January was off to a flying start with the introduction of my Knit & Natter group at Coopers Coffee Shop. The first session was on 6th Jan, and there was just me and Angela – Elizabeth’s mum who came along to support me and got roped in to coming every week. Coopers was closed the following week, but when we returned we had two more knitters join us. It’s a lovely group and I think it’s a great way of getting people out of the house. We certainly do a lot more nattering than we do knitting so far, but we’ll get there!

These are a few of my favourite things: Tea, Scones, Yarn..! In one of my favourite places.

We were out on the doorstep telling residents about the Mossley Hill Matters event that I’d organised to talk about parking and traffic issues. It’s a subject that has come up a lot on the doorstep and in email correspondence with residents. So it seemed like a good idea to bring people together to discuss the issue and see if there are any solutions that will work for everyone.

Canvassing team chatting to residents around Holmfield Road.

I attended the Winter Warmer Community Event organised by Growing Sudley, in the walled garden at Sudley House. I bumped in to a lot of old colleagues including Steph from This is Cirrus and Andrea from B4 Biodiversity. The team at Gorwing Sudley have secured a Power to Change grant to renovate the old changing rooms and turn them into an indoor space for their activities so they no longer have to worry about the weather.

I joined Cllr Hurley for an informal councillor surgery and met lots of residents talking about issues that are affecting them including anti-social behaviour, traffic, parking and rubbish. It was a great experience, understanding how councillor surgeries work and the process of actioning some of the issues. It was also nice to meet residents and introduce myself as the Labour candidate.

I’ve just added the finishing touches to the Mossley Hill Matters event plan, all ready to get everyone talking on Monday.