Spring Forum Cheltenham

cheltenham-spring-forum-25apr09-003Sue and I attended the Conservatives Spring Forum at Cheltenham on Saturday. We heard speeches from Andrew Lansley and Michael Gove on the NHS and Education. I attended a briefing for Candidates on this years European elections.

On a personal note sadly my stepmother Carole passed away on Sunday morning after a long battle with cancer.

Also on Sunday morning I attended the Annual meeting of Parishioners at St. Anne’s Church in Tottington at which I was elected to serve as one of the two Churchwardens.

Leaf clearing

Leaf clearing at St. Anne's

Leaf clearing at St. Anne's

It’s that time of year. Leaf clearing. Sue and I have already had a few leaf clearing sessions here at the Cottage and yesterday we were down at St. Anne’s helping to clear the churchyard and paths of leaves.

It was unexpectedly eventful because we took CeeCee along so he would not be left home alone and he managed to break free from his collar ( the clasp came apart) and so he had several minutes freedom. He enjoyed chasing around with one of my garden gloves and proving that whilst he might come back to me on a Monday evening at training class he wasn’t going to fall for all that “CeeCee – come” business when he had the freedom of the churchgounds to gamble around in. Anyway we eventually managed to re-collar him and then I brought him home whilst we continued with the leaf clearing. During this time the fog had returned and it was very cold so when we had finished the warm mince pies and mulled wine back at the Vicarage were most welcome.

Needless to say in the afternoon we went out and bought CeeCee another new collar!

Today after attending the special service for the first Sunday of Advent Sue and I attended a Sunday Lunch organised by Bury North Conservatives’ Ladies Committee at Ramsbottom Cricket Club.

Happy Easter

Can I take this opportunity of wishing everyone a Happy Easter, including of course, those for whatever reason do not personally celebrate the religious significance of Easter.
After taking part in a Good Friday walk on Friday morning when the conditions were cold and very windy Sue and I attended the Good Friday service at St. Anne’s Church which was a service of readings, music and quiet.

This morning we woke to find the countryside covered in a blanket of snow so we had to don our walking boots once more in order to safely walk down to the special Easter Day service at which was very well attended with both upstairs and downstairs. Lots of young families attended and we had a collection of Easter eggs which the church will distribute to children’s homes around the area.