Category: Children and Young People

City AM: Covid-19, a year on - What we've learnt about teen gambling and video games

Article written for City AM - published 26 March 2021 Every time you pick-up a smart device, you’re entering a multi-billion-dollar war zone, where the battle for your attention rages. Tech companies make money from the apps we use and the ads we see. The longer we engage, the more money is made, and gambling […]

Supporting local successes

The official breaking of the ground to mark the start of the construction of the new Turner Free School in Cheriton took place last Friday. I was delighted to be able to support the event, along with Councillor Ann Berry, the Chairman of Folkestone and Hythe District Council. The Turner is the successor school to […]

Remembering Jo Cox

On Friday morning last week, I visited St Eanswythe’s primary school in Folkestone, where I was given an excellent tour by the headteacher Jane Garrett, and heard about the pupils recent sporting successes. I then met with the headteacher of the Mundella primary school in Blackbull Road, Nigel Pantling, where I was shown some of […]

Pent Valley School is falling further and further behind. Radical steps are required

We have seen massive steps forward in education in our area over the last ten years. There are more opportunities now for young people to reach their full potential through education than ever before. The Folkestone School for Girls and the Harvey Grammar, continue to get excellent results, but we have also seen fantastic strides […]

New Pop-Up Shop is latest example of Folkestone’s entrepreneurial flair

Last Friday I performed the official opening of the Folkestone Pop-up Shop in Guildhall Street. This idea has been taken forward by Ray Johnson and the Folkestone Town Team, and is an innovative way to get empty shops back into use and help new businesses to start trading on the high street. The Pop-up shop […]

The jobs fair returns with a special focus on apprenticeships this year

On Thursday 1st October at the Leas Cliff Hall in Folkestone I will be holding my third annual jobs fair, and this year there will be a particular focus on apprenticeships. Whilst as usual, there will be advice and opportunities available for all job seekers, the early autumn is an excellent time of the year for […]

Childcare, Reform of the European Union and Protecting the Elham Valley

A few weeks ago I opened the new outdoor play area for the Punch and Judy nursery, which meets at Lympne village hall. This is a busy and popular nursery, and it was great to meet the team who run it, as well as some of the children. As a working parent with a young […]

Council tax reduced by another 1% and Folkestone Academy's visit to 10 Downing Street

This Saturday I will be leading the community walk from Dungeness to Folkestone to raise money for the Kent charity, the Young Lives Foundation. We will be departing from the old lighthouse at 9.30am and it would be great to see you there if you would like to join us . The route of the […]

Community Walk from Dungeness to Folkestone to support the Young Lives Foundation (28th February)

Join me on the 28th February as I lead a community walk form the lighthouse in Dungeness all the way across Shepway to the Step Short memorial arch in Folkestone. For more information about the walk, why I'm supporting this particular charity and the chance to donate, click on the image below and you'll go through to […]

Investment in community sports in Folkestone & Hythe

On Wednesday morning this week I met with Greg Dyke the Chairman of the Football Association, to discuss his new report on investment in grassroots sport in England. In particular he is calling for more investment in all weather artificial pitches and for councils who no longer wish to maintain local sporting facilities to transfer them […]

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