Museum of the Moon

BY DENISE HYLAND

We all have our views on what makes a great local shop so I’m delighted that it’s time for residents to have their say on who deserves to win a Best of Royal Greenwich Business Award.

We really want the businesses that you care most about to be recognised, so the shortlisted businesses in two categories – Independent Retailer and Food and Hospitality – have gone through to a public vote.

This closes at 3pm on Friday so please do go online before it’s too late as by showing your appreciation, you’ll be helping support our fantastic local businesses. You can see the six shortlisted businesses in each category and cast your vote by visiting www.facebook.com/royal_greenwich

The winners of all the categories will be announced at our awards ceremony on Friday, January 19 which will be hosted by Countdown’s Nick Hewer.

Tickets for the event at The InterContinental – The O2 are on sale now for just £35 per person thanks to the generosity of our sponsors including headline sponsor Lovell.

Get booking to avoid disappointment as it’s going to be a great afternoon. Buy tickets and see all the shortlists by visiting www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/businessawards2018

Speaking of votes, I’m delighted that we had a record 69.4 per cent turnout in the Greenwich Young People’s Council election. It’s so inspiring to see that young people in the borough are so enthusiastic about creating positive change and making a difference.

Sixty candidates put themselves forward for election and the 32 successful new youth councillors will spend the next two years representing their peers and influencing decision making, starting by writing their manifesto.

I really look forward to working alongside them and making the borough a better place for people of all ages.

You can find out more information about the Greenwich Young People’s Council by visiting www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/gypc

I was pleased to meet the Deputy Mayor of Taoyuan City and a Chinese delegation during their recent meeting with Digital Greenwich to strengthen and develop our mutual Smart City goals.

We signed a memorandum of understanding at the Cutty Sark which pledges our joint vision and objectives. These include being recognised as progressive global players and supporting the growth of innovative new industries in both cities.

Creating links like these make a big difference as by supporting each other we become stronger and have a better chance of getting news of our innovation out there.

To find out more about our Digital Greenwich work, visit www.digitalgreenwich.com

We submitted our bid to become London Borough of Culture in either 2019 or 2020 to the Mayor of London on  December 1 with a special Breakfast by Moonlight event. Museum of the Moon, a stunning 7 metres tall lunar installation, created using Nasa imagery by British artist Luke Jerram, was the centrepiece of the launch in the historic Royal Arsenal buildings in Woolwich.

We were pleased to welcome supporters including Woolwich rapper-musician Kid Bookie and Ajay Chhabra, co-artistic director of Charlton not-for-profit performing arts company Nutkhut.

Later on, more than 500 children from primary schools were invited to see the moon up close.
I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has got behind us, including the internationally renowned Greenwich+Docklands Festivals who helped develop the bid for the £1.1million prize fund.

We’ll find out whether we are successful in February but it’s really important that we keep the momentum going throughout the judging period so please do continue to share your support.

Denise Hyland is the Leader of Greenwich council.

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