Celebrating our community

NAWN 1704141AM8 Walk of Witness. Sixteen years old Christian McDermott carries the cross. (1704141AM8)
NAWN 1704141AM8 Walk of Witness. Sixteen years old Christian McDermott carries the cross. (1704141AM8)

I hope you have all had a lovely Easter holiday and not eaten too many chocolate eggs!

The Churches Together annual Walk of Witness on Good Friday was attended by members of all the churches in Wetherby and the local villages, despite the showery weather. It is a thoughtful demonstration of the reason for the Christian Faith, and our thanks go to those who organised it and marshalled it, in order to offer another dimension to the life of the town and local community.

I attended several church services around the town over the Easter period, as well as the special Community Service at St James’ Parish church, organised specifically for those residents of our town who are unable to access our usual church services on a regular basis. These community services are a joyous inclusive occasion, so please look out for them in future and come along.

I think the town looks lovely now in the sunny weather, with the bunting up around the streets for the Tour De Yorkshire on Saturday.

A tremendous amount of effort has been put into organising the events around the Town Hall and the associated road closures and permissions. Our thanks go to the Welcome To Wetherby Team and our Town Hall staff.

I am sure it will all have been worth it when the crowds come into town to see the cyclists stream through, hopefully in glorious sunshine.

There will be a big screen in the Market Place so that visitors can watch the race before and after it gets here. There will be stalls in the Town Hall advertising the work of many of the local organisations and charitable groups, so come along and see what is going on around the place.

You may find a new hobby or interest, or a volunteering opportunity. There will be fairground rides, entertainment, an ice-cream van and a Prosecco bar, so bring the whole family.

There will be business as usual from all the shops, cafes, pubs, restaurants and businesses in the town, so please, if you are irritated by the temporary road closures, think of the boost this will give to our local economy. The publicity we receive from this televised event is priceless and will benefit the town in many ways over the coming months. Check out the Town website for further details.

We are a vibrant market town, so let us show it off in the most positive light we can!

One event many people are looking forward to is the re-commencement of the Sunday afternoon band concerts at the bandstand by the river. They start again this Sunday, April 30, so do come along and support this fantastic entertainment.

On behalf of the Neighbourhood Planning Steering Group I would like to thank all of you who submitted your feedback forms on the Draft Plan that was delivered to your home in February and March. Your comments will now be analysed and inform the next stage in the process. Further updates will be given in the Wetherby News and on the website in due course.

There are one or two events coming up next month that I would like to remind you about.

The first is the Civic Service, that this year takes place in St James Parish Church, on Sunday May 14 at 3pm. Any resident of the town is welcome to attend and this year’s theme is Volunteering in the Community. Invited guests will include representatives from local charities and community groups as well as Mayors of other towns in the area, and representatives of local government.

The second is the Annual Town Meeting that takes place in the Town Hall on Tuesday May 23 at 7.30pm so do please come along and hear an update of what has been happening in our town over the last year and have a chance to ask questions of your Town Councillors and Leeds City Council Wetherby Ward members.

I look forward to seeing you.