John attended a road safety awareness day in Burnham. The event which was organised outside the Co-op in Burnham saw the Essex Police roads policing team, Burnham speed watch group and the Safer Essex Roads Partnership on hand to answer any questions.

Following a fatal crash in Southminster in April and a serious crash in Bradwell on Sea in May, the event was aimed to raise awareness about speeding issues on the Dengie. Police have also been carrying out a number of speed checks across Burnham in recent months.

John Whittingdale said: “The number of road traffic accidents in the District has long been a matter of concern, particularly as a number have resulted in serious injuries or fatalities.  Overwhelmingly the causes of these have been excessive speed, alcohol or the use of mobile phones. All three are illegal and I welcome this initiative to get across the message that drivers must remain safe”.

 

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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