Jo opens new facilities at Darrick Wood School

At the end of last term, Jo was pleased to officially open the new Movement and Performing Arts Building, PE changing rooms and extended Dining Hall at Darrick Wood School.

Jo meets Network Rail apprentices at Orpington Depot

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.

Jo visits HSS (Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh) in UK Parliament Week

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.

Celebrating Orpington’s Small Businesses

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.

Google Digital Garage Visits Orpington

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.

Remembrance Day Photograph

Jo is grateful to constituent Martin Moss for allowing him to share this picture taken at the Remembrance Day parade in Orpington. 

Jo visits Foal Farm, Biggin Hill

Earlier this month Jo visited Foal Farm, an animal rescue centre in Biggin Hill. The farm, which was founded in 1962, takes in sick, distressed and unwanted animals and helps restore them to health.

Farnborough Hill bus depot fire

There has been a fire at the bus depot in Farnborough Hill.

London Fire Brigade report:

'Around 60 firefighters tackled a fire at a bus depot on Farnborough Hill in Orpington this morning.

Crofton Lane closure update

Jo has received the following update from Thames Water regarding the closure of Crofton Lane:

The Chelsfield redevelopment plans

Earlier this month I visited The Chelsfield (temporarily renamed ‘The Helsfield’ for Halloween!) to discuss proposed redevelopment plans for the pub.