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A message from Executive Director, Helen Jones 12 November 2020

12 November 2020

It’s been a time for reflection this week. From Remembrance Sunday - when we remember those who died in both world wars and other conflicts - to Armistice Day when we commemorate the end of the First World War with a two-minute silence.


During our second national lockdown, and in our silences marking the losses sustained in wars, it’s hard for minds not to stray to the suffering and losses associated with the current-day pandemic.

Not only the loss of freedoms, the loss of contact with loved ones or the loss of health, but also the ultimate loss – the death of a loved one. This year continues to be a difficult time for so many of us.

The British Legion reminds us that Remembrance Day honours those who serve to defend our democratic freedoms and way of life. Uniting across faiths, cultures and backgrounds and this week we remember them all.

And as we remember their service, there is an unavoidable comparison with those public servants who out of a sense of duty have served throughout the pandemic and continue to do so, sometimes at the cost of their own wellbeing.

Service to others and for others is a notion at the heart of Remembrance Week. It is also at the heart of what it means to be a public servant.

This week brings news of more hope of a vaccine, something that might take us beyond the difficulties of our current predicament. In the meantime, we have a long, challenging winter to get through and we remain grateful to those of you who bring that Derbyshire Spirit into the workplace to support and motivate others.

This includes staff at New Bassett House care home in Shirebrook who, despite the difficult times, still managed to put a smile on the face of residents by celebrating Halloween with pumpkin carving, spooky cake making and fancy dress.

Even when times are tough your #DerbyshireSpirit shines through.

Your service as colleagues is a matter of great pride to the council and something that won’t be forgotten.