As 2021 draws to a close, it marks the end of another challenging and extraordinary year for our town.

I am sure we were all delighted at the start of the year, to slowly emerge from the restrictions on all our lives due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This was all possible due to the tremendous hard work of all those involved and many volunteers in ensuring that as many of us as possible were able to get our vaccines – my deepest thanks to all those who have supported the vaccination programme here in Newtown.

Upon being elected in May 2021, I was eager to join in with as many events and gatherings as possible, sadly these have been slow to return for obvious reasons. I was delighted that we were able to organise our annual ‘Kicking Off Christmas’ event, which was very well attended and greatly received by all. I am looking forward to 2022 and hopefully be able to visit popular events such as the Carnival and Food Festival.

Despite the pandemic, the Town Council has continued to drive forward projects in Newtown such as starting to deliver on our Place Plan, helping support new enterprises such as Circular Economy Mid Wales and investing in our enhanced tourism offer.

Newtown is a special place to live, learn, work and visit and I am immensely proud to serve as your Mayor and will continue to champion our helpful and generous community. I hope to meet as many community groups, businesses and individuals as I can during my remainder of my term as Mayor.

Let’s continue to support each other, shop locally, use our incredible and unique independent businesses whilst achieving our personal goals, chasing dreams and finding success in whatever is most important to you. I hope that you all have a fantastic Christmas and a very happy new year.

Cllr Richard Williams Mayor of Newtown & Llanllwchaiarn

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