It’s important to me to hear from as many people as possible around High Peak, so last week when Parliament wasn’t sitting I could take up some of my invitations to visit groups, businesses and events.
I always try to spread my time around the many communities of High Peak. I know some people have felt that Glossop gets neglected in the north of the borough, so I visit as often as I can.
On Tuesday evening I attended the induction of the Revd Toby May at Whitfield Parish Church – a very joyous occasion with clergy from across the different parishes and denominations of Glossopdale. Tea and delicious cakes afterwards at the refurbished Grapevine community rooms gave a chance to chat. I was pleased to add my good wishes to Toby and Helen at the start of their time in Whitfield.
Next morning I was back in Whitfield for a very different visit to Mettricks abattoir. Thank you very much to John and your staff for inviting me. It’s not a job that many would want but you do it with the skill and compassion that anyone would want to see.
Wednesday evening was a change of scene when I joined the disability basketball group at Glossop Leisure Centre. It was brilliant to see the players so enjoying the training, showing great skill but also some of the best teamwork I’ve ever seen.
Some players are in the GB squad which is a fantastic achievement for them and their coaches, but everyone’s enjoyment was obvious and I had a great evening joining in.
On Thursday I held my surgery at the Bureau before joining local members of the Royal National Institute for the Blind for a blindfold walk around Glossop town centre, covered elsewhere in the paper.
Saturday saw the 3rd anniversary of Park Run in Manor Park which I joined with my husband and youngest son. My 9 year old kept me going and I was very proud of him running 5km.
It also gave me a chance to have a look at the terrible job that’s been done on the river bed at Manor Park. Even with so much water in the river after last week’s rain it is still a very ugly sight, and obviously damaged. It’s not the entrance to beautiful Manor Park that any of us would want to see, and I’ve offered my support to Friends of Manor Park as they take this up with the Council and United Utilities.
Everyone is very friendly and I love spending time in Glossop. I’m here to fight for local services, and to do as much as I can to reduce the awful traffic. I can promise you that Glossop will never be neglected by me.