Update 21st March 2016

Firstly my thanks for all your messages and good wishes since I was mugged in Ramsbottom last month. I am now having physio and hope my shoulder discomfort will soon disappear. You will see from the photographs included in this update that I am still smiling…..even though very disappointingly no arrest was made and I had to buy another Ipad !
Since my last update I have been very busy in my role as a volunteer with the charities I am involved. My usual Monday mornings are spent as usual in the Blind Society planning and preparing for future fundraising and social events.
I was on the Mothers Day wrapping/tombola stall in the Millgate on 5th March.
mothers day fundra
I attended an Events Meeting at the Society, I accompanied  30 blind and partially sighted people on a social event at the Jewel in The Crown.
Blind Soc social
I have attended  2 meetings at Shopmobility and 2 meetings at Communic8te (The Deaf Society) and took the Chair at the recent AGM.
Deaf Soc AGM
Its been very time consuming in the preparation of the fashion show (with second hand donated clothes) which  I am organising to raise funds for Age uk at The Jubilee Centre. Tickets are almost sold out. I am making bunting for the event in my spare time !There is to be an optional afternoon tea served in vintage crockery belonging to the Blind Society.
I have attended the Township Forum Meeting. “Drones” were discussed and the public are asked to report to the Police should you see any and ring 101.Burglaries are on the rise and car damage too. The on going problem of parking problems around schools was discussed  and cones were suggested.
It was announced that a “pot” of £30.000 is available for a work of art in Ramsbottom. I commented that this “pot” would be better spent on potholes ! 
 I have attended a meeting of Bury Rural Inequalities Forum. Representatives were present from Trading Standards and handed out “Bogus Caller” Information Packs  and a useful leaflet , Bury Registered Tradesman Scheme which is available  in the Town Hall Bury.
I attended a meeting of the Planning Control Committee ,no contentious issues in our Ward on the agenda.
We have received complaints regarding litter around Tottington High School again  which has been brought to the attention of the Head and Governors.
I was alarmed to receive a call re security matters at Harwood House. I promptly organised a meeting with Six Town Housing and thankfully all is now resolved. 
Following a request ,yellow lines have been repainted at Victoria St/Turton Road.
The Council has now progressed the request for the adoption of Sunnywood Close and in talks with the Management company.
Residents on Bury Road are still suffering vibrations despite  some remedial works and the dispute is on going.
A group of volunteers  are embarking on the task of checking on Tottingtons public rights of way. It appears many of the markers are missing and Council Officers have been informed.
The long awaited 20 mph signage on Scobell St and 40 mph Turton Road have yet to materialise despite my many requests.
I have asked for an update regarding road resurfacing in Affetside. 
We have delivered a newspaper to many houses in the Ward over the past couple of weeks in preparation for the May local elections and we are out campaigning every week.
Regarding the In/Out vote for Europe I am still on the fence wondering which way to vote.
As representatives of the area we were invited to the opening of the new extension at Walshaw  Hall.
Walshaw Hall
The new wing, The Beeches specialises in dementia care. We were very impressed, its a beautiful establishment with very professional staff and I feel sure will serve local people well who are suffering from this very sad condition.
Beeches at Walshaw Hall

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