Old Treasures

It’s been a sensational week for local history. St Andrew’s Church in Greensted - which may be the world’s oldest wooden church - has secured a place in Historic England's feted “Irreplaceable: A History of England in 100 Places”.

Year of Engineering - STEM for Britain

There’s a huge drive at the moment to encourage some of the subjects of the future – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (or STEM) – and a particular push to get girls to continue with these topics to A level and beyond.

First Aid Tips From the British Red Cross #2

The British Red Cross is sharing a monthly first aid tip with MPs and constituents, with each one being, they promise, "easy to learn and easy to perform."

​April’s tip is "First aid for someone who is bleeding heavily."

Love Essex NHS

Brentwood and Ongar MP, Alex Burghart has joined forces with his fellow Essex MPs to pledge support to the Love Essex NHS campaign, which aims to highlight the hard work of NHS staff and its importance in UK society.

Government Cash for Pothole Repairs

This week: great news. I have no doubt that anyone who regularly drives around the area will be delighted to hear that our Transport Secretary Chris Grayling is making another £100 million available to help repair potholes.

Better Off in Retirement with Auto-Enrol

It’s all too easy to put off thinking about the distant future. And for too long that’s what too many of us did when it came to pensions. This meant that there were too few people saving for retirement – about 10 million people were not saving enough for their ‘Third Age’.

Celebrating Social Workers

World Social Work Day took place last week, with social workers worldwide celebrating and raising awareness of the work they do.


Challenging the most-able students in a school is an admirable aim, so I was delighted to hear about Shenfield High Schools "super-curriculum" proposals for its students.