Well, to say there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel may be a cliché but I think it’s justified in this instance. Earlier this week we were presented with a cautious roadmap for the progressive return of social gatherings, reopening of businesses and attractions, and a farewell to the restrictions which have defined much of the past 12 months. There’s no denying that the road ahead is still uncertain and there will be tough times to come for many individuals and businesses. Once again, this will be a time for our community to come together and display its strength: by our tenacity in upholding the rules for as long as required; by supporting our local businesses and shopping locally; by looking out for our neighbours and loved-ones; by celebrating and championing all that makes Shepton a place we’re proud to live.

Although there is still a long way to go, there is ground to hope for a Summer which looks, feels, sounds and tastes a little more like ‘Summer’. Last week for example, a public meeting on the arts was hosted by Councillor Tim O’Connor, chair of the council’s People & Promotion committee. It was attended by representatives from some of our town’s many arts-based groups – Art Bank, Make The Sunshine, SMART, 7 Starlings and more – as well as local artists and members of the community interested in the arts. We’ll be looking to work in partnership with the community to deliver exciting arts-based activities and events for the town. While the complex uncertainty which still hangs over us makes planning ahead difficult, we will be working behind the scenes to help make this a good Summer for Shepton.

Have a safe – and hopeful – week.
Matthew Harrison, Chairperson