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 !

Special Scrutiny “Call In” Meeting on the Bury Libraries Report

Update from Iain

Further to our previous blogs on this subject – many of you will be interested to know that the Libraries report which has suggested that Tottington Library and 9 others in the Borough are to close has been “Called In” for review by the Council’s Scrutiny Committee Chairman Cllr Bob Caserta.

Whilst we were assured last week that the Council will help us to take over the running of the library through the Friends of Tottington Library, this meeting and the decisions it takes could have an impact on how long the Council will give the group to become ready to run the building.

If you are interested in attend the meeting, which will be looking at all the libraries threatened with closure in Bury, it is taking place at Bury Town Hall, Knowsley Street, Bury at 7pm on Tuesday 18th July.

Tottington Library Update

The Committee of Friends of Tottington Library are delighted to announce that Tottington Library will remain open for the time being.
Cllr Iain Gartside said ” Although the decision was taken last week to close 9 Libraries including Tottington’s Library, we have been assured by the ruling Group that although no finances are available they will support the idea of Volunteers operating Tottington Library”.
Committee member David Conway said “We are delighted that the Library building will remain open and intend to expand on present activities. It is used by residents of all ages and in particular more teenagers use it compared to most other libraries in Bury and we feel we owe it to them and indeed all residents to work hard to keep it open “.
The committee who have met weekly for the past 4 months now have 3 months to prepare before the 1 st October hand over and will be meeting with Council Officers, all groups who currently use the Library and with all those who have volunteered.
Cllr Yvonne Wright said ” The Council have informed us that we will need £22.000+ each year for the overheads plus £105.000 is required over the next 5 years for repairs . We realise that we have a big challenge ahead but with the support of local residents we can keep this much valued facility open.
The Committee have already held several fundraisers including street collections,
bag packing ,Wine Tasting evening , collection boxes in local shops and a Quiz night and have raised over £1300 . A Pitch application has been submitted to the Council for £1000 grant towards computers as the present PC’s will be removed when the Council no longer operate the Library.
The Committee are now planning a full programme of fundraising events which will be publicised in due course

Update from Yvonne

The fundraising fashion show I organised to raise funds towards the refurbishment of St Johns Church in Kirklees Street was very successful raising almost £2500 ! Lots of surplus stock I then distributed between several local charities.
I assisted with refreshments at an event for Bury Hospice Art Week at the Art Gallery.
I joined St Hilda’s Mothers on a day trip to Derbyshire.
I supported Bury Blind Society at a fundraising fashion show.
I have attended several meetings at Communicate  ( The Deaf Society )
I continue to spend Monday mornings volunteering in the Blind Society and have also attended a Board  and Events planning meeting.
I have attended monthly Planning Control Meetings and training sessions.
I attended the  annual Mayor Making Council meeting and was delighted that at long last Joanne Wilcock of Affetside was at last  recognised  with an award for all her hard work and dedication in helping to make the village  full of community spirit with all the events Joanne helps to organise.
I attended the annual Gallipoli service at the Parish Church,always a moving service and one I never miss.
Yet again I have submitted complaints regarding the shocking potholes in Holly St  which have now been inspected and are to be repaired.I have requested the street is fully resurfaced  but am doubtful this will happen.
Very pleased that the new table tennis table  we requested is now in situ in Townsmeadow Park,unfortunately the last table was vandalised ,the new table is much sturdier and I hope enjoyed by many.
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It’s now almost 4 months since Tottington Cllrs started  campaigning to keep the Library open.
We continue to meet weekly with the committee and have held several meetings with Council Officers.
We have been actively fundraising and have raised several hundred pounds .We have now enlisted 60+ volunteers. This week we are holding a fundraising quiz night .Should the Council not agree to us taking over the Library ,all monies raised to date will be donated to Bury Hospice however we are hopeful that we will be allowed to operate the Library and hope to hear the decision when we attend the meeting of the Cabinet on Wednesday 28 th June.
We feel the Library is essential to Tottington and we  can assure residents that we are doing all we can to ensure we keep it OPEN!
See us at Tottington’s Big Day Out where we will be recruiting volunteers on our stall as well as selling fashion jewellery.Your support will be much appreciated.
Yvonne 19th June


Blog Update April 17th 2017


Apologies that it has been a while since my last update….a busy workload of late !


Listed are meetings and events I have attended recently.

 2 Planning Control Meetings—no contentious issues in our Ward of late, however Victoria Mill at Walshaw now has Planning approval for conversion into 13 apartments. I am very supportive of creating homes from defunct employment sites.

PACT meeting (Police and Community together) Residents warned to be vigilant as a spate of burglaries in various areas north of the borough.

Council Budget Meeting.

St John’s AGM

BRIF (Bury Rural Inequalities Meeting)

The Deaf Society AGM

Events Group for the Blind Society.

Attended weekly meetings of the newly formed Friends of Tottington Library to fight the closure.

Township Forum (Proposals to close Tottington Library was the main issue, more details on this topic later in my update)

The Police were present and distributed booklets on “scams” …..coincidently that day I had been informed that my credit card had been used fraudulently!   Thank goodness I did not have to pay for the criminals spending spree!



My recent efforts for local charities have included:

Attending meetings and helping to organise a Lancashire Night for Bury Hospice. It was a big success raising over £2300. Name the ferret and the Black Pudding raffle brought a few laughs!

Monday mornings spent as usual at Bury Blind Society preparing for events. I volunteered on a Mothers Day Gift Wrapping stall and helped to raise over £500.

Busy collecting and preparing for Halloween Tombola for the Deaf Society. 

I have spent many hours over many weeks collecting second hand clothes and planning for the charity fashion show this coming Friday at Elton Liberal Club commencing at 7 pm.Pay on the door as a few tickets@ £5 still available. Lots of bargains for sale on the evening. All proceeds to help with the refurb of St John’s Church.

I accompanied Blind Society Members on a social evening to a local restaurant.

I attended a Celebration Party for Blind Society members and volunteers at the Fusiliers Museum.

I assisted with a Blind Society fundraising Quiz Night.

Ward Case Work

Concerns over the lack of any consultation re the withdrawal of the toning tables at Castle Leisure.

Dustbins being missed at various locations including Booth Street and Ash Grove

Application for a tipping Licence in a residential area, refused.

Complaints of lack of street cleaning and maintenance on Boothway-ongoing.

Residents repeatedly sneakily using neighbours skip.

Complaints re Island Lodge being contaminated –ongoing in the hands of United Utilities.

Complaints of parking on yellow lines on Bury Road near the corner of Sunnywood Drive.

Flooding concerns mid March on Sunnybower, thankfully no damage.

Blocked grids on Harwood Road.

Reported pot holes in various locations including High St, Holly St and Rhode St.-some repaired…more complaints regarding the poor standard of repairs.

Assured new signage for Kirklees Trail to be sorted by a volunteer.

Supported an appeal for a Blue Badge- successful outcome.

Tottington Library

This very important issue has taken much time over the past couple of months. After an online petition and hard copies in village shops we collected over a thousand signatures.

I and Ward colleagues had meetings with Council Officers who painted a very bleak picture…however your Tottington Cllrs are prepared to work hard to SAVE OUR LIBRARY!

 Council Officers informed us that we shall need in excess of £22.000 per annum for overheads. The Council also informed us that the building needs £100.000 in repairs over the next 3 years. One of our committee members is a Quantity Surveyor and is eager to see the breakdown of the figures to advise us accordingly. However as a Grade 2 listed building we are confident that we could apply for funding to Trusts Funds for necessary repairs.

We appealed for volunteers, organised meetings and set up a committee of local residents with a variety of skills and Friends of Tottington Library was formed. We have met weekly.

My Ward colleague Iain has drawn up a constitution and a bank account has been established. Iain has also put together a business plan. Members of the group have organised a street collection licence and collection boxes will be in many local shops.

We and committee members delivered an IN TOUCH leaflet throughout the Ward updating residents with campaign progress re the Library.

Recruiting volunteers shall be constant; there are a variety of roles available. Just a few hours a week are required .Want to know more? Contact us or our Volunteer Coordinator Janis on 01204 882490 for more details and application forms.

We have now organised 2 fundraising events, a Wine Tasting Evening on Thursday May 18th in the Library. Tickets are limited and are £18.50 each.

On June 23rd we are holding a Quiz Night at Elton Liberal Club. £5 each includes tasty supper. Teams of 4.

For tickets again please contact Janis.

Our thanks to The Village Butcher Mark who is to sponsor a banner which shall be proudly displayed at Greenmount Village Day…with our collection buckets!

Residents have suggested a Cafe in the Library….do you know of anyone who would be interested in this business opportunity?

A self contained office could be available for rent. Do you know a company who could be interested? Please pass on and contact us with any questions.

Finally the very best of news came this week……we have received a donation of £15.000 YES FIFTEEN THOUSAND POUNDS for our first years overheads….BUT we shall have to constantly fundraise to keep the Library open.

We can only succeed with the support of the community !

Yvonne      17th April 2017

Have Your Say On Tottington Library This Monday 20th March.

*To Sign the “Save Tottinton Library” Petition please scroll down to Blog Entry dated 22nd January 2017.

Also, at 7pm this coming Monday at Tottington Methodist Church, Market St, the Township Forum will be discussing the libraries review with senior Council Officers

There will be 2 opportunities to have your say at the meeting on the proposed closure of Tottington Library. Agenda Item 5 library Review Update and also Agenda item 7 Public question time.*

Update from Yvonne

Tottington Bowlers  have  collected waste paper to help raise funds for the club  for many years but have recently been moved from their usual pitch at The Toby Carvery ( former Bulls Head car park ).

They will now be in the far corner of The Robin Hood car park on the first Saturday of the month between 9 am and 11 am. Any donations of paper would be gratefully received. Green bin getting full?….bag it up for the Bowlers !

Update from Iain

*To Sign the “Save Tottinton Library” Petition please scroll down to Blog Entry dated 22nd January 2017*

32 Labour Councillors Vote Down a Plan to Save Tottington Library

The Labour controlled Bury Council seem set on closing our much valued Tottington Library which is located in the historic listed building that used to be Tottington Town Hall.

At a the Budget Council meeting  last Wednesday,  Conservative Councillors put forward a fully costed plan, including efficiency savings, which would have safeguarded the future of the Library.  Unfortunately, all 32 Labour Councillors refused to consider it and voted the proposal down against all 16 Conservative Councillors who supported it.

It is now clear that Bury Labour Party are not interested in the future of our much loved Library and are intent on closing it!

As a last ditch attempt to prevent closure, your 3 Tottington Conservative Councillors are looking to set up a Social Enterprise Group that could potentially take over the running of the Library.  We have already recruited some volunteers who would help run the Library but are looking for many more if you are interested in putting yourself forward then please fill out the contact form below.

The project would also need to be financially viable so if anyone knows any interested companies that would consider sponsoring the Library then please let us know.

Councillors Iain Gartside, Yvonne Wright and Greg Keeley at Tottington Library