festival and I was grateful to my council colleagues who attended this, the first of many church services in Wells I attended in my official capacity as mayor.
Sadly I will not be able to attend the concert given by the outstanding soprano Sarah Minns, who I was at the Blue School with, on Friday at 7.30pm in St Cuthbert's Church, but I would recommend anyone who can go should see if tickets are still available.
Rather than staying in Wells this weekend I shall be making this second visit of my mayoral year to one of our twin towns.
On Friday morning, accompanied by the mayoress and representatives of the twinning association, I shall be leaving St Pancras International on board a train which (with one or two changes) should deliver me to Bad Dürkheim for the Wurstmarkt – more of which in next week's diary.
Theo Butt Philip
Mayor of Wells