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Sep 14, 2017

SicKids, a children and young people’s health charity working in the North West of England and in
Cambodia, held the grand opening of a The SicKids Sensory Space at North Manchester General Hospital on Wedesday 13th September 2017. Mr Barry Dixon CBE DL, performed the opening ceremony.

The sensory space is the first-of-its-kind in the region, and has been built thanks to the generosity ofSicKids’ supporters. The SicKids sensory room has been made possible through generous donations from our supporters, The Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund, The W O Street Charitable Foundation and The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust Children's Emergency Department Endowment Fund.

Sensory facilities are proven to support the development of the senses – like touch, hearing and sight – through special lighting, music, tactile objects and a calming environment. While many hospitals and health centres in the UK have similar facilities in their children’s wards, there are very few with 21st Century equipment within their emergency departments.

The SicKids Sensory Space at North Manchester General Hospital is the first sensory facility opened by SicKids, which was founded in 2015 by a small group of volunteer Trustees. The charity’s vision is to
support the health and wellbeing of children and young people in both the North West and in
Cambodia, South East Asia. While the two regions are geographically and culturally divergent, the
Trustees of SicKids believe there are stark similarities and opportunities for health professionals in both
countries to share knowledge and develop strategies to relieve sickness and enhance the wellbeing of
children and young people.

Because of that, in November 2017 SicKids will open its second state-of-the-art sensory facility, this time at M’Lop Tapang, a non-governmental community project in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. SicKids believes this will be the first such facility in Cambodia, and will offer life-enhancing opportunities for many hundreds of children and young people with developmental delay, which, due to its link to conditions related to poverty, is prevalent in Cambodia.

The Sensory Space was designed by local children and their families, who volunteered to support the project with creative input and ideas to make the facility as welcoming, attractive and effective as

In attendance at the grand opening was Her Excellency Dr Rathchavy Soeung, Ambassador
Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Cambodia, who was keen to learn more about how children in
Cambodia will benefit when SicKids opens its second sensory space in November. M’Lop Tapang’s
Medical Team Leader, Ngov Chanravy, who is visiting the UK this week as part of a career development
opportunity co-funded by a SicKids grant, was also there.

Also present were the Trustees of SicKids (Professor Andrew Rowland, Den Carter, Dianne Cook and Dr Jimmy Stuart) as well as children and young people, and the volunteers who were involved in the design of the Sensory Space, and representatives from the North Manchester General Hospital leadership team.

To symbolise the unique partnership between SicKids and the diverse communities in the North West of England and Cambodia, the Trustees presented the Deputy Lieutenant and the Ambassador with friendship bracelets. The colourful bracelets, worn by SicKids’ Trustees, are hand-made by parents of children attending the M’Lop Tapang facility in Cambodia. The sale of each bracelet, for US$1.25, helps to support street living and street working children, young people, and their families, and keep children in school.

Mr Barry Dixon CBE DL, said, “I was delighted to welcome Her Excellency Dr Rathchavy Soeung to the fantastic city of Manchester, and to have the pleasure of opening the wonderful sensory space at North Manchester General Hospital. I’m sure it will make a great difference to the quality of care offered to children and young people. I look forward to hearing about the success of the facility, as well as the forthcoming opening of the sensory space in Cambodia.”

Aug 14, 2017

The Friends of Walkden Station (FOWS) is a community volunteer group, founded in February 2007 that campaigns for improved facilities and services from Walkden station in Greater Manchester. They received the Queens Award for Voluntary Service in 2016. Lorraine Worsley Carter MBE DL visited Walkden Station and met Andy Barlow, Chair of FOWS to get an update about their work.

Their first art project has been installed recently at the station, designed by a local artist, Mark Mennell, working together with young people from Salford College. This has fulfilled a long-held ambition for FOWS, and they hope to follow this up in due course with further art projects involving local schools.

The Friends of Walkden Station have also completed their installation of planters and troughs recently too.

Andy told Lorraine, “Amongst other projects we have been working on, is our station car park proposal which looks to be bearing fruit, with strong support from Salford City Council to deliver a 107-space facility on a former council depot adjacent to our station -subject to final allocation of funding.”

Full details can be found on their website

Jul 5, 2017

Salford DL Lorraine Worsley Carter MBE was invited by the director Sue Jenkins and writer of the play Danny Clifford to attend their last night of ‘From Heaven to Hell.’ The play took place at the Salford Arts Theatre, a community theatre in the heart of Salford.

The play is a story, based on true events, of love, loss and loyalty dedicated to the 1st Salford Pals who died at the battle of the Somme. Two men join the Salford Pals in the First World War and form an unlikely friendship. Before they head off to war they experience fun, laughter and love. The story contrasts life at the front line and experiences in the 1916 Battle of the Somme with the women left behind in Salford.

 The Story not only focuses on the men fighting, but on the relationships between them and the women left behind and the struggles as they adjust to life without their husbands.

Profits from the play will go to the British Legion.

Lorraine is pictured alongside the producer, Sue Jenkins and the writer, Danny Clifford.

Jul 4, 2017

Lorraine Worsley Carter  MBE DL attends the the Ordsall and Langworthy Networking Event held at Together Trust, a charity that offers care, support and special education to children, adults and families, in Ordsall.

It was an opportunity to meet representatives from many local organisations including Salford Council, the Neighbourhood Policing Team, the Health Improvement Team and community organisations such as Salford Credit Union and also Salford CVS promoting volunteering within the community.

Lorraine is pictured here with Mr. Bernard Nwaiwu, Projects Director for the CEDE Foundation who help people in the margins of society through delivery of employment skills and support, helping them to live healthy lifestyles and by promoting intergenerational activities and active citizenship.

Jun 16, 2017

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Col Donald Gibbs CBE TD JP DL.

 Col Gibbs served as a Deputy Lieutenant in Greater Manchester from 1974 until his retirement in 2001, and was also High Sheriff of Greater Manchester in 1981/82.

 We have been informed that the funeral will take place on Wednesday 5th July at Manchester Cathedral at 11am, in the Regimental Chapel. 

The funeral will depart from Broughton House. The cremation will take place at Blackley Crematorium  following the Service for those who wish to attend.

Jun 13, 2017

On Wednesday 7 June 2017 the Tameside District Committee visited the new Mayor of Tamside, Councillor Joyce Bowerman, to present her with a cheque from The Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund to help towards her nominated charities. 

This year the Mayor will be supporting four charities they are:

Marie Curie

Tameside 4 Good

Anthony Seddon Fund

Mesothelioma UK Charitable Fund

Pictured with the Mayor is her husband and consort Fred, Sharman Birtles JP DL, Wing Commander Roy Catterall DL RAF VR(t) and Commander (SCC) Janet Evans MBE DL RNR

May 22, 2017

Physiotherapist, Jadwiga Siuda of Therapy First Physiotherapy, based at Media City Salford, has been awarded a 'Certificate of Recognition in Career Progression in Health and Care’ in the Learning Matters Health and Care Awards in the North West. 

Learning Matters Awards are part of a cross sector adult learning campaign delivered for the health and care sector through a number of key partnerships. The campaign grew out of the biggest and longest running learning campaign in Europe – Adult Learners Week. Both campaigns and awards are all about celebrating and recognising the achievements of people who find time and energy to learn something new each year and whose stories provide the inspiration to encouragement to  others.

Lorraine Worsley Carter MBE, a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester and a Salford Quays resident was asked to present the certificate to Jadwiga on behalf of Health Education England, Voluntary Sector North West and Manchester Museum.

May 8, 2017

The Ceremonial Mayor of Salford and Lorraine Worsley Carter MBE DL attended the premiere of ‘Then and Now’ at the Lowry Theatre Salford Quays on 10th April. ‘Then and now’ is a short film based around the Salford Pals during the First World War. The film is a mixture of acting and old archive material from the First World War developed by the Lower Kersal Young People’s Group. The story is focused on the build up of the Pals’ final hours, and a change of attitude of four young lads in the present day.

 Pictured are Standard Bearer, Ricky Graham, Ceremonial Mayor of Salford, Councillor Karen Garrido, Lorraine Worsley Carter MBE DL, David Fleeshman Actor/Director (not of this production) and Tom Lever MBE Project Manager of Lower Kersall Young People’s Group.

Lorraine said it was a brilliant event and thoroughly enjoyed by all that attended

Apr 26, 2017

Greater Manchester Lieutenancy – 1974 / 2017

 When the Greater Manchester Lieutenancy was established in April 1974 it was based and serviced by the Greater Manchester County Council (at that time most Lieutenancies were based on their County Council).

 The nominal Clerk to the Lieutenancy was the Chief Executive of the County Council but they usually deputed a senior member of their staff to undertake the duties of the Office.

 When the ‘shadow’ County Council was set up in 1973 I was asked by the  Chief Executive designate (Sir George Odgen) to assist the Lord-Lieutenant designate (Sir William Downward) in the setting up and eventual running of the Lieutenancy.

 Neither Sir William nor I had any experience of the work but we agreed that we would learn ‘on the job’.

 The staff of the Lancashire and Cheshire Lieutenancies based on the long established Shire County Councils were very helpful in sharing their knowledge and experience, as were the staff of the Duchy of Lancaster Office, and we were ‘ready for action’ on 1st April 1974.

 We knew that the Lord-Lieutenant’s responsibilities, in addition to representing The Queen across all aspects of life in the County, included the organisation of official Visits by Members of the Royal Family to Greater Manchester ; ‘Keeper of the Rolls’ as the senior Magistrate in the County with responsibilities for the appointment of Magistrates (together with the Duchy of Lancaster) ; the appointment of General Commissioners of Income Tax (together with the Lord Chancellors Office) ; and the Presentation of Honours and Awards.

 We were ‘thrown in at the deep end’ as the first Royal Visit was by The Prince of Wales in the early summer of 1974 involving a full day Programme of engagements. This was followed by a number of Visits by Members of the Royal Family that year setting the pattern for a Programme of Visits of at least  twelve every year. In some years eg .2002 Commonwealth Games year, many more.

 A particular highlight in the early years was the Silver Jubilee Visit by The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh in 1977. This two day Visit included a Royal Garden Party in Longford Park, Trafford - the first provincial Royal Garden Party in England.

 Royal Visits were very popular events particularly those of The Queen and the younger Members of the Family. We applied the same detailed Programme preparation to all Visits in liaison with the Host organisation ; the Royal Household ; the Police ; the Local Authority ; and the Press / Media, but  Visits by, for example, the Princess of Wales, attracting huge crowds and international media attention, created additional pressures.

 The Metropolitan County Councils were abolished in 1986 and a new challenge was presented as the Lieutenancy had to be set up as an independent organisation.

 I was asked to take charge of the Office and support for the Lord-Lieutenant and we acquired the rent of a small Office suite in Manchester City Centre. We were supported financially by Government. I was joined by Anne Owens as the Secretarial Assistant and we enjoyed a happy working relationship.

 In 1987, on the retirement of Sir William, Sir John Timmins was appointed Lord-Lieutenant and I continued in Office until I retired when Sir John retired in 2007.

 Although the nature of the work required a 24/7 availability I was glad that my wife Fran could attend many of the Visits and events.

 I thoroughly enjoyed my 34 years in the Lieutenancy Office and was grateful for a challenging yet fulfilling career which gave me, in addition to interesting work, the opportunity to visit Schools, Colleges, Hospitals, Factories, Voluntary Organisations (and Palaces !) meeting so many interesting people.

 Her Majesty appointed me a Member of Her Royal Victorian Order (MVO) in 1989 and a Lieutenant of the Order (LVO) in 2002

 I was happy to be given the opportunity to continue an association and involvement with the Lieutenancy when Sir John appointed me a Deputy Lieutenant (DL) shortly before my retirement as Clerk.

 As a DL I have been pleased to assist Mr Warren Smith, the Lord-Lieutenant in his wide-ranging and demanding role by undertaking some interesting duties particularly attendance at Citizenship Ceremonies involving recently in my Borough of Trafford, the involvement of local Schoolchildren to witness and take part in these important occasions.

 I firmly believe that the Lieutenancies throughout the Country have an important role in all aspects of life of their Counties.

Apr 4, 2017

On 4th April 2017 the British Empire Medal Ceremony was held at Manchester Town Hall. The eight fantastic recipients attended with family and friends and the Lord Mayor and the Mayors from each of the recipients’ boroughs were in attendance.

The Lord-Lieutenant presented the medal to the following people:

Reverend Freda Jackson from Rochdale

For her incredible support to the young, elderly, lonely, depressed, bereaved and people with disabilities in the community of Middleton. For her fundraising efforts whilst abroad in the USA for a premature baby unit in Montgomery and the work she has done with the children of her parish, to create links between them and elderly parishioners to support one another. She is also an accomplished artist and writer.

Mrs Betty Kenyon from Bury

For her inspirational work in Bury for over 30 years; inspiring and supporting young people whilst working at Bury Grammar School Girls as a teacher and as a volunteer archivist and chair of the Old Girls Association and by assisting young families facing difficulties with early family life as a volunteer and driving force behind “Homestart” also securing funding preventing the closure of the scheme.

Miss Lisa McLoughlin from Bolton

For her fundraising for research into treatments and raising awareness of the symptoms of brain tumours. She set up the Jessica Green Fund in memory of her brave daughter, Jessica, who sadly passed away having battled DIPG, a rare and inoperable paediatric brain tumour, for 3 years. She has raised over £44,000, distributed over 2,000 symptom cards to schools and GP surgeries and through social media supported the campaign to make Ministers aware of the lack of funding for research into brain tumours in children.

Mr Akeim Mundell from Manchester

For his work making a positive difference to young people in his community. He has set up Manchester Job Opportunities, a free service assisting people to find jobs and apprenticeships. He is a mentor with the charity, Community on Solid Ground, organises Manchester’s Got Talent to showcase young people’s talents and is a Community Guardian and an Anti-Social Behaviour Champion for the area.

Ms Indu Popat from Tameside

For her work as a Hindu Priest in Tameside engaging the local community resulting in a huge increase in local residents engaging with the BAME community in the area. She is an active fundraiser for numerous charities and has also influenced and shaped the roles of women in the Asian community and raised the profile of the issue of Asian women and mental health, working with the local MIND organisation and the Department of health.

Mrs Elizabeth (Liz) Wilson Robinson from Stockport

For her work as the first Bereavement Manager at the Mid-Cheshire Hospitals.  Much in her own time she developed her role to provide a caring, compassionate and effective service to bereaved people whose loved ones have died in the hospital. Her influence also extended beyond the Trust working closely with funeral directors and registrars. She has also been key to the Trust sensitively contributing to the organ donation pool nationally.

 Mr Owen Keith Tulsie from Wigan

For his contribution to the charity Georgia’s Children of the World. He has raised over £100,000 helping set up Georgia’s Houses to provide schooling and improve health and welfare for disadvantaged children in Salford and abroad. He is heavily involved in its organisation and also uses his practical DIY skills to help with turning shell buildings into habitable homes. The charity was set up by his friend, Steve Murray, in memory of his daughter who passed away with a heart condition at age 19.

Henry (Harry) Francis Twamley from Tameside

For his commitment to Curzon Ashton FC since the 1950s. Aged just 12 he was appointed Assistant Secretary to the Hurst Wesleyans Church Team taking over as Secretary the following year. Once the boys were too old for the team he developed Curzon Road Football Club as a follow on. He oversaw the amalgamation with Ashton Amateurs and remained Chairman of what is now Curzon Ashton Football Club. The club is now a valuable community asset providing a focal point for local people, charities and businesses.

Mar 21, 2017

Each borough in Greater Manchester hold Citizenship Ceremonies. Administered and conducted by the Register Offices, a Deputy Lieutenant attends each ceremony and congratulates the attendees on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen and the Lord-Lieutenant.

At a recent Trafford Citizenship Ceremony, children from Year 6 of St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Sale attended, recited a Poem, presented each of the new Citizens with a souvenir book mark and heartedly joined in the singing of the National Anthem.

Their presence added greatly to the occasion and was welcomed by all present. The children are pictured with Paul Goddard LVO DL and The Mayor of Trafford, Councillor Judith Lloyd. Paul said, "The children really made the new citizens feel welcome. This was a great idea by Trafford Register Office and really adds to the sense of occasion"

If you want to become a British Citizen you will find guidance here

Mar 17, 2017

All Saints Primary School in Gorton held a "World at Work Week" between the 13th March and the 17th March 2017. During the week they had visits to the Football Museum, Gorton Monastery and the Space Project as well as holding a job fair where the children were given the opportunity to interview people from different professions in order to find out more about each role.

Paul Griffiths DL, who grew up in Gorton, is a previous High Sheriff and the Chairman of the Gorton Monastery Trust. He attended at the school to talk about his current and previous roles and his duties as a Deputy Lieutenant at the school assembly.

The children were very excited as he went to the school in his uniform and took time out to visit all the classrooms so that all the children had the opportunity to ask lots of questions.

The picture shows him with Ms Toni Elliott Headteacher and all the form leaders.


Mar 13, 2017
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Mar 7, 2017

Karen Phillips MBE DL, is the CEO of The Fed and is retiring from her role on March 31st 2017 after 25 years of service. The Federation of Jewish Services (FJS) was created in December 2009. It was brought about the merger of two of Manchester Jewry’s oldest charities – The Fed and Heathlands Village. In November 2011 FJS became known as The Fed, whilst retaining its full title “The Federation of Jewish Services” for legal and charitable purpose.

Whilst acting as CEO Karen has overseen some dramatic changes in the way that The Fed supports the community not least the merger of community services creating an independent living, residential, nursing and end of life home for over 180 people. This 5 acre one stop shop care facility consisting of a children’s centre, next to a community centre, next to care facilities in a vibrant setting is a new model of care far removed from the traditional approach.

Karen said of her impending retirement.

In my work as CEO of a large charity in Manchester, The Fed, I hear many people saying “I feel the same inside. I can’t believe I am here, right here, right now.”

I find myself saying the same thing as I am about to retire from my role. I hasten to say that I am not retiring per se, but leaving a role about which I am passionate and committed.

After careful thought I have decided that now is the time to pursue other interests and roles whilst I have the energy to do so and find the balance in life that has always eluded me.

Having worked hard for over 45 years within the statutory and voluntary sector and been through mergers and angst ridden challenges I know that I have many adventures in the future and am excited about what lays ahead.

Not surprisingly, I have had some sentimental moments. I look at what has been created with great pride and know that the team around me is well capable of taking the organisation forward,

Of course I have some fears about the future not helped by the interminable advice from the suddenly, vastly knowledgeable friends and colleagues (mainly men) who say that they couldn’t possibly and it is the worst thing to do.

I feel differently.

I have seen too many people clinging on past their sell by date, fearful of the future, leaving others pondering how they might move them gently on.

Not me.

I might write again in twelve months with a different story with a more regretful slant.

Watch this space.

The Lieutenancy wishes Karen a long and happy retirement from her CEO role and looks forward to continuing to support her as a valued DL.

Mar 3, 2017

The Lord-Lieutenant greeted The Ordsall Partnership Working Group to Salford Lads Club on Friday 3rd March 2017 as part of their road trip. The Partnership consisting of The University of Salford, Salix Homes and Salford City Council visited the club to help to gain a greater insight into the community's short, medium and longer term challenges and opportunities. The Lord-Lieutenant is the Chairman of the club.

The group also visited Ordsall Community Cafe and Ordsall Community Arts Centre as part of the Tour as a step towards sharing and aligning local agendas with the overall intention of creating collaborative projects with local key stakeholders.

As part of the tour Geoff Thompson OBE FRSA DL, Executive Chair at Youth Charter and also The University of Salford Industry Collaboration Zones (ICZ) Sports Lead was also present and led a discussion about the ICZ Sport Community Campus.

Feb 26, 2017

The Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Mrs Edith Conn OBE JP and her husband Stephen, invited the Lord Mayor of Manchester and all the Worshipful Mayors of the Greater Manchester Boroughs along with their Mayoresses and Consorts to lunch, at their home, on Sunday 26th Februaury 2017.

The invitation was to thank them for their support to the Lieutenancy throughout the year and for all their hard ceremonial work supporting their local communities. All the Mayors along with the Mayoresses and Consorts looked resplendent in their chains of office and thoroughly enjoyed the lunch and the opportunity to all be together since beginning their year in office.

Following the lunch, the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Carl Austin-Behan thanked Edith and Stephen, on behalf of eveyone, for their kind hospitatality.