This weekend’s Beverley Food Festival (2nd October 2011) is one of the biggest events of its kind in the north of England and will host stalls from producers from all over the region – and one from as far away as our twin-town Lemgo in Germany. Chefs from local Beverley restaurants will be putting on cooking demonstrations throughout the day, and amongst other attractions, BBC Look North’s Peter Levy will be opening the event in the morning. The Food Festival is an asset to the town and, in my opinion, one of the best things the town council has to offer. If you haven’t been before make sure you get to the town centre this Sunday.
The Beverley Food Festival would not take place without the work (heroics) of the Beverley Town Council staff, and especially our Clerk Helen Watson, to whom we are indebted for making the event happen. Thanks also go to councillors who have helped out, such as the Mayor of Beverley Peter Astell, and also councillor Elaine Aird. Should you want to, you will be able to see us on the day – hopefully with better weather than last year!
In other news, I recently visited Goole Town Council to learn about how they function in the community. Town councils do not replace East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC). Rather they supplement ERYC, the district council, at a local level. Town and district councils also provide different services. Here in Beverley ERYC is very much the bigger fish. Beverley Town Council funds various local services such as CCTV, detached youth workers and events. However in Goole the Town Council runs parks, markets and local amenities, as well as working with charities and social enterprises. They even have a theatre (which doubles-up as a fully functioning cinema) where both national and community groups put on shows, and tickets are heavily subsidised to the local community for all to come and enjoy the local culture.
In Beverley we have other outlets for the same facilities – minus the cinema, unfortunately. Community groups are always welcome to approach the town council to work together on projects, however there are plenty of high-functioning groups who do not need us, and provide excellent services, fund raisers and events – the Beverley Lions’ Westwood bonfire on Guy Fawkes Night, for example.
It was great to learn of other ways of doing things, or of how we could work with community groups to do or try new things in Beverley. I hope to use the experience to be able to offer more to local groups who want to work with us.
The future is very much a blank canvass.
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