Blog Update From Yvonne

Along with my usual commitments, I am as you would expect busy campaigning for the General Election next week.

The Conservative candidate, Solicitor James Daly is a Councillor Colleague and Leader of the Conservative Group here in Bury.

James has been an Elected Member of Bury Council for 8 years; however I met him several years prior when James helped me with a problem I experienced whilst being in a position of responsibility volunteering at a local charity.

I will never forget his help when I most needed it and I can vouch first hand that James is a good listener and will always stand up for what is morally right. He did not gain financially by helping me and hope this goes some way to explain the good character of this man who wants to represent you in Parliament. He has the personal qualities to be an excellent MP for Bury North.

James, his wife Joanne and their family have also supported me by attending numerous fundraising events for local charities over many years. He supported me all through the fight to keep Tottington Library open in 2017 and generously acted as our  Solicitor dealing with all the legalities, a man with a generous spirit he did this free of charge.

I am asking you to vote for James Daly !


Contractors on the site of the new petrol station on Market Street informed me that it is likely to be February before it’s completed.

The problem on Brookwater Close continues and the latest information from Council Officers that although it is known there is a blockage, finding exactly where is proving problematic. A private landowner is now involved and has now been notified.

I have received details from the Island Lodge Pre Feasibility-Draft Issue. The report has identified 5 options but the Council does not have funds for any option. An external funder could be possible but at present none have not been identified.

Again I followed up enquiries regarding the request for the height of the trees to be reduced at the rear of Victoria Court and informed that the school has this in hand.

I have reported a big pothole in Affetside that appears to have been overlooked by contactors who I understand have done a good job patching up potholes.

I have stepped back from the Cross Party Working Group re the future of Bury Market. I await the report with interest due in the New Year.

I have contacted Planning Enforcement on a couple of issues which are….. in progress.

Always an honour to take part in Remembrances Services both in Walshaw and Tottington.


The Christmas spirit was in full swing with 39 Boxes shoe boxes full of goodies collected at the Tottington Centre for children in Eastern Europe and Africa. Thanks to Affetside villagers for their generous contribution.

Pic Shoe

The 3 Day Craft Fayre at The Library was again another big success.

As a member of The Fundraising Committee at The Jubilee Centre I helped with the raffle at the Winter Wonderland event last weekend.

Raffle Jubilee centre

The Hospice are pleased that Tottington is now represented by the fundraising group I am Chairing to raise funds for The Hospice. We have planned 2 events for next year and details of The Gardeners Question Time and Supper in March plus the Dinner and Fashion Show in May  will be follow in January. On the subject of Bury Hospice, wishing Tottington candidate in next May’s local elections LUIS MCBRIAR GOOD LUCK this Saturday when he takes part in Bury Hospice STRICTLY competition…don’t break a leg Luis, especially as he is performing my favourite dance the Argentine Tango ! Friends can sponsor Luis too.

I supported Brooksbottom Cricket Club with a Luxury  gift Wrapping service and on Friday 6th I will be in Tesco in Bury gift wrapping for the Blind Society from 10-4pm…Extra special wrapping for Tottington residents who mention my blog !

Gift Wrapping

I worked waitressing at the Blind Societies annual Christmas Fayre

Blind Soc tea Pic


Each year Councillors receive a budget to spend on worthy causes in the Ward. If you know of such a cause please contact us. Some of our funding this year went towards the refurbished Memorial Bench near the cenotaph.

Bench Pic

Some other causes we have contributed to are;

New music for Tottington Public Band

Contribution towards Christmas tree in Affetside

Affetside Tree

Project for Luncheon Club at St Johns

Christmas Lunch for members of Dignifying Dementia.

If you know of a worthy cause for funding in the Ward, please contact me and we can give it our consideration.

I have asked for suggestions for the locations of  2 new Dog Bins…do you know of locations where they are needed?

After the recent poster campaign and adequate bins, I am very disappointed to see that irresponsible dog owners are active still on Boothway.Dog faeces all over the place and I wish we had evidence to prosecute these inconsiderate people.

Unfortunately, the Conservative Group Members are presently not attending Licensing Meetings (which I am a member) due to inappropriate comments from the Chair which we deemed inoffensive.

Proud that after the Tottington Centre became available for meetings to support those who have lost family to suicide, that the Council are now providing a venue in the south of the borough. Making weekly support available in the borough in the New Year which is rare if not unique. I am pleased that we in Tottington helped this worthy project on its way. On Monday 9th I am supporting Rebecca Jackson who leads the group in a Torch light Remembrance walk from Greenmount to Tottington. A service will be held around a Christmas tree in the area near the cenotaph. Local Ministers will be present.



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