As we reach the end of the civic year I felt it an important moment to reflect on events since the election of a new Parish Council back in May 2019. It has been quite a year.
Firstly, I must mention the flooding we experienced in the wake of the February storms. What an end to an incredibly wet winter. If ever any were needed, this was a timely reminder of the importance of community in such trying circumstances. I would like to say an enormous thank you to all those residents who got out there, volunteering their time in the wet and the cold, who sought to help those in distress, and repair, clean and restore our community buildings affected, clearing drains of debris or reporting hazards to the relevant authorities – whether you feel your contribution was big or small, collectively you helped to make a massive difference, and we should all be very proud to live next door to such community-spirited individuals.
Undoubtedly, this made for a memorable start to 2020. It also fits very well with my experience as Chairman of the Parish over the last year; witnessing the real vibrancy of our volunteering community in Wombourne. Regularly, I have attended events put on by volunteers, whether they are raising money for a good cause or running a group or society that makes a difference locally. I am always amazed by the new groups I come across, and as such I was delighted to invite many of them to our annual Civic dinner in order to thank them formally for all of their hard work.
Community spirit does not stop at volunteering, of course. I was delighted by the sheer numbers of local businesses involved in the Christmas and Carnival window competitions, and the summer Wombourne in Bloom competition, which give much joy to residents at those times of year, and to the great variety of school children designing posters, writing poetry, or singing their hearts out. Not only that, but many of our younger members of the village are getting out litter picking, or watering flower tubs in the summer months, in support of our very own, newly branded Best Kept Village Community to help keep Wombourne looking its best. I’m sure we can all agree that when we see areas looking litter and weed-free, it makes a difference to us. I can also say how heart-warming it is when people approach our volunteers in the street whilst they are sweeping leaves or picking litter, and simply say ‘thank you for doing that’, or ‘well done!’ I have witnessed this for myself, and can tell you it means an awful lot.
We have a very special community here in the Wombourne Parish. While we certainly have our fair share of issues locally, as everywhere does, it is remarkable just how much of a positive difference people do make to their community. It is all of you that make this village what it is, and I can only close by saying that it has been an absolute privilege to have represented Wombourne as its Parish Chairman over the last year.
Wombourne Parish Council