John Whittingdale recently visited Select Window and Door Systems Ltd in Galliford Road, Maldon.

One of the fastest growing companies in Maldon, Select manufactures up to 2,500 frames per week and is now seeking to double production. Seen here with District Council Chairman, Cllr John Archer, and Select Managing Director, Jeff Cole, John discussed the problems the company has had in recruiting employees and finding a second factory site in the District.


John Whittingdale visited Southminster Primary School at the invitation of Chairman of Governors, Phil Brewster, and Headteacher, Karen Harden.

Formed in September 2007 through the merger of the original infant and junior schools, Southminster Primary is a Church of England Voluntary Controlled school with around 200 pupils. John was given a tour of the school round by two pupils, Maddison and Billy, and then discussed a number of issues with the Head and Chairman of Governors. In particular, John promised to raise with the County Council concerns about the additional costs facing the school as a result of operating from two separate buildings. John said: "I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and was greatly impressed by the happy atmosphere throughout the school. Since its formation, the school has made huge progress and that is in large part due to the hard work of the headteacher, staff and governors."

John is pictured with Phil Brewster, Graham Martin (former Chairman of Governors), Karen Harden and Maddison and Billy.

On 25 July, John Whittingdale joined in the celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of St Barnabas Pre-School in Maylandsea.

John is pictured outside St Luke's Hall with a number of the staff who had dressed up for the occasion.

John Whittingdale visited St Nicholas Church of England Primary School in Tolleshunt D'Arcy.

While there, he was given a tour of the school by members of the School Council and then spent time talking to pupils in The Oaks class who had been learning about how laws are made. The children prepared three Bills - one to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 12, another to lower the legal age at which one can buy a pet to 10 and a third to allow children to drive electric cars in cycle lanes. John discussed these ideas with the children and answered questions about his job as a MP.

John is pictured receiving the Bills from members of The Oaks class with Assistant Headteacher, Daniel Woodrow.






John Whittingdale recently attended the celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of St Peter's High School.

John is pictured here with Carole Noble, Mayor of Burnham and David Stevenson, Headteacher of St Peter's.