Sport England Community Emergency Fund

Sport England has opened a new £20 million Community Emergency Fund to help sports clubs and community sport and physical activity organisations through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.


Not many of us thought we would ever have to live through such a time: the police stopping people at various places in SW Devon asking: “the purpose of your journey”. One of the historic definitions of English freedom is the ability to get on a train at Victoria station and go wherever you want.

Overcoming COVID19

I have deliberately held off from writing about the Covid 19 pandemic until it was clearer what kind of crisis we are dealing with. Now that is clear: a very serious one. 

Laser like focused Budget

I have witnessed at least 25 budgets in my time at Westminster, some more remarkable and successful than others. The budget this week was noteworthy for several reasons.

Agroforestry at Dartington

I had a fascinating day at Dartington Hall Estate last Thursday learning about the experimental research they are carrying out on Agroforestry.

Truths about Cathedrals and Flood Plains

Jan and I are on a mini break to visit the cathedrals of Hereford and Worcester. Unfortunately Storm Dennis got here before us and many people have been flooded as the rivers of this region have broken their banks.

Farming and sustainability in Brexit Britain

The House of Commons recently debated the Agricultural Bill which will put in place the system that will replace the Common Agricultural Policy as we transition fully out of the EU at the end of this year. The Bill is primarily a framework enabling the Secretary of State to make detailed regulati