The WR Council met at Wokingham earlier this month. A raft of new policies was agreed, about which readers may expect to hear over the coming weeks. WR President Colin Bex reported on the election campaign in Witney and it was noted that page views on this blog almost reached 3,000 during April, double the number achieved during the Eastleigh by-election and roughly 20 times the figure for the 2010 campaign. Regrettably, our core website has been down for some time following a catastrophic failure of the platform that hosted it, Zyweb. A replacement is being sought and in the meantime we can still be contacted via email, firstname.lastname@example.org and at our Facebook page.
Looking ahead, one of the key decisions we took was to endorse Nick Xylas as a WR candidate in next year’s elections to Bristol City Council. Nick is a freelance writer and publisher who was raised in Patchway and currently lives in the Eastville ward, which he plans to contest on our behalf. In between, he lived for six years in the USA with his American wife and so can speak authoritatively on the differences between there and here that we would do well to cherish. His current publishing venture – Parthenia Comics – is a range of comics aimed at adult literacy and ESOL learners. Previous jobs include 15 years in the civil service and three years in US state government.
Wessex has been one of Nick’s interests since childhood: both the ancient kingdom and what a contemporary revival will look like. Throughout his adult life, Nick has demonstrated a commitment to public service and social justice. Half-Greek, half-Wessaxon, Nick is also well-placed to represent the cultural diversity of Bristol’s inner suburbs. We’ll endeavour to report further on the campaign as it develops. If you can help with highlighting neglected local issues or in any other way then do get in touch.