Graham Evans MP News Bulletin #156
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Surgery of the Week: 
Next week, 9 May, Graham’s help and advice surgery will be held at Helsby Community Centre on Friday afternoon. 

To book your space please ring 01606 350 323
Website of the Week: 
Barclays AFTER Programme 
The AFTER Programme is run by Barclays to support former and injured member of the Armed forces back into civilian life. You can learn more about the work being done here.
Ways to Contact Graham 
By Phone:
020 7219 7183
By Fax:  
020 7219 5079
In Person:
Graham holds regular help  and advice surgeries. 
To find out about the next surgery near you, call 01606 350323
By post:
The Bungalow
Sheath Street 

Since the last edition, Graham has:

  • Visited Mid Cheshire College for Barclay's Money Skills event teaching, students about financial awareness. See photo news below. 
  • Met with the Children’s Heart Federation to support their campaign to increase the early detection of heart conditions. See full story below.
  • Learnt about the Anthony Nolan ‘Register and Be A Lifesaver’ (R&Be) campaign to encourage young people to register. See full story below.
  • Met with the FASD Trust to discuss Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.  
  • Learnt about Mid Cheshire College's art scheme for people with learning disabilities. See photo news below.
  • Learnt about Sport England's plans to encourage disabled people into sports. See full story.
  • Conducted his own explosive chemistry experiments in Parliament. See photo news.
  • Met with the Ramblers' Association to discuss how to promote walking across Britain. See photo news.
  • Attended a number of Department of Energy and Climate Change meetings.
  • Attended various meetings in his capacity as a member of the Work & Pensions Select Committee.
  • Learnt about Basketball with Team GB. See photo news below.
  • Met with Barclays to discuss their 'AFTER' programme which helps former members of the Armed Forces transition into civilian life. 
  • Attended a climate change round table discussion. 
  • Held a constituency street surgery at Castle Post Office.
  • Attended the  Launch of APPG for Muscular Dystrophy's Inquiry Report into newborn screening.
  • Attended the opening of the Weaverham Superfast Broadband Exchange. See full story below.
  • Held a meeting at Northwich Cricket Club to discuss Graham's forthcoming charity match.
  • Presented a cheque to the Salvation Army, Northwich. See photo news.
  • Toured Saint-Gobain Isover, Runcorn to learn about their work in the insulation industry. See photo news.
  • Donated blood in Weaverham. See photo news below.
  • Visited The Coachman, Hartford, to learn about how they have turned their business around. See full story below.
  • Held a meeting with the Residents Of Sandymoor Against Construction Traffic (ROSAC) and the Homes and Communities Agency to discuss traffic on Walsingham Drive.
  • Learnt about the work of the War Graves Commission in Weaver Vale. See photo news.
  • Presented football awards at Manley Village Fete. See photo news below.
  • Held his constituency surgery in Northwich
Weird Science
Graham getting to grips with chemistry
Graham met the first scientist ever to be allowed to carry out explosive chemistry experiments in the House of Commons at an event held by the Royal Society of Chemistry in Parliament.
He met with representatives from the  society to talk about the importance of scientific research to the UK economy and Weaver Vale and take part in some loud and colourful chemistry experiments performed by Dr Hal Sosabowski from the University of Brighton. TV scientist Dr Sosabowski launched UNESCO’s International Year of Chemistry at the Houses of Parliament with a show of chemistry demonstrations in 2011.
Graham said: “I witnessed the whizzes and bangs of chemistry first-hand as Dr Sosabowski showed off the science behind glow sticks, a liquid nitrogen shower and a flaming methane mamba of soap bubbles. But behind the colourful chemicals and exciting explosions the event was an opportunity to discuss the need for a long-term strategy for UK science funding to drive economic growth and create jobs.
 “It certainly wasn’t a normal day in Parliament, seeing bright and explosive chemistry experiments. Britain is a world leader in science and the chemical sector alone sustains 500,000 jobs across the country. It was a fantastic way to find out more about the contribution that science makes to the UK economy, especially here in Weaver Vale.
Photo News:
Money Sense at Mid Cheshire College
Graham with Head Richard Hollywood and Paula Molyneaux from Barclays.
Learn more about the scheme here
Photo News:
Weaver Vale War Graves
Graham in Frodsham learning about the War Graves Commissions' work maintaining war graves.
Find out more here.
Weaverham Broadband
Graham with representatives of Connecting Cheshire
Graham was delighted to help turn on the Weaverham superfast broadband exchange will be switched on, which means that over the following weeks and months properties in and around Weaverham have better connection to the internet.

Graham said: "Almost 60% of people in the UK now use the internet every single day. It is vital for Weaver Vale’s economy. By 2016 more than 96% of Cheshire premises will be able to access high-speed fibre broadband, making the county one of the best connected regions in the UK. 400,000 properties across Cheshire should have access to broadband speeds of up to 80Mbps by the end of 2016. This means you will be able to download a full feature length film to your computer in just 16 minutes, or a song in just 4 seconds." 

Find out more by visiting Connecting Cheshire
Photo News:
Shooting Hoops
Graham trying out his skills as a basketball player
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Clay Creativity
Graham admiring the work of young adults with learning difficulties at Mid Cheshire College
Have a heart
Graham learning about the campaign
Graham is calling on parents across Weaver Vale to check for warning signs of possible heart problems in babies and follow life-saving guidance from the UK’s leading children’s heart charity.

Graham said: “Every year, around 5,000 babies are born with Congenital Heart Disease, however only a third are detected before birth, meaning babies with potentially lethal but treatable conditions leave hospital without being diagnosed. Delays in diagnosis cause distress, physical harm and can be life-risking.

"I am supporting ‘Think HEART’, a campaign by the Children’s Heart Federation to increase the early diagnosis of children’s heart conditions.
Think HEART provides parents with five easy signs to help to spot a heart problem:
H – Heart Rate (Is their heart rate too fast or too slow. Normal rate is between 100 to 160 beats per minute)
E – Energy (Are they sleepy, quiet and too tired to feed)
A – Appearance (Is your baby a pale, waxy, dusky, blue or grey colour)
R – Respiration (Are they breathing too fast or too slow. Normal rate is between 40 to 60 breaths per minute)
T – Temperature (Are they cold to touch – particularly their hands and feet)
"I am also supporting Children’s Heart Federation’s campaign for all babies to be tested for heart conditions at birth to help save lives. Pulse Oximetry is a quick, painless and cheap test that measures oxygen levels in blood and detects over 90% of life threatening heart defects in newborns.”

To get involved with the Think HEART campaign visit
Photo News:
Salvation Army Cheque
Graham presenting a cheque to the Salvation Army, Northwich, which he raised for completing a survey
Anthony Nolan Registration Drive
R&Be co-founder Keith Sudbury with Graham 
Graham showed his support for the Anthony Nolan ‘Register and Be A Lifesaver’ (R&Be) campaign to encourage young people to register.
The R&Be programme works in conjunction with NHS Blood and Transplant to recruit to the blood and organ donor registers. Since 2009, 8,409 young people who heard R&Be talks have joined the blood donor register and 3,038 have signed up as organ donors.
Graham  said: "It is wonderful to hear that such a programme exists to dispel the myths about donation and inspire young people to join the bone marrow, blood and organ donation registers.
"Register and Be a Lifesaver has reached over 127,000 students since it was established in 2009. Over 6,700 young people have joined the Anthony Nolan bone marrow donor register as a result, and so far eight people recruited through R&Be have donated lifesaving stem cells.
"I’m looking forward to working with the R&Be team to show young people in my constituency how they can save a life.”
The Coachman is Runaway Success
Graham with Chris and Vicky Lane 
Graham took his turn behind the bar at The Coachman in Hartford to find out how licensees Chris and Vicky Lane have turned around the pub’s fortunes since taking on the pub a year ago.

Trade at the pub opposite the railway station had tailed off over time until the couple took it on at the beginning of 2013.  Thanks to their hard work and a joint £270K investment with Star Pubs & Bars, Heineken’s pub division, Chris and Vicky were able to put the pub back on the map and have tripled trade since re-opening.

Graham Evans MP said:  “I am delighted to support The Coachman in Hartford. Pubs make up the heart of local communities and so I was delighted to learn about investment from Star Pubs & Bars, as well as the hard work of Vicky and Chris to revitalise The Coachman.
“I was especially impressed by the way they have adapted to modern technology and diversified their business.

I am the Vice Chair of the Beer All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), a qualifying member of the Save the Pub APPG, so it is always a pleasure to meet with successful pubs to learn how they have invigorated their businesses.

“The Coachman has returned to its rightful place in the heart of Hartford’s wonderful community and I look forward to learning about its progress in the future.
Photo News:
Blood Donation
Graham donating in Weaverham.
Find out how to give blood here.
Photo News:
Manley Village Fete
Graham was very pleased to present the football awards at the fete.
Sport England
Graham trying out a specially adapted erg
Graham learnt about how more than £170 million of funding is being invested by Sport England in programmes and projects to create more opportunities for disabled people to play sport. 
Graham Evans said: “The investment being made by Sport England into disability sport, especially in Weaver Vale, is fantastic. It’s been great to see first-hand the work Sport England is doing to create more opportunities for disabled to play sport in our community.

With a record number of 1.67 million disabled people currently playing sport every week, Sport England invest in a wide range of projects, accessible facilities and specialist equipment to make sport open to everyone, including:
•  £5.2 million in four Paralympic sport governing bodies
•  £92.2 million in 38 sport governing bodies with inclusive participation programmes 
• £18.2 million from the Inclusive Sport fund in 88 disability sport projects 
• £1.1 million from the Get Equipped fund in 141 projects for disability sports equipment 
•  £40 million investment to make sports facilities fully accessible.”
Photo News:
Saint-Gobain Isover

Graham in Runcorn learning about the insulation industry
Photo News:
Walking Britain
Graham with Nicky Philpott, The Ramblers' Director of Policy and Campaigns
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