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A seasonal message from the Mayor of Bexley

PUBLISHED: 10:00 25 December 2015

Mayor Sybil Camsey

Mayor Sybil Camsey

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‘So as we enjoy Christmas – let us spare a thought for those for whom Christmas will not be a celebration’.

As a former teacher, I have always loved Christmas. As the end of term approached, the excitement of the children was almost tangible as decorations were made, shows practised, parties enjoyed, cards distributed and Carols sung.

Christmas is a special time of year for children – and for them the magic never seems to fade.

For adults, of course, it can be so very different especially in these challenging and uncertain times. It is so easy to forget the message of Christmas.

And yet, the Christmas story is one that should bring each of us a sense of hope as we remember the story of the child born in poor surroundings in a country that was ruled by an outside army, visited by ordinary working people and wealthy professionals.

A child who grew up to teach us how we should behave towards each other – how we should care for others and for the world around us; how we should share our time, our talents and our wealth; how we should take responsibility for our own actions and how we should always endeavour to do what is right.

A story which has lasted and on which our values are built.

Since I became Mayor, I have learned so much about Bexley and especially what I describe as ‘the hidden treasures’ – those groups of people who volunteer to help others in so many different ways.

Many have been serving the local community for twenty or thirty years – very quietly, often unnoticed and unsung.

Some will even be giving up spending Christmas with their own families in order to make the day happier for those who would otherwise be alone.

Without these wonderful volunteers, Bexley would be the poorer.

In the current climate in the world it is also appropriate to remember those who will be working throughout the holiday period to ensure our safety – both at home and abroad – and to give thanks for their dedication and, at times, their sacrifice as they strive to maintain peace.

So as we enjoy Christmas – let us spare a thought for those for whom Christmas will not be a celebration – the sad, the lonely, the sick, those far from home and those who will be working for us in public services.

I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year.

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