I feel very proud and privileged to have been elected by my fellow councillors to lead Whitchurch Town Council for the next Civic year. I promise I will do my very best to uphold the town’s status and heritage. I would like to send a very big thanks to my predecessor Councillor Mike McDonald for all he has done for Whitchurch over the past two years, he has worked extremely hard behind the scenes and will be a hard act to follow.
I am lucky in that I have a tremendous team to work with, we will have differences of opinion about lots of topics but that’s what democracy is all about. I would like to welcome Nicki Young to the Council as our new Town Clerk and look forward to working with her. I must say a big “Thank You” to our Town Centre Manager Zoë Dean who has carried out the duties of Town Clerk over the last months as well as her own work. This is part of the beauty of Town Council; everyone works together as a team from the Mayor through Town Clerk, Town Centre Manager, Hub team and Facilities staff who do a lot of work that goes un-noticed by most people.
Whitchurch is a wonderful town that is expanding yet it still maintains that community feel. In my opinion the principal reason is simply that the people of Whitchurch just love the town. I feel proud as I walk down High Street and folk stop to talk and the general feeling is that we have a town to be proud of. The other day I tried to count the number of groups there are in town but I ran out of fingers and toes. From the wonderful senior citizens of Pearl Yard to the Air Cadets, Army Cadets, Rotary, Round Table, Ladies Circle, Scouts, Girl Guides, Centre North East and many, many more. These are all valuable members of the Whitchurch community.
One of my aims during the next two years is to bring back the Civic Centre as the heart of the town, we have a fantastic facility that is under-used. The Town Council have voted for 20 shows to be booked over the next 12 months, the first of these was the ABBA tribute which was a success and created many, many complimentary comments so here’s hoping this can continue. Our next event will be on Sunday 17th June, this will be the fabulous comedian Jimmy Cricket supported by the Whitchurch dancers Maggie May’s Dance Academy. This will be an afternoon show and tickets are just £10 for adults and £5 for children
All I can say to conclude is that if anyone has any complaints (or praise) then please let us know and we can do something about it. The Hub staff is there for you.
I look forward to the next two years with renewed confidence that we can move forward to create an even more successful town, one that will be the envy of all around us. I hope I can count on your support, this is your town and one we can be proud of.
Councillor Tony Neville
Mayor of Whitchurch