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Mar 22, 2016

It has been announced that Joy Smith will succeed Sharman Birtles as the HIgh Sheriff for Greater Manchester and will be installed on the 14th April 2016 at a ceremony to be held in the borough of Wigan.

Joy was made a DL in 2008 and is the current chair of Wigan's District Committee. The Lord-Lieutenant is pleased to have such a respected member of the county to take on this role and commented: 'Joy is well known for her charitable work and will make a worthy successor to Mrs Birtles.  I very much look forward to working with her in the coming year and to install her as HIgh Sheriff in April.'

We send Joy our very best wishes and every success for the year ahead.

Feb 2, 2016

Sue Allison DL visited the Nicky Alliance Centre to present a cheque for £1,000 on behalf of the Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund.

The centre, a home from home club for elderly members of the Manchester Jewish Community, offers a range of activities to help its members remain active, maintain their independence and have fun.

Michelle Wiseman, Nicky Alliance chief executive, said: “The Duchy of Lancaster’s Fund has been a great supporter of our organisation and I would like to express our thanks to the Lord Lieutenant and his team for this most welcome contribution to our funds.  We are constantly developing our offering to the community and the money will be put to good use.”

The Duchy Fund covers the Counties of Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside. The Trustees of the Fund invite a wide variety of community based Organisations and Charitable causes within these three Counties to apply for a donation that will benefit the local community.

Jan 12, 2016

On the 1st November , Lorraine Worsley Carter and the Ceremonial Mayor of Salford, Mr Peter Dobbs opened the Garden of Remembrance at the Cenotaph, Albion Place, The Crescent, Salford. The Garden was the idea of Mr Derrick Corfield, Chairman of the Co-ordinating Committee for Remembrance in Salford.

Sue Lomas DL received an OBE in December.

In December,Lorraine Worsley Carter presented a Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund cheque in the sum of £400 to The Worsley Royal Voluntary Service Guild Hall for their over 60’s Luncheon Club.

The Royal Voluntary Service is a registered charity providing practical help and support to older people and thus helps to assist isolation and help keep older community members connected to their wider community. The luncheon club provides a nutritious meal for up to 20 people and is supported by 8 volunteers.

Lorraine presented the cheque to Chair, Sue Norbury at the Club’s annual Christmas Party.

Sue Lomas represented the GMLO on Remembrance Sunday at Albion Place, the Crescent , Salford.

Jan 7, 2016


 Knight Bachelor

Sir Norman K Stoller






Mrs Jean Oglesby

Mr Denis Law

Councillor Sue Murphy

Mr Andrew Scallan



Mr Stephen Edwards

Mr Wayne Jones



Mrs Caolyn Baxendale

Mr Tony Chaba

Mr Mark Cueto

Ms Stacey Davies

Mr Henry Donn

Mrs Julie Flaherty

Mr Michael Hampson

Mr John Howe

Councillor David Lancaster

Mr David Lenagan

Mrs Sandra Marston

Mrs Gillian Platt

Mr Steven Pleasant

Mr Terence Priest

Mr Tim Sigsworth

Mr Thomas Walsh

Mrs Yvonne Weatherhead

Mr Geoffrey Whyman



Mr Adrian Botham

Mr Paul Chidgey

Mr Chain Ferster

Mr Peter Fish

Miss Jody Green

Mrs Shirley Holt

Mrs Rita Jones

Mrs Marie Lomas

Mr David Pike

Mr Alan Roberts

Aug 13, 2015
Viv Carter, Chair of the Rochdale, presented a cheque from the Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund to the  District Darnhill Ladies Group.
The cheque will enable the Ladies Group to begin planning for the following year's carnival which is now recognised as being instrumental in generating community cohesion in a very deprived and isolated part of the Borough.
May 12, 2015
Far too frequently we publish sad but important news, however, this is some excellent news! 
Mumtaz Bashir ,"Manchester's Daughter" as she is often called, will be getting married to Abdul Waheed Hanid on Saturday 6th June 2015 at the British Muslim Heritage Centre.
All of us in the Lieutenancy Office and indeed our Deputy Lieutenants, past and present, offer our sincere congratualtions to Mumtaz and Abdul for what we are sure will be both a long and happy life together.
May 6, 2015

Anthony Goldstone died on 5th May 2015 and he will be greatly missed.

Anthony was educated at Manchester Grammar School and Manchester University and qualified as a Chartered Accountant before beginning his working life in the family Clothing Company, founded by his father who was formerly the High Sheriff, where he spent the next 40 years. The company is now run by his son, Philip.

Anthony became a councillor in Manchester and then Greater Manchester; he was chair of the Recreation and Arts Committee. He became the longest serving regional Chair of the Tourist Board founding England's North Country. He was a director of the North West Electricity Board and a non executive director of United Waste Services. His public roles continued as Chair of OFWAT, North West and the Chair of Manchester and North West Learning and Skills Council.

He was elected President of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the North West Chambers, a post formerly held by his father. In 2002 he was elected the National President of the British Chambers of Commerce which position he held for over 2 years. The Chancellor appointed him a member of the Apprentice Task Force which he was a member of for 2 years.

In 1984 he was awarded an MBE for work with young people and in 2002 and later an OBE for his work with Tourism. He was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant in 1990 in the presence of his father.

Anthony Goldstone had many public appointments including the first Chair of The Prince of Wales Volunteers Group in Greater Manchester.

Anthony leaves a widow, four children and 10 grand children.

Apr 27, 2015

After £17m and two years of building work, Altrincham Hospital is finally ready.

This project marks the arrival of a truly world-class medical facility for the local community around Trafford and Altrincham. The 75,000 sq ft hospital was opened to the public on Monday April 27th.

This development will provide an expanded range of general and specialist health services in a modern, high quality healthcare environment.

The new digital radiography equipment, currently being installed at a cost of £350,000, will also produce much higher quality results for staff to view. It will be capable of producing images within five seconds, both within the hospital and at other hospital sites within the Trust for review by specialist consultant radiologists if required to aid diagnosis. It will be mobile and located on the ground floor.

In addition, there will be a number of new and extended services including a new renal dialysis unit, a major expansion of ophthalmic clinics, and expanded adult and children’s audiology services.

The new hospital will provide a wide range of general and specialist out-patient and diagnostic services.

Mar 26, 2015

Sharman was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant in 2009 and will become High Sheriff of Greater Manchester on the 16th April at a ceremony to be held at Dukinfield Town Hall.

Sharman was born in Droylsden and was educated at Fairfield High School for Girls. She was appointed as a Magistrate on the Manchester City Bench in 1981 and has served as the Chairman of the Licensing Bench, spent three years as Deputy Bench Chairman and from 2009 - 2014 was the Bench Chairman. She works at a local charity shop and is a Governor of the Cotton Districts and Barnes Charity.

Sharman is a passionately proud Mancunian and never fails to promote the City she loves, to anyone who cares to listen and is looking forward to serving the county in this new and demanding way with a partuicular emphasis on understanding and promoting Voluntary Service.

The Lord Lieutenant said: 'Sharman is one of my most experienced deputies and will bring a great deal of creativity to the role of High Sheriff, something she has already demonstrated in her capaity as a deputy'.

All in the Lieutenancy wish her well in her new role

Mar 26, 2015

George CauchiGeorge began his working life with Malta Airlines and then at the HQ of The National Bank of Malta. In the Army he was first a gunner before training at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst; he was commissioned in l958 and spent the next 34 years as a professional soldier. Before leaving the Army, George was awarded a CBE at the hand of Her Majesty, The Queen.

After leaving the army and until 1998, George ran the Finance and Administration of the Royal Northern College of Music, acting concurrently as Clerk to its Board of Governors. He was a Director of the Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music and of its Publishing Company; a multi-million pound, global, music examinations, publishing and teacher development business. George's contribution in this area was recognised as he was awarded an Honorary Degree in Music. In 1998 he was made a Deputy Lieutenant.

In 1999 George joined the Northern Chamber Orchestra Board and assisted in ensuring the continued existence of the Orchestra; he was made a Life Vice President. The same year He was appointed a High Officer of the Corporation of London as The Secondary of London and Under Sheriff, High Bailiff of Southwark. Effectively he was the Corporation's Chief Executive at the Central Criminal Court, known as 'The Old Bailey'. George helped and advised the two Sheriffs of the City of London and acted as their Attorney in the Enforcement Process of High Court Writs and Judgement Debts. He regularly participated in the Lord Mayor's Parade and in other colourful City of London ceremonial events. George was active in the Livery for some 30 years and served as The Master and as a Trustee of the Charitable Funds of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators, and also as an ordinary Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

George was married to Madeleine in 1961; they have two married sons and four grand daughters and he will be greatly missed.

Dec 23, 2014

Diane Hawkins was invited to attend the Bolton Council of Mosques Open Day on 29 October. This is an annual event when the BCOM showcase the services they offer to the community.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton also attended and enjoyed meeting members of the Council of Mosques and watched the young people’s group which demonstrating their prowess at judo.

They all had the opportunity to sample the excellent home cooking provided, including a chickpea curry and bhajis.

Aug 7, 2014

The LL congratulated Edina UK on being granted the award saying: 'the award is not to an individual, nor to the management but to the whole workforce and reflects vision, creativity, sound management, good communications and an enthusiastic and loyal workforce.  If one word encapsulates the award it is teamwork'.

Mr Tony Fenton and Mr Philip Pollock receiving the Queen's Award

In 2014 there were only 39 national awards made for innovation and 5 of these were in the North West, 3 of whom were in our county.  The other two winners are Metalube Ltd in Irlam and High Voltage Partial Discharge Ltd from Salford who also won the Queen's Award for International Trade.

The photograph above shows Dr Lee Renforth, Managing Director at HVPD, Mr. Warren J. Smith, Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester and Dr Ross Mackinlay, Technical Director at HVPD at their presentation ceremony receiving both of their awards.


Aug 5, 2014

The service began with the sound of rapid machine gunfire and the deafening noise of cannon shells exploding followed by 24 men wearing the uniforms of WW1 soldiers marching into the cathedral.  A Drumhead, created by the drums of the Manchester Regiment, festooned in poppy leaves, was the centre piece of an evocative service.

The Lord-Lieutenant read Pericles' Funeral Oration and Mr Norman Stoller read Anthem for a Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen. Cadet Sergeant Major Alex Barrett-Chapman read from St John's gospel.

Christopher Stokes, the Cathedral Organist and Master of the Choristers, created a choir for the occasion who sang beautiful anthems as well as leading the congregation in renditions of 'Keep the Home Fires Burning' and It's a long way to Tipperary''.


Prayers were led by representatives from the Army Cadet Force, the Air Training Corp, The Sea Cadets, St John Ambulance and the Red Cross.

The sermon was preached by the Bishop of Manchester, the Right Reverend David Walker.  The Bishop spoke movingly about his family and his own great grandfather who served during the conflict.  Immediately before praying for God's blessing on the congregation Bishop David said: '100 years ago, this was the day before the outbreak of war when thousands of men made their way to London and other points of embarkation towards an uncertain future. It was a day of fear, pride and a precursor to huge numbers of deaths for this country and for many others; may such conflict never again find its place in history' - we pray that will be the case.

The Lord-Lieutenant said: this was a most appropriate service to recall the thousands of men who left our county 100 years ago to fight on a foreign shore, many never to return. We owe them, and indeed all who have fought to defend freedom and democracy over the years since that conflict, a great debt of gratitude and one we can never truly repay.'

The photograph above shows one of the volunteers dressed in WW1 uniform lighting one of the ten candles around the drumhead; a cadet waits to place a scroll bearing the name of one of the ten boroughs or cities of the county.

The Lord-Lieutenant would like to thank all who took part in the service and those who joined him in the cathedral for what was a momentous occasion.

The photographs are used with the kind permission of Mr Sean Wilton and the Manchester Evening News

Jul 1, 2014

Robina was awarded the fellowship in recognition of her national contribution to healthcare and for twenty year’s NHS. She was also thanked for her role in advancing medical education through publications and her academic work.

Dr Shah was formally presented with her fellowship by the RCGP President, Professor Mike Pringle and the RCGP Chair, Dr Maureen Baker.  The photograph shows Robina flanked by Professor Pringle (left) and Dr Baker.

Jan 8, 2014
Royal Family

His Royal Highness, The Duke of York, visited The TechHUB in central Manchester where he enjoyed lecture on the concept of the TechHUB and the future developments here in the city (The HUB brings IT specialists together and offers facilities to develop their work without the usual problems of office space and significant overheads). HRH then toured the first floor and met a number of the people hearing of their particular areas of interest. He then went to the top floor where a number of designers were gathered. Each presented their product before HRH and the rest of the judging panel who decided which of them would be invited to Buckingham Palace.

Duke of York Duke of York

HRH moved on to Crescent Road Primary School to meet the members of the Code Club. Prior to that HRH toured the school and met a number of pupils and staff and visited some of the classrooms. In the Code Club he observed many of the projects designed to teach coding to young children and asked the children many questions. He was interviewed by a reporter from BBC Newsround for a broadcast that day.

HRH’s final visit was to Broughton House, Salford where he is Patron. The house is the home to many former service personnel who receive long-term care medical. He toured the house and met a number of the residents who were engaged in playing Bingo as well as being able to view one of the new bedrooms! His Royal Highness was given an update by the CEO and members of the Board on the future developments of the house.

Jan 6, 2014
Royal Family

The Princess Royal visited The FabLab in Ardwick as part of her nationwide tour as President, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conferences. She met young school children and young entrepreneurs who used the building to develop their own ideas for technology. After hearing a lecture and sharing some food she made a short speech encouraging all present to continue the vital work of innovative design and development.

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Princess Anne move on to visit Manchester City Football Club and to see some of the community work that the club is involved in. She first met a group of former offenders who had benefitted by being involved in what the club had to offer before moving on to the outdoor sports pitches. HRH observed games of ‘Walking Football’ involving older members of the community, ‘disabled football’ that involved wheelchair users. She also met some of the newly formed MCFC Women’s Team. HRH then entered the centre and was presented with a football shirt to mark her visit to the Club.

HRH’s final destination was Private White VC – a clothing manufacturer in Salford. Private White is a family business that produces clothing for a number of major high street outlets. The Princess was taken on a tour of the building where she met long serving members of staff as well as graduate trainees before finishing her tour in the company shop. During her visit a coat had been specially made for her and this was presented by the Managing Director, James Eden.

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