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** Dear Constituent,
Hello and welcome to this week's edition of the Denton and Reddish weekly news.
We've got some spooky events taking place this Halloween weekend. Scroll down to the community board to see what fa-boo-lous entertainment takes your fancy.🎃
A reminder too that last week I launched my Local Business Awards, celebrating the best local businesses right across Denton and Reddish.
👇 Nominate your favourite below! 👇
Click here to nominate your favourite business! ([link removed])
Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has shown his support for the Everyday Needs Grants Programme, which has been launched by the Royal British Legion and aims to assist veterans and serving personnel who need help with essentials.
Gwynne met with RBL representatives in Parliament last week, where he spoke about the importance of supporting veterans, and local initiatives including the Tameside Armed Services Community ([link removed]) .
During the cost of living crisis, the Royal British Legion has seen a 20% rise in requests for support from veterans. While the cost of living crisis presents challenges across households in the UK general population, particular challenges facing the Armed Forces community may compound the impact of cost increases. RBL research has found that households containing working-age adults in the ex-service community were more than twice as likely to receive a sickness or disability benefit that UK adults. Disabled households on average face extra costs of £582.
The Every Day Needs Grants Programme is designed to provide support for kitchen appliances, clothes and energy costs. Applicable recipients include serving and ex-serving personnel, and the wider Armed Forces Community (including families, dependants, and carers). Those wishing to apply can do so here ([link removed]) .
Commenting, Andrew Gwynne said:
“It was wonderful to meet with the RBL team in Parliament earlier this month. Our Armed Forces sacrifice an enormous amount to keep us safe, and it really is horrifying to hear that service personnel, ex-service personnel and their families are being hit so hard by the cost-of-living crisis.
“The Everyday Needs Grant is a great initiative, and I’d encourage anyone across Denton and Reddish who is eligible and needs support to apply.
“In addition to this, I hope that the Government will do more to ensure that those who have served our country don’t have to face this cost of living crisis alone.”
Nicola Cook, Director of Specialist Services for the RBL, added:
“I was delighted to meet Andrew and we were grateful that he took the time to drop in.
“The RBL provides lifelong support for the Armed Forces community, from providing expert advice and guidance to recovery and rehabilitation, through to transitioning to civilian life. If a veteran, or their family, finds life difficult then we are there for them. Support and a listening ear will always be there, whatever the problem.
“We can be by their side every step of the way, supporting serving men and women, veterans and their families. We also campaign on behalf of the Armed Forces community to help improve their lives and make their voice heard.
“Our Armed Forces personnel are willing to risk everything to protect you, despite having never met you, and because of their unique contribution, the RBL will be there throughout their lives, whenever they need us.”
Pictured: Gwynne at a Parliamentary event last week.
Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has called on supermarkets to ensure that food surplus doesn’t go to waste as he gave his support to ‘The Bread and Butter Thing ([link removed]) ‘ in Parliament.
TBBT is a charity that aims to make life more affordable for people on low incomes, builds strong communities and reduces food waste. Perfectly good supermarket food is packaged up into food packs for £7.50 a week. Often, there’s over £35 of food in the packs themselves.
Gwynne has been a long time supporter of the charity, and last month presented his Citizen’s Award to volunteers at The Bread and Butter Thing in Haughton Green Hub. ([link removed])
The charity is calling on supermarkets to adopt new Wrap guidance on the redistribution of surplus own label food, a call which Gwynne is strongly supporting. Wrap have urged supermarkets to rethink rules that limit the redistribution of own-label food to larger supermarkets.
Commenting, Andrew Gwynne said:
“It was a pleasure to meet the team behind The Bread and Butter Thing, which has made such an impact on people right across the local area.
“These kind of charities are absolutely vital, especially during this cost of living crisis. If you want to get involved with TBBT do visit their website to find out more.
“I would also encourage supermarkets to step up and ensure that food surplus doesn’t go to waste and instead goes to brilliant initiatives like TBBT.”
To become a member of The Bread and Butter Thing click here ([link removed]) .
Pictured: Gwynne with TBBT Chief Operating Officer Vic Harper
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Andrew in the constituency
Denton Cricket Club is delighted to host the inaugural John Gwynne Classic in memory of the legendary darts commentator and local club member, who passed away earlier this year.
John Gwynne covered 20 world championships and 20 world matchplays for Sky Sports and was a familiar figure on the network. He was described by colleague and Soccer Saturday Presenter Jeff Stelling as ‘part of the greatest darts commentary team of all time’ alongside Sid Waddell and Dave Lanning.
The event at Denton Cricket Club has been organised and sponsored by Teirnan McCorkell and the pipeEASY brand. Teirnan is a keen darts player and also sponsors Denton Cricket Club. John’s son, Andrew Gwynne MP, has been asked to present prizes to the winners at the presentation ceremony, which is due to take place at the club at 6.00pm.
Commenting, Teirnan McCorkell said:
“I am a passionate darts player and have played for many years. It’s an absolute pleasure to organise this event in memory of John and I hope it will become an annual event. I encourage as many players as possible to come along and get involved. There are trophies for the winners and a free pint for all entrants.”
Andrew Gwynne added:
“I am delighted to have been asked to present the prizes for a sport which Dad loved, and which was so close to his heart throughout his life. He would be thrilled.
I want to thank Teirnan for organising and sponsoring the tournament and to Denton Cricket Club for hosting. It promises to be a fantastic day.”
Full details of the Tournament and how to register can be found below
John Gwynne Classic Darts Tournament
Where: Denton Cricket Club, Egerton Street Denton, M34 3PB
When: Saturday, 29th October 2022
Registration opens at 9am and will close at 12:30pm at Denton Cricket Club.
Andrew in Parliament
📺 WATCH: At Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Questions, I ask the Minister to confirm that no IP for ‘dual use’ technology sponsored by foreign states but developed in the UK can then be used for military purposes against us or our allies.
Worryingly the Minister didn’t have an answer.
📺 WATCH: Parliament has been considering a petition on the efficacy and safety of the COVID vaccines.
These are the very drugs that have allowed us to ‘live’ with the virus and regain many freedoms.
Despite lots of misinformation on the subject, the vaccines are safe and effective and data is constantly under review by UK health authorities.
📺 WATCH: We’ve had another Urgent Question about the ongoing failure of the Avanti West Coast franchise. Giving them a 6-months extension was outrageous.
Why can’t this Minister see he needs to strip the contract from this failing company?
Andrew in the media
📰 READ: Thanks to the Manchester Evening News ([link removed]) for covering my comments in Parliament about Avanti's shambolic management of the West Coast mainline.
The Government needs to stop dithering and strip Avanti of this franchise.
Read the full story here ([link removed]) .
📰 READ: Thanks to the Tameside Reporter for covering my discussion with the Royal British Legion ([link removed]) in Parliament last week.
The RBL have launched an Everyday Needs Grants Programme ([link removed]) to support veterans, serving personnel and their families struggling with the cost of living crisis.
This is a great scheme, and I'm always proud to support the RBL.
Read the full piece here ([link removed]) .
** Guide Bridge Station Coal Wagon Project
🚂 The WOODHEAD RAILWAY MUSEUM ([link removed]) and Friends of Guide Bridge Station ([link removed]) are restoring an old coal truck for the Guide Bridge Station memorial garden.
Apparently the truck will be painted in the liveries of the Ashton Moss colliery in Audenshaw and Denton colliery…
Thank you to WRM, FoGBS and Network Rail ([link removed]) for restoring a bit of our industrial heritage. I can’t wait to see it in place!
A GoFundMe has been set up for the Coal Wagon project for anyone who wishes to make a kind donation towards the restoration work. If you are able and wish to donate click here ([link removed]) .
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