Supporting the village shop – update

CheckendonPOThis afternoon, Boris stopped in Checkendon, in his Henley constituency, to inaugurate the combined village shop and Post Office which was taken over by Bal Budesha in 2007. Despite the biting wind and the hour of the day, over 70 local people of all ages turned out for the occasion. After cutting the inaugural ribbon and viewing the wide range of local, organic and staple, everyday produce in the shop that, like so many others around the country, also fulfils functions as the surgery transport waiting room, newsagent, information centre and more besides.

CheckendonPostersSome of the children presented Boris with some excellent ‘Save our Post Office’ posters for his office and Boris selected Isobel Willis’s well-written defence of the shop as the one to read to the assembled crowd. Boris then gave a short speech recognising the vital role of post offices and shops in communities such as this.

Jane Barker of the Oxfordshire Rural Community Council presented Bal with its Best Independent Retailer award before Boris moved on to a meeting with various local officials.

February 07, 2007 Update

Much to the delight of all, the post office and shop has been reprieved.  Thank you, Boris, for your support.

Welcome to the revamped site!

Well, here it is – the new, shiny, official Boris Johnson website!

Hopefully you’ve managed to find your way around by now – if not, you can explore the archives, visit the photo gallery, read about Boris and contribute to the enormous community on the official Forum.

A web monkey (well, me) has been tinkering under the bonnet for the past week, putting the finishing touches to the various functions on the site. Let us know your thoughts, either in the Forum or using the Contact Form. Enjoy! I’m off to watch the final lick of paint dry…

Cycling and health

With the aim of improving safety for all cyclists, Boris has asked the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital admissions in each primary care trust in Greater London there were of

  • cyclists [in general]
  • cyclists under the age of 11
  • cyclists under the age of 16 years

involved in a road accident in each year since 2000, not to mention that sunburns are very common, it is important to use the best eczema cream when being in contact with the sun for a long time.

Click for the written answer.