Friday, 20 July 2018

New Year message from Lorraine Hillier, Mayor of Henley

2015 was a very special year for me personally.

2015 was a very special year for me personally.

It was such an honour to become the new Mayor for Henley. I feel very fortunate to live here and among such warmth in the community.

I have had the support of colleagues and friends, which has meant everything to me, and met many more new faces. 

It has been a privilege to be invited to visit our many organisations and charities and learn first hand of all the good works which are happening in our town.

Without this army of volunteers the town council would not be able to function. Not only are they vital to the town but also in giving aid to the rest of the country and the world.

We have been made acutely aware this year of those made homeless through conflict and natural disasters in their own countries and many have helped quietly to give to those in need. 

 As we start the New Year we all have our personal ambitions/wishes for the year ahead. We are full of hope and anticipation for what the year may bring. 

We may reflect on our old year and perhaps there are changes we would have made but any year will never be perfect yet we can learn to accept that challenges do bring new opportunities.

 In 2015 I hoped, as we all did, to see our new Townlands Hospital open. The Townlands Steering Group remains committed to monitoring the progress of the hospital and ensuring it delivers the care and services needed for the town and  district.

This has indeed been very challenging for all but 2016 will see the new Townlands up and running and with all our help it will become the hospital we need.

 I have given some thought to New Year resolutions. This was a year of “firsts” for me — a rowing challenge and taking part in a 10km run.

I surprised myself as I know I will never be an athlete but I did more than I thought I could do.

So this new year I believe a good resolution is to attempt something new.

 I truly wish you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. 

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