Today has been a good example of the diverse life of a Parliamentary Candidate. As usual I was up early to catch up on the Sunday papers online and check my emails. Then I had feed CeeCee and take him out for his first walk of the day.
Then straight down to church at St. Anne’s in Tottington for the 10.15am service. The guest preacher today was the Very Reverend Christopher Armstrong the Dean of Blackburn. Despite the service lasting a little longer than normal I managed to get down into Bury to meet up with the film crew from the BBC who were filming a live interview by the Peel Statue with the Labour and Liberal Democrat Candidates and myself for The Politics Show. All went ok and I was straight off to my next engagement.
A short drive to the official opening of the new facilities at the Diggle Lane Allotments. They are a really enthusiatic and go ahead group who have a thriving Allotment Society. Thanks to their hardwork they have managed to obtain sufficient funding to have some organic toilets installed which might sound trivial but for all the Allotments holders who want to spend a day tending their patch it will make life so much easier when they need to spend a penny.
From there I nipped back home and collected Susan and CeeCee and went to visit the Pets in Need Spring Fair at Greenmount Old School. Sue and I have been sponsoring one of the cared for animals Cassie but unfortunately we were notified a while ago that Cassie had died so today we renewed our Sponsorship this time for a pair of miniature donkeys called Blackberry and Bramble. After grabbing a bite to eat and buying some scrumptious home made cakes it was back home to deal with my phone calls.
David presenting the Best in Show Cup to Ben with his owner Shirley
Sue and I have attended the Pets in Need Open Day and Dog Show on Turton Road Tottington this afternoon. I was away when this event was held last year so I was pleased to be able to attend again and invited to present the winners with their cups and shields.
It was very well attended as always and hopefully will have raised lots of much needed funds for this great local charity. Of course we took CeeCee and although he did not catch the judges eye in the Best Dog or Best Pedigree categories he did manage to win a Reserve rosette ( 4th in other words ) in the Waggiest Tail competiton. His first ever rosette!
On Friday I attended the Flag raising ceremony to mark Pakistan Independence Day at Bury Town Hall. I then caught up with some paperwork in the office and yesterday in between the rain showers I was busy doing work around the house and in the garden.
l-r Sir David Trippier, Jacquie Foster, David Nuttall, Cllr Diana Ashworth, Cllr Barry Theckston, Cllr Sheila Magnall
Today after church I attended the Pets in Need Spring Fair at Greenmount Old School. After visiting all the stalls I went on to Ramsbottom Cricket Club to attend a fund raising lunch for the local Conservatives. The speaker was the former Member of Parliament for Rossendale Sir David Trippier. At the time David represented Rossendale Ramsbottom was part of that Constituency rather than Bury North as it is now and there were some members who remembered David from his days as their MP. Jacquie Foster who used to be a Member of the European Parliament for the North West was also attended the event.
CeeCee and Susan 4 months old
CeeCee digging - one of his favourite activities
CeeCee 4 months old
Yesterday (Sunday) I called in at the Pets in Need Summer Fair at Greenmount Old School. We took along our very own pet who as usual attracted lots of attention. I have been asked to post some more pictures of CeeCee so here you will see him on the day he was 4 months old. There is even a picture of him sitting still for once which is not something he does very often.