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Lymington and Pennington Town Mayor Message for Christmas

A Christmas Message from our Mayor 

Message from the Town Mayor of Lymington and Pennington 

Lymington Christmas lights banner

It is a while since I have written, but with the festive season nearly upon us, I wanted to take the opportunity to send greetings and also reflect on an extraordinary year – a year which none of us will ever forget.

So many acts of generosity and kindness.

From companies turning themselves towards the manufacture of PPE, volunteers sewing scrubs bags, community support hubs established to shop and to collect prescriptions, food banks working overtime, good neighbours giving a helping hand.  And literally, dozens of volunteers stepping up and helping in so many ways.     

It is rare that the community comes together in this way, but it is so heartening to see that it can.

Although the lockdown of the early days has not returned in the same way, and we have all adjusted to the “new normal” in which we find ourselves, many are still helping out and deserve our grateful thanks.

Your Town Council has been very active during the pandemic.

Lymington Seafood Festival 2020

As you will know, in the early days we set up the local Community Hub to help with shopping and prescriptions for our shielded residents.  Our staff and Councillors were amazing, showing their true versatility and turning their hand to taking requests, delivering food and even just lending a supporting ear.

We put £50k into a small fund to assist local businesses with the cost of re-establishing in a Covid safe way.  These grants were quickly snapped up and have been well used.

Meanwhile, our parks and open spaces were beautifully maintained, in the hope that the gloom and doom of lockdown could be mitigated to some extent by keeping our town looking lovely and to provide a good place to take daily exercise.

We also supported local businesses with the use of the Council land in Bath Road for the Sea Food Festival and the Pop-Up restaurants, both of which proved very popular.

Woodside Park was used for Rugbytots and Mini Athletics and now, of course, most of the sports clubs are back using the pitches.

The Seawater Baths opened up as soon as they were allowed, albeit with reduced numbers to keep Covid safe.  They deserve many congratulations for the way this was managed, it was far from easy.

Our priceless Lymington Charter Market has also been kept going, apart from just a few weeks during the first lockdown.  In so many ways it has been a taxing exercise, ensuring the balance between Covid safety measures and a viable market.  Enormous thanks must go to our staff whose meticulous planning has led to this being possible, and of course to our loyal traders who have played their part in making it work.

Lymington Seafood Festival 2020

Sadly, the Italia Festival had to be cancelled this year, but we are very much hoping that we will achieve it in 2021.

It was also with huge regret that we were unable to hold the usual Remembrance Sunday services and parade.  The many wreaths on the war memorials show that the thoughts are still very much with our war dead and their families.

In other news:

The Town Council took over responsibility for 28 new allotments at Alexandra Meadows with eager residents now renting and enjoying these!

We managed to run the Lymington & Pennington Flower Festival online with residents aged from 9 to 90 sending in their colourful entries – thank you to all who took part.

The Town Council and Chamber of Commerce very much support the Lymington Society’s initiative of “Shop Local” – encouraging people to shop in the town as much as possible, which is so vital for our High Street.

Meanwhile, your Town Council continues business to as near to normal as possible, with all meetings held online.  As with the District Council, we have not met in person since the start of the pandemic.

This Christmas:

Christmas lights and poppies in Lymington

Christmas lights are switched on in the town and in Pennington Village, which is a huge relief!  It seems sad that the official switching on and festivities could not take place, but hopefully, the lights and trees do provide a little cheer.

The Mayor’s usual Christmas donation of chocolates and biscuits will be provided to several care homes, Oakhaven Hospice and the Food Bank, although sadly I will not be able to deliver them in person this year.

And finally….

May I wish you all a very happy Christmas!  I hope that you are able to safely see at least some of your families.  And I truly hope that 2021 will bring us back to normal and that your New Year will be a peaceful and happy one.

Cllr Anne Corbridge

Town Mayor Lymington and Pennington

Telephone:  01590 630830    email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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