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Mayor praised for role in leading the Hebden Royd Recovery

Friday, 20 May 2022

Retiring Mayor Cllr Rob Freeth was thanked for his year in office at the recent Annual Meeting of the Town Council. Colleagues praised him for his vision and being instrumental in establishing the Recovery Group - a partnership focussed on supporting the community to recover from the impact of Covid and help Hebden Royd regain its vibrancy.

A memorable example of the Group's achievement was the postcard exhibition that brought together the work of over 1000 young people. The children and young people's art was exhibited in the Cragg Vale, Mytholmroyd and Hebden. The former Mayor's hard work in engaging schools to take part, helping put on the exhibition and arranging visits from individual schools were acknowledged.

Mentioned too was the work Cllr Freeth did for The Light Up the Valley Festival. Cllr Needham commented, "The community rose to the challenge and put on an amazing festival. And again there was Councillor Freeth at the heart of all the activities, involving everyone, organising and definitely doing his share of the work."

Despite Covid restrictions on meetings and gatherings, Councillor Freeth still succeeded in ensuring his two chosen charities benefited, with significant sums going to both the Forget Me Not Children's Hospice and equally appropriately the St. Augustine's Centre in Halifax providing a welcome and support for refugees wherever they come form.