Ap­pre­ci­a­tion for work in com­mu­nity

Gloucestershire Echo - - LETTERS & OPINION -

COM­MU­NITY is at the heart of ev­ery­thing we do. So the an­nounce­ment Chel­tenham has been recog­nised as a fi­nal­ist na­tion­ally for com­mu­nity in­volve­ment dur­ing our First World War Chel­tenham Re­mem­bers com­mem­o­ra­tion is fan­tas­tic.

So many or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als worked with the coun­cil and part­ners to make it so mem­o­rable.

There is so much that could be cited – the drama cre­ated by the Every­man to com­mem­o­rate the Vol­un­tary Aid De­tach­ment nurses and doc­tors who saved so many lives; all those who came to re­mem­ber in­di­vid­u­als who had been killed, wore their names with pride and marched through town in the pour­ing rain; the re­search for the ex­hi­bi­tion at The Wilson and, of course, the pro­jec­tion on the Mu­nic­i­pal Build­ing that has at­tracted so much at­ten­tion and the rap­per who gave it a modern flavour.

Three cheers too for all who took part – our cur­rent and for­mer ser­vice­men, schools and univer­sity as well as lo­cal vol­un­tary groups.

But Chel­tenham Re­mem­bers re­flects just one of the com­mu­nity vol­un­tary ac­tiv­i­ties the coun­cil sup­ports, there are many more.

From No Child Left Be­hind, In­spir­ing Fam­i­lies and De­men­tia Ac­tion Al­liance to the Vol­un­tary and Com­mu­nity Sec­tor Part­ner­ship and U3A, vol­un­teers come to­gether to make life bet­ter for all of us.

It isn’t easy when money is tight but is re­ally im­por­tant to the well­be­ing of our com­mu­ni­ties.

At the same time, the coun­cil is up for the Best Com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion and En­trepreneur­ship ini­tia­tive award.

The qual­ity of the Ceme­tery & Cre­ma­to­rium ser­vice has also been recog­nised as fi­nal­ists in the Best Ser­vice Team of the Year cat­e­gory.

This was the re­sult of work by many part­ners, in­clud­ing vol­un­tary groups.

So, thank you in par­tic­u­lar to all the vol­un­teers. Chel­tenham ap­pre­ci­ates all you do and both un­der­stands and val­ues your com­mit­ment to our town and its res­i­dents.

As a coun­cil, we will con­tinue our sup­port for what you do in fi­nan­cial, tech­ni­cal and other ways as much as we can.

Coun­cil­lor Flo Clu­cas Swin­don Vil­lage

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