Many of our churches face challenging times with attendance at traditional services gradually falling. But it has been good to see how many locally are rising to that challenge in adapting what they do and what they offer communities.
AS reported in the news pages of the D&S last week, I have strongly made the case for the Friarage Hospital to retain the 24/7 opening hours of its successful Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) following the completion of the recent public consultation exercise.
I hope you all had a great Christmas with your family and friends (mine was as ever filled with many delicious goodies from Lewis and Cooper) and are looking forward to what 2020 will bring. It promises to be an exciting time.
First of all, an enormous thank you to everyone who placed their trust in me last Thursday. I am humbled by your support and am grateful to have been given the tremendous privilege of representing you and our special part of North Yorkshire in Parliament once again.
During a busy Friday last week, in between packed surgeries in Richmond and Great Ayton, visits to Richmond School and Bedale High School, I popped into Boots Pharmacy in Richmond’s Market Place to get my annual flu jab.