It was a great weekend out and about across my Aldridge-Brownhills constituency visiting some of our local schools, community groups and churches at their annual summer fairs.

It was lovely to meet with pupils, staff and parents at Cooper & Jordan Primary School in Aldridge, although I was a little disappointed at my performance at the coconut shy! No prize for me!

Our Churches play a very important part of everyday life across Aldridge-Brownhills and the annual Community Fun Days organised by St Thomas Church, Aldridge and St James’ Church, Brownhills have become a regular feature in my diary. It was a lovely to meet up with friends, new and old, and at St Thomas’ I enjoyed the refreshments as well as chatting with the Aldridge Fire Cadets, and hearing about their latest work. Over at St James’ whilst I didn’t sample the refreshments I was pleased to momentarily be nominated as head chef to manage the bar-b-que!

Saturday was rounded off, calling in to the Community Day at Manor Farm Community Association and hearing about their recent projects and the new football pitch, and a chance to congratulate them on their magnificent achievement in winning the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Their commitment to our local community has a profound and positive impact on so many, and I was delighted to be able to be with them at the weekend. After a fun weekend, in glorious sunshine, it was then back to Parliament.

But – I am already looking forward to next weekend’s Pelsall Carnival.