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Brave New World

Just for a change catching up with yesterday, and now for the second time, as I got half way through this when the system crashed - not unusual in the Town Hall but we have a plan to change that. First meeting of the day was with our ( Crumpsall and Blackley Village ) ward co-ordination team and our ( North Manchester ) Area Regeneration Manager going through the operating arrangements post cuts restructure and down sizing of the Regeneration division and checking through the regeneration priorities for the ward.

Then I go with Glyn Evans, the Executive Member for Adult Services to Newton Heath for the official opening of the New Talbot House. Many of you will have seen this excellent project featured on the Secret Millionaire TV programme though it was just Talbot House then. Its a project for disabled people, particularly those with learning difficulties, and their parents run by the parents themselves. The people running the project really understand the needs of the project users because they are needs they've had themselves. They've recently moved from Monsall to a superb new facility just off Dean Lane and as well as their regular users they want to make the new centre open to the local community. It's also expanding it's area of operation and now has a base in Wythenshawe.

Back to the Town Hall and back to the local economy with presentations on the visitor economy, international trade and investment, and economic activity in East Manchester. Of course one of the drivers of visitor numbers to the city is our cultural offer, including our three great orchestras. One of them, Manchester Camerata, which opens its new season on Saturday at RNCM, has a new Music Director, Gábor Takács-Nagy and around tea-time we host a reception at the Town Hall to welcome Gábor to the city. There of course the requisite speeches, all very short, but they are preceded by some music from Gábor and the orchestra which more than suggests that concert goers are in for a really good year.

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There are 2 responses to “Brave New World”

  1. bernie wood Says:

    Yes Richard i was a good day for all us parents of sons and daughters who have severe learning/physical disabilities to wintness the officail opening of the new Talbot House building. THank you for cutting the ribbon and declaring us OPEN. yes we are sharing with the community engaging the neighbors already have some volunteers from the area. THank you to all the parents and people who work in the services who came to support the day. Glynn Evans stayed in the background, but I know your there Glynn!!!! also Graham Stringer MP who has supported Talbot House for many years. 15years in Ancoates,20 years in Monsall and now we begin in Newton Heath.Any parents reading this please come and see if we can support you in any way.

  2. PlainJane Says:

    Appreciate that language changes all the time, however some of the writing in your blog Richard is really for the initiated. Phrases like "...One if the drivers of visitor numbers to the city is our cultural offer..." is the type of thing scriptwriters of satirical TV shows write to illustrate non-speak. The first paragraph will not appeal to anyone not familiar with the structures of neighbourhood working. In fact, don't see the need to namecheck everything. The trouble with writing in this way is that does cloud the excellent work that yourself and many people do in Manchester. Keep it plainer, Sir Richard. Downsizing ? Come on, it's a blog; use some more down-to-earth lingo.



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