LAST Thursday saw November's council meeting take place, with important decisions on the budget, fuel poverty and the council's response to two Mendip District Council consultations. I'm sure this paper will be giving further reports of the discussions had. It was a slightly sad meeting as it was the last occasion on which our proceedings will be reported by the Wells Journal's Robert Smith, who is heading off to the other side of the country – we all wish him well for the future.
A very busy Saturday this week. I started the day by opening the St Joseph and St Teresa's Annual Christmas Bazaar in the Town Hall – after a few words and a tour of the stalls I was off to the Mayor's Parlour to set up for the second "Cheese and a Chat" event. I was delighted that so many people were able to attend this month's "Cheese and a Chat" – well worth a visit for the excellent cheese purchased from the Queen Street Deli. A good number of locals and visitors dropped in to the Mayor's Parlour, some to talk to me about local issues, but many just to see around and try the cheese. I'm grateful to the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Chris Briton and the Father of the Council, Councillor Norman Kennedy for their assistance on the day. The date for the next "Cheese and a Chat" will be announced in the New Year.
On Saturday afternoon, I set off towards Fletcher House, stopping off only to order extra wine for the Christmas season on the way, I pleased to be able to attend Fletcher House's Christmas Fair and take the time to talk to some of their residents and visitors.
A full day on Saturday was topped off with the centenary celebration of the Westbury sub Mendip Village Hall – a thoroughly enjoyable evening of excellent food and musical entertainment. I would just like to remind readers that the Civic Carol Service takes place on Sunday 16th December at 6:30pm in St Thomas's Church and all are welcome to attend.
Councillor Theo Butt Philip
Mayor of Wells