BBC to Make Series on Life of Victoria Wood

BBC One will air a six-part series, ‘Our Friend Victoria’, dedicated to Prestwich-born Victoria Wood. ‘

Shane Allen, controller, BBC Comedy Commissioning, said: “Victoria was unparalleled in what she achieved as a creator, writer, character actress, sketch and sitcom performer, director, singer, songwriter and stand-up – she did the lot with a unique humour and a broad appeal common touch.

The series is produced by Phil McIntyre Television and will air in April on BBC One. Full Story Bury Times.

Bright Ideas Fund – Round 2 Applications Open

Round 2 opens in April 2017 for the Bright Ideas Fund – a programme of support and grants of up to £20,000 is available to develop your community business idea.

The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund aims to give your community group the support and tools to start setting up your community business. It will also give your group the early stage finance that you need to carry out consultation with local people and feasibility studies to develop a community business idea the community wants and needs.

More information:

Liberal Democrats call for ‘NHS Passport’ for the 59,000 EU Citizens who work in our NHS

The Liberal Democrats have called for an “NHS Passport” to secure the rights of the 59,000 EU citizens working in the NHS, as figures have revealed a sharp rise in nurses from the EU quitting the health service.

Over 2,700 EU nurses left the NHS in 2016, a 68% increase compared to two years ago. Separate figures from the Royal College of Nursing have shown the number of EU nationals registering as nurses in England has dropped by 92%, while there are 24,000 nurse jobs unfilled in the NHS.


The Liberal Democrats have called for an immediate guaranteed right to live and work in the UK for all EU citizens working in NHS and care services, in a motion passed by members at the party’s Spring Conference in York today. The motion also called for the urgent reinstatement of the nursing bursary to address the huge shortage of nurses in the NHS.

Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Secretary Norman Lamb commented:

“These shocking figures show you can’t have a hard Brexit and a strong NHS.

“It is vital that we reassure NHS staff and social care workers from the EU that they remain welcome and valued in the UK following Brexit.

“These people save lives, yet this Conservative government is treating them with careless disregard.

“NHS and care services would struggle to cope if significant numbers of doctors, nurses and NHS staff from the EU left.

“Theresa May must do the decent thing and ensure the right to remain for all EU citizens, with an immediate guarantee for those working in health and social care.

24/7 Online Mental Health Support for Young People

If you are feeling down, anxious, stressed, confused, or simply need someone to talk to, you can access safe, anonymous support online 24/7 from Big White Wall.

On Big White Wall, you can share experiences with people who feel the same as you and express yourself in words and images. There is also a library of articles and courses to help you understand how you are feeling. Trained counsellors (called Wall Guides) are online at all times to keep members safe and provide extra support.

Big White Wall is completely anonymous, and no one will know you are using the service unless you tell them.

If you are aged 16-25 and living in Bury, you can join Big White Wall for free by going to and entering your postcode

Walk-In Centre Closures “Paused”

Councillors in Bury have been written to by Bury’s NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) informing us that the closure process of the Prestwich and Bury Walk-In Centres is now “paused”.

At present the closure proposal, which had been agreed by the CCG, has bene going through its formal consultation stage, but CCG has announced that this consultation is “paused”.

The delay is because the CCG wants to consider the announcement by the Government in the budget around how Urgent Care waiting times can be addressed across the country.

The email we have received is below.

At the moment is seems very unclear the impact of this “pause” will mean, but hopefully this will give us another chance to put the case that the Walk-In Centre is making a positive contribution to urgent care in this area.

We will keep you informed as things progress. Please get in touch if you have ideas about how we can work together to stop this closure.

Email from Bury CCG

“The consultation on Bury’s proposed future model for urgent care is to be paused to allow NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) a chance to consider a new directive aimed at improving urgent and emergency care nationally.

Following the Chancellor’s Budget statement earlier this month, NHS England and NHS Improvement have jointly signalled urgent action now needed to turnaround urgent care performance during 2017.

The new requirements highlight the need for ‘concrete changes’ to secure a more robust urgent care system throughout the country to overcome the difficulties experienced in previous winters.

Whilst it is clear that many elements of the new directive are in line with Bury’s future proposed model; including better use of telephone triage, investment in evening and weekend GP appointments and GPs and nurses assessing and treating patients who do not need to be at A&E; further more detailed guidance on the requirements are awaited in the NHS Delivery Plan, which will be published in the coming weeks.

It is appropriate for the CCG to review these new requirements to ensure that they align fully with our proposed future model for urgent care in Bury. As a result, the consultation on the proposed future model for urgent care in Bury will be paused as of 14th March 2017, collection of feedback via the online survey will be paused and the two planned public meetings will be postponed for the time being whilst the new and anticipated guidance is received and considered.

We will keep you informed as this work progresses, in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us if you should have any queries.”

Council Tax Support Scheme Changes

Advance warning of letters that will soon be received by 9,000 residents across Bury who will be seeing a reduced level of Council Tax support from 1 April 2017.

As a result of constant financial pressures by local councils like Bury, the amount of reduced Council Tax that the Council can offer to people on low incomes is reducing. In the new system everyone will be asked to pay something, but there remains significant discounts for people on very low incomes.



The Council can help spread the cost of bills, by setting up a Direct Debit or standing order. They can also consider:
• moving your instalment date
• increasing the number of your instalments from 10 to 12 months, if you haven’t already done so, to reduce the amount you have to pay each month
• making an arrangement to pay weekly or fortnightly

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you require any further information on these changes.




Prestwich Tops Poll in Youth Parliament Election

Three young people from Prestwich have topped the poll in the elections for Bury’s reps to the national ‘Youth Parliament’.

Students across Bury (aged 11-18), had ten candidates to choose from with 7,403 young people voting. Numair Khalid of Parrenthorn High School was elected as Bury’s Member of the Youth Parliament (MYP) with 1,459 votes, and his two deputies will be Viktoria Ouomble from St Monica’s High School (932 votes) and Bethanie Mortenson from Prestwich Arts College (912 votes).

A clean sweep for Prestwich schools! Well done to all the young people involved.


Invitation: Self-Care for All on 22 March

Self-Care for All – 22 March, 10am – 5pm – Elizabethan Suite, Bury Town Hall

Seminars throughout the day include:
10.15 – 11.15 Mindfulness
11.30 – 12.30 Support to move into employment
13.15 – 14.15 Monitoring your own emotional health and well-being
14.30 – 15.30 Being the Parent of an anxious child

For more information contact: 0161 641 4585

Switching your energy provider? FREE Workshop available (28/29 March)

Two free workshops aimed at people who are thinking of switching energy providers are being held at local libraries later this month. The workshops ar for people who want to find out how to shop around to reduce your energy costs, and locate where you can go for help if you are struggling with your bills.

The event in Prestwich is at the Library 29 March 2017 10.00-11.30.

Women on Wheels – Cycling Events in March

This March there’s a packed programme of female-friendly events to support women who cycle or want to give it a go. There’s something for everyone, from absolute beginners to seasoned riders, with events ranging from training and maintenance courses to group rides and club events, all in a friendly and supportive environment.

More information here, with some of the events in Bury below:

Events taking place in Bury :
07 March – Breeze the Bury Borough
11 March – Ride Leader (training)
17 March – Breeze from Radcliffe to Edenfield
18 March – Ride the Night
23 March – Breeze Bury for beginners
23 March – Basic Maintenance
25 March – Learn to ride
29 March – Breeze around North Bury