St. Stephen’s Day

For many people the day after Christmas Day is dominated by sport. It certainly will be this year as it falls on a Saturday anyway which is generally considered to be the main sporting day of the week. There is a full football fixture list. An extensive programme of horse racing and even cricket will be in the headlines as England begin the First Test on their winter tour in South Africa. Closer to home there will be the annual Boxing Day game between Tottington St. John’s Cricket Club and Brooksbottom which this year will be played at Crompton Meadows, off Beryl Avenue in Tottington. St. John’s will be opening their newly extended clubhouse.

Cricket in the snow

The winning hit!

Sue and I attended the Annual Boxing Day Cricket match yesterday between Tottington St. John’s and Brooksbottom played for the first time at Crompton Meadows the home ground of Tottington St. John’s.

This was the first time the game has been played at Tottington thanks to the installation of their new artificial wicket in October. The recent heavy snowfall meant that the game was played in perfect seasonal surroundings with the outfield covered with a thick layer of snow. There was a great crowd who enjoyed the facilities and the winter menu included mulled wine, lentil soup and hot pies.

The game was featured on BBC Radio 5 Live and mentioned on Test Match Special. Fittingly the match was won by Tottington St. John’s.

Tottington St.John’s Cricket Club Presentation evening

On Saturday I was invited along to present the awards at the Tottington St. John’s Cricket Club end of season presentation evening held at Tottington Conservative Club. Well over a hundred people attended thanks in part to the fact that the cricket club shared the presentation evening with the Michael Wood Homes rounders team presentations. The evening started with a quiz which merely served to demonstrate my woeful lack of cinematic knowledge! We then had some delicious pie and peas and fortunately there was enough for me to have seconds.

We then proceeded with the presentations, drawing the raffle and the evening concluded with a disco.

Busy Sunday

I generally like to try and keep Sunday as a day when I have few engagements and I can try and spend sometime at home. It frequently does not work out like that and today has been a classic example.

My day kicked off with feeding CeeCee and taking him for his first walk of the day at 8am. By 9am I was meeting with members of the Bury Conservative Muslim Forum as today marks the festival of Eid which marks the end of Ramadan which is a holy month of fasting for Muslims.

By 10am I was at St. Anne’s in Tottington undertaking my duties as Churchwarden.

At noon I was attending the St Anne’s Sunday School end of Summer barbecue. Fortunately for all the events today the weather has been fine and dry with a fair bit of warmth in the sun. Opportunity for me to grab a burger and a few of the tasty buns for lunch.

By 1.30pm after a quick trip homw to change I was down visiting the Boys and Girls Club in Radcliffe where my colleague Councillor Michelle Wiseman is currently organising a major refurbishment.

Next after another quick change and collecting Sue and CeeCee it was a short trip down to Crompton Meadows the home of Tottington St. John’s Cricket Club where I am President as they were holding a rounders day. I presented the winning team caaptain with the winners shield and was shown the end of season work which has already been done on the square.

Back home, time to catch up on the news and deal with my emails which fortunately are usually fewer in number on Sundays. Finally a chance to sit down, have a meal and start planning for another day.