RBL & Women's Institute WWI Commemoration Event

This evening Vernon was pleased to attend a WWI Commemoration Event at the Carlton Army Reserve Drill Hall. The evening was jointly organised by the Carlton & District Royal British Legion (RBL) and by the Netherfield & District Women's Institute (WI). The event is pictured below. Vernon is also pictured below with a fellow guest. Continue reading

Vernon visits Faith Marriott Nature Reserve

This morning, Vernon thoroughly enjoyed his tour of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust's (NWT) Faith Marriott Nature Reserve, tucked into the heart of the Arnold community (pictured below). The 'secret garden' was kindly left to NWT in 1999 as part of the legacy of local resident Faith Marriott. Ms Marriott also donated the neighbouring house, which was subsequently sold to fund NWT's conservation work.                         Continue reading

Holocaust Memorials 2016

This week, Vernon has been privileged to take part in local and national Holocaust memorial events. He was present at Redhill Academy on Monday when Holocaust survivor Simon Winston spoke to students about his experiences during World War II. Vernon is pictured below with Mr Winston, whom he was honoured to speak with.   Continue reading

Burns Night with Gedling CLP

Vernon enjoyed celebrating Burns Night yesterday evening with the Gedling Constituency Labour Party. The local branch got together for a Burns themed fundraiser featuring music and traditional Scottish fare, including delicious Cranachan courtesy of Jackie Feeney (pictured below). Continue reading

Vernon visits Gedling Memory Cafe

This morning Vernon was pleased to visit the Gedling Memory Café, a friendly and informal gathering of dementia patients and carers in Gedling. The cafés  are run by Alzheimer's Society whose staff are on hand to give practical information and emotional support, encouraging patients and carers to talk openly about living with dementia. Continue reading

Vernon votes against scrapping student maintenance grants

Today, Vernon voted against the government's plan to replace student maintenance grants with loans. The proposed policy change, announced during George Osborne's autumn statement, will adversely affect 500,000 of the poorest students in this country. Vernon is pictured below with NUS representatives who attended Parliament to oppose the measure. Continue reading

Vernon visits Mapperley TSB

Vernon was pleased to be invited to the Mapperley branch of TSB bank this morning. He is pictured below with customer Louanne Leonardi and branch manager Linda Finch. Continue reading

Vernon meets Phoenix Parliament!

This morning, Vernon was very pleased to award badges to the newly elected "MPs" at Phoenix Infant and Nursery School in Gedling. Children across the school voted for classmates to represent them on the 'Phoenix Parliament'. Over 30 children were elected to work with their Head teacher, Mrs Harper, on improving the school in a number of different areas. Continue reading

Vernon opens 'The Crossing' Social Club

Today, Vernon was invited to officially open 'The Crossing' Social Club on Victoria Road in Netherfield. The building was recently constructed to house the London Midland Railway Club after they sold their old premises to developers. Continue reading

Vernon attends AJ Memorial Football Tournament

Today, Vernon was pleased to attend a football tournament arranged by Nottingham Lions FC to raise money for CALM, a charity committed to preventing male suicide in the UK. The Lions hosted the tournament in memory of their teammate, Andrew Johnson - known as AJ - who tragically took his own life. Continue reading