The weather outside may be variable, but here at Orb a summer of love seems to be continuing.

You may remember that twelve months ago we were named as a ‘Mayoral Charity’ by Bill Hoult as he began his year as Mayor of Harrogate. He described Orb at the time as ‘an exciting and innovative project’.

Councillor Bill Hoult Logo for 2011 mayor charity

At a ceremony last month in the Mayoral Parlour Bill presented Mark with a cheque for £2,500, raised by him primarily through a Christmas Wine and Cheese event at the Majestic Hotel and a reception at
Harrogate Theatre.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Bill for this generous award and for other support he has given us in the past. This kind of recognition is a tremendous boost to the work we are able to do helping vulnerable adults to become more involved in the cultural life of Knaresborough and promoting positive mental health in the wider community.

While we’re celebrating good news, don’t forget that local recognition is continuing with Andrew Willoughby’s very welcome choice of Orb as his Mayoral Charity throughout his coming year as Mayor of Knaresborough.

Andrew WilloughbyKnaresborough Town Council logo

“Orb is a very worthwhile part of Knaresborough that not many people know about yet” he says. “It’s a new source of support for vulnerable people in our community, and we want to see it grow.”

Andrew demonstrated his support for Orb once again last week when he visited orblive@feva2011 three times, enjoying the drumming and sampling the food, using ingredients sourced from  the Orb garden.

Our thanks once more for these generous contributions will help to update and improve the services which we provide.