It’s been a diverse week which began with a poignant and moving flag raising ceremony in honour of our Armed Forces. The annual event at the Guildhall provided time for reflection on the contribution that members of the Armed Forces make to our lives.
On Tuesday I was invited to attend a Local Government Association (LGA) Parliamentary Reception at the House of Lords. This was to mark 20 years of the LGA and provided a chance to hear about some of the future projects planned.
This week I met with Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens who was visiting the Bath and North East Somerset area. We discussed how we could work together to make people more aware of the police presence in Bath.
I was the guest of the St John’s Foundation charity on Thursday at their reception to mark their 843rd year in Bath. The charity works to support people to overcome challenges, improve their lives and live as independently as possible through providing almshouse accommodation, funding to individuals and charitable organisations and engage with the community through its community space, The Bubble. This is a remarkable organisation which contributes a great deal to the city.
Discussions with Nick Blofeld from Bath City Football Club, who is responsible for driving the community ownership project forward, focused on ways to improve things and raise the profile of the club.
My week ended with a visit to Glastonbury as a guest of Mendip District Council. As well as soaking up the atmosphere, I was given an insight into how the site and the security operation are run and the chance to view the police operations and control room. This provided a good opportunity to forge better links with the police and understand how we can help improve public safety at our own events.