Mr Mayor's Diary
Friday 6 January
Firstly, we hope everyone had a great time over the festive season.
Today we attended The Showman's Guild of Great Britain, Annual Luncheon at Liverpool Airport. Mayors and Mayoresses' from all over Great Britain attended. The table we sat at had 4 representatives from the Showman's Guild, 3 of them in their 80s, and it was interesting to hear that the Guild was founded in Salford in the late 19th Century.
Saturday 7 January
We attended the opening of the New Community Hall at the Wesley Church, Lords Street, Cadishead. It was really sad to see the old hall go but the new one is really great. After the service in the church we went into the hall where a buffet was put on. It was good to see so many people there, some of whom we knew. A lot of hard work has gone into making this Hall a success and we wish you all the luck for the future.
Sunday 8 January
We were invited to the Annual Ukrainian Christmas Concert in The Great Hall at Manchester Town Hall. The Lord Lieutenant was also there along with The Deputy Lord Mayor of Manchester, The Mayor of Bury and The Mayor of Tameside. This was a really enjoyable event the dancing and singing was marvellous, the energy that was put into the traditional dancing was unbelievable. After it had finished I had pains in places that I didn’t know I had places. Many thanks for the hospitality we received.
Monday 9 January
I chaired a meeting of the Council Agenda Setting Group at Salford Civic Centre to go through the agenda for the January council meeting. We later attended the Education Achievement Awards in the Quays Theatre at The Lowry, Salford Quays. The children who received the awards were looked after children and we had a really good time here talking to the many families that turned up. The children received awards for various things like being good at school, writing poetry and gaining good GCSE results, to name but three. Well done to every one who received an award.
Thursday 12 January
We attended the Reading of the Proclamation at the Crown Court in Manchester. The Lord Lieutenant, The High Sheriff, The Lord Mayor of Manchester and The Chief Constable of Greater Manchester. This is part of history and takes place every year. It is quite a simple ceremony and lasts about 15 minutes. Afterwards we were invited into one of the Courts where The High Sheriff presented an award to a lad for helping to get an offender prosecuted and sent to prison. Later that evening we attended the Icelandic Launch Party at the Lowry Hotel, Salford. From 7th April this year, there will be flights from Manchester airport to Reykjavik, every Friday and Monday. The launch went down very well and may I wish Icelandic Airways all the best for the future.
Friday 13 January
We attended a presentation of The Charter Mark to Bereavement Services, Peel Green Cemetery, Eccles along with Ian Stewart MP. This is the second time Bereavement Services have been awarded The Charter Mark and having first hand experience of the work that is done by the staff I would like to congratulate each and every one of you.
Saturday 14 January
Today we attended the Installation of the Dean of Manchester, The Reverend Roger Govender, at Manchester Cathedral. The Lord Lieutenant, The High Sheriff, The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Manchester and most of the Mayors and Mayoress' from Greater Manchester were there. After the service we attended a reception at Manchester Town Hall.
Monday 16 January
We hosted a reception in The Mayors Parlour for Cadishead "B" Band. This was to say thank you for their part in the Christmas Concert at the Catholic Club Irlam. I must admit they put a good performance on in the parlour I haven't laughed so much for ages. I gather history isn't there top subject at school but they all seemed to enjoy themselves many thanks to Frank for giving his usual talk on the history of the City.
Tuesday 17 January
We attended the Annual General Meeting of the University of Salford Court at The Old Firestation, The Crescent, Salford. Also in attendance were The Lord Lieutenant, The Mayor of Rochdale and The Mayor of Wigan. After the AGM we had lunch and had a chat with quite a few people, many thanks for the welcome we received. We left here to attend a Citizenship Ceremony at Salford Civic Centre, Swinton. This month 9 people received the honour of becoming British Citizens. After the ceremony they came into the Mayors Parlour for a drink and a chat.
Wednesday 18 January
Today we attended Salford Children's Book Award Ceremony at the Lowry, Salford Quays. There were over 250 children at this award. Seven books were shortlisted for the awards and authors and children spoke about each short listed book. It was a very interesting morning. This was the 3rd successful year that this award has run and I hope it continues year by year. Many thanks to everyone concerned for making us feel so welcome. From here we went to host a reception in The Mayors Parlour for the Mayors Citizen Award winner for January, Mrs Joan Murray. Mrs Murray was nominated by William Bond who paid tribute for all the fund raising she has done for St Ann's Hospice, Cancer Relief, The Church, the list is endless. For a woman of 87 the work that she has done is fantastic and we had a good chat in The Mayors Parlour with her and her family. Tributes were also made by Councillor David Lancaster, Councillor Ian McDonald and Councillor Norman Owen. This was followed by the regular Monthly Council Meeting.
Thursday 19 January
We visited Broadwalk Fast Track Pupil Referral Unit, Belverdere Road, Salford. First of all we met with the Head Teacher then we went round the unit and met the staff and pupils. Following our tour there was an assembly where the pupils asked me questions about the City and the Mayoralty. To conclude the visit. I presented some of the pupils with certificates of achievement. Well done to them all and many thanks to everyone for making us so welcome. Later in the evening I attended the Rotary Club of Irlam Charter Night at the Rhinewood Hotel, Glazebrook, Warrington. Many thanks for a lovely evening.
Friday 20 January
We attended The Dublin Association 20th Anniversary Dinner Dance at The Irish World Heritage Centre, Queens Road, Manchester. Also in attendance were The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Manchester and The Mayor and Mayoress of Bury. This was a really great night the meal was good and the entertainment was provided by Charlie Hale, comedian, and the band Pat Jordan and Finneans Rainbow. Many thanks to the Chairman John McGuinness for looking after us throughout the evening.
Monday 23 January
We attended Salford Reds Meet the Players Evening 2006, at the Willows Variety Centre, Willows Road, Salford. We had a great night in the company of John Wilkinson chairman of Salford Reds, also in attendance was Cllr David Lancaster Deputy Leader of the Council.
Tuesday 24 January
We attended Partnerships in Action: The Voices of Salford People, at Buile Hill Park Banqueting Suite. This was a day of celebration and consultation. Over several months more then 150 older citizens have been involved in working with professionals from the City Council, The National Health Service and the Voluntary Sector, to develop a Strategy for the wellbeing of people who are growing older in Salford. As you are probably aware a strategy is a kind of plan, development of this particular plan has involved older people identifying the things which they think help them to enjoy a good quality of life as they grow older. Groups of older citizens presented the draft strategy to everyone present on the day which was very interesting. We had a good time here talking to a lot of the elderly people but unfortunately,due to a prior engaement, we could not stay for the afternoon session. Many thanks to everyone for making us feel so welcome. We went from here to a meeting of my Charity Committee, at the Civic Centre, in The Mayors Parlour, to go through future events we have planned.
Thursday 26 January
We visited the Salford Cancer Awareness Day at Eccles Recreation Centre, Barton Lane, Eccles. We went round and spoke to a lot of professional people involved in the awareness and treatment of cancer, it was very interesting. It would be very worthwhile if this Awareness Day event could be available in other area's of the city. I as Mayor would advise everybody to go along and see what it has to show. Later in the afternoon we attended The Inaugural Lecture of Professor Chris Miller, Human Rights and Environmental Wrongs at the Rayleigh Room, Faraday House, Salford University. The Mayor of Trafford was also there. We went from here to attend a commemorative event for National Holocaust Memorial Day at Buille Hill Banqueting Suite. This was a very moving occasion where some of the people, who went through the ordeal of the Holocaust during the war, described their experiences.
Saturday 28 January
We visited the Salfordian Hotel in Southport to attend the Salfordian Trust Annual Dinner, which is one of my chosen Charities this year. We had a good time here speaking to some of the residents who were staying there and some of them were from Irlam and Cadishead.
Sunday 29 January
Today we attended the Chinese New Year celebrations at the New Emperor Restaurant, George Street, Manchester, also in attendance was The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoresss of Manchester, and all the other Mayors of the Manchester Districts. We had a great time the food and entertainment was fantastic. We went from here to attend the Joint Eid and Dewali Celebrations at Salford Link Project, Chadwick Road, Eccles. Also in attendance were Local Councilors, the entertainment again was fantastic. The Chairman Dr Rahman treated us to a dance, I was aked to sing a song but declined because I didn't want to empty the place. Many thanks for the welcome we received.
Tuesday 31 January
We attended a luncheon at Broughton House, Home for Ex-Service Personnel, Park Lane, Salford. The High Sheriff and his wife were also there. Following a tour round the building and a look at some first world war memorabilia, we had a lovely lunch and a nice chat with retired colonels, a very interesting time.
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