A Christmas message from Honiton’s mayor

Honiton mayor, Caroline Kolek.

Honiton mayor, Caroline Kolek. - Credit: Archant

Cllr Caroline Kolek reflects on 2016...

“I am delighted to be sending my compliments of the season on behalf of the Members and Officers of Honiton Town Council to all in our local community.

“It is a great privilege to serve as Mayor of our Town and I feel very proud and honoured to have been chosen for this civic role for a second term of Office.

“I have been involved with many community groups and local businesses this year supporting the work that they do in adding value to our community.

“As always we have much to be proud of and the commitment, goodwill and generosity of local people never fails to astound me.

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“Again, I have seen at first hand the service given to the community by the armies of volunteers who work selflessly all year round to help others or raise money for charities. These are wonderful people involved in the numerous community groups and charitable organisations supporting people of all ages.

“I’m delighted to have been part of the Dementia Friendly Steering Group from its inception and when originally elected Mayor, one of the achievements I wanted to see for the Town was Dementia Friendly Status. This was achieved last year, with this outstanding work recognised by a recent National Award. More information regarding this can be found in this newsletter.

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“However, I know my disappointment in learning about the proposed closure of our local Hospital medical beds is shared by all. A steering group has been set up which is supported by myself and the Town Council and together we continue to lobby the right people including our MP.

“The town council continues to work hard for our community. We have been working on the Neighbourhood Plan with questionnaires to follow in the New Year, responded to numerous consultations which will have a significant impact on our community, run a successful Charter Day and Hot Pennies, provided flowers in the summer, Christmas lights in the Winter and a new Christmas market running every Friday in December.

“Much of this work has been completed with help from other organisations in the town who we will continue to work closely with for the benefit of the community.

“Further details of all of this and other work can be found on the Honiton Town Council website.

“As always my special thanks goes to all those people who will be working over the Christmas period in the emergency services, hospitals, power stations and all other essential services as well as those volunteering to make this time of year more special for people who are lonely, homeless or vulnerable.

“I will end by wishing you all a Christmas that is safe, warm and comfortable. Season’s greetings and a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year to you all.”

Caroline Kolek

Mayor of Honiton

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