Anna Soubry writes:
Forever Stars £140k in Just 21 Months
On Friday night we gathered for a final Gala Dinner after a mere 21 months of remarkable fund raising.
Michelle and Richard’s daughter Emily was still born and to add to their terrible grief there were no adequate facilities for parents in their situation at the QMC. Despite their loss they set about raising funds for a bereavement suite. They started with a target of £25,000 and on Friday evening took the total to a staggering £140,000! Richard and Michelle are now taking a back seat after all their remarkable efforts but the charity will continue under the auspices of the City/QMC Hospital Trust to help other bereaved families. A huge thanks to all the thousands of people who have supported Forever Stars and in particular to Michelle and Richard, their son Finlay and baby Alfie.
Midland Mainline Electrification Gets Go Ahead
I am very pleased that the “pause” on the electrification of the Midland Mainline has been lifted and this important project will go ahead. The work will include improvements to the track and the electrification will be complete by 2023 at a cost of over a billion pounds.
VAB Win Huge Award
Congratulations to Voluntary Action Broxtowe who have been awarded almost a quarter of a million pounds from the Big Lottery Fund to support their excellent work. VAB offer a variety of free and paid for services, including assistance for people with mental health problems, helping people from ethnic minority backgrounds, and a caring, ethical removal service. I hope you will check them out and consider supporting VAB.
Free From 3
I am delighted that Broxtowe Borough Council, now run by the Conservatives, has fulfilled its election promise and introduced free car parking after 3pm. I am a firm believer we should do everything we can to encourage people to come into our great towns of Kimberley, Stapleford and Beeston and that includes as much free parking as possible.
Beeston Bid Vote
Broxtowe Business Club – Thursday 22 October
Following its successful launch a few months ago I am holding another event for businesses throughout the constituency on Thursday 22nd October. The Broxtowe Business Club is strictly non party political and is a great place for local businesses, of whatever size, to come together. Our guest is Liz Fothergill, President of the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce. The venue is the Victoria Hotel in Beeston and the event begins at 6.30. There will be snacks and wine with tickets at £15 a head. If you would like to come along please email me asap (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Kimberley Cricket Club Storms to Victory
We should all be proud of Kimberley Institute Cricket Club who have had a tremendous season. The 1st XI won the Notts Premier League and T20 Cup – they also reached the quarter finals of the National Cup. I am told the Club has some exceptional juniors who have represented Notts C.C. Congratulations to all concerned.
Awsworth Set for New Post Box
Royal Mail have confirmed that Awsworth will be getting a replacement post box. They responded quickly to my request on behalf of a number of residents who had contacted me.
Residents Parking Plan Opposite Bilborough College
Parking for residents and their visitors has been a long standing problem on the development opposite Bilborough College, despite all the efforts of local Councillors and myself over the years. A residents parking scheme is being put forward with papers going out to all home owners.
This years popular Oxjam in Beeston is all set to take over the town on Saturday October 17 from noon until 2am. Full details, including how to buy tickets, below.
Toton Fayre Success
Congratulations to the organisers of ‘Toton through the ages Michelmas Fayre” held with great success last Sunday. One of the organisers, Toton Councillor Mia Kee assures me this will be an annual event and next years will be even better.
What’s on in Broxtowe
Sunday 4 October
11am till 3pm
Where: Orban house, 8 Chilwell Road, Beeston.
What’s on: Free event with Voluntary Action Broxtowe come along to see what services are available in and around Beeston. There will also be a vintage tea parlour.
Monday 5 October
Under a Cloud
9am till 5pm
Where: Middle Street Resource Centre, 74 Middle Street, Beeston.
What’s on: An event for Mental Health Awareness Week. Further details here.
Wednesday 7 October
Broxtowe CAB fundraiser
2:30pm till 6pm
Where: The Pearson Centre, 2 Nuart Road, Beeston.
What’s on: Charles Hanson of ‘Flog It, Antiques Roadtrip & Bargain Hunt’ and Vanessa Savage will be in Beeston to value your antiques and family heirlooms. Charles and his team will charge £3.00 per item and every penny raised will go directly to raising vital funds for Citizens Advice Bureau Broxtowe. Refreshments (including home-made cakes) Prize Raffle & Tombola.
Thursday 8 October
Autumn Years Friendship Group
10am till 2pm
Where: St Helen’s Church Hall, Frederick Road, Stapleford.
What’s on: Resource centre for the over-60’s full details on this weekly event here.
Friday 9 October
Beeston and District Civic Society – Meeting
What’s on: The History of Chetwynd Barracks, full details here.
Saturday 10 October
Attenborough and Chilwell Women’s Club – Autumn Fair
10am till 12 noon
Where: Attenborough Village Hall.
What’s on: Stalls, refreshments and tombola with proceeds in aid of local charities.