Archive for December, 2015

People Power

Rock Choir sings on George StreetSomeone once told me there are two types of people in this world: radiators and drains. Radiators radiate a can-do attitude and drains will sap your energy. I think there are more than two types of people in the world but even if there weren’t there’s a place for both radiators and drains. Personally though, I like standing next to radiators.

In the summer I was invited to a meeting of George Street businesses to put a plan together to get the area lit up at Christmas. It was full of radiators. It was absolutely brilliant to watch and listen to the collaboration in the room. Jane from Maison Hartley and Sean from Dylans deserve special mention for galvanising and hosting respectively.

Fast forward to the festive period and I look at those lights and think ‘people power.’

I twisted the arm of local Rock Choir leader, Abigail Smith, to bring her St Albans singers down to George Street to create a fanfare on Saturday 28th November. More people power with passion! It was terrific. (I sang with them for six years so I’m biased).

Also, whilst I’m on the subjects of choirs and lights, a sing out to all the residents who pledged money to fund the new Christmas tree lights outside the Town Hall and outside the Alban Arena. This crowd-funding project was led by my colleague Cllr Alun Davies (St Peters ward).

Given the results of a poll I ran at the monthly St Albans Conservative Association market stall this Saturday just gone I think crowd funding (including pledges from businesses) is probably the way forward for funding new Christmas lights on St Peters Street.

And finally, if you’re feeling cold and can’t find a radiator I wholeheartedly recommend giving Rock Choir a try in 2016 – it’s open to all, no auditions and IMHO gives you a high almost as good as running.

Jessica Chivers

13 Jerome Drive,
St Albans,

01727 856169

Twitter: @JC4SADC

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