Chairman Christmas message

Braintree District Council's Chairman Councillor Stephen Kirby wishes everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Christmas, one of the highlights of the year is fast approaching with mince pies and mulled wine in abundance and the hectic rush to get all the shopping done in time.

Over the past year I have had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people and volunteers who give their time freely and put so much back into the community by helping others.

This to me shows that the spirit of Christmas lives on after 25th December and continues to bring light into someone's life when it is needed most. This has been very heartwarming to see.

Christmas is a time of family and friends but also remembering those less fortunate. So take a moment to reflect and think of others, who for various reasons are spending Christmas alone. A smile and hello can make all the difference to someone and it shows them that we do care and are thinking of them at this time of year.

On behalf of all Councillors and staff at Braintree District Council, may I wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Joyful New Year.

And remember... give a SMILE and receive one in return.

Councillor Stephen Kirby
Chairman of Braintree District Council