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Caroline Flint, MP for Don Valley, celebrated the launch of the Mayflower 400 International Programme in Parliament this week, a four nation commemoration marking the sailing of the Mayflower ship in 1620 from England to the New World.

The event saw global representatives unite from the UK, the Netherlands and the United States.

Michael Ellis MP, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, who spoke at the event, said: “The Mayflower 400 commemorations will increase the profile of the UK among an international audience and encourage people to travel beyond London to visit the UK.”

Don Valley is the birthplace of one of the most important Separatist Mayflower Pilgrims, William Bradford. He was born in Austerfield in the spring of 1590 and baptized there in St Helena Church.

Said Caroline: “I was so pleased to attend the launch of the Mayflower 400 International Programme in the House of Commons. The Mayflower voyage puts our towns on the global map – people will be talking about our Doncaster ancestors in the Netherlands and the United States as a result of the project.

“For us in Doncaster, Visit Doncaster are running a Mayflower heritage trail. I encourage all of my constituents to visit the ‘Visit Doncaster’ website to find the route, and stop off in Bawtry, Austerfield or Hatfield, amongst others, to learn more about our local history.

The Mayflower heritage trail can be found here.

A link to Mayflower 400’s website can be found here.

Flint promotes historic Doncastrians at Mayflower 400 launch

Caroline Flint, MP for Don Valley, celebrated the launch of the Mayflower 400 International Programme in Parliament this week, a four nation commemoration marking the sailing of the Mayflower ship...

braithwell_A__C_cropped.JPGParish councillors and local businesses joined Caroline Flint and ward councillors to say “Thank you” for a reduced speed limit on Ashton Lane which ends in the heart of Braithwell village.

Local businessman Arnold Pawson joined Caroline to check out the signs and road markings to slow down traffic coming into the village.

After a petition signed by almost 300 residents and a joint letter co-signed by Caroline Flint, Cllr Nigel Cannings, Cllr Martin Greenhalgh, Arnold Pawson, local farmer Richard Spencer, and Police Insp Mark Payling to the Highways Department, Doncaster Council agreed to monitor speeds along Ashton Lane and then pledged to introduce the new 40pm speed limit before the end of the year.

Braithwell_40_Martin__Richard__Arnold_Caroline_Richardg___Nigel_.JPGSaid Caroline Flint:  “This may seem to some people like a small victory, but speeding traffic has been a great concern to residents in Braithwell, even along narrow lanes like Ashton Lane.  This speed limit has already been shown to slow traffic down.

“I am grateful to Arnold Pawson for his determination to get this changed, to every resident who signed the petition, to parish and ward councillors and the local police inspector for their support.

“On this occasion, it was the community who put their foot down, not the speedsters, and together we have put a brake on speeding traffic through this quiet, beautiful village.”

Said Arnold Pawson “The residents of Braithwell are delighted with the outcome of their recent safety campaign to reduce the speed limit on Ashton Lane to 40mph, and would like to thank Caroline Flint MP for her support and guidance in the matter.”

PHOTO - Above: Cllr Martin Greenhalgh, Richard Spencer, local farmer, Arnold Pawson, Caroline Flint, John Parkes, Chair of Braithwell Parish Council and Cllr Nigel Cannings.

Top right: Arnold Pawson and Caroline welcome the 40mph limit.

Braithwell says 'Thanks You' for new speed limit

Parish councillors and local businesses joined Caroline Flint and ward councillors to say “Thank you” for a reduced speed limit on Ashton Lane which ends in the heart of Braithwell...

Caroline Flint, MP for Don Valley, supported a Ten Minute Rule Bill in the House of Commons to amend the law relating to rural banking and small communities.

Rural communities are now left often with no bank at all, meaning customers are having to travel into central Doncaster to do their banking.

This bill seeks to put rural areas on a better footing by making provisions to place the Access to Banking Standard onto a statutory footing; to place a duty on a closing bank to provide a community investment fund from those banks which has received significant tax-payer assistance in the aftermath of the last economic crash; and to strengthen the provision of post office services for rural and small communities across the UK.

The bill will also seek to establish a Community Fund of £100,000 for each branch closure of tax payer owned banks to help support the communities and customers they are abandoning.

Said Caroline: “I was happy to be able to support Luke Graham MP’s Bill on banking. I will always consider cross-party initiatives to try and make sure that Don Valley gets the best deal from this Government.

“The treatment of rural communities by our banks, including RBS, isn’t correct. Rural communities need to be considered properly when banks are deciding on making closures. When I met with RBS, and realised that rural communities were considered on the same footing as busy city high streets, I knew something had to change.”

Flint supports stronger protections for Don Valley banks

Caroline Flint, MP for Don Valley, supported a Ten Minute Rule Bill in the House of Commons to amend the law relating to rural banking and small communities.


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