CHRISTMAS in Pershore started with the switching on of the Christmas lights and from that moment the Town seems to have gained a festive buzz. The Town is at its best when there is vibrancy about it.
I am heartened during this Christmas period by the festive spirit shown by many – particularly the scores of volunteers, helpers and carers who look after the less fortunate in our society.
I recently attended two such functions arranged by the Pershore Volunteer Centre and Pathfinders for the socially isolated and the visually impaired.
There has been much media coverage of late about the effects of loneliness which is very relevant at this time of year.
I have also been privileged to attend many school concerts and carol services which have been amongst the highlights of my mayoral year.
One discovers the tremendous talent amongst our children and students. I recently went to Pershore High School where the students were entertaining the older members of our society.
The talents and maturity shown by the students were outstanding and credit for this must also go to the teachers and support staff at the school.
My message to everyone is to take a few moments at Christmas to think of others and the true meaning of Christmas from those humble beginnings and not just about exchanging presents.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.
Coun Tony Rowley
Mayor of Pershore