Community Engagement

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digital hero – libby bateman

Libby Bateman of Mallerstang, who was nominated by Rory for the TalkTalk Digital Heroes Award, has won the award for the North West. The award recognised for her role in the Cumbria broadband campaign in which she has used digital technology to help others. Libby wins £5,000 for the East Cumbria Community Broadband Forum (ECCBF) […]


thacka beck

  Rory visited the Environment Agency’s £6.2million flood alleviation scheme at Thacka Beck last Friday, inspecting the major work that has been undertaken to reduce the risk of flooding in Penrith. The scheme, which has reduced the risk of flooding to 263 homes and 119 businesses in Penrith from 20% to1% in any one year, […]


  Rory has nominated local Dacre-based business Thermafleece for a place on the Made By Britain map, a project run by the Associate Parliamentary Manufacturing Group whereby Britain’s MPs nominate one product that is designed and produced in their constituency for inclusion in the Made By Britain map of manufacturing. The project, which was launched […]


appleby’s magic garden nursery

Rory helped to celebrate the success of the Appleby Primary School Wrap-Around Care’s recent OFSTED inspection of it Magic Garden Nursery and Breakfast, After School and Holiday Clubs at the nursery on Saturday, where staff, parents, children and committee members thanked him for his sterling support during its initial stages and first year of operation. […]

christmas card competition

Rory has written to all primary schools in his constituency asking pupils to design a Christmas card which reflects the spirit of Christmas in Cumbria. Following on from the success of last year’s competition – which was won by Ellie Morton of Plumpton Primary School – Rory will once again choose a winning design from submissions by school-children from across […]


cumbrian visitors to westminster

Rory took time out from his busy parliamentary schedule to welcome some special visitors to Westminster last week. He was joined on Tuesday by local schoolgirls Ellie and Amy Morton, both of whom attend Plumpton School and who had been invited to the House of Commons by Rory after Ellie successfully won the MP’s inaugural Christmas card competition last year. […]


poems for the blind at party conference

Rory spent an enjoyable half hour taking part in the Conservative Party’s social action project at Conference this year. Rory was delighted to attend the Conference’s specially designed, world-class ‘Social Action Zone’ within its Conference venue and recorded a poem for Calibre Audio Library, a self-funded charity that operates an audio library for visually impaired people, free of charge. The […]


wigton youth

Rory has met with some of the organisers of Wigton’s ‘Something for the Summer’ event, a music and arts festival organised by and for local young people at the Wigton Market Hall. ‘Something for the Summer’, which takes place on September 17th, will be a day-long event including local bands, entertainment and a community-run barbecue. […]

kirkby stephen flower festival

Rory spent Saturday morning of the August bank Holiday in Kirkby Stephen, visiting the Flower Festival at Kirkby Stephen parish church, the Upper Eden Arts and Crafts Exhibition showcasing local talent at 18/20 Market Street, and the Stainmore 150 event, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Stainmore railway line. Guided by Ann Sandell, publicity officer […]


hesket newmarket show

Rory attended Hesket Newmarket show on Saturday, where he met with committee members and show President William Cowx and Throstle Hall hosts Robert and Liz Mounsey, inspected the cattle and sheep classes, learnt about Herdwick sheep breeding from local farmer James Rebanks, and gave an interview to field steward and seasoned show commentator Bob Whitson […]