Welcome to December - and as this month brings 2022 to a close all we can say is WOW - what a year!
The country finally started to fully emerge from the COVID19 pandemic - we saw ourselves get back to business as usual and live relatively as freely as we did before the start of it.
The war in Ukraine broke out with many people fleeing their homeland to the safety of the UK. The communities of Hagley and the surrounding villages stepped up to the mark helping and supporting them in their hour of need as much as possible.
We joined in the wonderful celebrations for the Platinum Jubilee back in June and the Commonwealth Games were held in nearby Birmingham in July which many of us attended.
We mourned the sad passing of our much loved Monarch in September and the world watched with us she was finally laid to rest at Windsor. As the crown passed to our new King, we also saw two new Prime Ministers instated.
It’s certainly been a year full of ups and downs! And as we approach this winter in the midst of a cost of living crisis and fuel poverty for many looming, it really is so important to keep looking out for each other as much as possible.
And so with the festive season now upon us we are delighted to have Hagley Parish Council’s Christmas Event in the village back with us this year. With lots of fun entertainment, an array of Market Stalls and the all important beer tent, we just know it’s going to be a fabulous evening. See pages 24 and 25 for more details.
We also have the usual information from the local churches with regards to their services and celebrations this month - see pages 38, 39 and 40 And finally we’d like to say a huge thank you to all the volunteers and distributors for their support this last year - we couldn’t have done it without you!
Alison Akers Editor
Cover photo courtesy of Kate Wilcox
Events in Hagley
Saturday 3 December
4.00 pm Christmas in Hagley at Hagley High Street