Bracknell's MP visits constituents including a former Japanese POW

Published: 22 May 2014 15:001 comment

BRACKNELL MP Dr Phillip Lee enjoyed an active day in his constituency which included discussing education and cranberry juice production.

Dr Phillip Lee meets John Ford, a former Japanese prisoner of war, at Wild Acres Care Home in Finchampstead during his visit there.

Dr Lee visited Ocean Spray’s UK headquarters by Lily Hill Park and was given an overview of the soft drinks company’s activity.

Dr Lee also visited Bracknell Forest Council’s education department, where he spoke to Janette Karklins, director of the children, young people and learning; Cllr Gareth Barnard, the executive member for this department; and Bob Welch, chief adviser on learning and achievement.

He said: “Education and young people are areas which I am extremely interested in, and I make regular visits to schools, nurseries, colleges and youth clubs around the constituency. The department works to achieve solutions to these issues, and ultimately improve young people’s prospects and quality of life.

“Bracknell Forest Council’s children, young people and learning team do a fantastic job in our local community.”

Dr Lee rounded off his travels – which took place on Friday, May 9 – with a visit to Wild Acres Care Home in Finchampstead. He was given a tour of the home, which cares for 26 people, including John Ford, a former Japanese prisoner of war approaching his 95th birthday.

Dr Lee said he shared some “fascinating and humbling stories’” and he enjoyed tea and homemade cakes.

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