John Mann: Worksop Town needs your help to survive

John Mann MP (w110610-3c)
John Mann MP (w110610-3c)

Worksop Town Football Club needs our help to survive. The campaign to save the world’s fourth oldest football club has been launched, but its fate is in the balance.

Now is the time for us to come together to help save the Club. This is explained in greater detail on the club’s website worksoptownfc500club, where you can become founding a member of the 500 Club. I have signed up and I hope that local businesses and people can also give their support and become part of history, having saved Worksop Town Football Club for future generations.

I have made it very clear to the FA that they have a responsibility to grassroots football and to Worksop, and will continue to pile the pressure on to them to intervene. A strong response from the community will help with this pressure.

I’ve learnt that World War Two veterans and their families in Bassetlaw can access a grant of up to £8,000 so that they can visit where they served overseas or to cover the travel costs of attending a commemoration event in the UK. The programme is called Heroes Return 2, which is supported by the Big Lottery Fund and has already helped veterans return to France, Germany and the Middle East. Please contact me on 01909 506200 if you want further information.

In the last month I have been contacted by a number of families who were having difficulties getting their passport applications processed by the Passport Office in time to go on holiday. There are clearly delays at the Passport Office and when I have intervened nine times out of ten I have been able to speed things up. However please follow Passport Office advice and book your holiday once you have got your new passport safe in your hands.

This brings me on to an issue that I would like readers support on. In my view we need a Common Sense Society: There are many problems that people in Bassetlaw face day to day that could be very simply solved but a strong dose of common sense. Passports for small children would be on the agenda of this Common Sense Society – where there are no extenuating circumstances, officials should go out of their way to ensure that the children are given passports within the specified time limit. I would appreciate any suggestions that readers have of problems they have faced that could be solved by common sense. Perhaps together we can save everyone a great deal of time, worry and money.

My British Legion challenge in Ecuador is almost over, and the final climb is about to begin. Earlier in the week we reached the summit of Iliniza at over 15,000 feet. I was second to the top, following Paul from the Mercian regiment, who reached the top first despite having to walk on his toes after losing most of his legs in an explosion in Afghanistan. These heroes need our support, and it is an honour to be on this expedition with them. Any readers that want to support our cause can do so by texting the code TRBL93 and an amount (either £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10) to phone number 70070.