Boxing Day 20/20 Cricket

David and CeeCee at the Boxing Day cricket

David and CeeCee at the Boxing Day cricket

Sue and I walked off the turkey and Christmas pudding by walking CeeCee down to Summerseat to watch the Boxing Day cticket match between Brooksbottom and Tottington St. John’s. Brooksbottom batted first making 99 off their 20 overs, in reply Tottington St. John’s could only manage 89. Fortunately the weather was clear and sunny. In the summer it would have been a perfect day for cricket, in December it was crisp and cold making the leek and potato soup we had during the the change of innings very welcome.

Happy Christmas

Today marks the day when the Christian World celebrates the birth of our Saviour Lord Jesus Christ. I wish all readers of my humble blog, whatever your belief, a very Happy Christmas, and if you have a God may your God be with you.

Wrapping

All wrapped up for Christmas

All wrapped up for Christmas

For the second year I have been helping the Bury Society for Blind and Partially Sighted People raise funds by volunteering for several sessions as a gift wrapper at their wrapping service in the Millgate Centre. The target is to raise over £3,000 and at the last count I believe they were over £2,500. Thank-you to all those who have brought presents to be wrapped and made a donation, I hope you were happy with the service.

Nine Lessons and Carols ….and Elton John

We had a busy day yesterday with morning service and St. Anne’s Church’s Christmas Dinner being followed by the traditional Nine Lessons and Carols Service in the afternoon.

The dinner was held at Greenmount Golf Club as the Village Hall is still having repairs and refurbishments carried out. It is evident that the chef really cares about the appearance and quality of the food that leaves his kitchen and the staff are always very polite and attentive.

The Nine Lessons and Carols service is one of my favourite services of the whole year. It is conducted in candlelight and the choir were on top form.

After CeeCee walking (again) Sue and I went down to the MEN Arena at Manchester to watch Elton John in concert. Sue is a keen Elton fan and has seen him well over a dozen times – even I have seen him a few times now. Last night was the final show in The Red Piano tour and it is a quite amazing show as Elton said at the opening “You’ll never have seen a show like this before”. The set naturally featured a red piano and at various other times giant inflatable red roses, a lipstick and a banana. Why? You may well ask. I am always amazed at the fact that despite having performed his major hits hundreds of times the performances he gives are still so enthusiastic and lively. Anyone seeing him for the first time would have been incredibly impressed.

CeeCee’s Christmas Party

Start of retrieve the sausage competition

Start of retrieve the sausage competition

Part of the winning relay team

Part of the winning relay team

Susan and CeeCee

Susan and CeeCee

Last night CeeCee went to his first Christmas Party hosted by the Elton Dog Training Club and Sue and I went along as his guests. As we are persevering with getting him used to his haltie collar he was not his usual self (basically he sulks when he has his haltie on and spends most of his time trying to remove it.)

We had a great evening there were lots of classes and competitions to enter including an informative and entertaining quiz. The evening included had delicious meat and potato pie and peas- for owners not dogs!

The highlight for CeeCee was being part of the five strong team which won the relay race which involved the handler controlling dog around a course of cones whilst trying to keep a tennis ball on top of an upturned polysterene cup. How we managed to go up and down the hall without me dropping the ball I will never know. Unfortunately CeeCee was less successful when it came to him retrieving a sausage that I had to throw for him to retrieve. He did bring it back but it was in his stomach!

Over last weekend I attended a fundraising party for the Conervatives on Saturday evening, a friends birthday party and the Christingle Service at St. Anne’s, Tottington on Sunday

Ten out of Ten

Wow, what a result. I have to admit that even in my wildest dreams I did not imagine that the Referendum on the Congestion Charge would result in a “No” vote in every one of the ten Boroughs in Greater Manchester. I was fairly confident that there would be a “No” vote here in Bury which is where I have done all my campaigning but it is an astonishing result right across Greater Manchester. I have to say a big “thank-you” to everyone who took the time and trouble to fill in their ballot paper and send it back. The result in Bury was 79% “No” and 21% “Yes”. The result is all the more amazing when one considers the enormous amount of public money poured into the Yes campaign. Hopefully all those Labour politicians who supported the Yes campaign will realise how much they are out of touch with the feelings of the electorate. I know from speaking to hundreds of people about the issue that people did not like the idea that they were being blackmailed into voting Yes by the Government who said “If you don’t vote Yes you will not get any money to spend on public transport.” This is not the way to win an argument.

Lowercroft Primary School Nativity Play

lowercroft-primary-nativity-9dec08-012Yesterday Sue and I visted Lowercroft Primary School where Sue is a Governor to watch their Christmas Nativity Play. The children where absolutely superb especially when you consider that they only started in School in September! They were joined in the singing by the Year 1 and Year 2 Choirs who completed the afternoon with moving renditions of Little Donkey and Away in a Manger.