|Another hectic weekend in Tooting!|
|Monday, 27 June 2005 15:27|
I have been very busy this week end sharing in some of the hustle and bustle of life in our busy community.
On Friday night I had the pleasure
e after school club
teaches children filming and editing skills to create their own short films and
animations about their lives in
I took my eldest daughter with me and we both had a great time. It was good to see so many young people involved in constructive and fun activities.
As part of Refugee Week I also attended an event organised the South London Tamil Welfare Group on Saturday night. The evening programme included classical dances and the playing of classical Sri Lankan by children of Tamil heritage. There was also a Michael Jackson fan dancing to 2 of his tracks and who danced and looked uncannily like the real thing! One of the most touching things of the night was a dance depicting the sufferings of Tsunami and a talk by a young boy about the message of Refugee Week.
It is worth remembering the UN Convention on refugees was written shortly after the end of the horrific Second World War. An asylum seeker and refugee is someone fleeing persecution and in fear of their life and completely different to an economic migrant. For more information visit the Refugee Council’s website.
On Saturday, I also attended the
Centenary fete at St James Church on
The vast majority of young people get a very bad press from the media when ironically young people are most likely to be the victims of crime and are probably the most productive ever, with more young people on apprenticeships and going onto higher and further education then ever before. It is a small minority that create a disproportionate impression of anti social problems.
On Sunday, I had the
pleasure of attending the 150th anniversary celebration at
The special service included hymns sung by the Holy Trinity Choir who were aided and abetted by recruits from Streatham, a sermon from Brother Patrick Moore, FSC, Scholar in Residence at Sarum College, Salisbury and a former teacher of the Revd Hugh Grear, as well as contributions by many others.
Sunday night was slightly more hard work but equally pleasurable. I was a panel member of a special "Furzedown Any Questions". This was the last event of the fantastic Furzedown Festival which has lasted a week now.
included a Tory Councillor, a local solicitor, a local resident who works for
the BBC, the Green parliamentary candidate, a local educationalist. The head of
It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening and bodes well for community activism in Furzedown.
On Monday morning, I went on what I hope will be the first of many visits (as the MP!) to Wandsworth Prison. I have been to the prison on many occasions before (as a solicitor seeing clients) so it was quite an experience seeing parts of the prison that lawyers simply don't get to see. The relatively new Governor Ian Mulholland told me about his positive plans for the future and arranged for me to have an inspection of the various wings, the health centre, the training courses and some of the different types of cells.
Both the Governor and I agreed that it is crucial for the prison to provide an environment where prisoners can be rehabilitated and resettlement back into mainstream life is one of the challenges that needs to be better addressed.
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