A moment of reflection

I feel this week as though winter has really arrived.  With the dark nights and the drop in temperature, it’s been a week to wrap up warm.  I’m also hearing far too many conversations about people who have done all of their Christmas shopping!  I am probably a typical man, in that I will ignore that there are only 6 weeks to Christmas, leave most of the preparations to my family and pop out to buy presents on December 24th!

 I started the week at a Your Voice session in Cannock.  I was able to talk to around 25 staff face to face, and talk through the changes that we need to make, and the reasons behind them.  I really value being able to meet staff face to face, and hope if you haven’t already booked to come along, that you will do so.  The aim of the session is to be interactive, so do take the chance to ask the Senior Leadership Team your questions.

Midland Expressway will be awarding 10 annual scholarships, each to the value of £2000. These will be for Staffordshire students who are going on to study mathematics, the sciences, technology or engineering to degree or equivalent level.

We were able to welcome the Chief Executive of the Midlands Expressway to County Buildings last Friday.  Midland Expressway (who run the M6 Toll) have announced that they will be awarding 10 annual scholarships, each to the value of £2000.  These will be for Staffordshire students who are going on to study mathematics, the sciences, technology or engineering to degree or equivalent level.  This is a fantastic and generous offer from one of the region’s most high profile businesses and I hope local students will take advantage of it.

 There has been a lot of debate about the Poppy Appeal and what it stands for.  I believe that on November 11th it is really important that we take a moment to remember those that gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.  I had the privilege, along with the Chairman of the County Council, of representing the county council and laying a wreath at the Service of Remembrance at the National Memorial Arboretum near Alrewas today.  Although the weather was less than perfect the turn out was tremendous and the service was held in the presence of HRH The Duke of Gloucester.  It was a hugely moving ceremony and I was proud to be able to represent the Council there and take time to reflect on the sacrifice of others which helps to put life in perspective.

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