Merry Christmas everyone

24 December 2014 in Council and democracy and Mayor
On behalf of everyone at Newham Council, I wish you a happy, healthy and safe Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Mayor Sir Robin Wales, councillors and residents at the Christmas light switch on in East Ham
For many it is a joyous time filled with family and friends. For others it can be difficult and we must think of them.

The past year has not been without its challenges. The Government’s cuts to the council’s budget have made things tough, but through innovative ways of working, we continue to protect those services we know are important to you.   

Our Every Child programme goes from strength to strength. The free music, sport, reading and theatre we provide, and the free school meals we continue to provide, equips children with the skills, experiences and confidence to achieve their potential.

The eight Community Neighbourhood teams we established this year are strengthening the local networks we know are so important for community resilience. These dedicated teams, led by local councillors, are working with you to decide what your neighbourhood needs and to get things done. Over the past few weeks the teams have been delivering Christmas hampers to almost 3,000 older residents. I know these have been gratefully received, especially by 85-year-old Walter Cecil who I visited.

It has also been great to see so many residents getting involved in the Christmas activities that the Community Neighbourhood teams have worked hard to organise. I thank all the volunteers and shops that helped us orgainse them.

Christmas also offers us a time to reflect so as we gather with family and friends let’s not forget those who sadly are no longer with us. Newham lost one of its greatest servants in June with the death of Councillor Alec Kellaway. He contributed much to political and civic life in Newham and he is greatly missed.

Have a happy Christmas, but spare a thought for those who are working – the emergency and hospital services, the armed services and the council staff who are on hand to ensure we all have a safe and healthy time.

Mayor of Newham
Sir Robin Wales