The Christmas holiday period is a wonderful time to look back with gratitude and to celebrate the coming year with optimism and enthusiasm, writes Wellington mayor Gary James. As I personally reflect on this past year, like most of you, it is with mixed emotions. The sadness of so many tragedies due to terrorist acts, natural disasters and political uncertainties. But on the upside, being elected your Mayor, having the chance to visit so many of the voluntary groups who do so much good work in our town, the birth of another grandchild “Trixie”. All of these elements come together to make my year.
The Mayoress and myself have been to numerous engagements already on your behalf, and learned about the tremendous amount of work done by local groups and charities supporting the people of Wellington, this has been underlined by the Town Councils support with Grants and Funding for many groups.
The Christmas season gives us the opportunity to reflect and give thanks for what we have. We are very fortunate in this country, as I believe living here, “you have won the lottery of life”. But let us not forget to care for those who are less fortunate than ourselves including the elderly, infirm and bereaved and all the vulnerable people in our town.
Also, we should give our gratitude to those who over the Christmas Holiday who will be working, such as our armed services at home and abroad, the hospitals, doctors, emergency services staff and those who give their time to help the homeless over this festive season.
On behalf of all the Town Councilors and Staff at Wellington Town Council, my wife Bee (Mayoress) I would like to wish you all a Very Happy Christmas and hope that 2018 will be a prosperous and healthy year for us all.