I always feel the summer has officially ended when the schools go back in September. Parliament also returned this week and there’s both a new term and Autumnal feeling around.
The annual Heritage Open Days also return this weekend with lots of venues across a large part of Broxtowe – full details in the “What’s On” diary.
Having attended the opening of the Beeston Camera Club exhibition on Monday (details below) I promised to give them a plug as they are an excellent outfit looking for new members.
Finally, I have just heard that I have secured a debate in Parliament next Wednesday on the lack of full access to Beeston Station. It will be my opportunity to make the case for substantial improvements to the station, most importantly access for disabled people. I will send you links to the debate in my next newsletter.
As ever, Anna
Broxtowe’s exam results
Our schools scored well in last months A level and GCSE results – and for at least one of our schools, it was their best ever in key subjects. Congratulations to all our students, staff and families. Here’s a summary of the results.
GCSE results: 54% Grade 4 or above in English and Maths
48.2% with 5 standard passes including English and Maths.
Notable A Level results include 6 A*s in Maths and every student who applied to University gained a place.
Alderman White School
GCSE results: 67% Grade 4 or above in English and Maths
Students gained the best ever results in GCSE English and Maths with 63% of students achieving Grade 4 or above in both these subjects.
Bramcote 6th Form College
A level results: 11% A/A*, 53% A-C
George Spencer Academy
GCSE results: 73% Grade 4 or above in both English and Maths.A level: 32% A*-A, 55% A* – B
GCSE: 62% gaining 9-4 in English and Maths
25% all English grades were 7,8 or 9 and 20% Maths grades were 7,8 or 9. A levels 45% A*-B, 87% A*-C
Chief Constable responds to residents complaints
The Chief Constable, Craig Guildford has replied to my letter in which I identified residents’ complaints after a group of travellers illegally camped in Stapleford. I have arranged a meeting between the local police Inspector and Broxtowe Borough Council where we will discuss what actions can be taken so we learn lessons from events last month in Stapleford. Please read the Chief Constable’s letter and I welcome your comments.
Letter from Chief Constable Craig Guilford
The legislation required to construct HS2 will be delayed by 9 months. I am told this means the start date will also be delayed but HS2 are adamant the completion date of 2033 will remain. I have been an enthusiastic supporter of HS2 especially as the East Midlands hub will be based at Toton Sidings. However, I am concerned that any delay to the project will not only weaken its viability but add to blight along the proposed route. With the Government reducing plans to electrify the Midland Mainline, I can assure you I will ensure we do not lose out on the improvements we must make to the rail network serving our area.
A huge congratulations to everyone involved in Saturday’s Wild About Toton event. A great variety of stalls with “hands on” experiences detailed and explained the rich variety of wildlife in the Toton Fields area. It was also good to join our Mayor Derek Burnett and the Mayoress as two wood sculptures were being carved.
I was honoured to be part of the opening of this year’s Stapleford Carnival on Saturday. The loss of the parade through the town has, in the view of many of us, diminished the standing and popularity of this end of summer annual event. I think the organisers can learn a lot from the start of summer Hemlock Happening. I also think we need to ensure groups and organisations based in Stapleford are at the heart of this valued community event.
I very much hope you will visit the Beeston Camera Club 2018 exhibition at the Canalside Heritage Centre in Beeston Rylands. I attended Monday’s opening and the photographs are stunning. The exhibition is open from 9.30am to 4.30pm every day until October 30th. If you are interested in photography or would like to find out more please click here. The club is seeking new members whether you are new to photography or more experienced so please contact them.
GP surgeries take a fees hit
Changes to the law on the collection, storage and disclosure of data mean that GPs can no longer charge private companies and individuals for patients’ medical records. A number of local surgeries have contacted me explaining that the fixed fee of £50 didn’t fully cover the cost to GPs – now they cannot charge anything and must make good the shortfall. It all sounds most unfair so I have written to the relevant Minister to ask for an explanation and how we can restore the charging.
As part of the celebrations of the centenary of some women getting the vote, Parliament is hosting an exhibition of photographs of all 209 women MPs. Each of us has been assigned a woman photographer. Del Barrett visited my chosen location – the mural of the Canary Girls who worked in the Chilwell Munitions Factory. The final photograph will not be revealed until December.
Apprenticeship funding rules success
A problem with apprenticeship funding rules was recently brought to my attention by a small business based in Kimberley. In short a new rule placed an unacceptable extra financial burden on employers. I raised the matter with the Skills Minister Anne Milton MP and I am pleased to report the rules have been changed. Result!
It was an honour to join Broxtowe’s Mayor, Youth Mayor, the Sea Scouts and Nottinghamshire Deputy Lieutenant to raise the Red Ensign at Beeston Town Hall to celebrate Merchant Navy Day. The event, held on 3rd September each year, recognises the important work of our Merchant Navy.
New academy status
Alderman Pounder Infant and Nursery School in Chilwell has become an academy. The school will considerably benefit from its new status.
Best Small Shops Competition
There is one week left for businesses in Broxtowe to enter the Best Small Shops Competition. The competition is free to enter, open to all small shops in the UK and all shops who enter will also be promoted in an online Indie Retail Directory. Please get involved, Broxtowe has so many fantastic independent shops which deserve recognition for the contribution they make to our community. Click here to find out more and enter.
Tickets are on sale for the Broxtowe Lotto! It will support local charitable and voluntary organisations. The weekly draw has a £25,000 jackpot as well as smaller prizes.
Tickets cost £1 with 50p going towards the good cause of your choice. Tickets can be bought on the Broxtowe Lotto Website or by calling 0115 727 0402. For more information on how the Lotto works, click here: Alternatively, you can find more information on Twitter @BroxtoweLotto or on the Broxtowe Lotto Facebook Page.