Well  here we are, another year just about over and what a strange year it has been! For me personally it has been a year of some sadness, having lost my Mother in May, and some change and happiness having finally been able to move back to Aston Crews. It is really good to be back. I am sure many of you in our community are looking forward to 2022. In the words of that iconic song of the early 1990s "Things can only get better"! Let's hope so.

On a more practical note if you are receiving paper copies of the chimes that you don’t read because you catch up on line @ www.thechimes.org.uk , then to reduce waste, please contact Sue our distribution manager - click link to opt out page, to be removed from the paper copy  distribution list. Thank you for your continued support.

Finally we have lots of interesting local news as the community activities continue to open up. Be sure to check out the "Flicks in the Sticks" films in Gorsley and Lea for entertainment in the new year. But most importantly YOUR CHIMES NEEDS YOU. Our centre page feature this month is advertising some vital voluntary roles that we need to fill,  to ensure that we can keep this much loved and much needed publication going. We are not asking for massive commitment,  just what breaks down to a few hours a year. Don't be shy if you are new to the area, or if you are a long term local. Contact any one of the team for an informal chat if you are interested in any of the roles. We look forward to talking to you.

It only remains to say I hope you all have a peaceful and Happy Christmas. Best wishes for the New Year.