Author Archives: Janet Patrick

Beeston Post Office: ‘It’s not a done deal’

Today we finally presented the 3,965-signature PO petition to Richard Hall, Public Affairs Manager at the Post Office (right).  I was accompanied by Anna Soubry, MP for Broxtowe, and Richard Jackson, Leader of Broxtowe Borough Council.   The petition, signed after the … Continue reading

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Local Government Conference comes to Nottingham

Yesterday I attended Labour’s Local Government Conference. The atmosphere hummed as around 300 councillors gathered with Tom Watson, deputy leader of the Labour Party, several members of the Shadow cabinet, and a multitude of Leaders of Labour Councils. Everyone came … Continue reading

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Keep Beeston’s Post Office: petition launched

Broxtowe Borough councillors were informed on January 19 that Beeston Crown Post Office would be closed and the business franchised: that is, downsized and located within a Beeston store, most likely WH Smiths.  This move is part of the commercial policy of the … Continue reading

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What’s coming does not beat the drum

This old saying from Malawi reminds us that we never know what the future holds. The disastrous election results of 2015 were totally unexpected. Last year we had 18 Labour councillors and this year we have twelve. The Tories lead … Continue reading

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A Good Day’s Killing?

Tomorrow is the day our parliament will decide whether we bomb Syria. In the 90s I lived in Pakistan and I loved being there.  I have spent the last two Christmases there with my son Jonathan who works for the … Continue reading

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Light comes to Beeston in the November gloom

This year Broxtowe’s annual Season of Lights surpassed itself. Over 600 children and adults took part in this multi-cultural event at the Methodist Church on Chilwell Road. Performers in the hall included the Teremok Russian Children’s Choir and Dance group, … Continue reading

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Where now for Labour?

Over fifty Labour supporters and members gathered together for a half day conference on fighting Tory policies. Most of those present were from Beeston North ward which now has 300 members, gaining nearly 200 since the last election. We met … Continue reading

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Dog on a tram [guest post]

In Beeston I boarded a tram.  It was quieter than the Metro I use at home, but the journey was slower because there were more stops.  I sat nonchalantly looking across the aisle towards my fellow-passengers.  A small boy was … Continue reading

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