David Warburton Introduces Maria Miller MP to Frome's Arts, Culture and Charities. Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport visits Black Swan Arts and meets OpenStoryTellers.
By rubato | Monday, January 13, 2014, 10:33
On Friday 10 January, David Warburton, the Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Somerton and Frome, welcomed the Rt. Hon. Maria Miller MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on an official visit to Frome.
Culture Secretary Maria Miller MP with Cindy Moxham (Director, OpenStoryTellers), Brian Marshall (founding member and Trustee, OpenStoryTellers) and David Warburton, Prospective MP for Somerton & Frome.
Ms Miller visited contemporary arts and exhibition centre Black Swan Arts and was introduced to OpenStoryTellers, a charity dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with learning and communication difficulties through story-telling. Prior to her appointment as a cabinet minister, Ms Miller was Minister for Disabled People (2010 – 2012).
David Warburton explained, "Since my selection a year ago as Frome's prospective parliamentary candidate, I have been overwhelmed by the sheer scale and vibrancy of the town's arts and culture scene."
He continued, "Frome has so much to offer in art, music, theatre and literature that I felt it was important to bring the Secretary of State for Culture and Media to visit the town and experience for herself how Frome has established itself as a unique and inspiration centre of culture. I felt it was equally important to introduce her to one of Frome's most enterprising charities, OpenStoryTellers, which does so much to support local people with learning difficulties."
At the heart of Frome, Black Swan Arts is a popular arts centre offering galleries, workshops and events. Ms Miller met Luke Miller, chairman of Black Swan Arts, and viewed some of the centre's current exhibitions. The minister was also introduced to Humphrey Barnes, chairman of Frome's Memorial Theatre, and many other contributors to cultural life in Frome.
Based at Black Swan Arts, OpenStoryTellers is a unique community group dedicated to enriching the lives of people with learning and communication difficulties through the use of narrative and stories. David Warburton first visited OpenStoryTellers last year and introduced Maria Miller MP to the director, Cindy Moxham together with founding member and trustee Brian Marshall and the group's administrator, Emma Warren.__________________________________________________
Maria Miller MP has been the Member of Parliament for Basingstoke since 2005. She was Minister for Disabled People from 2010 to 2012, when she was appointed Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, and Minister for Women and Equalities.
David Warburton was chosen to represent Somerton and Frome by hundreds of local Conservative members. He lives in Mendip with his wife Harriet and their two children. David trained as a classical composer and taught at an inner-city secondary school before going into a successful business career. To follow David's campaigns for Somerton and Frome Conservatives go to www.davidwarburton.org.uk, find him on Facebook and Twitter @DJWarburton.
The OpenStoryTellers - www.openstorytellers.org.uk
Black Swan Arts - www.blackswan.org.uk