20th December 2018
With Christmas almost upon us, may I take this opportunity wish you, and indeed all recipients of this newsletter, a most enjoyable time during this Festive Season and Good Health and Good Fortune in the New Year. I think you will agree, 2019 promises to be a very interesting year, both from a national and a local viewpoint.
Personally, I love this time of the year. It has been a joy to attend so many Carol Concerts and Services and to acknowledge the true meaning of Christmas. The most recent Services, at which we have represented the Council, have been at March and Barton Mills.
Since my last newsletter, I have had the pleasure, along with Councillor David Brown, Chairman of the Resources and Finance Committee, of presenting the Council’s Staff Achievement Awards. This once again highlighted how fortunate we are to have such a talented and dedicated team of staff here at East Cambs. The ceremony was an opportunity to acknowledge and congratulate all those staff who have successfully completed a professional qualification in the last year, or who achieved an ‘outstanding’ rating in their appraisal.
On Monday of this week, I had an opportunity to endorse the above sentiments when I hosted the Staff Christmas Reception. Today I am due to visit the Depot to convey our thanks to the staff employed by East Cambs Street Scene Ltd., and to acknowledge their sterling work since taking on the Council’s waste collection and street cleaning services.
Tuesday of this week is a day that will live long in the memory. It was a great privilege to have the opportunity to attend the Heligoland Bight 39 Act of Remembrance in the Cathedral.
On 18th December 1939, a joint formation of 24 bombers took off from local RAF airfields, with the order to attack German warships at sea near Wilhemshaven. On reaching the target, they encountered a potent force of Luftwaffe fighters, which resulted in the tragic loss of 12 Wellingtons and 57 airmen: an absolute disaster so early in the war. An amazing task has been undertaken to trace the relatives of those who perished. People travelled from as far afield as America, Canada, France and from all over the UK, to attend Tuesday’s commemoration. It was a truly moving occasion. My particular thanks to former ECDC Councillor and Ely resident, Jack Waterfall, who did such an amazing job in co-ordinating the event.
Finally, my belated congratulations to Lily Whymer, Chairman of Stetchworth Parish Council, on her award of the British Empire Medal. This was in recognition of her work in the village community. The award was presented earlier this month by Julie Spence, Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire at a Christmas Tree Festival in Stetchworth.
With Kind Regards
Councillor Peter Cresswell
Chairman of the Council