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Councillor Jean Brazil

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Week Commencing Monday 30 August 2010

Hello everybody, I hope you have had a lovely summer.

Sydney and I have been away on holiday for a couple of weeks but are now back, fit and refreshed and happy to get back to our Mayoral duties.

Our engagements began on Wednesday when we were invited to spend the day in Bolton with the Mayor and Mayoress and other Civic Heads of Greater Manchester. We had a fantastic day and had the opportunity to visit the Reebok Stadium, Smithills Hall and the beautiful Bolton Parish Church.

Later, we visited the Indian Community Centre on Union Road in Ashton-under-Lyne to help celebrate the Hindu Festival of Raksha Bandhan. Sydney and I were made to feel very welcome and it was lovely to be a part of this very special, family occasion.

There were no Mayoral engagements on Thursday, but on Friday we were pleased to attend the annual Tom Pendry University Scholarship Awards at Ashton Town Hall. This local scholarship scheme, is funded by the Stamford Group and named after Lord Pendry in recognition of his long and valued service to this area.

Schools and colleges in Tameside with post 16 students are invited annually to nominate suitable candidates, who live in Tameside, with the final choices being made through assessment and interview. The Stamford Group are especially concerned with promoting manufacturing opportunities for young people by helping students who show a potential for success in industry or commerce. To reflect this, the awards usually go to students who are accepted for a degree standard course in mathematics, science, technology or business related subjects. It is a wonderful initiative and we were delighted to attend the presentation ceremony and to offer our congratulations and best wishes to this year’s winning students.

On Friday evening, we were invited to attend an Awards Ceremony for newly qualified counsellors at Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind.

Mind provide a free, open referral, counselling service to our local community and in a typical year they see over 100 clients and offer over 1000 counselling sessions. They could not provide this service without the ongoing support and contribution from volunteer counsellors and counsellors on training placement. The volunteers train for approximately three years and course fees cost them thousands of pounds. The Awards Ceremony was held in celebration of their hard work and dedication and Sydney and I were pleased and very honoured to lend our support.

On Saturday afternoon we attended a Summer Fair at Guide Lane Nursing Home in Audenshaw before attending the performances of the ’24 hour plays’ at Hyde Festival Theatre.

A group of 24 local and regional based actors (professional and amateur), six writers and six directors met for the first time at 10pm on Friday 3 September. After being split into six mini-theatre production companies, comprising of four actors, a writer and a director, the groups had less than 24 hours to write, rehearse and perform an original play! It was a daunting task I am sure you will agree, but everybody was marvellous and Sydney and I thoroughly enjoyed watching the performances.

On Sunday afternoon, we attended a ‘Bangers 4 Cash’ fundraiser at the Armoury in Old Street in aid of Help for Heroes Link to External Website before attending the Tameside Horticultural Show at Stalybridge Civic Hall. It was a magnificent show with a wonderful range of flowers, vegetables, arts and crafts and it was lovely to see that many categories also contained classes for children to encourage our younger citizens to take part.

And that brings the week to an end.

Thank you for joining me. I hope to see you again soon.

Best wishes.


Week Commencing Monday 9 August 2010

Hello everybody, thank you for joining me.

Engagements this week began on Tuesday afternoon, when Sydney and I were invited to meet the Britain in Bloom Judges as they began their tour of Tameside. The borough is looking splendid with all the beautiful flowers and the many colourful tubs and hanging baskets. I’m sure the judges would have been most impressed with our entry once again this year. We now have ours fingers crossed for continued success in the competition when the winners are announced in a few weeks time. Once again, I offer my sincere thanks to everybody who has worked so hard for Tameside in Bloom.

On Wednesday afternoon, we visited Hyde Town Hall at the invitation of AWAD (African Women’s Arts Development), for an intercultural day with partners from Romania. Senior members of AWAD here in Tameside have just returned from an exchange visit to Romania. Sydney and I were pleased to be able to join the group in welcoming their visitors to the Borough. The event included Romanian dance and artwork and also a presentation of AWAD’s artwork whilst in Romania.

On Thursday, we attended a Citizenship Ceremony at Dukinfield Town Hall. This was our last engagement for a couple weeks as we are now going to take some time off to enjoy the sunshine and recharge our batteries in preparation for a busy autumn schedule.

I hope you enjoy the remainder of the summer. Keep safe and I will see you again in September.

Best wishes.


Week Commencing Monday 2 August 2010

Hello again,

I can’t believe it’s August already, where is the time going to?

Engagements this week began on Monday morning when Sydney and I visited the Cancer Research Charity Shop in Stalybridge. The shop has just been re-fitted and Sydney and I were invited along to take a look around and to meet the staff and volunteers.

From here, we headed over to Ashton Town Hall to welcome representatives of the Freedom Club to the Mayor’s Parlour.

Regular followers of my Blog may recall that I was invited to attend the club’s 1st anniversary celebrations just a few weeks ago. It was a pleasure to be able to welcome the group to the Town Hall and we all had a lovely afternoon chatting over tea and cakes.

We also had a very pleasant afternoon in the Mayor’s Parlour on Wednesday with representatives of the Ryecroft Hall Ladies Group.

On Friday, Sydney and I attended a RoadPeace Remembrance Service in Beswick, Manchester. The service is held each year to remember all victims of road accidents but especially Jodie Webb and Joanne Greenwood, two beautiful young girls who tragically died on the 6 August 2000. The service is always held on the anniversary of their deaths. It was a very emotional event and my heart went out to all those people present whose lives have been devastated by the loss of loved ones in road accidents.

On Sunday, we spent a lovely day with the members of the Tame Valley Vintage and Classic Car Club Link to External Website as we joined them on their annual A6 Charity Run. The day started off at the Museum of Science and Industry Link to External Website in Manchester, where we were officially set off on our journey by the Deputy Lord Mayor of Manchester Link to External Website. Sydney and I travelled in a beautiful Rolls Royce vintage car and, after collecting the Deputy Mayor of High Peak on the way, we arrived at the Bull I’th Thorn in Buxton just after lunch. There were 60 cars of various makes and ages that completed the run. It was a fabulous day and we were grateful to the club for their kind invitation and wonderful hospitality.

And that brings another week to a close.

See you soon.

Best wishes.


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