Droitwich Arts Festival

It was a pleasure to join in the opening of this year's Droitwich Arts Festival on Saturday. I was joined by the Mayor of Droitwich and the Town Crier for what was, as ever a well attended and enjoyable day. 

Celebrating creative industries at ITV reception

It was a pleasure to spend time with so much on-screen and off-screen talent at the ITV Summer Reception in Westminster last night and celebrate the great strength of the UKs broadcasting and creative industries.

Supporting fairer school funding

The national fairer funding formula for schools is not just being introduced to give all schools more money. It is also being put in place to address historical and arbitrary disparities in funding between local authority areas.

Bengeworth Flower Festival

I had a lovely time at the Bengeworth Flower Festival over the weekend. Held in St Peter's Church over Saturday and Sunday, the festival was part of the continuing fundraising efforts for the repair of the stained glass windows.

Celebrating British farming and British produce

Yesterday marked the end of another successful Great British Asparagus Festival and I asked the Leader of the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom, if we could have a debate to celebrate great British farming and great British produce like the Vale of Evesham's famous asparagus.

Joining All Star cricketers in Droitwich

This weekend I went to Droitwich Spa Cricket Club to meet young participants of the All Stars programme. All Stars is a nationwide English Cricket Board (ECB) initiative to get young people into cricket and with over 100 children signed up, Droitwich has the second highest intake in the country.

Three Counties Show

I had a fun day out at the annual Three Counties Show in Malvern on Sunday.

Droitwich Spa Food and Drink Festival

It was the sixth annual Droitwich Spa Food and Drink Festival on Saturday and, as ever, the event was a huge success. I was honoured to introduce Great British Bake Off finalist Steven Carter-Bailey who officially opened the festival at the Lido Park in Droitwich.