Monthly News Report - June 2018
June has been an exciting month and it's great to see just how global South West Norfolk is!
Whether it's the food and drink, or new fighter jets and exports- this region is truly world class and I am really inspired by the businesses and constituents that put this amazing place on the map.
Meetings and Events
Feltwell Skate Park It was the official opening of the new Feltwell Skate Park at the beginning of June – lots of keen skaters and scooters, bladers and bikes out on the new ramps. Great work by Jo Martin, Miranda Bane, the parish council and the local community – fundraising tirelessly for the last 2 years to see this take shape.
Barton Bendish Parish Council I met the PC to support their efforts to raise money so they can refurb the village hall floor and possible future redevelopment. Great to chat with the architect who has designed the hall.
Snetterton Dogs Trust A wonderful weekend was spent in the Fens and Brecks. Lots of long walks in the sunshine and recoveries in the pub after and I judged best in show to this hot dog -Harry, at the annual fun day at Dogs Trust Snetterton.
HGV Vehicles I met Snetterton PC, South Pickenham PC, Quidenham and Eccles PC at Snetterton Power Station to discuss HGV deliveries and hear about the impact these vehicles have on local roads.
I will have further discussions about these concerns with Breckland Council.
Business at the Royal Norfolk Show The Royal Norfolk Show is one of the biggest events in the calendar for the East of England, and I met some of the amazing producers and exporters from the region. Food and drink (especially gin) seems to be going from strength to strength!
But whether it’s the Norfolk Peer Potato from Swaffham, the Downham Cider Company, Wild Knight Vodka, Beachamwell or the magnificent livestock - the show embraces everything that’s great about the Norfolk and the people here. It was fab to see the crowds out, enjoying the weather and a great show!
English Whisky Superb to visit the English Whisky Company in East Harling – I was impressed with their offerings- The English and The Norfolk. Amazing to see this award winning distillery in South West Norfolk.(Definitely got the Truss Seal of Approval)
Apex Signs I discussed support for Mundford Football Club with Harvey from Apex Signs. He is fundraising for the club and wants to use appropriate signage to raise enough money to revamp the dugout.
Simon Long Removals I got behind the wheel when I dropped in on another business in the constituency: Simon, of Simon Long Removals, first got his HGV licence when he was 21 and now the Thetford business operates internationally.
Great to see South West Norfolk businesses offering a global reach.
Johnson Logistics UK have been a long standing and important business in South West Norfolk and the UK. I was shown around their fantastic site at Snetterton- touring the warehouse and distribution facilities. They are one of only a few companies to have their own private railway siding for freight and goods access.
We discussed the new opportunities that Brexit is bringing to the business, Johnston Logistics are already seeing a benefit as international business look to establish UK bases for their products.
Maths Roundtable I have always been a keen supporter of maths in schools. Maths powers our economy and studying it to A-Level and beyond could add around 10 per cent to the future earnings of students, putting more money in their pocket and giving them more job opportunities.
In my role as Chief Secretary to the Treasury - we hosted a maths roundtable with northern universities in Parliament. Fewer students in the north of England study maths compared with the south, and we want to change this. That is why the government has introduced the maths pupil premium, to help more students study maths for longer and put them in a great position to take up skilled jobs.
Arrival of 617 squadron I fondly remember welcoming Philip Hammond, then Defence Secretary, to RAF Marham in 2013, to confirm the Norfolk base as the home of the awe inspiring F35 joint strike fighter - and I’m thrilled that they arrived at their new home.
Really proud of local Councillors, fellow MPs, residents, businesses, local press and the staff at RAF Marham for all playing a part in making this happen. It’s an incredible achievement and a huge boost to the jobs, skills and value to the local economy.
Great to catch up with the Station Commander Ian Townsend at the Norfolk Show.