News https://www.markharper.org/ en Funding for the Forest of Dean https://www.markharper.org/news/funding-forest-dean <p>Some great news for the Forest of Dean and Gloucestershire as a whole thanks to the £11.3 million from the Government’s £900 million ‘Getting Building Fund’, topped up by £450,000 from the Gfirst LEP.</p> Thu, 27 Aug 2020 14:19:27 +0000 6341 at https://www.markharper.org Eat Out to Help Out with The Fountain Inn https://www.markharper.org/news/eat-out-help-out-fountain-inn <p>Enjoyed visiting <strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/thefountaininnparkend/?__cft__[0]=AZXNvD5qicJ60tQzcCezKOB4U5ZkPZrYGGiQLn9H2v9eX7R4tJqiqyCYkGwIbHon9z9WapFBmZIsbq5Sq150Gl1QyUTvoNhmfEvhRe5jKzIHNC8idWVmeyz55vSJ_x6_LWq72ZS3Cxzwis_TIpZUFIYf3MF31iYjR04dJcd1GUQsAQ&amp;__tn__=kK-R">The Fountain Inn, Parkend</a> </strong>last night, another great Forest of Dean establishment participating in the Government’s Eat Out to Help Out initiative.</p> Thu, 27 Aug 2020 14:21:03 +0000 6342 at https://www.markharper.org £500k+ of extra funding for Hartpury College https://www.markharper.org/news/ps500k-extra-funding-hartpury-college <p>Hartpury College of Further Education is to receive more than £500,000 of extra Government funding to begin immediate work from this September to repair and refurbish buildings and campuses.</p>&#13; &#13; <p>As someone who went to an FE College myself, I’m really pleased to see this funding boost as part of a £200 million package of upgrades for 180 colleges across the country.</p> Thu, 27 Aug 2020 14:22:56 +0000 6343 at https://www.markharper.org £ Millions more funding for our local NHS https://www.markharper.org/news/ps-millions-more-funding-our-local-nhs <p>Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is receiving an extra £4.4 million of capital funding for hospital upgrades, as part of the Government’s NHS winter preparations this year.</p>&#13; &#13; <p>The £4.4 million – the biggest increase across the South West – is part of more vital funding to help ensure our NHS is prepared to cope with winter pressures and reduce the risks associated with further outbreaks of Covid.</p> Thu, 27 Aug 2020 14:24:16 +0000 6344 at https://www.markharper.org Supporting our armed forces https://www.markharper.org/news/supporting-our-armed-forces <p>On Saturday, we marked the 75th Anniversary of the Victory over Japan and the end of the Second World War.</p>&#13; &#13; <p>Those that fought in the War in the East often refer to themselves as the Forgotten Army. As a nation, we must never forget the extraordinary sacrifice of those who served, both from the United Kingdom and from across the Commonwealth and other Allied nations.</p>&#13; &#13; <p>As we remember them, I would like to draw attention to our very own Trooper Denis Ireland.</p> Wed, 19 Aug 2020 13:32:25 +0000 6340 at https://www.markharper.org My thoughts on exam results https://www.markharper.org/news/my-thoughts-exam-results <p>As you almost certainly will have heard by now, Ofqual and the Education Secretary Gavin Williamson have apologised for the stress they caused and decided that students will be awarded their centre assessment grade for this summer - that is, the grade their school or college estimated was the grade they would most likely have achieved in their exam - or the moderated grade, whichever is higher. This will apply to both AS and A levels and to GCSE results.</p> Wed, 19 Aug 2020 10:00:30 +0000 6337 at https://www.markharper.org Visit to Go Ape at Mallards Pike https://www.markharper.org/news/visit-go-ape-mallards-pike <p>Last week, I visited another of the Forest of Dean’s key tourism destinations, Go Ape at Mallards Pike.</p>&#13; &#13; <p>I unleashed my inner Tarzan (the jungle sort rather than the Michael Heseltine sort) and had a go at their Treetop Challenge high ropes course, which was great fun!</p>&#13; &#13; <p>I am grateful to the Site Manager, Pete Shackell, for showing me around the site and demonstrating how Go Ape was operating in a Covid-secure way.</p> Wed, 19 Aug 2020 10:02:23 +0000 6338 at https://www.markharper.org Exam results https://www.markharper.org/news/exam-results <p>In March, the Government announced that it had taken the difficult decision, in light of the public health emergency, to cancel all GCSE, AS and A level exams due to take place in schools and colleges in England this summer.</p>&#13; &#13; <p>As A-Level and GCSE students across the Forest of Dean prepare to receive their exam results over the coming weeks, I thought it would be helpful to set out how those grades have been calculated.</p> Wed, 19 Aug 2020 10:04:18 +0000 6339 at https://www.markharper.org Visit to Lydney Brew https://www.markharper.org/news/visit-lydney-brew <p>Great to pop in to Lydney Brew on Church Road this morning.</p>&#13; &#13; <p>With a wide range of sustainably sourced coffees on offer, it’s heaven for coffee lovers like me!</p>&#13; &#13; <p>What’s more, Lydney Brew is one of many participants in the Government’s Eat Out to Help Out initiative across the Forest of Dean.</p> Tue, 11 Aug 2020 13:50:19 +0000 6317 at https://www.markharper.org Visit to Beachley Barracks https://www.markharper.org/news/visit-beachley-barracks Tue, 11 Aug 2020 13:53:15 +0000 6318 at https://www.markharper.org