Weekly Column 06.06.18

Last week was recess and as always, it was lovely to be back home in the Moorlands with my family and friends. We were lucky with the weather over the bank holiday weekend compared to other parts of the country and I particularly enjoyed a long walk around Rudyard.

I was delighted to hear that Stoke-on-Trent has been shortlisted as one of the 6 cities for consideration as a Channel 4 Creative Hub. This bid has had so much local support not just from local MPs but has also been backed by many businesses and organisations and is an example of how we all come together to show the rest of the UK the wealth of creativity and talent that we have right here in our area. Channel 4 will visit the 6 cities in June for presentations and the final decision will be made in October. This is such exciting news and will be a huge boost to the economy of Staffordshire Moorlands and surrounding areas.

On a different note, I was pleased to drop into the Norton House Community Centre AGM. Norton House was bought in 1959 for the town as a centre for older people and became the home of Leek’s U3A - University of the Third Age in the 1990’s.    

As many of you know, I will do all I can to help combat elderly loneliness and isolation in Staffordshire Moorlands and Leek U3A has many great courses and activities all over the town.    

I was also able to inform members at the AGM about my forthcoming Senior Tea Dance on 29th June in Biddulph. The event is free thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and anyone interested in some tea, dancing and friendly conversation should contact Erika on 01538 382 421 for more details.