Demonstrating superb community spirit

Alistair Gibson, Alan Mak and Giles Babb from Emsworth Food Fortnight.
Alistair Gibson, Alan Mak and Giles Babb from Emsworth Food Fortnight.
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Havant MP Alan Mak looks back on a succesful food festival and forward to a return to parliament.

WE’RE fortunate that our constituency plays host to a number of outstanding major events including Emsworth’s British Food Fortnight, which has once again proved so popular and successful.

The award-winning fortnight draws visitors from all over the country now, as well as being strongly supported locally.

Congratulations to Giles Babb, Alistair Gibson and their team for organising a fantastic programme of events which were enjoyed by all.

Hopefully that superb community spirit will be demonstrated again next Friday when I host the first Havant Older Persons’ Information Fair.

It is an event I am organising to showcase what is on offer in the constituency for our senior citizens.

As your local MP it is my goal to improve life for everyone living across Havant, whether that is getting people back into work through my Jobs and Apprenticeships Fair, celebrating our thriving local economy through my Small Business Awards, or by supporting our many excellent local schools and community groups.

I fully appreciate the hard work and contribution to society made by our older residents.

As MP I am keen to help address loneliness, combat illness and improve wellbeing, all of which helps older people live independently for longer.

My fair has more than 35 confirmed exhibitors, ranging from local charities such as the Bridge Advice Centre and AgeUK to community groups like the Men’s Shed.

Government agencies and emergency services will also be there, including the Department for Work and Pensions, NHS, police, and fire service.

Hampshire County Council, which looks after local adult services and care homes, will also be represented.

The News is our media partner for the fair.

It takes place at the Hayling Island Community Centre next Friday, from 10am to 4pm, with everyone welcome. With your support it can become a firm fixture in the annual calendar.

Aside from planning for the fair, I spent a few days at the Conservative Party Conference.

With many government ministers and MPs gathered in one place, it was an excellent opportunity to lobby on important issues that affect Havant, including fairer funding for local schools.

Our new prime minister gave an excellent speech.

Next week I look forward to the return of parliament.