The NEW Bury Hospice

Last Friday I attended the ground breaking ceremony on the site of where to new hospice is to be built on Rochdale Old Road. It was wonderful to see real progress in this much needed project and I am sure everyone thanks all those who have worked tirelessly for so long to make the new hospice a reality.

The first sod was cut by a current patient at the hospice Leonard Taylor and Brenda Caffrey the widow of the first Chairman of the Hospice Colin Caffrey and they used the same spade that had been used at the groundbreaking ceremony when the present hospice had been built.

Tesco for Schools

David with Bury Store Manager Tina Perry and pupils from St.Joseph's and St.Bedes, St. Lukes and Tottington Primary schools

I recently attended the Tesco stores in Ramsbottom and Bury to hand out boxes of goodies to several local schools who had been busy collecting Tesco’s Vouchers which they had then used to obtain extra equipment for their schools.

Bury Support Group Parkinsons UK

On Saturday 10th September I attended The Bury Support Group of Parkinsons UK coffee morning. The Mayor of Bury councillor Yvonne Creswell also attended the event which was held at The Blackburne Hall Bury Parish Church. In addition to a raffle which was drawn by the Mayor there were various stalls and over £280 was raised for the Groups funds.

Abortion Counselling

Today MP’s are voting on whether to change the arrangements for counselling for a woman seeking an abortion. The proposal would guarantee that a woman who is considering having an abortion has access to non-compulsory counselling and advice from someone who has no financial interest in the outcome of her decision.

At present any advice is provided by the same agencies and organisations that are paid for carrying out the abortion operation and whilst I am prepared to accept the assurance of such bodies that they provide impartial advice there is nevertheless the danger that there is a conflict of interest.

For any woman, abortion is a significant decision and it seems sensible to me that the advice should be as independent and impartial as possible clearly setting out the alternatives available and the consequences of each choice.

As ever when abortion is on the agenda there are very strong feelings on both sides of the debate and I have considered the matter at great length. It will be a free vote and I intend to vote in favour of the proposed changes.

The Peel Society

On Friday I was delighted to be able to Join The Mayor of Bury along with several Councillors and others in welcoming to Bury members of The Peel Society at a commemorative dinner held at the Village Hotel in Bury.

The Peel Society, which is based in Tamworth ( the town Peel represented in Parliament) was formed in 1979 and has created a major collection of Peel memorabilia and members of the Society were visiting Bury to see the birthplace of Sir Robert Peel. The principal guest speaker was the Rector of Bury Rev John Findon.