Crayford Tories AGM

Rt Hon David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, attended the AGM of the Crayford Branch Conservatives on Friday evening (12 January) and addressed the meeting on the Government’s priorities for 2018.

The Chair was taken by Association Political Deputy Chairman, Cllr Brad Smith, and the meeting received reports on the successful political, social and financial year. Functions held included a coffee morning and a BBQ, and the Branch worked hard in the Ward throughout the year and particularly during the General Election campaign.

The Officers elected for 2018 were:

  • Chair – Cllr Geraldene Lucia-Hennis
  • Vice-Chair: Cllr Melvin Seymour
  • Treasurer: Cllr Christine Bishop
  • Secretary: Mrs Norma Seymour

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Pupils from Welling School visit Parliament

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Pupils from Welling Secondary School who have been elected by their individual year groups to promote democracy and British values visited Parliament on Monday (8 January) for a tour and to meet local MP, Rt Hon David Evennett.

Almost 30 students were present for the tour of the Palace of Westminster which concluded in Westminster Hall, where they were then met by Mr Evennett for a brief talk on the history of the building, a photo, and were then taken to Portcullis House for a question and answer session.

Mr Evennett responded to questions on a range of topics including Brexit, education and skills, the voting age, NHS funding, and his role as an MP.

Tory Veteran Dies

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Edna Reeve, a member of the local Conservative Party for over 70 years, passed away on 2 January at the age of 95.

Mrs Reeve, who had a career as a professional dancer and then an NHS administrator, lived for most of her long life in Erith with her late husband, Ken. She was an active member of Erith and Crayford Conservatives, and subsequently Bexleyheath and Crayford Tories, and was a regular campaigner, organiser and big supporter of local political and social functions. For many years she served on the Executive Council of the Conservative Association, and was Treasurer of the Erith branch Conservatives. She also hosted many fundraising events at her home.

Rt Hon David Evennett MP paid tribute to Edna: “she was a great friend and a loyal hardworking Conservative activist. She first campaigned for Margaret Roberts (Thatcher) when she was the candidate for Dartford in 1950 and 1951 and remained a huge fan of our former PM.”

“Although not able to be so active in latter years, she continued to take a great interest in local and national politics. I am so grateful for all the help and support that she gave to me over many years. She will be sadly missed by her many friends and family members.”

Mark Brooks, Chairman of the Bexleyheath and Crayford Conservative Association, commented: “She was a real stalwart of both Erith Ward (former Chairman and Treasurer) when it formed the Erith & Crayford Constituency and then latterly Colyers ward (former Treasurer) in Bexleyheath and Crayford.”

“Edna held many a social function and ward meeting at her home near Erith Hospital alongside always making it available as a campaign centre during elections (the tea was always brewing). She was a regular attendee at executives and social events as well as supporting with canvassing and leafleting. She was also on the three-person selection panel in 1982 that chose David Evennett MP as the Parliamentary Candidate in Erith and Crayford!”

Crayford Academy Visit

HAAF Crayford Academy December 2017Rt Hon David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, paid a visit to Crayford Academy in Iron Mill Lane on Friday (15 December).

Mr Evennett was met by the school’s Principal, Richard Farrow, and the Chief Executive of the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Federation, Adrian Percival. They discussed the schools intake, charity fundraising, upcoming events, the Federation’s future expansion plans, and the National Funding Formula.

Following their meeting, Mr Evennett spent time chatting with some of the pupils about their school experience and their ambitions.

David Pops in to New Post Office

Rt Hon David Evennett MP popped into the new Crayford Post Office on Thursday morning (14/12) to buy some Christmas stamps and also to meet the new Postmaster and his staff.

Mr Evennett commented “The new Post Office is a great asset to Crayford town and is well situated in the library. It is already very popular locally and the staff are helpful and friendly.”

Crayford Post Office visit December 2017

Pictured Left to right: Emma Collins, Rashmi Patel, Rt Hon David Evennett MP, Jane Lock

Conservative Ladies Christmas Lunch

Bexley Ladies Luncheon Club held their Christmas Lunch at the Marriott Hotel on Thursday 14 December when the guests of honour were Rt Hon David Evennett MP, his wife Marilyn, and Cathy Brokenshire.
A festive feast of turkey and trimmings, followed by Christmas pudding and mince pies was the order of the day for the ladies and their guests. There was also a bumper fundraising raffle.
President Edna Clewes was in the chair and welcomed members and their guests. Mr. Evennett spoke about the current political scene, thanked the ladies for all their hard work during the 2017 General Election and for their support throughout the year and wished everyone a Happy Christmas and a healthy and peaceful New Year. Cllr Eileen Pallen gave the vote of thanks.IMG_2829

Carols by Candlelight

IMG_2009Slade Green residents got in the Christmas spirit yesterday evening (10 December) at St Augustine’s Church for a ‘Carols by Candlelight’ service. The community gathered to listen to the Christmas story through the words of scripture and the singing of carols.

Among the attendees was local MP and Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury, Rt Hon David Evennett, and his wife Marilyn. Mr Evennett delivered a reading from the Gospel of Luke (The Birth of Jesus Foretold), before the carols. There were also a number of other participants who performed readings and the Choir sang festive songs. Mr Evennett commented: “It was a fantastic service and it is a pleasure to be here this evening to see the local community come together, despite the bad weather!”

Festivities continued after the carols with light refreshments inside the Church.

Pictured with Rt Hon David Evennett MP is the Priest-in-charge, Archdeacon The Ven Dr Paul Wright, Curate Rev Jim Bennett, and other participants of the Carol Service.

Let it Glow

IMAG0178Rt Hon David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford and Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury, was the guest of honour at the ‘Let it Glow’ parade yesterday evening (7 December) in the pedestrianised area of the Broadway, Bexleyheath.

Local children participated in a free pop-up lantern making workshop with internationally renowned artist and curator, Tessa Garland, and paraded their creations to light up the High Street.

Adding to the festive fun was a special arts and crafts fair and food stalls, offering a unique festive shopping experience.

At the event, Mr Evennett spoke with parents, children and organisers before marching with a lantern. He commented: “I am delighted to be here this evening. The organisers have done a fantastic job and the children have really engaged to make some brilliant lanterns”.

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Pictured with Charlie from the Well-Bean Company

200 years of Parkinson’s

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Rt Hon David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, attended the Parkinson’s UK 2017 Parliamentary Reception yesterday (6 December). 2017 marks 200 years since the first medical report of the condition by Dr James Parkinson in his essay ‘The Shaking Palsy’.

Mr Evennett spoke with representatives from the charity, including Chief Executive Steve Ford, and listened to a moving speech from Parkinson’s sufferer and writer Jessica Mann. Mr Evennett then visited the different ‘zones’ at the event, which were the ‘Quality services as standard’ zone, the ‘Empowerment to take control’ zone, and the ‘Better treatments and a cure’ zone. The three zones correspond to the priority areas of the Parkinson’s UK strategy.

Following the event, Mr Evennett commented: “my late father, Norman Evennett, suffered from Parkinson’s and I am a strong supporter of the Bexley and Dartford Parkinson’s branch. The charity do fantastic work to raise awareness and to give support to those who suffer from this terrible disease”.