Jack today paid a return visit to Callicroft Primary School in Patchway to deliver a letter from the Prime Minister, after he promised to write to Mr Cameron on behalf of the pupils on a previous visit to the school. He was initially invited to the school to open their Reflection Garden in July, and in response to a question from a pupil he wrote to Mr Cameron to make him aware of the Reflection Garden.
During his visit, Mr Lopresti met the school's House Captains and was taken on a tour of the school, visiting lessons in Key Stage One and Year 6. He was told about the rigorous process that the House Captains had to go through to achieve this position, which included writing a formal letter of application for the position.
Whilst at Callicroft, Jack was told about the school being Proud to be Purple. The school has begun a project to encourage the children to achieve more by aiming to reach the purple zone with their learning. Teachers are assessing the progress that they are making with their learning and encouraging them to be in the purple zone, if they are this will mean that they are being stretched and meeting the challenge of improving learning skills on a regular basis. He also took a look at some of the literacy work the Year 6 pupils have completed recently.
'I was delighted to visit the school and was excited by the challenges that the school is setting the children with their Proud to be Purple scheme,' commented Jack. 'I think it is a fantastic way of encouraging their learning and I am sure it will be a huge benefit to all learners in the school.'
In his letter, Mr Cameron said that he was delighted to read about Callicroft's Reflection Garden. He also wrote 'this is a very worthwhile initiative, which will offer a great many benefits to the pupils and staff. Everyone involved should be very proud of their achievement.' He went on to highlight the benefits to health and wellbeing that parks, sports grounds and other green spaces bring. The Department for Communities and Local Government are working on a scheme to create pocket parks which can be visited by anyone want to escape from the hustle and bustle of city streets.
'I was delighted to be able to bring the letter to the pupils at Callicroft Primary School,' said Jack. 'It is fantastic that the Prime Minister was able to respond to my letter directly and I hope it gives a boost to the school.'
MP Jack Lopresti has supported the vital work of the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity.
During the All Party Parliamentary Group at the Houses of Commons Jack spoke to charity staff and clinicians.
He is the MP for Filton & Bradley Stoke, in Bristol, which is one of the regions GWAAC covers.
So far this year the critical care team have attended 435 jobs in Bristol, both by helicopter and our rapid response vehicles.
In total 2015 has seen the team attending more than 1,190 jobs, across Bristol, Bath, North Somerset, Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire and parts of Wiltshire.
Jobs in Bristol have included cardiac arrests, a female fallen off a horse, a male who had a seizure, and a motorbiker hit by a car.
The Air Ambulances crew attend the most serious cases, where people's lives at are risk. It is estimated that one job in five saves a life. This is a life that would otherwise be lost if not for the team.
At a time where speed is of the essence it takes 7 minutes for us to fly the critical care paramedic and doctor to areas of Bristol. They then asses the patient, provide critical care at the scene, and transfer them to the most appropriate hospital for their needs.
More often than not it will be one of the hospitals in Bristol – Southmead, which is the major trauma centre for the region, the BRI, which is the heart institute, or the Bristol Children's Hospital.
Despite the urgent need for the service we provide the Great Western Air Ambulance receives no day to day funding from the Government or the National Lottery.
To continue to save lives across the region the charity need to raise £2.3million a year.
Each life saving missions costs £2,000. It costs £50 alone just to lift the helicopter off the ground, and for each minute the rota blades turn it costs £15.
Stoke Gifford branch of the Royal British Legion launched their poppy appeal today at Bristol Parkway Station with Jack Lopresti MP in attendance. The Station has been the venue for this annual event for several years and hosted members of the branch, Filton Air Cadets and local Scouts. In addition to the local representatives was Chelsea Pensioner Brian Cumming MBE, who attended the event to support the appeal on behalf of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea. He visited the area from the hospital for the day and members were delighted that he was able to raise the profile of the appeal.
Jack commented 'I was honoured to meet Mr Cumming at the launch and to hear his stories about his Army days during lunch. It is fantastic that the Hospital are able to send their pensioners around the country to support local appeals such as that in Stoke Gifford, and he was warmly welcomed by all the members of the branch.'
Volunteers from the branch will be collecting regularly in the local area over the next few weeks and they are aiming to beat last year's total of £48,000. They will be at Parkway Station, Filton Sainsbury's and the Willow Brook Centre in Bradley Stoke. The branch is aiming to raise £50,000 this year and local media were in attendance at the event to help publicise the fund raising drive. Jack is Vice President of the branch and will be helping with fund raising in the coming weeks.
Branch President Brian C Hewitt, MBE, added: - "I cannot give strong enough praise to the Stoke Gifford Branch, of the Royal British Legion, on their Record Breaking and Fantastic Effort raising over £48,000 over the past twelve months. On behalf of our Members, thank you very much to the generous local Public who have donated so generously to our Poppy Collection. We invite you to help again, during 2015/2016, we want to collect £50K!"
'The Poppy Appeal is always the highlight of the British Legion's year' said Jack. 'The money is used to support current and former servicemen and I am delighted to do my bit to help the fund raising drive.'
If you are interested in helping with Stoke Gifford Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal please contact John Moloney on 07802 535591 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The money raised for the Poppy Appeal goes to the Royal British Legions Welfare Fund, which is used to give help and support to current and ex service personnel and their families.
If you or someone you know needs help from the Royal British Legion please contact the RBL national helpline on 0808 802 8080.
Staple Hill Post Office and store have been extensively refurbished in a major modernisation of the premises with new operators Ravi and Raj Kenth.
Jack Lopresti, MP for Filton & Bradley Stoke "cut the ribbon" today to mark the official opening of completely new-look Post Office & Premier convenience store at 119 High Street, Staple Hill, Bristol, BS16 5HF.
Service is now provided from three modern counters – one open-plan counter, one screened and a Post Office service point beside the retail till, offering selected services. There are two main counters open Monday to Saturday: 9am - 5.30pm. The Post Office service point is open even longer hours: Monday to Saturday: 8.30am – 8pm; Sunday: 9am - 4pm.
This is an extra 30 hours a week, including all-day Sunday and Saturday afternoon. The branch will open earlier and will close much later every day. These changes make it more convenient for customers to visit.
Jack Lopresti MP, said: "I am delighted to open the modernised new-look Post Office and store, which is a huge improvement. I also wanted to congratulate Mr & Mrs Kenth on the changes made. The branch now looks light, bright and modern. The extended opening hours will also be huge advantage to the local community as it is more convenient to visit."
Mr & Mrs Kenth have completely changed the retail offering. Previously the store sold cards and stationery, whereas now it sells groceries, household goods and alcohol and locally produced bread, pastries, cakes, sandwiches, meats and eggs.
This is the couple's third Premier convenience store and are already well-known in the areas as they have shops in Soundwell Road, Staple Hill and Hillside in St George. Those stores will be run by staff. Mr and Mrs Kenth, who have nine month old twins, will run Staple Hill Post Office and store. There are many familiar faces working in the Post Office and the shop, who worked for the previous Postmaster. They have also taken on four more retail staff as the retail has greatly expanded.
Mrs Ravi Kenth, said: "We are very excited to have taken on a Post Office and store. We are looking forward to the new challenge of running a Post Office. The branch was very old fashioned, now we have changed everything. The layout is much better for customers as it is easier to get around. The open-plan counters make it far easier for staff and customers to have conversation, without needing to raise voices. For our staff we have created a restroom for them to relax during breaks."
Field Change Advisor Jane Jenkins, said: "This modernisation of the Post Office is part of a major investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office. The investment marks a commitment to no more branch closure programmes. We are making it easier for customers to get their cash, send and collect their mail and do their banking because we know how important these services are to local residents. The new operators also decided to refurbish his whole store at the same time and customers will see big changes as soon as they walk through the door."
Jack has today shown his support for the MG Rover Leg4Leg Charity Run. This will start at Lands End on 2nd October with an aim of finishing at John O'Groats on 5th October. The organisers are working with MG Rover Mobile Mechanics and MG Rover Clubs all over the UK to carry an emblem in convoy across the length of the country. They will be stopping at various places along the route and are urging all MG Rover & Blesma supporters to come and cheer them along! All details of routes and stopping points can be found by visiting the Facebook page – just search MG/Rover Leg4Leg. If you would like to donate, or sponsor any aspect of the event, please contact us by email on email@example.com or visit our Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/MGLeg4LegCharityRun/?utm_id=13
Jack said "this is an awesome effort by everyone who is taking part in the Leg4Leg run. They are putting in a huge effort to complete the journey from Lands End to John O'Groats and have got a theme that I am sure Rover fanatics and car lovers everywhere can get behind. I am delighted that they are supporting Blesma, a charity that do such fantastic work with our injured servicemen. I know that they have set a target of £1,000 but I hope that they raise much more than this.
Craig Meredith, Event Organiser said "We just wanted to do something to say thank you to the brave men and women who have given, and continue to give, so much for us. Anything we can do to help BLESMA make things better for these guys and their families is a challenge we will happily accept! With the help of MG Rover owners and clubs nationwide, we hope that the event catches people's imaginations and highlights just how important organisations like BLESMA are. They do fantastic work and we feel honoured to be representing them in this way."
Laura Hyde, Community and Fundraising Events Manager at Blesma says, "Jess and Craig have put so much effort into the organisation of this epic event. We are delighted that MG Rover Clubs all over the country have chosen to support Blesma. Every penny raised from this event will go towards supporting our injured service personnel through activities and welfare support. We honestly couldn't continue our work without the support of people like Craig and Jess and the MG Rover teams."
Blesma, The Limbless Veterans is the national charity for all limbless service men and women, their widows and dependants. It was formed in the years following the First World War and became a national charity in 1932.
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The constituency office of Jack Lopresti has now moved to 29, The South Block, The Courtyard, Bradley Stoke, Bristol BS32 4NQ. All other contact details have remained the same and can be found here.
Jack said, “Renting at the Willow Brook became financially unviable and the need to ensure a good deal for the taxpayer has led to the move. My team are based in the new office Monday to Friday and can be contacted as normal. I hope this will cause as little disruption to constituents as possible.”
Jack today paid a visit to one of the most recognisable locations in his constituency, the RAC centre, adjacent to the M4/M5 Almondsbury interchange, where he discussed their work. He was able to hear about the service they offer to RAC members and their plans to take on new staff in the next few months.
The RAC centre on Great Park Road in Bradley Stoke was opened around twenty years ago and is very familiar to motorists on the M4 and M5. It houses the RACs customer service, sales and legal advice call centre staff. In total, just over 700 employees are based in the building. Jack was able to learn about the work that they do to improve the service they offer to their members and how they innovate to keep themselves ahead of competitors, and how they invest in their workers to ensure that working for the RAC in Bradley Stoke is not seen as just another call centre job.
Jack was also able to learn about the recruitment process that the RAC are going through at the moment. They are regularly on the look out for new staff, and indeed are finding it difficult to find suitably qualified candidates to fill all their vacancies. Jack will be working with them to help them find the best staff to fill their vacancies.
The RAC has more than eight million members and is one of the oldest motoring organisations in the world. It is most well known for its 1,500 patrols, providing roadside assistance across the UK road network. It is able to talk with authority about motoring issues and makes use of its motorists panel to highlight and campaign on issues of concern to motorists. It has also built up expertise on road safety and car safety issues.
Jack was also able to meet Horace, who is the RACs mascot on road safety matters. Horace is a regular visitor to schools across the Bristol area, helping the organisation get its message across on the safe and appropriate use of roads.
Jack was present today at the opening of a new school building named after a female firefighter who lost her lie in Staple Hill. Tynings School decided to name the wing after Fleur Lombard, who died while tackling a fire in the area in 1996.
The new wing was opened by the oldest and youngest pupils at the school, as well as Miss Lombard's parents, who also spoke to pupils and parents at the event. Jack spoke on the importance of education, drawing on his own experiences in school and Parliament.
'It was a privilege to be at the grand opening of the Tynings School's new building, Fleur's Wing, and an honour to meet Roger and Jane Lombard,' commented Jack.
Tynings School was recently given a good rating by Ofsted. They were adjudged to be requiring improvement in 2013 but, thanks to a strong team effort, have now received a better report from the education watchdog.
'Every single member of the team was instrumental in helping the school improve. All the staff are valuable and it is the result of a strong team effort which helped us get this Ofsted Rating,' said Headteacher Ashley Yates.
Jack Lopresti Member of Parliament for Filton and Bradley Stoke has called a public meeting to discuss a planning application for a new operations base for the Great Western Air Ambulance and the police helicopter which has been submitted for land next to the village of Almondsbury.
The public meeting will be on Friday 19th June at 7pm at BAWA Club, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, BS34 7RG.
The suggested site is immediately to the west of the M4/M5 interchange and the proposal is for it to be used to construct a hangar, take-off and landing areas for the helicopters, a weather station, car parking and a new access road.
Representatives from The Great Western Air Ambulance Charity, BAE Systems, who own the Airfield, and South Gloucestershire Council will speak and answer questions at the meeting which will be chaired by Jack.
Jack Lopresti MP says: "I have called this meeting to bring together residents of Almondsbury, BAe Systems, the Great Western Air Ambulance the National Police Air Service and local Councillors so that all aspects of this proposal can be discussed. I know how worried some of the residents of Almondsbury are about having a helicopter pad based so close to their homes. This meeting will provide a forum for everyone's views to be aired before Councillors make a final decision on the proposals."
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