It was good to see the new build nearing completion at the Grange Primary School and good to bump into the ukelele club at Bottesford Juniors.
In terms of Christmas celebration it was fantastic to go round the brilliant Festival of Christmas Trees at Brumby United Church organised by Scunthorpe Lions to raise money for Lindsey Lodge Hospice. Another person celebrating was Pauline Hall who has just completed 40 years' service for Ladbrokes. It was great to be able to pop into the Ashby store and thank her for her work giving great service to local people.
That was also my message to the amazing team of postal workers who deliver our mail in all weathers. Last week saw a record number of items delivered - 500,000 letters and 80,000 parcels! It's National Postal Worker's Day today and you can sign up to their People's Post Campaign at https://www.change.org/p/defending-the-people-s-post
The future of UK Steel, in particular our steelworks, remains a major focus of my work. It was good to join Community Union representatives from across the site to catch up with how things are going on the ground. Speaking to Tata management the serious interest of a number of potential buyers of the Long Products business is something to be welcomed but it will take some time for the detail to be worked through. This was clear at the Tata Task Force meeting where I was pleased to see the very strong working relationships between Tata, the Council, JobCentrePlus, North Lindsey College, the Humber LEP and other agencies appearing to make a real difference.
Other people making difference are the great people at Scunthorpe Central Community Centre, the enterprising team at Coe & Coe and the positive people at Sills and Betteridge - all of whom I caught up with last week.