Cricket in the snow

The winning hit!

Sue and I attended the Annual Boxing Day Cricket match yesterday between Tottington St. John’s and Brooksbottom played for the first time at Crompton Meadows the home ground of Tottington St. John’s.

This was the first time the game has been played at Tottington thanks to the installation of their new artificial wicket in October. The recent heavy snowfall meant that the game was played in perfect seasonal surroundings with the outfield covered with a thick layer of snow. There was a great crowd who enjoyed the facilities and the winter menu included mulled wine, lentil soup and hot pies.

The game was featured on BBC Radio 5 Live and mentioned on Test Match Special. Fittingly the match was won by Tottington St. John’s.

Happy Christmas

May I take this opportunity of wishing all readers of my humble blog a blessed and happy Christmas.

On Christmas Eve Susan and I will be attending the Midnight Communion service at St. Anne’s Church in Tottington when I will be reading the first Lesson.

On Christmas Day we will attend the Christmas morning service before spending the day with Susan’s parents.

All wrapped up for Christmas

David helping out the Bury Society for Blind and Partially Sighted People with their Christmas wrapping service

I helped out today for the ninth and final time this year on the stand in the Millgate Centre run by the Bury Society for Blind and Partially Sighted People where they wrap presents for shoppers in return for a donation towards Society funds.

The target this year was a whopping £4,000 and I must admit I thought it might be difficult to achieve but I can report that the target has been reached which is a magnificent achievement.

Jammu Kashmir

After a busy week of fairly routine political events and lots of Christmas related activities I attended a meeting of the North West Regional Committee of the Jammu Kashmir Self Determination Movement at Manchester Town Hall. The Chairman is Raja Najabat Hussain who was a member of the Yorkshire and Humberside team with me when I contested the 1999 European Elections.

Jammu Kashmir is a disputed area of territory between India and Pakistan. Whilst I appreciate there are always two sides to every story since I began studying the history of the region several years ago it has always seemed to me that the best way to try and resolve this long running dispute would be if there could be a vote of all the peoples in the disputed territory at which they could be given a choice of options about their future governance. There is more information about the organisation on their website here.

Incidentally, a Happy New Year to all Muslims as yesterday was the equivalent of New Years Day in the Islamic Calendar where the year is 1431.

A day of radio……. and Christingle

If yesterday was a day of Rotary today has been a day of radio. I was on Andy Crane’s Sunday lunchtime newspaper review show between noon and 2pm aling with musician Holly Burton and comedian Joe Lycett.

Then, despite an incident where a lorry had shed part of its load on the M60 I managed to get back to Tottington for the Christingle service at St.Anne’s Church.

As soon as that was over and I had a quick cup of tea and a mince pie it was straight down to Project 29 Radio in Bury where I was on their politics programme between 4.30pm and 6pm.

A day of Rotary

Rotarians Rowland Lees and Tony McCarthy, The Mayor of Bury, David Nuttall, The Mayoress of Bury, President of Bury Rotary Club Rotarian Phil Emmott and Millgate Centre Manager Colin Nichol

Rotarians Rowland Lees and Tony McCarthy, The Mayor of Bury, David Nuttall, The Mayoress of Bury, President of Bury Rotary Club Rotarian Phil Emmott and Millgate Centre Manager Colin Nichol

Yesterday was dominated by Rotary activities. Each year Bury Rotary Club have a can collection and this year is no exception. We have obtained four street collection licences allowing us to collect for two days outside Tesco on Bury and in the Millgate Centre. I was out early doing the first collecting in the Millgate Centre. The Mayor and Mayoress of Bury paid a visit to add their support during the morning. The money collected by Rotary is distributed to local charities.

From Bury I went up to Hawkshaw to meet up with Susan who was attending a coffee morning organised by St. Anne’s Mothers’ Union which she is a member of.

In the evening we were out at Stand Golf Club for Bury Rotary Club’s Annual Christmas Dinner and Dance.