Highlight of week was Education Secretary’s visit

The Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan
The Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan

Parliament was been in recess the other week, allowing me to spend more time out and about across Pendle, working on local issues.

As Area President of the North East Lancashire Ramblers, I was delighted to attend and speak at their AGM.

I was hugely impressed by Pendle Hippodrome Youth Theatre’s production of “Phantom of the Opera”.

I visited Barnoldswick Church School for a Q&A with the school council and have continued to work hard to get Barrowford Post Office reopened.

I also organised and hosted a sports funding workshop with representatives of Sport England and Lancashire Sport at the ACE Centre, Nelson. I am often approached by Pendle sports clubs to help them improve their facilities or expand their activities, so I thought bringing Sport England representatives to Pendle could be of real benefit. Since 2010, Sport England have made 13 awards to groups across Pendle totalling over £400,000, but many other groups have just narrowly missed out.

I was therefore delighted that representatives from over 30 local sports clubs attended, covering sports such as athletics, bowling, cricket, rugby, football, swimming and triathlon.

I know most left the session brimming with ideas so hopefully we will see a flurry of exciting bids coming forwards in the coming weeks and months.

Undoubtedly the highlight was to welcome the Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan MP, to visit Whitefield Infants, Nelson.

I have been a governor at the school for about seven years and have helped with their move from a cramped old building to a new multi-million pound school on Every Street.

I was delighted Nicky took time not just to see the building, but to meet some of the outstanding staff and watch a musical performance by the children, who did the school proud.