Duncan Hames, MP for Chippenham - Veterans a real star turn in a busy tour of duty (From This Is Wiltshire)
Duncan Hames, MP for Chippenham - Veterans a real star turn in a busy tour of duty
12:00pm Thursday 3rd October 2013 in Latest News
While the conference season continued for the other parties, I had a host of wonderful opportunities to visit some of the schools, businesses, charities and residents in our area.
Schools were first. I fielded questions from students at Melksham Oak School, and then talked to the children at St Mary’s Primary School as I took on the role of milk monitor to help them celebrate World School Milk Day. Donning a hard hat and fluorescent jacket, I joined students from Corsham School for a tour of the Springfield Community Campus construction site.
Among the local businesses I visited were the Real World recording studio in Box and Manuli Packaging, which has been making stretch film and bubble wrap in Corsham for 20 years now.
As the company has grown over those two decades, it has provided opportunities for young people in its sales force and in apprenticeships.
Wiltshire Mind, the Melksham-based mental health charity, is also celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. I spoke at its AGM, paying tribute to the important support it gives and suggesting that there is no health without mental health.
At the AGM of the Royal United Hospital NHS Trust, I heard about the progress being made in improving the quality of hospital services.
I also attended the friends and supporters lunch of Carer Support Wiltshire, a charity that provides free advice and assistance to 8,000 unpaid carers across the county.
For me the highlight of the week was presenting Arctic Star medals to local veterans of the Arctic Convoy in the Second World War.
They showed tremendous resilience during the war as they took fire on the convoy, and have shown tremendous patience in the decades since as successive governments have taken so long to properly recognise their heroic service.
Having welcomed one of their apprentices to Parliament recently, I was very pleased to see Cooper Tires of Melksham recognised as large business of the year at Wiltshire College’s Apprenticeship Awards in Trowbridge.
On Saturday, I went out in the Redlands area of Chippenham, knocking on doors to talk with local residents and share my annual report with them.
My next constituency surgeries are at Melksham Town Hall on Friday between 3pm and 4.30pm and at The Pound Arts Centre, Corsham, on Friday, October 11 (10am-11.30am).
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