Formal events and growing winners

It feels as though these summer holidays have flown past. Our eldest grandson has started his first year at primary school and his younger brother has discovered his feet. There is a feel of autumn in the air, and my Social Media feeds are full of accounts of people’s first proper breaks in what feels like a long, long time. Even our Town Crier is planning a week away !

I’ve been out and about in the town as usual. Welcoming new businesses, talking to visitors new and old, and simply enjoying the atmosphere of Leek’s very special town centre.

It was a shame our Family Fun Day was rained off but this is now rescheduled for September 18th. Expect lots of live music as well as some fantastic circus acts in and around the main shopping area. The regular antique market will be on, along with the monthly farmer’s market.

The team of fantastic volunteers behind the town’s Blues and Americana Festival have put together a programme of events over five days that just oozes with quality. Much of it is free, so check out their Facebook site.

On a more formal basis I was joined by many of my fellow councillors at The Nicholson War Memorial. Along with the Royal British Legion, we laid wreaths to commemorate VJ day. A quiet reminder of the town’s past, and those who sacrificed their lives.

I was invited to open the annual town allotment show, full of floral displays and vegetables. New comers to allotment ownership shared the honours along with more experienced regulars. The Town Council has nearly 300 allotments over seven sites, and clearly these are as popular as ever.

I particularly enjoyed a very special event to wish a young Leek resident the best of luck in an extraordinary fund raising initiative. Kadi Boughey is no stranger to fund raising but her latest challenge is a 100 mile walk from Trentham Gardens to Blackpool Tower  Not only that, but Kadi’s wants to do it virtually non stop, what an incredible target . She will be joined by her brave Dad and met by her proud family in Blackpool. Kadi will be raising money for cancer research, a subject which touches all of us in one way or another.

I wanted to finish on a reminder that we all need to keep as safe as we can. The virus has not gone away. Although the fantastic NHS vaccination programme has bought us very high levels of protection. I have heard this week of two local people who have contracted the virus. Both have young families.  One is fighting for their life. The other, sadly, lost that fight. As ever we will look out for each and care for those who need it as the people of Leek always do.