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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...

group_with_guinea_pigs.jpgCaroline Flint and Hatfield councillor Derek Smith joined pupils at Coppice School to see how they have given new homes to unwanted animals at the school’s growing farm.

Caroline and Derek were given a tour of the school by Deputy Head, Natalie Swearman.  But the highlight of the day was when pupils showed their guests the farm; with a goat, two pigs, chickens and a family of guinea pigs.

Said Caroline: “Everything I saw at Coppice today, with Cllr Derek Smith, showed a school with creative and patient staff, finding new ways to help these pupils understand their world and gain valuable life skills.

“The pupils love the farm, which is run on a shoe-string thanks to constant fundraising by the school.  This past year, staff ran a three peaks challenge to raise thousands to keep the farm in business.

“And with the pupils support, they have happy animals: including pregnant goat; pigs that are gaining weight; a thriving family of guinea pigs and new chicks – a sure sign of happy animals.

group_1.jpg“Coppice School has every reason to be proud; not just because of its Ofsted, but because of the ways its committed staff enrich the lives of these young people, who face challenges every day of their life.”

Cllr Derek Smith said: "As a retired learning disability nurse, I was inspired by both the staff and children and it supported my view that schools like Coppice are an ìmportant part of our  childrens education. Special thanks to the children for not making fun of my very bad Makaton skills."

Caroline Flint joined pupils at Coppice School to see how they have given new homes to unwanted animals at the school’s growing farm.

Caroline was given a tour of the school by Deputy Head, Natalie Swearman.  But the highlight of the day was when pupils showed Caroline their farm; with a goat, two pigs, chickens and a family of guinea pigs.

Deputy Head, Natalie Swearman said: “We teach skills through interesting, meaningful and imaginative ways, which engages our students and enables them to learn. Our approaches are often quite inventive, and this year we have been focusing on building and developing ‘Coppice Farm and Gardens’. Dan Wainman is one of our Teaching Assistants and has been the driving force behind creating the farm. We aim to become an “eco school” that is part of the community, with gardens, allotments, a mini-farm, an outdoor classroom and a café that is open to the public. We are fundraising to further develop this project so that it is an outstanding learning provision for our students. Their families, our staff and local businesses have been extremely supportive of our new venture.”

You can donate to support Coppice Farm at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/coppicefarmgardens?utm_term=QP6WKjr2r

PHOTOS SHOW:  left to right Dan Wainman, James, Mackye, Cllr Derek Smith, Caroline Flint and Brogan with some friendly guinea pigs.

 

 

Pupils create happy farm at Coppice School

Caroline Flint and Hatfield councillor Derek Smith joined pupils at Coppice School to see how they have given new homes to unwanted animals at the school’s growing farm. Caroline and...

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...


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