Looking for something to do in Chelmsford? Feeling crafty? Then come along to the museum for a special family activity day on Saturday 16 July, 10am-4pm, Chelmsford Museum, Oaklands Park, Moulsham Street.
Have you ever fancied shaping clay into something useful or watched The Great Pottery Throw Down on television and wanted to have a go? Come and Make It At The Museum. After watching potter Shaun Hall demonstrating how to throw a clay pot on a wheel, you may feel inspired to have a go yourself. Shaun is an established Essex potter who has his own workshop in Halstead and works at Chelmsford College. You can see one of his fantastic pots in the Museum.
With the Bedford River Festival is just over two weeks away, Mayor Dave Hodgson has encouraged people to look into the opportunities to get involved in this 'genuine community event'. The event takes place on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July, and a vast array of activities and entertainment will be on offer at what is one of the biggest free family events in the country.
Tim Farron has rightly pledged we should campaign to take Britain back into the EU in the next general election. Should the election take place earlier than expected, we may still be an EU member, and should propose to withdraw from the Article 50 process.
In either case, it would not be politically credible to advocate reinstating or maintaining EU membership without proposing major domestic initiatives on immigration. The overall Remain campaign failed to a considerable degree because it did not factor in concerns, whether real or imagined, about immigration. The voices of the, largely, English hinterland must be heeded. Any Lib Dem call to rejoin or remain in the EU should therefore be accompanied by proposals to alleviate the perceived and in many cases, real, impact of immigration.
Another village in Suffolk Coastal has moved a step closer to completing its neighbourhood plan. Melton Parish Council's neighbourhood plan is entering its Pre-Submission Consultation phase tomorrow, as shown in the following notice:
The UK's health and social care system is in crisis. Even before the government's austerity measures started to bite, the system was underfunded. But soon the introduction of the living wage will mean that staff costs in care homes risk becoming still more unaffordable. The County Council has a role to play in addressing this funding gap. If you want someone to be available to look after you, or your loved ones, or your vulnerable neighbours when they need it most, make sure you have elected a councillor who cares about the care system.
Following the EU referendum, Mayor Dave Hodgson has issued a clear message of unity to Europeans and all residents living in Bedford Borough that 'this community belongs to all of its residents equally'.
In an article published this week the UK Constitutional Law Association discusses who can give formal notice to the EU of the UK's intention to withdraw under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. They argue that this right rests solely with parliament and not with the government as both a matter of UK and EU law. Now is the time to lobby your MP to vote against a hasty and irreversible triggering of Article 50.
I make no apologies for writing about the EU Referendum again. The decision which we as a Nation will make on 23rd June is really important and it will affect us all at an International level, National level, and at the Local level as well.
I believe that we will all be better off if we Remain IN the European Union. We will be more prosperous: - over 3 million jobs are linked to our trade with the EU (source: HMG), 200,000 U.K. businesses trade with Europe and the EU takes almost half of our exports (source HGM and ONS). There will still be lower prices for goods and services, as competition between businesses across all of Europe means lower prices in UK shops, cheaper airfares and lower energy bills. (source: European Commission and CEBR) The Vote Leave campaigners would put all this prosperity at risk. They claim that we should take control and negotiate our own separate trade deals with all the other EU members, in the same way as Norway does. Yes, we could; but we would have to pay the EU a large amount of money for the privilege of overcoming the tariffs to gain entry to the Common Market. We would also be compelled to allow free movement of all EU citizens, and we would have to obey all the EU rules and regulations, just as we do now. BUT, we would have no say whatsoever in the drafting and setting of those regulations. So why should we go to all that trouble, risk, and expense for absolutely no benefit?
While respecting the democratic outcome of the referendum, the Liberal Democrats' commitment to the European Union continues, and Tim Farron has announced that the party will fight the next general election on a policy of membership of the EU.
In an email sent to members on Saturday evening, Tim Farron wrote as follows: