Eid Milad-un-Nabi

This evening I have attended Radcliffe Civic Hall for the celebration of Eid Milad-un-Nabi the celebration of the birthday of the Prophet Mohammad which is one of the main religious festivals in the year for Muslims. The evening was organised by ADAB who do an excellent job in helping the Asian Community in Bury.
On Wednesday I attended a meeting of Bury Council when it was announced that Councillor Wayne Campbell who is presently Leader of the Opposition is to resign his seat after 25 years service because he has taken up a new job with Six Town Housing (this is the organsiation that manages and maintains local authority housing in Bury). To serve the Community for a quarter of a century is a great achievement ~regardless of Party~ and I am sure he will miss the cut and thrust of the Council Chamber.
On Thursday evening I was over in Bolton at the Last Drop Hotel where I attended a fund raising dinner in aid of Bolton Conservatives where the guest speaker was William Hague M.P.
I even won a prize in their raffle a box of House of Commons mint chocolates and a bottle of Cava!

Ambleside

David at Jenkin Crag Ambleside

David at Jenkin Crag Ambleside

Bit late posting this but I was away at the weekend in Ambleside up in the Lake District. I went up on Friday after attending the North West Regional Conference at the Reebok stadium in Bolton and came back Sunday. The weather was fine on Saturday definitely Spring like and I had a great walk. There is a small cinema in Ambleside and later in the day I went to see Marley and Me. So much of which reminded me of my experience with CeeCee.

Om Monday I visited Bury College with my colleague from Bury South Councillor Michelle Wiseman. It was interesting to hear how the courses the College offers have changed over the years. Wordprocessing and paper making out and media studies and computer repairs in

Darling’s First Budget

We have witnesses Alistair Darling’s first budget statement today and having watched it all it struck me how very little new there was in it. Nowadays, it seems many of the measures that used to be in the budget are pre-announced, foreshadowed in earlier budgets or simply leaked in advance. For example, it was no surprise today when the Chancellor announced the 2p per litre increase in petrol duty was now to take place in October of this year because it had been heavily trailed in all the weekend newspapers.

There was little in the budget to help hard pressed families who are struggling to make ends meet and in fact as a result of the measures in the budget most families will probably find it even harder to make ends meet. I noticed the Chancellor did not mention the fact that for millions of taxpayers across the country, thousands of whom are in Bury who earn less than £18,000 a year they will see their income cut from this April due to the abolition of the 10p rate of tax.

Last Friday I accompanied Councillor Sheila Magnall to the Tiddlywinks nursery in Ramsbottom where the children were raising funds for the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children by taking part in an attempt to break the World Record for the largest simultaneous poetry reading. The children and staff had worked extremely hard in preparing for the event with all the children and staff in fancy dress based around the Peter Pan theme. My congratulations go all involved.

I attended the Ramsbottom, Tottington and North Manor Local Area Partnership meeting on Monday evening. Last night I went down to a cold and wet Gigg Lane to watch Bury notch up their third consecutive win 3-0 against my home town team of Rotherham. Revenge for the reverse earlier in the season at Millmoor. Andy Bishop is in excellent form and the whole team is clearly much more confident now they have a few wins under their belts.

Councillor Peter Ashworth

It has been announced this week that Moorside Councillor Peter Ashworth will be the next Mayor of Bury. I have known for a few weeks that this was likely but as is the tradition with these things I had to keep it confidential until it was announced officially. Peter is well known from his many years of service in the Finance Department at the Town Hall and is President of the Salisbury Conservative Club where I am a member. I wish him well for the year ahead and I am sure he will be a great ambassador for Bury.