Fleet of Foot
This week has went past in a flash. Last Friday was filled from
start to finish with visits to constituents, even our lunch
break was a visit to the new Women's Aid office in Cadzow St.
Saturday took me to the Stonehouse Gala which was a great
success even though it was rather cold. My friends Emma and
George Sutherland who were fund raising for guide dogs. They had
their current ward with them. He is a very handsome 18 month old
lab called Umber. My son was trying to steal him away.
Sunday was a day
of correspondence and review of the avalanche of current cases.
I joined a campaign to have a pharmacy in an area of Larkhall in
need of such a facility.
Tuesday were again filled with visits to constituents ranging
from housing, health and anti-social behaviour.
One smashing visit I had was to a 9 year old who wanted to
interview me for a solo talk he was doing for school. The
questions were searching and well thought out. I took some
election and parliament information and answered all the
questions as best I could but I knew I was doing well when it
was noticed by this youngster that I was wearing a red and white
stripy top. The proclamation was your even a Hamilton Accies
fan!!! Now I know the secret I'll be wearing an Accies top more
Wednesday was back to Parliament where I met with the clerks for
the Europe and External relations committee. The first meeting
will be next week where hopefully I will be confirmed as
convenor. I am looking forward to this committee and I have
already met with UN representatives and an MEP in preparation
for setting up a work program. Exciting times indeed.
Last week I also
made it to the opening of Townhill primary school. Here is a pic
of Cllr Horne, Barbara Sefton head and me at the official
opening. Check out the motion I lodged on the Holyrood website.
CONGRATULATIONS FOR TOWNHILL PRIMARY ON OFFICIAL OPENING
Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse MSP Christina McKelvie has
tabled a motion in the Scottish Parliament congratulating
the staff and pupils of Townhill Primary School in Hamilton
on a highly successful official opening of their new school
Christina attended the opening celebration along with many
members of the school community. The official plaque was
unveiled by local SNP councillor, Cllr Graeme Horne, whose
own children attended the school.
"It was a pleasure to be able to attend the official opening
of the new Townhill Primary School. The pupils - from the
youngest to the oldest - were a credit to their school and
"Their songs and performances displayed a wealth of talent
and I found the positive messages of affirmation decorating
the walls of the building most encouraging and inspiring.
"I'm very pleased that the new building was constructed
without using the enormously wasteful PFI funding mechanism.
This new school will not only provide a superb learning
environment for generations of pupils, it will do so in a
way that gives real value to the public purse.
"Townhill Primary has a long and proud history not just as
an excellent school, but also as a crucial part of the local
community. This wonderful new building will help them to
build and improve on that tradition for many years to come."
The full text of Christina's motions reads:
Official Opening of Townhill Primary School, Hamilton
That the Parliament congratulates the pupils and staff of
Townhill Primary School, Hamilton on a highly successful
official opening of their new school building on 30 May
2011; considers that pupils of all ages were a credit to
their school, providing a superb welcome for their guests,
with songs, a guided tour and walls decorated with
inspirational affirmations about how much the new school is
appreciated by all who learn and work in it; notes that over
20,000 local children have been Townhill pupils throughout
its history; further notes that the new school was built
without the use of the Private Finance Initiative, and will
thus provide value to the public purse, and wishes the new
Townhill Primary a long and successful future.
I skipped out of
parliament at 5.45pm made it to a meeting in Larkhall for
7.30pm. Fleet of foot even with my sore twisted ankle seems to
be the order of the day!!
Right I'm running home now.
Take care. Christina