THERE is a getting back to normal or at least the ‘new normal’ feel as schools reopen and more people return to their offices and places of work.
The changes are more significant for some than others, but I have been impressed with how resilient and adaptable local residents have been in dealing with the virus and the recovery.
While we’re still battling with a serious pandemic, it’s reassuring to get out and about around the constituency and see more people visiting shops, entertainment and leisure centres, and (of course) taking advantage of the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme, in which hundreds of Worcestershire restaurants, cafes and pubs participated.
I know many students had a difficult and stressful time receiving their exam results, and we had neither the educational environment nor the results day that any of us expected or wanted this year.
Over the past few months we’ve faced many challenges and while we haven’t got it right every time, I want to assure my constituents that there are many, many people in local and national government who worked tirelessly to find the best solutions and we’ll continue to do our best to address this unprecedented set of issues.
My ministerial responsibilities meant I had to be in Westminster and travelling across the country this summer, but I also took advantage of my time in Worcestershire.
During #LoveCultureWeek, I visited Broadway Tower, followed by the Droitwich Heritage Centre at St Richards House.
I also enjoyed a visit to the Confetti Fields at Wick – spectacular as ever.
Most recently, over the bank holiday weekend I enjoyed time by the River Avon in Evesham at the Angling Festival. I was impressed by efforts from events’ organisers and businesses to make their places as Covid-safe as possible, with social distancing and hygiene measures – it’s taken a considerable amount of work.
As summer draws to an end, I hope we can all look forward to getting back to as close to normal as possible in the coming months while staying vigilant to the ongoing threats of Covid-19.
Mid Worcestershire MP