MY SECOND Visit to support Parliament week was an enjoyable morning with young pupils from St Agnes and Mayfield Primary School.
Oldham Hulme Grammar School Parliament Week Event .
My first visit as part of Parliament week was attending the fantastic Oldham Hulme Grammar School. I was impressed with the week-long activities the school held such as Mock referendums, promoting Local Council and Youth Council Elections and discussing how democracy works in the UK.
It is always unnerving to speak to students as in my experience some of the most challenging and interesting questions come from our Youth. I discussed what my role as a Member of Parliament entails, my work in Parliament and the importance of Participation in democracy, followed by a great Q & A session from the students!.
After a long week in Parliament it was a pleasure to have been invited to The Blessed John Henry Newman RC College Presentation evening celebrating the fantastic achievements of the Year 11 students. The atmosphere in the school, the vibe in the hall where excited students, the proud staff and parents had congregated waiting for the event to start was moving . The sense of unity and community was felt throughout the school hall.
It was an honour to have been invited as the Chief Guest and to have been able to have been a part of a special evening. A big well done to all the dedicated staff and my sincere best wishes to all the students for a bright and successful future ! .
LAST THURSDAY I was presented with the National Youth Voice Star Awards for my lead role in the campaign to lower the voting age. It is a real honour to receive this award, and an even greater honour to have been nominated by our hard working Oldham Youth Council.
HISTORY HAS a greater pull on our conscious when we discover a personal link to the past. It could be a distant ancestor, rediscovered by research into our family past. Or perhaps they shared our name, or the name of a close family member alive today.
Or maybe that link is just knowing that someone involved in one of history’s most seminal events was from your town; once walked the same pavement as you; went to the same school; maybe once drank in the same local pub.
As we look ahead to Remembrance Sunday this week it is important to recall the stories behind the poppies we wear and the wreaths that are placed on war memorials up and down the country. Discovering a local connection to this annual event helps us to remember. Continue reading “Remembrance Sunday – the story of Private Walter Mills”