39 Steps

Bury Ladies Lifeboat Guild ( and I declare an interest as Susan is a member ) is raising funds for the RNLI at The Theatre Royal in Ramsbottom on Friday 15th January starting at 7.45pm. The Summerseat Players are putting on a performance of The 39 Steps and the proceeds will go to the RNLI.

In Parliament the Housing and Planning Bill completed its stages in the Commons yesterday as the first ever use of the new procedures for English bills was used with the expected complaints from the Scottish Nationlist Party.  The SNP have one of their Opposition debates today which will be the main business after PMQ’s. They have chosen to debate the economy.


David with Matt Crofts Cllr Sheila Magnall - Mayor of Bury and Iona Worthington

Today has been the Save our Souls Fundraising day organised by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution this is their biggest fundraising day of the year. Here in Bury the Ladies Guild were ahead of the game and organised their fundraising event in the form of an afternoon tea at Greenmount Golf Club on Wednesday which I attended.

The Speaker was Matt Crofts from the RNLI who spoke about their expansion into inland rescue and how they were able to respond in the recent flooding in Cockermouth.

Today, I visited the O2 Call Centre again to hear of the progress they are making. Their link up with Tesco Mobile continues to go from strength to strength and they are still the largest single private sector employer in Bury.

An update on Susan’s hand injury – I am pleased to report that although Susan can not use pressure with her hand and thumb it is very much improved.

RNLI Quiz Night

Last night Sue and I attended a Quiz night in aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution at Bury Sports Club. Over 80 people attended and I understand that well over £300 was raised.

Today apart from dealing with my own casework I have had a General Election planning meeting. It is now almost certain that there will not be a General Election this year which means we now know that the election must be in the first five months and three days of 2010. My experience of having fought three previous General Elections just serves to reinforce the importance of good advance planning because there is always more tasks to do than there are hours in a day!

RNLI Coffee morning

David with members of the Ramsbottom branch of RNLI

David with members of the Ramsbottom branch of RNLI

I attended a coffee morning organised by the Ramsbottom branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute. It was well attended and I believe raised a over £300 for the work of the RNLI

Busy days

David at the Tottington and District Horticultural Show

David at the Tottington and District Horticultural Show

I have been to several different functions since I last reported. Yesterday morning, I attended a coffee morning to raise funds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. I was working on notary business in the afternoon and then in the evening I attended the Charter Dinner of Bury Rotary Club where I am a member. The guest speaker was Dr Kevin Jones who was very entertaining and although one of the jokes he told I have told myself on a few occasions I have to admit he told it much better.

This morning I attended the Spring Fair at St Paul’s in Ramsbottom and in the afternoon I attended the Spring Show organised by Tottington and District Horticultural Society at Greenmount Old School where I had sponsored some of the classes. Sue and I viewed all the exhibits and then enjoyed a coffee and home made cake.One good sign was that the refreshments were so popular that the Society had to open up another room to seat everyone.

This evening Sue and I have attended a concert at Bolton Road Methodists Church to raise funds for the Fusiliers Court residents and the Bury Support Group for the Parkinsons Disease Society. The Concert was performed by the Larks of Dean who sing 17th to 19th Church music unaccompanied. In addition to performing they explain a liitle about each piece setting it in context so it was very informative as well as entertaining.

Today has been the thirtieth anniversary of the day the previous Labour Government lost a motion of no confidence in the House of Commons and the then Labour Prime Minister James Callaghan was forced to ask Her Majesty the Queen to dissolve Parliament and a General Election was held five weeks later. In answer to all those who do keep asking me the next General Election must be held by 3rd June 2010.

Holcombe Village – New road layout

David with CeeCee and Eric

David with CeeCee and Eric

The days fly by I am so busy at the moment. This evening I have been to the Ramsbottom, Northe Manor and Tottington Local Area Partnership meeting. As usual only a miniscule proportion of local residents attended. There was a presentation about the new road layout which is to be introduced in Holcombe Village which will make the footpaths easier for wheelchair users to use and reduce the speed of traffic passing through the village.

Yesterday we hosted a coffee morning for the Bury North Conservatives Ladies Group. It was also our wedding anniversary and I cooked an Indian meal for Sue and I ( absenting myself from the Bury West Local Area Partnership!).

On Tuesday evening I accompanied Sue at a wine and mince pie evening held at the Summerseat Garden centre to raise funds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Last weekend we were over at Morecambe for a couple of days. CeeCee was 8 months old on Sunday and you will see above a pic of CeeCee and I at the famous statue of Eric Morecambe on a blustery Morecambe seafront taken on Sunday.

Coffee Mornings

Lutyens Memorial

Lutyens Memorial

On Friday morning I attended a coffee morning in aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution held at the Masonic Hall in Parsons Lane in Bury. There were lots of Christmas gifts and cards for sale and I suddenly realised that it is time I started to do some planning for Christmas. I have noticed that Susan has already started and a small pile of Christmas cards she has written has already appeared in the lounge.

On Saturday I went to another coffee morning organised by the newly formed Friends of the Lutyens Memorial Group. They want to try and retain the Memorial at its present site in front of the old Barracks on Bolton Road. The advertised light refreshments turned out to be excellent sandwiches and a wide variety of cakes and snacks. No need for lunch. For the second day running I managed to draw the raffle without drawing out one of my own tickets. In the afternoon much as I would have liked to go to the football and watch Bury play Gillingham I stayed at home and manged to get done quite a lot of very urgent jobs that needed attention, not least of which was tidying my study.