As Town Mayor I am delighted to send Christmas greetings to all residents for 2017. I am honoured to have met so many local residents and to have seen the work of our local groups and organisations at the heart of our community life, many work hard to raise funds for their ongoing work and it has been very humbling to see the work that volunteers undertake in our community to help those less fortunate. My chosen charity for the year is Rainbows and in September I abseiled down the tower of Southern Fire and Rescue Station raising over £1,000, thank you to all those who sponsored me. Events for the Christmas season include Christmas quiz, children’s disco, Christmas band concert and the annual pantomime. Net proceeds from the pantomime will be donated to Rainbows – so I hope you will be come along and help support this event. Also this year the Parish Council was 90 and my thanks go to the hard work of the Braunstone Heritage Archive Group who have published a fascinating account into how life changed in Braunstone in the 1920s & 1930s when the small manor village quickly grew into a sub-urban community. Copies of the publication are available for £5 from the Civic Centre, the net proceeds being donated to my charity Rainbows. Finally I had the pleasure of meeting a very special resident, Lilian Wignall of Fairbourne Road who reached the grand age of 110 on 1st October. I presented Lilian with a card and flowers on behalf of the Town and wished her happy birthday. Lilian is a remarkable person, she is engaging and clearly lives for every moment. All that remains is for me to wish you a happy and joyous Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year.
Cllr. Bill Wright, Braunstone Town Mayor