2020 Special Christmas Message


As a result of COVID-19, we have all endured a very challenging year, some more so than others, but the recent news of an approved vaccine ensures that we can be more optimistic as we celebrate this Season of Goodwill and move into 2021.

Throughout the year, the town council has worked closely with community and voluntary organisations to support our residents; and Glastonbury has certainly risen to meet 2020’s challenges in many positive and imaginative ways.

We have witnessed numerous acts of kindness, demonstrations of love, resilience, and strength-of-spirit – it has been heartening to see Glastonbury’s people working together and supporting each other. Going the extra mile… and the town councillors would especially like to acknowledge the following organisations:

The Glastonbury Coronavirus Volunteers and Support Network – who have provided a lifeline for many residents since March – their amazing volunteers continuing to provide support in a variety of ways, including shopping, prescriptions delivery, and befriending.


The Glastonbury Bridging the Gap Foodbank, which continues its wonderful work providing food and other essential items to local people facing financial crisis.


Glastonbury’s Community Fridge, launched in August, designed to reduce food waste and provide free food – donated by local supermarkets, businesses, and individuals – to anyone in the community who needs it.



In addition to the ‘community response’, we all owe a huge debt of gratitude to our essential workers.  Many have put their lives on the line to ensure the safety of others; from the Police, the Fire and Rescue Service, to the NHS, and many others, we are all hugely indebted to you.

As we head to the end of an extraordinary year, the town council continues to work in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce, Glastonbury’s Police team, and other local authorities to promote a COVID-secure and safe environment in the town.  If we all continue to do our bit, we can limit the spread of the virus and look towards a brighter year full of hope in 2021.

Thank you for reading our message and for helping others in whatever way you can.  We know many residents have had to make sacrifices this year and have gone out of their way to make sure neighbours and friends feel safe and supported.

We hope the festive season brings you much joy; an opportunity to spend time with loved ones, and we wish you a safe and happy New Year.

From your town councillors.