Today Jack Lopresti MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke confirmed he would be running the Stroud Half Marathon at the end of October for the Great Western Air Ambulance which serves his constituency.
This is the second Half Marathon Jack has run in aid of the Great Western Air Ambulance; in September Jack ran the Bristol Half Marathon for the charity which he completed in 1h.58m. Jack is raising money for the GWAA to help them purchase a new EC-135 helicopter to replace their current 1972 Bolkow 105 helicopter which is no longer fit for purpose.
Jack said, "The support I and the GWAA received when I ran the Bristol Half Marathon was amazing and I can't thank enough the people who donated money. The fundraising cannot stop there though, like all Air Ambulance's in this Country, the GWAA is a Charity and constantly needs funds, that is why I am running the Stroud Half Marathon in aid of them. If you would like to support me, please go to http://www.justgiving.com/JackLoprestiMP
Today Jack Lopresti MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke attended the Winterbourne Barn's annual Orchard Harvest Day.
The Orchard Harvest Day is an annual event at the Winterbourne Barn where traditional cider is made using a horse-powered 19th century stone mill. The juice is then taken to a 200 year old press to be made into cider. There was other events present such as Winterbourne Down Border Morris dancers, Skittles and medieval crafts. There was also delicious food.
The Winterbourne Medieval Barn was built in 1342 and is a unique example of medieval agrarian architecture. Restoration of the barn began in 2002 and is a community-led project based on heritage, food and farming. Jack is a keen supporter of the Barn and is a vice-President of the Barn Trust.
Jack said "I had a wonderful time at this year's Orchard Harvest Day and it was great to see so many people in attendance. Many thanks to the Medieval Barn's Trust and all the volunteers whose hard work and dedication made not only today possible but the Barn itself which is an invaluable community asset."
Today Jack Lopresti MP visited the Winterbourne Short Mat Bowls Club to see new equipment that had been paid for by a Big Lottery Fund Grant.
The Winterbourne SMBC were successful in bidding for a Big Lottery Fund Grant. They were awarded £10,000 by the Lottery Fund – exactly what they required. With the award they bought two electronic mat rolling machines which will enable them to set up and pack up after competitions and friendly matches with ease.
Jack said "The Winterbourne SMBC are a very deserving recipient of a Lottery Fund Grant and the money has proven hugely useful in upgrading their kit. The Winterbourne Short Mat Bowls Club is a fun and welcoming group. The club is also celebrating their 25th Anniversary this year so it was great to visit them during this period."
Jack Lopresti MP, today, helped to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support by attending a World's Biggest Coffee Morning in Parliament.
Jack had organised a Macmillan Coffee Morning in Winterbourne, however due of the recall of Parliament he was unable to attend. Instead, a coffee morning was held in the House of Commons where Jack attended and showed his support. The Macmillan Coffee Morning Jack organised in Winterbourne still went ahead without him and raised a good deal of money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
The World's Biggest Coffee Morning is an annual fundraiser for the charity Macmillan Cancer Support. The event took place across the country on Friday 26 September, over 200,000 events were held around the UK to raise money for Macmillan.
Jack said: 'Macmillan do a great deal of good for a lot of people and their families who have been blighted by cancer by supporting them at every opportunity. Despite my absence the coffee morning I organised in Winterbourne was a great success and raised.'
Running the Bristol Half Marathon a couple of weeks ago was a very big moment for me as it was the first time that I had run a half for two years. As many readers will know I was ill last year and even though I have been training over the summer, which included three ten mile runs, I wasn't sure how my body would react to just over thirteen. However, I needn't have worried as Sunday turned out to be a great day and I was able to get round in just under two hours, which for me was a reasonable time. Bristol looked beautiful in the glorious sunshine and it was great to see so many people enjoying the efforts of the runners and cheering them on as we got round the course.
I ran the Half Marathon to raise funds for the Great Western Air Ambulance. They are based in my constituency at Filton Airfield and are essentially an airborne accident and emergency department due to the presence of a Critical Care Paramedic and Doctor on board whenever they attend an incident. They receive no funding from the Government or the National Lottery to carry out this work, and operate 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The run took place at the beginning of National Air Ambulance Week, in which the work of Air Ambulances across the country and the time given by volunteers is celebrated.
The helicopter that GWAA have been using is over forty years old and is no longer fit for purpose. Fortunately, they will be taking delivery of a new medicalised Eurocopter 135 model next month which will bring a great improvement to the standard of medical care that they can provide. Whilst I am delighted that they have been able to improve their services, it does mean that their costs will soar from £1.5 million a year to £2 million. It was for this reason that I was determined to support their efforts by running the Half Marathon.
The men and women who staff and run voluntary organisations such as the Air Ambulance are hugely important in assisting the emergency services. 2.1 million people live in the area covered by the Great Western Air Ambulance, and so I was delighted that the money I raised will go towards keeping it flying.
I've caught the running bug again and will be running the Stroud Half Marathon on 26th October to raise more funds. Any readers who wish to donate can still do so via my Just Giving page, www.justgiving.com/jackloprestimp
On the 22nd August Jack Lopresti MP will be hosting a Dementia Friends workshop in Lincombe Barn, in Downend from 2-4pm.
Dementia Friends is an Alzheimer's Society initiative that aims to give a million people a better understanding of dementia. The initiative aims to make everyday life better for people with dementia by changing the way people think, talk and act. The £2.4 million programme is funded by the Social Fund and the Department of Health and by 2015 1 million people will become Dementia Friends.
Jack said: "As life expectancy increases the risk of developing dementia is also increasing so it is vital that we provide good quality information and education to help ensure people with the condition can live their lives to the full.
Dementia is an awful disease and can be very difficult to understand, which is why initiatives such as Dementia Friends are a great opportunity to better understand the disease and better understand how to make a tangible difference to the lives of the people who suffer with dementia."
If you would like to attend Jack's Dementia Friends workshop, please RSVP by telephone to Nikki Knowles, at the Office of Jack Lopresti MP on 01454 617 783, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or on the official event page.
Last week I met with Jenny MacLeod, General Manager of First Bus to discuss bus services in Filton and Bradley Stoke. Jenny informed me of a lot of changes happening in the constituency and the Wider Bristol Area.
Jenny informed me that First Bus has recently launched 'Touch Cards' in Bristol. Much like London's 'Oyster Card', The exciting new Touch Card will enable travellers to buy tickets and 'load' them onto the Touch Card. Eventually travellers will be able to top up their cards online. This new innovation will make travelling by bus easier and quicker. The cards themselves are available for free and can be obtained either from First's travel shops (in Bristol or Bath) or by ordering them online (www.touch-card.co.uk).
I was then informed about new services being introduced to the constituency and changes to current services. During September two new services will be introduced, the 71 and 72 which will cover Filton and UWE; timetables and route maps are still being considered, however, as soon as they become available I will share them on my website.
As of August 31st there will also be a new service operating in Bradley Stoke; the X74 will be an express service between Bradley Stoke and Bristol. Again when I receive more information regarding timetables and routes, I will share them on my website.
Jernny then told me that Wessex will be deregistering their X27 service that serves Winterbourne and Hambrook. That said First Bus plan to increase the X46 service to bridge this gap.
During this meeting I raised several concerns about services to Southmead and services in Bradley Stoke and Frenchay, Jenny told me that she would look into the concerns I had raised and see what First Bus could do to placate these concerns. Of course, I will endeavour to keep residents updated about the resulting actions First Bus are going to take.
Jack Lopresti MP joined Keith Jordan, Managing Director at Hitachi Rail Europe with his senior site staff and local Councillors to see the progress on construction of the company's new Train Maintenance Centre in Stoke Gifford. The superstructure of the main maintenance building which started in August 2013 is nearing completion and the £80 million facility should be finished by the end of 2015.
Once completed, the modern depot will comprise a maintenance building with two full-length internal roads, office and staff accommodation space, stabling and servicing roads, and a carriage wash plant. The facility will serve as one of Hitachi Rail Europe's maintenance facilities for the new Great Western Main Line rolling stock it is building as part of the Government's £5.8bn Intercity Express Programme.
Jack Lopresti MP said, 'It was very interesting to see the progress made so far in the construction of this state of the art facility. I am pleased that Hitachi has today reconfirmed to me their commitment to filling as many jobs as possible from the local work force, including apprentices. They are very keen to develop strong links with local educational establishments, engaging young people with the fantastic opportunities offered by a career in engineering."
Photo from left to right:
Cllr Brian Allinson, Amanda Deeks, Pat Hockey, Ruth Davis, Roger Hutchinson,
Jack Lopresti MP, Keith Jordan, Hitachi Rail Europe, John Calway, Leader of South Glos Council
Cllr Keith Cranney, Susan Lawson, DfT, Ross Cunningham, Hitachi Rail Europe
Jack Lopresti MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke today asked, in the House of Commons at Business, Innovation and Skills questions, whether the Minister supported the plans to develop an aerospace apprenticeship training centre as part of the "iAero" proposals on former Filton airfield land.
Matthew Hancock MP, the Minister for Skills and Enterprise, confirmed that discussions about the proposals were taking place between the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the local Aerospace Businesses in Filton and Bradley Stoke. The Minister said he was enthusiastic about the proposals. The Minister also mentioned that the number of apprenticeships in Filton are up by 60% in 2010.
Jack Lopresti MP says: "An aerospace apprentice training college at Filton will further confirm our area's continued world pre-eminence in the aerospace industry and will help develop the engineers and scientists of the future.
"Under this Government we have delivered, nationally, 1.7 million apprenticeships over this parliament so far; which will help ensure that we are nurturing talent so that we can continue to compete in the global race as well as enhancing and increasing social mobility."
Jack recently visited the site set aside for the Bristol Aerospace Centre at Filton Airfield to be briefed about the progress they have made and the next steps in bringing the project to fruition. Filton has been at the centre of Bristol's aerospace industry for just over a century, and the Aerospace Centre will bring together both Filton's history and the history of the site. Concorde 216 will also have a new purpose built home there.
The Bristol Aero Collection was formed in 1988 and comprises several aircraft that were developed and built at Filton. The Collection was originally stored at Kemble Airfield, but is now housed in the Brabazon hangar and is being maintained and updated by volunteers, most of whom are former local aerospace employees. Jack was able to meet the volunteers and discuss some of the work they are doing.
Lloyd Burnell, Project Director of the Bristol Aero Collection Trust, took Jack through the progress they have made securing the finance for the Bristol Aerospace Centre. Substantial pledges of support have been received from BAe Systems, Rolls Royce and Airbus, and a major grant has been received from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Finally, Jack visited Hangar 16S, which is one of the two Grade II listed hangars that date from the First World War, and will house a substantial part of the Aero Collection. These hangars will be refurbished before the exhibits are moved in, and Jack was given a rare opportunity to look inside them to see what work needs to be done.
'I was delighted to hear that good progress is being made to raise the funds that needed for this project and that the Aerospace Centre is on course to open in 2017. It will be a fantastic setting to display the history of Aerospace at Filton and as a home for Concorde 216.'
Jack is pictured with Lloyd Burnell and John Heron, Trustees of the Aero Collection Trust, outside Hangar 16S.
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House of Lords (Expulsion and Suspension) Bill [HL]: Second Reading (24 Oct 2014)
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Today Jack Lopresti MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke confirmed he would be running the Stroud Half...
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