By Charlotte / Jobs / 0 Comments

Rosie was out today in Whitstable for the Oyster Festival. After a friendly welcome by David Roberts, Chairman of the Whitstable Oyster Festival Association and being presented with a dozen oysters by the Sea Scouts, Rosie joined members of the community in a parade from Whitstable to Tankerton Slopes. The parade moved along the shoreline to the beats of fantastic local group, Samba Pelo Mar.

 

The festival has been scaled down this year, from a full week to three days of activities. There has been some criticism that many decisions made this year will negatively affect local traders who rely on this key event in Whitstable’s calendar. The local Chamber of Commerce have also publically raised some concerns about the cutbacks. Last year the event contributed approximately £2m to the local economy. Rosie said, ‘Whilst no-one wants to see a return to the environmentally negligent, alcohol-fuelled festivals of years past, the cancellation of the fireworks has been seen by many as a particular shame.’

 

As Rosie was eating lunch on the Slopes, it was very busy and some members of the public expressed confusion at the very tight concentration of stalls and activities, which led to overcrowding; the food fair entrances were temporarily closed on quite a few occasions to ease congestion, with some people describing feeling as if they had been ‘penned in’.

 

Rosie said, ‘The people I spoke to mainly had a great time, but some also expressed disappointment. They felt that a wider, more innovative programme of engaging, family activities in various locations across the town would have better helped local traders. I understand we’ll have to see how the full festival goes, but I’ll certainly be asking the Leader of Canterbury City Council to confirm that a full and fair consultation will take place before any contract is awarded to run future festivals.’

By Charlotte / Education / 0 Comments

Today was the first day of the summer recess. MPs all left London last night for their constituencies and Rosie was back in Canterbury, but the work certainly hasn’t stopped!

It was a special morning joining the students, staff and governors at St. Nicholas School in Canterbury for their Celebration Assembly. Rosie was also delighted to be able to join staff on a walk around the school, seeing the fabulous new play equipment and their inspirational teaching spaces.

St. Nicholas school is a maintained special school for pupils aged 4-19 with severe, profound and complex learning needs. The Headteacher, Daniel Lewis, gave out certificates and prizes, identifying a special and individual achievement for each pupil in front of a packed hall full of parents, carers, teaching assistants, teachers, governors and supporters. Rosie was thrilled to be invited.

Later in the day, Rosie met with constituents at her second surgery and was pleased to be able to offer advice, help and an ear for those who’ve asked for help. Surgeries will run throughout the summer and details on how to book an appointment are on the website www.rosieduffieldmp.co.uk