So much to look for­ward to

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - TOWN HALL VIEW - John Holdich

Spring is one of my favourite times of year, what with the evenings get­ting lighter and the weather get­ting brighter - it seems to put ev­ery­one in an up­beat mood.

In Peter­bor­ough, Spring­time usu­ally gives us a chance to look for­ward to a whole host of events that are tak­ing place over the com­ing weeks and months, and this year is cer­tainly no dif­fer­ent.

You may well be aware of the Peter­bor­ough Cel­e­brates cam­paign which is run­ning through­out 2018, to mark the 900th an­niver­sary of our mag­nif­i­cent cathe­dral.

There’s a se­ries of events hap­pen­ing as part of this ini­tia­tive, in­clud­ing art ex­hi­bi­tions, ab­seil­ing, food fes­ti­vals and walks - there is lit­er­ally some­thing for ev­ery­one.

To find out more about these events and how to take part visit­ter­bor­oughcel­e­

Our own City of Fes­ti­vals pro­gramme also runs through­out 2018 and fea­tures a num­ber of large-scale events, in­clud­ing the Peter­bor­ough In­ter-Faith and Food Fes­ti­val which takes place in Cathe­dral Square on Satur­day, May 12 from 12pm.

The fes­ti­val will fea­ture pre­sen­ta­tions from chil­dren of dif­fer­ent faiths in the form of hymn, song, po­etry and dance with the theme of co­he­sion and unity. There will also be per­for­mances of opera, Bhangra and Bollywood danc­ing as well as a Sufi mu­si­cal band.

Fi­nally, on the sub­ject of events, I re­cently at­tended Or­mis­ton Bush­field Academy’s pro­duc­tion of ‘School of Rock’ which was ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic, so I would like to say a big well done to ev­ery­one who took part and helped to or­gan­ise the show.

I’ve also en­joyed re­cent con­certs by the Peter­bor­ough Sym­phony Orches­tra and the Peter­bor­ough Mu­sic Part­ner­ship. It just goes to show that there is tremen­dous en­ter­tain­ment hap­pen­ing in the city at all times.

Last month we an­nounced that Peter­bor­ough has been cho­sen as one of five ar­eas to par­tic­i­pate in a gov­ern­ment pro­gramme aimed at im­prov­ing com­mu­nity in­te­gra­tion.

To re­cap, we were se­lected be­cause of the pos­i­tive work that has been car­ried out to help bring com­mu­ni­ties to­gether, such as the coun­cil’s suc­cess­ful Syr­ian Refugee re­set­tle­ment project, as well as ex­ten­sive an­nual fes­ti­vals and com­mu­nity events.

The In­te­grated Com­mu­ni­ties Strat­egy Green Paper seeks views on the Gov­ern­ment’s pro­pos­als to boost English lan­guage skills, in­crease op­por­tu­ni­ties for more women to en­ter the work­place, and pro­mote Bri­tish val­ues and mean­ing­ful dis­cus­sion be­tween young peo­ple.

I’m de­lighted we have been cho­sen to ac­tively par­tic­i­pate in the strat­egy, as it will give us the op­por­tu­nity to not only show­case our own good work, but also to learn from na­tional and in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions to en­hance our own ef­forts.

In terms of what is hap­pen­ing at the mo­ment with the strat­egy, a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion is under way to get peo­ple’s thoughts and views on what you would like to see achieved, and I would en­cour­age res­i­dents to take part in this.

If you would like to have your say visit gov­ern­ment/ con­sul­ta­tions/ in­te­grated-comm uni tiesS­trat­egy-green- paper be­fore the dead­line of June 5.

I was de­lighted to hear that a num­ber of new traders have started work at Peter­bor­ough Mar­ket re­cently. The new stalls are sell­ing ar­ti­san foods, vin­tage fur­ni­ture, mu­sic mer­chan­dise, cakes and bak­ing and there is also an iron­ing ser­vice.

It’s great to see that the mar­ket is flour­ish­ing and as a coun­cil we are ac­tively working to help pro­mote it. As part of this work, we are of­fer­ing free stalls to all new traders at the mar­ket this month and al­though we’ve had a lot of in­ter­est, there are still spa­ces.

For more in­for­ma­tion call the City Mar­ket of­fice on 01733 454454 or email mar­ket@peter­bor­ Al­ter­na­tively visit www.peter­bor­­mar­ket or www.peter­bor­ough-mar­

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