I was delighted to read that Netti Pearson has won the North Devon Journal’s Community Champion of the Year award. I cannot imagine anyone who deserves it more. I have only really got to know Netti over the past year or so as a result of our involvement first in the unsuccessful campaign to save the in-patient beds in the Tyrrell Hospital and later in the SOHS Devon campaign. Before that, I was aware that she is a member of the Green Party and a town councillor. I was also vaguely aware that she was, and is, involved in a number of other worthy community activities.
I am told that a gentleman never discusses a lady’s age. Fortunately, being a gentleman is one of the many virtues which I have never been accused of possessing! I can, therefore, say, with some confidence, that Netti is at least a few years past her twenty-first birthday. Despite this, Netti exhibits the energy and enthusiasm of a teenager. I can only look on in awe.
Netti, congratulations on this well-deserved award. If the award results in just one or two of our fellow citizens adopting you as a role model, the town would be immeasurably improved. Although, as you know, you and I differ in some of our opinions, I wish you every success.
Incidentally, well done to the Journal for promoting local heroes in this way.
By the time you read this, almost two weeks of Santa travelling around town will have passed, although, as I write, only a little over a week has gone by. In that first week, Santa has travelled around town on three days and seen 169 children as well as many parents and grandparents. Once again, Santa has been assured that all 169 were either “good” or “mostly good”. How lucky we are in our small town to have so many perfect children!
Once again, I had the pleasure and honour of being invited to the Buffs’ Christmas dinner. Many thanks to the Buffs, and especially Lez Cann, for inviting me once again. As has become customary, it was held at the Osborne Hotel, where Nick Cox and his staff put on the usual excellent repast, followed by entertainment, compered by the incomparable Nick. Whilst there, I had the pleasure of chatting with Mike Edmunds, who, I understand, has pledged a useful sum from his allowance as a district councillor to the Ilfracombe Museum. Thanks, Mike – when you give it to us, I understand that it will help enormously with the very expensive work being undertaken at the moment.
Last Christmas Day, my daughter’s partner was cooking Christmas Dinner when his RNLI pager went off. Faster than a speeding bullet, he was off to the lifeboat. Apparently, this was the first call-out that Ilfracombe has had on Christmas Day for many years. Fortunately, the problem was simply a person who had a little too much to drink, had taken out his boat and not told anyone. All ended well.
However, every time the RNLI is called out, it can mean someone’s life is in danger and can put in danger the lives of the lifeboat crew. At best, the crew’s leisure is interrupted, as is that of their loved ones. So please, if you enjoy the sea, use your common sense and RESPECT THE WATER.
And finally, don’t forget that Santa will be out and about Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week and next. Look at the Facebook page Santa visits Ilfracombe for latest news and up-dates.