As we recover from the triumphs of the Olympics and Paralympics, and as a new football season announces itself via a Premier League transfer shopping spree of over a £1 billion for the first time ever, it’s time to recognise and support club based sport at a different level.

I have been a keen soccer supporter since childhood, with an allegiance to my home town team of Bury, which has spent all its existence in my lifetime in the lower leagues of professional football. I had little contact with non-league football until I came to Bedfordshire, beyond, I believe being the only then serving MP with an actual playing registration for a non-league club, my school old boys.

Read more: Bulletin article October 2016 Non-League Day – the joy of sport beyond the gilded elites

Recently I was the guest of those involved with the Ivel Sprinter at their anniversary tea at Biggleswade Conservative Club to celebrate twenty five years of their excellent bus. The Sprinter is the voluntary service operated by the East Beds Community Bus Ltd., and its story is a great example of what can be done to readjust a public service when conditions change.

Read more: BedsLife October 2016 Three Cheers for the Ivel Sprinter

I hope constituents will be relieved that I don’t think it is yet time to return to politics, or writing about it. What with the Referendum then a new PM, and ructions in other parties- enough.

My summer started this year with the annual Duck Race in Arlesey, a wonderful example of typical English summer fun. For just a pound, you buy a plastic duck for charity, then watch as it whizzed down the River Hiz (whizzing being a loose description of the speed) competing with nearly 500 others to reach the finish line first. A well organised day, raising lots of money for charity, providing a truly excellent day out with a lot of fun and enjoyment for a pretty minimal outlay.

Read more: BedsLife Magazine - September 2016 Summer activities

It’s not very often I get in the paper for kissing someone, but RELATE asked my wife and I to take part in a ‘kiss in’ during the Bedford River Festival this year, and you may have seen the results in the papers following the event. It was an excellent idea – promoting relationships that are working, and also encouraging those of us in long term relationships to remember to work at them, and to seek advice and help that is out there, not waiting until difficulties arise. RELATE do some excellent work both locally and nationally.

Read more: Burt on the Benches September 2016 Relationships matter

As we recover from the triumphs of the Olympics and Paralympics, and as a new football season announces itself via a Premier League transfer shopping spree of over a £1 billion for the first time ever, it’s time to recognise and support club based sport at a different level.

I have been a keen soccer supporter since childhood, with an allegiance to my home town team of Bury, which has spent all its existence in my lifetime in the lower leagues of professional football. I had little contact with non-league football until I came to Bedfordshire, beyond, I believe being the only then serving MP with an actual playing registration for a non-league club, my school old boys.

Read more: Bulletin September 2016 Non-League Day – the joy of sport beyond the gilded elites