Campaign Diary – 4th November

Today started with some campaigning in the southern parts of Church Hill, around Seven Acres Lane. Once we got to 11am it was time to go to St. Andrew’s Methodist Church to the ‘Meet the Green Spaces Team’ event organised by Church Hill Big Local Partnership.

Disclaimer: The Church Hill Big Local Partnership is a non-partisan organisation and they have not endorsed my campaign in any way.

They recently hosted a film session for the local kids during half term – a showing of Disney’s Moana. My daughter loved it, especially the popcorn, so I was super-excited to see they’ve only gone and got a POPCORN MACHINE for the next film session! I don’t know who is more excited to be honest, but we’ll be there!

Before long it was time to rejoin the team for more door knocking.

By the way, if we have missed you today you can now click here to complete my ‘pledge to vote’ survey online.

We covered a large area around Church Hill Centre and produced this very short video update once we had finished.

People were rightly concerned about all the things they’ve seen on TV and read in the papers, but I am always pleasantly surprised at just how perceptive the British public are when it comes to these things. They know that these issues are more complex than the media makes out, and they can see through all the political manoeuvres.

As a Brexiteer, it was heartening to hear people keen to get on with the process, and especially refreshing to hear them have full confidence in our Prime Minister, Theresa May.

They rightly felt that Theresa May has had a tough time lately – what with that speech, and the various goings on in Westminster. But the people I spoke to were right behind her.

But it wasn’t all plain sailing on the doorsteps. We had one person grumble ‘no chance!’ before shutting their door and locking it and not even letting us make a single argument to persuade them. We also encountered some dedicated Labour voters – and I have to say they were all very polite, but steadfast in their commitment and not open to persuasion. I admire that about people when they’ve clearly given it thought and reached their conclusion as these residents had. I did ask one chap whether he thought the Labour Party was ‘his’ party from years ago as we were chatting about the politics of the 1990s – he was a big John Smith fan. He said he wasn’t a fan of Corbyn, but just couldn’t bring himself to break a habit of a lifetime.

As you’ll read in my ‘about’ page on this blog, I was brought up as Labour and had to break the habit of not only my relatively short lifetime, but also that of my staunchly Labour-supporting mother who was a cleaner amongst many other jobs and my father who drove HGVs for a living. It can be done.

“Our past may shape us, but it doesn’t define who we become.”
— Ellen Hopkins

And so after all that campaigning it was back into Redditch town centre to pick up the girls from their shopping day and bring them home. As we settled into the evening I asked my eldest what she wanted to watch.

“Moana!” she shouted as she jumped around the living room.

“OK. You get started,” I said, “I’ve got a blog post to write, but call me in when Tamatoa comes on.”


Church Hill PACT – November Meeting Notes

Today I attended the Church Hill PACT meeting to hear from the community, Borough Councillors, police and one of our County Councillors, Tom Baker-Price.

Cllr Baker-Price reported that Sandhurst Close is due for resurfacing in the next financial year, which is great news for residents there.

Cllr Pat Witherspoon updated everyone on works around the play area near Northleach Close, which is to be updated and have its fencing improved along with some work to the pool there.

The police reported action taken around abandoned cars and that they are dealing with concerns raised about youths skateboarding on the roads in traffic, putting themselves and others at risk.

The next meeting will be on 6th December, and then next year the meetings will be moved to a bi-monthly footing. This is because not enough issues are being brought forward and attendance at these meetings by the public is low.

So I do urge everyone in Church Hill to make use of these meetings to bring up concerns about their area so that the councillors, police and their partners can work on them right away.

Thanks to Church Hill Big Local Partnership & St Andrews Church for Half Term Film Fun

I would like to thank the Church Hill Big Local Partnership in conjunction with St. Andrews Church for putting on a fantastic screening of Moana for the local children during half term. My eldest daughter loved the experience, especially the free popcorn. It was great to see so many people turn up.

The community in Church Hill is very lucky to have both the Church Hill Big Local Partnership, who do great work all year round, and St Andrews Church who run The Way Café and actively engage with the local community. The volunteers for each organisation are a credit to Church Hill and the town.