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.
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.
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.