Festive greetings from the town’s leaders

Chorley Mayor Pat Case

Chorley Mayor Pat Case

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Town leaders offer their Christmas messages...

I’ve seen so much kindness

Dear Guardian readers,

The streets are decorated, the shops are ready, the schools and amateur theatres are doing their pantomimes, the older people are being entertained by a range of social groups and, most important of all, the churches of all denominations have prepared their services and carol concerts.

I have been delighted to be invited to many of these events, which I am sure I will be sharing with many of you.

The charities and voluntary organisations play a very important, supportive part in the life of our community, especially in times of economic difficulties, and none more so than at Christmas, when they try to ensure no one feels left out of the atmosphere of family happiness.

The best part of being mayor and representing you for a year in the life of the wider community is seeing the massive sense of shared responsibility our people have for each other.

Big and small, groups of energetic and committed friends raise large sums of money for extra health facilities, for our hospices, for children in need, for deprived families and those with disabilities, as well as for older people, to help keep the town and its history and environment alive and cared for and in bloom, and above all they enjoy doing so.

It is especially great to see young people, both in their schools and as part of youth groups, including the scouts, guides, church groups and St John Ambulance, raising money for and supporting other young people who are ill or disadvantaged, both here and abroad.

They are inspired by their teachers and families to understand the hard life other people in the world have to endure and they try to make things better.

It has been an eye-opening privilege to see all that is done in this totally unselfish way, and I have been proud to be able to attend so many occasions when that charity is celebrated and to thank these volunteers on your behalf.

My family join me and all the Chorley borough councillors in thanking you for the ever generous approach you give to this town of ours, and hope you have a very happy and holy Christmas time and that the New Year brings happiness and good fortune to you, as we celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee.

Coun Pat Case CBE, Mayor of Chorley

Let’s look to the good done

Dear Guardian readers,

As we approach Christmas and the New Year I would like to wish all readers my best wishes for the festive period.

Christmas is a time for friends and families, and I hope everyone takes time to relax and enjoy themselves over the coming weeks.

At the same time, we should also spare a thought for those who will be alone, homeless, or ill over Christmas, and I know that on a local level the church and voluntary organisations do all they can to provide comfort and support to those who are disadvantaged.

Sincere thanks to the volunteers and staff who make this possible.

Christmas is also a time of good will and I hope that this attitude will stretch throughout the New Year.

Whether it be on a national or local level, it is easy to dwell upon bad news.

However, there is much good done in our local community, day in day out, whether it be people caring for friends and family, the excellent work done by our teachers, hospitals and emergency services, voluntary work to help support those less fortunate than ourselves, or the many success stories we have in various fields.

I hope that 2012 can be a year for being positive, and looking for all the good that exists within the our community.

Wishing everyone a very happy Christmas and peaceful New Year,

Lindsay Hoyle, MP and Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons

Reasons we can celebrate

Dear Guardian readers,

As we come to the end of 2011, I want to take this opportunity to thank the kind people of Chorley for helping to make the town a better place to live, work and visit.

It has been a challenging year, but we have some great successes to celebrate here in the Chorley Borough.

We’ve seen residents achieve the best recycling rates in Lancashire, which helps to improve our environment.

Crime also continues to fall, making Chorley one of the safest places to live.

And, more people are wanting to invest their money into Chorley with new businesses arriving, not only creating new jobs, but also increasing town centre visitors. Just a few weeks ago we had thousands of local people turn out and enjoy themselves at the Christmas lights switch-on and it’s these occasions when the people of Chorley get together that we can really make a difference in the area where we live.

It’s this Christmas spirit of love, kindness and willingness to help others that makes me proud to be the leader of Chorley Council.

So to everyone I say thank you.

Let us keep the Christmas spirit going all year round.

This way we shall all enjoy a happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

Coun Peter Goldsworthy, Leader of Chorley Council

This is a town to be proud of

Dear Guardian readers,

As we come to the end of 2011, I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone in the Chorley community a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Since I became chief executive this summer, my eyes have been opened to the wonderful people Chorley Council has the pleasure of serving.

We have a vital role in providing value for money services to you, but you play an equally important role in making Chorley the success it is and a town to be proud to live, work and visit. One of my personal highlights was seeing thousands of you come out to enjoy the Christmas lights switch-on last month.

The town centre was filled with happy faces from all walks of life.

It was a real celebration of our town and a night to remember.

I wish you and your families a merry Christmas and look forward to a bright and prosperous 2012.

Gary Hall, Chief executive of Chorley Council