As I look back at my time in office there is one thing that stands out above all else for me and that is the generosity and spirit of the people of Farnham. I am always amazed by the sense of community in our town and the willingness of community groups, charities and individuals to support those that desperately need our help. 

I believe our town council plays a big part in providing the glue that cements our community together, working with a host of volunteers and sponsors to make our town and surrounding villages vibrant and attractive.  This is shown through Farnham in Bloom, and an impressive programme of events such as the Literary Festival, World Craft Town, and music in the Meadow to name but a few.

I am conscious that we are privileged to have a host of successful sporting groups and teams who this year have celebrated the 50th year of the Farnham Sports Council, and some amazing community groups helping people of all ages. Hale Community Centre, Rowledge Village Hall, the Kiln at Badshot Lea, Wrecclesham Community Centre, Space to Grow, and the Farnham Maltings are just some of the places whose selfless volunteers create connectivity between young and old.  

Our new council has made some important changes this year, with a new focus on supporting younger people and the impacts of climate and this will be developed further in the year ahead in partnership with our biodiversity and environmental groups and youth projects. 

I am aware that this Christmas will be difficult for many as they struggle to pay bills with financial challenges and other pressures.  I would like to thank our local organisations who have sustained the Farnham Support Fund, helping those in need, and everyone who contributes to the Lions Wenceslas Fund which helps those in fuel poverty; the Farnham Food Bank, and the Hygiene bank.  These provide a vital lifeline for many facing an uncertain future and I hope we can continue to support them.  If you know of anyone alone or struggling this Christmas, please do what you can to give them hope for the future.

Merry Christmas everyone.

God Bless

Councillor Alan Earwaker

Mayor of Farnham