This week I have continued with a long run of hosting constituents for Prime Minister’s Questions. The Chairman of Romsey Extra Parish Council and his wife, Cllr and Mrs Wesson, came up to Westminster on Wednesday. It is always a pleasure to meet with parish councillors because it gives me gives me the opportunity to hear about issues affecting the local community and means I can try to help where possible. I know they very much enjoyed their chance to see Parliament’s most visible question time and we had a very productive meeting afterwards.
Later on Wednesday I joined many other Members of Parliament and Peers for the annual Diwali celebration in Westminster. It is certainly a great experience to be immersed in Hindu culture for a few hours, where attendees are offered traditional foods and have the opportunity to be part of the important religious rituals.
Last Saturday evening I took a very nostalgic trip to the The Light’s Theatre in Andover, which opened when I was the cabinet member for leisure on Test Valley Borough Council ten years ago. I was extremely proud to see how the theatre has gone on to flourish and is now a major attraction in the area; playing host to musicals, Shakespeare and nationally-known comedians. I must pay tribute to the fantastic team of staff and volunteers who keep the theatre running so well and I hope to see it continue to draw such large audiences in the future.
On Thursday I look forward to visiting a poppy factory in London which helps produce hundreds of thousands of poppies in advance of Remembrance Day in November before returning to Romsey on Friday for a very busy day of constituency surgeries and meetings.
On Sunday Romsey Fire Station is celebrating its fifty-year anniversary and will be holding an open day. I hope to see a great many constituents there celebrating the immensely important and tough job the firefighters do on our behalf.