Lovely to be in Totnes during recess, our bustling street looks fantastic in the afternoon sun!
A huge thanks to the surgical teams at Torbay hospital. Thank you for inviting me to visit to see the building work underway and to hear about the great teamwork alongside daycase theatres.
It was lovely to be in Paignton today meeting Indiana from the fabulous Lions Monocle and catching up with Pat and Liz to discuss the Select Committee's Report on Regenerating Seaside Towns and Communities and the future of seaside towns. and supporting the Future High Streets Fund
Play Torbay do amazing work for children locally and it was good to catch up with their team to follow up on progress after the visit I arranged from the Children's Commissioner, Anne Longfield. I was glad to hear that their funding is now far more secure and that their Easter Play Activities Programme is now here, with lots of activities for children and young people of all ages. Playground activities are free to anyone who would like to join in. There are three playgrounds: Wildfox in Paignton, Indigos in Brixham and Fort Apache in Torquay.
If your child needs the support of their Play Inclusion Team for any of the activities, do contact Play Torbay as soon as possible: please email email@example.com or phone 01803 850157. They have team of highly trained workers skilled in playwork and youth work who are able to support young people on a one-to-one basis. You can also view the programme on their website. I will continue to press for children's play and activity to be supported as I think it is a vital part of improving mental and physical health for all our children.
It was great to be at the Brixham Fish Market today to thank the team organising and installing their new rooftop solar panels. The system is a 420 panel, 120Kw system that will take full advantage of fish market's location and will contribute each year to removing approximately 132,720 pounds of Carbon from the atmosphere, equivalent to the carbon absorbing ability of 687 mature trees and enough green energy to offset a significant part of the running of the high refrigeration needs of our port.
It was great to pop along to the fabulous Totnes Cinema on International Women's Day ahead of their screening of Totnes Women's Voices, of which I took part. In the film you hear local women and girls from age 3 to 92 give their views on politics and voting, how life has changed and what they feel still needs to change.
Today at the vibrant Totnes Market, the Citizens Advice Bureau had a stall to raise funds for the CAB. Although their stall will not be weekly event, there may be opportunities to buy their delicious cakes later in the year! The CAB is a charity that provides independent advice on debt, benefits, housing, family and relationship, consumer and health issues. The local CAB office can be found at Follaton House
Thank you to Totnes Progressive School for inviting me to visit. Pupils have presented me with a petition to forward to the Minister to make all the shops in Totnes use recyclable/recycled shopping bags.
Thank you to Cecilia, Suzi and all at BATS for a wonderful and moving Armistice commemoration. Thank you also to veteran and historian, Robbie Robinson for lighting our Beacon For Brixham.
I was honoured to join Dartmouth Remembrance Parade and Service this morning to remember all who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
It was good to meet with Louise, Andrew and Reg from the NFU to discuss the Agriculture Bill.
Thank you to Stuart Rogers for meeting with me today to discuss the National Federation of Sub Post Masters' plans.
In September, Blackawton Community Shop and Post Office located to the village's main street, opposite the church and just next to the George Inn.
The shop is staffed largely by volunteers, and it was great to meet with those who have helped to bring this community shop to fruition.
The new Slapton Community Shop, which opened in February this year, is currently located at the end of the Village Hall car park in Wood Lane, near Slapton Ley Field Centre.
Fifteen villagers raised the funds, which amounted to nearly £30,000, mostly donated from within the community; to locating a site, sourcing the temporary wooden building. The shop is run with helpers from the village.
Community spirit at its best!
Thank you to everyone for coming together for the official opening of the restoration of the A379 at Slapton.
When Storm Emma hit the coast in March, the wind speed and direction, extreme tides, wave height and surge conditions coincided with catastrophic effect. Every effort was made to fast-track the recovery process and thank you to DCC and the Slapton Line Partnership for working so quickly to enable me to put this to the Minister, this led to the DoT confirming emergency funding for repairs within a few days of the disaster happening.
Thank you to everyone for all their help in bringing this project to completion on schedule.
Thank you to every one of the 700,000 who marched with us for the amazing People Vote March today. It was an amazing opportunity to address this rally and great atmosphere. None of it would have been possible without so many people making such an effort to be there.
Absolutely stunning at Berry Head in Brixham today!
Thank you so much to Police and Crime Commissioner, Alison Hernandez and Ch Supt Keith Perkin for joining Mayor Judy Westacott, Cllrs and the local policing team in Totnes today, and to everyone who came to our public meeting to share views
Thank you to Alok Sharma, the Minister for Employment for taking the time to visit the Totnes Jobcentre to discuss Universal Credit
A wonderful day at Kingsbridge Show. Many congratulations and thank you to the show committee and volunteers for all their hard work it making this another great year.
Absolutely loved visiting the NT Riviera toady today to meet farmers, volunteers and the RSPB South West to view for myself the conservation work that is happening to save the Cirl Buntings. Rescued from the brink, this shows what can be achieved and must not be put at risk. It was also an opportunity to discuss agri-environment issues current and future
It was good to catch up with the Citizens Advice Bureau and the Federation of Small Businesses at my office in Totnes to listen to the views of local small and medium sized businesses.
Thank you to everyone who attended my open meeting at Chillington Village Hall this evening
Many thanks to Brixham Jobcentre for inviting me to hear views on the full rollout of Universal Credit which begins in September