It is always good to be back from Westminster and to be out and about across the constituency to see some of the fantastic work which is going on in our local communities and to keep up to speed with the latest developments.

I was pleased to go along and support the Pelsall branch of the Royal British Legion last weekend as they prepared their Remembrance Day tribute. More than 6,000 knitted poppies have gone into creating the incredible Pelsall Poppy Clock as a Remembrance Day tribute based on the Battle of Passchendaele. The clock once again looks stunning, thanks to the tremendous hard work and dedication of our local Pelsall residents and Royal British Legion members.

My recent visit to the Hawthorns in Aldridge was a wonderful opportunity to meet with residents and staff and hear about the latest developments and activities. The retirement community in the heart of Aldridge Village combines residential living with care to support the independence of its residents as well as offering respite care. My tour of the facilities was certainly enlivened by the arts and crafts class which I thoroughly enjoyed participating in!

The Rushall Development Group Christmas Lights Fair gave me the chance last week to enjoy a chat over a bacon buttie and stock up on some homemade jam. The Fayre raised festive funds for the Christmas Tree and lights which will once again be placed outside the former library building and I very much hope to be able to join residents for the big switch on in mid-December.

Finally on a slightly different note, I am very pleased to see that after much lobbying of Walsall Council a planning application has been submitted to redevelop Ravenscourt in Brownhills. This long awaited development is overdue and desperately needed. Let us now hope we see some progress.