Bury Council Gives away Books after Closing 10 Libraries

At the start of this year Bury Council closed 10 out of the 14 libraries across the borough, and slashed the opening times of the four that are left.

Now community group, charities and schools are all eligible to select items which are no longer required by the library service. Those who are part of an eligible group can arrange to pick books, audio-visual items and furniture from buildings that are closing.

People wishing to take advantage of the surplus books should email library.suggestions@bury.gov.uk to make an appointment.

New Service for People with Cancer in Bury

NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is working with Bury Cancer Support Centre, Macmillan Cancer Support and a number of local organisations to launch a new service on 3rd January 2018 for those who have been affected by cancer.

Recent figures suggest there are over 1,000 new cases of cancer diagnosed every year in Bury. In 2010 there were over 5,000 people living in Bury up to 20 years after a cancer diagnosis. Many of these people are living with unmet non-clinical needs, and this figure is estimated to rise to 10,800 by 2030.

The Bury Multi-agency Cancer Service offers a range of free and confidential support and advice to those who have received a cancer diagnosis (during or after treatment) as well as their carers and families.

Jointly funded by NHS Bury CCG and Macmillan Cancer Support, the service provides free and confidential support for non-clinical concerns, including:

Financial and benefits advice
Counselling and emotional support
Employment advice and support
Health and lifestyle advice
Complementary therapies
Local people affected by cancer can access information, guidance and support by calling a single point of contact telephone number. A key worker will then refer them for support and advice to an appropriate local organisation, that includes:

Age UK Bury
Asian Development Association of Bury (ADAB)
Bury Exercise and Therapy Scheme (BEATS)
Bury Lifestyle Service
Bury Society for Blind and Partially Sighted People
Chai Cancer Care
Citizens Advice Bureau (Bury)
Creative Living Centre
Health and Employment Service (Bury Council)
Supportive Stem
They can also use it as an opportunity to meet other people affected by cancer.

The Bury Multi-agency Cancer Service can be contacted by telephone on 0161 764 6609 or online www.burycancersupportcentre.com – Support is available to people aged 18 and above, who are registered with a Bury GP practice.

Winter Walks Across Bury

Walk with Me was created through Bury Sport & Physical Activity Service to provide a variety of led walking opportunities throughout the Townships of Bury. Although in its infancy,  Walk with Me has already established weekly Health Walks in Summerseat, Greenmount & Prestwich and has recently been awarded Full Accreditation Status for its dedication & commitment to this nationally recognised scheme.


Over the next 12 months Walk with Me will be adding new walks catering for a variety of fitness levels, ranging from shorter 30 minute walks to longer walks lasting up to 90 minutes in duration.

So whether you are a complete beginner wanting to get more active, or simply feel that you would benefit from walking in a group environment with likeminded individuals, our weekly health walks maybe just what you’ve been looking for, so keep an eye out for one of our health walk starting in your area soon

Contact details for all of the Bury walks downloads below:  If you want to know more before you start, email walkwithme@bury.gov.uk or phone 0161 253 6396.




Prestwich Plodders Women’s Running Group

Prestwich Plodders is a running group in Prestwich for women of all abilities. The group m meets 7pm on Wednesdays at St Mary’s Park car park – rain or shine!

The group says:
“There is a big community of ladies in our local area who have taken up running and would like some support, would like to start running or run as part of a community but are a bit scared by the thought of running clubs.

We hope that this is a group to discuss our triumphs, offer our support to each other and promote running in the local area.”

More information from their website here, and their Facebook Group here.

Prestwich Library Opening Hours Slashed

Prestwich Library had its opening times slashed from the start of 2018.

The new opening times are:

From May 2018 the Library will be completely closed on Saturdays.

(For reference the times last year were
Monday ➔ 9.30am to 7.30pm
Tuesday ➔ 9.30am to 5.30pm
Wednesday ➔ 9.30am to 1.00pm
Thursday ➔ 9.30am to 7.30pm
Friday ➔ 9.30am to 5.30pm
Saturday ➔ 9.30am to 1.00pm
Sunday ➔ 10.00am to 1.00pm) (47)

Last year the Council undertook a long review of Libraries which meant that 10 out of 14 of Bury’s Libraries were closed at the start of this year. The only libraries to remain open are Ramsbottom, Bury, Radcliffe and Prestwich.

We feel let down by this significant reduction in opening hours. When the closures were proposed, we were told that it would make the remaining four libraries viable going forwards, but this is almost a 40% reduction in opening hours (47 hours to 29.5 a week)

Now all raw libraries are opening later, closing earlier not opening at all on Mondays. Saturday openings in Prestwich are to end in the Spring. There is only going to be two times a week when a working family could visit a library together (Thursday night and Sunday morning).

Let us know what you think or if you have been affected by the changes.

Jigsaw Group Leader Vacancies

Jigsaw are currently looking to recruit Group Leaders to join their existing team to work with young disabled people in the Borough of Bury.

Jigsaw is a sports and social group for young disabled people aged 13 – 30, based in Bury. Their aims are to promote fun, freedom and independence; support people to enjoy an active social life, help people reach their sporting potential and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Visit the link below to download their Group Leader Job Advertisement, Job Description and Application Form.

If you feel you have the necessary skills and would like to become an important piece of the Jigsaw please return the application form by 5pm on Monday 29th January 2018.
By email: jigsaw@bury.gov.uk or post to:
Jigsaw (Bury), Unit 28, Bury Business Centre, Kay Street, Bury BL9 6BU

Parklife Community Fund Grants – Last Reminder!

A reminder about the Parklife Communirty Fund. £20,000 for projects that take place in Prestwich, maximum grant £1,500. Priority is for parks and open spaces. It would be great to see local groups and projects funded with this money. More information and an application form here.

Deadline is 14 January 2018.

ParkLife 2017 Community Fund
Highlights of this years fund is listed below, full details can be found in the Application form/guidance which is available to download opposite:

Prestwich Roadworks January 2018

A lot of scheduled roadworks…… there is a full update of roadworks in Prestwich on the GM Roadworks Website (www.gmroadworks.org)

Significant roadworks this month are:
– Bury New Road (and Fairfax Road) – continuation of the A56 works.
– Heywood Road – Bury Old Road to just after Perrymead, and then again Parenthorn Road to Corday Lane Simister – lane closures through to March.
– Hilton Lane – various points lane closures through to March 2018
– Sheepfoot Lane (1 -27) road works up to February 2018

Funding Available: Hate Crime Awareness

Anyone can be a victim of hate crime, as well as having a huge impact on the victim it can have wider consequences for communities.

To help raise awareness of hate crime & how to report it, Bury Community Safety Partnership are funding £10,000 for local voluntary & community groups to provide a project or event to help raise awareness.

Up to £2,000 per application. For details of how to apply for funding please see the below link.
The closing date for applications is 10am on Friday 12 January 2018.

For more funding opportunities, go to www.theburydirectory.co.uk/funding

The application form is here.