Thank you to residents of Trellech United

Dear resident,

I would like to thank fellow local residents who have taken the time to respond to my community survey (497 returned to date), to talk to me on the doorstep, and contact me about the issues that matter to our community.

Having spent much of the past year listening to the views and concerns of residents of the community wards of Catbrook, Llandogo, Llanishen, Penallt, The Narth, Trellech and Whitebrook, I have set out a six-point plan for our area which have been covered in my recent leaflets delivered to your door:

  1. Improving the state of local roads.
  2. Action on speeding.
  3. Tackling litter and fly-tipping.
  4. Delivering value for money.
  5. Investing in local services.
  6. Better broadband access and mobile signal.

I am a hardworking campaigner who will get things done for our community. I have already taken action to improve road safety; cleaned village and road signage; remove litter and fly-tipping; assisted residents in response to my community survey; lobbied for better broadband; and compiled a list of priorities to work on which is based on the survey completed by residents, if I am fortunate enough to get elected on Thursday.

Every vote will count in this election, and I would be grateful if I can count on your vote and support.

Your polling station is open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday 4th May. You can vote with or without your poll card.

We need someone fighting our corner in County Hall and Trellech United deserves a full-time councillor who can commit to the role and deliver a ward that works for everyone, including keeping council tax down and opposing Independent Group and Labour plans for hefty rises. I would be privileged to represent the ward in which my family and I live, and I will not let you down.

Whatever your persuasion, the important matter is that you take the time to vote on Thursday. It’s a meaningful way to back the issues you care about – and the representative you think can best effect the changes you want to see in our community.

Yours sincerely,

Christopher

P.S. If you have mislaid any of the leaflets that I have delivered to your home since September 2016 (including the community survey), they can be accessed on my website by clicking here. Thank you.


Christopher Edwards

Prospective County Councillor for Trellech United

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Thank you to all those who attended our fundraiser with former Governor of Belmarsh Prison, Geoffrey Hughes

TRELLECH UNITED ANNUAL TALK & SUPPER
Merry Christmas & Thank You for Your Support in 2015

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On 30th October we were fortunate to have the former Governor of Belmarsh Prison, penal expert and consultant, Mr. Geoffrey Hughes as guest speaker for our annual fundraising ‘talk & supper‘.

Geoff Hughes and his wife Sue were guests of local Conservative branch chairman, residents of Trellech United and wider Monmouthshire at its annual event.

The talk was open to everyone, and guests included MP for Monmouth David Davies; AM for Monmouth Nick Ramsay; supported by Monmouthshire Councillors, Deputy Leader Cllr. Bob Greenland, Cllr. Penny Jones and Cllr. Phil Murphy; in addition to friends, branch members, Monmouthshire residents, and people of all political persuasions.

Everyone had gathered at the Babington Centre (Trellech Village Hall) to hear local man Geoff deliver his talk. He certainly lived up to his reputation of being a larger than life character, and gave a most informative, amusing, thought-provoking and moving account of his remarkable career in the Prison Service, which is something we would all expect from someone who is at the top of his professionAfterwards, the floor was opened for questions and Geoff eagerly answered questions on his career and his views on current UK and foreign penal systems.

Christopher introducing our guest speaker Geoff Hughes, and setting the scene for the evening.

Christopher introducing our guest speaker Geoff Hughes, and setting the scene for the evening.

Supper was served, which to the delight of guests was local chef Sue Flower’s Babington ‘Marcher Chicken’ – chicken breast in a creamy ham and mushroom sauce with Pineau des Charentes; baked whole salmon with lemon and spinach; mushrooms stuffed with spelt risotto, served with roasted roots, Mediterranean vegetables, new potatoes and mash. This was followed by apple and blackberry crumble, lemon banoffee pie and Eton mess (incidentally some of Margaret Thatcher’s favourites in among those puddings), and cheeseboard. We certainly look after you in Trellech!

Congratulating David Davies MP on his resounding election victory as the Strong Voice for Monmouthshire

Congratulating David Davies MP on his resounding election victory as the Strong Voice for Monmouthshire

The customary raffle was drawn and in addition to a limited edition Help for Heroes bottle of Bell’s blended Scotch whisky, there was also a bottle of House of Commons Merlot signed by the Prime Minister, Rt Hon David Cameron MP (we must be giving him writer’s cramp by now), and a box of House of Commons handmade Champagne truffles. Congratulations to all the winners, including Miss Jennifer Davidson, winner of the truffles who just so happened to be fairly recently engaged to our very own candidate in the upcoming 2016 Assembly election, Nick Ramsay. Congratulations to you both on behalf of the branch.

Guests getting the opportunity for a catch-up with local politicians before and after the talk.

Guests getting the opportunity for a catch-up with local politicians before and after the talk.

David Davies MP giving a vote of thanks on behalf of those present for a thoroughly entertaining talk.

David Davies MP giving a vote of thanks on behalf of those present for a thoroughly entertaining talk.


The Trellech United branch would like to formally thank Geoff Hughes for giving up his time to give a talk to the branch and community; The Babington Centre (Trellech Village Hall) for hosting; Peter & Sue Flower for providing the sumptuous supper and manning the bar; Nassim & Peggy Hilu for their support on the evening; branch committee members for their raffle donations; and last but not least, to all those members and residents in the community who attended and made all of this worthwhile, which in turn gives us the opportunity to hold similar community-based events in the future.

Thanks again to all those who attended, and who gave generously and supported our ‘talk & supper’.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas, and a prosperous 2016.

Christopher Edwards
Chairman
Trellech United Conservatives

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Event: Annual Trellech Talk & Supper with former Prison Governor & Penal Expert, Geoffrey Hughes BA MEd MBA

Friday, 30th October 2015 7pm

Annual Trellech United Talk & Supper

Join us for an informal, entertaining and insightful evening with former Governor of HMP Belmarsh, Geoffrey Hughes. Geoff is a penal expert and knowledgeable speaker who gives a practitioner’s view of imprisonment, crime and punishment, providing a fascinating insight into life behind prison walls.

A non-party-political talk and 2-course supper that is open to everyone to attend

Former Prison Governor & Penal Expert, Geoffrey Hughes BA MEd MBA

Geoffrey Hughes BA MEd MBA

Geoffrey Hughes BA MEd MBA

‘Beyond the Prison Wall – A Governor’s Perspective’

Geoff was born and raised in Usk and was educated at Monmouth School. He spent 27 years in the Prison Service before retiring in 2008. During his HMP career he was the Governor of HMP Belmarsh (the highest security prison in UK), Cardiff and Drake Hall and served for 4 years as an inspector with HM Inspectorate of Prisons.

Before retirement he was Area Manager for all public sector prisons in Wales. A Founder member of the Prison Governors’ Association, Member of Penal Reform International and a Member of the Association of Churchill Fellows. He is now a Prison Consultant and advises prison services overseas.

HMP Belmarsh (the highest security prison in the UK)

HMP Belmarsh (the highest security prison in the UK)

ABOUT GEOFF

Geoff Hughes trained as a teacher and taught for 9 years in comprehensive schools and a secure unit for disaffected adolescent boys. He joined the Prison Service in 1981 and spent 27 years in over 100 prisons in England and Wales. His experience includes working in young offender establishments, women’s prisons, adult male prisons and high security prisons.

Geoff governed 3 prisons, Belmarsh, Drake Hall and Cardiff and held important posts in Prison Service Headquarters including Head of Security.

As Governor he was responsible for running effective and efficient prisons to protect the public and to help reduce re-offending. The varied work included dealing with crises such as hostage taking incidents and concerted indiscipline by prisoners as well as managing political influence, media interest and industrial relations.

Whilst Governor of Belmarsh Prison he was responsible for nearly 1,000 staff and a budget of £35m.

Geoff spent 4 years on secondment to HM Inspectorate of Prisons reporting, on the treatment of and conditions for prisoners on behalf of 2 Chief Inspectors, Lord Ramsbotham and Dame Anne Owers. This involved leading teams on announced and unannounced visits to prisons throughout the country.

In 1999 he was awarded a Sir Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to study prison inspection in Finland and Sweden.

Over the last 13 years Geoff has travelled extensively on prison work to countries including China, Argentina, Kosova, Australia, Bulgaria, Poland, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Jamaica, Mongolia, Norway, Sweden, Finland, France and Turkey as a consultant.

Schedule:

Venue: The Babington Centre (Trellech Village Hall), Trellech, Nr. Monmouth, Monmouthshire NP25 4PA

6:30pm Pre-event subsidised ‘bar’.

7:00pm Talk by Geoffrey Hughes, ‘Beyond the Prison Wall – A Governor’s Perspective’ followed by a Q&A session.

8:00pm Raffle draw & supper.

Raffle Prizes:

  1. Bell’s Blended Scotch whisky, Help for Heroes limited edition (70cl)
  2. House of Commons Merlot, France (75cl), signed by the Prime Minister, The Rt. Hon. David Cameron MP.
  3. House of Commons handmade Champagne truffles (150g)

Entry is by TICKET-ONLY as numbers are limited
(£12 in advance of the evening, or £15 on the door)

How to purchase a ticket:

  1. Using our  Online e-ticket facility; or
  2. At Trellech Teas, Babington Centre every Friday afternoon (in advance of the day);
  3. At the Association Office in Usk (in advance of the day);
  4. Locally, through one of our village organisers (details by email).
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Event: Nick Ramsay AM, ‘A Day in the Life’ & ‘Future Shape of Welsh Devolution’ coffee morning talk

Saturday, 21 February 2015 10:00 for 10:30am

LIMITED TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE

Join us for our ‘Annual Coffee-Morning Talk’; enlightening and very personal view of life as an Assembly Member, and the future shape of Welsh devolution.

A non-party-political talk/presentation that is open to everyone to attend. All profit from the ticket price will be donated to a local good cause/charity.

(Entry by ticket-only as numbers are limited)

Assembly Member for Monmouth, Nick Ramsay AM9ae33723-9fd5-4363-9045-24da2eb05623

A Day in the Life of an AM & Future Shape of Welsh Devolution

Nick’s coffee morning presentation will offer a behind the scenes look at the National Assembly for Wales and details what an Assembly Member (AM) gets up to in their constituencies as well as in Cardiff. Nick considers this a great way to meet constituents and helps give people a better understanding of what he does as an AM, Shadow Minister, and constituency AM back home in Monmouth.

‘A Day in the Life’ is a non-party-political talk and open to anyone to attend. The talk will also include the future shape of Welsh devolution. Appetite for independence is low in Wales, but polls suggest support for further powers stands at 49%, including devolving tax raising powers which is of great concern to the people of this constituency. Afterwards, Nick will open up the floor for questions.

Nick Ramsay was elected as Assembly Member for Monmouth in May 2007 and served as Shadow Minister for Local Government & Public Services until October 2008 when he was appointed Shadow Minister for Finance. Nick has since served as Shadow Health Minister and Opposition Chief Whip and Business Manager. Nick was re-elected by the voters of Monmouth in May 2011 and subsequently ran for leadership of the Conservative group narrowly losing out to Andrew RT Davies. In July 2011, Nick was appointed Shadow Minister for Business, Enterprise and Technology and served until February 2014. Nick then returned to the Shadow Cabinet when he was appointed Shadow Minister for Finance in July 2014.

CAMPAIGNERS for a Cancer Drugs Fund for Wales today handed in the biggest petition ever to have been presented Assembly Members.

Campaigners for a Cancer Drugs Fund for Wales handing over to Nick Ramsay AM, the biggest petition ever to have been presented to Assembly Members. The petition, which was set up by Usk resident, Julie McGowan, was signed by more than 98,000 people.

Tickets £5 (refreshments included and all profit donated to local good causes)

Schedule:

Venue: The Babington Centre (Trellech Village Hall), Trellech, Nr. Monmouth, Monmouthshire NP25 4PA

09:45am Doors Open for pre-event refreshments.

10:30am Talk/Presentation by Nick Ramsay AM,  ‘A Day in the Life’ & Future Shape of Welsh Devolution, followed by a Q&A session.

11:30am Raffle draw.

Raffle Prizes:

  1. Afternoon Tea for Two, and guided tour of the Senedd building, Cardiff Bay.
  2. FREE MOT at Rapidfix, Llanishen Garage, Monmouthshire.
  3. Bottle of Claret (2011), 75cl.

Raffle tickets can also be purchased at Trellech Teas any Friday before the evening

How to purchase a ticket:

  1. Using our  Online e-ticket facility (from 20th January 2015); or
  2. At Trellech Teas, Babington Centre every Friday afternoon (in advance of the day);
  3. At the Association Office in Usk (in advance of the day);
  4. Locally, through one of our village organisers (details by email).
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Last call for our next ‘talk & supper’, ‘Charitable Surgery in Africa’.

Ben & DadOnly 4 weeks to go before the speaker-led ‘talk & supper’ – A talk by Consultant General Surgeon Brian Stephenson on ‘Charitable Surgery in Africa’.

From surgery in modern facilities at the Royal Gwent Hospital to joining a humanitarian mission in a more ill-equipped part of the world.

joint op in ICThere are 21 tickets remaining and entry is by ticket-only.

Click HERE for more details.

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