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Councillor Susan Quinn

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Week Commencing Monday 27 February 2012

Hello again, thank you for joining me.

Engagements this week began on Tuesday afternoon when myself and Councillor Jackie Lane attended a radio interview at Tameside Radio Link to External Website ahead of the Borough’s special service on Sunday to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen Link to External Website .

Later, Kieran and I were invited to Droylsden Academy Link to External Website for the official opening of the new building. The opening ceremony was conducted by the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester Link to External Website who I know was very impressed with the wonderful new facilities.

On Wednesday, we attended a Corporate Open Day at Willow Wood Hospice Link to External Website. As regular followers of my blog will know, Willow Wood is one of my chosen Mayoral charities and therefore Kieran and I were delighted to be able to lend our support.

On Thursday evening, I spent a lovely evening in the Mayor’s Parlour with Councillor Maria Bailey and volunteers from Audenshaw Community Association and on Friday, Kieran and I attended a Charity Ball at Buile Hill Park Hall hosted by the Mayor of Salford.

To bring the week to a close, I was delighted to be able to attend a very special Tameside Borough Service to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The event was held at the beautiful Ashton Parish Church Link to External Website and I am proud to say was extremely well supported by individuals and organisations from across Tameside. The service was jointly hosted by the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester Link to External Website and the Bishop of Manchester Link to External Website and was also attended by the Bishops of Middleton and Bolton. My sincere thanks go to The Reverend Roger Farnworth for his hard work in co-ordinating this special service and to all the people and organisations who took part and helped to make the day a very special and memorable occasion for all.

I would like to remind you that we have opened a Book of Celebration and Thanks which is now available for Tameside citizens to sign in the foyer of Ashton Town Hall. The Book will be available until the autumn when it will be sent to Her Majesty the Queen Link to External Website at Buckingham Palace Link to External Website. I hope people will take the time to record their messages of congratulations and appreciation during this special Jubilee year.

Best wishes.


Week Commencing Monday 20 February 2012

Hello again, thank you for joining me.

It’s been another busy Mayoral week. On Monday evening, I was invited to the 77th Anniversary Charter Dinner of the Rotary Club of Ashton-under-Lyne. It was a lovely occasion and I was pleased to be able to lend my support and to acknowledge the valuable work of Rotary both within our local community and overseas.

On Tuesday afternoon I had great fun at the Annual Ashton Town Centre Pancake Race and later, I attended a Meeting of Full Council

On Wednesday morning, Kieran and I attended the funeral of Joe Fitzpatrick, Honorary Alderman of the Borough and former Mayor of Tameside.

Many people will have fond memories of Joe, he was a long serving and dedicated Member of the Council who worked tirelessly for the community of Hyde for over 30 years. He was a highly respected Councillor and a great family man. At the funeral service, the Church was full to capacity and many lovely tributes were made to a truly wonderful character.

On Thursday lunchtime I joined children at Greswell Primary and Nursery School Link to External Website in Denton for lunch. The school chef, Wendy Winkley is our local winner in the School Chef of the Year competition. Wendy kindly served her winning menu to the children prior to her representing Tameside at the regional finals of the competition in Knowsley on 7 March. Wendy’s menu was delicious and a great hit with the children. I know everybody will join me in wishing Wendy well as she progresses to the next stage of the competition.

Later, I was pleased to welcome representatives of Crowhill Residents Association to the Mayor’s Parlour.

On Friday lunchtime I was delighted to attend the Annual Ladysmith Luncheon in Ashton Town Hall at the invitation of the Manchester Regiment Officers Association before visiting Astley Cheetham Art Gallery in Stalybridge for the Private View of ‘Start’, the Annual Primary Schools Art Exhibition.

On Saturday morning I joined members of The Royal British Legion (Ashton Branch) at a Bring and Buy Book sale in Ashton Town Hall before heading over to Mossley Methodist Church for a Fairtrade Town Celebration. Mossley became a Fairtrade Town In September 2011, the 525th in the U.K. I was pleased to help celebrate this achievement and to add my congratulations to all those involved.

Later, I was invited to attend the Hyde FC Link to External Website v Droylsden FC football match in Hyde and to round the week off, on Sunday afternoon, I was pleased to join the Ashton Girl Guides for their Annual Division Standard Service at Christ Church.

And that’s it for another week. Thank you for your time and I hope to see you again soon.

Best wishes.


Week Commencing Monday 13 February 2012

Hello again.

Engagements began this week on Monday afternoon when I was asked to officially open a new business in Droylsden. Café Riova has opened for business in Droylsden Shopping Precinct. It was a pleasure to be able to attend the launch event and to extend my good wishes to the Proprietor and staff.

Later, I was pleased to welcome Droylsden District Assembly staff to the Mayor’s Parlour.

On Tuesday, I had a lovely afternoon at the Grafton Centre in Hyde when I was invited to a Valentine’s Day lunch and on Wednesday, I attended a Citizenship Ceremony at Dukinfield Town Hall.

On Thursday evening, I was joined in the Mayor’s Parlour by guests from Fairfield House Sheltered Housing Accommodation and on Friday evening, I hosted my Charity Valentine’s Ball at Dukinfield Town Hall.

The event was a huge success and raised over £4700 for my Mayoral Charity Appeal Fund. Guests included members of the public, Civic Heads of Greater Manchester, local businesses and Members and Officers of the Council. We had some fabulous auction and raffle prizes on offer, the food was first class and entertainment was provided by the very talented Victor Michael and his Orchestra Link to External Website . Everybody had a wonderful night. I am extremely grateful to everybody who supported the event and helped raise such a magnificent sum for my chosen charities, Willow Wood Hospice Link to External Website  and Our Kids Eyes Link to External Website.

On Sunday afternoon, I attended a rehearsal for the special Tameside Borough Service which is to be held on Sunday 4 March at Ashton Parish Church Link to External Website to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The service, which will be hosted by the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester Link to External Website and the Lord Bishop of Manchester Link to External Website, promises to be a memorable event and I hope people will take the time to join us on such a special and historical occasion.

And that’s it for this week.

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

Best wishes.


Week Commencing Monday 6 February 2012

Hello again, thank you for joining me.

My Mayoral engagements this week began on Monday morning when I was invited to Tameside College Link to External Website. The main purpose of my visit was to attend and help judge a Junior Master Chef Competition, but first I was given the opportunity to tour the Fashion Department, where it was lovely to meet the design students and to see them at work.

For the Master Chef event, students from several High Schools across the borough took part. It really was a fabulous competition with as much talent and tense drama as on the TV programme. All the students were amazing and it was incredibly hard to choose a winner. It was a very successful day and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, I hope the students did too.

On Monday evening, I was pleased to be able to welcome representatives of Dukinfield Chrysanthemum Society to the Mayor's Parlour and on Wednesday night I was delighted to lend my support to a Young Ambassadors Conference at the New Charter Academy Link to External Website in Ashton.

The event brought together specially selected young people from every school in Tameside. The students had all been awarded the role of Young Ambassador for Sport in recognition of either their sporting talent or their outstanding commitment and ability as a young leader or volunteer. It is hoped these young people will be able to use their skills to increase participation in school sport and also promote the importance of healthy, active lifestyles amongst their friends and peers and, as the London Olympic Games Link to External Website quickly approaches, we want our young ambassadors to promote the Games and spread the word of the Olympic and Paralympic values - respect, friendship, personal excellence, courage, determination, inspiration and equality.

They have an important job to do and I was delighted to be able to wish them well and offer my congratulations.

On Thursday afternoon, I was joined in the Mayor's Parlour by students from Fairfield Road Primary School Link to External Website and on Friday morning it was my pleasure to attend a short ceremony and Blessing to mark the start of work at the site of the new St Andrew's Church in Droylsden.

Kieran and I had a lovely time at the Mayor of Rochdale's Civic Ball at Rochdale Town Hall on Friday evening. Our own Civic Ball is to be held this coming Friday and we are both looking forward to the occasion. The event will have a Valentine's theme and we hope to be able to raise lots of money on the night for my Mayoral Charity Appeal Fund.

That's it for this week.

Thank you for your time. I hope to see you again soon.

Best wishes.


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