Guest column: Our future is in good young hands

Coun Simon Greaves
Coun Simon Greaves

This week I have been meeting with some of the young people who I have no doubt will be shaping Worksop’s future.

The week began with the raising of the Commonwealth flag in the Old Market Square, to celebrate Commonwealth Day.

We were joined by Brigadier Michael Edward Browne, Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, and Sir Edmund Hillary School Choir who delivered a stirring rendition of World in Union.

I’d like to thank the choir for the impeccable way they represented not only their school, but Worksop as well.

Pupils from St Augustine’s School were joined by former student and Sheffield Wednesday player Liam Palmer at the opening of a new play area in Kilton.

The project, a partnership between the district and county councils, features play zones, a zipwire, a multi-use games area and other exciting features.

Thanks to Liam for giving up his time to officially open the play area and to the staff and pupils at St Augustine’s who have campaigned tirelessly for this facility.

At a meeting of the council’s cabinet this week, there was a superb presentation by members of the Worksop Junior Council, which has come up with a project to promote kindness and understanding and challenge bullying and racism (KURB).

A special mention must also go to Sir Edmund Hilary School head teacher, Christopher Guest, for the work he has put in to supporting the project.

As part of the KURB project, the Worksop junior schools held a poster competition and I was delighted that a pupil in my ward came up with the winning design.

I was able to meet with her and the head, Rebecca Lumb, when they visited the town hall this week. Congratulations Grace, you are a real credit to Prospect Hill Juniors. It has been a real honour to see first-hand the articulate and confident young people of Worksop in action this week, and it certainly gives me great optimism for the future of our town.