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Minister given aid for chairing tough meeting by EALC

Rayleigh and Wickford MP and Minister for Communities Mark Francois was handed a special present to help him Chair difficult meetings, when he met with representatives from the Essex Association of Local Councils (EALC) in his Ministerial office recently.

Rayleigh Brass fund raise for key local charities

Rayleigh and Wickford MP Mark Francois, who is also the President of Rayleigh Brass Band, attended their recent spring concert at the Mill Hall in Rayleigh and presented two £850 cheques to Havens Hospices and Supporting Carers and Families Together (SCAFT) with the money having been raised by the band whilst out playing and carolling at Christmas.

MP views work by local artists at Exhibition

Rayleigh and Wickford MP Mark Francois recently opened the Rayleigh Art Group Annual Exhibition, which took place at the Women’s Institute Hall in Bellingham Lane.

Mark Francois opens new Rayleigh Town Museum

Rayleigh and Wickford MP Mark Francois had the pleasant duty of opening the new Rayleigh Town Museum recently, as the culmination of a process which has been some 10 years in the making.

MP gives out prizes to green fingered constituents

Rayleigh and Wickford MP Mark Francois, recently attended the Rayleigh Horticultural Society (RHS) Spring Show at the Mill Hall, where he handed out prizes to winning exhibitors at the end of the day.

MP learns about pharmacies campaign

Rayleigh and Wickford MP Mark Francois, took time on a recent Friday afternoon to visit the Hawkwell Pharmacy (C Percy Ltd) on Main Road, Hawkwell, and to meet with the Pharmacist there, Mr Sajjad Manji. Mr Manji explained to Mark some of the concerns behind the campaign by pharmacists regarding forthcoming changes to the way they do their business.

MP explains his Brexit choice to local Tories

MP Mark Francois explained his reasons for backing Brexit to his local Party members at the Rayleigh and Wickford Conservative Association’s Annual General Meeting, which took place recently in the WI Hall in Bellingham Lane, Rayleigh.  The meeting, which was attended by around 50 members of the Association, heard Mark give three main reasons why he believes Britain should leave the European Union.

Queens Road to be resurfaced – at last!

 Rayleigh and Wickford MP, Mark Francois has welcomed the news that Essex County Council are due to resurface Queens Road in Rayleigh by the end of June 2016.  The road has been in a very poor condition for a long time and Mark, along with County Councillor Malcolm Maddocks and District Councillor Cheryl Roe, have been collectively pushing the County Council for some four years in an attempt to get the road resurfaced. 

MP gets update on new sixth form plans

MP Mark Francois recently paid a visit to FitzWimarc School in Rayleigh where he was briefed on progress with the plans to establish a new sixth form, at the start of the new academic year in September 2016.