Oasis Toy Bank
Oasis Christian Centre is working with Redditch Borough Council and the Winning Winyates project to provide food hampers and brand new toys to families who find themselves in extremely difficult financial circumstances this Christmas.
The centre hopes to help over 100 families in Redditch during this festive period through the generosity of local people.
Karen is pictured donating toys to the appeal with Rev Robin Baker, senior minister at Oasis Christian Centre and Cllr Juliet Brunner.
Karen visited the Inkberrow Design Centre and met “Friday Designers” Myra Burton, Marie Frascina and Lyn Perkins. The Friday Designers came to the Old Needle Works from a Redditch Borough Council Community Grant. They were able to complete a City & Guilds Level 1 Course in Fashion.
The Friday Designers worked on a collection of Christmas Cushions that they are selling in order to raise money for the Redditch Night Stop Charity. As well as designing some amazing cushions they have also volunteered to act as a sub committee for fund raising for the next 12 months, using all the facilities free of charge at the Old Needle Works … an excellent example once again of the Redditch community clubbing together and pooling their resources and talents to help others whilst having fun together!
“Neslon Mandela was a great player on the world stage and he brought with him humility and courage. He will be sadly missed and my thoughts are with his family at this very sad time.”
Karen signed the Book of Condolences.
Small Business Saturday
Karen took time out to visit several small businesses in the area as part of Small Business Saturday.
Federation of Small Businesses Chairman John Allan said: “The Federation of Small Businesses is delighted that Karen Lumley MP is backing the very first Small Business Saturday. The campaign is an excellent moment to celebrate the contribution that the smallest firms make to local communities and the national economy.”
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) encouraged customers to give local businesses a boost by supporting their high streets and town centres on 7 December, the UK’s first Small Business Saturday and busiest shopping weekend of the year. This event was celebrated across the UK and has cross party support urging the public to use their local centres buying the products and services our wealth of independent businesses offer.
Karen Lumley MP said :“It was great to visit some of the many small business we have in the area on Saturday. It was extremely encouraging to learn of their individual success and the different journeys they have been on in order to survive and thrive. I think it is important to celebrate the fantastic range of independent small businesses we have and to encouraged people to ‘shop local’ to ensure their sustainability”.
Karen is pictured with Andrew Ellinas at the Batchley Fish Bar, Myra Burton at the Crafty Cafe and Emma Sutor at Lady Muck Vintage.
50th Anniversary of the Redditch New Town
Karen celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Redditch New Town welcoming the High Street Minister Brandon Lewis MP to Redditch to visit the Kingfisher Shopping Centre, along with the Redditch Town Centre Partnership and Shopping Centre Manager, Ken Williams. The Minister was proudly presented with a special edition of the Redditch Monopoly board, which was launched last week to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Redditch New Town.
Karen said: “I was absolutely delighted to present Brandon Lewis MP with a Redditch Monopoly Board, which I proudly helped to officially endorse last week as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations for the Redditch New Town. I know he was very impressed with the quality of the Kingfisher Shopping Centre, and the sheer numbers of people visiting. It really was a great honour to show the Minister the wonderful shopping facilities we have in this town and I do encourage people to support our Town Centre. I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone in the town a wonderful build up to the Christmas period.”
Karen Sees ASDA’s Regeneration Plans
Karen is pictured with Doug Wilson – Head of UK Property Communications for ASDA following the recent meeting at the Library to discuss the new ASDA and B&Q’s regeneration plans in Redditch.
Karen said: “I was delighted to see details of the regeneration plans and learn more about the benefits this will bring to the town in terms of job creation and customer choice. I look forward to visiting the site in the future to see how this development unfolds.”
Karen Welcomes the Chancellor’s Long-Term Economic Plan
Karen Lumley MP has today welcomed the Autumn Statement, which sets out the next steps in the Government’s long-term economic plan. Karen has also welcomed measures in the Autumn Statement to help hardworking people in Redditch.
Karen said: “There is good news for people in Redditch in the Autumn Statement today – the jobs tax on all young people under 21 abolished, real help for the high street, energy bills down, fuel duty frozen, and rail fare increases frozen. This is all welcome support, but as the Chancellor said the job is not done. We are only able to help hardworking people because we have taken difficult decisions to control spending. We are building a responsible recovery and our plan is working, but we need to keep going”.
Sky TV Skills Studios
Karen is pictured with Ipsley Academy students visiting the Sky Skills Studio. The visit allowed Karen to see the students from Ipsley CE RSA Academy create their own TV report using their state-of-the art technology, including broadcast quality cameras, green screens and touch screen edit tables. Karen also met with the school teachers and heard more about the facility from the Sky Skills Studio staff.
Karen said: “It was a great pleasure to see Ipsley Academy students at the Sky Skills Studios last week seeing for themselves how 24-hour media coverage actually works. The Sky Skills Studio is an absolutely fantastic facility and I thought the day was brilliantly organised with the students learning a great deal about how this type of media operates.”
Severn Trent Announce Price Limits and Investment
Severn Trent has announced it will be delivering lower prices in real terms from 2015 onwards. The plan covers the time period 2015-2020.
There will be a freeze in prices from 2015 and prices will then be limited for the 4 years after that to 0.2% below inflation. Severn Trent will also increase investment to £3.2 billion, an increase of £600m on the current five year period. The investment is expected to reduce leakage by a further 6%, allow leaks to be fixed within 24 hours when it is safe to do so, reduce interruption of supply, reduce the number of homes flooded by sewers and improve the quality of major rivers.
Karen said: “This is more positive news following the announcement that British Gas will be reducing its prices this Winter. Just like the other things we inherited from Labour – the record peacetime deficit, rising unemployment and out-of-control immigration – the problems in our utilities market were allowed to build up over many years. Instead of gimmicks we are offering the real solution of rolling back the levies that are placed by the government on people’s bills. And it’s welcome, for example, that British Gas and Severn Trent Water have started to take action thanks to this Government’s action.”
Official Opening for New-Look Greenlands Post Office
To celebrate launch of the new style open-plan branch, Karen Lumley MP ‘cut the ribbon’ at Greenlands Post Office at 170-172 Studley Road, Redditch, B98 7HL
Karen said: “I’m delighted to officially open the new-look Greenlands Post Office. The owner Richard Pinder is to be congratulated on his work to develop the branch and I am sure customers will appreciate the access to Post Office services seven days a week and I wish him continued success with the business.” … more
The Argos Toy Exchange for Barnardo’s
Karen Lumley MP, along with many other local families and children in Redditch have recently donate their pre-loved toys to the Argos Toy Exchange in support of children’s charity Barnardo’s. The Christmas initiative, which kicked off in October and ended in late November, encouraged parents and children of Redditch to donate unwanted toys to their local Argos, or Barnardo’s store and receive a £5.00 gift voucher off a spend of £35. Money raised from the sale of the toys donated, will go directly to support the local and national work of Barnardo’s. … more
Drop in British Gas Prices
Karen responded to the news that British Gas has announced it is reducing average household energy prices by 3.2%. Gas prices will reduce on average by 3.2% and electricity prices will also reduce on average by 3.2%.
The price reduction will come into effect on 1 January 2014, will apply to all customers whether on fixed or variable tariffs, and will reduce the average British Gas dual fuel bill by £41. An additional £12 customer rebate for the Government’s Warm Home Discount (WHD) scheme means the average British Gas dual fuel customer will save £53 in 2014. Applying Ofgem’s new consumption data, average dual fuel bills will fall to £1,229. … more
Victorian Christmas Craft Fair at Forge Mill
Karen is shown with liquorice maker Jack Greene as she attended the Victorian Christmas Craft Fair at Forge Mill Museum where residents were invited to celebrate an old fashioned Christmas. There were 20 different craft stalls, a Victorian Liquorice maker, Mulled Wine and Roasted Chestnuts along with children’s craft activities and Father Christmas in his grotto. Entertainment was provided by Alcester Victoria Silver Band who played some festive tunes, along with carol singers from Indigo Arts.
Karen said: “I very much enjoyed popping into the Christmas Craft Fair and was delighted to see so many families out enjoying themselves. There were a fantastic array of xmas pressies on sale and it was great to meet with Jack Greene who made me some traditional Victorian liquorice.”
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