As ever the Romsey Branch of the Royal Air Force Association held a very moving and thought provoking service last weekend to mark Battle of Britain Sunday. The ATC always look so smart and every year I try to get to the URC to remember the few.

It followed a glorious day at Romsey Show on Saturday, with huge crowds attending and a massive variety of attractions to see and do. There is even a class first thing in the morning for veteran riders, and I did think for the second year running that maybe I ought to give it a go, perhaps next year......

This week has included a trip just outside the constituency to IBM’s Festival of Innovation, at Hursley Park. IBM does so much to encourage girls into STEM subjects and we are fortunate to have such a prestigious employer just on our doorstep.

I have also been to one of the local MacMillan Coffee mornings, at the West Dean Social Club. Unfortunately the Westminster MacMillan Coffee Morning has been postponed because of the prorogation, but to be frank, I would rather have coffee and a chat with constituents! Big thanks to Sonya who organised it all and made most of the cakes (although not the one I could not resist taking home).

In other news I have a new arrival at home, Alfie the cocker spaniel puppy. I lost my precious Inca last Christmas at the grand old age of 16 1/2 and have waited until now to introduce a new dog to my life. So I’ve also been to puppy socialisation at Mainstone Veterinary Clinic to start Alfie on his journey to being a proper grown up dog.