EASTBOURNE MP Caroline Ansell has been reflecting on what she calls ‘an incredibly busy week:’

“I have had an incredibly busy week as Eastbourne really starts to get in the swing of a staycation summer and a big dose of normality. 

On Friday, following my visit to West Rise Junior School to talk to pupils about climate change and answer questions about government policy, I dropped into the job centre to receive an update about the government’s £2 billion Kickstart scheme to find work for 16 to 24-year-olds which will give 125 young people from Eastbourne their first step on the career ladder. Careers advice, CV writing and interview sessions are all being run by the friendly team. Whilst there, it was great to hear placement offers being made. I have committed to doing my bit and I will take on a Kickstarter in September in a research and admin role. 

My day ended at Leo Leisure Bingo!  It was a treat to be there and to have a go at calling the numbers for their charity game! I was also, really impressed with how Michael and the team had looked out for their ‘community’. It reminded me of ‘Cheers’ where everyone knows your name.    

Armed Forces Day was on Saturday  and it was an important opportunity to honour our Veterans, Servicemen and Cadets right here at Eastbourne’s first Armed Forces Day Event in Five Acre Field.

In dramatic style, the RAF Falcons swept in, the bands played and the Lord Lieutenant took the salute. For some, this was a first event out which made it all the more special and it was a great atmosphere.   

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to all who serve.  The sacrifices they and their families make I’m sure got real for us when we experienced our own enforced separations these past months.  

Our Armed Forces have also underpinned the pandemic response itself, in PPE distribution, manning the pop-up test centre for key workers in Devonshire Park, and in the vaccine rollout. Additionally, our serving members of the armed forces continue to undertake humanitarian missions and are deployed overseas to keep us safe.  Their expertise and ability to deliver is second to none and I salute them. ”