I thought the meeting between our Prime Minister and President Trump went as well as could be expected yesterday. He seemed pleased the Queen had extended an invitation for him to pay an official State Visit to the UK later in the year.
In addition to surgery I visited Bury Hospice yesterday to get the latest news from there. Obviously, as everyone knows there have been some difficulties at the Hospice in recent times but things are definitely improving and we all need to continue to support the brilliant work all the staff and volunteers do at the Hospice.
It is the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch weekend today and tomorrow and I am planning to take part again.
Random terrorist attacks on innocent members of the public are occurring with alarming frequency. Yesterday we heard of yet another attack this time in Munich in Germany. Our security services have a difficult enough job as it is to do and that is why it was welcome the government announced an additional 1900 staff were to be recruited to the security services. This week as the Home Secretary was answering questions in the Commons about the attack in Nice last weekend I asked her what progress was being made in the recruitment of these extra staff. The Home Secretary did not have the figures to hand but promised to write to me.
My thanks to Stephen Greenhalgh and Suzanne Carr and Eloise Burke for all their time yesterday in going through all the issues at Bury Hospice. Fantastic work continues to be done by everyone at the Hospice and it was great to be able to meet many of them again yesterday.
With our Hospice hitting the front page of the Bury Times again this week by coincidence I am making another visit to the Hospice today. I am always impressed by the dedication and compassion of all the staff and the many volunteers. After all the recent adverse news stories it is absolutely vital everyone unites behind our Hospice and helps put it back in a sound financial position.
The 7th Bury Art Festival starts today in the Bury Art Museum. I attended the preview evening last night and whatever your taste in art there is a good chance you will see something you like. The work of dozens of talented local artists is on display. It is all in aid of Bury Hospice and a share of the proceeds of any of the works of art which are sold goes to the Hospice. More information can be found at the Bury Art Festival website here: http://www.buryartfestival.co.uk/#!2016-exhibition/c8ey
My final visit of 2012 before the Christmas and New Year break was to visit the patients, staff and volunteers at Bury Hospice. As ever everyone was very positive and upbeat. I am particularly indebted to Jacquie Comber the Chief executive for taking the time to show me round the new Hospice buildings which will provide even better surroundings for the excellent care which is provided for at Bury Hospice.
So many people have contributed in so many ways to the new Hospice buildings everyone can feel justly proud and the larger accommodation will greatly increase the services available at the Hospice. I look forward to visiting again once it the building is operational.
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.
CeeCee on his second birthday with his new toys
This morning Sue and I had attended the Requiem Mass held at St. Joseph’s R.C. church in Bury for Margaret Robinson who sadly passed away last week. Margaret was a tireless worker for charity and especially Bury Hospice and she will be sadly missed.
Today is CeeCee’s second birthday and he has celebrated with some new toys and lots of treats.
UPDATE CeeCee is delighted that the Labour Party have done a u-turn and dropped their ridiculous plans for a dog tax that would only have penalised responsible dog owners.