Sur­pris­ingly pos­i­tive year in the dis­trict

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

THE New Year seems to come around more quickly ev­ery year and 2015’s ar­rival has been no ex­cep­tion.

Re­flect­ing on the past year, it’s been sur­pris­ingly pos­i­tive in the dis­trict.

Res­i­dents and busi­nesses in Chiltern Dis­trict do not seem to be cowed by the doom and gloom which seems so preva­lent na­tion­ally, although the fight goes on about HS2 with Chiltern tak­ing a lead­ing role in the fight for mit­i­ga­tion and also for im­proved tun­nelling pro­pos­als.

Our ef­forts are strength­ened by the nu­mer­ous com­mu­nity groups whose tenac­ity and en­ergy has been in­cred­i­ble.

My role as chair­man also brings me into con­tact with peo­ple from all walks of life, all creeds and be­liefs.

I am al­ways re­minded how for­tu­nate we are to live in such a di­verse and fas­ci­nat­ing com­mu­nity en­vi­ron­ment, which en­riches and broad­ens our knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence.

I am con­tin­u­ally heart­ened and up­lifted by the com­mu­nity spirit so ev­i­dent within the Chiltern dis­trict, not just at this time but through­out the en­tire year.

It is that kind­ness to­wards oth­ers, the de­sire to help and will­ing­ness to support the less for­tu­nate within our com­mu­ni­ties which helps us Let­ters to the Ed­i­tor, Buck­ing­hamshire Ad­ver­tiser, Trin­ity Mir­ror South­ern, c/o Trin­ity Mir­ror Colour Print, St Al­bans Road, Wat­ford, Herts WD24 7RG through dif­fi­cult times. With more peo­ple than ever fac­ing fi­nan­cial hard­ship, the need for that support has never been greater or more ap­pre­ci­ated.

I would like to say thank you to all those in­volved in the com­mu­nity, whether it is vol­un­teer­ing in­di­vid­u­als or or­gan­i­sa­tions that sim­ply keep us go­ing.

One sin­gle event this sum­mer which en­cap­su­lated Chiltern peo­ple’s zest for life, was the Pride of Bucks Awards, part spon­sored by the coun­cil, with win­ners such as Jacky Wylie for his healthy life­style train­ing, the Chal­font St Giles Youth Club, sup­port­ing vul­ner­a­ble young peo­ple, and Umar As­lam for his en­trepreneur­ship and work and support in ed­u­ca­tion.

Con­grat­u­la­tions again to them for the ex­am­ple they set.

Con­stantly, I see vol­un­teers go­ing the ex­tra mile to help oth­ers, of­ten plug­ging the care gaps which lack of gov­ern­ment fund­ing cre­ate.

I see young peo­ple en­gaged in all kinds of ac­tiv­i­ties, car­ing for their en­vi­ron­ment, sup­port­ing the el­derly, pos­i­tively en­gaged in their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

I also see so much vol­un­tary work sup­port­ing the in­creas­ing num­ber of the el­derly such as the be­friend­ing scheme. And then there are lo­cal busi­nesses work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tively and cre­atively to keep town cen­tres thriv­ing and vi­tal so please re­mem­ber to con­tinue sup­port­ing your lo­cal shops.

None of them get the recog­ni­tion they de­serve, so thank you to you all.

In all this I see hope for the fu­ture as we head into the new year and I would like to wish all Chiltern res­i­dents a very happy, peace­ful and healthy 2015.

NOEL BROWN Chair­man of Chiltern Dis­trict

Coun­cil

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