“Parliament Week” is a programme that connects people with parliamentary democracy in the UK. It has nothing to do with any Party politics. Atworth Parish Council became Parliament Partners in September 2014 and took part for the first time with an “Any Questions?” session on Monday 17th November. The aim was to encourage young people to speak up and take an active part in our democracy.
Effie Gale-Sides and Alan Bagnall, of Atworth Parish Council, and David Webb, Honorary Freeman of the Parish of Atworth, met questions from twenty representatives of Atworth Youth Club and Ceri Evans Community Youth Officer for the Melksham community area.
It was hugely enjoyable with lots of queries and viewpoints being expressed about current local and wider issues. Effie described the event as impressive and the young people as being very knowledgeable with a keen interest in a wide range of village issues. She was delighted with the turnout and the consideration given to the many questions asked.
Thank you to everyone who attended and made it such an interesting and worthwhile event. Also many thanks to Kirsty for the use of the White Hart Skittle Alley when the Youth Club was found to be not suitable following recent flooding.