In the last month I’ve been overwhelmed if not surprised by the huge number of local people who have signed my petition to end the traffic gridlock by dualling the Newark Northern By-pass (click here for the petition), joined groups in Lowdham and Southwell coordinating the response to the flooding, and opened a new bottling line at the popular Pheasantry Brewery in East Markham, amongst many other things.
As ever, please do reach out to me on email@example.com you would like to discuss anything in more detail.
Great News From Magnus Academy
I would like to congratulate Magnus Academy’s fantastic head, Anna Martin, on achieving an Ofsted “Good” rating - the first time in 15 years! She’s a real hero, transforming the school - together with her team of staff and the Diocese Trust. The school is really going places and is part of a wider picture of vastly improved education outcomes in our area. To all the governors, teachers, parents, students and community leaders behind inspirational changes in our schools - well done!
Building Green Homes
I had the pleasure of meeting the team at Viridis, a building services business based in Collingham that helps people create more energy efficient and low carbon heated buildings.
Increasing energy efficiency and making use of low or zero carbon heating technologies is absolutely essential to meeting our commitment to Net Zero by 2050. The Government is establishing a new Future Homes Standard whereby no new home will be built in the U.K. after 2025 that doesn’t meet these requirements, protecting the environment and providing warmer homes for future generations. That will create lots of opportunities for innovative businesses like Viridis!
Celebrating National Success
It was a pleasure to welcome Brenda from Norwell to Parliament and celebrate her and her family’s nomination for a Countryside Alliance Rural Oscar for their wonderful village store in Norwell - Brenda's Norwell.
They were - shockingly - pipped to the post, but still beat more than 1,000 other entrants to get to the final.
Brenda is a legend in Norwell (and beyond). Her association with the shop began in 1985 and ever since she’s been at the heart of the community, getting up in the small hours of the morning to open up and serve people.
Rural communities need people like Brenda. And fortunately she is supported by a fantastic family, who are very much involved in the store as well.
Promoting the Beer Industry in Our Area
Here I am opening the new bottling line at the Pheasantry Brewery in East Markham with Mark Easterbrook. 🍻
The Pheasantry is a great Nottinghamshire brewery and a brilliant example of a local farm diversifying - and succeeding. In addition they have an excellent wedding venue at the brewery.
I was also pleased to meet the team behind Welbeck Abbey and Milestone Brewery (Cromwell) and hear about their businesses.
As Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury I’m working to ensure that more than 2,000 small breweries in the U.K., including several in our area, continue to thrive by freezing beer duty at the budget and reviewing the Small Brewers Relief that helps these businesses to establish and compete with larger players.
Supporting Our Community
Seeing the Response to the Flooding in Lowdham and Southwell
Earlier this month, I joined community groups, the Environment Agency and the emergency services to see their efforts to deal with the flooding in Lowdham, Southwell and the surrounding countryside. I was impressed by all the hard work that individuals put in to relieve houses, communities and businesses as well as to return them to working order. We need to invest to prevent further flooding in the years to come and I am very much on the case.
Honouring Our Armed Forces
There was a great turnout in Newark on Armed Forces Day to celebrate the town’s deep and continuing links to the armed forces. We said a big thank you to all who serve this country in uniform as well as their families.
I enjoyed meeting lots of veterans, current servicemen and women and cadets. There was also some excellent entertainment from the Military Wives Choir, Rock Choir and more.
Visiting Coddington Primary School
I enjoyed visiting Coddington Primary, meeting the headteacher Mr Brown, staff and students - including presenting Kerys Thompson with a special award for sportsmanship in netball! Well done Kerys!
Coddington is a very popular school and I was pleased to be updated by Mr Brown on his work since becoming headteacher, seeing the smart new classroom building and hearing plans for the future - particularly focusing on phonics.
Watching As Records Were Broken
I joined Sergeant Chris Bullen and Corporal Joel Pickersgill at the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA)’s Gateway Club in Newark as they broke a world record for the longest continuous set of games of snooker. The pair have so far raised an inspirational £1,439.15 for RAFA, a charity that plays a vital role supporting RAF personnel past and present and their immediate families. Nice work guys! 👊
Negotiating Peace in the Middle East
Pushing Britain's Agenda at the Bahrain Peace to Prosperity Workshop
I’ve also been in Bahrain representing the U.K. at the Israel-Palestine peace and economic development talks, The Peace to Prosperity Workshop, which aims to build consensus for a transformational investment in infrastructure, education and healthcare for people living in Gaza, the West Bank, Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon, as part of a peace settlement.
Above I’m meeting with President Trump’s son-in-law and Senior Advisor, Jared Kushner, who co-hosted the event with the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Campaigning for Our Future
Join My Campaign for Newark's Northern By-pass
In May I joined forces with the Newark Advertiser to launch a petition to ensure that we receive the funding we need to complete the dualling of the A46 from Farndon to Winthorpe with a new Newark northern by-pass, as well as to fix the broken roundabouts and unsafe slip roads. We have now received lots of signatures and many letters from local businesses calling for this change - this is a tremendous achievement that shows the huge appetite for improved infrastructure in our area.
To those who have signed and written to me already - thank you for your support. This petition will be a vital aid in my talks this month with the director of Highways England as I push for this vital investment. The final decisions on the allocation of the next round of infrastructure investment will be made in the autumn. I will continue to push our case both in my capacity as your local MP and as the Minister responsible for infrastructure investment at the Treasury. Boris Johnson has pledged to carry this through should he become Prime Minister - I whispered in his ear and he helpfully supported the project at his recent appearance in Nottingham.
If you haven't already, please sign my petition at https://robertjenrick.com/endthegridlock/ and leave your comments. If you are a local business or community group, please also send my office a letter of support either by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to The Office of Robert Jenrick MP, 29a, London Road, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 1TN.
Together we will secure the infrastructure we need for growth and development in the years ahead – and make Newark fit for the future. 🤞
A Surprise Visit by Boris Johnson to Newark!
I had asked Boris Johnson to come to Newark and meet local people as part of his campaign for the leadership of the Conservative Party and he kindly agreed to do so. With only 36 hours notice it was a rather impromptu public meeting, held in the village of Bleasby, but nonetheless over 200 people were able to come and meet him. Talking to people afterwards, he seemed to have made a positive impression with his optimistic, upbeat message for the country and commitment to deliver Brexit by 31 October - which I believe is absolutely essential if we are to move forward.
Google Digital Garage - 12th July
After the successful event I hosted last year, Google will be back in our constituency with their Digital Garage Event, providing free marketing training to get the online skills needed to grow a business. If you would like to join them at the Everyday Champions Centre, Newark, NG24 2AG between 09:00 – 15:00 on 12th July, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/GoogleStar19.
Bingham Jobs and Apprenticeships Fair- Friday 20th September 2019
Save the date for my next jobs and apprenticeships fair in Bingham - at my Newark event over 1000 people regularly attend. The fair will be free of charge for all involved and will run from 12:30 – 3:00 pm at the Methodist Church Centre, Needham St, Bingham, NG13 8AE .
Southwell Senior Citizens' Fair- Friday 27th September 2019
I will also be hosting a senior citizens' fair at Trebeck Hall, Bishops Drive, Southwell NG25 0JP. There will be representatives from a range of local leisure and lifestyle groups, advice stalls and plenty of free tea, coffee and cake! The fair will be free of charge to all involved and will run from 12:30-15:00.
Collingham Community Fair- Saturday 28th September 2019
Finally, I will be hosting a Community Fair at Collingham Memorial Hall, 67 High Street, Collingham NG23 7LB . There will again be representatives from a range of local leisure and lifestyle groups, advice stalls and plenty of free tea, coffee and cake! The fair will be free of charge to all involved and will run from 11:00-14:00.
If you are an employer, organisation or group that would like to have a stall at any of these events, please get in touch on email@example.com.