April has been a busy month, Julian enjoyed meeting with different businesses, schools and constituents across both Skipton and Ripon and the surrounding areas. Julian has continued to support local councillor candidates across the constituency ahead of the local elections.
Julian visited Burnsall and met with Richard Bailey, the Chief Executive of Thwaites Brewery, at their new acquisition, the Red Lion Hotel. They discussed the challenges that the hospitality industry has been facing due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the opportunities for growth in the sector in the future.
Separately, Julian met with Graham and Steve, also in Burnsall, to discuss the impact that limited Public Toilet facilities are having on Graham’s garden, the river bank and the village, especially when it is busy with visitors. Julian hopes that with further conversations this matter can be resolved, and will continue to help in any way he can.
Back in Westminster, Julian enjoyed catching up with David Cutter, Chief Executive of Skipton Building Society. They discussed the outstanding growth and success that has been seen at the society whilst David has been there. David steps down at the end of the month with the new successor being chosen shortly.
In Skipton, Julian attended Skipton Beer Festival at the Town Hall. Julian took part in a blind tasting of various ales, under the guidance of Sam Weller from the Keighley & Craven Campaign for Real Ale, who was the tasting panel coordinator.
This month Julian also enjoyed meeting with Brooklands school, at the invitation of Marjorie Collings, a class teacher. Meeting with Willow Class, Julian answered questions about climate change, which they had previously written to him about. Julian also got to see their workbooks on the subject. Before leaving Julian was treated to a superb school lunch.
In Ripon, Julian enjoyed attending the Ripon Cathedral 1350 Preview Evening, which displayed a rich history of the cathedral. Julian also got the opportunity to receive an update on the development plans for the cathedral, and is looking forward to seeing these come to fruition.
Julian also enjoyed visiting the Harrogate Garden Centre. He enjoyed looking around at the range of plant stock and meeting with the staff, who work so hard to make the centre a great destination.
Julian continues to hold in person and telephone surgeries on a regular basis and Julian has held surgeries in both Skipton and Ripon this month, and continues to make representations to the Home Office regarding the Homes for Ukraine Scheme.
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