Richmond Coffee Morning

Richmond Town Hall hosts regular coffee mornings for various local charities. I went along this morning to introduce myself to residents and hear about their concerns.  

Richmond Station and the Market Town

The Station typifies what is great about historic market towns like Richmond. A strong community effort enabled the closed station to re-open as a mixed use centre, combining a café/restaurant, wonderful artisan food producers, small businesses, a cinema and an art gallery.

Visiting Richmond School

A quick tour around Richmond School this morning. The school has very good facilities, having been the beneficiary of a £32m investment from the Department of Education a few years ago.

Remembrance Sunday

I was honoured to take part in Richmond’s Remembrance Day ceremony today. The British Legion, local officials, military and volunteers came together to stage an excellent tribute.

Setting Up On Northallerton High Street

Meeting people is the only way to really learn about all the issues that concern the community. So on Saturday, I took my place alongside dozens of market traders and set up a street stall in front of Northallerton Town Hall.

Northdale Horticulture – helping people through work

I came to see the work of a wonderful charity today. Northdale Horticulture provides training and work-based activities for adults with learning disabilities across the Hambleton and Richmondshire districts of North Yorkshire.

The Importance of Good Teaching

When I was studying at Stanford University in America I came across a leading professor of education called Erik Hanushek. Professor Hanushek has done work for the OECD illustrating that the single more important factor in determining a child’s success at school is having a good teacher. Good teaching is more important than things like smaller class sizes, advanced curriculum, or who runs the school.

Supporting Local Businesses in Northallerton

Today I spent time meeting with various Northallerton businesses like Allerton Steel and Barkers department store. Supporting small companies and maintaining thriving market towns are priorities for me.