January News from the President
A Happy New Year to all readers! We trust you had a joyful Christmas and are full of good intentions to see your New Year’s resolutions through. Well, until the end of the month at least.
What a fantastic end to the year it was, with the Market Place buzzing with fantastic events and the word was around the local towns and villages that it all happens in Faringdon. One such comment overheard, “You have music festivals in the summer, beer festival and fireworks in the autumn, a great community feel to the switching on of the Christmas lights and now a nativity play in the town centre with real camels, our town doesn’t have any thing like this”. Lets hope this reputation continues to grow throughout the coming year.
And there is plenty going on in 2018 to ensure that these successes will continue. March sees the 800th anniversary of Faringdon’s market charter. There will be an acknowledgement of this on the 6th March at the regular farmer’s market, with a larger scale celebration in May. More details will be released soon.
The Town Team will be changing tack this year. In order to implement certain elements of the Faringdon business plan it will be promoting the extensive tourism offerings in an attempt to increase footfall and raise the profile of our town. There are also rumours that Faringdon may participate in the Cotswold Hare trail, which will attract further visitors from afar. Of course, there will be a steady influx of residents this year as the town grows and it will be interesting to find out their thoughts on the community they are joining.
It is a shame to see another stalwart of the town departing and we would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff of Deacons for all their support of various initiatives the Town Team, Chamber of Commerce and other organisations have taken on over the years. Deacons are one of the few businesses who step forward to help others.
Finally, an update on the Community Ball, which took place last November – whilst final figures are yet to be released, it looks like this event raised over £6,000 for local charities. Next year’s event will be on Saturday, 17th November, so make a note now!