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Seasonal greetings from OBV

Lollypop man Ted embodies the spirit of Christmas, says Simon Woolley

The local lollipop man, Ted, who ushers hundreds of children and their parents across the road every school day morning and afternoon, to me, optimizes the Christmas spirit of goodwill to all men and women.

Actually, in his case, it should also include children… especially children.

Ted makes it is duty to try and remember every child’s name he ushers across the road. He greets them by their name and, above all, affords them a smile.

The children respond accordingly; ‘Morning Ted’, they cry, some offering a handshake or a high five. Parent’s already hectic morning eases slightly with Ted’s show of warmth.

Whatever your religion this time of year reminds us that in our hectic, challenging, and sometimes stressful lives, we can do better, and be better, particularly towards others.

We at OBV thank you for supporting our endeavours over the past year and wish you great strength and courage to achieve the very best for yourselves and your communities for the following year.

Merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year.

Simon Woolley – OBV Director

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