Island Lodge Tree Work / Porch Boxes / May Election Arrangements

Good morning everyone

Tree Work

I wish to inform everyone that on Thursday and Friday this week Electricity North West contractors will be carrying out some tree work in the woodland near to the viaduct and Island Lodge/ Tower Farm. They are cutting back and clearing trees under the power lines towards Tower Farm Apartments. Safety measures will be in place but please assist them by staying clear of the area where the contractors are working.

Porch Boxes

Last week I informed you that Porch Boxes had a food collection / donation point in the front garden of 31 Greenheys  Crescent, this information is correct but please note the collection point is a clearly labelled white storage box and not a wheelie bin as I incorrectly stated.

Local Council / GM Mayoral Elections – COVID Arrangements

Please below find information related to arrangements being put in place to allow for a COVID safe election day on 6th May when we will be voting in the Bury MBC Local and Greater Manchester Mayoral elections.

Best wishes and keep safe

Julie Southworth


Bury North Community Hub Updates

Dear all

Please find attached the latest COVID update from Bury MBC

Best regards

Julie Southworth

Good Evening all,

I just wanted to share some of the latest updates with you all for the last week.

  • Bury’s latest update (18.02.2021) attached. This includes updates around vaccinations, current rates that seem to have stopped going down, testing, local support and the Community Champions programme which is due to be launched soon.
  • Some updated guidance on carrying out work in homes can be found here if required. This is directly related to those who are self isolating or shielding.  Relevant to landlords & tenants too.  Although not a widespread issue at all, this is just shared to provide any clarity if residents aren’t sure.
    • Updates include:

·         No work should be carried out in a household which is isolating because one or more family members has symptoms unless it is to remedy a direct risk to the safety of the household or the public.

·         For households in which one or more people are shielding, any non-emergency work should only be undertaken at the discretion of the individuals concerned and anyone entering a CEV household should take significant precautions to prevent infection.

  • Fuel Hardship – for any residents facing fuel hardship or worrying about paying their fuel bills, it is important to note the Clinically Extremely Venerable (CEVs) residents who have been asked to shield can contact their energy suppliers to be added to their Priority Services Register which means they could be eligible for additional support.  More Q&A information attached.
  • Date for your Diary (& please share) – Bury North Community Hub would love it if you could join us on zoom for an informal coffee and catch up. We will be talking about what funding is currently available for community groups and how we can support each other with funding applications and work together to support our communities in Bury North. You’ll also be able to meet Becky Smyllie, Bury VCFA, Funding and Development for Bury North who will be working with community groups in the area.   Come and join us on Friday 5th March 11:00am – 12.00pm.  Please come along and say hi and please share with lots of other groups & organisations who support our residents in Bury North (Ramsbottom, Tottington, North Manor & Elton).   Zoom link to follow

Many thanks, and hope you had a good weekend


Pritesh Patel         

Bury North Community Hub / Bury Live Well Service


Bury Homeless Project

Good morning

Please find below and attached a message from the Bury Homeless Project.

The collection point in Greenmount is at the office of Nazia Haque.

Please support this worthy cause if you can.

Best regards

Julie Southworth



Good Evening

Diane Gaunt from the Porch Boxes organisation has asked me to circulate this letter of thanks for all the donations and support received throughout 2020.

And also a reminder, Porch Boxes have a wheelie bin collection point (for food only) in the garden of 31 Greenheys Crescent, Greenmount.

Thank you for supporting this worthy cause, especially thorough these troubling times.

Best regards

Julie Southworth


Kirklees Valley Heritage Trail

Dear All

The Sunnywood Project is a wonderful local initiative which offers a host of activities. Today sees the launch of a free, self-led 5k trail around the historic Kirklees Valley. The trail is explained by Professor Jigget here

Download the map from the link, go explore and learn whenever you like


Julie Southworth


Bury North Community Hub Update

Good afternoon

Please find attached some updates from Pritesh Patel at Bury MBC which may be of interest.

  • Latest Bury Update attached including Covid rates, vaccinations, testing, local support, grants and Community Champions network.
  • Tackling Loneliness & Isolation Funding launched to encourage groups and organisations to work in collaboration to prevent and tackle loneliness & social isolation.  These is £20,000 available for groups and organisations working together in Bury North. Application form attached.
  • The Keeping Well this Winter booklet that I have shared previously has now been produced in to an easy read version which I have attached.
  • FLAME Session invite for 16-25 year olds.
    • FLAME is a space for 16-25 year olds in Bury who have difficult family relationships where, as a group, we will explore different themes that impact on our lives. The main aim is to offer peer support and a space to discuss difficult feelings around family life.
    • Sessions are on 18th and 25th February 2021, and people can email [email protected] if they would like a link to attend.

Best regards

Julie Southworth


Holly Mount Orchard Apple Juice on sale now!

Good news

Holly Mount Orchard Apple Juice is now available for sale at Tottington Butchers and the Hub Cafe in Greenmount.

More outlets are to follow shortly, look out for the signs.

You’ll have to be quick, supplies are very limited.

Best wishes

Julie Southworth



Dear All,

Please find attached the latest addition of the Jigsaws available to buy
from the collection at Greenmount Old School. There are new puzzles
available, now reaching 148, and still more to come.

During this lockdown period, the Jigsaw Library is becoming quite popular
as residents can enjoy a cosy afternoon in the warmth of their own homes.
Should you wish to purchase a puzzle for just £2 please contact Anke by
email or phone and she is happy to deliver your requested puzzle. Should you
want more afterwards, it will only cost £1 and Anke will collect your old
one and deliver a new one, if you wish to return it.

Please contact:

Anke Harris [email protected]
Mobile:  07825 016950

Best Wishes,

Julie Southworth


Morrison’s Virtual Tour for Children

Good afternoon

I have passed this email which may well of use to people to help ease the pressure of home schooling.  Please get in touch directly with Rochelle at Morrisons if you need any further information

Kind regards

Julie Southworth

Good Afternoon

I’m Rochelle, the Community Champion at Morrisons Whitefield. 

It’s my job to support good causes in our local community, including helping to stock local food banks, supporting key workers and the elderly and vulnerable. Due to Covid restrictions, we have been unable to run our normal school tours in store, however, we are delighted to let you know we have created a virtual Foodmaker & Shopkeeper Tour. 

The virtual tour takes you around Market Street in one of our Morrisons stores including the Deli, Bakery, Fishmongers and Butchers counters. Along the way there are lots of fun and interesting facts to help children learn more about how food is made and where food comes from.  

The link to the virtual tour can be found here:

We have also created a worksheet with fun activities that children can complete during and after the video which I would be happy to share if you are interested.  

Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or if there’s anything I can help you with. I hope you enjoy the virtual tour.

Community Champion

Rochelle Gardner