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Happy Christmas Sandgate from Tim

I've been blown away by our community in 2020. Families shopping for neighbours, people volunteering at Community Hubs, collecting for charity, bringing a little light into people's life. Local businesses that have adapted so fast to find new ways to survive and serve.

It takes pressure to make diamonds. There's been such huge pressure, and Sandgate has shone. Thank you all.

I was honoured to be elected as Sandgate Council Chairman in May, succeeding Robert Bliss. We expected he'd be around to give us guidance, and to gently tell me off, for years. Tragically that wasn't to be, and Robert passed away in August. We all miss him.

Despite the challenges Sandgate has still got things done.

Being the only "locally run" Kent Library allowed us to reopen Sandgate Library in September where many others could not. Although Lockdown 2, and Tier 3, have added challenges, we remain open for click and collect services.

We've taken management of Fremantle / Enbrook Valley Park from the District Council, enhanced the maintenance and facilities and shown that bit more TLC.

Our new Sandgate CCTV system, covering our shopping areas and Sandgate Park, is now operational. It should make our already safe area feel even safer.

And through the year, I've been humbled that so many people took some time to remember on VE Day, VJ Day and Remembrance Sunday. We did not, and will not, forget.

Thanks to Leonie Wootton and the Sandgate Community Garden team who've delivered projects including the Community Garden in Saga's grounds and planters in Sandgate High Street, Golden Valley parade, Fremantle Park and the Esplanade. I was delighted to deliver to Leonie the KALC Community Award 2020 that she so deserved.

Finally all best wishes for Christmas. Here's hoping that 2021 brings health, happiness, vaccinations, and time with those we love.

Tim Prater, Chair, Sandgate Parish Council