Weekly Column 19.12.18

Last week was an eventful week in Westminster and I would like to thank all the local people in the Moorlands who contacted me with their good wishes, comments and opinions.

I also spent a busy few days in Staffordshire Moorlands. There are so many great events taking place in the run up to Christmas and it was lovely to join in the fun at the first ever Twilight Market in Leek. I also called into the Biddulph United Charities event at Biddulph Town Hall and the number of stalls and visitors is testament to the hard work put in by John Bamford and the many others who make this event such a success.

After an interview on BBC Radio Stoke, it was off to Moorlands Radio where many of you had sent in some questions for me to answer.

I was also delighted to pop into the Fire Station after my interview on Moorlands Radio to speak to the team on Red Watch. It was lovely to be able to thank them in person for all their hard work and especially for looking after us and keeping us safe this Summer when we had the terrible Moorlands Fires.

Finally, an event that I had been really looking forward to – my Christmas Senior Tea Dance. It was such fun to see so many local residents enjoying the fabulous Biddulph Ukulele Band playing a selection of Christmas songs, the dancing, friendly conversation, tea and cakes. A huge thank you to Alton Towers for sponsoring the event, Moorlands House for providing the room and of course the Biddulph Ukulele Band for giving their services for free. Thank you to Sporting Communities, our partner charity for this event and everyone who worked so hard to make it such a lovely afternoon.