Information on Internet Safety

Yesterday, 9 February 2016, was Britain’s ‘Safer Internet Day’ – a day organised by charities and pressure groups to raise awareness about internet safety, particularly for children and young people.

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Many schools will have been involved in talking to children about internet safety. This story on the BBC reports on the report launched for Safer Internet Day which showed that three-quarters of 10-12 year olds have social media accounts online.

Safer Internet Day have produced a wide range of resources for parents, young people and children all of which are available here.

Six Town Housing Search for Community Stars

Bury’s public sector housing provider Six Town Housing are inviting nominations for their Community Stars event to be held in March.

The Community Star Awards give you the opportunity to nominate the unsung heroes in your Six Town Housing community. If you apply, they could be shortlisted and recognised at our awards ceremony in March 2016.

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More information and a nomination form is here. The deadline to apply is 19/02/2016.

St Margaret’s Bowling Club

We were pleased to be able to support a number of funding applications for St Margaret’s Bowling Club (junction of Polefield Road and St Margaret’s Road, and delighted when they were successful.

The club have asked us to circulate the following information to local residents about the improvements the grants have paid for and if people are interested in joining.

St Margaret’s Bowling Club is a non-profit making sporting organisation that is run by volunteers and has been in existence for over 120 years.


The club have recently been very successful in a number of funding bids they submitted.

Viridor credits have provided £5469 towards the replacement of their 1970’s kitchen, Bury Council Township Forum Community Fund have approved funding of £250 towards the cost of a new cooker and fridge and the ‘I will if you will’ project have granted £689.88 towards some new bowling equipment.

The club are delighted and would like to thank everyone who has supported their applications. All the new equipment will be in place by 20th March when the green opens for the 2016 season.

We are an inclusive club and welcome members young and old of all abilities, added to which our membership fees are very cheap at just £25 a year. If you would like more information please email us at

We are always happy to circulate information about local community groups and clubs – just let us know –

National Voter Registration Drive

This week is National Voter Registration Drive organised by ‘Bite the Ballot’ a campaign group that aims more sure as many people as possible are taking part in our democratic society.

Up to a million people have recently fallen off the Electoral Register, with Individual Electoral Registration introduced in the last few years. A particular problem is students who are not registered where they are at college.

Registering to vote is easy – you can do this online for anywhere in the country here.

If you don’t have a postal vote, but would like one, you can easily download a form at the  Council’s website here. Anyone is eligible for a postal vote which, for many people, makes it easier to vote.

National Libraries Day – Sat 6th February

There are a large number of events on National Libraries Day this Saturday (6 February 2016).

At our very own Prestwich Library – local historian Craig Brisbane exhibits part of his collection (9.30am to 1pm, and also on Sunday from 10am to 2pm). Also – The Book Doctor is In! (9.30am to 1pm). Get ideas for what to read next; all welcome.


Other events in the Borough are:
Brandlesholme Community Centre and Library – bookmark making craft session (11am to 1pm).Open to all ages.
Bury Library – badge making and paper craft sessions (2–3.30pm), free for all the family.
Coronation Road Community Centre and Library – Library Wall of Love (10am to 1pm). Leave a message!
Radcliffe Library – book themed LEGO session (10.30am to 11.30am). For children aged 7+, cost 50p per child. Also – Love Libraries Display and Bookmark Giveaway (9.30am to 1pm).
Ramsbottom Library and Adult Learning Centre – Library Wall of Love (9.30am to 1pm).
Tottington Library – Library Wall of Love (9.30am to 1pm).
Unsworth Library – Library Wall of Love (9.30am to 1pm).
Whitefield Library and Adult Learning Centre – The Book Doctor is In! (9.30am to 1pm). Also – Knit ‘n Natter demonstration (9.30am to 10.30am). Get tips from friendly knitters. Also – Super Favourite Stories Time (10.30am to 11am). Bring your favourite book to share.

More information here. You can also search for events on the official National Libraries Day website here.

Time to Talk Day – 4th February

The next Time to Talk Day will be on Thursday 4th February 2016.

The day is organised to encourage people across the country to talk about mental health to help end the misconceptions around it.


Mental health problems affect 1 in 4 people every year, yet too often people are afraid to talk about their experiences because they fear it will affect their jobs or relationships. That’s not right and it’s why we need your help to break the silence and end the stigma.

Talking about mental health doesn’t need to be difficult, order your Time to Talk Day pack for everything you need to take part on the day.

Reporting back: Heaton Park

In the last couple of months your local councilors Tim and Mary have had the opportunity to meet up twice with the Heaton Park management and development team to catch up on developments in the park.

Here is an update of current issues:


Strategic Vision
A team has been working on a revised ‘strategic vision’ for the park, looking to make the most of the park and its heritage to make it a significant attraction for a wide region, even beyond. Certainly the impression we got was that Manchester Council are giving more attention to the park, which is welcome.

A team of four are working on the implementing the strategy and over the coming months we’ll be noticing some very visible change such as new branding for the Park, a review of signage and website etc. The team are working with the many business and volunteer groups that use the park, and are also keen to develop more volunteering opportunities over time.

Heaton Hall
People will probably have noticed that work to maintain the Hall has been going on for the last year or so. Restoring the Hall and bringing it back into some form of regular use will be a very big project, and is being taken in stages as funds allow.
Nearly £1 million has been spent so far, including:
– windows repaired in central section
– essential stonework on southern side
The next phase is windows in the west wing.
The Friends of Heaton Hall (a volunteer group) has opened the Hall for tours a few times last year and then plan is to do tis on the second Sunday from the spring onwards.

A few big events coming up:
1 July 2016
Commemoration of the Battle of Somme
A national commemorative service will take place at Manchester Cathedral to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of Battle of the Somme (where 1.25 million soldiers died).

The service will be followed by a procession through Manchester to Heaton Park and will end with live performances of music, dance, and the spoken word, featuring the Halle Orchestra.

There will be an ‘Experience Area’ south of the Hall and the stage will be in the bowl area of the park for a free concert for 20,000 people.

Parklife is on 11-12 June 2016
No Friday night event this year.
There are separate meetings to brief on this event which we will report back on nearer the time.

Tree-Top Attraction
The park is keen to provide additional attractions in the Park. A first proposal is for a tree-top adventure facility. A tender is currently being prepared for private operators to bid for. If this goes to schedule it would be opening in 2017.

Parking Charges
People will remember that Manchester Council consulted on introducing year round pay and display parking for the park.
The park is hoping to introduce during the summer.

One of the points we made was that some of the parking facilities could be improved, particularly some of the ones nearer to St Margaret’s Road and south of the lake.

We also raised the concerns that neighbours to the park have around parking, particularly around St Margaret’s Road, Baguley Crescent and near to Heaton Park station and will continue to work with the park on this as a priority.

North Play Area
People may have noticed that the ‘tower slide’ in the north play area (near to the Hall) has been fenced off since October.
Following some structural, funding is being sought to rebuild it. Whilst this is happening work to refurbish the rest of the play area is temporarily on hold. More information to follow.

Hope this is useful. If there are points you wish us to raise or suggestions to make about the park, please let us know.

Significant Changes to Ring and Ride Service

Significant changes are on the way for Ring and Ride users in the borough. Transport for Greater Manchester Committee have agreed proposals that mean fewer people will be able to access the service from April 4 as the eligibility criteria are changed.

People who will be able to use the service will be:
– holders of a Greater Manchester Concessionary Plus or Disabled Pass
– people aged over 70, who have mobility issues and hold a Greater Manchester over 60 Concessionary Pass.

Essentially, unless you are disabled, the service will only be available to people over 70.

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The Ring and Ride fares and fare structure will also be revises with increase of between 20p and £1 per journey.

Anyone who wants to find out more about the changes can contact Ring and Ride on 0161 200 6011.

The full report which details the actual criteria and the details of the new fare structure is here.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries or comments.

Significant Changes to Simister to Tesco Buses

Transport for Greater Manchester has announced a significant change to the 90/91 bus which links Simister, and the Heywood Road area to the Village and Tescos.

Residents will be aware that the a new service (Simister to Bury via Radcliffe) was introduced in July 2015, but it has now been agreed that this doesn’t work in its intention to improve reliability.

Number 91 will no longer server Prestwich or Simister, and the 90 will move from to being every 40 minutes Simister to Tesco. This is a change as the current frequency is 30 minutes Simister to the Village. Change are from next week (25 January 2016).

Please let us know if you have comments on the proposals.

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Police Consulting on 3.3% Council Tax Rise

Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner is currently consulting on a roughly 3.3% rise in the police element of the Council Tax for 2016-17.

This equates to £5 a year on a Band D property – a little less or more depending on your Council Tax banding, or about 10p a week, and is the equivalent of around 70 police officers.

The Police and Crime Commissioner is asking for our views by 27 January 2016, there is more detail and you can take part in the consultation here.

Bury Council has yet to agree its proposals for Council Tax next year.

Greater Manchester Police car responding to an emergency call in central Mancester

Greater Manchester Police car responding to an emergency call in central Mancester