Cobham & Walton Heritage Day

On Saturday, I joined Cobham Heritage Day in the morning. With Simon Lewis and Jackie Lodge, I manned a stall advertising the Elmbridge Community Fund (ECF) – inviting people to score a goal to win a football. We were delighted that the High Sheriff of Surrey Robert Napier came and tried his luck, along with […]

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Surrey Clubs for Young People

Last night, I attended the Surrey Clubs for Young People (SCYP) 70th anniversary celebrations at the Houses of Parliament. The event was put on to celebrate the fantastic work that SCYP does, and to recognise the clubs that are core to the charity’s work. The reception was well-attended by key representatives from a number of […]

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‘It’s Not Your Birthday But…’

Last week, I met with Wendy Smithers, who runs a Community Interest Company (CIC) called ‘It’s Not Your Birthday But’ (INYBB). INYBB is a pilot initiative based in Elmbridge aiming to get more of us writing, reading and sending letters and postcards. In particular, it works to connect the most isolated and vulnerable people in […]

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Walton Rotary Club

Last night, I addressed Walton Rotary Club at Burhill Golf Club. Introduced by their President, Elza Hollands (pictured below), I spoke a little about the General Election Campaign, then moving on to talk about my plans to improve rail services, local clinics in the community, and school expansion. I then addressed the enduring strength of […]

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Elmbridge Community Fund

In January 2015, I helped to launch the Elmbridge Community Fund (ECF). The ECF works in partnership with a range of local community and voluntary groups in Elmbridge, including those working with isolated older people, those affected by long-term illnesses and disabilities, and young people living in poverty and disadvantage. The ECF award grants to […]

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Morning Star Charity

On Friday night, I went to a fund-raising evening hosted at the American School in Cobham, and organised by Bill Muddyman and Linda Gardiner. The event was arranged to raise money for the Morning Star charity in South Africa, which is a day care centre for under-privileged children afflicted by HIV. Bill and Linda organised […]

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Elmbridge Community Link

Yesterday, I visited Elmbridge Community Link in Walton, a local charity dedicated to supporting adults with learning disabilities. I joined them for their All Sports Activity evening. Elmbridge Community Link puts on a range of activities, and I had great evening meeting the youngsters, playing basketball and badminton, and getting involved with Easter-themed activities, including […]

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Friends of Hurst Park

On Friday, I visited Friends of Hurst Park, a local group of people who are campaigning to protect and preserve the Hurst Park Meadow area. I had a good chat with the group about their aim to guarantee green space status for Hurst Park. They are concerned about the potential risk of future developments on Hurst […]

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Doing Our Bit to Support Refugees

On Friday, I met with Elmbridge CAN – a local community group working to support the acceptance of refugees within Elmbridge. I had a useful and productive meeting with Becky Hill and her dedicated team who work hard to facilitate collaboration with both local and national stakeholders to raise awareness of refugees and to try […]

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Tackling Local Homelessness

Today, I went along to support Helen Watson, CEO of Elmbridge Rentstart, at a reception in the House of Lords. Elmbridge Rentstart does a great job supporting homeless people in Elmbridge on low incomes to access accommodation in the private rented sector. This helps to promote independence for vulnerable people – around 25% of the […]

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