A bright new year ahead for Gainsborough

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A belated Happy New year from us all at Gainsborough Town Council. We hope you had a relaxing Christmas break and have exciting plans for 2011.

Our Christmas was a great success, visiting our Emergency Services and nursing homes.

A special thanks to the fire staff on duty on Christmas Day that were very welcoming and let our daughter see the fire engine. It made her Christmas!

Thank you to all the volunteers and catering staff that helped with the Christmas lunch at Gainsborough House.

It was lovely to see such an excellent turn out, despite the weather.

You contributed to an excellent service that is fast becoming a tradition in Gainsborough.

Talking of supporting local events, it was great to see that even though Tai Chi in Richmond Park was cancelled due to weather conditions; people still turned up and carried on regardless.

I look forward to the upcoming recital by Gainsborough Organ Society on the 21st January at the Western Rooms. After that, why not buy tickets for The Ghost Hunt, Gainsborough’s equivalent to Most Haunted, to raise money for Gainsborough Riverside Festival and the Lions on 12th February at Gainsborough Old Hall. You can buy tickets from The Streat, Old Hall, Horsleys and Richmond House.

After attending the launch of the Gainsborough Dolphins, I wish them all the luck for future competitions.

They provide an excellent service, encouraging people of all ages to develop their swimming skills.

The next exciting thing on our agenda is Gainsborough Town Council’s bid for The Jubilee People’s Millions, a lottery grant that helps mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 by funding projects that improve local places and lives of people.

Our project is to convert an outbuilding on Richmond Park into a Jubilee community classroom, install a royal themed piece of play equipment in the park and invite all our local primary schools for a royal party in the park.

In June 2011, a short film about it will feature on ITV regional news and a phone vote will be held to determine our success. Please do support this excellent venture.

If you have any further ideas about the project or future events, please contact Holly Parker, Gainsborough Town Council’s Activities Officer on 01427 811573 or email holly.parker@gainsboroughtowncouncil.co.uk