Helpers have raised hun­dreds for mayor’s char­i­ties

Accrington Observer - - YOUR VIEWS - Coun­cil­lor Mo­hammed Ayub Mayor of Hyn­d­burn

IT’S been a bril­liant few weeks for my may­oral char­i­ties.

I’m lucky to have such a fab­u­lous, hard­work­ing char­ity com­mit­tee, who are pulling out all the stops to raise money for my four lo­cal char­i­ties – Hyn­d­burn De­men­tia Ac­tion Al­liance, Macmil­lan Can­cer Re­search, East Lan­cashire Hospice and Ac­cring­ton and Dis­trict Blind So­ci­ety.

Along with lots of other peo­ple in the bor­ough we held a busy Macmil­lan Cof­fee morn­ing in Ac­cring­ton Mar­ket Hall in Septem­ber, rais­ing over £700, gen­er­ously do­nated by the many peo­ple who popped along for a cake, a brew and a chat.

We also man­aged to visit a few of the other cof­fee morn­ings be­ing held around the bor­ough and each and ev­ery one was full of peo­ple keen to do their bit to raise money for this fan­tas­tic cause.

A few weeks later the char­ity com­mit­tee raised an­other £500 with a char­ity car wash at Bax­en­den Car Wash.

We were blessed with a beau­ti­ful sunny day and lots of peo­ple brought their cars along.

Thank you to the com­mit­tee and to all the gen­er­ous Hyn­d­burn peo­ple who came along and bought the scrump­tious cakes at the cof­fee morn­ing and to every­one who turned out to the car wash, also those who brought their cars for a spruce up and all the will­ing vol­un­teers who rolled up their sleeves and sent car af­ter car out gleam­ing.

● The Ha­worth Art Gallery is the jewel in Hyn­d­burn’s crown and the may­oress and I al­ways en­joy our vis­its there.

We were proud to wel­come the may­ors of Lan­cashire re­cently to the gallery for a very spe­cial tour of the Tif­fany glass col­lec­tion, which in­cluded a sneak pre­view of the new Joseph Briggs room, ded­i­cated to the Ac­cring­ton man who gave his col­lec­tion of Tif­fany glass to his home town.

In Septem­ber we were in­vited to open the Ha­worth’s fan­tas­tic An­nual Open ex­hi­bi­tion, fea­tur­ing art­works in­clud­ing por­traits, ab­stracts and land­scapes.

We met some of the judges, who ex­plained what a very dif­fi­cult task it was to se­lect art­works from over 180 en­tries to give vis­i­tors the widest pos­si­ble ex­pe­ri­ence of dif­fer­ent art gen­res, as well as some of the won­der­ful gallery vol­un­teers who helped ar­range and put up the ex­hi­bi­tion.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is run­ning un­til Novem­ber 18, don’t miss it.

● I’m look­ing for­ward to next month when I’ll be at­tend­ing a whole week­end of events to open the new Town Square on Novem­ber 10 and to take part in ‘Bat­tle’s Over, a Na­tion’s Trib­ute’ on Novem­ber 11, com­mem­o­rat­ing the cen­te­nary of the end of First World War.

Lots of events will take place over the week­end, start­ing with the of­fi­cial open­ing of Ac­cring­ton’s new Town Square at 11am on Satur­day, Novem­ber 10.

On Sun­day Novem­ber 11, Ac­cring­ton, along with the rest of the United King­dom, will mark the day 100 years ago when the guns fell silent at the end of the First World War, by tak­ing part in ‘Bat­tles Over, A Na­tion’s Trib­ute,’ join­ing in a se­ries of unique na­tional events run­ning from early morn­ing right through to the evening.

● Lan­cashire may­ors visit Ha­worth Art Gallery

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