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Mayor's Christmas Message 2022

Mayor's Christmas Message 2022


As we prepare for the celebration of Christmas, we know the coming year will bring particular challenges for people trying to cope with the increased cost of living and rising fuel bills.

Whatever our individual circumstances, this is the season to care for one another and to embrace the spirit of togetherness, which unites us all.

As a community we have come together, as we did during the Covid pandemic, to provide warm spaces for people to use through the #WarmGL11 project. These spaces are welcoming, warm, safe and free. Many of them provide access to hot food for £1, drinks, wi-fi and charging points. The project also provides cost of living support for anyone who finds they might need some help or advice (e.g. wellbeing, housing/debt advice*).

Other projects that are helping our community at this difficult time, include the Dursley Tabernacle URC Community Food Hub which has a food cart outside the church on the grassed area, where people can help themselves to free food. The Hub volunteers collect surplus food from local supermarkets/producers and make it available for free to the community from the cart. The aim is to work together to help people save money and also the planet, by reducing food waste.

As Mayor I have very much enjoyed being able to meet with groups and individuals as part of my civic duties, face to face, in person again.

It was an honour to be the Mayor during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in the summer of 2022. Dursley residents came together in the hundreds for a fantastic picnic event on the War Memorial Recreation Ground. It was also an honour to oversee the town's response to the sad passing of HRH Queen Elizabeth II in September and come together with residents to mourn this loss to our country.

One thing that continues to stand out is the amazing strength of community spirit within our town. This is largely down to those who step forward to volunteer to help those in need and who come together to support the community and others. Whether it be to help run our warm spaces, deliver food to others, make the town bloom, raise money for a good cause or to organise our wonderful town events and activities, such as our fantastic Christmas Lights switch on. I would like to thank them all for the vital part they play in creating Dursley's community spirit.

We can all do our bit, big or small, to show our support for our own neighbourhoods and wonderful town. It might be just taking the time to check in on a neighbour or buying something you need locally that supports our high street. It all makes a positive difference.

On behalf of all the Councillors and staff at Dursley Town Council, I wish you all a happy, safe and healthy Christmas and a peaceful new year.

Dursley Town Mayor, Councillor Symon Ackroyd

*Local information on cost of living support is available on Dursley Town Council's website, link below:

Posted: Thu, 22 Dec 2022 11:30 by Leah Wellings

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