LAST night I represented the council at the monthly committee meeting of the Derwent Valley Chamber of Commerce and Industry. This is a go-ahead committee with good ideas for the future. First-up is a social dinner and guest speaker at the Star and Garter Hotel next month. I had not heard that the Star and Garter had started offering meals, so this was great news and I wish the hotel well.
Responding to comments from local businesses, the Chamber will approach the Derwent Valley Council about the lack of Christmas decorations in the central business district. I was able to report that there seemed to have been some trouble accessing the light poles which had previously been used to support our traditional Christmas decorations. I have also undertaken to make further inquiries.
In a similar vein, I asked whether the Chamber would consider sponsoring a visit by Father Christmas this year, as he had not been seen in the CBD for several years now. This was raised with me by a local resident, who mentioned that there was no longer an opportunity for children to be photographed with Santa. I am pleased to report that it now looks like the Chamber and the good people at the New Norfolk Newsagency will invite Santa to visit High St next Christmas.