Grantham community champions Roy Wright and Courtney Finn and MP Alicia Kearns give New Year messages
Roy Wright, chairman, Grantham Carnival and Events Group
The beginning of any new year is a time for reflection of the year just passed and looking forward to the year ahead.
I don’t think many of us want to re-live the awful havoc that Covid has brought to our lives, nor do we want to still have Brexit to think about.
Both have, however, been there day and night and have, I fear, changed our way of lives in so many ways, forever.
Everybody has, I hope, managed a family get together this Christmas and given us a clearer vision for the year ahead.
Assuming Covid will be receded in the early months it would be nice to think that we can start to put our daily routine back in order by the latter half of the year.
It would be good to see employment back on the up, it would be good to see our High Street up and running stronger than ever, and how good would it be to see our hospital working as we all want it to?
The hope that both national and local government make the needs of Grantham a priority is possibly hoping a bit too much, but I’m hoping anyway.
I would like to wish everybody a healthy, Covid- and Brexit-free year and stay safe.
Courtney Finn, Chairman, Grantham Civic Society
We must resolve to continue to look after our historic buildings and use some of the funds promised to our town centre to repair the old Conduit monument by restoring the wording of the Bible reading.
The Conduit states that it was last restored in 1927 so it is time to spend perhaps a thousand pounds on the services of a skilled stonemason to repair the ravages of time.
Each three years the Gantham Civic Society has asked for suggestions in a competition to consider the best new buildings in the town, the best refurbished buildings and the best environmental projects.
The suggestions are judged by a panel of experts and certificates awarded to the winners.
These are presented at a ceremony often in the Mayor’s Parlour in June around National Civic Day. The Covid/vaccine situation will determine whether we can meet to visit buildings and have meetings, but let us plan with confidence.
You will have ideas on what you consider to be a fine new building or a well repaired or refurbished existing building and we would like to hear from you.
Environmental projects might include those undertaken in our parks or even good road schemes. Such schemes have been given credit in previous years.
How a town looks after its heritage buildings and with what thought and care it builds for the future are part of what contributes to having a sense of place and a town in which we can be proud.
So do please let us have your ideas for our competition either to the Journal or to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
A few years ago we used to run our competition every year but as the pace of new building slowed this was reduced to every two years and now every three years, so over to you.
Alicia Kearns, MP, Rutland and Melton
It’s been an extremely difficult year for all of us, and on this New Year’s Eve I want to thank everyone for working so hard to keep each other safe.
I have been heartened by the extraordinary sense of community spirit demonstrated by residents throughout the pandemic.
We are very lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the country, but it truly is our communities that make us great.
Our nation has many people to thank, and I send my heartfelt gratitude to all those who have worked tirelessly, in particular our healthcare and emergency workers, and indeed all key workers who have gone above and beyond throughout this year.
I know too that many businesses have been hit extremely hard by this pandemic. While Government support has been strong, that doesn’t take away the fact that so many, large and small, have been hurting.
Thank you for the sacrifices you have made to your own prosperity to keep people safe.
As we enter the New Year, I take comfort from the fact the UK has now vaccinated well over 500,000 people, and in Rutland and Melton we started vaccinating residents within two weeks of the first UK vaccination.
Let us take solace that there is a path forward and, together, we can have a happier, healthier and more prosperous 2021. One in which I look forward to meeting many more of you.
From my family to yours, Happy New Year.