|school, meetings and curry...|
|Wednesday, 07 September 2005 14:46|
This week has been an exciting one for many
parents, carers and children in Tooting as they go back to
school. Although Anisah (my eldest daughter) was excited about going
back to school, her parents were even more ecstatic!
The Bishop of Kingston, Dr Richard Cheetham, and I first met at an event in Tooting a month ago. The Bishop of Kingston’s responsibility includes Tooting constituency as well as a number of parishes across South West London. I was very pleased to receive an invitation from him to come and speak to his Area Deans to discuss community cohesion and to begin a working relationship between us.
I was quite excited to go to this meeting as aside from meeting such distinguished Archdeacons and church leaders I also got the opportunity to see the recently opened St Cecilia’s (Church of England) School in Putney.
Over the last week, two patients have absconded from Springfield Hospital, and you will have probably read the reports in the local press. This is very worrying for the local community, but the escapes also have to be put into context. There are thousands of success stories from Springfield every year, and at any one time the Hospital are treating 13,000 patients in the Hospital and in the community. I very much hope that these incidents are isolated occurrences, and do not become the norm. I was in regular contact with the Chief Executive of Springfield, Nigel Fisher’s office during the period when these patients had absconded. I have now written to him asking for a speedy, full and transparent investigation into what happened, and stressed the importance of reassuring local residents that the matter is being treated with utmost priority.
This week, I have launched a Curry Competition in Tooting! I am inviting local residents to nominate their favourite South Asian restaurant. The most popular one will be submitted to the Tiffin Cup national competition, and shortlisted restaurants will be invited to participate in a cook in to win the prestigious Tiffin Cup. More details are available here.
I have held two Advice Surgeries this week, and both were very well attended. The full details of surgeries are here.
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