John Whittingdale is a regular visitor to local schools and recently went to St Peter's High School, Burnham on Crouch to be interviewed by pupils for the School report project being run with BBC Essex.


John is pictured here with Chairman of Governors, Cllr Peter Elliott, Deputy Mayor of |Burnham, Mrs Helen Elliott, Headteacher David Stevenson and pupils wearing the new school uniform.

 

John Whittingdale visited Wilkin & Sons for a meeting with members of the Essex NFU involved in Horticulture to discuss current issues affecting the industry. John was given a tour of Bounds Farm, Goldhanger, where strawberries are grown for, among other products, the company's famous Little Scarlet jam. John is seen here with Bernard Jenkin, M\P for North Essex, and Priti Patel, prospective Conservative candidate for Witham, being shown some of the fruit by Chris Newenham, Managing Director of Wilkin & Sons.

Among the issues discussed at the meeting were the future of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme, Water Use and Irrigation licences, Sea Defences and Energy Costs.


John Whittingdale met protestors against the Wind Farm which is proposed to be built on Bradwell and Tillingham marshes at the exhibition held at Bradwell Village Hall

 

John Whittingdale visited Brooks Bros Timber Yard in Danbury to support the "Wood for Gold" campaign. Ken Walsh, Managing Director of Danzer UK in Maldon, invited John to back the campaign, which is seeking to ensure that the Olympics and the legacy Olympic Park is environmentally sustainable and makes the best use of renewable building materials such as wood. Danzer UK is a major timber and lumber producer importing from Africa, America and elsewhere. Brooks Bros are a major customer supplying timber products across the country with yards in both Maldon and Danbury.

John is pictured with Mark Sherriff, Managing Director of Brooks Bros, and Ken Walsh, Managing Director of Danzer UK.


Each year thousands of people across the UK take part in Wallace & Gromit's Wrong Trousers Day. This is a national fundraising event to support children in hospitals and hospices all over the uk. For one day a year everyone at work, school or nursery swaps their normal below-the-waist attire for wierd, wonderful and wrong trousers!

Wrong Trousers Day started in the South West in 1997 to launch the capital appeal to build the new Bristol Children’s Hospital, growing in 2000 to support sick children in hospital and hospices in Bristol, Sheffield, Cardiff, Nottingham, Leicester, Manchester, Stockton-on-Tees and Newcastle. In 2003, Wrong Trousers Day became a national event supporting children's healthcare in the UK through the creation of Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Foundation.

Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Foundation is a national charity raising funds to improve the quality of life for children in hospitals and hospices throughout the UK.

Serious illness is always distressing but in a child it is cruelly so as it steals away childhood itself. The Foundation funds an innovative range of projects to ensure children in hospitals and hospices have a better, brighter future.

Since 2003 Wrong Trousers Day has been an outstanding success raising nearly £1 million for children in hospitals and hospices. Wrong Trousers Day has helped to build two new children’s hospitals and a new children’s hospice, provide state of the art equipment, create landscape garden and family accommodation facilities and fund specialist art, play and music therapy projects.