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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Deputy Lieutenant, Joyce Redfearn CBE, presented a cheque from the Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund to St Elizabeth’s Church Aspull, Wigan.
The cheque was handed to Rev Simon Pritchard following the morning service on Sunday 19th February. Joyce then had an opportunity to speak with church members and listen to what has been done over the past 6 years to restore the building, and also what the future plans are. She was also given a copy of the church guide book containing relevant historical facts and information about the building.
The money will be used as part of a huge fundraising effort by the church to upgrade the internal facilities of the building so that it is more accessible to community groups of all ages throughout the week. The facilities will include a meeting room new toilets including disabled facilities and a new well equipped kitchen area.
EAM Care Group, which provides residential and respite care for all, held a double celebration this week as they not only celebrated their 10th birthday but also held the official opening of EAM Lodge Trafford.
The official launch for medical staff and supporters was held in the new facility, at EAM Lodge Trafford based in Partington. The High Sheriff of Greater Manchester, Lady Smith, officially opened the Lodge.
Owner and registered manager, Elizabeth Marland (Liz) said “at EAM Care Group, we are a family business with family values; we believe that providing care is more than simply ‘looking after’ people, it is about involving them and their families in the decisions about the care they receive. We create an environment that combines high quality care with fun and enjoyment. We are delighted that so many guests joined us to celebrate our 10th Birthday. We are particularly grateful to the High Sheriff for officially opening our new EAM Lodge Trafford.
Lorraine Worsley Carter DL, Chair of Lieutenancy's Salford Committee presented the Duchy of Lancaster's Benevolent Fund Cheque to the Ceremonial Mayor of Salford Councillor Karen Garrido to support her chosen charities for the year. The Mayoress, Mrs Beryl Henson was also present.
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.
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.
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.
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Our congratulations go to each and every one of the volunteers and particularly to our two very brave Deputy Lieutenants.
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!!
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.
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'.
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.