Frank Field MP
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The strength of local communities

The strength of local communities in Birkenhead never ceases to surprise me. 
In my local Church, St. Peter’s in Rock Ferry, for example there is a thriving group of devoted individuals who not only safeguard the church, but run in it all manner of organisations for the public good.
On Friday I finished my day at the Mayor’s fashion show at House of Fraser.  There was a real buzz there and our Mayor reported that well over £800 had been raised for her chosen charities in one evening’s work.
I did not however want to miss out on the Oxton Art Fair.  I have only once I think made the opening night but I have always called in during the following days.  I gather the opening on Friday was heaving with enthusiasts and supporters.  I visited on Saturday morning.
My first surprise was to see the number of people walking to the Williamson to gain entrance.  I thought I might have the gallery to myself but there must have already been 100 people there. 
The friendliness of the gathering was so marked.  We were enjoying seeing what local artists had produced over the past year and we were enjoying talking to one another.
Future events by the Oxton Society were strategically advertised on one of the tables.  Mr Cameron, if he wants to learn about the big society, ought to come to Birkenhead. 
The Big society is alive and thriving although its existence and health seem to have escaped some of our major politicians.
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