Remembrance Weekend and the coming elections

Remembrance Weekend is always a busy one and the moment that the life of this particular Councillors moves form trying to represent his community by working in the cabinet of Suffolk County Council and as Chairman of the Audit Committee on my local Council Forest Heath District Council to a more civic role, as I lay wreaths in West Row, Beck Row and Lakenheath to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice from our communities.

On Saturday the act of Remembrance in West Row was and always is very low key with just a handful of people attending and remembering those who fought in wars from this very rural community. On the other side of the massive USAF Air Base Mildenhall the ceremony first thing Sunday morning in Beck Row is always well attended and in two parts; first there is a wreath laying ceremony at the War Memorial in the village with a back drop of seeing war planes turning on part of the runway visible through the gaps in the cottages of the village and then on to the Church where tucked in behind is a War Graves location; which this year looked resplendent with the memorial has been given a spring clean; then its into the church where about 50 of us attend a Remembrance Service.

In the afternoon its Lakenheath’s turn where we gather and March through the village to the sounds of the Lakenheath Marching Silver band, to the War memorial for the wreath laying ceremony. I was immensely proud that so many of us line the High Street and walk up as the Parade passes by and gather at the War Memorial to lay wreaths; it was great to see so many children watching, whilst it is about honouring those you made the ultimate sacrifice its also about our living history and the fact that our freedom and rights have been hard won, and hopefully this simply act of laying wreaths brings this living history to life for us all.

After the ceremony there was a packed church for the Remembrance Service and it was great to see the new Order of Service booklets I commissioned and funded from my locality fund being used for the first time, it made the service a lot easier to follow than in previous years with the various sheets and books we had to juggle.

The eleventh hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleven Month is always a time of reflection about those who made the ultimate sacrifice and occasionally you do wonder what that sacrifice was for; this week we see the Police and Crime Commissioner elections something as Area Chairman for the Conservative Party I am involved in having overseen the selection of the Conservative Party Candidate in both Norfolk and Suffolk and helped in a small way to runt heir campaigns.

Its been a long campaign and very interesting as the subject has been debated and both in hustings in the media and on the doorstep. Both Jamie Athill in Norfolk and Tim Passmore is Suffolk have worked tremendously hard and unlike the Labour candidates who seems to have not bothered to venture out of the heartlands in Norwich and Ipswich; understand rural crime and the need for effective policing in both the main town and city and where the majority of us live, in rural communities is the principle issue before whoever wins the elections and I know Jamie and Tim do and I see no signs that the Labour candidates are remotely interesting in our rural communities.

The turn out will be low I think we all accept this but is that because people are disinterested or that people do not thing the police oversight should in anyway be political that is I suspect going to be debated over the coming months, whoever wins. What has struck me on the door step is not those issues but more people not understanding what the role is and indeed the motion of electing someone to a specific role. Perhaps judgement on the success or otherwise of this new Role will need to be reserved for 4 years time when the second election takes place as to just how the new approach’ this new Police and Crime Commissioner role have captured the public attention. It is will be busy week ahead campaigning and I shall be in helping out at the Great Yarmouth count on Friday morning to see it all unfold across Norfolk and Suffolk.

About askcolinnoble
I'm a Conservative politician-lite, I dabble a bit in Party Politics with my main focus of working hard and being a strong voice for my community making sure local government delivers quality services and fellow residents get value for money for their hard earned money they pay in Council tax | Where this Gravatar appears and I am expressing my views or liking something I do so in a personal capacity and does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Suffolk County Council, Forest Heath District Council, the Conservative Party or come to think of it anyone else | But having said the above at an election time and to stay legal anything I write is promoted by Lance Stanbury on behalf of Colin Noble, both at West Suffolk Conservative Association, Unit 8, Swan Lane Business Park, Exning, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 7FN

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