News from Horfield Councillor Olly Mead - December 2018

December 01 2018
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December is an odd month. It begins, poignantly, with World AIDS Day on 1st, works its way through a couple of weeks of blind panic as people try to find the perfect gifts for their loved ones

and ends with people trying to work out which bits of packaging go in which recycling box, and what day the bins are being collected over the festive season - with the ever-present threat that snow or some other totally unexpected winter weather condition will bring the nation to a grinding halt.

Appropriately enough, in America, it is National Fruit Cake Month, so my advice is that when the weather or preparing for/surviving/celebrating Christmas with your family begins to get on top of you, just pour yourself a cup of tea, have a slice of cake, and take five minutes to yourself until the world seems like a happier place once more.

December is also the end of the year, and many of us begin to plan for the new year ahead of us in January. Personally, I avoid new year's resolutions like the plague, as it's yet another thing to add to my 'to do' list, which always seems full enough as it is. However, when I decide that I would like to do something I have never done before, and maybe gain a new skill or go on a course, I am a great believer in looking into it and taking the plunge. This year I have done a couple of enjoyable painting classes, and am now doing a course in town planning, which just goes to show that you can teach a councillor new tricks. You never know what you will learn, or how these things can enrich your life until you try them. Take a look at what's on at the Upper Horfield Community Trust, or the Leisure Centre, just a couple of places that run activities in the Horfield area that might be of interest.

While all this is going on, I will still be working on your behalf at the Council. Just recently, there seem to have been a number of reduced bus services in Horfield, and I will be lobbying First to make sure they run the service they promised. I will be keeping an eye on the bin collections, as I know that throughout the year many of us have had issues with our streets being missed on Fridays. And, I will be working with officers and the local community to ensure the delivery of the Manor Farm Community Hub, and the Christmas celebration being organised by Love Horfield.

I wish you all a merry Christmas, and a happy New Year.