Sunday 23, September 2012
Welcome to this my 128th news bulletin.
Some of you may have read in the papers this week that I have become Minister for Children.
I'm absolutely delighted about it, but perhaps in a slightly different way than you'd expect.
I'm not delighted because I've been promoted. I'm delighted about this particular job.
I came into politics for two reasons. Firstly, to represent the people of Crewe and Nantwich to the best of my ability - the people I had spent most of my working life working for as a family law barrister, specialising in the cases of vulnerable children.
The second reason is that I wanted to make the lives of these vulnerable children better.
In my time in Parliament, as well as my constituency duties, I have sat on the Children, Schools and Families Select Committee and chaired the all-party group on adoption and fostering, as well as the all party group for looked after children in the care system.
I recently wrote and published a report in which I made dozens of recommendations designed to help improve the education and life chances of children in care.
So really, to be given this job is just perfect, as well as an honour.
It allows me to formalise my existing efforts to help vulnerable children, and effect change for them at the heart of government, as well as using my position as a minister to speak up for my constituents to other government ministers and departments.
I know the cynics will still think that I'm climbing some sort of greasy pole, but I couldn't care less.
I have the best job in government, the best constituency in the country, and if I think back to my childhood home where my parents were raising all those foster children, I don't think I could have envisaged a job that I would enjoy more, or feel more able to make a useful contribution in.
And don't worry - I've never been much of one for sitting in an office, so I'll still be up and about in Crewe and Nantwich as much as ever. There's just too much to do!
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I have recently...
- Held a surgery at my office in Crewe and another at The Residence in Nantwich
- Attended the open day of the Wishing Well Project at the Jubilee Centre in Crewe to celebrate their 10th anniversary. Congratulations to Hilary and her team on reaching 10 years working for the most disadvantaged in our community
- Joined the Crewe and Nantwich branch of the Federation of Small Businesses over breakfast at the Broughton Arms to discuss how to help support local business
- Watched the The Nantwich Player’s Theatre excellent production of Calendar Girls. Congratulations to Jeremy the director and the fantastic cast for another superb production
- Attended a briefing on the progress of All Change for Crewe alongside local business leaders
- Attended and over-indulged at the Nantwich Food and Drink Festival that packed out the town
- Visited the Nantwich District Beaver Camp with my Children
- Played in the Charity Football football match against the cast of Hollyoaks at Nantwich Town raising funds for local charities
- Visited the Nantwich Street Pastors as they held a training session at the Methodist Church in Hospital Street
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Edward with kids enjoying ice-creams at the Nantwich Food & Drink Festival
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Nantwich Beer Festival 2012
A modest beer festival with an excellent range of beers, in excellent condition, plus cider, perry and local foods, in a setting conducive to their enjoyment!
Following the successful move to Nantwich Cricket Club on Whitehouse Lane (almost opposite Sainsburys) in 2010, plans for this year's festival are well advanced, and the festival will run from Friday 28th September to Sunday 30th September.
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MP joins police on town centre beat in Nantwich
MP EDWARD Timpson has been on patrol with police to observe the challenges and demands of the Friday night beat in Nantwich.
The Crewe and Nantwich MP teamed up with police constable Amy Fletcher and, before heading out on patrol, met with Inspector Dave Smithers to receive an update on the local force’s recent activities.
Insp Smithers, a policeman since 1986, is the Neighbourhood Policing Unit (NPU) Inspector for the Nantwich area.
His policing responsibilities also cover the surrounding areas of Acton, Audlem, Bunbury, Church Minshull, Peckforton, Willaston, Wrenbury and Wybunbury.
Insp Smithers, said: “My priorities for Nantwich are to reduce crime, anti-social behaviour and deal effectively with any night time economy issues. Our aim is to make people safer and feel safe.
“Our communities play an important role in neighbourhood policing, providing the police with information and opinion which influences local police priorities.
“The public are an integral part in the success of policing at a local level, and I would encourage residents to tell police officers and community support officers about issues they are concerned about.”
Edward Timpson added: “I am pleased to see that efforts to engage more with local people on policing are proving popular.
“I believe in giving people more information about their services. Already you can check all your local crime and policing information by visiting www.police.uk and in November, for the first time, people will have the opportunity to vote for their local Police and Crime Commissioners.”
Celebrations as Nantwich nursery is launched
A WILLASTON couple have brought new life to a Nantwich nursery which was forced to close last year.
Woodlands Nursery, based on the site of the former Regents Theological College on London Road, was shut down in April 2011 because of problems with its registration, leaving staff jobless and 72 youngsters without childcare.
Landlords Elim Churches took back control of the building shortly after.
But Debbie Thelwell, 45, and husband Jason, 43, have reopened the site as Little Angels Nursery and celebrated with a launch party on August 31 attended by MP Edward Timpson and Nantwich mayor Cllr Graham Fenton.
The nursery is in addition to the couple’s pre-school facility at Weaver Primary School and their 10.57 Club – after-school and breakfast club – at both Weaver and Willaston primary schools.
Debbie said: “One or two of the children who were at Woodlands have joined us and one of the staff members is now employed at our out of school club. It’s taken us a while to get here but we really want it to be a success.
“We had more than 60 people join us for the launch and it went really well.
“We currently have 52 places and facilities for babies, toddlers and have a pre-school area. We also have a large outdoor area. The nursery’s location is great and it has two entrances, making it easier for parents.”
Jason added: “Opening the nursery gives us a chance to bring some positive publicity back to the site.”
For more information about the nursery call 01270 628745 or visit www.littleangelsnurseries.co.uk.
MP Edward Timpson opens new-look Nantwich youth club
MP Edward Timpson has opened the doors of the newly renovated Guy Harvey Youth Club on Birchin Lane in Nantwich.
He was joined by Nantwich Mayor Cllr Graham Fenton who has been a supporter of the Club for many years.
Thirteen young people from the Crewe & Nantwich area aged 16 and 17 decided to deliver a social action project for their local community by giving up 60 hours of their time to help rejuvenate the club.
The idea was also part of their National Citizen Service.
The group has successfully repainted and spruced up the interior, brought in new furniture and cleaned up around the buildings.
It’s hoped the refreshed facility will attract more young people and build on activities already taking place, including karate and dance.
Mr Timpson said: “I saw last summer in Crewe how the Government’s new National Citizen Service has given many of our young people the opportunity to experience the thrill of making a positive contribution to their local community.
“This project in Nantwich is a prime example of just that.
“Congratulations to the group for embracing the programme and for demonstrating what can be achieved with a little team work and a sense of community pride.
“Let’s hope this leads to the club becoming a focal point for young people in Nantwich.”
Calvin Latham, who organised the opening, said: “I’m really pleased with how the launch went as it was a really fun day, it was great to have Edward and Graham there to join in with the festivities and to have them appreciate our hard work.
“Hopefully we will be seeing many new faces around the club soon.”
The Guy Harvey Youth Club has activities for young people three nights every week – Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday 6.15pm to 8.30pm.
There are regular film nights, football and pool tournaments, darts, basketball and fashion shows, organised by youth leaders, Sonia O’Hara and Dave Short.
There’s a small coffee bar for refreshments and trips such as canal boat weekends and visits to Alton Towers are laid on when funds permit.
The Guy Harvey Youth Club caters for all young people in the Nantwich area, as long as they are between 13 and 18.
The club can be contacted on 01270 625581 or visit www.southcheshirecvs.org.uk/community/commgroups/guyharvey.htm
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