The 15th to 21st November is Parliament week. Parliament Week is a UK-wide programme of events and activities that inspire, engage and connect people with parliamentary democracy.
This year, Parliament week will be focussing on Women in Democracy and a number of educational and inspiring events will be taking place across the UK.
You can find out more and get involved by visiting http://www.parliamentweek.org/
Last Thursday Rachel attend the grand opening of 'The Hub' on Armley Town Street. 'The Hub' has been set up by the Healthy Living Network Leeds, a charity based in Armley aimed at tackling health inequalities and empowering communities to make positive changes.
Staff and volunteers at 'The Hub' are offering a wide variety of activities for the local community including craft clubs, baking clubs, a volunteering course to gain a variety of work experience, tea parties for older people, guerilla gardening, monthly markets and edible bed planting. 'The Hub' also has its very owner greengrocer on hand every Wednesday and Thursday selling fresh, affordable fruit and veg to the people of Armley.
'I think its really fantastic that the Healthy Living Network has set up its Hub in the centre of Armley. The amount of activities on offer is phenomenal and I would urge everyone to make use of the things they have on offer. I know it has taken a great deal of effort to get 'The Hub' up and running and I am sure that it will be a great success'
Rachel will be at Kirkstall Abbey on Saturday 2 November for open-air screenings of Gothic classics, 'Nosferatu' and 'Bride of Frankenstein', in association with the Gothic Film Festival. We hope you can join her! If you're a parent with young children, don't miss out on the early (5:30) screening of Nosferatu complete with live piano accompaniment by John Sweeney. Ghoulish delights include a torture gallery, tales from the crypt storytelling (Thursday & Friday) and Frankenstein's Lab (Saturday and Sunday), not to mention a medieval market offering craft beer and heart-warming Mexican street food.
The festival runs from Thursday 31 October to Sunday 3 November and the full programme can be found at: http://gothicfilmfestival.co.uk/whats-showing/. Help Rachel to support this unique and exciting event.
Rachel will be helping to sell poppies at the Swinnow Road Morrisons, Bramley, on Friday 8 November as part of the Royal British Legion's annual poppy appeal. Poppies serve not only as tokens of remembrance for fallen British servicemen, past and present, but their sale also helps fund social, political and emotional support for those who have served or are serving in the British armed forces.
The coordinator for the Bramely and Armley poppy appeal is looking for local residents to collect for the poppy appeal. If you can spare an hour of your time to volunteer at Tesco in Bramley (LS13 2EU) at any time, 9-5, between 26 October and 1 November, or at the Bramley Morrisons (LS13 4DN) between 2 and 10 November, please contact Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0113 2630411.
Rachel welcomed Chuka Umunna to Leeds West on Thursday, Chuka is the Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.
During his time here Chuka visited GoGoSocial, a social media enterprise, where he met staff and management, and spoke to them about the problems faced by growing firms.
Chuka and Rachel took part in a roundtable discussion with local business owners, about how Leeds can play a crucial role in the economic recovery.
The day concluded with a dinner for 220 local business people, trade union representatives, Councillors and Labour Party members interested in hearing from Chuka Umunna.
"I know that for Britain to be a success, Yorkshire must be a success too. That means supply business and innovation in Leeds and across the region. As Business Secretary I will prioritise creating a British Investment Bank, an industrial strategy for growth, cutting business rates and freezing energy prices."
Rachel recently visited Bramley bus depot to meet Brandon Jones, Head of Communications at First North, as part of her ongoing efforts to improve bus services for the residents of Leeds West. She enjoyed a tour of the depot's operational and engineering activities and learned more about the challenges that First face in delivering a better service to their customers. Never one to sit on the sidelines, Rachel also got her hands dirty with apprentice Joshua Hitchcock.
On Friday Guardian journalist Polly Toynbee accompanied Rachel around Leeds West to see and hear the firsthand experiences of local residents. You can read Polly’s article about the day online by clicking here.
The focus of the day was housing and visits included a trip to the St George’s Crypt food bank at St Bartholomew’s Church in Armley, with Father Ian Wright and Martin Patterson from the Crypt. This was followed by a meeting with Leeds City Council Housing executives, who have recently taken back control of social housing in the city from Arms Length Management Organisations, at the St George’s Crypt Cafe in Armley.
Please find below Rachel's October Monthly Report, featuring all the latest news from Leeds West and Parliament.
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Rachel is pictured with Father Ian Wright at St Batholomew's Church food bank in Armley.
On Thursday 24 October from 2pm Leeds West Academy are hosting a business event in school.
They have asked Rachel if she could help spread the word to boost the number of businesses that are taking part! The school would be delighted to hear from more local businesses who would be prepared to go along on Thursday and talk to the students.
Any business, no matter how big or small is welcome. So far Rachel has contacted small local businesses as well as big empoyers such as Asda and Morrisons and PwC who have promised to try to send representatives along.
The event is being organised by the Year 12 business students. Please see flyer attached below for more details.
Rachel enjoyed meeting people attending the Memory Lane group, which is held once a month. They chatted to Rachel while enjoying a lunch of home made soup and sandwiches.
After lunch there was a talk from Armley Mills museum, showing items that might have been in common use when members of the group were children. talking about memories from the past is a way of helping people with memory issues and dementia.