Business Growth Strategy Dinner at Erith Lighthouse

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On Thursday evening (20 September) Cllr Teresa O’Neill OBE, Leader of Bexley Council, hosted a Business Growth Strategy Dinner at Erith Lighthouse. Business leaders, training providers, the Chamber of Commerce, local businesspeople, and Council representatives, together with Rt Hon David Evennett MP and Cllr Linda Bailey (Bexley Cabinet Member for Growth and Regeneration) discussed the opportunities and challenges for increasing growth and development in Bexley Borough.

The venue for the special dinner was the Erith Lighthouse, an extraordinary ‘pop up’ structure located on Erith waterfront for the summer, to explore and celebrate Erith’s unique London setting.

Celebrity Chef Steve Kielty, a Woolwich resident and runner up in this year’s Masterchef competition, provided a menu that played with flavour combinations and textures of British classics.

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Evennett visits Fantastic Lighting

Rt Hon David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford and Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury, paid a visit to Fantastic Lighting in Crayford yesterday afternoon (20 September).

Fantastic Lighting is a family-run business established in 1979, and since then they have been supplying Lighting Industry retailers across the UK. Their catalogue covers all aspects of Crystal lighting from contemporary to traditional.

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Mr Evennett is pictured with father and son, Andy and Paul Darmoo.

Commons Leader Leadsom Visits

Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP visited Bexleyheath on Friday 15 September at the invitation of Rt Hon David Evennett MP to speak to the Conservatives Ladies at their annual lunch.

 

Mrs Leadsom spoke of her role in Government as Leader of the House of Commons and Lord President of the Council.

MP and Council Leader Lobby London Deputy Mayor

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On Thursday morning (14 September), Rt Hon David Evennett MP, Bexley Council Leader Cllr Teresa O’Neill OBE, together with Cllr Brad Smith, met Sophie Linden, London Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, to discuss policing in Bexley.

In particular, the discussion focused on the Public Access Consultation and the proposals within it to close and sell the Bexleyheath Police Station. Mr Evennett and Cllr O’Neill vigorously argued the case for the retention of the Bexleyheath Police Station and the importance for the Borough and its residents to maintain the strong Police presence in Bexleyheath.

Mr Evennett commented: “Bexleyheath Police Station is conveniently located in the centre of the Borough, therefore offering community reassurance and swift response times. It is also easily accessible for residents across Bexley wanting to attend the Station, with good public transport links and much parking available nearby”.

“We were pleased to have had the opportunity to meet Ms Linden today and to explain in-depth the many downfalls of this proposal as well as the public disquiet locally. I very much hope that after the consultation closes and with further research undertaken the proposal will be scrapped”.

Cllr O’Neill commented: ““We thought it was important to put our residents case to the Deputy Mayor as Bexley residents still pay their precept for the Police although we accept we get lower numbers than others and our local Officers are often abstracted. It’s therefore even more important that they have access to a Police Station in the centre of the Borough and an alternative of technology isn’t acceptable to many. We called on the Deputy Mayor to come up with more innovative spending plans to ensure our borough continues to have a front counter where it’s needed.”

Evennett visits Bexleyheath Bingo Hall

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Rt Hon David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, paid a visit last Friday to the Gala Bingo in the Broadway Bexleyheath.

Mr Evennett spoke with staff and players, and was given a tour before discussing the industry as well as the various charity projects Gala Bingo support.

Mr Evennett commented: “Bingo is not only great fun, it can also be a fantastic social outlet for some people in our communities. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit today and I was also interested to hear about the role the club plays in the community”.

MP pays Tribute to former Association Chairman

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Rt Hon David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, gave a moving tribute to the late Bryon Huson at the interment of his ashes in Christchurch garden Bexleyheath on Monday 4 September. Rev Trevor Wyatt. Vicar of Christchurch, took the service.

Bryon was a former Chairman of the Bexleyheath Conservative Association, and was an active member of the Party for over 70 years. Mr Evennett spoke of Bryon’s love for life, interests, talents, and involvement in the community right up until his passing earlier this year, commenting “he was a great man and an inspiration to all who knew him”.

Among those attending the service and the interment were local Councillors, Party activists, friends, and members of the many organisations Bryon was involved in.

Crayford Tories Coffee Morning

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Crayford Conservative Branch held a fundraising and social coffee morning at the Crayford home of committee member Patricia Kaye on Saturday 2 September.

Members enjoyed coffee and biscuits, a raffle and the opportunity to chat with local MP, Rt Hon David Evennett, and Bexley Councillors Geraldene Lucia-Hennis, Melvin Seymour and Christine Bishop.

Transport Secretary Visits Bexley

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The Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, visited Bexley on Thursday morning (31 August) to discuss local transport issues.

After a bus tour of the borough organised by Bexley Council Leader Cllr Teresa O’Neill, the minister had a meeting at the Civic Offices. Rt Hon David Evennett MP and Teresa Pearce MP joined Cllr O’Neill and Bexley Cabinet Members Cllr Linda Bailey and Cllr Alex Sawyer on the tour and for the discussions at the Civic Offices.

Goodbye to James

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Rt Hon David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, and his wife Marilyn attended the High Mass at St Paulinus Church in Crayford on Sunday morning (27 August) to bid farewell and good luck to the Curate Rev James Crockford. After the service there was a BBQ and buffet lunch in the church hall.

Rev Crockford, who has served as Curate at St Paulinus Church for the past three years, is leaving to join the University Church of St Mary the Virgin in Oxford in September.

Pictured with Rev Crockford after the service are Rt Hon David Evennett MP, Mavis Fielder-White and Jean Bourn.