Mike Johnson has won this year’s Christmas card competition with his photograph of people sledging in King George’s Park, Bramcote. My thanks to all the entrants and congratulations to the runners-up Steve Adams and Chris Davis. Bramcote resident Mike, is a keen photographer and I think his combination of a wintry scene with St Michael’s Church in the background captures much of what Christmas means for many people. People of all faiths and none celebrate and enjoy Christmas. It is worth remembering that this is the season of peace and goodwill to all men and women and I hope those sentiments continue throughout 2018.
Nuthall Lights boost from Priory Celtic
Nuthall residents Wendy and Tony Swift have been turning their home and garden in Laurel Crescent, into a dazzling Christmas display since 2004. Nuthall Lights has raised thousands of pounds for Hayward House Hospice and When you Wish Upon a Star. This year’s fund raising has been boosted by Priory Celtic’s 50th Birthday dinner which raised over £1000. Nuthall Lights has so far raised over £17,500 and if you are in the area please support them.
Notts Police set to raise an extra £4.5 million Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Paddy Tipping has welcomed this week’s Government announcement that he will be able to raise an additional £4.5 million next year. This will fund more police officers. The Government will also pay in extra funds for counter terrorism and cyber crime work. Whilst crime is falling we need to make sure our police have the resources they need and I hope Paddy and the Chief Constable will take the opportunity to raise these extra funds.
Vending machines for the homeless Toton resident Huzaifah Khaled has launched Action Hunger, a charity that uses vending machines to get essential supplies to homeless people. The first machine is in Nottingham. Read more here.
Broxtowe’s voice in Parliament Parliament has now risen for Christmas and the New Year. My office closes this afternoon but, as you might imagine, I will monitor emails and the constituency office phone. I will not be working on Christmas Day!
My thanks to everyone who has contacted me with their support following last week’s vote on the EU Withdrawal Bill. I was grateful for the unequivocal support of the Chairman of Broxtowe Conservatives, Tony Harper and leader of Broxtowe Borough Council, Richard Jackson.
The Committee stage is now completed and I spoke in last nights concluding debate. You can read my speech by clicking here (it’s at 7.45pm).
And finally …. I am sure you will be pleased to know that Stapleford’s Nicola and Dante Yankey are in their new home and send huge thanks to everyone who has helped them in the last 3 months. Nicola and 2 year old Dante were evacuated from hurricane torn Dominica in September and returned to Stapleford with just a change of clothes. The community came together to support them and I join them in thanking everyone who has been so kind and generous.