On behalf of the Members and Officers of Erewash Borough Council, I would like to wish season’s greetings to all residents at this special time of year.
It is a great privilege to serve as Mayor of our Borough and I feel very proud and honoured to have been chosen for this civic role. I have met hundreds of wonderful people and I look forward to meeting many more over the coming months until the end of my Civic Year in May 2016.
We have so much to be proud of in our borough and I have been immensely impressed by the wealth of talent within Erewash in every walk of life, from those involved in the theatre, music and arts organisations through to those people who are involved in caring and supporting the less fortunate in our society.
I have seen at first hand the service given to the community by the armies of volunteers who work selflessly all year round to help others or raise money for charities. These are wonderful people involved in the numerous community groups and charities supporting people of all ages.
It is this collective contribution that makes Erewash such a wonderful community and my heartfelt admiration goes out to you all – I thank every one of you who so selflessly give your time and energy to make life better for others.
We know, of course, that some people will not be with their loved ones this Christmas and to them we send our special good wishes. We particularly think of those serving in the armed forces across the world and their families here at home, especially those who serve with our local Regiment, the Mercians. We remember with particular gratitude those who have given their lives in the service of their Queen and country and the families they have left behind.
Special thanks are due to all those people who will be working over the Christmas period in the emergency services, hospitals, power stations and all other essential services.
I would like to invite you to join us at the Christmas Carol Service which is again being held on Ilkeston Market Place on Christmas Eve from 7pm. A collection will be held in aid of my charities for this year – the children’s cancer charity Clic Sargeant and the Bone Cancer Research Trust, in memory of inspirational young Ilkeston schoolboy Alex Read, who lived within my Ward.
I will end by wishing you all a Christmas that is safe, warm and comfortable. Season’s greetings and a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year to you all.
Councillor Val Custance
Mayor of Erewash