Rt Hon Stephen McPartland MP
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in Stevenage, Knebworth, Codicote, Datchworth and Aston

Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland congratulated young Ambassadors from the disabled children’s charity Whizz-Kidz on their Kidz Unlimited Awards which recognise their achievements and encourage their aspirations.

Stephen said, "It was fantastic to see the Whizz-Kidz Ambassadors at the Kidz Unlimited Awards – they really are an inspirational group of young people.

"Whizz-Kidz do great work locally providing disabled children and young people with wheelchairs and with life skills through their work placements programme and wheelchair skills training. I’m very proud to be one of the charity’s Parliamentary Champions and to support their work in Stevenage and across the UK."

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Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland joined Hertfordshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, to launch the first Community DriveSafe scheme in the town which will allow residents of the area around Hertford Road to take the driving seat in dealing with speeding in their neighbourhood.

Stephen said, “I have received many complaints about speeding in this particular area of Stevenage since becoming a Member of Parliament and have worked closely with the Police to try and tackle the issue. I believe the Community DriveSafe scheme may finally provide the answer as the local community will be taking the lead in tackling speeding in this area. The support from the Police is vital in making this a success and shows how once again Stevenage is leading the way.”

The DriveSafe scheme is primarily aimed at road safety education and raising awareness of speeding.

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Edd's Bikes is a new type of bike shop with lots of space, expert staff and even a repair area where you can wait while your bike is repaired or upgraded and was officially opened by Stephen McPartland Member of Parliament for Stevenage.

Stephen said, "I am always proud to open new shops and welcome small businesses to Stevenage. Edd and the team behind him have created a fantastic concept which works really well in our area as we have so many cyclists. Stevenage is very lucky to have such a large integrated cycle network and Edds Bikes is going to help us all get as much use out of bikes as possible."

Edd Littler, who runs Edd's Bikes based in The Hyde, Stevenage, said, "I really hope people like what we have done here and that they come and see us in the shop. It's been a lot of hard work and I'd like to thank so many of my friends that helped us. I'm very keen to make a difference in Stevenage, especially to the environment. Not only am I selling a green form of transport, but we are also looking at novel ways to recycle as much of our shop waste as possible and help people fix old bikes for reuse rather than simply throw them away for new models."

Edd's Bikes is great news for Stevenage whether you are looking for your first bike or you are a company interested in the Government's cycle to work scheme.

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Volunteers from St Nicholas held a Blooming Great Tea Party in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care and raised £195 from donations.

Local residents and their friends enjoyed tea and cakes in the garden, and invited along Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, to support the event.

Stephen said, "I have long been a supporter of the work of Marie Curie Cancer Care and it was a great pleasure to attend this tea party organised and supported by local people.

"I am proud of the community spirit in Stevenage which comes through in so many ways. I would like to thank the volunteers who made the cakes which we all enjoyed."

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Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, was delighted to be asked to open the Aston Summer Fete this year.

Stephen said, “it is always great to see hundreds of people coming together to raise funds for small community groups, the Primary School and Church. It was an incredibly hot day, but the barbeque did a roaring trade and it was good fun getting involved and having a go on many of the stalls.

"The School Orchestra and Choir did a wonderful job of keeping the crowds entertained and we even had a visit from Darth Vader and some Stormtroopers who were brilliant with the children. The volunteers who made it happen, deserve all our congratulations for creating such a wonderful community event.”

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Young members of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Stevenage have been working with the Douglas Drive Senior Citizens Day Centre and making a positive difference by applying leadership and teamwork skills they have been learning on a Leadership Empowerment Action Programme (LEAP).

The town centre stall was to help raise awareness of the day centre, and Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland visited to hear about the community work the young people had been involved with as part of LEAP.

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage said "I would like to congratulate the younger members of the Coptic Church in Stevenage for their community work and teaming up with a number of local organisations to help them connect with the younger generation.

"I was delighted to see them working with Douglas Drive staff promoting the great work the Douglas Drive Senior Citizens Association does in our town. I very much enjoyed getting involved and seeing the enthusiasm for the partnership to help raise awareness and funds for Douglas Drive."

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Stevenage Community Trust has been presented with nearly £1,000 from Stevenage International Club which after 51 years was wound up at their AGM Jubilee Dinner earlier this year.

A cheque for the amount was presented to Alex Lang, a Trustee of Stevenage Community Trust and Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, by Christine Saint-Leitner who was a founder member of the Stevenage International Club and chair for the past 30 years, in the presence of former Club members and coinciding with Christine's 80th birthday celebrations.

The Stevenage International Club had members from over 22 countries and organised programmes of regular meetings and activities, as well as a number of language groups.

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Stephen McPartland MP for Stevenage along with the two generations of the Grix family were celebrating the launch of Stevenage Through The Ages, an initiative by the Garden House Hospice, a local charity that provides respite and helps many Stevenage families.

Stephen said, "This is a fantastic project which is raising money for a very worthwhile cause. Many people may be surprised to learn that almost half of the people who access the services at the Garden House Hospice come from Stevenage and this number will continue to rise as our local population ages. I am delighted to be supporting this initiative and very much look forward to seeing the Stevenage Through The Ages film when it is completed."

Grix's Ltd Marymead one of the first shops in Stevenage was the perfect backdrop for the launch of the Stevenage Through The Ages film, with many members of the local community contributing to the film and bringing some unique experiences and perspectives to Stevenage old and new.

Tina Fletcher, Corporate Fundraiser for the Garden House Hospice said, "A huge thank you to everyone who have supported this initiative - We could not achieve this fantastic fundraising event for the hospice without the support of the local businesses and community."

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