Looking after one another across Havant, and caring for our environment, are key to keeping our area healthy and happy. Healthy bodies and a healthy environment are important local priorities.
One local group doing their bit is Hayling Men’s Breakfast at the island’s Bridge Centre.
This regular gathering of men from the island provides an excellent opportunity for discussion and friendship alongside a full English breakfast.
I enjoyed listening to this month’s guest speaker Steve Legg, the editor of men’s magazine Sorted.
I also visited a local business looking out for the health of local residents. Davies Pharmacy, run by Keith and Anu Seston, is an excellent family firm with deep roots in West Street, Havant.
Keith has transformed the Havant store since taking over in 2013. They provide advice on staying healthy and especially looking out for their older customers, going beyond the call of duty.
Our local area includes beautiful coastline, natural harbours and a proud maritime industry, so we must also look out for the health of our environment.
I met John Nelson, the chairman of the Chichester Harbour Trust, to discuss ways to protect our coastal economy, natural habitats, and to keep our local waters clean and safe.
On a national level too, it is important that we build a prosperous and successful society.
In parliament I gave two major speeches last week: the first backing reforms to the Bank of England so our economy is secure; the second supporting small businesses that struggle with late payments from bigger firms, so hard work pays.
We now have more than 50 employers coming to my first Havant jobs and apprenticeships fair on Friday, February 19 at Warblington School.
Offering more than 550 roles between them, exhibitors include Costa Coffee, Greggs, Lockheed Martin, the Army and the Royal Navy plus local small businesses.
The free event is open for any resident looking for employment, hoping to change roles, or simply seeking careers advice.
Celebrity plumber and entrepreneur Charlie Mullins will open the fair at 10.30am, while Jane Hamilton, careers editor at the Sun newspaper will be speaking at midday. Don’t miss either of these excellent talks.
My next drop-in surgery is at Havant Tesco on Solent Road on Saturday from 10am-11.30am.
Thanks to all residents for your continuing support.