Leaf clearing

Leaf clearing at St. Anne's

Leaf clearing at St. Anne's

It’s that time of year. Leaf clearing. Sue and I have already had a few leaf clearing sessions here at the Cottage and yesterday we were down at St. Anne’s helping to clear the churchyard and paths of leaves.

It was unexpectedly eventful because we took CeeCee along so he would not be left home alone and he managed to break free from his collar ( the clasp came apart) and so he had several minutes freedom. He enjoyed chasing around with one of my garden gloves and proving that whilst he might come back to me on a Monday evening at training class he wasn’t going to fall for all that “CeeCee – come” business when he had the freedom of the churchgounds to gamble around in. Anyway we eventually managed to re-collar him and then I brought him home whilst we continued with the leaf clearing. During this time the fog had returned and it was very cold so when we had finished the warm mince pies and mulled wine back at the Vicarage were most welcome.

Needless to say in the afternoon we went out and bought CeeCee another new collar!

Today after attending the special service for the first Sunday of Advent Sue and I attended a Sunday Lunch organised by Bury North Conservatives’ Ladies Committee at Ramsbottom Cricket Club.

Senior Citizens Christmas Party

Rotarian Brian Rothwell calling the bingo numbers

Rotarian Brian Rothwell calling the bingo numbers

After ensuring CeeCee had got through bathtime ok I went to help at the Senior Citizens Christmas Party organised by Bury Rotary Club at Walshaw Sports Club. I collected and took two ladies to the Party, helped serve the Christmas meal and then afterwards took the two ladies back home as well as dropping off a gentleman who just lived on the next street to the Club. The Mayor and Mayoress were in attendance and after a session of bingo musical entertainment including Christmas carols were provided by the choir and orchestra from Tottington High School. Everyone I spoke to seemed to have had an enjoyable time and they were particularly impressed with the excellent music from the students at the High School.

Bathtime for CeeCee

Escape time

Escape time

Soggy doggy

Soggy doggy

Help it's wet in here!

Help it's wet in here!


Yesterday it was bathtime for CeeCee. He has had a bath before when he was about 3 months old so as he is now over 8 months old we decided it was time to call on the services of Mr Bubbles and have CeeCee bathed again. Considering he is mainly white he does a tremendous job at keeping himself clean particularly in view of his fondness of finding the muddiest route whenever we are out walking.
(Click on the thumbnail pics for the full size view)

Pre-Budget Report

Although called a pre-budget report the statement made by the Chancellor on Monday was in many respects an emergency budget with more changes being made than are often made in the main budget.
The main effect is a £20 billion temporary tax give-away, then almost £40 billion of announced permanent tax rises – that’s almost £1,500 for every family in Bury.

The Chancellor, in one move, has doubled the national debt to more than £1 trillion, and borrowed more than at any time in our history. We now know that Britain will be paying off Gordon Brown’s debt for decades to come. With this Budget, Gordon Brown has mortgaged the country’s future to try and safeguard his own.

The choice at the next election could not be clearer. A record borrowing binge and a lifetime of tax rises under Labour, or fiscal sanity and lower taxes that last under the Conservatives.

GMCF/BNECA

An alphabet soup of initials all is revealed below.

On Saturday the Bury North campaign received some extra help from GMCF – Greater Manchester Conservative Future – Fortunately the weather although cold was fine and dry and we all had a productive day.

In the evening we attended a fundraising event organised by BNECA -Bolton North East Conservative Assocation – held at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton. The main entertainment after the usual auction and raffle was Take That 2 who are apparently the UK’s leading Take That tribute band. As I have never seen Take That live I could not compare directly but their performance was very professional indeed and it was an excellent evening.

Bury Hospice Chinese and Casino Evening

On Friday evening Sue and I attended a charity fundraising event at Man Yuen Chinese Restaurant in Tottington organised to raise funds for Bury Hospice. There was a superb Chinese meal, a fun Casino ( ie not real money changing hands) a raffle and an auction. We were told that Bury Hospice costs around £4.20 every minute to run so hopefully the evening will have raised enough to keep it going for a few minutes longer!

Holcombe Village – New road layout

David with CeeCee and Eric

David with CeeCee and Eric

The days fly by I am so busy at the moment. This evening I have been to the Ramsbottom, Northe Manor and Tottington Local Area Partnership meeting. As usual only a miniscule proportion of local residents attended. There was a presentation about the new road layout which is to be introduced in Holcombe Village which will make the footpaths easier for wheelchair users to use and reduce the speed of traffic passing through the village.

Yesterday we hosted a coffee morning for the Bury North Conservatives Ladies Group. It was also our wedding anniversary and I cooked an Indian meal for Sue and I ( absenting myself from the Bury West Local Area Partnership!).

On Tuesday evening I accompanied Sue at a wine and mince pie evening held at the Summerseat Garden centre to raise funds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Last weekend we were over at Morecambe for a couple of days. CeeCee was 8 months old on Sunday and you will see above a pic of CeeCee and I at the famous statue of Eric Morecambe on a blustery Morecambe seafront taken on Sunday.