Last weekend was a varied one to say the least. It began after my Constituency Surgery, with a return visit to the Aldridge Youth Fellowship where I was quizzed by young people on a range of subjects from whether or not the voting age should be lowered from 18 to 16, to the effects of mass immigration on social cohesion.   I enjoyed being ‘put through my paces’ and the thought provoking discussions which followed, and am already looking forward to the next time.

Saturday morning and it was the 2015 Poppy Run for the Aldridge British Legion, and not even the cold damp start to the day could put a stop to the runners as they sped through to the finish line. I had the privilege to join organisers Karen Waple and Harry Fry at the finishing line to present the medals and trophies.

It was then on to my first “Christmas” event of the year – the Rushall Christmas Lights Fayre at the community centre where everyone was working hard to raise funds for the Christmas tree. A good cup of a coffee, the chance to buy some homemade cakes and an opportunity to chat. It was a good way to round off the morning. I can’t wait to see the tree when it’s put up nearer Christmas.

Next stop, Pelsall and the unveiling of a new ambulance for the Pelsall Disabled Group. Eileen and her group have worked so hard to raise the funds for this and it was a pleasure to be able to join them, and local Councillor Garry Perry, for the cutting of the ribbon. I am sure that they will continue to have many more wonderful days out and about in their new vehicle.