Update on the Saving Tottington Library Campaign

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Update on the Saving Tottington Library Campaign

Dear Residents of Tottington, Walshaw and Affetside,

As most library users of Tottington Library are aware, the Library has now closed. 

 However, Bury Council’s Cabinet Committee are meeting on the 10th January 2018 to vote on a proposal to hand over the running of building to The Friends of Tottington Library. We would then look to re-open the building with a library and other public services as soon as we can. Please watch this space for further updates.

Please help us to raise funds to run Tottington Library

We’re raising donations for Friends of Tottington Library every time we shop online at easyfundraising.org.uk and wondered if you’d fancy joining us in a spot of feel good shopping?

It’s so simple to get going all you have to do is:

  1. Go to http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/tottingtonlibrary
  2. Sign up for free
  3. Get shopping  and start raising

No catches, no hidden charges and Friends of Tottington Library will be really grateful for your donations.

It would be fantastic if you could join us and really help make a difference!
Happy Christmas and all the best for the New Year!
Councillors Iain Gartside, Yvonne Wright and Greg Keeley
Serving the residents of Tottington, Walshaw and Affetside all year round



Your Christmas Shopping Can Help Save Tottington Library

We are raising donations for Friends of Tottington Library every time we shop online at easyfundraising.org.uk and wondered if you’d fancy joining us in a spot of feel good shopping?
It’s so simple to get going all you have to do is:
2. Sign up for free
3. Get shopping  and start raising
No catches, no hidden charges and Friends of Tottington Library will be really grateful for your donations.
It would be fantastic if you could join us and really help make a difference!
Happy Christmas and all the best for the New Year!
Councillors Iain Gartside, Yvonne Wright and Greg Keeley.
Working hard for Tottington, Walshaw and Affetside
all year round


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Still Recruiting Volunteers to Help Run Tottington Library

Dear Residents of Tottington, Walshaw and Affetside,

Thank you for the wonderful response so far.

Please call into Tottington library this week to pick up a volunteer form, fill it in and return it to the library by Thursday 30th November. This is the final deadline for all volunteers.

Many Thanks & Best Wishes

Councillors Iain Gartside, Yvonne Wright and Greg Keeley

On Behalf of Friends of Tottington Library (FOTL)

Help Us Raise Funds To Save Tottington Library

Dear Residents of Tottington, Walshaw & Affetside,

It is the Ramsbottom Tottington and North Manor Pitch event on Saturday 25th November where local community groups are going to “Pitch” to an audience of local residents in order to try and secure funding from Bury Council.

As you will be aware, Councillors Yvonne Wright, Greg Keeley and I together with the Friends of Tottington Library Group, are trying to raise funds to take over the running of the library building to prevent it’s closure.

In order to win funding from this event we need as many residents as possible to attend the event and vote for our cause after watching a short presentation from us and the other bidding groups.

The event is to be held at:

Holcombe Brook Tennis and Sports Club, Hazel Hall Lane, off Longsight Road, Holcombe Brook, Bury, BL0 9FS – (When using sat nav use postcode BL8 4DB which is the Esso Petrol station 300 yards down the road opposite the entrance).

Admittance is at 12.30-12.45pm. Once the Pitch is underway ballot papers to vote we understand will not be issued to latecomers.

Thank you for reading this and I hope to see you on the 25th.

Best Wishes

Iain Gartside

Councillor for Tottington, Walshaw and Affetside

Tottington Ward Update

Update from Yvonne :- A snapshot in the life of a busy Cllr ……

Since  my last update I have attended  meetings connected with the Council
and also local charities (which the Council appoint Elected  Members ).Years ago this was to ensure any funding awarded by the Council was used appropriately.These days as budgets have been reduced or cut completely ,the charities have no obligation to have Councillors on their respective committees. Pleased to report as a keen active attendee , I am still a Board Member of Bury Society for the Blind and now Deputy Chair of COMMUNIC8TE ( The Deaf Society ) .


I gain satisfaction from trying to help the vulnerable in society and volunteer to organise  fundraising events for both charities .Communic8te are desperate for  volunteers.Please contact me if you are interested.

I have attended the following;

Monthly Planning  Committee Control Meetings including site visits and ongoing training sessions .
Standards Committee
Freedom of the Borough Awards


Weekly Meetings of Friends of Tottington Library
Monday mornings volunteering in the Blind Society preparing for events.
St Johns, Kirklees Street ,Board Meeting
The Blind Society AGM
Bury Rural Inequalities Forum Meeting

Other  time spent supporting local charities;


With my experience in fundraising I have been giving support and advice to a new member of staff employed to recruit volunteers  and organise fundraising events at COMMUNIC8TE .
I worked on the Car Boot sale for COMMUNIC8TE
I attended the annual dinner of Bury Society for The Blind
I helped organise a  ladies lunch and fashion show for Bury Hospice……..
I helped organise a quiz night to raise funds for the Library and we raised £608 .

I attended a coffee morning for local NSPCC group.

Organising a Lancashire Night fundraiser for the Library.
Attended a fundraising Race Night supporting residents of Birtle who are raising funds for COMMUNIC8TE.

As part of the usual duties as a Cllr  we campaign constantly. We need to hear what you are thinking…not just at election time but all year.We hold Street surgeries outside the co op and promote on social media…..do approach us for a chat or with concerns  …….

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Ward Cases I have  recently been involved  and tried to resolve ;

Flytipping at Harwood  Crescent on 2 separate occasions..firstly a fridge  followed some weeks later by bags of litter dumped at the rear of one of the blocks. The not so clever perpetrator left an envelope with an address on in Radcliffe which I immediately reported to the Council for prosecution  I hope !

A Pest Control issue on Boothway which took some time to resolve  with Pest Control Officers is now sorted.
Staff shortages  left Tottington Primary School without  crossing patrol staff on several occasions.
Two complaints  requesting assistance from Planning Enforcement team re perceived breach of Planning conditions, Elton School being one case, ongoing.
Dog bins being removed and vandalised on TownsMeadow Park , Whitehead Gardens and the Lines. One found this week in the bushes.I have requested  repairs and replacements.
Complaint re overgrown bushes and weeds off Rhode Street.
The future of the Canoe Centre at Burrs although not in our Ward is enjoyed by many.I support individuals hoping to take this on as a commercial enterprise.
Others matters……
A pleasure to be invited to events at Walshaw Hall / The  Beeches , we are to attend an Armistice Day event on the 10 th .We will be present at both Walshaw Church on the morning of the 11 th and in the afternoon at the ceremony in Tottington.
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A pleasure to support Tottington Business owner Paula Henry of CHAPS barbers this week at her new salon  .This her third  which is now open on Brandlesholme Road . We arranged for the Mayor to officially open the shop with a ribbon cutting ceremony.An inspirational lady, Paula has fought Breast Cancer and is looking forward to her third shop being a success,we feel sure that it certainly will be.
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St Johns are making much progress with the refurbishment, painting of the interior is to take place soon and repairs to the wooden floor is underway.
Being your Cllrs we are  tuned into social media and do pick  up issues by chance…..we can only help if you make direct contact as we are not glued to our screens constantly , so do email us on any issue and we will do our best to help you efficiently and promptly.
The potential loss of Tottington Library has been the biggest issue in our Ward for years.
We have been involved in the campaign from the start in February and have had to give this much  of our time.Meeting weekly since February and lots of time on top .
We have an excellent committee made up of Tottington residents and we have been focused on getting the agreement of the Council to allow volunteers to operate it.Yes the Council have agreed but it is an enormous task and it will only succeed with the support of local residents. Many have expressed a wish to volunteer and in the next couple of weeks we will be contacting those people to chat about the role they are interested in undertaking. We still do not have a date when the community take over.
We held a fundraising quiz night last week and raised £608 and  we are holding  a Lancashire Night next  to be held at Walshaw Sports Club who have already donated £500 to our funds………. .( PIC of committee with Steve Hunt ).
We also performed the “Lancashire Rap” to promote the Lancashire Night which is currently on the “Save Tottington Library” Facebook page.
Next spring I am organising a fashion show with all the proceeds going to the Library fund.This has only been made possible due to the generosity of St Johns church who are allowing us to use a room at the church to store the pre loved  clothes.More on this in my future blogs.

Help Us To Save Tottington Library

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Friends of Tottington Library are holding a Fun Quiz Night at Elton Liberal Club on Friday 27 th October at 7 pm.  Tickets are £5  each which  includes a hot supper. Teams of  four maximum are required.

Committee member Cllr Yvonne Wright said “We need raffle prizes and would be grateful if Tottington businesses could consider donating a small prize or voucher.”

The Council have given permission for the community to operate the Library but have quoted that operating costs will be in excess of £22.000 per annum.

Chair of The Friends of Tottington Library, Cllr Iain Gartside said “As yet we do not have a date for the take over but will be in touch with all those who have volunteered to help in due course but would appreciate their support at the quiz night.”

On the evening of Friday 3rd November at 7.30pm, Walshaw Sports Club will be hosting a “Lancashire Night” with traditional Lancashire entertainment, hot-pot and cakes.  Tickets for this are £15.

For tickets or to donate raffle prizes please contact Janis on 01204 88 2490.


Tottington Ward Blog Update

  •      23/08/17 – Update from Yvonne
    Firstly the details of Ward case work which I have dealt with since my last update are as follows;

    At long last my calls for improvements to the shocking potholes and  road surface of  Holly Street have at last brought success!
    Do report any bad potholes to US and we can report them immediately.
    I have reported breaches of Planning conditions ,not straightforward and unfortunately it’s a very long winded process with perpetrators being given further time to comply with conditions.
    Fly tipping at the rear of Harwood Crescent reported.
    Gates at Sycamore Rd play area reported for repair.
    Loose kerbstones on Rosewood Ave  reported for repair.
    Investigated rumours of Planning application  for houses at the rear  of Avalon Close….no applications submitted,just rumours.

    Continue to spend Monday morning volunteering at Bury Society for The Blind . I am involved in organising the annual fundraising dinner, a 007 Bond Night in October, tickets £35 .also Planning the annual  Christmas Fair in November.
    After 9 years as a Trustee ,I have been appointed Vice Chair of  COMMUNIC8TE ( The Deaf Society) and keen to develop a  fundraising strategy along with the newly appointed Volunteer / Fundraising Coordinator. I sit on several sub committees at this charity and proud of how the charity has progressed over recent years. I am helping on a car boot stall for the charity on Bank Holiday Monday and also now have  collected over 12 boxes of prizes prepared and ready for a gigantic Tombola which will be held in the autumn.I am constantly collecting unwanted gifts…..if you have anything to donate,please contact  me.
    I have supported a fundraising event for the Hospice ” Gardeners Question Time ” and am also selling tickets for a Ladies Lunch And Fashion Show again for the Hospice at Greenmount Golf Club on 21 st September,tickets are  £25.

  • I have attended the monthly meetings of the Planning Control  Committee and attended the annual Outcomes Tour when we visit approved applications and learn from our decisions.
    There  are no  contentious planning applications  come to committee over recent months in our Ward .
    The biggest and all consuming issue I have dealt with over recent months I have left to the last as I have much to say on the subject of Tottington Library.
    We have posted information on our blog, Facebook ,circulated newsletters both by email and hard copy and fortunate to at last have gained some publicity in the local press….that we have won  in our campaign and the Council have now agreed to Volunteers operating the Library ,that is once the Council cease to operate it.
    Initially we were informed that this would take place this month August .This then changed to October 1 st which I think is doubtful as there is much to progress and we are waiting for information and details of a lease from the Council.
    We have been busy over the months fundraising and you may have spotted our stall at The Big Day Out  with our signs SAVE OUR LIBRARY.
    We have held a Wine Tasting evening, a quiz night, bag packing and street stalls. We have received a £200 donation from Tottington  High School and £500 from Walshaw Sports Club.
    We are researching and visiting other volunteer operated libraries . We are exploring opportunities of renting part of the Library commercially as a cafe.We have contacted groups who use the Library rooms and adding to the list of local people who have offered to volunteer.
    We have had great support from local people in donations in our collection boxes in village shops but unfortunately one was stolen last week.
    Future events are planned with another quiz night in October and a Lancashire Night in November…donations of Black Puddings and Lancashire Cheese for this on the way plus a donation of £250 from Dunsters Farm.

    Our committee consists of a small group who have met weekly for the past six months and given much more of their time to progress our mission to operate the Library.
    We are exploring funding opportunities. Our technical requirements are being investigated. All things “Marketing ” are being worked on presently.
    We  Tottington Councillors recorded a lighthearted ” rap”  about the Library appealing for  donations and volunteers, It went viral on Facebook with many thousands viewing it…..the follow up is in the making !
    Thank you to all those who have supported the campaign to save the Library…it’s a massive challenge and this will only happen with the support of local people….it can be done !