MP visits Holsworthy clubs

GEOFFREY Cox MP for Torridge and West Devon attended the weekly Good Neighbours Lunch Club coffee morning in Holsworthy Memorial, meeting trustees, Mrs. Wendy Millar, Mrs. Alma Bishop and Chris Rose, and went on for lunch and a discussion with clients and

GEOFFREY Cox MP for Torridge and West Devon attended the weekly Good Neighbours Lunch Club coffee morning in Holsworthy Memorial, meeting trustees, Mrs. Wendy Millar, Mrs. Alma Bishop and Chris Rose, and went on for lunch and a discussion with clients and staff in the day centre.The MP was delighted to see a bustling hall full of local people enjoying cups of tea and coffee with an abundance of biscuits, stalls, and a very popular prize draw. Local people from Holsworthy and the surrounding villages were able to have a chat with their MP and to raise issues, which ranged from local parking costs for community buses and local public transport to pensions. Geoffrey Cox was then taken just next door into the Holsworthy Day Centre where he was able to meet members of staff, volunteers, and trustees and clients of the day centre over lunch. The MP was concerned to hear that the day centre, which is an independent charity contracted to Devon County Council social services, is very much 'in limbo' with regard to funding because their last contract expired March 31, which has not yet been renewed, leaving the charity quite unsure about their future. Geoffrey Cox said: "The day has been enjoyable but also extremely valuable because I have been able to talk to many local people about issues affecting them. I have also been made aware in detail of the concerns over Holsworthy day centre and I shall do all I can to support its future because it clearly means so much for so many people and really is a crucial service for the elderly and disabled of Holsworthy and the surrounding villages". The MP said that he intended to raise the subject at the next of his regular meetings with the chief executive of the County Council.

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