Stroud News and Journal column by Siobhan Baillie MP

THE Easter holidays are fully upon us now.

Parents will no doubt be juggling work and organising fun camps and activities to keep kids occupied.

I feel the challenge too but at least the weather has improved.

Many thanks to churches all over the constituency for getting communities involved with Palm Sunday processions and services. T

his is an important time of year for Christians but many people look forward to Easter from all faiths and none.

I joined the Stonehouse churches with my children for the Palm Sunday procession and open-air worship.

We had such a great time as we set off from Stonehouse war memorial and went to the beautiful St Cyr’s church next to Stonehouse Court.

Thank you to Churches Together along with St Cyr and St Peter’s Haresfield for organising this event.

It was well attended.

I love that the churches work together to remember Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem on a donkey.

They did interactive storytelling at St Cyr about what happened, which my oldest daughter loved.

The King’s Coronation is fast approaching on 6th May – the first coronation this country has seen for 70 years.

It is certainly going to be memorable and I know many people across Stroud are looking forward to it.

To help mark the event, councils, courts, schools, police forces and many other public institutions will be able to apply for a free official portrait of His Majesty The King.

This is funded by the Government to celebrate the King’s new reign.

Many places often had a portrait of the late Queen so it is important the new monarch is shown similar respect as he starts his reign as our head of state.

I hope places across Stroud will apply.

I was sad that teachers rejected a pay offer from the government this week and there will be further strikes due to the impact on the children.

Our teachers do a tremendous job. I see it every time I go to our local schools so I hope negotiations will continue and the unions will agree to cease strikes.

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