When I took on the role of Town Mayor in May we were in lockdown and were holding remote Council meetings and all events were cancelled. Little did I envisage that we would still be in a similar situation at the end of the year. It has been a very taxing time for many people and in different ways. Many have struggled with the isolation from family and friends and worry about work and money. Let’s hope that things improve in 2021.

We must be thankful for all the key workers that kept essential services going such as Hospital Staff, Doctors, Emergency Services, Carers, Schools, Shop Workers, Council Staff, Delivery Drivers and many more.  Also credit to the volunteer groups and individuals who visited friends and neighbours providing shopping, meals or just to have a chat.

The Town Council is looking for nominations  for people to receive a special Community Award in recognition of their work during 2020 relating to the pandemic.  More details can be found on Town noticeboards and the website.

Many businesses have had to adapt in order to keep trading. I have tried to visit as many in the town as I can and hope that we will all continue to support them in the coming months.

I encourage everyone to have the Covid 19 vaccination when offered it then all the sacrifices that have been made over the last nine months will not be in vain.

Best Wishes to you all for 2021. Stay safe.

Cllr. Aldridge

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