Congratulations to Cllr Bill Lewis who was elected Mayor Of Rugby on 16th May 2019. He has chosen ‘Respect’ as his theme for his year in office. Respect for each other, where we live and the environment we share. New Directions is very pleased to announce that we have been selected as one of his three mayoral charities for 2019-20 along with Rugby Dementia Support and Rugby Autism Network. Cllr Lewis aims to raise the profile of our charities during the year in addition to raising money. We are very grateful for his support.

New Directions has also been invited to attend The Mayor’s civic Sunday Service on 30th June, which is a traditional event. This annual service is an opportunity for members of the Borough Council to join with representatives from voluntary and community organisations, industry and commerce to meet at St Andrews Church.  During the event, The Mayor will ask for God’s “guidance and grace to carry out his duties for the good of all of our community”. There will be a procession from Town Hall, up North Street to the Parish Church leading up to the service. This parade will consist of the Civic party, which includes the Mayor, Councillors, The Executive Director of Rugby Borough Council, the MP, County Councillors, Parish Councillors and the Police.

Cllr Bill Lewis has represented the wards of Caldecott Ward, and Rokeby and Overslade as a member of the borough council since May 2010. He is very passionate about the environment, establishing and running the Rokeby Schools Joint Recycling Initiative. He has helped raise more than £130,000 for the schools and other local charities. ‘Respect’ will be the theme of the Sunday service and it will include readings and hymns to reflect this. Anyone is welcome to attend the church and join the invited representatives from different organisations and businesses across the Borough.