I’m sure you will agree that this year has absolutely flown by! We are now welcoming Christmas and the New Year, which commenced in the usual fashion with the Christmas lights switch-on. It was fantastic to see so many people turn out once again, welcoming the start of the festive season.
I have found it constantly inspiring on all of these important occasions how many members of our community show their support, and come together to make Wombourne the vibrant village that it is. Speaking of which, it was a very humbling experience on Remembrance Sunday to see so many turn out to not only commemorate those that have fallen for us, but also to signal our deep respect for those who serve. It was a great honour to place a wreath, and it is a memory I shall not forget.
Now we are turning to celebrate the festive period, and I hope it brings joy to all. However, whilst it is often a fun time spent in the company of friends and family, celebrating the good things we have, there are those for whom Christmas is a lonely time. At this point I would like to ask that every reader takes the time to look out for those neighbours who are alone at Christmas. They may be elderly or separated from loved ones, and the value of a friendly face cannot be underestimated. Especially as the weather deteriorates, some may appreciate some help purchasing everyday essentials. Loneliness is a terrible thing, and it can only be worse at Christmas time.
While looking out for those alone over the festive period is of great importance, the Parish Council is also investigating the possibility of establishing Wombourne as a ‘Dementia-friendly’ village. If achieved, I feel this would be a great signal that we are determined to help and support villagers suffering with this illness to be independent and active members of the community for as long as possible. It is important that we help sufferers and their families maintain the confidence to use services in our community, and that support can be sought in a wide variety of places should it become necessary.
For now, I would like to leave you with my best wishes for the festive season. May you all have a very merry Christmas, and a happy and prosperous New Year.