Archive for November, 2010
Today I took a day off from politics and had a family day out to the BBC Good Food Show at the NEC in Birmingham. It’s the first time I have been and it was really interesting, even for one like me who doesn’t cook. There were lots of samples, cheese, fudge, sausage etc which would have been rude of me not to try!
The day finished off with a demonstration by James Martin, from whom I may have learned a trick or two. However, I still think it’s much easier to go to a supermarket.
Although the day was very enjoyable, the Food & Drink Festival at Clatterbridge in August, albeit on a smaller scale, is equally as interesting and promotes many local businesses…. and avoids the M6.
I teamed up with Cllr Denis Knowles and we delivered in Sandbrook Lane, Pembroke Avenue and the Croft Drive area. Most of the few residents we did manage to speak with, appeared to be happy with the way things were going.
Friday saw the first of the Christmas Fairs, at Lingham Primary School. I went to this one with my ward colleague Cllr. Chris Blakeley. It was very well attended with the biggest queue being for the grotto. The choir performed superbly and there was the usual raffle and toy stalls.
Later that evening I attended the “Festival of Light” fair at Prenton High School. Again, this too was jam packed which is great in these difficult times. The queue here for the grotto was even longer. There were also many craft stalls which all seemed to be doing a roaring trade.
Still to come are fairs at Foxfield on Friday 3rd December and Christchurch on Saturday 4th.
This years Moreton Lights Switch On was linked with the fundraising for Ariella Byrne.
Ariella is a 7 year old who has Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy which is a permanent brain injury. She has to wear uncomfortable leg splints every day and relies on a wheelchair or standing frame.
Ariella needs a £60,000 operation in America. A fund has been setup and you can help by donating at
Having spent a long time talking to Ariella’s mum, Suzanne, I realise the importance of this fund. Also the amount of work that Suzanne and her family are doing. Please try and help. No matter what the amount is, small or large, it will all help Ariella.
I have spent a great afternoon at the Coach & Horses at Moreton Cross with the Christmas Lights switch on and a fundraiser for the Ariella Byrne appeal.
The lights this year have been made possible by the hard work of committee organiser Angela Pouncey.
This picture shows Angela, front bottom left. Next to her is Ariella Byrne.
Back row from the left is Ariella’s Auntie, Mum, Ben Tavakoli (licensee),
Cllr Chris Blakeley and myself.
Father Christmas was in his grotto and many children went to visit. There were also stalls, draws and an auction. At 5.00pm we had the lights turned on by the fabulous Pauline Daniels who took time out of her busy schedule to help the cause. The crowd for the switch on was massive
All in all a good afternoon with quite a lot of money raised. Thanks goes to the organiser Angela, Ben for hosting the event in his pub, Insanity Beach who played a few sets, Pauline Daniels, Merseyside Police who assisted with the crowd, Street lighting for the technical side of things and the people of Moreton who made it possible with their donations.
I was sad to see the above sign on the door of Panino at Moreton Cross this morning. Yet another good business leaving the town. I used Panino quite a number of times especially after canvassing with other member of the Action Team in cold weather. Their Hot Chocolate and food was excellent. The staff were always warm and friendly.
There was even entertainment, like the occasion Steve Smith, our candidate for Moreton East & Leasowe, fell off a chair. Honestly I was not one of the people laughing.
Kind regards to the owners and staff. I wish them well and thank them for the good service they have given to the Town. Hopefully we will be seeing new businesses taking up some of the empty premises.
This morning, together with my colleague Councillor Chris Blakeley, I attended the Remembrance Service at the Cenotaph at Moreton British Legion. I was privileged to lay the wreath of behalf of Wirral Borough Council. There was an excellent turn out despite the rain.
Firstly we had a short march through Moreton which included the standard bearers, veterans, Merseyside Police, Army Cadets, St John Ambulance, myself, Chris Blakeley and Councillor Ron Abbey. The service at the Cenotaph was then led by the Reverend Barrie Redmore.
After the service the British Legion served tea and biscuits whilst we all dried out. It was encouraging to see so many people attending to show their respect for those who have fought, and are fighting for our country.
Today I visited the Children’s Centres at Lingham and Eastway schools. I was there to learn about the services offered at the Centres. I was very impressed with the variety of services offered. Services available range from pregnancy through to a child starting at Primary School.
Lingham and Eastway are satellites of Leasowe Early Years Centre. The centres are very well equipped and decorated to create a friendly and inviting atmosphere.
Regular events include
Young Parent’s stay and play
Childminder Drop In
Preparing for Parenthood
Young Parents Group
Stay and Play
First time Mum’s Group
The centres have Family Support Workers who will assist with many concerns and provide information of additional services. Midwives and Health Visitors also visit the centres.
My thanks to Mary Mitchell, Head of Centre, for showing me around and enlightening me as to how much they provide for the community.
Further details on the council’s website
Yesterday I attended the Homecoming of the 1st Batallion of the Mercian Regiment recently returned from a six months tour of Afghanistan. They marched from Birkenhead Park through the Town Centre to the Town Hall where the salute was taken by the Mayor of Wirral, Cllr Alan Jennings. Hundreds of people turned out clapping and cheering as the troops marched past. It was a very humbling experience tinged with sadness that 12 of the very young soldiers had been killed and were not returning with their batallion.
I was privileged to chat to some of the soldiers after the parade, and their attitude was exemplary. I was keen to thank as many of them as I could, yet they were thanking us for the support they were receiving, which I felt was nothing, to what they were doing for us.
I was talking to one soldier about shoe boxes and he said it never really mattered what was in them, it was the fact that someone had bothered to think about them when they were so far away from home.
With reference to the sad death of Frank Biddle, the funeral will take place this Wednesday, 10th November. The service is at 11.00 at ChristChurch followed by burial at the church.