Committees and their work are essential in our present day world, and no less so than in a town like ours.
People giving their time to keep aspects of our lives in order and hopefully meeting all, or most, of our needs.
Our town councillors are one such group, and an important one, given that they have control over many matters affecting our lives.
Nobody would argue for a minute that every council decision taken is correct. Disagreements occur on whatever committee one might serve on.
It is part of democracy that arguments occur, votes are taken and business moves on. The most important thing of all is to talk things through. “Jaw, jaw and not war, war,” as Winston Churchill once said.
Our town is small enough and we all know one another well enough to sort out any differences that may occur between us from time to time.
I have heard of council meetings in the old days when councillors nearly came to blows in the chamber. With blood pressure high and the vote to be taken, wrong decisions were in danger of being taken to the detriment of our town.
In the Lynn News from 60 years ago, I read that one of our much revered elder statesmen was banned from council meetings for several months, having totally lost his temper with a fellow member.
He was only allowed back after making an apology and even that was considered by some to be a grudging one.
We should, of course, be better than this and fortunately these days we invariably are. I am sure that town and committee business gets the proper and full attention it deserves.
I have an example of a failed committee, although in this case it is one that appears to have just melted away, due surprisingly to a lack of drive and interest, and this is the Myer’s playing field committee.
This committee should manage the town’s main sports field, but with it failing to meet regularly the actual day-to-day running of the field’s affairs had to be passed back to the nominated trustees.
They have been managing the facility and the activities that take place on it. This field was given to the town in the early 1950s for certain nominated sports to be played.
An effort has now been made to get this management committee up and running again, so the trustees can step back and keep only a watching brief on affairs.
The new management committee will have three town members together with members of organisations using the field, these being the town’s bowls club, cricket club and football club. It is hoped that the overall standard of the field can then be kept to a good standard and, perhaps, improved.
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