Well, you’ve done it again. You have acted so generously and compassionately that you made me cry. “Not an unusual occurrence” some might say but, once again, I have been deeply touched by the community spiritedness of the residents of our borough.
Throughout my year as Mayor (which hasn’t actually ended yet although it feels so) I have been absolutely struck by the endeavours of the many individuals and local voluntary societies – their care and passion –in making our community a fantastic place in which to live, raise our families and spend our old age.
“Community” is a word that gets bandied about and some people are unsure what that means. Well, I can say without doubt that the people of Richmond upon Thames know exactly what it means. At the first sign of trouble, neighbours – people you may never have said more than a “hello” to – make sure that you know their names, their numbers and their willingness to help however they can. If that doesn’t bring a tear to your eye, I don’t know what will!
It is important, though, that we help in a way that is effective and safe for all concerned. So – by all means help your elderly neighbour or that young family you know from school. However, if you are looking to help the wider community, please go to the borough website. Just search the site for “Coronavirus” and you will get links for volunteering opportunities via the Richmond Council for Voluntary Service as well as public health advice and advice for how to get help for yourself or a loved one.
“Community” – because of the people of our borough I now really understand what that word means and I am more proud than I can say to be a part of our community.
So please – all of you – take care of yourselves and your loved ones. Follow the health advice given and, hope- fully, before long, I will be seeing you all again – shaking hands and hugging – at the Twickenham HANDS Fair and the Richmond May Fair, the Vineyard Project Picnic, SPEAR Summer Fair, the many Rotary Clubs, Borough Sports Day, Richmond Music Trust Summer Concert, , the Richmond Brass Band at the London New Year’s Day Parade ……….
With all my very best wishes,
Cllr Nancy Baldwin
Mayor of Richmond upon Thames 2019-2020