Councillor Jean Brazil
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Week Commencing Monday 25 October 2010
Engagements have been much quieter his week I think mainly due to the half term school holidays.
On Monday afternoon, Sydney and I attended a Student Celebration at Hyde Town Hall at the invitation of the Hyde Bangladesh Welfare Association. The event had been organised to recognise and to celebrate the outstanding A-Level results achieved by students from the local Bangladesh community. We had a lovely time and it was a real pleasure to be able to meet the young people and to offer in person our congratulations and good wishes for the future.
There were no engagements on Tuesday but on Wednesday morning I hosted a meeting of the Burton and Heginbottom Charity Trustees in the Mayor’s Parlour. The Charity was set up in the 1930's from the residue of the will of Mrs Burton of Warren Lea, Ashton-under-Lyne to benefit the elderly of Ashton. As Civic Mayor, I am a trustee of the charity together with the Ministers of Ashton’s Parish and Methodist Churches.
Each year, residents of Ashton, who are over 70 years of age and who have lived in the town for over 5 years, may apply to the charity and in return will receive gift vouchers which can be spent at a small selection of shops in the town centre.
There were no official engagements on Thursday and Friday but on Saturday evening, Sydney and I were delighted to attend a Halloween Party and Children’s Disco at Yew Tree Community Centre in Denton. The event had been organised by the Yew Tree and Pendle Road Resident’s Group in order to celebrate the 10th anniversary of New Charter Housing Trust .
It was a great night and the children had really gone to town on their Halloween costumes. There has always been a great community spirit in the area with many events and activities taking place at the local community centre and I am pleased to say that the resident’s group is really working hard, hand in hand with New Charter, to improve the Yew Tree and Pendle Road area. Sydney and I wish them well for the future and we thank them for their efforts.
At that brings another week to a close.
Thank you for joining me and I hope to see you again next time.
Week Commencing Monday 18 October 2010
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Official engagements began this week on Monday evening when Sydney and I were pleased to welcome Councillor Brian Wild and representatives of the Dukinfield Chrysanthemum Society to the Mayor’s Parlour.
On Tuesday lunchtime, we attended the local heat of the LACA School Chef of the Year Competition. This year’s event was kindly hosted by Tameside College and 3 contestants from our local Primary Schools entered the competition. I can honestly say that all three menus were delicious and I know the judges had a very difficult task in selecting the winner. Chris Pearson from The Heys Primary School just pipped the others to the post with her scrumptious menu of Tameside Scrunchie Cheese Tart and for dessert, The Heys Strawberry Delight which consisted of a strawberry muffin and a very healthy strawberry and blueberry salad. Chris now goes forward to represent the borough in the Regional Finals and I know you will all join me in wishing her the very best of luck in the competition.
From here, we headed over to the Ashton Town Hall to receive the School Council from Stalyhill Junior School in Stalybridge. We had a lovely afternoon with the children who were all very keen to learn more about the Council and my role as Civic Mayor.
Later, we returned to the Town Hall for a celebration evening with the young people who had taken part in the ‘On Top of the World’ Music Project with GMMAZ (Greater Manchester Music Action Zone). From November 2009 to June this year, a total of 47 young people experienced the project which included writing music, learning new instruments and taking part in performances at Stalybridge Splash and the Contact Theatre in Manchester. The young people had obviously had a wonderful time and it was great to meet them all and to hear about their journey.
On Wednesday evening, Sydney and I joined Girl Guides from the Belle Vue Division in Victoria Park, Denton to help bring to a close the Girlguiding UK Centenary Year Celebrations. Although it was very cold, we were delighted to be able to join the girls on this important occasion and it was lovely to see them all renewing their promise, an act which happened simultaneously at 20:10 hours by Girl Guides over the UK.
On Thursday, we spent a lovely afternoon in the Town Hall with the School Council from Moorside Primary School in Droylsden and then in the evening, we attended a superb production of “Kiss Me Kate” at the George Lawton Hall at the invitation of Dukinfield Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society.
On Friday, we were invited by the Mayor of Wigan to attend a Civic Reception at Haigh Hall . It was a great night with good food and excellent company and Sydney and I were very grateful to the Mayor and Mayoress for their warm and generous hospitality.
On Saturday afternoon, we were pleased to attend the Tameside (Denton) Art Society Annual Exhibition at Denton Festival Hall before joining members of the Victoria Park Community Association at an Afternoon Tea in aid of Help for Heroes .
On Sunday afternoon, Sydney and I attended the annual Trafalgar Day Concert at the Irish Club in Ashton with the members of the Droylsden Royal Naval Association and the Tameside & District Ex-Services Association.
Later, we felt very honoured to attend the 2010 Diwali Celebrations in Ashton Town Centre. It was the first time Sydney and I had attended this event and we had a wonderful time. The evening included a lantern parade led by the Dohl Drummers and the official switching-on of the Diwali Festive Lights. It was lovely to see the local community coming together to celebrate and to enjoy this special festival and we were delighted to be involved.
And that brings another Mayoral week to a close.
Thank you for taking the time to join me. I hope to see you again soon.
Week Commencing Monday 11 October 2010
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Engagements began this week on Monday morning when I was delighted to welcome to the Mayor’s Parlour volunteers from the Little Angels Breastfeeding Support team. Regular followers of my Blog will know that I have been to a couple of Little Angels events recently and I thought it would be nice to repay some of the kind hospitality and acknowledge the wonderful work of the volunteers. Most of the ladies had children with them and together we had a lovely morning over coffee and Danish pastries.
Later, Sydney and I were pleased to welcome to the Town Hall some of the youth representatives from the Dukinfield District Assembly Advisory Group. Councillor Brian Wild, Chair of the District Assembly requested the meeting as he thought it would good for the young people to see the Council Chamber and to hear a little about my role as Civic Mayor and the Council as a whole.
On Tuesday afternoon, it was my pleasure to welcome to the Mayor’s Parlour some of our children’s social workers in recognition of the recent good OFSTED inspection of their work. Jim Taylor, Executive Director for Services for Children and Young People and Sandra Stewart, Deputy Chief Executive joined Sydney and I in congratulating the guests and offering thanks for their hard work and dedicated service. Because of numbers, this was the first of two events, the second being held on Friday afternoon.
There were no Mayoral engagements on Wednesday but on Thursday we visited the Topaz Café and Wellbeing Centre for lunch at the invitation of Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind . It was lovely to be able to visit the café and to see some of the services they provide. The food was delicious and Sydney and I really enjoyed meeting the staff and chatting to service users.
In the evening, we were pleased to attend the Speech Night of The Hulme Grammar School in Oldham. The event was held at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and later we were invited to join the students and their families for supper at the school. There are a number of students from Tameside who attend The Hulme Grammar School and Sydney and I were delighted to be able to lend our support on such an important evening for them.
On Friday, we hosted the second reception in the Mayor’s Parlour for children’s social workers and on Saturday evening, we were delighted to be invited to attend the Annual Passchendaele Dinner at the Armoury in Ashton-under-Lyne with old comrades from The Duke of Lancaster’s Regimental Association.
On Sunday morning, Sydney and I visited the Museum of Transport in Manchester for a special event to celebrate the Number 9 bus route which ran between Ashton and Rochdale via Oldham. The bus route was originally run by Rochdale, Oldham and Ashton Corporations, it continues to this day but is now operated by First Buses as the 409 route. We had a great morning reminiscing and we even had the opportunity to take a trip on the old Ashton Double Decker bus!
Later, we attended a special service at Manchester Cathedral , organised by The Royal British Legion , to help launch this year’s Poppy Appeal . Hundreds of motor bikers from the RBL’s Bikers Branch rode into the city to help launch the appeal and the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester proudly accepted the first poppy of the year.
For this year’s appeal, the RBL is focusing its support for the Afghan generation of the Armed Forces family. Since 2003, the legion has helped more than 10000 serving, ex-service and family members who are part of the Afghan and Iraq generation. With the Afghan conflict continuing at its current intensity, it is in evitable that this number will continue to rise and the RBL intends to be there for them and their families today and for the rest of their lives. I therefore urge you to please support this year’s Poppy Appeal, your help could really make a difference.
That’s it for this week.
I hope to see you again soon.
Week Commencing Monday 4 October 2010
I can’t believe we are in October already, where are the weeks going to?
Engagements this week began first thing on Monday morning when Sydney and I were invited to officially open the new Pharmacy at the Asda Store in Hyde. The store is undergoing a number of changes which will also see the provision of a new café for shoppers to enjoy.
Later, we welcomed specially nominated staff from the Council’s Community Services Department to the Mayor’s Parlour to show our appreciation of their hard work and dedicated service. We were joined by the Chief Executive and senior Members and Officers of the Council and it was lovely to meet the staff and to hear more about their work and their commitment to their jobs and the people of Tameside.
There were no engagements on Tuesday but on Wednesday afternoon, we were joined in the Mayor’s Parlour by volunteers from the Investors in Carers Notice Board Scheme. The volunteers, all of whom are unpaid carers themselves, regularly update the Carers Notice Boards found in GP surgeries. It was wonderful to be able to welcome the team to the Town Hall and to thank them for their much valued work.
On Thursday evening, we hosted a reception in the Mayor’s Parlour for guests from the Cancer Research UK Charity Shop in Stalybridge. Once again it was lovely to be able have the opportunity to meet and to thank another dedicated team of volunteers who so selflessly give their time free of charge in order to help others.
On Friday lunchtime, Sydney and I were delighted to visit Herlitz UK Ltd in Newton in Hyde. Due to expansion, the company has recently re-located from Droylsden and I felt very proud to be asked to cut the ribbon to officially open the new premises. It was great to be able to meet the management and staff and to have a look around and also to hear about their success. Sydney and I are grateful to the team for their kind invitation and warm welcome and of course we wish them well in the new ‘home’.
Later, we were pleased to attend the Tameside Sports Awards 2009/10. This very prestigious event was held at the City of Manchester Stadium . It was a true celebration of sport in Tameside and an opportunity to recognise some of the Borough’s exceptionally talented sportsmen, women and clubs.
There were no official engagements on Saturday but on Sunday, we were honoured to attend the Annual Cathedral Service for HM Judges at Manchester Cathedral . This traditional service marks the beginning of the new Legal Year and brings together a wide cross-section of people concerned with the administration of justice. Myself and the other Mayors of Greater Manchester wore our full Mayoral robes for this important event.
To finish the week off perfectly, our last engagement was the Tame Valley Girl Guides Annual Standard Service at Stalybridge Methodist Church. We had a lovely afternoon with the girls and their families and it was nice to see the young people getting involved and taking great pride in their duties.
Well that’s it until next week.
Thank you for joining me.