Town Team’s verdict on first meeting

Sleaford Town Team members Clare Rayner (left) and Bev Jenkins.
Sleaford Town Team members Clare Rayner (left) and Bev Jenkins.

A new group aiming to boost Sleaford and raise its social standing has held its first members’ meeting, hailing it as ‘hugely successful’.

Sleaford Town Team launched late last year, inspired by the hundreds of other so-called ‘town teams’ set up to rejuvenate town centres in the wake of the Portas Review.

After calling on business owners and residents to join its ranks, the group held its first members’ meeting last Tuesday – although, on this occasion, non-members could also attend.

Chairman Clare Rayner said: “The first members’ meeting was highly successful and it was great to see people turning up to share their ideas for the future of Sleaford.”

After a brief introduction about the Town Team, attendees were split into groups and asked to put forward ideas - feasible or otherwise - of what could be done to have a positive impact in the town.

These were divided into different categories, including markets, the town centre, big events, business, and nights out.

Mrs Rayner said: “There were some fantastic ideas put forward, including suggestions for how the Bass Maltings could be utilised, events that would bring the community together, and how the town could optimise existing features such as the river.”

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