28 AUG 2015

Supporting Dover and Deal's great local businesses

Local small businesses are the engine of enterprise and job creation in Britain and East Kent. 99% of local businesses are classed as 'small'. Small and medium businesses account for 6 in 10 of all business jobs. They have been the job creators over the past decade. Large corporations are important, but it's strong independent local businesses that are boosting jobs and money in our community. Here in Dover and Deal we have many great local businesses. Last week, I...

22 AUG 2015

St Margaret's Craft and Gift Fair

It was great to see such a range of local crafters and artisans selling their good at St Margaret's-at-Cliffe's craft and gift fair in the village hall. As well as stalls, there was a raffle and a tombla with the proceeds going to Meadowside. It was great to meet such a variety of enthusiastic and talented crafters and to see the fabulously skilled cards, gifts and cakes they have created. I especially enjoyed the delicious cakes I took home from Naughty But Nice...

21 AUG 2015

Pharos Beer Festival

I was really pleased to support Dover Grammar School for Boy's in their bid for a new sports hall by opening the Pharos Beer Festival, organised by the Old Pharosians, the school's old boys network. Money raised at the festival will go towards building the new hall, which not only will be a great asset for the school, but it will be a great space for the local community to use too. I really enjoyed sampling some of the Kentish ale that was on offer. It is always...

In June, the New Dover Hospital opened its door to patients. To have a brand new state of the art, fit for purpose hospital in the middle of Dover shows how far we've come in getting a fairer share of healthcare for our community.

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