Business Luncheon with John Woodcock MP
12th January 2012
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Cumbria Chamber of Commerce and Thebestofbarrowandfurness are hosting an MP’s Luncheon on Friday the 27th of January at The Duke of Edinburgh Hotel, Barrow in Furness.

Come along and enjoy a 3 course lunch with tea and coffee and listen to our guest speaker – John Woodcock MP.

The event starts at 11.30 and there will be ample time for networking before hand with other local business owners.

Cost is £20 for non-Chamber members and £16 for members. Please contact the Chamber on 0845 226 0040 or Helen Penny from thebestof on 07841451084 to reserve your places.

Further details can be found on thebestof barrowandfurness events page.


Did you know ? John has recently been crowned Sports Parliamentarian of the Year for 2011. He received the accolade at a ceremony in Westminster for his campaign to save community bowling greens from developers’ bulldozers.

A total of 10 MPs and peers were nominated for the prize.
In the summer of 2010 John was approached by a group of Furness bowlers who told him that seven local greens had fallen victim to development since 1994 and they had fears that others might follow.

After carrying out research John presented the Protection of Bowling Greens (Development Control) bill to the Commons in March.

The bill attracted cross-party support and John featured on BBC prime time magazine programme the One Show, along with Walney bowling stalwart Keith Mills.

On July 13 Keith led a small band of Walney bowlers to Westminster where they and John joined players from across the country for a national lobby of parliament.

Brandishing a banner which read: ‘Hands off our bowling greens,’ the group marched to College Green where they played a game of bowls.

In nominating John for the award, bowling legend Tony Allcock said: “We are delighted with the support we have received from John.”

The chief executive of Bowls England continued: “His energetic and eye-catching campaign provided a real boost to the many clubs across the country faced with the threat of closure, and his efforts have maintained the pressure on government to recognise our concerns.”

After collecting the prize John said: “This award means a lot and I will treasure it.

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