A Christmas Message from Councillor Martin Barker
|Writer: Cllr Martin Barker||Printed: twenty first December 2020 08:25|
Cllr Martin Barker, Cheshire West and Chester Council ward member for Parkgate, shares his Christmas message with AboutMyArea readers.
As 2020 attracts to a detailed I feel it will be honest to say that no one may have anticipated what a troublesome yr it will be. There can hardly be an individual who has not needed to face some surprising complication or hardship of their lives as the complete power of the coronavirus grew to become clearer within the spring. Sadly, many individuals and their households have confronted severe points reminiscent of sickness, monetary hardship, unemployment, disrupted schooling and – worst of all – the lack of a liked one.
It’s arduous to take positives from such an occasion as a worldwide pandemic, however it’s proper to level to the outstanding response of so many in serving to these in want and holding our communities collectively by the hardship. Now we have rightly paid tribute to the courageous employees in very important providers who’ve risked their well being to serve others.
Regionally that dedication to others has been evident from the beginning of the difficulties and continues immediately and a particular point out have to be given to Neston Youth and Neighborhood Centre who actually did step as much as the duty. We’re lucky to have such a powerful sense of neighborhood and likewise to have a nice atmosphere through which to spend these troublesome days of lockdown and different restrictions.
Our native companies have been magnificent in adapting to the brand new methods of working and offering for native wants. The swap of emphasis to native purchasing and leisure is one other constructive function – it will be important that we assist these companies, so they’re there to assist us, present employment and prosper as the present challenges proceed into 2021.
I want to give a particular point out to the “Christmas in Neston” workforce who confirmed such creativeness and labored so arduous to supply the digital Christmas lights switch-on with the “Twelve Days of Christmas” theme. Remarkably, our hard-pressed companies have been nonetheless capable of present nice generosity in these powerful instances by donating lots of the prizes. It’s reassuring to know that Christmas in Neston actually is alive and effectively. There may be a lot speak of a “new regular” – and primarily based on the way in which Neston has responded up to now, I consider we will create one which displays what’s finest about our city and builds on the sturdy neighborhood bonds which have helped us by these difficult instances.
In April I used to be very saddened to listen to of the passing of one in all our native Councillors, Andy Williams. Andy was a beautiful, type man and my ideas are along with his household and buddies at the moment of yr.
A remaining point out should go to Carrie Spacey, who after 12 years is stepping down as editor of AMA. Carrie has given a beautiful service over time and I want her each success sooner or later. I might additionally prefer to want Katie Robson the perfect of luck as the brand new editor, I’m positive she might be a terrific success!
In closing, I want you all a Merry Christmas, urge you all to remain secure, look after one another and keep constructive. Allow us to all pray for a greater 2021 through which staying aside turns into much less essential and we will as soon as once more take pleasure in a extra sociable lifestyle.
Councillor Martin Barker