Community Spirit defined

Much is written about the ‘Big Society’ and to a lesser extent the initiative in Suffolk called Supporting Lives, Connecting Communities (SLCC), which I politically started about how to replica those pockets of great community activity we find across the county and dovetailing county social services in and around our communities. In essence it’s all about understanding what any one community really needs rather than a universal blanket service which inevitably will diminish as the cuts in spending required to put this county on a sound economic basis bit. The last comment is a change from its original intention as the SLCC programme was always designed to help deal with our increasingly ageing population rather than to make savings but such. It will be interesting to see if the early savings from the intense pilot work actually can continue to save money and contribute towards the saving targets at Suffolk County Council in the way they are now required to do, I have my doubts.

More locally in my home village of Lakenheath I have a reasonable understanding of its community eco-system and last Saturday and then on Monday evening there were fine examples of what makes Lakenheath such a great place to live and an honour for me to represent.

On Saturday, the community, led by some very hard working activists, staged the village Carnival and fete. As I stood with a retired ‘brickie’ who used to work with me, I said to him it certainly comes in handy that we are a farming community and have so many tractors and flatbed trailers donated by local farmers, on which to mounted some really great floats. People turned out in their thousands and a great day was had by all, the forecasted rain even held off. On Monday evening and equally impressive was the turn out at the village War Memorial for a simply ceremony of lighting candles, placing them on the memorial and then the Roll of Honour of those from the village who died in the First World War was read out followed by a minute’s silence before all the candles bar one were extinguished at 10pm to mark the start of the First World War. What was particularly memorable was the number of children who attended and placed their candles at the base of the Memorial, the sight of it lit by candle light was a small act in remembrance of those who gave their lives.

In these two events one great fun, the other reflective, friends gathered, conversations were had and moments shared and these simply things are an integral part of how people and communities support each other.


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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, Park Farm Cottage, Fordham St. Genevieve, BurySt. Edmunds, Suffolk IP28 6TS

2 Responses to Community Spirit defined

  1. Steve Green says:

    Nice to hear about the event at the war memorial. I’m related to several of the people named on it (Coleman and Rutterfords). Lest we forget and ,for future generations, never again through cooperation and partnership in Europe.

  2. Steve Green says:

    Dear Colin, Thanks for the story about the event at the war memorial. I am related to several of those recorded on the memorial (Rutterfords, Coleman and Watts) as well of course to many who served and survived from Lakenheath. It is important for the older generations to remember the grand parents and great grandparents generation , the lest we forget, and for the new generations as well to commit to never again in a Europe working in partnership and friendship with each other.

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