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.