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)
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.
Councillor for Tottington, Walshaw and Affetside
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 .
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 …….
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 !
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.
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.
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 !
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.