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Message from the Chair, May 2012

My usual ramblings from the Chair are slightly different in this issue as I am no longer Chair of the Community Council. As most of you probably know by now I have had the good fortune to be elected as Councillor for our Ward and this requires that I stand down.

I have, however, been granted the use of this space for my final discourse as Chair of Menstrie Community Council and I will in future write for 'Menstrie Matters' in my new role as your local councillor. My election success does not mean that I will vanish from the scene: I will continue to support the Community Council in all that it does and achieves.

This also means that there is now a vacancy on the Community Council and I would urge anyone who has a little time and commitment to come forward and get involved. It is a rewarding job: no pay, no expenses, no car, no company phone, but the returns by way of satisfaction are immense. Younger blood is essential to take the council forward, bring new ideas, connect with the younger generation and keep a very valuable village resource alive. I will gladly talk to anyone who may be interested: call me/email me, come to the AGM in on the 2nd Tuesday of October - but please get involved.

With this year's Gala week programme looking better than ever and our Gala Day an event to envy, please help by supporting the events. We also have our unique Diamond Jubilee Celebrations on Sunday June 3rd when, we hope, as many as possible will come and enjoy the day. Dads can do a bit more. Give us an hour to put up marquees, tables, gazebos, etc. A few more bodies make the work so much easier. Watch the notice boards and papers for more information.

I would like to take this last opportunity to thank everyone who has supported my efforts over these last few years, in particular my colleagues on the Community Council. Without them, none of the wonderful events we organise and host would be possible.

We have achieved so much in the village to make it a more pleasant place to live and work. I look forward to seeing this continue with the help of all our community groups, and wish the Community Council continued success in all their projects and efforts.

Les Sharp

May 2012

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