Christmas Deliveries

This morning, first thing, I dropped by the Esher and Molesey Royal Mail delivery office. It’s an opportunity to see first hand just how busy our local postmen and women get at this time of year. Mark Peters, the office manager, showed me round, how the systems work, and the kinds of challenges they have […]

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Government Consultation on South West Trains

Following its decision to seek a new operator to take over from South West Trains in mid-2017, the government has launched a consultation questionnaire to give local people the chance to have their say on our rail services and make suggestions for improvements. The questionnaire covers a wide range of issues, from the overall priorities […]

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Elmbridge Community Fund comes to Parliament

Last Thursday, I hosted an event at the House of Commons to spread awareness of the Elmbridge Community Fund, a local fund designed to raise funds to provide grants to help local groups and charities supporting pockets of social need in Elmbridge. We were joined by local panelists – including Chair Richard Waller, Wendy Varcoe […]

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Small Business Saturday

Today, I joined Sue Towner and a team from the Federation of Small Businesses in Claygate for Small Business Saturday. We started off at Trew Art, pictured below, and toured the parade. Small Busines Saturday is a great opportunity to hear from small businesses (from art galleries to the local butcher), see what’s going on […]

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The Esher College Success Story …

Last week, I visited Dan Dean (Principal) and Terry Price (Chair of Governors) at Esher College. After really feeling the pinch of the public financial pressures in recent years, it was good to be able to meet up after the Chancellor’s Spending Review, with news that the national base rate funding per student in colleges […]

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Sunbury and Walton Sea Cadets

Last night, I popped in on TS Black Swan, headquarters of Sunbury and Walton Sea Cadets. Commanding Officer, John Kelly, and Chair of Trustees, Gail Cramp, introduced me to their local team, gave me an update on the cadets’ latest and upcoming activities, and briefed me on the refurbishment since last year’s floods, which created […]

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Healthwatch Surrey

Today, I met up with Kate Scribbens (new Chief Executive of Healthwatch Surrey), and Matthew Parris (Evidence and Insights Manager). Healthwatch Surrey was set up to give patients a voice in local policy-making. At our meeting, we discussed a recent Healthwatch Surrey survey on patients views around the sharing of records – and the balance of […]

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Bake Off in Thames Ditton

On Friday, I popped in on Venson Automotive Solutions, where employee Steve Wall had organised an in-house ‘bake-off’ competition to raise money for Children in Need. As pictured below, I joined MD Samantha Roff and Sharon Evans (from the Lime Tree Cafe) to judge the finalists – which, yes, did involve extensive sampling! Christina (far […]

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Flights Overhead From Heathrow

This week, I met up with Nigel Milton (Heathrow’s Director for External Affairs) and Cheryl Monk (Heathrow’s Head of Community Relations), along with Molesey Councillor Steve Bax (who sits on Heathrow’s local Noise Community Forum). The meeting was part of an ongoing dialogue since last year’s highly disruptive flight trial paths over Molesey (and Walton). […]

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