My Week by Cllr. Steve Curran - 2018

12 - 16 November

I’ve decided to shake things up this week, so instead of a day to day recount of my week, I’ll be focusing on the highlights instead. Aren’t you a lucky bunch!

As mentioned last week, I was lucky enough go and watch the England VS New Zealand rugby match over the weekend. I was disappointed that England threw the game away after such a great start. The old adage ‘you should take the points when they come’ has never been truer. Better luck this weekend with England playing Japan.

On Sunday, I attended the Chiswick Remembrance Service on behalf of the Mayor of Hounslow Cllr Samia Chaudhary. It was a moving and solemn occasion, made more poignant as it was the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War. I’d like to thank all the young people who attended and paraded so well from the various uniform youth organisations as well as the residents, community groups and public service groups who joined us to mark the occasion. I’d also like to thank the organisers of the service who did a fantastic job, particularly the Chairman of the Chiswick Royal British Legion Jim Adams, and for the hospitality afterwards in the Chiswick Memorial Club.

Cllr Steve Curran, Leader of the Council, Ruth Cadbury MP and Lieutenant Colonel John Robert Stroud-Turp, Royal Regiment of Artillery.

(L to R) Cllr Steve Curran, Leader of the Council, Ruth Cadbury MP and Lieutenant Colonel John Robert Stroud-Turp, Royal Regiment of Artillery.

Now on to the highlights of my week! I caught up with residents at an independent local charity, operating under the umbrella of Men's Sheds UK. The charity runs workshops where members can undertake practical engineering and craft activities within a social environment to avoid issues of social isolation and depression.

Following a successful bid for £30,000 of Local Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding from Hounslow Council in April, the charity marked their completion of the refurbishment of the chapel and mortuary buildings at Isleworth Cemetery by officially opening the site.

The leader of the council with motorcycle owner Robin Duer.

I’m here (on the left) with motorcycle owner Robin Duer. Robin has been the owner of this wonderful piece of engineering for over 30 years. Made in Germany and shipped to German forces in Bucharest, Romania during WW2.

The leader of the council with Ribbon cutting with members of the Men’s Sheds UK charity.

Ribbon cutting with members of the Men’s Sheds UK charity.

Another highlight of my week was our 20 years of loyal service awards. This is one of the ways we show our appreciation for staff with long service. It was great to catch up with them and hear about their career journey over the years here with us at the council. Well done and a big thank you for your hard work and commitment.

I also joined the Mayor of Hounslow Cllr Samia Chaudhary for the Christmas tree charity appeal at Hounslow police station. The initiative was rolled out at police stations across London to spread festive cheer and ensure thousands of children across the capital receive a gift this Christmas. Residents are encouraged to get behind the campaign and give a gift by taking a tagged ribbon from a tree in their borough following the instructions on the tag.

Later in the week, I attended the Brentford Recycling Action Group (BRAG) annual general meeting (AGM). It was their 19th AGM held in the community hall at Brentford Dock. Officers from Recycle 360 were there to explain how we’re doing on recycling in the borough. It was also great to catch up with BRAG representatives who shared with us their upcoming plans and enjoy a glass of wine and a mince pie with them! I’d like to thank Patty and Hugh for their hospitality and for all the work they do in the community. They really do a great job!

I met with Hanworth ward members Cllr Samia Chaudhary, Cllr Richard Foote and Cllr Candice Atterton to discuss a range of subjects including bridle ways and how to make them more accessible; housing, and how we can further support local community groups in the ward.

Today I’ll be meeting the newly appointed Reverend Sarah Guinness at St Paul’s Church in Brentford, to explore the needs of the community in the area and how church can be best utilised. We also discussed the work she is doing with her colleagues to support vulnerable groups such as those with mental health issues, and how the council can support this.

Leader with Reverand Sarah Guinness outside the St Paul’s Church in Brentford.

I’m here with Reverand Sarah Guinness outside the St Paul’s Church in Brentford.

I also attended a celebration of Diwali, the festival of light, and Guru Nanak’s birthday, celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains, held at the Wellington Day Centre. It was great to speak to residents and hear more about the traditions on the day.

For anyone who planned to see me on Saturday, please accept my apologies as I’ve had to cancel my surgery this week. If you have an urgent query, please contact me.

Have a good weekend all.

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