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

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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Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, said, "IPSA completely disgust me and should be abolished if they try to force this pay rise through. IPSA was created after the expenses scandal before I was a Member of Parliament to rebuild trust in politics. If they think this will help - then they are absolutely mad.

"I do not claim personal expenses and commute from my home in Stevenage every day. I only claim for my office costs such as rent and staff salaries which are not considered expenses by HMRC or most working people. I cannot speak for other Members of Parliament but I take my duty to represent my constituents very seriously and believe IPSA is forcing those of us from modest backgrounds out of Parliament so it becomes the plaything of millionaires."

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Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, joined hospital staff and volunteers and the Revd Jane Hatton, Hospital Chaplain, as well as representatives of various churches and other faiths, at the dedication service for the new chapel at the Lister Hospital.

The chapel was dedicated by the Rr Revd Dr Alan Smith, Bishop of St Albans, and contains a beautiful fused glass window specially commissioned from a local artist, Tess Verrecchia.

The new chapel provides a very welcoming and visible space for relatives, visitors and all those who work at the hospital, more readily accessible on the ground floor.

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Stephen McPartland MP was invited to officially open the Knebworth Fun Day and award the prize in the Knebworth Primary School fancy dress competition on Saturday.

Stephen said, "It was a real honour to be given the opportunity to officially open the Knebworth Fun Day with large crowds present. The weather was fantastic which helped draw the community together and I would like to thank all those volunteers, the parish Council and Primary School for making the day such a success.

"The fancy dress competition was amazing as all of the children from each class in the school dressed up and after a very tough decision the judges awarded the prize to the Romans and Celts."

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Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, said, “It was an honour to be asked to speak again at the third Armed Forces Day held in the indoor market in Stevenage.

"The event is normally the biggest in Hertfordshire with thousands of people attending throughout the day to show their support for the wonderful work our Armed Forces do.

"I am proud of the community spirit in our area and our market traders do an amazing job by making this event such a huge success. They have my complete support and the event clearly showed how much we all value our Armed Forces and the biggest cheer was reserved for the Chelsea Pensioners who kindly came to take part.”

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Stephen McPartland MP opened a Lottery Funding event at Knebworth Village Hall to help small community groups and charities learn more about accessing funds for their projects.

Stephen said, "I have been working with the Big Lottery Fund for six months to pull this event together, as I was really keen to get the whole Lottery family into one room. I was delighted we were able to persuade representatives from the Big Lottery Fund, Arts Council, Heritage Lottery Fund and Sport England to come together at Knebworth Village Hall.

"My idea was to put together the smaller local charity and community groups, who traditionally find it difficult to access lottery funding, with the people who make the decisions. There were over 80 groups present at the event and the message from the whole lottery family was a very loud and clear, we are here to help.

"Pretty much every group is going away to work on an application and I look forward to seeing lots of successful projects over the coming months. We have been very lucky in obtaining lottery funding as an area but it normally goes into a small number of very large projects that often have no real positive impact on the wider community. I would like to see lots of smaller charity and community groups successfully bid for small amounts of funding that we know from experience will make a massive impact on the wider community."

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