John Whittingdale visited Elmwood School in South Woodham Ferrers to talk to pupils about his work both as the local Member of Parliament and as a member of the Government. His visit coincided with a themed week at the school on British Values.

 

John Whittingdale visited Downham Primary School to talk to pupils about his work as a member of Parliament and a member of the Cabinet. John spoke at the morning assembly and then presented badges and certificates to the newly elected members of the School Council.

The School said:

All week, the students of Downham had been learning about democracy, writing manifestos and debates which culminated in an exciting election where children voted in a secret ballot for their class reps for the new academic year. The children were extremely excited and felt privileged to have such a prominent figure in Britain’s Government to join them and share his wealth of expertise.

Kayleigh Talbot (PSHE co-ordinator) said “Mr Whittingdale has always been a strong supporter of pupil voice and really brought the idea of one person making a difference come to life for the children. The new council cannot wait to get started in their role and make changes for the school and Ramsden community.”

The new council will assemble in November to raise money for the school’s chosen charity ‘Teddies for Tragedies.’

John Whittingdale raised a pennant on board Sailing Barge Thistle at Hythe Quay, Maldon, to mark her receipt of Eastern Regional Flagship status from National Historic Ships UK.

Thistle is celebrating her 120th Birthday having been built in 1895 by William Hamilton & Co of Port Glasgow, and is the only Thames Sailing Barge to have been built in Scotland. She is one of a fleet of four Thames sailing barges operated by Top Sail Charters of Maldon.

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John Whittingdale attended the Danbury Pre-School 50th Anniversary Village Fayre on Dawson's Playing Fields at Danbury Sports Club.

John is pictured with organiser, Sarah Clarkson-Reid and Manager, Charlotte Jones.

John Whittingdale joined hundreds of people including many Forces Veterans who gathered in the sunshine at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome on Saturday to pay tribute to the nation's Armed Forces at Maldon District Council's Armed Forces Day.

In support of the event many vintage and modern aircraft flew in, including a rare 1930s Aeronca all the way from Whitby, a pair of Hornet Moths, a Tiger Moth, and members of The Tiger Club Turbulent Display team. Throughout the day there were guided tours of the aerodrome, and the Maldon Cadets kept the crowds entertained with demonstrations and drills, and a Missile Run Competition between the Sea, Army and Air Cadets was won by the Maldon Sea Cadets who retained their trophy for the second year. Displays of vintage vehicles added to the atmosphere, and the younger visitors were thrilled to ride in model aircraft and try out a computer flight simulator. The Turbulent Display team provided entertainment in the air with their exuberant flying practice. The Tiger Club flew a missing man formation over the airfield and the crowd fell silent.

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