On 25 July, John Whittingdale joined in the celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of St Barnabas Pre-School in Maylandsea.

John is pictured outside St Luke's Hall with a number of the staff who had dressed up for the occasion.

John Whittingdale visited St Nicholas Church of England Primary School in Tolleshunt D'Arcy.

While there, he was given a tour of the school by members of the School Council and then spent time talking to pupils in The Oaks class who had been learning about how laws are made. The children prepared three Bills - one to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 12, another to lower the legal age at which one can buy a pet to 10 and a third to allow children to drive electric cars in cycle lanes. John discussed these ideas with the children and answered questions about his job as a MP.

John is pictured receiving the Bills from members of The Oaks class with Assistant Headteacher, Daniel Woodrow.






John Whittingdale recently attended the celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of St Peter's High School.

John is pictured here with Carole Noble, Mayor of Burnham and David Stevenson, Headteacher of St Peter's.

John Whittingdale visited St Peter’s High School, Burnham on Crouch, to help Sixth Formers with their entry in the National Youth Parliament Competition.

The competition is organised by the Citizenship Foundation and is intended to help students gain a better understanding of the legislative process and the role of the House of Commons. John helped students stage a mock Prime Minister’s Question Time and Second Reading debate which was filmed for submission to the Judges. John is shown with a group of students alongside Cllr Peter Elliott, Chairman of Governors, and David Stephenson, Headteacher of St Peter’s.

The Swan pub in Little Totham held a mini-beer festival to raise funds for projects in the village.




John joined villagers to send up balloons in an attempt to send them across the world to raise funds. The fundraiser was organized by John and Valerie Pascoe who run the pub. The event was a celebration of the Swan’s honour of being named the Rural Pub of the Year by the National Farmers Union magazine, and Mr Pascoe expects that it will raise £1,000 for village projects.