THIS festive season was a vastly different one to normal, but it was one of the best we have ever had.
We were invited to spend Christmas lunch at St Jude’s School in Bishopsfield Road by the volunteers of Christians Together in Fareham and Community Action Fareham.
We had a really wonderful time meeting many lovely people who in spite of adversity in their lives, managed to fill the whole room with noise, chatter and sometimes raucous laughter.
The lunch had all the trimmings that you would expect at a Christmas gathering.
During this, my mayoral year, Carole and I have had the great honour of meeting so many of these volunteer groups and individuals who spend so much of their lives giving their time selflessly and often without recognition to those who are less fortunate.
Fareham can be proud of such people, they are like an invisible force carrying out these wonderful acts of Christian faith, and I intend to highlight them at every opportunity.
Another interesting experience was a visit to the Stubbington Health Clinic where the mayoress and I were very proud to open a brand new clinic designed solely for children who may require help or advice on a number of treatments such as cranial osteopathy, podopaediatrics and homeopathy.
The clinic combines the knowledge and experience of the specialist practitioners to offer support for the many health problems that face children today.
The staff at the clinic, headed by Caroline Herbert, provide a highly professional, and dedicated service to the public and they take great pride in their chosen profession.