As Member of Parliament for Brentwood and Ongar, I am always delighted to be invited to events celebrating all that is good about the area. This week has been particularly fine, with not only the ten-year anniversary of the creation of Becket Keys School but also the Brentwood Business Awards, hosted by the Brentwood Chamber.
Many people will be amazed that it is ten years since Becket Keys Church of England Secondary School was formed on the site of the form Sawyers Hall College and, prior to that, Hedley Walter Secondary School. From the initial idea of a group of parents and primary school heads feeling a Church of England secondary school was needed in the town to continue the faith-led work of the excellent CofE primary schools in the town, Becket Keys was formed. Ten years on it is still thriving under headteacher Andy Scott-Evans, with excellent results and an Outstanding Ofsted report, and I was honoured to be asked to join pupils, former pupils, staff and parents last Thursday evening for their celebration event.
There were more celebrations on Friday night at the Brentwood Business Awards which saw some of our finest local businesses, including the Merrymeade Tea Room and Chicken and Frog Bookshop, being recognised for their business acumen and exceptional work in the town. The evening saw the Brentwood Centre sports hall transformed into a glamourous awards venue – congratulations to everyone nominated and to the organisers for an impressive show.
In other constituency news, I am continuing to work with my fellow East Anglian Parliamentary colleagues to oppose National Grid’s East Anglia Green Energy Enablement Project (EAG) proposal to install overhead lines and pylons in our area. I am convinced that pylon infrastructure is not at all suitable for this part of the country and that new offshore generated electricity should, as far as possible, be transmitted offshore.
I’ve been in touch this week with all those who have written to me in recent months about the project and will keep in touch with all updates as they become available.
Alex Burghart MP with Cllr Noelle Hones and the Brentwood Business Awards Photo Credit: www.carmeljane.co.uk