It was approaching 5am before we tumbled into bed and surprisingly managed to be up in time for church at 10.15am this morning.
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
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.
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.