Greg had a tour of Skinners' Kent Primary School, meeting staff and pupils, ahead of meeting its Executive Headteacher, Sian Carr.
Greg heard about the life-changing work that West Kent Drug & Alcohol Wellbeing Service does during a visit to their new centre in Tunbridge Wells.
Greg met with local businesses to discuss the experience of self-employment at a roundtable event organised by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).
Greg has called for High Brooms station to be made step-free, after the Government announced up to £300 million of funding for the 'Access to All' programme – which pays for access improvements at stations. Following successfully lobbying for improvements at Paddock Wood, in 2015 Greg opened the station's new lifts which were delivered under the scheme. With the announcement of additional funding, both rail operator Southeastern and Network Rail are consulting on which stations should benefit.
"For the last three years High Brooms has been the second busiest station in the constituency, and has seen passenger numbers increase by over 50% over the last decade – substantially more than any other nearby station. High Brooms is increasingly popular with commuters, and with the amount of development going on nearby the numbers using the station are only going to increase. It is also the nearest and by far the most convenient station for access to Tunbridge Wells Hospital.
"Therefore, I have written to Southeastern's Chief Executive, David Statham, urging him to make High Brooms a priority in their submission. I will also press the case for High Brooms with both Network Rail and the Department for Transport, and I would encourage constituents to have their say on this as well."
Southeastern & Network Rail Consultations
Greg was interested to hear about a number of new projects that the Domestic Abuse Volunteer Support Service (DAVSS) has underway during a visit to meet the charity's new Chief Executive, Henu Cummins.
"DAVSS does important work in our community. It was great to hear about some of their recent initiatives like the work they are doing with GPs and other health professionals to help them spot early signs of domestic abuse; and providing longer-term peer support to survivors of domestic abuse.
"During my visit, we also talked about the importance of promoting the service to men as well as women."
DAVSS supports men and women experiencing domestic abuse across West Kent using volunteers who DAVSS professionally train. Volunteers answer calls to the DAVSS Helpline (01892 570538), meet clients face to face to understand what support may be required, advise on how to stay safe, support clients to court if required and stay in contact to help them rebuild their life, their feeling of self-worth and their confidence.
DAVSS is always looking for new volunteers; men and women to join the team. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 01892 502074.
Greg met Suzi Mitchell, Chief Executive and Founder of the charity Taylor Made Dreams, which has been chosen as the Local Charity of the Year at Sainsbury's store in Tunbridge Wells.
Taylor Made Dreams works to enable children with life-limiting illnesses to help them draw up and fulfil a 'bucket list' of experiences they want to have in the remaining time they have.
Last Friday Greg visited local motorsport firms, Jota Sport and Jota Advanced Engineering. Since being founded just eighteen years ago, Jota has already earned an enviable reputation, becoming internationally respected on the racing circuit.
"Jota's breadth and depth of engineering expertise, racing experience and passion is extremely impressive. From a few small units, employing local people, Jota works on some of the very best British innovation and exports it worldwide. Their success on the podium is well deserved."
Greg was delighted to start a sponsored walk which was raising funds for Tunbridge Wells Youth Football Club to build a new clubhouse. Over 60 people took part in this event which raised a fantastic £6,000.
Greg cut the ribbon on the new swimming pool at Rose Hill School on Friday, planting an azalea to mark the formal opening of the recently completed facility.
Addressing pupils, teachers and governors, Greg said:
“This is a wonderful new pool, replacing the old outdoor one. It will bring year round pleasure to everyone who uses it, learning to swim, keeping fit and having fun.”
Greg attended the second annual Tunbridge Wells chess tournament, sponsored by Savills, which attracted two International Grand Masters and two International Masters, as well as one of the most promising young players in the UK, nine year old Shreyas Royal.
A total of 84 players took part in the tournament which was held over two days at The Tunbridge Wells Bridge Club and is also the home of the Chess Club.
The Open Tournament was won by local club player, International Grand Master John Emms, a former England Olympiad Team Captain.
Greg had a tour of Skinners' Kent Primary School, meeting staff and pupils, ahead of meeting its...
Greg heard about the life-changing work that West Kent Drug & Alcohol Wellbeing Service does during...
Greg met with local businesses to discuss the experience of self-employment at a roundtable event...
Greg has called for High Brooms station to be made step-free, after the Government announced up to...