Remembrance Sunday in Walton

Today, I joined the local community in Walton-on-Thames for Remembrance Sunday. We started off at the War Memorial, just off the high street, and Rev Jonny Blair led the service and tribute.  All the armed forces were represented, along with younger cadets, brownies and a throng of residents. I laid a wreath along with Embridge […]

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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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Remembrance Sunday

Today, I joined Remembrance Sunday commemorations in Esher. A large local throng joined members of the local church, Royal Legion, the three armed services and local councillors, as we laid wreaths at the war memorial. Reverend Stefan Collier led us in prayer, and the minute’s silence was followed by a fitting tribute during the service […]

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Remembering the Fallen

On Sunday, I joined Reverend Philip Plyming at Holy Trinity Church in Claygate for Remembrance Sunday. This year, I feel it has been particularly poignant – perhaps it’s the fact we’re remembering the end of the Great War 100 years after the day on which it began. The local comemorations have been very powerful too. […]

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Back to Iraq?

Today, the House of Commons debated whether or not Britain should engage in military air strikes on the terrorist group, Islamic State, in Iraq. The motion was tightly drafted – you can read the text here – to assuage fears airstrikes would lead to ground troops, or action in Iraq would spread to Syria. I sat through […]

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Remembering the Fallen

Yesterday, I joined the Royal Legion, members of the armed forces, councillors and a strong local turnout to commemorate Remembrance Sunday at Esher Green. In the bright sunshine, with blue skies, we paid our respects at the War Memorial, and joined the service at Christ Church led by Reverend Dr Stefan Collier and their wonderful choir. I […]

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Long Lost War Hero

I was recently contacted by Janet Shell, a constituent from Hersham with a remarkable story to tell. Janet was undertaking some research into her family history, when she came across the story of a French farmer who had discovered multiple remains in one of his fields – the historical site of the battle of Arras […]

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Returning Troops

Today, Esher turned out to welcome back troops from the First Artillery Brigade returning from their latest tour in Afghanistan. There was a fantastic parade through the High Street before the Royal Artillery Gold Cup Day at Sandown Park.  I joined the Mayoress and Master Gunner (General Sir Tim Granville-Chapman) to watch the parade with local […]

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