Well a big thank you to everyone who kept essential services going last week. The arctic weather wreaked havoc with ordinary life. Many small acts of neighbourly kindness helped get us through the week. Thank you.
Many schools had to close. My visit to Brumby Outwood to see Careers work was postponed. But I was still able to get to see the fantastic Creative Therapy mindfulness session given to Year 6's at Messingham Primary. I witnessed another great example of developing greater resilience in children when I visited Kender Primary in London to see how they were implementing an active play policy during break times. It was very impressive.
Scunthorpe RUFC'c derby clash with Doncaster should have been impressive but it was postponed. Despite the great efforts of ground staff Friday night's snowfall meant the pitch was not ready. The charity pre-match dinner went ahead raising money for pancreatic cancer. It was good to support this as I'd had to pull out of speaking at Pancreatic Cancer UK's conference in order to get home ahead of the weather!
I was delighted to join our local rotary clubs at their first Swimathon held at the Pods raising thousands of pounds for local good causes. Well done everyone involved.
And it was good to hear abut the volunteering done by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association locally at their local peace conference.
Back in Westminster I raised my concerns about access to NHS dentists locally.
And local campaigners once again highlighted their worries about the impact on mental health services of the closure of Sandfield House - https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-stanfield-house