Somewhat amazingly, it may feel, we are approaching autumn 2020. Today, as I look around our village, it does feel as though life has returned to something that closely resembles ‘normal’. Residents of all ages are out and about, enjoying our public spaces and walks as well as bars, pubs, cafés and shops.
As everybody is fully aware, we have a cricket club at the very heart of our village. As a cricketer myself, I have to say the village centre felt incredibly quiet throughout May, June and into July without the usual weekend sight of a cricket match and spectators around the Green. It has been lovely to see this sight re-emerge and bring back that traditional sign of village life over the past weeks.
In this post-lockdown and restricted world, it does seem many are turning to sport and recreation, enjoying the outdoors in a way many of us simply didn’t have time for previously. This is so nice to see, and I really hope more and more members of this community take up sporting and fitness activities, whether outdoor or indoor. If this sounds like something for you, please look into the wide range of classes, activities, sporting groups and others that are around in the village.
It is also a really wonderful thing to see the re-emergence of our usually vibrant community groups and volunteer organisations, and I would like to congratulate everyone who has worked hard to get back to doing these good things, in their spare time and for free, that make a difference to the lives of so many across our community.
We have seen such an outpouring of community spirit over the last six months and many residents have sought new outlets for their spare time that allows and enables them to do something positive for others, support the community, meet new friends and enjoy spending time socialising (socially distancing of course) with like-minded people.
It strikes me that this year has given us all an opportunity to build positive networks across our community and join in with our fantastic and often long-standing volunteers. If you are reading this and thinking you would be interested in getting involved, please look into the wealth of community groups we have. Volunteers are such a precious resource (and Covid-19 has surely demonstrated this for us), so joining-in, having a go and doing something you enjoy would be a huge benefit to our community organisations. Regardless of your age, ability or even availability, you would be very welcome. If this sounds like something for you, but you do not know where to start, look up our volunteer groups on Wombourne Online, email Wombourne and District Community Association, or contact either the Parish Council office or even myself.
Some of you reading this may have received a Positivity Parcel over the summer. I got involved delivering some of these myself to residents young and old, providing a small pick-me-up in the wake of this most horrendous of situations, and the response was so very heart-warming. I have met many residents delivering these, and have seen first hand what a little gift can mean to people.
On this note, I would like to say thank you to the much wider Wombourne Community Assistance Group team who put together and delivered these parcels – they are all such wonderful people.
As time moves on and restrictions ease, we are all getting out more and enjoying life as we once did. In doing so however, please remember to play your part in keeping yourselves and others safe. Shopping in our village is safe and our retailers have risen to the challenge in providing all of the measures that reassure us wherever we go. Please remember to wear face masks when entering shops and enclosed spaces, and keep two metres distant wherever you can. While this still is not ‘normal’, it enables us to do many of the things we would normally expect, and I thank everyone that undertake these steps to keep us all safe.
Please stay safe and well everyone, and look after each other.