Pop Connection

The Christ Church 2009 Pop Connection Choir

The Christ Church 2009 Pop Connection Choir

Last night Sue and I attended the Pop Connection Concert performed by Christ Church Church of England Primary School. The Concert was held in Christ Church Walshaw.

Pop Connection is run by the Charity ‘Innervation Trust’ which works with Primary Schools all over the Country. The object of the Pop Connection project as summed up by the founder Andy Silver is ‘Schools, Church, Communities brought together through music’. Pop Connection is completely inclusive and gives every child in the school a chance to shine and be involved.

It was clear the children had worked really hard preparing for the concert under the expert tuition of the Conductor from Pop Connection the enthusiatic Emma Owen. The children performed seven songs which all focused on positive messages such as forgiveness, acceptance and caring for others.

One of the highlights of the project in addition to the end of week concerts (there is a second concert tonight) is the arrival of a mobile recording studio. Each class is recorded and the tracks are then mixed and mastered back at the Innervation Trust’s Studio and the resulting Compact Disc is then made available for purchase.

The concert was a great success and the children obviously enjoyed the whole experience. I was grateful for the invitation and for the opportunity to see and hear for myself the results of all the hard work put in by the pupils and staff.

Conference Report

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I am not sure how it looked from the outside but it certainly seemed to have been a successful Party Conference from the inside. It was strange from my point of view not staying in a hotel and therefore just travelling down everyday.
For those interested I will give a quick summary of some of my activities for each day of the Conference.

Sunday. I attended the Conservatives at Work Jazz Night at Bar 38 featuring the Lune Valley Jazz Band.

Monday. I had a series of meetings including meeting with representatives from O2 who have one of their call centres in Bury and meeting with representatives from The National Autistic Society. The main event in the evening was the Reception for Conservatives in the North-West.

Tuesday. An early start as I had to be in Manchester ready to do a live interview on BBC Radio Manchester shortly after 7am.

I then had meetings scheduled with other Parliamentary Candidates followed by a photo call for The Royal British Legion.

I had lunch with representatives of the Nuclear Power industry organised in conjunction with TUSNE ( Trades Unionists for Safe Nuclear Energy ).

In the evening I attended a reception organised by the Manchester Airports Group.

Wednesday. I managed to watch a little more of the Conference than on the previous two days. I did an interview for the Financial Times who were doing a piece on Bury North which actually appeared in Friday’s paper.

In the afternoon I attended the Conference Social Action Project in Radcliffe where my colleague Councillor Michelle Wiseman has been bust organising a major refurbishment of the building and facilities for the Radcliffe Boys and Girls Club. David Cameron had visited the project on the Sunday afternoon and on Wednesday it was the turn of his wife Samantha and Party Chairman Eric Pickles to visit the project. In the evening I attended a business reception organised by the Conservative Friends of Israel at which the principal speaker was Philip Hammond M.P. the Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

Thursday. In the morning I did some filming along with a group of other Parliamentary Candidates in the North West for Granada. In the afternoon I was, as many will have seen, on the platform during the Leader’s speech. Can I just say thank-you to all the many people who contacted me to say they saw the coverage and give me their reaction. I think I have managed to contact everyone but apologies if I have missed anyone out.

Harvest Lunch

Sue and I attended the harvest lunch at St.Anne’s in Tottington yesterday. Well Sue did more than just attend as she was one of a group of ladies who organised the lunch including providing the food. My contribution was to help with the chopping up of various ingedients for the pasta salad Sue made on Saturday afternoon. Well over 80 attended this year and it was the first time we have been able to enjoy the harvest lunch in the much improved surroundings of the refurbished parish hall – the new kitchen made an enormous difference.

By the way if you have noticed fewer, shorter posts recently that is because our laptop computer which I use has is away being repaired. Last week CeeCee was having one of his mad moments jumping at me, Sue was using the laptop at the time and put it down on the floor to help control CeeCee and he managed to bounce right on it smashing four of the keys right off. We could only find three and we think he has eaten one of them. So it is in for repair and a new keyboard!

Well, the Conservative Party Conference starts today and as it is just down the road in Manchester for the first time I am not having to stay in hotel to attend Conference and I am planning just to travel down as necessary.