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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Molehurst Women’s Club

Tonight, I went along to Molehurst Women’s Club to speak to their members. This local club, based in West Molesey, is part of the National Association of Women’s Clubs. They invited me to talk a little about my role as an MP (and now Minister), and also what I did before politics. We then had […]

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Walton Goose Faye & Heritage Day

Today, I joined Walton Goose Fayre and Walton Heritage Day for a wonderful celebration of the town. Local businesses and civic groups lined the river and Bridge Road (including Walton Rotary club, pictured below with Mike Brown and Rob Freeman). The Cobham Band were on fine form (as below), and there was a hog roast […]

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MP’s Pay Rise

As the Conservative candidate for Esher & Walton during the general election campaign, I made clear that I would not accept a pay rise for MPs, while salaries for the rest of the public sector remained frozen or capped at 1%. Now, re-elected as your MP, I will be true to my word. Every MP […]

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National Citizen Service

This week, I joined the National Citizen Service (NCS) for the third week of one of their summer programs – at Sandown Park in Esher. A team of 12 volunteers (16 – 17 year olds) from across Surrey were working on the theme of social inclusion. Their first week involved them travelling to Devon, completing […]

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Elmbridge Community Fund

On Thursday evening, Nigel and Susie Abbott hosted a drinks reception to spread the word and promote support for the Elmbridge Community Fund (ECF). Our Chairman, Richard Waller, introduced the evening. I spoke followed by Wendy Varcoe of the Community Foundation for Surrey, and then a presentation by Oasis family centre in Cobham – our first […]

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Elmbridge Community Fund

I have blogged previously, here, about local efforts to develop the Esher Neighbourhood Fund, to support the Lower Green Community. Having raised around £100,000 to start a fund yielding an income that can be used to offer grants for local projects in Lower Green, we have been discussing how to take the concept forward and […]

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Village Identity, Community Spirit

 On Monday, I joined the Mayor of Elmbridge, local councillors, Sir Gerry Acher (of the Cobham Conservation and Heritage), John Stephens (of Downside and Hatchford Community Group) and local residents – including St Matthews infant school – to unveil a new village sign for Downside.   Designed by local artist, Kate Ellis, it was […]

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Meeting Walton Stroke Group

August is a great time to catch up with the many civic and charitable groups we have across the borough. Today, I went and chatted to Walton Stroke Group, at the invitation of their Vice Chair, Max Jefford.   Walton Stroke Group is a fabulous local group, primarily focused on Walton and Hersham, and provides support […]

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