Mayor’s Welcome

A warm welcome to the Garstang Town Council website which I hope you will find both informative and helpful.
It is a great honour to be representing Garstang as a Mayor for the year 2019/2020.
As Mayor I will do everything I can to help and support the town thrive. I think it is important to embrace change but also to protect what is important to us and our heritage.
We are fast becoming a festival town with the many different events in the Garstang calendar which is just superb. I also think we are very lucky as a town to have so many volunteers who make our pretty Fairtrade market town look so beautiful and the wonderful place it is to live. Some of these volunteers include the Bloomers, Garstang Lions and Rotary Club so a big thank you from me. I would also like to mention all the people that volunteer and provide so many activities for our children such as the Girl Guiding movement and the Scout movement. Working together and as a team, we all make Garstang the community it is. A friend once said to me, there is no I in Team so thank you Team Garstang.

I am very proud of what we achieve as a Town Council but appreciate there is always room for improvement and more work to be done. Many of our Town Councillors are also involved with the Lions, Millennium Green Trust, Town Trust, Garstang Flood Group, Kepple Lane Park Trust & Garstang’s Dementia café plus many more organisations. I’m sure you will agree, they work very hard.
I think it is important to work together with our Wyre Councillors and our County Councillor to ensure that Garstang flourishes and gets all the resources it deserves. I can assure you that the Town Council continues to strive to do its best for the town and its residents.
Choosing my charities for my Mayoral year has been a very difficult decision as there are so many local worthy causes out there. I’ve managed to narrow it down to just 3 charities for various reasons.
The first one is Rosemere Cancer Foundation. For those of you that haven’t heard of Rosemere Cancer Foundation, they support world class cancer treatment throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria including Preston, Lancaster & Blackpool hospitals. They make treatment for cancer patients more comfortable and stress free as possible, funding items that the NHS cannot afford.
My second charity is North West Air Ambulance, which is entirely reliant on donations to deliver its lifesaving emergency service.
Thirdly, this will come as no surprise to many as I have fund raised before for CRY – Cardiac Risk in the Young, The Matthew Hesmondalgh Fund. Money raised for CRY will directly benefit our youngsters aged 14 to 35 by paying for screening appointments at Garstang Community Academy which will identify any potential problems.
I do hope you will all support my fundraising activities in the coming year which will include Garstang’s first ever Santa Dash this December, my vision of a sea of families dressed as Father Christmas, having fun walking or running through the town! I have lots of other fund raising ideas so please watch this space!
I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible over the next 12 months. If you have any issues or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me or another member of the Council. You are also very welcome to attend our council meetings which are held on the 3rd Monday in the month at the library or one of our Council Surgeries.

Cllr Elizabeth Webster

May 2019