On behalf of the members and officers of Erewash Borough Council, I would like to offer my sincere best wishes to all our residents and to wish you all season’s greetings at this special time of year.
It is a great privilege to serve as Mayor of our borough and I feel very honoured to have been chosen for this civic role.
I have met hundreds of wonderful people who visit, work or live in Erewash and I look forward to meeting many more before the end of my civic year in May 2015.
I have been immensely impressed by the wealth of talent within Erewash – talent that is demonstrated in every walk of life from those involved in the theatre, music and arts through to those involved in caring and supporting the less fortunate.
I have seen at first hand the service given to the community by the armies of volunteers who work so selflessly all year round to help others.
There are too many groups and people to mention by name, but I know you are out there working daily to support and help people in the borough or raising money for charities.
It is this collective contribution that makes Erewash such a wonderful community and my heartfelt admiration goes out to you all - I thank every one of you who give your time and energy to make life better for others.
We know, of course, that some people will not be with their loved ones this Christmas and to them we send our special good wishes.
We think of those serving in the armed forces and their families here at home.
We remember with particular gratitude, especially during this centenary year of the First World War, those who have given their lives and the families they have left behind.
Special thanks to those who will be working over Christmas in the emergency services, hospitals, power stations and other essential services.
Your invaluable efforts are much appreciated.
I will end by wishing you all a Happy Christmas that is safe, warm and comfortable.
Please take care if you are travelling and I hope you enjoy spending time with family and friends.
My best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year.