Rt Hon Anna Soubry MP: Happy Birthday and Other Good News

Anna  Soubry  MPAnna Soubry writes: It’s been a busy couple of weeks so there’s quite a lot to report on. Please don’t forget to vote on Thursday in the PCC elections and I very much hope you will give your first preference to local man Tony Harper. Enjoy the bank holiday weekend!

As ever,

Anna

Cycling Campaign Success

About time too! Cyclists welcome the new safety signs.

About time too! Cyclists welcome the new safety signs.

I am delighted that a dangerous cycle route is finally being made safer. 43 constituents have suffered serious injuries on the tram tracks on Chilwell/High Road in Beeston.

After my long campaign work on new signs and other improvements began today. I met fellow campaigners to welcome the changes with more to come next week.

My thanks to Nottinghamshire County AZ2and Broxtowe Borough Councils for all all their work. I’m also very grateful to the local police who recognised how dangerous the road was to cyclists. Regular readers will recall Bramcote cyclist John Melia who nearly died just before Christmas when his wheel got stuck in a tram track and he was run over by a car. I am pleased John joined us today – he is making a good though slow recovery.

Happy 50th Birthday Attenborough Reserve

AZ3The Attenborough Nature Reserve celebrated its 50th birthday today. This remarkable place is especially proud of the opportunities it offers to school children to appreciate and understand the natural world. Notts artist Mike Warren has an exhibition of his work as part of the celebrations going into next week.

AZ4Cemex own most of the Reserve and are due to stop working in Attenborough in the next 12-18 months. The Nature Reserve is part of Notts Wildlife Trust and I very much hope Cemex will sell them the Reserve for £1 – now that would be a really wonderful birthday present!

Read more about the Reserve here >>

Forever Stars Facility Opens for Bereaved Families

AZ5A very special place for families who have suffered a still birth opened yesterday at the QMC. The ‘Serenity Suite’ has been funded by our very own Forever Stars charity – which was set up by Chilwell’s Michelle and Richard Daniels. Their baby Emily was still born and in the following two years Richard and Michelle AZ6have raised over £150,000 to build the suite.

A huge thanks to so many local people who have supported Forever Stars. I am by no means alone in paying tribute to Richard and Michelle – a remarkable couple who with outstanding courage and determination made something wonderful come out of a heartbreaking tragedy.

Walter Parker VC Memorial Unveiling

AZ7Royal Marines, serving and retired, mixed with residents in Stapleford on Sunday as a new memorial to commemorate the service of Lt Cpl Walter Parker VC was unveiled. Despite the cold there was a good turnout to pay tribute to Walter who won the Victoria Cross in the First World War and then retired to Stapleford.

Business Club Hosts EU Debate

AZ8Broxtowe Business Club staged a debate on whether we should remain in or leave the EU at Bramcote School last night. My thanks to all the speakers and contributors. I enjoyed listening to all the arguments – and remain firmly of the view we are stronger, safer and better off in the EU!

Don’t forget the Big EU Debate on Thursday June 2nd at the Pearson Centre, Beeston. Let me know if you would like to take part!

Post office Petition Hand Over

AZ9I have asked the Post Office to consult fully with everyone before deciding whether to relocate the Beeston Square post office to WHSmith on High Road. Broxtowe Borough Councillor Janet Patrick has collected over 2,000 signatures from people who want the post office to stay in its iconic building off the Square. The Post Office say services will be improved but many Beeston residents and traders fear that if the post office moves the building will remain empty. In addition to asking for a full consultation – I have made the point that it isn’t fair to judge the current site on the basis of footfall over the last few years when we know the tram works stopped many people from coming to Beeston.

Kimberley Caravans Success

AZ10Kimberley Caravans has been acclaimed as one of 1,000 UK companies to inspire British Business. I was delighted to visit the site and hear about their success. Kimberley Caravans has expanded with a site at Darlington and has plans to expand its Kimberley base.

Broxtowe’s Mayor Has a Ball!

AZ11A very warm congratulations to our outgoing Mayor Cllr Susan Bagshaw who marked her year in office with an excellent St George’s Day Ball last Saturday. We all had a great time and helped raise almost £2,000 in the process. Susan has been a terrific Mayor and our incoming Mayor, Cllr Graham Harvey will find her a hard act to follow! I’ve no doubt Graham will rise to the challenge as will our new Deputy Mayor Halimah Khaled MBE.

Susan has raised many thousands of pounds for her charities Forces in the Community and Nottingham Children’s Hospital. I wish her and her first class escort, husband and fellow Councillor David, a well deserved break.

What’s on in Broxtowe

Saturday 30 April
Ceilidh Dance Night – Bramcote Old Church Tower
7:30pm
Where: Bramcote Memorial Hall.
What’s on: Tickets cost £12 which includes a hot supper (bring your own beer and wine). There will be live music from Fred’s Folks. To purchase tickets please call 0115 925 1492 or 922 6782.

Neighbourhood Planning – Open Day
10am till 2pm
Where: Stapleford Town Council.
What’s on: Stapleford Town Council invites you to come along to an open day about Neighbourhood Planning.

Sunday 1 May
Nuthall Northern Bowls – Open Day
2pm till 4pm
Where: The Green, Basil Russell Playing Fields, Nuthall.

Mick’s Music Festival – Hop Pole
Where: Hope Pole, 2 High Road, Beeston.
What’s on: Crazy Heart, The Scratch Band, open mic session and much more.

Tuesday 3 May
Bramcote Community meeting
8pm
Where: Bramcote Memorial Hall, Church Street, Bramcote, NG9 3HD.
What’s on: The inaugural AGM of Bramcote’s Neighbourhood Forum.

Wednesday 4 May
Drop in Legal Surgery for Victims of Domestic Abuse
9:30am till 2:30pm
Where: For venue please call Broxtowe Women’s Project on 01773 718 555.
What’s on: Full details here.

Wednesday mornings with Dig In – Stapleford
10am till 12 noon
Where: Albany Allotments, Pasture Road, Stapleford, NG9 8HZ.
What’s on: Full details here.

Opening Cossall Community Hall
7:30pm till 8:30pm
Where: Church Lane, Cossall, NG16 2RT.
What’s on: After many years of planning and fundraising the Hall will be officially opened by the Bishop of Sherwood. Light refreshments will be available on the night.

Thursday 5 May
PCC ELECTION DAY –
I will be voting for former senior police officer and local man, Tony Harper
voting from 7am until 10pm

Lawn Bowls – Open afternoon
1:30pm till 3:30pm
Where: Bowling Green, Broadgate Recreation Park, Beeston.
What’s on: Come along to try out bowls.

The Bramcote School Fashion Show and Clothes Sale
7pm
Where: The Bramcote School.
What’s on: Adults £3.50 under 16’s £2.50 on the door.

Friday 6 May
Beeston Arts and Craft Fair and Fun
10am till 4pm
Where: The Square, Beeston.
What’s on: Dust off your antiques and bring them down for a free valuation form one of the experts of Hanson Auctioneers and Valuers between 11am and 1pm.

Saturday 7 May
Saturday mornings with Dig In – Stapleford
10am till 12 noon
Where: Albany Allotments, Pasture Road, Stapleford, NG9 8HZ.
What’s on: Full details here.

Coffee morning – British Heart Foundation
10am till 12 noon
Where: Attenborough Village Hall.
What’s on: Hosted by Attenborough Sewing Circle there will be coffee and toasted tea cakes, sewing items and household linen, knitted toys, home-made preserves and a raffle. Entrance is £1.50 which includes a drink and tea cake.

Beeston Arts and Craft Fair and Fun
10am till 4pm
Where: The Square, Beeston.
What’s on: Dust off your antiques and bring them down for a free valuation form one of the experts of Hanson Auctioneers and Valuers between 11am and 1pm. At 1pm there will be a fun auction with Charles Hanson!

Farmers Market – Stapleford
9am till 2pm
Where: Walter Parker Memorial Square, Derby Road.

1940’s Big Band Night – V.E.Day Celebration
7:30pm
Where: The Victory Club, Station Road, Beeston.
What’s on: There will also be a fundraising raffle for Help the Heroes. Entrance is free for members and £2 for non members.

Tuesday 10 May
Stapleford and District Local History Society – talk
7pm
Where: St Helen’s Church Hall, Frederick Road, Stapleford.
What’s on: A talk about coal mining around Eastwood and the Lawrence connection by David Amos.

Wednesday 11 May
Wednesday mornings with Dig In – Stapleford
10am till 12 noon
Where: Albany Allotments, Pasture Road, Stapleford, NG9 8HZ.
What’s on: Full details here.

Drop in Legal Surgery for Victims of Domestic Abuse
9:30am till 2:30pm
Where: For venue please call Broxtowe Women’s Project on 01773 718 555.
What’s on: Full details here.

Thursday 12 May
Caught in the Net – Beeston Players
7:30pm till 9:30pm
Where: Round Hill School, Foster Avenue, Beeston.
What’s on: Full details of the show here. Also showing on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th.

Friday 13 May
Caught in the Net – Beeston Players
7:30pm till 9:30pm
Where: Round Hill School, Foster Avenue, Beeston.
What’s on: Full details of the show here.

Saturday 14 May
Saturday mornings with Dig In – Stapleford
10am till 12 noon
Where: Albany Allotments, Pasture Road, Stapleford, NG9 8HZ.
What’s on: Full details here.

Caught in the Net – Beeston Players
7:30pm till 9:30pm
Where: Round Hill School, Foster Avenue, Beeston.
What’s on: Full details of the show here.

Tuesday 17 May
In our Out? – EU Referendum Question Time event
7pm till 9pm
Where: Beeston Parish Church.
What’s on: Come along to ask any questions you may have. If you have any queries please contact Barbara via babsel@ntlworld.com

Wednesday 18 May
Wednesday mornings with Dig In – Stapleford
10am till 12 noon
Where: Albany Allotments, Pasture Road, Stapleford, NG9 8HZ.
What’s on: Full details here.

Attenborough Friendship Group – coach trip
1pm till 6pm
Where: Leaving Attenborough Village Hall.
What’s on: Coach trip to Fairways Garden Centre Clifton, Nr. Ashbourne. The cost is £7pp to book a place please call 01159221183.

Beeston and District Local History Society – talk
7:30pm
Where: Chilwell Memorial Hall.
What’s on: A talk by Judith Wright – ‘Boots in the First World War’.

Laurel & Hardy film show
7:30pm till 10:30pm
Where: The White Lion, Beeston, NG9 1Fx.
What’s on: The Nottingham Branch of the Laurel & Hardy Appreciation Society organise the shows once a month. All are welcome to the free event.

Saturday 21 May
Beeston Wildlife Group – Walk
10am till 1pm
Where: Attenborough Nature Reserve, NG9 6DY.
What’s on: Full details of the free guided walk here.

Saturday mornings with Dig In – Stapleford
10am till 12 noon
Where: Albany Allotments, Pasture Road, Stapleford, NG9 8HZ.
What’s on: Full details here.

Driveway Sale – Christian Aid
10am till 12 noon
Where: 52 Crofton Road, Attenborough.
What’s on: Home-made jams and preserves, cards and crafts.

Sunday 22 May
Gardens open for Charity – Bramcote
1pm till 5pm
Where: 6 and 10 Moor Lane, Bramcote.
What’s on: Full details here.

Thursday 26 May
Bramcote Old Church Tower AGM
7:30pm
Where: St Michael’s Church Centre, Church Street, Bramcote.
What’s on: AGM followed by an update on the restoration project. Refreshments will be available on the night.

Saturday 28 May
Saturday mornings with Dig In – Stapleford
10am till 12 noon
Where: Albany Allotments, Pasture Road, Stapleford, NG9 8HZ.
What’s on: Full details here.

Cider Festival
All weekend
Where: The Corn Mill, Chilwell, NG9 6GX.
What’s on: Cider tent, live music and family fun.

Tophouse Beer Festival
Where: The White Lion, Bramcote Village.
What’s on: 20+ real ales and ciders with at least 10 of them being local. There will also be live music from around 4pm onwards.

Sunday 29 May
Spring Fayre – Cats Protection Nottingham
11am till 3pm
Where: Greasley Parish Hall, Dovecote Road, Hilltop, NG16 3QN.
What’s on: Meet the team and help raise funds. There will be tea and coffee, cake, tombola, bric-a-brac, crafts, cat goods, books and much more.

Tophouse Beer Festival
Where: The White Lion, Bramcote Village.
What’s on: 20+ real ales and ciders with at least 10 of them being local. There will also be live music from around 4pm onwards.

Monday 30 May
The Greasley Gathering
Where: Greasley Sports and Community Centre, Dovecote Road, NG16 3QN.
What’s on: A great family fun day out.

Spring Fair – Strelley Village
1:30pm
Where: All Saints Church, Strelley Village, NG8 6PE.
What’s on: Annual Spring Fair that is fun for all the family. There will be bris-a-brac, books, crafts, home-made cakes, raffle, refreshments, children’s quiz and much more.

Thursday 2 June
Public EU Debate – In V Out
6pm till 8pm
Where: The Pearson Centre, Beeston.
What’s on: Speakers from the Vote Leave and Stronger In campaigns will go head to head in the public debate.

Anna Soubry MP Barton House, 61 High Road, Chilwell, NG9 4AJ
0115 943 6507
anna.soubry.mp@parliament.uk
www.annasoubry.org.uk

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