It’s been such a tough year for everyone so we are trying to help where we can. Starting from today, Thursday 17th December, all Mendip-owned car parks will be free up to, and including, Christmas Eve. The free festive parking is to support residents, businesses and visitors in the run-up to Christmas and to encourage the last-minute shoppers to ‘stay local.’
We’re also supporting our Mendip market traders, by waiving charges for their market pitches throughout December. Mendip Markets really are such a bustling, distinctive part of the district, you can check out their seasonal opening times here: www.mendip.gov.uk/markets. Do pay them a visit if you can – and if you can’t, don’t forget you can find many of your favourite stallholders online, showcasing their produce at the Mendip website, listed above.
This year I have heard and witnessed so many heart-warming stories of generosity, from individuals and local groups. Their community spirit has helped me through this extremely challenging time. I’m sure I’m not the only one. For example, I know so many of you give generously to food banks – and help transport people to them too. In my opinion it’s wrong in 2020 that some residents need to rely on food banks, but that’s the reality for many at the end of a very difficult year.
Without a doubt, lots of people are struggling this winter – but there are always glimmers of hope and stories of good cheer to lift us.
I was heartened to hear from a neighbour in the village where I live, who was sending Christmas cards to as many people as she could, whether she knew them or not! She simply wanted to make sure everyone received some festive greetings after the rotten times due to the pandemic. What a lovely gesture.
Talking of gestures, Mendip was delighted to hear it made one local business in Wells happy with a small but heartfelt act. We loaned one of our Christmas market cabins to the Swan Hotel (see picture) to enable them to offer refreshments from their front terrace overlooking the cathedral. What a truly, wonderfully festive scene!
Hotel owner, Kevin Newton, said: “It has been an incredibly tough year for all businesses in the Mendip area and whilst it was simply not possible to create our normal display on the terrace this year, we still wanted in some way to bring some festive cheer to the Wells community. Thanks to Mendip Markets for their help and support through the loan of one of their cabins, we have been able to create this unique and special environment which we hope will be enjoyed by many over the festive period.”
And on that cheery note, I would like to wish you all a peaceful Christmas and a happy and healthy 2021.
Written by Cllr Ros Wyke, Leader of Mendip District Council
Please get in touch either on my Facebook page @Ros.Wyke or you can send me an email: [email protected].