Chairman’s Blog – Spring 2020
Welcome to 2020 everyone!
I realise we are now well into the new year, but what a special occasion. Not only are we welcoming a new year, but a new decade too – and I must say I am looking forward to getting on and promoting some new initiatives through the Parish Council. It will be a busy few months.
First, however, I’d like to go back to some of the fantastic happenings over the Christmas period. As I’m sure you will all remember, the festive season began in Wombourne with a bang on 29th November at the annual Christmas Lights switch-on. As with all of the big events in the chairman’s calendar, it was a night I will always remember.
However, much has happened since then. The following week, I participated in Small Business Saturday, visiting forty-six businesses over a pretty packed six hours or so. We have some really wonderful small businesses in our village, and it was a pleasure getting out to support them and their exciting ventures – and picking up some ideas for Christmas gifts while I was at it! This year was particularly special as we received fantastic support from more outlying shops, particularly from Bull Lane and Common road. This was a really enjoyable day, and if you own a small business (or know someone who does), and you were not involved this year, make sure you register your interest for the next Small Business Saturday.
Alongside this was the announcing of the Christmas Window competition winner. I really enjoyed doing this, and was frankly amazed at the number of businesses that get involved and put out really lovely displays. Again, if you haven’t entered before, give it a go! In fact, a lesson here can be found in our 2019 winner. Blush of Bull Lane put in a truly stunning effort, and took the top spot on their first ever attempt. However, the competition was fierce with Let’s Go Round Again runners-up and a further three highly commended. Well done to all the entrants, and keep up the great work.
It was a great honour to be invited to give a reading and participate in two Christmas Carol services this Christmas. The first, on election night, was well attended by members of all of our local churches, and on Sunday 22nd December I attended the service at Wombourne Methodist Church. Both were heart-warming occasions, and as ever it is great to see so many members of our community coming together and enjoying each other’s company.
In my last blog I wrote about thinking of those who might be alone at Christmas. On the 20th December I volunteered my services as a driver for three of our residents, taking them to and from a Christmas party held at the District Council offices in Codsall. This was all in aid of ensuring that special time of year was not missed by some of our residents who are lone much of the time, and it was again wonderful to see so many there, from all over South Staffordshire. I would also like to thank any and all residents and colleagues who supported this wonderful initiative.
That is it for me, in my first blog of 2020, but I would like to flag up a few things that are coming up soon. First, I am really looking forward to our annual Civic Reception in March, which is always enjoyable – and a way for the Parish Council to recognise the fantastic work of all of our voluntary groups. Some of you may have noticed that the Parish Council is becoming more active online – you will already be aware of this website, but we have now launched ourselves onto Facebook and Twitter, so please do catch up with us online and see what your Council is doing. Finally, I am really looking forward to working on a project to establish Wombourne as a Dementia Friendly Village. We will be getting out building practical support for this very soon. Please help us make this a success.
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