Sculpture looked 'more like pile of old plastic bottles stuck together with glue and string'

Contributed by editor on Nov 08, 2007 - 10:27 AM

The Prosser Perspective.... a weekly column from Dover and Deal MP Gwyn Prosser

8 November 2007


I can’t believe that yet another parliamentary year has come and gone. The gap between the two sessions allows MPs a few extra precious days in their constituencies and I used the long weekend to do some extra advise surgeries, make a couple of school visits, support some local campaigns and start preparing my response to the Post Office closure program.

After my Saturday street stall in Dover I visited Biggin Hall where organisers of the William Doolin Fund were raising cash for research into medulloblastoma – a particularly aggressive form of brain tumour that commonly inflicts young children. Ten year old William was a keen sports enthusiast and a loyal supporter of Dover Athletic when he tragically died of this cruel disease last year. I never had the privilege of knowing William but I know his mother, Maureen and her family and I know what a great job they are all doing in raising awareness of brain tumours in children and raising funds for research.

I’m a member of the Parliamentary Group that’s campaigning nationally for more specialised research into childhood cancers and I’m pleased to be a patron of the William Doolin Fund so I hope readers will indulge me if I put a plug in for the Trust’s excellent new web site at and invite them to contact William’s mother and her helpers and encourage them to contribute to this very worthy fund.

After the Biggin Hall visit, I joined up with activists from Friends of the Earth who were building – what they described as – ‘a sculpture in plastic ’ outside St Mary’s Church. To be perfectly honest, it looked to me more like a pile of old plastic bottles stuck together with biodegradable glue and string but it’s the thought that counts and the thought was deadly serious because we were campaigning to promote more re-cycling and to expose the failure of our own District Council in Dover to initiate any sort of plastic re-cycling scheme.

On Monday morning I visited Dover Grammar School for Boys to talk to year ten about the role of Parliament and the work of an MP, as part of their civics curriculum. I’ve made many visits to the Boys Grammar over the last ten years and enjoyed them all but I hope I won’t offend anyone when I say that since the governors escaped from their traditional past and appointed a modernising female head teacher, the atmosphere of the school has lightened and pupils have become far more outward looking.

I needed to return to Westminster on Monday evening but in the afternoon I went to Deal to meet the children of Hornbeam School at Mongeham to present them with a big pile of sports equipment which parents had provided by collecting Sainsbury’s Activity Tokens.

On Tuesday morning I attended the State Opening of Parliament, in the afternoon I made a flying visit to Dover District Council to discuss Post Office closures and by Wednesday I was back in Westminster again for the start of another