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Mayor's Christmas Message 2020

Mayor Kevin Cranston

For most of us this Christmas will be like none that we have ever experienced. It comes at the end of an extraordinary and challenging year. As we pass the Winter Solstice and the days slowly lengthen, the vaccination programme should gather speed and we can look forward to fewer restrictions on social activities.

I hear people talking about returning to normal, and I am certainly looking forward to: being able to hug friends and family; shaking hands with people I know less well; being able to go shopping without a mask; and having no limit on how many people I can mix with in any venue. I doubt if anyone will miss these limitations.

Whilst lockdown and all the other restrictions have caused many people great hardship, there have been some positives. The support given by volunteers to the vulnerable, collecting groceries and prescriptions has been immense. At one time the volunteers outnumbered the people needing help! The help given to charities has been superb and the food and emotional support provided by community organisations have been a life saver for some. I thank everyone who has helped to make this happen.

I have come to expect this sort of response from Stroud, but it is not something we should ever take for granted. It has been heart-warming to see and hear how small neighbourhood support groups have evolved into something deeper and long-lasting. The slower pace of life has given many of us chance to connect with nature and appreciate the world around us and its beauty.

As we go into the New Year let us work to preserve these good things that have come out of a year that is otherwise best put behind us.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happier New Year.

Posted: Wed, 23 Dec 2020 11:50 by Admin team

Tags: Community