Encouraging more people to get involved with their community

We are so lucky in West Oxfordshire to have so many volunteers and groups who want to get involved and make their local community a better place.  Since becoming your MP, I have made a strong effort to highlight all the fantastic work they do; it is these community groups that really are the glue that makes West Oxfordshire such an amazing place to live.  All too often, they are under the radar and many are not aware of the excellent work they do.

Each year I spend a week volunteering with different groups across our area, literally getting my hands dirty and helping out, getting to know the volunteers and those who rely on the services they provide.  I encourage you all to get out and see all the amazing things going on in our area and donating your time to help those around you. Read more about my 2017 volunteering week.


Robert joins Knit & Natter in Carterton

Robert said, "Thank you to attendees of Knit & Natter for letting me join in.  The group have been busy over the past year knitting poppies for the 'poppy mile' which will be in Witney in November to commemorate the centenary of WW1 Armistice day.  I can't wait to see it!"

Robert visits the new facilities at the Leys

Robert said, "It was great to visit the new facilities, including the refurbished mini golf and tennis courts.  This has always been a great hub of the Witney community, and I know these refurbished facilities will keep Witney residents of all ages coming along - and I couldn't resist getting inv

Robert joins residents at the Cake Café in Freeland

Robert said, "It was a pleasure to join residents, and Freeland and Hanborough Cllr Alaa Al-Yousuf, at the Cake Café recently.  This is excellent asset to the community, and I greatly enjoyed the chance to discuss local issues."

Robert visits Cogges Beer Festival

Robert said, "I was delighted to join Cllr Suzanne Bartington for the annual Cogges Beer Festival - a great local event that really brings the community together and showcases West Oxfordshire's brewing talent!"

Robert join residents to celebrate Freefest

Robert said, "Freefest was an excellent event and I would like to express my thanks to the organisers for enabling it to run smoothly. It was a great chance for the whole community to get together - and the weather held off as well!"

Robert hosts a Parliamentary Reception to celebrate U3A

Robert said, "I was delighted to host a Parliamentary reception for U3A to launch their new report ‘Learning not Lonely’ with their chairman - and West Oxfordshire constituent - Pam Jones, and celebrate the amazing work they do to combat loneliness in our communities.

Robert visits Tackley Village Fete

Robert said, "It was great to visit the Tackley Village Fete recently - I pay tribute to the organisers for creating an excellent, smoothly ran event that got the local community together and raised a great amount for charity."

Robert joins residents to celebrate the Eynsham Carnival

Robert said, "I greatly enjoyed joining residents and Cllrs Peter Kelland and Edward James to celebrate the excellent Eynsham Carnival. Dropping in on the many stalls - from the B4044 cycle path group, to the local TVP team, it was really a showcase of the fantastic community in Eynsham."