Ashfield’s brilliant young women - by Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero

We often here about young people being louts or troublemakers - I say that’s a massive generalisation. I recently paid a visit to Quarrydale School and met some brilliant young women.

Since that visit one girl, Lauren Noble has got in touch with me to tell me about a 13,000ft tandem skydive she is doing the day after her 18th birthday on October 13th.

It’s in memory of her friend’s mum who sadly passed away from cancer this year and Lauren would like to raise as much money for Nottingham Universities Cancer Charity. Let’s support her! If you’d like to donate to a great cause then visit www.justgiving.com/Lauren-Noble . Good luck and stay safe Lauren you are truly an inspiration!

I get so many e-mails and phone calls on local and national issues and they genuinely differ day to day and week to week. One of the best parts of the job is being able to do something about them if I can.

James Allbright from the SPACE Centre is taking some students from local schools to help build a pagoda at the Carousel Under-5s nursery. He told me he’s been blown away by the support they’ve received already and can’t thank Wicks or Wood Lane Timber enough. However, they are still in desperate need of 28 square-metres of corrugated plastic sheeting for the roof. If you can help please get in touch with James on 07984480975.

A lady from Sutton recently wrote to me and asked me if I would let people know about a campaign page www.facebook.com/bottlestopnow . If 100,000 people sign this petition it will automatically trigger a Commons debate on the mandatory use of plastic glasses and bottles in clubs and pubs.

It’s a worthy cause to support. I’d like to thank everyone who gets in touch with me and lets me know what’s important to them. Without you all I wouldn’t be able to do my job properly, so please do keep it up.

POST OFFICE UPDATE - I am constantly on to the Head Office at the Post Office as we all want to see the temporary branch in the Kirkby precinct become a permanent one.

I wrote to them AGAIN the other day and the Regional Network Manager told me in a letter “I can confirm that there are currently two interested applicants for this branch and I understand both are looking to take a unit within the precinct area. My local manager is contacting them on a twice-weekly basis to try to move things along”.

I promise you I will continue to badger them and keep you informed of every communication I have with them along the way because I know just how important this is to local people.