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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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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Downside Nursery Sportsday

Last Friday, I visited Krystyna Griffiths and her fabulous team at Downside Nursery, for their annual sportsday (pictured below). Many parents also joined the occasion, creating a wonderful atmosphere in the glorious sunshine. The children were fantastic – incredibly well-behaved, and very enthusiastic about the races! I also got the chance to catch up with […]

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Claygate Flower Show

On Saturday, Claygate Flower Show basked in gorgeous sunshine. Bonnie Fitzpatrick and her stellar team organised another amazing event. There was a great mix of the traditional flower show, and Claygate’s answer to Crufts, along with some more contemporary events like dance and martial arts (pictured below). This year, again, I enjoyed the honour of […]

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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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Top of the Class

Last week, I visited Walton Oak School in Walton for the Top of the Class final. Organised by our brilliant Walton Rotary Club, it is an annual competition between Year 6 pupils at schools right across the borough. This year, 18 schools fought it out in several rounds, until we got down to the final […]

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Rosalita Edwards’ Nursery Sports Day

Last Friday, I was delighted to join Rosalita Edwards’ Nursery for their Summer Sports Day, at Imber Court in Thames Ditton. The weather held up for some fiercesome competition in the various events – most notably the hotly-contested grandaprents’ races. But, the whole event was conducted in the wonderful spirit that Rosalita and her team […]

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Visiting Esher High School

Today, I visited Esher High School, one of our top local secondary schools. It was a great opportunity to meet the (still relatively) new headteacher, Mike Boddington, tour the school to see the impact of the expansion (now almost complete), and of course talk to local pupils. The facilities have undergone major improvement, and there […]

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Bell Farm Primary School – on the Up!

On Friday, I dropped in on Anne Cooper, Headteacher at Bell Farm Primary School (as pictured below). Ms Cooper led the school through a tough patch, taking the school from an Ofsted rating of ‘Inadequate’ to a rating of ‘Good’ in just 18 months. Ofsted singled out the senior leadership of the school for praise. […]

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