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A very Happy New Year to all Journal readers!

Well where did 2022 go? It started with such optimism, with Covid seemingly on the back foot, but descended into another year of attrition. The mad Russian started a war in Ukraine leaving the legacy of a cost of living crisis which will be with us for some time. Countless strikes by essential public services are making life difficult for everyone. Let us just hope that 2023 can perhaps, eventually, be a little kinder to us all.

The work being carried out on the River Rib is starting to show progress. The stretch of the river from the Ford to the Tannery has seen a number of overhanging trees removed or cut back in order to allow more light and rainwater to get to the river. The removed branches have been used to create 'berms' in the river bed, which will help improve the flow of the river. The newly constructed berms will be planted up this Spring to stabilise them and further enhance the biodiversity of the river.

Work continues on the Active Travel Fund scheme along London Road. The scheme is certainly causing comment within the Town - mostly negative. Perhaps we should not pass judgement until it is completed.

Warm Space is an initiative being jointly hosted by Buntingford Town Council, St.Peter's Church and the United Reform Church. On different days one of the three venues will be open to the public and will provide a warm environment with teas and coffees and TV and Wi-Fi provided. It is hoped that this will give the most vulnerable somewhere warm and welcoming where they will not have to worry about heating bills.

Planning is underway to celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III. On Sunday 7th May the Seth Ward Community Centre playing fields will host an event very similar to that which was held last year to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of the late Queen Elizabeth II. Live bands, kiddies' fairground rides, face painting, lazer light show, bar and food outlets will be the highlights. Put the date in your diaries!

The Civic Society AGM will be held this year on 25th April at the Community Centre. Further details to follow. You don't have to be a member of the Civic Society to attend - everyone is welcome.

Graham Bonner, 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.

The February issue of the Buntingford Journal will be available from the usual retailers from 27th January.

BCS AGM on 25th April - click here for more information.

More information about the Buntingford Civic Society can be found here and membership forms can be found here.


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