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MP for Stamford and Bourne Gareth Davies discusses enjoying English heritage

Earlier this week, the Health Secretary announced that step four of the roadmap out of restrictions is set to go ahead on Monday, writes Gareth Davies MP.

I know that for many people this day has been long-awaited as people can reunite with groups of friends and family, host weddings with an unlimited number of guests, and hospitality businesses can operate without a cap. All this has been possible thanks to the fantastic work of the NHS, the armed forces and anybody who has aided the vaccine effort as 88 per cent of all adults have now had one jab and 64 per cent have received both doses. While this is becoming a catchphrase in my articles, it’s worth repeating the fact that the vaccine is our greatest tool in overcoming covid for good and so, if you are able, please go and get the jab!

As we move into a new stage, now is the time to look to the future and focus on recovery. This week marks a year since the launch of the Plan for Jobs, an ambitious plan to help people get back into the work and develop their skills. Peak unemployment is now forecast to be two million fewer than previously feared while the number of people in jobs has now grown for five months running.

Woolsthorpe Manor
Woolsthorpe Manor

One person who certainly appreciated the challenges of working from home was Isaac Newton as I learned during my recent visit to Woolsthorpe Manor, his family home which is now cared for by the National Trust in Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth in the constituency. Three-hundred-and-fifty years ago, during the Great Plague, Newton left his studies at Cambridge to return to the healthier Lincolnshire air.

At Woolsthorpe he accomplished his best-known work on calculus and optics, scribbling notes in charcoal on his bedroom walls and also experiencing the famed eureka moment as an apple fell from a tree in the orchard. It was a great experience to be shown around the manor grounds and hear about the work the National Trust is doing to develop it into an interactive space where visitors of all ages can exercise their scientific curiosities.

As restrictions ease and the school holidays approach, there is no better time for families to get out to enjoy quality time after a year of missed opportunities. The ‘Rediscover Summer’ initiative has seen the government collaborate with organisations like Arts Council England and Sport England to ensure that every child has the opportunity to have a holiday to remember.

Our local area is lucky enough to have fantastic heritage sites and beauty spots on our doorstep and this programme has something for everyone, from crochet to cricket, coding to climbing.

So make sure you check out the many local attractions we have and lend them your support!

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