I was delighted to hear last week that the new Mountjoy School has now been short-listed for an architectural award. Quite right, too. This brings a fitting end to a saga that has been going on for many years.
Western GazetteIn the first part of last week, I was rather far away from Sherborne on a trade mission to India. At the end of the week, I was rather close to Sherborne in Oborne. What, you may ask, does Oborne have in common with Mumbai?
I have mentioned before in this column the very considerable respect I am developing for our new Police Commissioner, Martin Underhill. He seems to be doing all the things we would hope a police commissioner would do, transforming the hopes and aspirations of his electorate to the professionals in the police in an articulate and effective way, and earning plaudits all round.
After more than 16 years as the local MP, I sometimes wonder whether I will get to the stage at which I am not surprised by things that I discover in West Dorset. But even if this may eventually happen, I can certainly testify that it has not happened yet.
Being a local MP involves doing a lot of things that you wouldn’t otherwise find yourself doing. You open things that are already open (usually a pleasant and sometimes an inspiring occasion); you attend meetings with people you would otherwise never meet (sometimes very useful, sometimes very uncomfortable); and you get to hear about things that you wouldn’t otherwise hear about (sometimes dispiriting, but often hugely encouraging).One such activity is the receiving and conveying of petitions.