Category Archives: Victoria in North Oxfordshire

Victoria says “Love Food, Hate Waste” after visit to local charity WRAP

Victoria with CEO Dr Liz Goodwin OBE and Richard Swannell, Director of Sustainable Food Systems

Victoria Prentis MP spent time with the team at WRAP on Friday 26th June, to learn more about the charity’s current and longer term projects.

 

The visit, coinciding with National Recycling Week, allowed Victoria to hear more from CEO Dr Liz Goodwin OBE; Richard Swannell, Director of Sustainable Food Systems; Patrick Mahon, Strategic Assistant to CEO; and Paul Saville, Corporate PR Manager.

 

The charity, based at Blenheim Court in Banbury, works on many well-known projects across the UK and EU. One of these is Love Food Hate Waste (www.lovefoodhatewaste.com), which aims to raise awareness of the need to reduce food waste – benefitting our purses and the environment! They also work in fields including packaging recycling, waste reduction in businesses, clothing recycling, and efficiencies whilst creating consumer products.

 

Victoria commented “I have regularly mentioned the very impressive work WRAP does – all based from their offices opposite Matalan. I am proud that they are based in Banbury and work with the UN, governments and businesses across the world. They are currently researching the fundamental issue of ensuring food for a growing global population.

 

“I have taken on board the advice from WRAP – and we didn’t get time to discuss all of the exciting projects they work on. I have consciously ensured all of the furniture for my new Upper Heyford office is second hand. I know how hard WRAP is working on food waste too, and I try very hard to freeze food and use our fridge leftovers for meals. We can all make small changes which have a real impact on global sustainability. WRAP is leading the way.”

 

Dr Liz Goodwin OBE, Chief Executive at WRAP, said “I’m delighted that Victoria Prentis MP, recognises WRAP’s work and commitment to the important area of resource management and food waste specifically. Food waste is a global issue, but we all have a part to play in tackling it, whether that be in Banbury, Oxfordshire, the UK, or the rest of the world. By wasting less food, everyone can contribute to helping the environment, but what’s more, families could save around £60 per month. Our website, lovefoodhatewaste.com is full of helpful information on how to reduce food waste.”

St Joseph’s Catholic School welcomes MP during ‘Send My Friend To School’ campaign

Victoria with Years 3 and 6 discussing Send My Friend To School

Victoria Prentis MP was welcomed to St Joseph’s Catholic School on Friday 26th June 2015. Victoria was given a full tour of the school by Deputy Head Teacher Mary-Claire Hardie.

Victoria was taken into each classroom at the school, on Fiennes Road, to meet with students. She met first with the Year 1 class, and was read to by students during literacy time, and visited the Nursery and Reception classes at playtime.

 

On meeting Year 2s and Mrs Thompson, Victoria gave a quick ‘parliamentary pop quiz’ to see how much the class knew about her work as MP. As part of the ‘Send my Friend to School’ campaign, Victoria and the children spoke about how fortunate they were to attend school and receive a good education. She spent time with Year 4 as they discussed what they would do to help children into education if they were world leaders.

Discussing aspirations with Year 2

Discussing aspirations with Year 2

 

On entering the main school hall, the Year 6 class and Mr Lewis were coordinating a variety of quizzes and tasks to explain what many children around the world would do on a daily basis, instead of attend school. The Year 6 class were explaining to Victoria, staff, and Year 3s that 89 million children around the world could not attend school. Instead children would need to do chores including washing clothes, preparing food, and fetching water.

 

 

Victoria commented “I was very proud to listen to the students. They had many impressive ideas which I have promised to take to the Prime Minister. It was a pleasure to watch the variety of projects the Year 6 had pulled together themselves, and I was excited to sit with Year 3 and take part in the quizzes! I was very grateful to receive the models of world leaders the students had made, and will be displaying them in my constituency office.

 

“I must thank the staff and students for making me feel so welcome. I’m looking forward to visiting again soon.”

Victoria meets Keep The Horton General to discuss hospital services

Victoria Prentis, Member of Parliament for North Oxfordshire, spent time with the Keep the Horton General group on Friday morning (26th June), to keep up to date with the hospital’s progress.

 

Victoria with Keith Strangwood (l) and Dr Peter Fisher (r)

Victoria with Keith Strangwood (l) and Dr Peter Fisher (r)

Victoria met with Dr Peter Fisher and Keith Strangwood, of the local action group Keep the Horton General to ensure both sides could talk about the current and future plans for the hospital. Meeting at the Terence Mortimer Postgraduate Centre, Victoria spoke at length with Dr Fisher and Mr Strangwood on how services are performing at the much-loved local hospital.

 

Victoria commented “My love for the Horton General Hospital is no secret, and those living in Banbury and surrounding villages are very fortunate to have it. What is important now is ensuring we all work together to deliver the best possible care and services at the Horton – myself, the Keep the Horton General group, and the Oxford University Hospital Trust.

 

“I meet regularly with the Hospital Trust, and plan to do so with the Keep the Horton General group too. There are some fantastic facilities at the Horton and I am committed to ensuring they continue.”

MP meets St Mary’s School to learn about alternative travelling

North Oxfordshire’s MP Victoria Prentis visited St Mary’s School in Banbury on Friday 26th June. Children at the school wanted to show her their plans to travel to school without driving, led by the School Travel and Road Safety team (STARS).

 

26.06.15 With STARS team at St Mary's, Banbury USE

 

Victoria was shown around the school by Acting Head Teacher Tracy Ostler, parent governor Sarah Wallis, and the STARS team. The team is a group of students who encourage parents and staff to try and lessen how often they drive to school.

 

The children produced a PowerPoint presentation to show Victoria some of their work. They explained how they were travelling to school on foot, by bike, and on scooters as an alternative to their parents’ driving. Not only did this lessen congestion, but encouraged the children to consider healthier travel options.

 

After her visit, Victoria said “I was very impressed with the work the STARS team has undertaken. The children are working hard to encourage environmentally friendly travel. I was glad to see that safety was a key factor too.”

 

“I was grateful to the girls from STARS for their time, and thank all staff and students for welcoming me to their school.”

Fritwell School welcomes Victoria

Victoria with Fritwell students

Victoria with Fritwell students

Fritwell School welcomed local MP Victoria Prentis for a tour of the school on Friday 19th June. Victoria was also delighted to open the school’s Reflection area.

Victoria was able to see many fantastic examples of artwork completed by the children, as Friday marked the end of Art Week at the school.

The new Reflection area, formally opened by Victoria, now offers the school a dedicated area for pupils to consider questions or issues that are important to them.

After the visit, Victoria said: “Thank you very much to everyone for taking the time to show me around the school. I saw some very impressive artwork from the children to mark the end of Art Week. I was also thrilled to open the Reflection space at the school, which will offer a perfect spot for students to take a moment out to think.

I look forward to seeing everyone again soon, and wish the year six students luck in their new secondary schools from September”

Dementia activity cafe reminds MP of importance of support

VP Age UK Dementia Day

Member of Parliament for Banbury Victoria Prentis visited a dementia activity café in Banbury on Friday 19th June, as part of Dementia Day.

The singing session at the café, organised by AgeUK Oxfordshire, allowed Victoria to see directly the benefits the café can deliver to those in the community suffering from dementia.

Victoria commented “I was happy to spend time at the café, and the environment was so welcoming. I had the chance to meet people who suffer from dementia, but also their family, friends and carers who support them on a daily basis.

“I am proud that the Prime Minister and this government is clear in its view that dementia needs greater attention – to identify, diagnose, and support patients. We must do all we can. Our GPs are working hard on identifying the signs of dementia so we can diagnose sooner. I am grateful too to Oxfordshire social care and NHS services, as well as private homes and carers, who are offering vital support in our communities. With everyone working together I am sure we will make great strides to ensure we provide the best support to those who are diagnosed, and their families.”

MP joins service of celebration at Ambrosden church

Victoria Prentis MP joined the congregation of the Church of St Mary the Virgin’s for their Service of Celebration on 18th June in Ambrosden.

The church held a celebratory service to thank the community for supporting their renovation efforts. The ‘West End’ project was recently completed, bringing together the conclusion of a number of major works at the church. Recent works have included electrical rewiring, redecoration, and the replacement of the chancel roof.

“What a fantastic evening” noted Victoria, “I was grateful for the invitation from the churchwardens and Reverend Canon Charles Masheder. The service led by Bishop Colin Fletcher was full of life. The bishop flushed the new lavatory to prove it worked, before the final hymn!

I always enjoy the chance to see first-hand the results of a strong community-led project. The church is now a fantastic venue for a variety of community events, and I look forward to attending more of them!”

Victoria responds to Cllr Woodcock’s letter in the Banbury Guardian

Response to Cllr Sean Woodcock, sent to Banbury Guardian 16.06.15 and not printed

As he has before, Cllr Woodcock has declared that he will vote to remain a member of the EU regardless of the outcome of the negotiations proposed by the Prime Minister.

I do not share this view. Our current relationship is not what was signed up for when the 1975 referendum on membership of the EEC took place. Reform is necessary.

When we have the final options in front of us we will be able to decide whether membership of the EU remains in this country’s best interests. In my view no informed decision can be made until we know the lay of the land; unless like Cllr Woodcock you think nothing needs to change.

A referendum on Europe is long overdue. The majority of people in this country have never had the opportunity to cast their vote on this issue. My vote will help decide the outcome, but it will be equal to that of any other elector in the country. When the votes have been counted and the result is declared, the people of Britain will have decided what path we shall take.

MP says Style Acre Banbury resource offers “fantastic opportunities”

VP Style Acre

Victoria Prentis MP attended the formal opening of Style Acre Banbury Resource (SABRe) on Butchers Row, Banbury, on Friday 12th June.

Along with many other local people and businesses, Victoria attended the ribbon cutting ceremony. SABRe was opened by Vice Patron John Craven OBE, and attendees were well fed with sandwiches, chicken, pizza and cake from local charity Banbury Youth Homeless Project (BYHP).

The centre offers a variety of resources for young adults with mild and moderate learning difficulties to meet, learn, and be supported to increase their skills. There are computers available, a sensory room, and places to meet. Above the centre are four apartments, supporting young adults with mild to moderate learning difficulties to live as independently as possible.

After the event, Victoria commented “what a fantastic facility to have, right in the middle of Banbury. This will offer so many opportunities to young people. I know the centre is working closing with local specialist schools and the council to offer ongoing support for young people, many of whom will have just left school. You can get work experience at the centre too, which is brilliant!

“The apartments upstairs were amazing. They offered a combination of high specification good quality accommodation, and appropriate design to meet the needs of those who might use a wheelchair or require that extra bit of support around the home.

“I am excited to see what SABRe will deliver in future. Of course as the young people learn new skills and gain confidence, they’ll move on to work or other things. The centre has the potential to help many many more people in the coming years.”

Local MP visits Banbury Citizens Advice Bureau

VP Banbury CAB

Victoria Prentis, MP for North Oxfordshire, visited the Citizens Advice offices on Friday 5th June to discuss local issues with staff, and have a full tour of the building and services on offer.

Victoria was greeted by Sharon Graham, Operations Manager for Banbury, and Barbara Shaw, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice Banbury, South Northants and West Oxfordshire. Victoria met with Barbara and Sharon to look in detail at issues effecting those living the constituency. They also spoke about ways in which the Citizens Advice team and MP can work together for the benefit of the constituency.

Victoria was given a full tour of the building, meeting staff who volunteer advice in fields such as transport, housing, debt and benefits.

Victoria commented “I was delighted to visit the CAB. I know the team celebrated their 50th birthday the night before, and have been going from strength to strength locally – winning awards including the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and supporting our community. It was perfectly timed to coincide with National Volunteering Week, allowing me an opportunity to extend my thanks to every staff member for their hard work. I am sure we’ll be in touch regularly in future.”

Barbara commented “Working closely with our local MP is an important part of the service we offer to clients. We are looking forward to working with Victoria and her team to find workable solutions to some of the problems faced by local residents.”

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