On Friday, Jo visited St Mark’s Church to celebrate Biggin Hill becoming a ‘toilet twinned town’. St Mark’s have been working with the charity Toilet Twinning to encourage local businesses and residents to twin their toilet with one in a developing country.
Last week Jo was pleased to attend a Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) lunch at Masala Dabbas on Orpington High Street. The lunch was an opportunity for local business leaders to network and get to know each other in a relaxed environment.
Orpington resident Ray Betts is taking on a 24-hour treadmill challenge to raise money for Olivia Falconer, who has cerebral palsy. Olivia, a student at Midfield Primary School, benefits greatly from physiotherapy sessions which help her enjoy a more active lifestyle.
In November, Jo visited Orpington railway depot to speak with local apprentices who are training to become the next generation of railway engineers. The apprentices spoke to Jo about the skills and experience they have gained through their apprenticeships.
Last month, Jo visited Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, a youth group in Orpington. Jo learnt about the group’s commitment to the values of the Hindu religion through exercise and education. The group provided demonstrations of the activities and games they hold at their weekly meetings.
Last Saturday was Small Business Saturday, a day to appreciate the important role small businesses play in our local economy. The high streets and parades across the Orpington constituency are home to a wide selection of small businesses.
On Friday, the Google Digital Garage visited Orpington, giving local residents and businesses the chance to improve their digital skills. Jo came along to see the group and individual sessions held to help educate people about online security, social media and conducting business online.