Bury Hospice Midnight Walk

It has been a busy past 24 hours. Last night Sue took part in the Midnight Walk organised to raise funds for Bury Hospice. I acted as one of the marshalls ensuring everyone was safe and went the correct route. I am pleased to report Susan successfully completed the 13 mile route and raised £200 for Hospice funds.
It was approaching 5am before we tumbled into bed and surprisingly managed to be up in time for church at 10.15am this morning.

Tottington & District Horticultural Society

David and Cllr Roger Brown (Treasurer of the Society)

David and Cllr Roger Brown (Treasurer of the Society)

I attended the September Show organised by the Tottington and District Horticultural Society this afternoon. I am always inpressed by the huge amount of effort that goes into making the Show possible. The exhibitors prepare some wonderful produce and the crafts exhibition demonstrates the wide range of talent we have in the area. I am seen here alongside the Society’s Treasurer Councillor Roger Brown with the winning entry in the Heaviest Pumpkin Class

Edward Timpson MP

Deborah Dunleavy (PPC Bolton NE) David Nuttall Edward Timpson MP Martin Hardman Jake Berry ( PPC Rossendale and Darwen) Pamela Watkins

Deborah Dunleavy (PPC Bolton NE) David Nuttall Edward Timpson MP Martin Hardman Jake Berry ( PPC Rossendale and Darwen) Pamela Watkins


Last night Sue and I attended a dinner organised by the Bury Industrial Society held at the Last Drop Hotel near Bolton. The guest speaker was Edward Timpson MP the victor of the Crewe and Nantwich by-election. The dinner was chaired by Martin Hardman and was organised by the Society’s excellent and efficient Secretary Pamela Watkins.

In addition to myself the dinner was also attended by my fellow Candidates Deborah Dunleavy from Bolton North East and Jake Berry from Rossendale and Darwen

Labour Walk Out

I witnessed an extraordinary meeting at Bury Council last night. The public gallery was full of Council employees who are losing pay as a result of the job evaluation and regrading exercise that Bury Council, indeed every Council, is having to undertake. After repeated heckling from some in the public gallery the Mayor adjourned the meeting at which point the employees left and so did all the Labour Councillors. When the meeting resumed with only Liberal Democrat and Conservative Councillors present a civilised debate took place on what is an extremely difficult problem for the Council to resolve.

Earlier in the day I had attended a coffee morning organised by the Bury North Ladies Committee and I then attended a meeting of the Bury Rotary Club.

A New Ministry

On Monday evening I attended the Service of Licensing, Commissioning and Welcome of the the new Team Vicar for The Ramsbottom and Edenfield Ministry held at St. Paul’s Church in Ramsbottom. The new Team Vicar is Reverand Anthony Barnshaw and I was pleased that after the Service I was able to speak to him personally and wish him well as he takes up his new duties. He is clearly very enthusiastic and I am sure he will be a great addition to the Team in Ramsbottom.