Copeland MP Trudy Harrison

Trudy Harrison Egremont 2Day February column:

A NEW start is fast-approaching for St Bees School with its doors set to officially reopen this year.

Prior to the New Year, I was honoured to join the School’s Minister, Nick Gibb at the official signing of contracts between the Full Circle Education Group and St Bees School Trust in Westminster.

This incredibly exciting opportunity is to the absolute credit of the community and an innovative approach to learning and international investment that the doors to this beautiful and historic school will reopen to students in just a few months’ time.

Students will be provided a British Chinese fusion curriculum integrating the best of Eastern and Western approaches to education with a focus on personal development and I look forward to seeing students, both local and from afar get stuck into their studies.

Kicking off the New Year, my first visit of 2018 was to Lakes College newest training facility – the National College for Nuclear.

Funded by the Department for Business, Industry and Skills, the world-class facility is part of the Government’s National College initiative which aims to address current and impending vocational skills gaps for national strategic industries.

Two sites have been created, one in Copeland and the second based in Somerset, and aims to train over 7,000 people by 2020.

It was great to meet with staff to learn about the facilities, which officially opens next month, and collaborations with Sellafield, University of Cumbria, EDF Energy and University of Bristol – the College compliments the wealth of technical training facilities and job opportunities in our area and makes apprenticeships across all levels easier to access – I would like to wish huge congratulations to everyone involved.

I’m a strong believer in us local representatives cracking on and getting things done for the people we represent here in Copeland, irrespective of party political differences.

On Saturday 6 January, I held my first Saturday Chataway coffee morning in Whitehaven, bringing together a cross-party collection of local County and Borough councillors to field the questions and concerns of local constituents whilst raising money for local charities.

At the next Saturday Chataway, held at Adam’s Memorial Hall in Frizington on Saturday 3rd February, Parish Councillors will also be on hand to answer any issues or concerns you may have so please do come along if you either have a problem you’d like solved, or would simply like to meet your local representatives.

Please see the full list of dates and venues below and I look forward to meeting you there.

Upcoming Saturday Chataway dates:
Saturday 3rd February – 10am – 12pm – Adams Memorial Hall, Frizington
Saturday 3rd March – 10am – 12pm – Crosthwaite Parish Room, Keswick
Saturday 7th April – 10am – 12pm – Parton Village Hall – Parton
Saturday 12th May – 10am – 12pm – Pensioners Hall, Millom
Saturday 9th June – 10am – 12pm – St Bees Village Hall, St Bees
Saturday 7th July – 10am – 12pm – Egremont – Venue to be confirmed
Saturday 4th August – 10am – 12pm – Seascale Library, Seascale
Saturday 1st September – 10m – 12pm – Cleator Moor – Venue to be confirmed
Saturday 6th October – 10am – 12pm – Church Room, Braithwaite
Saturday 3rd November – 10am – 12pm – Richmond Community Centre, Hensingham
Saturday 1st December – 10am – 12pm – Captain Shaw’s School, Bootle