Community Engagement

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Make IT Happy 2012

Rory has for the third year running invited schools in Penrith and the Border to take part in the national “Make IT Happy” competition, a UK-wide technology challenge for primary school students aged 9 to 11. Rory has supported the competition since his election to Parliament, and has seen schools from his constituency take the […]


loveday house in wigton

Rory visited Wigton’s Loveday House on Saturday 26th November to highlight the need to combat the increasing trend in festive isolation, helping national charity Abbeyfield – which runs Loveday House – to launch its nationwide campaign, Companionship At Christmas, which aims to create an alternative to spending the celebratory period alone. As part of the campaign, […]

rory continues to fight for bbc radio cumbria

Rory attended a lobby of Parliament by the National Union of Journalists in an event before Christmas which was also attended by employees of BBC Radio Cumbria. The lobby visited Westminster to meet with elected representatives and voice their objections over proposals by the BBC to make drastic cuts to local radio services, and in […]


rory supports brampton’s ‘shop local’ campaign

Rory met with local business representatives from Brampton at the town’s Howard Arms Hotel  in an event organised by the Chairman of the Brampton and District Business Association, Alison Cheetham, to launch the town’s ‘Shop Local for Christmas’ campaign. Rory met and chatted with local business people at the event, which was hosted by the […]


rory’s 2011 christmas card winner

Rory picked his winning Christmas card from dozens of entries sent to the local MP from schools across the constituency. The design by winner 9-year-old Danielle Rome from Year 5 at Brampton Primary School caught the MP’s eye because of its colourful depiction of a Cumbrian night sky, with yellow stars painted against a dark […]


eden community conference

Rory attended the Eden Community Conference at Skelton’s Toppin Memorial Hall on Saturday 26th November, meeting with representatives of Eden communities who had gathered for the day-long event to officially launch the £230,000 Eden Rural Infrastructure Fund, which will dispense grants to communities who have exciting projects aimed at making their villages more sustainable. Local […]


wigton schoolgirl nominated for ‘v-inspired award’

Rory has nominated local Wigton schoolgirl Sally Robinson for a national ‘V-inspired Award’, which recognises the fantastic achievements of young volunteers aged between 16 and 25 from across the UK. Rory nominated Sally, who is 17 years old, as an “exceptional and inspirational” young volunteer. Sally took part in the pilot National Citizen Service earlier this […]


wigton cycle path

Rory visited Wigton on Saturday 26th November to open the much-awaited £95,000 cycle route. After more than three years of planning and development the first phase of the Wigton cycle network is now operational. Rory commemorated the occasion by cutting the ribbon of the new path and meeting and chatting with students of both Thomlinson Junior […]


santas in penrith

Rory was  “absolutely delighted and honoured” to support and present the trophies at Sunday’s Hospice at Home ‘It’s A Knockout’ fundraising event in Penrith’s centre, which brought together six teams of local businesspeople who took part in the Christmas-themed tournament to help raise over £3,000 for the Penrith-based charity. Rory said: “After dancing along to […]


alston action committee

Rory met with a large group of Alston residents on Friday 25th November in an event to introduce the Alston Action Committee to the MP, who has been a tireless champion of community-led plans and decentralisation since his election in May 2010. The meeting followed the group’s submission of their expression of interest to Government […]