Teamwork makes the dream work
For many people, the recent Easter holidays were a time to take a few days off from work and other commitments and enjoy some quality time with friends and loved ones.
However, others were still working, including our fabulous emergency services. Now living next door to Spalding Fire Station, I regularly see and hear the fire engines rushing out to attend an incident.
The broad range of skills was demonstrated when a local fire crews used a farmer's teleporter to rescue a trapped horse from a drain in Gedney Hill. The dramatic images were reported in this newspaper.
This highlights the importance of teamwork, which I witness and take part in on a regular basis as a councillor.
With the help of this newspaper, we stood up as a community to challenge Anglian Water to improve the appearance of their water tower in Spalding. This took a considerable amount of time and pressure but by working as a team, we achieved our desired outcome.
Many people see the transformation of the water tower as they arrive into Spalding by bus and train. It's turned from a high profile eyesore to an attractive landmark. Thank you to the Free Press and Guardian for continuing to publicise our campaign to clean this up.
Teams and groups of people from across our area are busy volunteering for the many attractive flower displays in our many churches and plans are progressing well for the Holbeach and Spalding beer festivals, which raise a great deal of money for local good causes.
All this demonstrates the amount which can be achieved when we pull together as a team and achieve something special for our community because on our own we can achieve so little, but together we can achieve so much.
Regarding my council work, I have once again been asked to judge the increasingly-popular Open Arts Competition. The standard of the work submitted was of an extremely high standard and more than 600 people visited this exhibition.
Our local arts and culture captures our past and looks towards the future. When Winston Churchill was asked to cut arts funding to support the war effort. He responded by saying "Then what are we fighting for?".
I have also recently asked local residents various questions including on the rubbish collection service. I have been informed that 91 per cent with to continue with the present system, which draws me to the conclusion that as councillors we should always make the effort to listen to the opinions of the silent majority over the vocal minority.