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VILLIERS ATTENDS CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS OF THOMAS WATSON COTTAGES

Theresa Villiers, MP for Chipping Barnet, was present for the 100th anniversary celebrations of the foundation of the Thomas Watson Cottage Homes, which took place in Leecroft Road, Barnet on Friday.Thomas Watson was general manager of Sutton and Company, who were carriers based in the City of London during the 19th and early part of the 20th century. The original 12 cottages were built in 1914 by the daughters of Thomas Watson as a memorial to him and as a benefit for the "old and loyal" employees of the firm. The estate now comprises 30 properties occupied by older people who have a connection with the freight industry and who have been in significant need. The latest development of eight cottages is just a few years old.

VILLIERS VISITS SWAMINARAYAN MANDIR TO STRENGTHEN LINKS WITH THE HINDU COMMUNITY

Theresa Villiers, MP for Chipping Barnet, visited the Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden on Thursday to show her support for the British Indian community in London and learn more about the Hindu faith. The visit was arranged by the Conservative MP for Harrow East, Bob Blackman, who has been a great friend of the temple for many years. The visit was hosted by leading members of the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir, Vinu Bhattessa and Nitin Palan, both of whom played a key role in the foundation of the temple in the 1990s.

VILLIERS ADDRESSES IFTAR EVENT AT FINCHLEY SYNAGOGUE TO MARK THE BREAKING OF THE RAMADAN FAST

Theresa Villiers, MP for Chipping Barnet, yesterday attended an Iftar event for the Somali Bravanese Welfare Association which took place in Finchley Reform Synagogue. The community centre which the Welfare Association would normally use for such events was burnt down last summer in an attack believed to have been a hate crime. When news of the arson attack became public, many local groups came forward to offer help and Finchley Reform Synagogue (FRS) have hosted Ramadan prayers this year and last year.

VILLIERS COMMEMORATES FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY WITH 'FRIEND IN NEED' CHARITY IN EAST BARNET

Theresa Villiers, MP for Chipping Barnet, was present at a commemoration event in the East Barnet Baptist Church on Saturday to mark 100 years since the start of World War One. The event was organised by East Barnet charity, Friend in Need, which provides support for people caring for elderly and disabled family members. The service was conducted by Pastor Rupert Lazar and attended by FIN supporters, as well as representatives of the Royal British Legion.

VILLIERS VISITS 2014 EAST BARNET FESTIVAL

Theresa Villiers visited East Barnet Festival in Oakhill Park yesterday, along with the Mayor and Mayoress of Barnet - Hugh and Susan Rayner - and Brunswick Park ward councillor, Lisa Rutter.The festival was first held in 1995. Originally it started with the funfair and a handful of stalls. Now it has three music and dance stages, a Children’s World, Market Hall, and various competitions. There were also about 100 stalls this year, representing local groups and charities as well as businesses.

VILLIERS VISITS BARNET MUSEUM EXHIBITION ON THE IMPACT OF WWI IN BARNET

Theresa Villiers today attended the official opening of two new exhibitions at Barnet Museum in Wood Street in High Barnet. They covered "Barnet and World War One” and “Barnet High Street - Then and Now" and were formally opened by the Representative Deputy Lieutenant for the Borough, Martin Russell. To mark the occasion, the volunteers who run the Barnet Museum organised an event called "Tea in the Park" in Courthouse Gardens behind the museum, with various entertainments such as ukelele players and the Barnet Band.

VILLIERS ATTENDS ARMED FORCES DAY EVENT IN BARNET

Theresa Villiers, MP for Chipping Barnet, attended Barnet Council's annual event to support armed forces day at Hendon Town Hall this morning. Following a parade by local cadets, veterans and members of the armed forces based in the borough, the Armed Forces Day Flag was raised at the town hall by the Mayor, Cllr Hugh Raynor.

VILLIERS SUPPORTS SUMMER SOULSTICE FESTIVAL IN AID OF CHERRY LODGE CANCER CARE

Theresa Villiers, MP for Chipping Barnet, yesterday attended the Summer Soulstice Festival in her constituency. The event has been running for 8 years at the Old Elizabethans sports ground in Mays Lane in Underhill. Over the years it has raised over £100,000 for Barnet charity, Cherry Lodge Cancer Care, which based in High Barnet.