Archive | March, 2011

LOCAL MP IN FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT BUNTING RECORD BID

LOCAL MP IN FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT BUNTING RECORD BID

Chesterfield Member of Parliament, Toby Perkins, this Wednesday joined Fairtrade Ambassador and five time Olympic gold medallist, Sir Steve Redgrave, in Parliament in a bid to break the record for the world’s longest bunting.

The world record attempt is to mark this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight and to highlight the Fairtrade Foundation’s ‘Great Cotton Stitch-Up’ campaign – a drive to end unfair European cotton subsidies.  West African cotton producers are some of the poorest farmers on the planet and yet, last year, had to compete with EU farmers who received over £600m in subsidies – the equivalent to Estonia’s entire EU contribution.

The record for the world’s longest bunting is currently 2,986 metres.  Fairtrade campaigners and supporters around the country are aiming to reach at least 4,350 metres – over two and a half miles!

The final bunting will be displayed on World Fairtrade Day, 14 May.

Commenting, Mr Perkins said:-

‘It is scandalous that West African farmers who earn less than $1 a day cannot use their farming skills to trade their way out of poverty. From the amount of Fairtrade goods on our local shop, I know trade justice is something residents really care about; therefore I am proud to be backing Fairtrade this Fortnight and their bid to break the bunting record.

‘Behind this campaign is a serious message to end unfair European cotton subsidies and to make trade fair.  That’s why I am supporting this bid, so we can help some poorest cotton farmers in the world make a decent living from their work.’

Sir Steve Redgrave added:-

‘I am delighted that Toby is backing Fairtrade’s campaign.  I have visited West African cotton farmers in Mali and I have seen how hard it is make a living from cotton already.  Farmers there are not asking for a handout, just a level playing field so they can improve their families and communities through hard work.

‘Working together we can end these subsidies and make their live just a little bit easier.’

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Chesterfield Child Contact Centre celebrates survival after funding withdrawal fears

Chesterfield Child Contact Centre celebrates survival after funding withdrawal fears

Toby Perkins, Labour Member of Parliament for Chesterfield has joined volunteers of Chesterfield Child Contact Centre in  celebrating the news that vital funding will continue after fears that a withdrawal would mean the closure of all Centres across the UK.

The National Association of Child Contact Centres (NACCC)  is the supporting membership body for around 350 child contact centres and services located throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is the largest in Europe. The service allows are neutral places where children of separated families can enjoy contact with their non-resident parents in a comfortable and safe environment. Over four thousand volunteers and staff working in contact centres across the UK were holding their breath when Government funding was said to be in doubt.

After showing his daughter Chloe the play facilities and toys that parents and children can enjoy at the Child Contact Centre, Mr. Perkins praised the Chesterfield Child Contact Centre

Mr. Perkins said:-

“The Chesterfield Child Contact Centre, and the NACCC more broadly, provides an outstanding service for so many young people and parents alike. The volunteers and staff do a wonderful job ensuring that children can spend time with parents and family despite often difficult circumstances. Whilst financial pressures remain, they can move forward with more confidence, and thankfully, dozens more parents will be able to utilize their centre as an informal place to make contact with absent children.”

Linda Moore, Chairperson of the Chesterfield Child Contact Centre added:-

“Toby’s visit has highlighted the need for additional volunteers, so that more children affected by family breakdown can meet their non-resident parent on Saturday at our centre.”

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Halfords puts its foot down in spite of economic downturn

Halfords puts its foot down in spite of economic downturn

Halfords, the nationwide car auto-centre and parts business, has opened a new store on Walton Road, Chesterfield creating new jobs in defiance of the Government’s cuts, rising VAT and shrinking investment. Toby Perkins, Labour Member of Parliament for Chesterfield, was invited to open the unit and meet the new members of staff after an entire renovation of the auto centre which includes top class mechanical equipment and technology.

The local economy is also set to benefit from the company’s continued investment with suppliers and partners in the area to the tune of £20,000 a month. Five jobs will be created by the site and we also invest in the community with an industry-leading apprenticeship scheme.

Mr. Perkins was joined by the Mayor and enjoyed a tour of the building, which is one of eight new sites planned for the next eight weeks across the UK.

After completing the official opening outside the Halfords Autocentre Mr. Perkins said:

“I was delighted to open the new Halfords Autocentre and meet the new employees who have been provided with modern, advanced equipment to help provide their service. With the additional jobs this will bring to the town, and with the apprentice scheme which promises to provide training and employment within this and many other Halfords centres, this is a small yet important venture which I hope proves a success”.

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dydd gŵyl dewi happus 2011

Happy St David’s Day to all Welsh residents of Chesterfield!

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