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Week Commencing Monday 30 January 2012

Hello again,

I hope you have all managed to cope okay with the snow, it does seem to be thawing now thank goodness.

My engagements this week began on Monday evening when I was pleased to welcome the hard working volunteers from the Club Delta Disco Team to the Mayor’s Parlour.

On Tuesday afternoon, I was joined by staff from the Grafton Centre in Hyde. I have attended several functions at the centre over the last months and wanted to return a little of the kindness and hospitality shown to me.

On Wednesday morning, I was delighted to have the opportunity to meet Lieutenant-Colonel Nicholas Wood, Commanding Officer of the Ist Battalion The Duke of Lancaster Regiment Link to External Website, who had arranged to visit the Museum of the Manchester Regiment with Chairman, Captain Robert Bonner.

On Thursday evening, I was honoured to welcome to the Mayor’s Parlour our Tameside citizens who had received recognition in the New Year Honours List. I was joined by Professor Leonard Hill from Dukinfield who received the MBE for services to the sport of fencing, Mrs Barbara Walton from Droylsden who received the MBE for services to the Community in Greater Manchester and Mrs Lesley Moss from Ashton who received the MBE for services to the community in Salford. It was a pleasure to meet these wonderful people all of whom have devoted so much of their time and energy to helping others.

On Friday morning, I was invited to visit St Christopher’s RC Primary and Nursery School Link to External Website in Ashton. In order to develop its art curriculum, St Christopher’s had transformed the school into an art gallery for the day to encourage the children to explore art and establish a love for the subject. There was work on display from every age group and it really was a wonderful exhibition. The children had obviously enjoyed taking part and it was lovely to see their work and to support them all on this special occasion.

On Saturday, I visited The Sycamores Care Centre Link to External Website in Hyde to help celebrate the 100th birthday of Miss Julia Bailey and on Sunday, Kieran and I attended a very special service at Manchester Cathedral Link to External Website hosted by the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester Link to External Website to commemorate Her Majesty The Queen’s Accession to the Throne.

As I am sure you are aware, Her Majesty The Queen Link to External Websitecelebrates her Diamond Jubilee this year. To mark this important and historical milestone, the Lord Lieutenant together with the Bishop of Manchester Link to External Website will be hosting special celebratory church services in each of the boroughs that the form the Manchester Diocese.

The Tameside Borough Service is to be held at Ashton Parish Church at 3.30pm on Sunday 4 March 2012. The service is open to the whole community and I hope you will be able to support this special event.

And that brings another Mayoral week to an end.

Thank you for joining me.

Best wishes.


Week Commencing Monday 23 January 2012

Hello again, 

Mayoral engagements this week began on Monday evening when I welcomed volunteers from Operation Christmas Child Link to External Website to the Mayor’s Parlour.

Regular followers of my blog may recall that I was asked to attend the opening of the Ashton warehouse for the 2011 ‘Shoe Box Appeal’ in November last year. I wanted to take the time to express my thanks to the volunteers for the wonderful work they do in assisting to send gift filled boxes to children around the world at Christmas time.

On Wednesday afternoon, I was pleased to attend an event at Hyde Bangladesh Welfare Association with the Members of the Ladies Luncheon Club in order to celebrate the second anniversary of the group.

On Thursday morning, I was joined in the Mayor’s Parlour by a group of children from Rosehill Methodist Community School Link to External Website and in the afternoon, students from Samuel Laycock School. It was lovely to be able to show the children around the Mayor’s Parlour and Council Chamber and to answer the many intriguing questions they had.

On Friday, Kieran and I had a wonderful evening at a Civic Reception hosted by the Mayor of Trafford. The event was held at the Cresta Court Hotel Link to External Website in Altrincham and included a very entertaining ‘After Dinner Speech' by Susan Craig DL, the wife of comedian Mike Craig.

My final engagement of the week was on Saturday afternoon at the George Lawton Hall in Mossley where I attended a performance of ‘Circus Starr’ – a Circus with a purpose. Proceeds from this traditional family event were to be donated to the Children’s Ward at Tameside Hospital Link to External Website and hopefully the show will have raised lots of money for this very deserving cause.

And that’s it for another week.

Thank you for joining me.

Best wishes.


Week Commencing Monday 9 January 2012

Hello again, thank you for joining me.

Engagements this week began on Monday afternoon when I was invited to officially open ‘Vivi Direct’, a new fashion retail shop in Ashton Town Centre. This is the first business venture for the Proprietor who has recently completed studies in business economics at university. I was pleased to lend my support to the occasion and to express my good wishes. I was also delighted to receive a cheque for £100 for my Mayoral Charity Appeal Fund. This was a completely unexpected and very pleasant surprise and an extremely kind and thoughtful gesture.

I had a very busy day on Thursday. To begin with Kieran and I visited the new Droylsden Academy Link to External Website to welcome the Year 7 students as they arrived at school for their first day in the wonderful new building. As Droylsden Councillors, we have excitedly watched the new school being built brick by brick and it has been lovely to watch it grow over the last 18 months. The students were obviously thrilled with the new facilities and Kieran and I were delighted to be able to share their first morning with them

From here, I travelled over to Kerry Foods in Hyde for the opening of the company’s new ‘Learning Zone’ – a purpose built learning facility for employees. I really enjoyed my tour of the facility and was pleased to have the opportunity to meet and to chat with managers and staff.

Later, I attended a Citizenship Ceremony at Dukinfield Town Hall.

On Friday, I met with Father Alec Mitchell and Councillor Jackie Lane once again to discuss developments for the Borough’s Service to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and later, Kieran and I represented the authority at the funeral of Councillor John Byrne, Deputy Mayor of Bury and a former Mayor and Leader of the Council. Councillor Byrne passed away suddenly at Christmas time. He was a lovely man and a much liked and highly respected politician, he will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

On Saturday, we were delighted to attend the Annual Thank You Luncheon from the volunteers from the Tameside Hospital League of Friends. It was a lovely afternoon and it was nice to be able to meet the volunteers and to add our thanks for the wonderful service they provide.

And that brings my Mayoral engagements to an end. I am taking some time off from my Mayoral duties next week and therefore there will be no Mayoral Blog. I do hope you will be able to join me again the week after when I have a number of engagements to attend and to look forward to.

Thank you for your time.

Best wishes.



Week Commencing Monday 2 January 2012

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a good Christmas and are now looking forward to the year ahead.

I am pleased to say that my Mayoral commitments are back in full swing after the Christmas holidays. Engagements began on Wednesday evening when I attended the Hyde Clarendon College Link to External Website Annual Reunion and Presentation Evening. It was a lovely event and I was delighted to be able to assist with the presentation of awards to students and to extend my congratulations and good wishes.

On Friday, Kieran and I were invited to attend the Annual Luncheon of the The Showmen’s Guild. of Great Britain Link to External Website. This year the event was held at Blackburn Rovers Football Club Link to External Website. The Members of the Guild kindly host this event to say ‘thank you’ to the many local authorities they work with throughout the season. It is also a chance to catch up, enjoy each others company and welcome in the New Year.

Later, I was delighted to visit West Hill School Link to External Website for a Duke of Edinburgh Awards Link to External Website Presentation Night. The evening was a wonderful celebration of young people’s success and it was an honour for me to attend and to assist with the presentation of awards to students both from West Hill School and also from other local schools and community groups.

On Saturday afternoon, Kieran and I attended the Welcoming and Induction of Martyn Cooling as Pastor of Mottram Evangelical Church Link to External Website. It was a lovely service and we were pleased to be able to part of this important occasion both for Martyn and his wife, Susan and also for the members of the church.

And that brings the week to a close.

Thank you for joining me and I Hope to see you again soon.

Best wishes.



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