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Jul 20, 2016

Civic Sunday 2016 was a very busy day in Salford.

The photograph on the right shows the new Ceremonial Mayor of Salford, Councillor Karen Garrido and Lorraine Worsley Carter DL on Salford Civic Sunday 22nd May 2016.

Following a procession through Worsley the civic party attended a service at St Mark’s Church Worsley that was filled with local people and members of the Council.  The photograph to the left shows the Marching Pipers who led the procession on its way to the church.


May 24, 2016

On the 27th April 2016 the Mayor of Bolton, Councillor Carole Swarbrick, welcomed 23 people from around the world to Bolton Library for a ceremony of making new Citizens.  Mrs Diane Hawkins DL took part in the ceremony and made a speech of welcome and congratulations to the new Citizens of the United Kingdom.

Certifcates and a Passport cover were presented to each new citizen.

The photograph shows Councillor Swarbrick and Mrs Hawkins surrounded by some excited and enthusiastic British Citizens,

Our congratulations go to each and everyone of them.

May 18, 2016

Eigthy Four fundraising volunteers flew in support of the  Mayor of Oldham's charity at a very exciting day in Wales organised by John Battye DL.

Amongst the 'mad volunteers' were John, his son and grandchildren and a whole team from ACE NorthWest led by Anna Reeves DL.  Together they have raised a wonderful £17,000 for the Mayor’s chosen charities.

John and Anna are particulalry grateful to all those who took time to sponsor them and particularly to Sir Norman Stoller for his generosity in underwriting the initial costs that enabled the volunteers to concentrate on putting their efforts into raising funds for some very deserving charities.

The Photographs say it all with a thumbs up from the Mayor of Oldham, Councillor Ateeque Ur-Rehman.

John Battye looking as if he is offering a prayer (who could blame him) with the whole group enjoying the sunshine of what must have been a fantastic day.

The Virgin Giving site will stay online till 15/6/16. If anyone wishes to make a donation Then:

Visit Virgin Giving go to 'Sponsor a friend' and type Mayor.  Choose the fourth on the list - make a donation.

Our congratulations go to each and every one of the volunteers and particularly to our two very brave Deputy Lieutenants.

May 3, 2016

Rochdale MBC marked the occasion of Her Majesty's 90th birthday by the lighting of a Beacon on Blackstone Edge, on the Pennines above Rochdale. A crowd gathered to witness the lighting of the Beacon and for a short service led by the Vicar of Littleborough.





Mayor of Rochdale, Councillor Surinder Giant and the Mayoress, Councillor Cecile Giant, accompanied by Mrs Vivien Carter DL, who represented the Lord-Lieutenant and Mr Ian Sandiford DL were present at the event.

It looked very windy!!

Apr 28, 2016

We are deeply saddened to annouce the death of Allen Leitch-Whittaker.  Allen passed away on Saturday 23rd April following complications after undergoing an operation for cancer.

Allen was a Royalist, through and through, and his wife, Catherine, agreed that Allen would have enjoyed the irony of leaving us on St George's Day.

Allen was born In Stockport in 1956 and was passionate about the development of the local Community and Voluntary sector in that borough.

Allen was Chief Executive of Beechwood Cancer Care Centre since the start of the millenium and his love of the people was well known and appreciated by staff, patients and volunteers.  All were deeply shocked at the news of his death.

Allen was an active member of the Rotary Club of Stockport having been President in 2009/2010 and served as Vice Chairman of Governors of Woodley Primary School, having been Chairman, and had also been a Vice Chairman at Adswood Primary School. He was also  a GMP Lay Custody Visitor for 9 years.

The date of his funeral has yet to be determnined but it will be held at St Mary's, Stockport and followed by a private burial.  More details will emerge next week.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Catherine and the family and with all who knew and appreciated a man who was larger than life and loved by so many.  He will be deeply missed.

Apr 7, 2016

The Lord-Lieutenant has appointed Mr Stephen Lowe and Mr David McGovern to be Deputy Lieutenants of Greater Manchester.

Stephen is a very well-know person who comes from the Oldham area where he had a substantial career in Banking.  He has a long history of voluntary work and currently works with the Stoller Charitable Trust where he advises the trustees on the various projects under consideration.

David has volunteered for many years in a number areas in the city and is the chair of Manchester's LGBT having served previously as a volunteer and Company Secretary.  David's full time work is with a Housing Sector where he is a senior manager.

Mr Smith said 'I am delighted to welcome these two oustanding individuals as my deputies.  Both bring a wealth of experience and contacts that can only serve to enrich the Lieutentancy and the people we serve in Greater Manchester'.

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.