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Talking to charities tackling global poverty

Lovely to meet charities tackling global poverty, including Chase Africa, Climate Stewards and ADD International, in Frome. Very grateful for their time and I hope to be able to set up a day's discussion in Frome about International Aid. Am on it...

Frome Branch AGM

Holding forth at the Archangel to the Frome Branch of the Somerton & Frome Conservative Association AGM. Nice arty through a pint glass, darkly, shot.

Talking to business owners in Langport

Very much enjoyed talking to business owners in Langport about the business outlook and opportunities - specifically for tourism in the South West and our part of Somerset.

Martock's black tie dinner

As ever, great to visit the Martock Branch of the Somerton & Frome Cons Association, who put on a grand show - full black tie dinner with the superb Neil Parish MP as guest. Once again the branch organised a really entertaining evening, other than the bit where I spoke.

Exploring Broadband options for Pen Selwood

In Pen Selwood, near Wincanton, to talk about... yep, broadband. That ongoing issue for so many rural villages. We were joined again by CDS (Connecting Devon and Somerset) and BT, and we explored the options. I think we have a way forward, but we're going to need to meet again soon.

Chairing APPG for Music Education's AGM

Extremely interesting to chair the All Party Parliamentary Group for Music Education's AGM in Parliament. Much talk was on the Government's plans for the EBacc without any Arts provision - something with which I do not agree.

Fund-raising for new community hall in Kingsbury Episcopi

Lovely to take part in the fund-raising evening at Langport's River Parrett Cafe which raised literally thousands for the new community hall in Kingsbury Episcopi. And thank you to the brilliant chef Rob Boer who gave us such a great night.