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Aug 7, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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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
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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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Jan 5, 2014
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Prince Harry On a beautiful day Prince Harry made his second visit to the county to take part in a RFU Coaching day that was held at Salford Rugby Club. A very relaxed Prince met a number of RFU officials and local club representatives before beginning his day of coaching. After preliminary coaching the Prince joined in a rugby match that included both boys and girls from school in the locality. In the Clubhouse Prince Harry met a number of the participants and unveiled a plaque to commemorate his visit.

HRH then moved on to the Fire and Rescue HQ on Liverpool Road in Salford. This was a return visit to the building he had seen during the riots some years earlier. He met a number of the crews who were on duty during the riots and was updated on the current situation as well as meeting the duty crew and a number of Fire Cadets and viewing the work of the Prince’s Trust who share some of the site.

Jan 4, 2014
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His Royal Highness, The Earl of Wessex, visits two of his Patronages and a newly build hospice.

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HRH first visited Chetham’s School of Music to view the newly built school. He enjoyed a brief section of a concert rehearsal where he asked questions of the students. HRH was shown around each of the floors of the building and visited a number of the classrooms before returning to the Oglesby Atrium where hundreds of students, staff and supporters were gathered. HRH made a speech before unveiling a plaque to formally declare the building open.

HRH’s second visit was to the Royal Exchange Theatre and to meet a number of young school children that were there for a Theatre Workshop. He then sat through the performance which the children had been rehearsing at various parts of the day and expressed his delight to see the result of their work. Following lunch HRH met many of the Theatre’s donors and supporters.

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His Royal Highness’ final visit in the county was to the newly constructed Wigan and Leigh Hospice. As he arrived he drove past rows of hundreds of children from local school that cheered and waved flags to welcome him. After disembarking from the car HRH went over to meet the Executive Head and some of the children before entering the hospice. HRH toured the hospice and met many of the volunteers and staff before greeting a number of patients. He unveiled a plaque to declare the building open.

Jan 3, 2014
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The Duke of Gloucester came to the county for a busy day of visits.

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HRH first visited Oldham College. The Principal, Mr. Alun Francis escorted HRH into the new building where he had the opportunity of seeing some of the new classrooms and meeting a number of members of staff as well as students. Mt Francis escorted HRH onto the roof for a panoramic view of the town and surrounding countryside before inviting him to unveil a plaque and officially open the building.

HRH then visited Waterhead Academy, a relatively newly built facility bringing together a number of former schools into one building. The Duke was entertained by the school’s ‘Steel Pan Band’ before he was shown around the new school. Mr Quoid, the Principal, introduced members of staff and pupils before HRH unveiled a plaque to officially open the school.

HRH moved on to Mono Pumps in Audenshaw. Following a presentation by the Managing Director, Mr. Steve Valentine, on the history and work of the company The Duke enjoyed a tour of the factory where he met employees and apprentices.

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The Duke of Gloucester, as Patron of the Royal Society of St George attended their Charter Night Dinner held at the Monastery, Gorton. His Royal Highness enjoyed a tour of this iconic and restored building where he met some of the architects who undertook the work as well as members of the Monastery staff. Before the Dinner HRH met with the officers of the Society before making a speech at the dinner and reading out ‘Greetings’ from their sister organization in New York City.

Jan 1, 2014
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It was a delight to welcome HRH The Duchess of Gloucester to Greater Manchester. Her Royal Highness first visited the Dr Kershaw Hospice in Oldham where she enjoyed a tour of the hospice. HRH met a number of patients who were having various therapy sessions as well as meeting a number of people in the Day Patients Area. The Duchess went into the garden to perform the unveiling ceremony to commemorate the 25th Anniversary where all gathered were entertained by the Crompton House School Band.

The Duchess went on to Springhill Hospice in Rochdale. Again she met a number of volunteers and members of staff before beginning a tour of the hospice and its facilities. The Duchess visited a number of patients in their rooms, saw some of the therapy sessions taking place before meeting the day patients who were engaged in a game of indoor bowls – Her Royal Highness joined in! Before leaving the hospice HRH unveiled a plaque to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the hospice.

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Jan 6, 2013
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Duchess of Cambridge The Princess Royal came to Bolton on a windy day to open the new Bolton One building. HRH enjoyed a tour of the facilities meeting doctors, nurses, and physiotherapists in the NHS section of the building. In the Leisure Centre HRH met the Olympic Cyclist Jason Kenny who escorted her through the gymnasium. Princess Anne then moved into the University area where she was escorted by the Vice Chancellor, Professor George Holmes. Here she saw ground-breaking equipment to help athletes in the training and recovery from injury. HRH unveiled a plaque and officially open the building.

The Princess returned to the Royal Bolton Maternity Unit that she opened in 1978. The Princess toured the new facilities and met a number of staff, patients and young mothers. HRH met a number of groups of volunteers, supporters, former Midwives who were present when she last visited and some of the children born on the unit before officially opening the unit.

Princess Anne then made a second stop at Hyde College. HRH met the senior members of staff before embarking on a tour of the college where she observed many classes engaged in Science, Mathematics, English, Cooking, Technology lesson and sports activities. HRH then met with the architects before declaring the building open to applause from hundreds of students and staff.

 

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Jan 5, 2013
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The Duchess made her first visit to the county on a windy day.  She spent two hours visiting Willow Primary School, Wythenshawe to launch the Place2B Project.  The Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Michael Oglesby received the Countess and escorted her on a tour of the school.  HRH unveiled a plaque to mark the visit.
Jan 4, 2013
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Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, came to Greater Manchester on a glorious day where the sun shone and the crowds came out in their thousands.

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The Queen first visited Angel Square, the magnificent Coop glass building on Mill Street, Manchester. She viewed the Atrium watched by hundreds of members of staff who hung over the balconies to get a glimpse of the monarch. After touring a number of the floors to appreciate the story of the development of the Co-operative Movement she returned to the Atrium to officially declare the building open to thunderous applause.

HM went on to visit the new Factory Youth Zone in Harpurhey where she was greeted by the Chair of the Youth Zone, Mrs. Kate Vokes. HM was escorted on tour of the building where she met many of the young people who engaged in Boxing, Gymnasium work, Cooking and other activities before officially opening the building.

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After a very busy morning The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh attended a lunch at Gorton Monastery where 200 people were gathered. She arrived to loud cheers from local people and from three local schools who had provided a guard of honour.

Jan 3, 2013
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Earl of Wessex His Royal Highness, The Earl of Wessex, made his first visit to Wigan on a sunny day. He first visited the newly renovated University College and was taken on a tour of the facility by the Principal, Mr Chris Hatherall. HRH met students who were engaged in practical elements of their course and saw the new Vertical Farm before officially opening the building.

He then walked next door to the new Wigan Youth Zone where he met members of staff, donors and supporters before beginning a tour. On the tour HRH met many of the young people enjoying what the building had to offer from artwork to games before officially opening the building before packed audience in the sports hall.

Jan 2, 2013
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His Royal Highness, The Duke of Kent, spent an enjoyable visit to the Kelloggs Factory in Old Trafford.  After donning suitable protective clothing HRH was escorted on a tour of the facilities where he watched the various stages of Cornflake production.  After the tour he was presented with a Commemorative book of the company to mark their 75th anniversary.
Jan 1, 2013
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Countess of Wessex  Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex visited the Kingfisher School in Chadderton today. She was introduced to the Head of the school, Mrs. Redmond. The Countess enjoyed a tour of the school where she met all of the children and helped to dress some of the children in Fancy Dress costumes. HRH watched an Assembly before meeting members of the Leadership Team and a number of VIP guests and supporters.

The Countess went on to visit the Royal Oldham Hospital and specifically the new Maternity Wards. She met with members of staff, patients and saw a number of newborn babies. She was taken on a tour of the facilities before unveiling a plaque and officially opening the new Unit.

The Countess visited one of her Patronages, the Hallé Orchestra to view their new rehearsal facilities at St Peter’s Church in Ardwick. HRH listened to part of the rehearsal and met with the conductor and a number of the musicians.

Jan 1, 2011
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Beechwood Cancer Care Unit

The Countess arrived on a hot sunny day to the deafening enthusiasm of children from Beechwood Primary School.  The children asked many questions and all wanted to shake HRH's hand and to make sure that each of t

hem had a story to tell when they went home.  The photograph to the right shows the Countess engulfed by the smiling children.

 

This was the first Royal Visit of the new High Sheriff of Greater Manchester, Mrs Christine Lee-Jones, who is pictured with her husband, Dennis, to the left.

The Countess toured the facility meeting members of staff and spending time with many of the patients in the Day Room.

Before Her Royal Highness left the site she willingly dug the first sod of the new extension building which will dramatically increase the Beechwood's ability to help those living with cancer.