Why I wear my poppy with pride

November 08 2016

NOVEMBER is always one of the most important months in a MP's calendar: not only is Parliament in full swing, Remembrance Sunday is one of the dates that every of member of Parliament attempts to ensure that full respect is paid to those locally who gave their lives so that we might enjoy our freedoms today.

NOVEMBER is always one of the most important months in a MP's calendar: not only is Parliament in full swing, Remembrance Sunday is one of the dates that every of member of Parliament attempts to ensure that full respect is paid to those locally who gave their lives so that we might enjoy our freedoms today. I will be attending services at Warmley, Hanham and Kingswood. I am always truly humbled to attend each service, particularly to speak to those veterans who fought in the Normandy landings; their courage and strength is remarkable. I cover two local British Legions, as does this magazine- the Bitton and Oldland Branch, which fundraises and sells poppies at Asda Longwell Green, and the Kingswood and Hanham Branch, which sells poppies at Kingswood Shopping Centre. Please do go along to speak with either: and thank you once again for your support locally, which raises tens of thousands for supporting veterans.

 

It's a time to start preparing for next year too. At the start of the month I took my young daughter, Clemmie, to help Longwell Green Women’s Institute plant spring bulbs in the Millennium Garden opposite Longwell Green Primary School, in celebration of the Queen's 90th birthday. The ladies were so welcoming and did such a great job - Clemmie thoroughly enjoyed it. I know the group are looking for extra volunteers, so if anyone would like to help out in future then please do get in contact with me and I can put you in contact with the group.

 

Looking forward to the Christmas period, I am pleased to see the preparations for Hanham’s Christmas Fair going so well. The fair will take place on the evening of Friday December 2. For those that have not managed to attend before, the local shops stay open late with Hanham High Street closed to traffic and there will be many stalls offering traditional Christmas entertainment for families. I am thrilled to have my office taking part in the festivities this year, and will be keeping my office open for the evening so please do pop in for a chat.

 

I want to make sure that everyone in the Kingswood side of Hanham is aware of an important development- namely the proposals to move the Post Office from Hanham Road into Kingswood Shopping Centre. Will this affect you? If so please let me know at chris@chrisskidmore.com. The consultation closes in mid-November, so make sure you have your say. Just to confirm, however, the delivery and parcel office will be staying put. Thanks so far to everyone who has taken the time to reply to the Post Office’s consultation so far. The responses have generally been in favour of the proposed move but I want to make sure every resident gets their say if they want to. 

 

I organised my 15th Jobs Fair earlier this month which was a great success. Over 100 people came to see the different roles on offer from companies including Airbus UK, Reflections Training Academy and Sainsbury's. Ever since I was elected as the MP for Kingswood in 2010, I have made it clear that getting people back into work was my number one priority. Since then our area has seen unemployment figures fall by more than half and 5430 apprenticeships have also been created. I am proud of everyone that has helped achieve this success and will continue to hold these fairs to bring companies and residents together.