Last night I attended the Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Ramsbottom Civic Hall (FORCH).
It was held not surprisingly in the Civic Hall at Ramsbottom and we were able to see the tremendous improvements which have taken place in recent months.

As is often the case with refurbishment works alot of money has been spent on things which are not immediately noticed but are nevertheless vital. All the main pitched roofs have been repaired and re-tiled with new felt and inulation fitted. New windows have been put in throughout the building and the external stairs and walkway which had been causing structural problems have been demolished.

The Holcombe Room has been completely overhauled and during the repair of the gable wall two new windows and French doors have been added. Perhaps the most noticeable change to visitors to Ramsbottom is that the outside of the Hall has been cleaned.

The AGM passed off smoothly and there was a short address by the Mayor of Bury Councillor Sheila Magnall who is the Honorary President of the Friends and she told all those present how pleased sshe was to see the improvements and that she had been coming to events in the Hall for some 50 years.

The website for the Friends of Ramsbottom Civic Hall can be found here

Greater Manchester Discussion Supper

On Thursday evening I led a discussion Supper which was held down in Stockport organised by Greater Manchester Conservatives. The choice of topic was down to me and I decided that it would be both topical and interesting to debate the economy and more particularly the size of the public debt. As I imagined the topic resulted in vigorous debate about how we as a nation should tackle the incredible current account deficit that we have. The National Debt is increasing at the rate of somewhere between £5,000 and £6,000 every single second. It is mindblowing and frightening.

Busy Sunday

I generally like to try and keep Sunday as a day when I have few engagements and I can try and spend sometime at home. It frequently does not work out like that and today has been a classic example.

My day kicked off with feeding CeeCee and taking him for his first walk of the day at 8am. By 9am I was meeting with members of the Bury Conservative Muslim Forum as today marks the festival of Eid which marks the end of Ramadan which is a holy month of fasting for Muslims.

By 10am I was at St. Anne’s in Tottington undertaking my duties as Churchwarden.

At noon I was attending the St Anne’s Sunday School end of Summer barbecue. Fortunately for all the events today the weather has been fine and dry with a fair bit of warmth in the sun. Opportunity for me to grab a burger and a few of the tasty buns for lunch.

By 1.30pm after a quick trip homw to change I was down visiting the Boys and Girls Club in Radcliffe where my colleague Councillor Michelle Wiseman is currently organising a major refurbishment.

Next after another quick change and collecting Sue and CeeCee it was a short trip down to Crompton Meadows the home of Tottington St. John’s Cricket Club where I am President as they were holding a rounders day. I presented the winning team caaptain with the winners shield and was shown the end of season work which has already been done on the square.

Back home, time to catch up on the news and deal with my emails which fortunately are usually fewer in number on Sundays. Finally a chance to sit down, have a meal and start planning for another day.

Bury Curry Club

Sue and I joined the members of the Bury Curry Club last night for an evening at the recently opened Blue Bay Indian Restaurant on Bury Old Road. Jet Vyas the Club organiser had arranged a tremendous value meal with a mixed starter and several choice of main course dishes. The website of the Bury Curry Club can be viewed here


David with members of the Bury Ladies Guild of the RNLI

David with members of the Bury Ladies Guild of the RNLI

Just as I was about to give up on the idea that we would have any good barbecue weather this year – on the right day that is – I am pleased to say that today has been just about the perfect barbecue weather. A great relief for the ladies of the Bury Ladies Guild of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute who have been planning their summer barbecue for this date for many months. A big thanks to them and especially to Stuart and Sandra Cain who allowed their beautiful garden to be used to hold the event. Several hundred pounds were raised to support the vital work of the RNLI.

Bury Hospice Midnight Walk 2009

Congratulations to all the ladies who took part in the Bury Hospice midnight walk earlier today. Over 300 took part this year and unlike last year where there was a short course and a longer course today everyone did the same 10 mile walk.

I acted as a Marshall helping to ensure the safety of all those taking part and ensure that all went on the same route! My wife Sue took CeeCee along with her this year and I am pleased to say both completed the course – together!