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NEXT ADVICE BUREAU WITH THERESA VILLIERS MP 6TH SEPTEMBER

Theresa Villiers, MP for Chipping Barnet, will hold her next Advice Bureau (Surgery) on Saturday 6 September between 10.30pm and 12pm.Constituents are advised that there will not be an Advice Bureau in August but that they are welcome to contact their local MP by email or telephone with any issue or concern they have in the meantime. Please go to the contact or Surgeries tab on this website for information about how to contact us.  

VILLIERS WELCOMES GOOD NEWS ON TWO CAMPAIGNS FOR BARNET HIGH STREET

Theresa Villiers, MP for Chipping Barnet, has welcomed two pieces of good news on her campaigns to support Barnet High Street. The first is that the William Pears planning application to improve the Spires shopping centre and retain its historic two spires has been approved by Barnet Council. In a separate development, an attempt to set up a gaming centre in the former Mothercare shop at 127-129 High Street now looks to have been shelved with the withdrawal of the appeal on change of use for the premises.

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.