The holiday season is one for gifts and gatherings. It’s also a time for both reflection and of looking forward to what the New Year will bring.
The run up to Christmas was an enjoyable experience for me with visits to school events, carol services, celebrations and concerts. It reminded me, if I needed to be reminded, of how good it is to live in and around Towcester. Seeing the wonder and excitement on the faces of children who saw Santa for the first time, at a mayor’s fundraising event, was magic. Seeing the work of our voluntary groups and public services that help keep our community safe, healthy and functioning was also a privilege.
The year 2012 will be a special one. For those like me who enjoy sport, the highlight will be the Olympics, a once-in-a-lifetime chance for our country to host the youth of the world. With all the economic gloom it is perhaps apt to note the words of Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympics: “The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle, the essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.” No doubt with job cuts and reductions in public services the year ahead will be tough for many of us. I’m confident though that we will see through these times to better ones.
2012 will of course also be a year for celebrating the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, marking a truly remarkable life of service.
I wish everyone a healthy and happy New Year.