Creating a huge stir!

World's Biggest Coffee Morning

World's Biggest Coffee Morning

Sue and I took some time out yesterday from preparing for the Conservative Party Conference to attend one of the many events taking place up and down the Country as part of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning to raise funds for MacMillan Cancer Support. We went to the Coffee morning organised at Park Farm in Walmersley/ Ramsbottom ( depending where you want to draw the boundary!).
The event was very well attended and Sue who is a Governor at Woodhey School was pleased to see that pupils from Woodhey were helping out at the event.
In the afternoon I accompanied Councillor Ijaz Ahmad ( Redvales) on his visit to the Mosque for prayers and chatted to a number of residents with him about local issues.
Today we are off to Birmingham ahead of the Party Conference which gets underway tomorrow.

LibDem and Labour Conferences

With the closure yesterday of the Labour Conference there is just our own Conservative Conference left. The Liberal Democrat Conference will I suspect be remembered mainly for the fact that their Leader pretended to be speaking without any notes at all whilst in reality his speech was being scrolled up before his eyes on a huge screen in the corner of the Hall.

Everytime I caught news of Labour’s Conference there seemed to be yet something else which they had decided was now going to provided for by the state and paid for out of taxation but was, of course, announced as “free” eg: free broadband, free theatre tickets and free school meals for all pupils [ starting with a pilot project ]. There was no clear indication as to where the money would be coming from to pay for these policies. I guess the Labour Leader would not be too happy at the fact that coverage of his speech was soon overshadowed by the news that his Secretary of State for Transport and the current Member of Parliament for Bolton West would be leaving the Cabinet soon. I heard her interviewed on radio and despite being given the opportunity by the interviewer to confirm she would be standing again at the next General Election I rather got the impression that she sidestepped the question.

RNLI 95th Anniversary Celebration Dinner

Last night Sue and I attended a dinner in celebration of the 95th Anniversary of the founding of the Bury Ladies Guild of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. The Mayor and Mayoress attended and after the Mayor had made a short speech they cut the special Anniversary cake. The guest speaker was Mike Deegan the Chief Executive of Hebridean Cruises who gave a very entertaining speech about some of the characters who he had sailed with in his life on the high seas.

CeeCee 6 months Old

CeeCee is six months old today. To celebrate I am posting some new pictures taken today of CeeCee playing with his new toy a large T Rex dinosaur shape ( which is ranked 7 on the 1 to 10 scale of “tuff” ness!).

World Black Pudding Throwing Championship

Sue, CeeCee and I went to watch the action at the Official World Black Pudding Throwing Championship at Ramsbottom yesterday afternoon. It was very well attended and we took the opportunity to enjoy a Black Pudding ( lean variety ! ) for a midday snack.

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