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Lull after the Storm

A quiet day today at least until my advice bureau this evening so thought I'd tell you about my weekend, or some of it at least.

Missed the downpour on Saturday as was in the cinema watching a film featuring a reasonably well known footballer who used to play for that Trafford team whose name I forget. Even as a blue thought the film was brilliant and missed the storm too.

Earlier in the day I'd been up to Moston for Moston Day. Hundreds of people turned out for the procession and stayed for the entertainment. I was a little late but still got there in time for the last three hours of the Councillors' speeches - joking! It was fantastic to see so many people coming out to show pride in their neighbourhood and in each other.

Better still, the next day was Crumpsall Carnival -  in my own backyard and with an Hawaiian theme although I left my grass skirt and brightly coloured shirt at home. The parade from Herristone Park to Crumpsall Park centred around children from local primary schools who had been doing workshops on the theme and turned out in an array of fantastic costumes with loads of people coming out of their houses to share the excitement. Four hours of very varied entertainment on the main stage, the fun fair, loads of stalls, activities and a valuing older people marquee, kept a vast crowd representing every facet of Crumpsall's diverse communities happy and the rain restricted itself to a gentle ten minutes helping to keep everybody cool. The Carnival is very much a community run affair (although with great support from the City Council's parks Leisure division and Regeneration staff). This year was I think the twelfth carnival and local resident  and carnival co-ordinator Tom Sogbetun has been involved in every single one. All credit to Tom, Bernadette, Louise, Steve, Dave B and a host of others for producing a fantastic event.

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There are 4 responses to “Lull after the Storm”

  1. I love jack russels Says:

    Crumpsall Carnival always a world class event. But what was the total for the 'valuing older people marquee' at the end ? And can we also have a 'guess the weight of the fruit cake' next year ?

  2. Chris Says:

    You should have watched Transformers 2 instead. Its awesome.

  3. Joanne Burke Says:

    Hi Richard
    Good to hear you had a great weekend.
    Let me tell you about mine..

    I have child with autism.
    Instead of enjoying days out / attending events we were stuck in the house with a boy who is unable to enjoy himself and access activities due to lack of funding given to childrens services to pay for direct payments.
    Today I find out its a measley £77,000 to help at least 600 families on the disability database which equates to £128 a year per family.
    10 hours a year.

    The council is also closing special schools like Ewing School, withdrawing barrier free schools like charlestown primary and lancasterian.

    This is the same council that sent me a form about is your child being discriminated due to their disability ?
    Well I would like to report The city council for doing exactly that.

    We urgently need at least £300,000 in the direct payments pot of money.

    Are you also aware 1 in 100 children now have autism ?

  4. Richard Leese Says:

    The City Council does want to support people like you in challenging caring situations. Other people would be better qualified to comment on the issue of direct payments but I will say something about the Special Educational Needs Review involving Ewing, Grange and Lancasterian Schools.Although doing a good job Ewing in particular is a bit of an anachronism. Evidence from elsewhere shows that the majority of pupils with needs similar to those at Ewing not only get better educational outcomes in a mainstream setting but are also better prepared for life after school and we want all our children, whatever their needs, to have as much independence as possible when they grow up.The Council acknowledges that there are some children with autistic spectrum disorder and some with severe language impairment who are likely to continue to benefit for the time being from a special school place and a revised proposal has been put forward for consultation that reflects that. Barrier free schools will continue to be a part of the revised plan. Personally I would like to go further and faster but I do think the revised proposal does show that the Council is listening to what some parents, teachers, and governors are saying.



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