Posts Tagged ‘West Thames College’

Visit from David Willets MP

March 30, 2009

David Willets MP, the Shadow Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, came to Feltham to listen to our concerns about the recent question mark over funding for a new skills centre in the Feltham area.  In attendance were me, Victoria Eadie (Head Teacher at Feltham Community College), Marjorie Semple (Principle West Thames College), Cllr Paul Lynch (Lead Member Children’s Services and Lifelong Learning) & Angela Rench (Officer from LBH).  We took a walk around the proposed site and had a very constructive discussion about the specific issues in Feltham.

This is the second time he has visited the constituency in as many years.  I am hugely grateful to him for his time – he offered some excellent advice!

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L to R:  Mark Bowen, Victoria Eadie, Marjorie Semple, David Willets MP, Cllr Paul Lynch

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Despite the acknowledgement that the footprint of the site has been a constraint, it does go further back than someone may expect when looking at it from the High Street.  I am pleased to hear of the college talking about further community benefit if this goes ahead e.g. voluntary groups, luncheon clubs etc.

No stone must be left unturned to achieve our goal of raising the profile of skills training in Feltham.

So much for the Front Page headline in last week’s Chronicle about us letting the site go to rot!

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David Willetts MP visits Feltham

March 11, 2008

I was very pleased that David Willetts MP took time out of his busy schedule to visit the Skills Centre in Feltham.  What was most impressive was the very clear and deliberate way in which he was asking questions from everyone he met in order to assist his own “education” about this aspect of his portfolio.  The students seemed very pleased at his interest in them and the college.

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In the picture are:
Me, Jim Richardson (Brick work lecturer), David Willetts MP, Stuart Hasley, Councillor Lin Davies (Deputy Lead Member for Childrens Services and Lifelong Learning), Mary MacLeod (Conservative Parliamentary Candidate in Brentford & Isleworth), Petrina Hosier