Last week I was joined by a local student, Evie, on work experience in my office and many readers will have no doubt seen her with me around the constituency during the various visits I was able to undertake. I always enjoy helping local students – where possible – with work experience opportunities and I suspect last week was particularly interesting for Evie with a wide variety of places to visit, including a trip to Southampton Jobcentre in my role as Minister for Welfare Delivery.
I also visited SB Joinery, a family run joinery company in Middle Wallop. This major employer, which sits nestled beneath the Danebury Hill Fort, produces bespoke products for homes and businesses around the world and I was delighted to meet so many of the staff, including a great number of apprentices.
On Saturday I attended the Grenville Quilters Exhibition to see the work of a number of my very talented constituent quilters, followed by an afternoon of street cleaning in Swaythling at the southern tip of the constituency. This annual clean up is a chance for local people, councillors and, this year, students from Cantell School, to play their part in keeping the community clean.
On Thursday I look forward to joining the Vicar of Romsey, Revd Canon Sledge in the Cornmarket for our annual Maundy Thursday shoe shining. This tradition is a reminder of how Jesus washed the feet of his disciples on Maundy Thursday, albeit with a bit of a modern twist!
I’d like to take this opportunity to wish each of my constituents a very happy Easter and I hope to see many people around Romsey during the next few days – hopefully, with more of the glorious weather we have experienced during the last few weeks.
April 7th 2017
As regular readers will know, Parliamentary Recess is, for me, a chance to visit various people and businesses in the constituency and this week has been no different.
I attended two brilliant music events last weekend, with Romsey Area Schools’ Orchestra and local choirs at the Turner Sims and the Mountbatten Music Academy Concert at Thornden – which showcased the amazing work Mountbatten has done with local primary schools to enhance education in music.
Following on from this I also met several headteachers and school governors to discuss the Department for Education’s consultation on the new funding formula. I will continue to listen to the important views of school staff and parents and ensure the Secretary of State is aware of the concerns being raised with me.
On Monday I visited staff and residents at the new Fleur-de-Lis development in Romsey. The apartments, built by Renaissance Group, cater to over 65s and are now 75% full. It was great to meet one of the new residents in her apartment who was very pleased to show me the fantastic views of Romsey Abbey.
I was also delighted to meet staff and children and Hopgarden Nursery in Carter’s Clay. The nursery, which is privately owned and has a fabulous outdoor space, is one of very few rated as ‘outstanding’ and I was very pleased that this excellent pre-school is available to so many of my constituents.
Finally, this week, after visiting Romsey Fire Station, I would like to plead with drivers to think before stopping in the yellow box outside the station. This causes delays in getting appliances to fires and other incidents which is, of course, potentially very dangerous. I would also urge residents to continue to report repeat offenders.