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As this is my last article for the Journal for 2015, I thought it was a good time to reflect on what has happened in the Town in the past year and look forward to 2016.

During the year, many events have been organised for residents by dedicated groups of people from many different organisations who give of their time freely to make sure that those lucky enough to live in this small town feel part of the community. The stand out events include the Civic Day in June, the Classic Car Show in September, the Remembrance Day ceremony in November and the 'Lights of Love' and Late Night Shopping evening, apologies if I have missed any out.

These events do not organise themselves and a lot of preparation work goes on behind the scenes to ensure that they go smoothly. The Remembrance Day Ceremony at the War Memorial on Sunday 8th November was to me probably the most memorable as it is estimated that approximately 450 people attended, including people of all age groups and from many organisations. It is very gratifying to see members of our youth groups, the Beavers, Guides, Scouts, Cougars, Edwinstree, Freman College, representatives of the emergency services, District and Town Councillors, all standing shoulder to shoulder with members of the Royal British Legion, serving members of the Armed Forces and veterans to pay their respects to those from the town, the UK and Commonwealth who gave their lives so that we could live in a free society. If I have left any organisation out,you know who you are, thank you for taking the time to pay your respects. A special mention to Jasper Eaglesfield who stood on the balcony of St Peter's Church and played 'The Last Post' on his trumpet, there was probably not a dry eye to be seen.

Looking forward to 2016, there are a few events already planned in the calendar: the commemoration of the Queen's 90th birthday in June; the bi-annual Carnival, also in June; a WW1 exhibition to commemorate the start of the Battle of the Somme in July; and the usual 'Lights of Love' ceremony and Late Night Shopping on late November.

On behalf of all committee members of the Civic Society, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all new residents of the Town and wish every resident of Buntingford and the surrounding villages a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2016.

Graham Waite, Chairman, Buntingford Civic Society

If you have any queries about Buntingford Civic Society or issues you would like to raise, you can email the Chairman direct at chairman@buntingfordcivic.org.uk.


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