Baubles, mince pies and a warm "Welcome Home"
It has been national “Small Business Saturday” so I have been out and about supporting our great local shops and traders. Yesterday’s “Welcome Home Parade” in Beeston was a great success; please scroll on for more news of my work this week.
Stapleford welcomes another new independent shop
Shabbylicious on Derby Road in Stapleford is the latest independent shop to open in Stapleford. It was a real treat to open this lovely cafe featuring ‘shabby chic’ furniture which is also for sale along with the coffee, tea, cakes and buns. Stapleford is attracting small and bigger businesses, it now needs good strong leadership from the business community to become an even better place to live, shop and work!
Beeston “institution” stars in Nottingham Cook Book
My support for small local businesses took me to Beeston after enjoying some great Stapleford shops. Fred Hallam’s is a Beeston institution and along with the fruit and vegetables, one of the few places left to sell fresh fish and shell fish. Founded in 1908, Hallam’s is now being run by fourth generation brothers Miles and Andy.
Not surprisingly they star in a new Nottingham Cook Book which they are selling and signing!
Warm welcome from Kimberley traders
Kimberley has a good number of small traders offering a fine variety of goods. After a coffee at Madhatters I enjoyed buying some beautiful Christmas flowers at Bees Flowers which is a lovely shop on Main Street.
I believe all our towns don’t just need more support from the various Councils but more specialised advice to help them survive and thrive. I am far from convinced that Kimberley and Stapleford Town Councils or Broxtowe Borough, have the expertise we need; I also take the view that unless they have a sound background in business, politicians of whatever hue should be there to support not rule our shops and traders!
Welcome Home Parade success
Congratulations to the Royal Engineers based at Chilwell and Broxtowe Borough Council for staging a wonderful “Welcome Home” parade for men and women ‘sappers’ who have completed their last tour of Afghanistan.
Our local Royal Engineers not only helped build camp Bastion and other installations in the most testing of conditions in Afghanistan, they then dismantled the entire operation as part of our withdrawal.
There was a huge turnout in Beeston with people coming to say thank you and pay their respects from all over Broxtowe. It was a great occassion.
ToysRus doing the right thing
Following my last email newsletter about ToysRus, I’m grateful to constituent Sarah Reeder who tells me that they opened their shops for two hours specially for families coping with autism, last Sunday. It’s always good to hear when the big stores do the right thing and I hope similar shops follow suit.
The Beeston dig up continues
You couldn’t make it up – as the tram works come to an end in Beeston (though walking down Middle Street today it was difficult to believe they will ever end) National Grid announced they are set to dig up part of the town. They are due to meet Notts County Council on Tuesday to work out when; in the meantime I have written to the local Government Minister – it is ludicrous that utility companies make long term plans without consulting local authorities. I will post my letter and any response on my web site.
Military Wives Choir and Tram busters to visit Parliament!
Friday’s Welcome Home parade included a bit of a party in the Pearson Centre where families joined the soldiers who had marched through Beeston. We were highly entertained by the Chilwell Military Wives Choir who sang beautifully.
They are one of the groups I am taking to Parliament next Monday (December 15). I have also invited residents and businesses who have endured the tram works and a number of community leaders.
Thursday Dec 11 – election day in Toton and Chilwell Meadows
Mia Kee – lives in Toton and has been campaigning to defend the Green Belt from development long before Thursday’s election!
I very much hope voters will elect Toton’s Mia Kee this Thursday. I first met Mia when she came along to a public meeting in Toton which I had called, to defend the Green belt from development. Mia has been campaigning ever since for her community – long before the election was called following the very sad death of Councillor Marilyn Hegyi. Mia is a governor of Banks Road School where her daughter goes to school, full of enthusiasm for her community, great fun and in the nicest possible sense – a normal,moderate, sensible person! Polls open at 7am and close at 10pm.
Let me know if you would like to help elect Mia or want to contact her before polling day.
Sunday 7 December
Winter Wonderland – Colliers Wood
10am till 1pm
Where: Colliers Wood.
What’s on: Friends of Colliers Wood invite you to help dress the forest’s chosen Christmas pine tree, Santa will be collecting children’s wishes and there will also be craft stalls, doggy dip, chocolate tombola and seasonal refreshments.
Bramcote Crematorium Service of Remembrance
Where: Bramcote Crematorium.
What’s on: Annual service to remember lost loved ones the service includes readings, lighting a carol for a loved one and carols. All are welcome.
Forever Stars sponsored walk and Christmas Fayre
Walk starts at 2pm and the fyre starts at 3pm
Where: Attenborough Village Hall.
What’s on: Please click here for full details.
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Monday 8 December
Beeston Farmers Market
8am till 3pm
Where: Beeston Square.
What’s on: There will be a range of meats, unusual meats such as Bison and Venison, pies, cheese and cakes.
Steps 4 success at Stapleford Work Club
2pm till 4:30pm
Where: Stapleford Library.
What’s on: A great opportunity for people from all areas, the club offers help to; boost confidence, CV building, job searching, learning to improve your health and well-being. There will also be free use of the laptops and refreshments. To book please call Denise on 07775 588756.
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Tuesday 9 December
Christmas Charity Flower Arranging Demonstration – Bramcote
7pm till 9pm
Where: St Michaels and All Angels Church, Bramcote.
What’s on: Admission is £6 including refreshments, tickets available from Hilary Brian on 0115 939 2829.
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Thursday 11 December
Toton and Chilwell Meadows Borough Council By-Election
Polls open 7am til 10pm
Mia Kee is the only local candidate and will make an excellent Councillor!
Boris Johnson Christmas Dinner
Tickets are selling fast, for details and to purchase a ticket please email@example.com
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Friday 12 December
Beeston and District Civic Society Meeting
Where: John Clifford School, Nether Street, Beeston, NG9 2AT.
What’s on: Christmas meeting where I will give a talk on ‘Commemorating war – striking the right balance’
Christmas Coffee Morning – Stapleford
10 am till 12 noon
Where: Carnegie Centre, Warren Avenue, Stapleford.
What’s on: Christmas coffee morning in aid of the Mayors charities.
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Saturday 13 December
Celebrate Christmas on Chilwell Road, Beeston
11am till 5pm
Where: Chilwell Road
What’s on: Come and celebrate Christmas on Chilwell Road, there will be a giant snow globe with free photographs, Christmas crafts tent plus musica; performances. Along with all the entertainment there is free parking and great Christmas offers from local businesses.
Bramcote Star Safari – a fabulous Nativity Play
Where: Bramcote Village.
Also playing on the 14th and the 20th. For full details please click here.
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