John Whittingdale presented computer equipment to children from Maldon schools who had collected vouchers in Tesco's annual Computers for Schools scheme.

John Whittingdale is pictured with Steve Hinckton, Manager of Tesco Maldon, and children from Plume School, All Saints Primary School and Watership Down Nursery.

John Whittingdale presents computer equipment to local schools.

John Whittingdale MP gathered with children from across Maldon at the local Tesco store. He was on hand to participate in the Computers for Schools program which allows children to collect vouchers and exchange them for computer equipment for their school.

For the more than £14,000 collected by local schools, Mr. Whittingdale handed out printers, digital camcorders, and laptops. Among the schools receiving computer equipment were Cold Norton Primary, Maldon Primary, Maylandsea Primary, and Heybridge Primary.

John Whittingdale attended the Topping Out ceremony for the new £148 million wing at Broomfield Hospital. The new hospital will be complete by Summer 2010 with the first patients due to be treated there in autumn 2010. It will have more than 300 bed, seven new operating theatres, new A & E and out patients departments, a special care baby unit and a roof top helipad. The new hospital wing is being built by contractors, Bouygues UK and is a PFI project.

John is shown alongside Chief Executive of Mid Essex Hospitals Ruth May, Simon Burns, MP for West Chelmsford, and Lord Petre, Lord Lieutenant of Essex.

John Whittingdale visited Buddies Children's Centre in Poulton Close, Maldon to open the new £60,000 extension. Founded by the Maldon District Handicapped Children's Association, Buddies is a day care centre for pre-school children, many of whom suffer from disabilities. The extension, which was funded with the support of the National Lottery, will allow the centre to accommodate up to 40 children.


John joins staff and pupils at Burnham County Primary School.

John Whittingdale recently visited Burnham County Primary School in Dunkirk Road, Burnham on Crouch. John was given a tour of the school and was able to participate in the pupils' art lessons. John is pictured here with Cllr Peter Elliott, Mayor of Burnham, Mrs Pam Longmead, Chairman of Governors and Mrs Helen Elliott.