This afternoon, I met with Torbay Councillor Mark King to present a petition about the removal of the 67 Bus Route that had been organised by Madge Forrester and assisted by Brixham Councillor David Giles. The Petition was presented to the House of Commons on Tuesday 7th November.
Another busy Advice Surgery and amongst my many constituents I met with Lynne Kilner, the Peninsula Cancer Alliance Programme Manager and Ann-Marie Stanley from the RCN to discuss local nursing issues.
A great day out at Brixham today at the Fishstock Festival where the new fish quay is transformed overnight for this unique 24-hour food and music festival. An army of volunteer helpers work long hours to turn the state-of-the-art fish market into a fantastic one-day festival venue. The event runs from 10am until midnight on the Saturday, when the volunteer army set about transforming it back into a working fish market as if by magic.... all to raise money for the Fishermen's Mission.
I recently met with Andy Moreman the new Chief Executive of Young Devon at my office in Totnes. I was really interested to hear about the work they do concerning the health and wellbeing of young people, especially in light of the issues of rural isolation we face in this area.
Andy also let me know about kooth.com which is an award winning online counselling and support service owned and managed by Xenzone. They provide free, safe and anonymous online support for young people.
This afternoon I held an advice surgery at the Great Parks Community Centre in Paignton. If you would like to meet to discuss your concerns please telephone 01803 868378 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Today at Ways With Words I interviewed Harriet Harman QC, the longest serving female MP, on the challenges of campaigning while coping with small children, her battle to increase the number of women into a Parliamentary culture that makes no concessions to family life.
I met with some of the attendees and volunteers to celebrate the 7th anniversary of the Totnes Memory Cafe and to hear of that it offers to attendees with short term memory loss, and those who are diagnosed with dementia together with their carers.
My first half marathon! Thank you to everyone who supported my fund raising for Rowcroft Hospice. I managed to finish before the roads opened up again. Thank you also to all the marshalls for their support along the way.