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Eurovision 2016 – The UK Entry

Last night I watched the competition for the UK entry to this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Most of the entries were pretty lame but I thought that the last song by Joe and Jake stood out as being by far the best. Fortunately the British voting public agreed and Joe and Jake won!

You can hear their performance of “You’re Not Alone” here:

February 27, 2016 Posted by | General Musings | Leave a comment

Cllr Geoffrey Whittle DFM

IMG_5860It was my privilege to attend the funeral this afternoon of Cllr Geoffrey Whittle on behalf of the Commandant of RAF College Cranwell. Geoffrey was a real gentleman of the old school and was much loved by the local community in which he lived and which he served as a Conservative Councillor on North Kesteven District Council. I was privileged to meet Geoffrey on several occasions and can vouch for his modesty, kindness and friendly personality.

Geoffrey was also a WW2 Bomber Command veteran who carried out many missions over Germany. During one, aged just 20 years, he won the Distinguished Flying Medal. It was therefore fitting that he was elected to represent Ashby de la Launde and Cranwell ward on the District Council. A ward that includes RAF College Cranwell and RAF Digby.

All Saints Church in Ruskington was packed today and a good number of RAF personnel from a number of units and squadrons attended the funeral; 45 Sqn provided a flypast; and the Band of the RAF College provided a bugler to play the Last Post. A family member told me that he was thrilled by the RAF presence and it was only at the Last Post that the tears began to flow.

Geoffrey was sent off in style and I was pleased to have played a very small part in honouring his service to the RAF and the community. He will be very much missed by his family and friends!

February 19, 2016 Posted by | Local | Leave a comment

Mareham Ward By Election – Conservative Gain!

IMG_5841The Sleaford Town Council by-election in Mareham Ward today was a Conservative gain. I stood for the local Conservatives against the only other candidate a Lincolnshire Independent. They are a local political party who are well dug in some parts of the county and have almost complete control of the Town Council. I undertook my usual campaign of door-knocking and talking to residents about their concerns. I found that I was well received and despite some awful weather I got round a good part of the ward. I certainly made sure that every letterbox I could get to had a leaflet from me.

The Lincs Independents also leafleted but their candidate didn’t seem to even step into the ward. He certainly didn’t turn up at the polling station on the day and not even for the count! However, his party colleagues were there in force, with their leader on the Town Council giving me a lecture on the importance of working with them and of unanimity! We will see how that goes!

In the end the result was close but I defeated the Lincs Independent candidate by 148 votes (51%) to 140 votes (49%). Turnout was just 15.4%. I am currently the only Conservative on the Town Council.

Photo: L-R Cllr Richard Wright(North Kesteven DC), Cllr Richard Willis and Cllr Stuart Tweedale (Lincs County Council).

February 11, 2016 Posted by | Local | Leave a comment

Time to Blog Again

After a long break from writing I feel that it is time to resume blogging again!

Readers will know that I like to write about a range of subjects covering political and economic matters, defence issues, world affairs, and other general thoughts and musings. Whilst I don’t intend to write as often, I do intend to post occasional updates which I hope will be of interest.

February 10, 2016 Posted by | General Musings | Leave a comment