I was out and about in the south of my constituency this morning. On a beautiful summer’s day, there are few better places to be. I popped in to the Garden Centre at Cole Green for a couple of replacement blackcurrant bushes and then went to check on the condition of the oak tree I planted on the village green to mark the Millennium. It was looking good.
I chatted to local residents in both Cole Green and Letty Green before moving on to Tewin. There I visited the only community-owned village store in the County. There is a fabulous story behind this. Tewin Stores was about to close when local residents clubbed together to buy it. It is now run completely by volunteers from the Community Association under Chairman, Tony Cook. They have had the Post Office franchise restored to the village and they are a useful information point for Government and local government initiatives. They have recently opened a Tea Room and now an Art Gallery. It is going from strength to strength. I had morning coffee with a group of ladies celebrating a birthday. We talked about how pleasant it was to sit out in the sun and watch the world go by.