John Whittingdale was one of the judges for the Young People’s Art Competition in Maldon. John had to judge entries in four age categories: Under 7s, 7-10, 11-13 and 14-16. The winners will be announced on 16th September at Maldon Library.

John said: “The theme for this year’s competition was Maldon events and the standard was remarkably high. Entries covered the Maldon Regatta, the Mud race, the Carnival, the Barge Race, Saltmarsh 75 and Maldon in Bloom. It was very hard to pick the winners and I would like to congratulate all those on taking part”.

John is pictured with fellow judges Lynn Marston, Chair of Maldon Art Trail, Richie Miller, Mayor of Maldon, and the Maldon Tesco Community Champion.

 

 

John visited Dan Hull Foods in Burnham on Crouch. Dan established a farm shop just outside Burnham on Crouch  selling locally sourced meat, local produce, homemade pies and ready meals. He also now supplies East of England Co-op stores, other farm shops and Selfridges and is seeking to expand to new premises. John is pictured with Louise Jones of Dan Hull Foods and Beverly Davies, Programme Manager of the Essex Rivers Local Action Group, which has allocated a LEADER grant to help the firm expand.


http://www.danhullpreparedfoods.co.uk/

 

John Whittingdale met Andrew Gardner, Chief Executive of Essex AgeUK, at their offices in Widford Hall, Chelmsford to discuss the work of the charity in the county.

Age UK offers a number of services to those aged over 50 in Essex including Home Help, Toenail Cutting, Advocacy,  Sitting to provide respite for carers and Dementia Connections to help people living with dementia. Last year, Essex Age UK helped over 60,000 people in the county.

Its Information and Advice service is a free and confidential advice service for anyone aged 50 or over, their family, friends, professionals or carers. Through a team of professional advisers, they can provide up to date information and advice on a range of topics including welfare benefits, social care, bereavement and legal queries.

Essex AgeUK can be contacted on 01245 346106 or through the website: http://www.ageuk.org.uk/essex/how-we-can-help-you/

John Whittingdale visited leading geosynthetics manufacturer, TERRAM, which is based on the Blackwater Trading Estate in Maldon. TERRAM, which is part of the Berry Plastics Group, supplies specialty Geosynthetics and materials for the landscape and construction markets. In particular, it manufactures a range of products which can help protect, manage or prevent flooding. John was given a presentation by Nick Hurt, Senior Director, on three of these core products: TERRAM Geocells, Bodpave 85 paving grids and TUBEX  tree shelters.

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John Whittingdale visited Maldon Primary School to see the presentation at assembly to pupils by the Google Legends Tour. Deputy Head Teacher, Lea Tyler, welcomed Mr Whittingdale and the Google team to the school. 

The tour aims to keep children safe online by giving them the tools they need to make the internet work for them. The Internet Legends assembly introduces pupils to the Legends Code, four simple guidelines for staying safe and having fun online. They are:

1. Think before you share

2. Protect your stuff

3. Check it’s for real

4. Respect each other

John Whittingdale: “The Internet is part of our lives and has brought huge benefits. But it also carries risks and it is vital that young people understand these. I am delighted that Google has set up the Internet Legends Tour to take the message about the importance of Online safety to schools around the country and was most impressed by the fun way in which it was presented. I have no doubt that for the pupils at Maldon Primary, it was a very valuable lesson”.