St. Joseph’s R.C. Primary School

Many thanks to the Head Jim Graves and all the staff and pupils at St. Joseph’s R.C. Primary School in Ramsbottom for their warm welcome this week when I visited. I always enjoy visiting our schools in Bury. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of so many talented teachers the next generation are being taught all the skills they need to succeed in 21st century Britain.

Thanks also to the Rotary Club in Bury where I paid a visit on Wednesday. For obvious reasons I am not able to attend the weekly meetings as much as I used to but it was good to see the  usual banter was not lacking and they are all continuing to raise thousands of pounds every year for charity.

Scout Moor Wind Farm Inquiry

The Public Inquiry into whether the Wind Farm to show at Scout Moor should be allowed to expand is scheduled to start on Tuesday 11th October and last for eight days. It will be held at Futures Park Rossendale Borough Council with a 10am start.

Rossendale Borough Council resolved to grant planning permission for 14 turbines on 1 September, 2015. Rochdale Council further supported the proposals for two turbines within its area on 21 September, 2015. In December 2015, the project was called in by the Secretary of State which means that the future of the scheme will now be determined after the public inquiry next month.



Wallwork visit

Many thanks to Peter Carpenter the CEO and Richard Burslem from Wallwork in Bury for hosting my visit this week. Wallwork is typical of so many companies in Bury in that they beaver away largely unknown by most people. the work they do is very high tech and whilst they may not be a household name their customers most certainly are.

In essence they treat the surface of metal products to extend their lifespan. It is of course much more complex than this but in a nutshell that is the way I tend to summarise what they do.

More information about this company can be found here:


Brandlesholme Scarecrow Festival


Many thanks to all those who took the time and trouble to enter the Brandlesholme Scarecrow Festival this year. Lots of people have told me how much they enjoyed going round and seeing all the different scarecrow ideas people had come up with.

My wife, along with Councillor Sarah Kerrison and businessman John Ainscow spent several hours judging all the entries. They were of a very high standard and it was clear local residents, businesses and community groups and spent a lot of time on their entries. The winner in the business/ commercial section was the 18 Minions at Brandlesholme Hall Farm which I understand took five days to design and put up!

Great Brandlesholme Cake Off

First of all, many congratulations to all those who took part in the Bury 10k yesterday raising thousands of pounds for charity.

Secondly, congratulations to the winners of the Great Brandlesholme Cake Off yesterday. There were some terrific entries and it was a great honour to be part of the judging team. It was clear a lot of time, thought and effort went into baking the cakes.

Rio Paralympics 2016

It is very sad that the end of the Rio Paralympics should be so deeply marred by the tragic death of an Iranian cyclist. No one who has watched any of the coverage could fail to be impressed by the achievements of the competitors. I constantly make the point that we should be grateful for what we have and we should be mindful of those worse off than ourselves. The fact that the paralympic athletes have had to overcome such a wide variety of disabilities and yet still achieve such sporting excellence is truly inspiring.

Head for the hills!

If you missed the opening night yesterday the 6th Ramsbottom Festival is on at the Ramsbottom Cricket Ground (home of course to the newly crowned Lancashire League Champions!) all weekend. I called in last night as the action was getting underway. Four stages and dozens of acts for your entertainment. Well worth a visit. More information on their website: