Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s column.
It’s been a lively time in the mayoral calendar as we canter into spring!
The wassail went wonderfully well; the trees in the Weylands orchard are still festooned with the toast, ribbons and other blessings that were placed on the trees. Apples – like our county – have an ancient and fascinating history and it was brilliant to see some of that brought to life in poetry, song and dance, aided obviously by some delicious local cider!
Recently I also got to have a look down at the workings of the Boyle Cross Fountain and see it switched on again. The amount of underground technology to keep it going was pretty impressive, it looked like a submarine control room! It’s such a lovely feature to have in the centre of town, especially now with the new seating and the planters which are now starting to come to life. We await the first bubbles….
There have also been a couple of real highlights recently: Awarding a prize and helping to launch the young artists exhibition at the Black Swan was awe inspiring. So much incredible artistic talent was on display up to the age of 19, showing some real thoughtfulness and insight about a number of important issues that may be particularly pertinent for young people, such as climate change and social media. The exhibition is upstairs at the Black Swan every day 10am-4pm and I really recommend taking a look if you have the chance.
I also enjoyed the first Independent Market of the year and it was a jolly return indeed! Coinciding with the first day of the Kindness Festival, the day kicked off – literally – with a flash mob Harry Styles dance led by our much loved comedy aerobics instructor Cheryl Sprinkler. Plenty of people joined in the simple routine – three times! – and I can definitely vouch for the fact that – fan or not – a Harry Styles flashmob is an excellent start to the day!
On a more serious note, this current chill reminds us that we are very far from out of the woods of the current financial climate and times remain tough. If you or your neighbours need support or advice please do contact me or my fellow Councillors if there is anything we can help you with. You can find all our contact details, plus lots of other information for any advice you might need, on our website: www.frometowncouncil.gov.uk