I am looking forward to tomorrow’s Oxjam event in Beeston. It starts at 12 (I’m honoured to be opening it) and promises to be a great series of events – full details here.
Whatever you’re doing have a lovely weekend.
As ever, Anna
Chilwell based charity Forever Stars has been lighting up parts of Nottingham pink and blue to mark Baby Loss Awareness Week. Forever Stars co-founder Richard Daniels was in Parliament yesterday with NUH Bereavement Midwife Christa Burgess and Forever Stars’ Trustee Julie Oldwill. Forever Stars is raising a million pounds for a commemoration garden at Highfields for families who have suffered the loss of a baby. Read more about Forever Stars here and please give them your support.
Funding concerns for vital Notts services
Nottinghamshire County Council faces serious problems with delivering first class services for under 25’s with special or higher needs. In short, a growing number of youngsters with special needs, and changes in funding from national Government, means the County Council is set to have a shortfall of funds. I met Councillor Philip Owen who is the Chair of the Children’s Services Committee and Marian Clay, Director of Children’s Services, this morning (Friday). They gave a detailed explanation of the situation which also impacts our local schools who have had to reduce their budgets to help the higher needs funding. The entire current system of funding, accountability and budget management needs an overhaul.
HS2 have launched two important consultations for anyone living along the proposed route in Toton, Stapleford, Trowell and Nuthall. Full details and the links are here on my website. These are important consultations about the environmental impact and the construction of the route so I urge you to have your say.
HS2 are also holding another information event at Trowell Parish Hall on Friday 2nd November from 1pm – 8pm.
Disability Confidence event
On Friday 19th October Beeston Job Centre will be holding a Disability Confidence workshop which I’m proud to be supporting. The event will be at WEBS Training in Beeston from 9am – 12noon and will be provide businesses with advice on how they can recruit and retain disabled staff. They will also advise on the help that is available from the Government as part of theirDisability Confident scheme. If you are a Broxtowe business, I would encourage you to attend and call my office on 0115 943 6507 for more information.
Inspector Riley’s Blog
Broxtowe’s senior police officer has posted his latest entry on his monthly blog. Inspector Simon Riley has reported a fall in some types of crimes. Inspector Riley also updates changes to local beat teams.You can read his blog here.
Three of our best known creative talents are starring in Beeston’s Street Art Festival. Actor Richard Beckinsale was raised in Chilwell and was best known for his role in Porridge. Richard died at just 31 and is father of actor Kate Beckinsale.
Soul singer Edwin Starr retired to Chilwell and the third portrait is of fashion designer Sir Paul Smith who was born in Beeston. A huge congratulations and thanks to international street artist Zabou for her terrific work.
Christmas Card Competition – Keep those photographs coming!
Thank you to everyone who has sent in a photograph for this year’s Christmas card competition. The winner’s photograph will feature on the front of my Christmas card with two runner ups inside. My Christmas card goes by email or by post to 13,000 people. The winner will receive a canvass print of their photograph. Please email your wintry and/or festive entries to me firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 3rd December and remember to include your full address and contact details.