AS 2012 draws to a close and 2013 is ushered in leaders and personalities across Uttoxeter have talked to the Advertiser about their hopes and resolutions for the coming year.
Uttoxeter Mayor Councillor Martin Blencowe said his hope for the town in 2013 is that it can continue to grow and be successful.
He said: “I hope 2013 will be a successful year for Uttoxeter. The town’s aspirations for the future should be that we embrace new developments and grow our town to be the success I know it can be. Very best wishes to all the town for 2013.”
Executive director at Uttoxeter Racecourse David MacDonald has overseen another bumper year at the Wood Lane venue and is excited about the next 12 months ahead which includes ‘significant investment’.
He said: “2013 starts brightly for the racecourse with some significant investment going into the facilities and the creation of over 100 full and part time jobs for local people.
“We have to hope for a more settled year in terms of weather and pray that the sun shines throughout the summer racing programme!
“I hope that all the staff, members, box holders and friends and neighbours of the racecourse enjoy a healthy and trouble-free year and that we at last see some light at the end of the economic gloom.”
Uttoxeter county councillors for the town and rural wards, Geoff Morrison and Philip Atkins, looked back on their highlights of 2012 and ahead to the new year.
They said: “The discovery of yet more of the Staffordshire Hoard is surely the icing on Staffordshire’s cake following the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 London Olympics.
“We can reflect on these national and Staffordshire celebrations, look to the future, strengthen our ‘can do attitude’, our justifiable confidence and you will see what Staffordshire is today.
“In 2013 Conservative controlled Staffordshire County Council will continue delivering 2012 benefits such as £50m additional investment in highway maintenance, the infrastructure for Jaguar Land Rover’s new engine plant, keeping 43 libraries open and helping elderly and young people to use bus services with travel cards.”
Owner of the award-winning Denstone Hall Farm Shop and Cafe, Rupert Evans, was hoping to expand his business during the next 12 months.
He said: “My New Year resolutions are to get the expansion plans off the ground for the new café and farm shop, start producing our own Denstone Hall Lamb, start making our own pork pies to sell in the shop and take more time off to spend with my wife and kids.”
Carol Bradbury, who returned the popular tea dances to Uttoxeter Town Hall in 2012, said: “My resolutions are to still look 35, to keep hopefully making people happy with my music and lose a bit of weight.”
Uttoxeter musican and promoter Fred Hopwood, who set up action group Transition Uttoxeter during 2012, is keen to continue being green in 2013.
He said: “The last time I made a proper new year’s resolution was in 2006, when I woke up to the reality of climate change and its potential devastating effect.
“Since then each new year has brought both hope and disappointment as politicians, corporations and especially the fossil-fuel industries have failed to react quickly enough.to this problem, as well as an unfair financial system geared towards rampant consumerism and exploitation of people and planet.
“As my old school teacher used to say ‘must do better’ otherwise we are all in for an even rougher ride as the window of opportunity closes, and which is why I can only hope to improve on whatever little changes I may be able to bring about and commit myself further towards people and planet before profit!”