Spring is almost here, the flowers are peeking through and hopefully everyone is now familiar with the four steps of coming out of Lockdown in England. It’s a fantastic time to be optimistic about a safe return to some sort of normality. Without sounding too precious, it really is time to take our time too. There is a degree of potential fluidity to the recovery roadmap and we all have a community responsibility to adhere robustly to the rules, and accept the nuances of calendar change, should it be deemed necessary. Enjoy each moment of freedom as we ease to escape the clutches of Covid-19. And let us do what Appleby does best, continue to look out for each other. Thank you. Stay safe.

Gareth Hayes
Mayor of Appleby