2020 has proved to be probably the most challenging year that any of us could have imagined. Whilst in the past, we have grappled with financial upheaval and job losses, and also medical emergencies such as the flu pandemics which killed so many, this year has seen a “perfect storm” of all of these coming together at the same time. In the South West, we have been relatively unscathed in comparison with other parts of the country, but each death and each job joss is no loss horrific.
I would like to thank everyone in Maidencombe who has made it their business to help friends, neighbours and even strangers with shopping, gardening and DIY etc. The Covid situation will not change overnight, and so I would encourage you to contact the MRA if you need any assistance, and we will do our best to put you in touch with someone who can help.
This year has meant that the MRA have not been able to organise social events such a quizzes, boat trips, barn dances and clubs etc we would normally do, but, God willing, we will see the return to normality in the year ahead. On a positive note, we have managed to get the railings between the car park & beach replaced, and are still working on the future of the beach café in liaison with Torbay Council. The car park & toilets are subject to an agreement with the owners of the Thatched Tavern and we hope that this will soon be finally agreed. We have planted nearly 100 native whips around the village green (although sadly 20 were stolen after the initial ones were planted in the early part of the year!) which we hope in years to come will enhance this beautiful spot.
If you are not already a member of the Maidencombe Resident’s Association, I would encourage you to join us and have your concerns raised at the Community Partnership, Neighbourhood Forum and with Councillors who we meet with on a regular basis.
You can scan email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can provide you with bank details. Alternatively, you can obviously pay by cash or cheque. For those who are already members, if you can you arrange for your £10 renewal to be paid as soon as possible it would be greatly appreciated. If you would complete the form to renew, it will ensure we have your contact details correct.
The MRA have worked hard this year to protect our lovely village, and I would like to thank the members of the committee for their tireless efforts, especially Rodney Horder, who amongst all of his other work keeps us so well informed with his weekly updates.
May I wish you all and your families very Merry Christmas (whatever form that may take) and a Happy, Healthy and Safe 2021.
Every best wish,