Mayor’s column 7 January 2021

I hope you’ve managed to have an enjoyable Christmas, maybe you’ve been lucky enough to spend some time with your loved ones. I know some of you will have been disappointed with the restrictions especially when we’d normally be celebrating with friends and family, but I do believe the steps were necessary to avoid the spread of this horrible virus.

It was heart-warming to hear of the work done between Fair Frome and the Big Christmas teams over the festive period, delivering over 120 food hampers to those who were isolated and alone on Christmas day. Well done to all those involved and particularly to those volunteers who gave up their time to deliver them and to stay and chat for ten minutes.

Fair Frome are also restarting their ‘Food at Five’ event from 4th January at 5pm on Mondays at The Mount Community Hut, Wednesdays at the Frome Cricket Club, and Thursdays at Trinity Church Hall. These hot, healthy freshly cooked meals are designed for anyone receiving benefits or on a low income. Social distancing is observed, and there’s a warm welcome waiting – just turn up on the day.

As this New Year begins, and as we enter a further lockdown, we do have light at the end of this tunnel. The hands, face, space regime is designed to avoid the unnecessary transmission of infection, and together with the incoming vaccines, will help to eradicate Covid and steer us towards normality. I’m sure we’ll see a big change by the summer as long as we’re sensible along the way and stay at home.

Please keep checking on your nearest five neighbours, too. The community spirit generated by this campaign last year has helped so many people to feel supported, even when they’re isolating, so let’s make sure we continue to look after each other.

I know it’s not the easiest of times, but by sticking together and sticking by the rules, we will see better times ahead. Stay safe, keep smiling, and a very happy New Year to you all.

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