Surprisingly positive year in the district
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
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