I hope you are all enjoying this glorious weather! I have certainly been making the most of sunny Northamptonshire by going on long cycle rides and treating myself to a chilled pint or two at the local pub.
Last month I was kept busy by the local elections. I had the pleasure of travelling up and down the country, from Daventry to Hadrian’s Wall, with a stop off in Hartlepool along the way. We had tremendous success locally with 21 out of the 24 County Councillor seats going to the Conservative Party, and Stephen Mold re-elected as the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire. I am confident that our new representatives will deliver on our priorities and put Daventry first, ensuring this area continues to be such a great place to live and work.
The vaccine roll-out also continues to be a national success story and showcases what our country can achieve when we all work together. In the last six months, volunteers and NHS staff have jabbed 70 million arms (an average of 313 a minute). I recently received a second jab of Oxford AsraZeneca from the wonderful team of staff and volunteers at the Weedon GP Surgery, and was amazed at the efficiency and dedication of everybody involved. Every jab takes us one step closer to normality, so if you haven’t been vaccinated yet, I urge you to come forward as soon as your turn comes.
I met some more inspiring people at a visit to the Reach for Health Centre in Daventry where I was promoting its partnership with the University of Northampton. Those working at this facility provide a fantastic service by supporting individuals with their mental and physical rehabilitation needs following a trauma. I was able to see for myself how they have helped stroke patients walk again and assisted the elderly with exercise. The Centre should be extremely proud of its contribution to Daventry, and I am excited about the potential of this partnership.
Another highlight was opening the Kilsby WI’s Centenary Yard Bombing. Seeing the wacky knitted sculptures dotted around the village certainly brightened up my weekend! As part of the ceremony, I unveiled the stunning Memorial Sunflower commissioned from Tony Davis. You can visit this beautiful piece of art in the wild flower meadow on Malt Mill Green, and continue the trail around the village to discover the other sculptures – from a knitted tea party at the Red Lion, to a poppy memorial to remember the fallen outside St Faith’s Church. I would definitely recommend a visit for a rather unique day out this summer.
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Finally, I will round this off in my normal fashion…
What do you call a chicken counting its own eggs?