OUR local schools are getting into the festive spirit with Christmas nativity plays and big stage shows.
Last Thursday I spent a fantastic evening at Crookhorn Collegewatching students perform High School Musical, an American-themed romantic comedy. I met the cast and crew afterwards to congratulate them on their hard work in rehearsals over many months.
Let’s also remember the teachers, parents and volunteers who backed the students with behind-the-scenes help and encouragement.
Park Community School in Leigh Park are putting on a Christmas performance of Oliver. I enjoyed going back to the school last week to see their fantastic new school buildings, the result of over £20m of investment. Supporting local schools is a top priority for me as local MP.
Park’s headteacher Chris Anders is a member of my Havant Education Leaders Forum (Helf), a group I launched to bring together local secondary headteachers to share ideas about how we can continue giving our young people the best start in life.
South Downs College is also a Helf member, and I enjoyed visiting their Enterprise Society to meet students interested in launching their own businesses.
The students are backing my new Havant Small Business Awards which will be launched exclusively in The News in January. In the meantime, over Christmas, please think about who your favourite local cafés, pubs, and shops are. I need News readers to send me their nominations.
As your MP I speak up for our area in the House of Commons every week.
Last week was particularly special because I was selected to ask a question at Prime Minister’s Questions, the biggest event in Westminster each week. I asked chancellor George Osborne (standing in for David Cameron, who was abroad) to give his support for the new Dunsbury Hill Farm development near Leigh Park.
Up to 3,500 new local jobs will be created. Chancellor Osborne is a big fan.
Havant Citizens Advice Bureau do a great job helping local residents with personal problems, from housing to finance.
They’re especially needed at Christmas time, and I was delighted to speak at their Annual General Meeting last Friday. An inspirational local community group we should all be proud of.
Thanks to all residents for their support and enjoy the rest of the week.