This morning I was out with local residents and Councillors Norman Lewis and Bernie Ryan cleaning up the passageway from New Barns Avenue to Barlow Moor Road. Norman had made arrangements for the community clean up of the land, which is never properly maintained by the Council. We managed to fill a big skip with brambles and dead leaves, and there was a bit of a scare when we thought we had come across the dreaded Japanese knotweed! Having looked at a picture on the internet we came to the conclusion that it wasn’t, but to be on the safe side it was kept separate and was to be removed and incinerated.
After doing my surgery on Nell Lane I took time out to watch City v Liverpool – that’s the SIXTH league draw on the bounce, and hardly top four form. I suspect we face yet another season of under-achievement and disappointment, but at least we’re used to it. Rafa Benitez was probably only 10 minutes away from the sack when City went 2-1 up. Football management is one of the few occupations that is less secure than the life of a politician.
It was then back to the office to do some work, but I stopped off on the way at St Chads for their Christmas fair. It never ceases to amaze me how many people fit in to such a small church hall, and their raffle takes about an hour to pick all the winners, because there are so many prizes!