Tottington’s Traditional Village fete is on Sunday 24th June, 11am onwards.Come along, have some fun and help us raise the money needed to keep The Tottington Centre and Community Library open!! Over 3800 people have used the centre in the last 10 weeks and it has became a real community hub. Run by community volunteers and for the entire community to use.Join in: THE BIG TOTTY BAKE OFF, or the BIGGEST VEG COMPETITION or the BONNIE BABY CONTESTBring a picnic or have a delicious lunch in the café or buy a burger or hotdog from the BBQStalls, games, music and entertainment all afternoonAn event not to be missed. Support your village and support The Tottington Centre and Community LibraryCompetition forms available from the library or print off from this email.Completed forms to be returned by Wednesday 20th June
TOTTINGTON’S BIG DAY OUT
Dear Residents of Tottington, Walshaw and Affetside,
As you may be aware, Crompton Meadows the usual venue for Tottington’s Big Day Out, has been undergoing ground improvements and this may have led to some speculation over it being at the same venue again for this years event.
We would like to confirm that the event WILL be taking place as usual at Crompton Meadows (The home of Tottington St John’s Cricket Club). It again promises to be a great day and it promises to be a great ‘day out’ with the usual mix of music, stalls, kids activities and family fun.
For more details about the event please visit firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing you all again at Crompton Meadows on the 1st July!
Iain Gartside, Yvonne Wright and Greg Keeley
Councillors for Tottington, Walshaw and Affetside
We are now entering week 9 of the newly established Tottington Centre and to date all is going well. We are receiving very positive feedback on social media and our website is updated regularly listing all the many events and activities.
I am leading on fundraising and mindful of the £22.000 we have to raise each year for our overheads. We have planned a full programme of fundraising events for 2018 and lists are available in the Library or on our website with all the details.
We had our first event of the year ,a quiz night and raised £1400 ! A great result and a packed house. Next week I am holding a fashion show with donated nearly new clothes and all tickets are now sold, hopefully it will be a financial success. The clothes left over will be for sale in the library from 28th to the 5th of May so do pop in to bag a bargain..and help the Library.
A fun Gardeners Question Time and Supper is planned for Friday 25th May in the library and tickets are £15 (available in the library) and include a 2 Course Supper and a glass of wine. A Village Fete is planned for the 24th June on the Library car park….more details in due course. Any books to donate, please bring them in.
We now have over 700 members and 60 Volunteers….with all ages visiting the library for activities …from tots for Storytime and senior men attending our Grandads Gathering discussion group every fortnight.
Lots of groups meeting too and rooms available to hire. I have personally been very busy in setting up the dining area ready for the Tea Rooms opening in late May.We have old furniture in keeping with the building and there will be an outside seating area overlooking the bowling green too.
Its very exciting and I feel sure will be popular.A local pub landlord is to operate the cafe. We are presently recruiting Volunteers with good computer skills , so please pop in the library should you be interested.
We are open more than any Library in the Borough at 5 and a half days a week.
If you have yet to call in, please do so soon and see for yourself that the battle to save the Library was well worth it !
Please do remember to vote for my hardworking colleague Iain Gartside on May 3rd.
Update from Cllr Iain Gartside, Chair of Friends of Tottington Library
After continued hard work by the FOTL committee and many volunteers, it is with great pleasure that I can announce that the Library building is now open under the new name of The Tottington Centre. At present the hours are the same as previously 9.30 -5.30 Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri but no closure at lunchtime. Also Saturday 9.30am until 1.30.pm.
We are aiming to open Wednesdays too once Volunteers are in place
Although we have spent 6 weeks giving it a makeover, there are lots of improvements to be made and we will be applying for grants to improve the toilet facilities, disabled access and stair lift …and that’s just for starters !
I have been dealing with many issues from residents including looking at reinstating a bus service from Walshaw Road to Ramsbottom, campaigning to protect our precious Green Belt and getting more investment to fix pot-holes on our highways.
The Labour run Bury Council have recently decided to put up our Council Tax by 6% which the Conservative Group and myself on Bury Council opposed and put forward an alternative budget that would have meant it would have only gone up by 3% to fund the increased demand in social care services and not to cover up Labour’s budget overspend and mismanagement. As Labour currently run the Council our amendment was rejected and voted down by them.
Please take a minute to complete the tick box survey below to say at what level you think the Council Tax should have been set.
Update from Cllr Yvonne Wright
Complaints regarding the shocking state of the roads throughout the Ward are pouring in. A longstanding bad patch has been repaired on Meadow Way. I have now submitted a list reported to me by residents of potholes needing inspection and repairs.
I have assisted residents who needed Council accommodation due to declining health.
I have also received a complaint re the poor light from new street lamps.
Also complaints regarding trying to have street lights repaired, do contact me and I can try to fast track.
Bins…..a resident living in a rural location in the Ward has been refused an extra brown bin, even though willing to pay you are allowed only one.
The Towler pub on Market Street has had Planning permission granted for 4 apartments and now being converted by a local builder. New life soon for this attractive building and new homes in the centre of the village , good all round.
I have continued to support local charities which I am a Board Member by attending regular meetings and have also helped with a quiz night for the Blind Society and a Tombola for the Deaf Society.
THE BIGGEST THING TO HIT TOTTINGTON IN YEARS !
And now to the Library which has taken up much of my every waking moment for weeks but it has been worth it.
The most exciting and challenging project which I have been involved in my almost 18 years as one of your Ward Cllrs.
To recap, Iain started an online petition over a year ago. We formed a committee which have met weekly since.
We have raised funds over many months and fortunately secured a substantial donation which made the community take over possible.
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:
- Go to http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/tottingtonlibrary
- Sign up for free
- 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