MP COLUMN: Hats off to the colliery choir by Gloria De Piero

editorial image

We have a rich mining heritage which we are rightly proud of, so hats off to the Eastwood Collieries’ Male Choir who are approaching their centenary making them one of the oldest colliery choirs in existence.

They are a registered charity and still aim to promote the old traditions and the benefits of male voice singing and raise money for good causes in the community.

Meetings take place every Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm in St Mary’s on Church Street, Eastwood and anyone is 
welcome if they are 
interested. To find out more email Mike Tomlinson on

Libraries are invaluable - I remember my mum taking me regularly and my dad bringing lots of books home so I welcomed the education secretary, Nicky Morgan’s, commitment to enrol every junior school pupil in their local library.

What I’m less keen on is that library opening hours in Eastwood and Ashfield are down by a third since the Conservatives were elected to Government.

In the last year of the last Labour government, 
libraries across Ashfield were open for 363 hours a week - 100 more hours a week than they are today. Actions speak louder than words Nicky.

I’ve lost count of the number of times people have told me how fed up they are with the way that we do politics in this country – specifically Prime Minister’s Questions.

When people describe it as a ‘Punch and Judy show” or a “posh Jeremy Kyle” then you know something isn’t quite right.

I’ve long argued that we need to do things differently which is why I thought Jeremy Corbyn’s People’s Prime Minister’s Question Time was a good idea.

If anyone in Eastwood and Brinsley and the wider area has a question that they’d 
like to ask the PM, let me know and I’ll make sure I pass it on.

The other day I met with our local neighbourhood policing inspector, Deborah Regan, so she could keep me up to date on a number of policing and community concerns.

I find meetings like these incredibly useful and she wanted me to let residents know that the police are aware of the overspill from MFN and the problems that come with it and promised me that officers are taking the traffic problems seriously too.

It was also pleasing to hear tough action has been taken to evict several anti-social residents on Princes Street because behaviour like this should never be tolerated.

The cops are always looking for new ways to engage with the public and for those Eastwood folk on Twitter it might be useful to follow @EastwoodCops.

• Fancy writing a column for the Advertiser?

Email in your submission of around 350 words in length to with a head and shoulders picture.