‘Cuppa and a Chat’

Dear All,

I am writing to inform you that we are opening Greenmount Church and Greenmount Old School for ‘Cuppa and a Chat’ sessions in order to welcome those in our community who have been feeling lonely and isolated and a little anxious about stepping out into the community after such a long time in lockdown. This is being done through Bury Council’s Isolation and Loneliness initiative, everything will be done under strict Covid risk assessment rules.

These sessions will be run by volunteers in Greenmount who wish to help this transition run smoothly and allow residents to meet face to face in a socially distant capacity. Following government guidelines, we would ask that you wear a mask until seated and use the hand sanitiser provided. Our volunteers will help to provide a safe environment for you to have a brew and a chat with each other.  I feel this will help tremendously in creating a gentle transition to us all meeting up again in the future.

We intend to begin these sessions on Monday 29th March with times as follow:

Monday and Wednesday 10.30 till 12 noon in Greenmount Church.

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 2pm – 4pm in Greenmount Old School.

I must stress that this ‘drop in’ is intended for those residents who have been isolated and lonely and I am afraid they are not for family groups at this time.

The poster attached will be displayed at various points in the local area and there will be a leaflet posted through every household door shortly.  In the meantime, if you are aware of any individual who would benefit from this, please let them know.

With best wishes,

Julie Southworth


Bury North Community Hub Update

Good Afternoon all,

Please find attached the latest update from Pritesh Patel of Bury MBC including information on vaccination numbers (now over 76,000), case rates, testing, support available and a few other reminders and updates.

Best wishes

Julie Southworth


Jigsaws & wool request

Please find attached the puzzles in our GVC jigsaw library, this is proving to be a very popular scheme. 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

Spare Wool

We have a request for any spare balls of wool. A local lady is knitting squares for a charity and she is running out of wool. Wool could be left in the Old School porch on a Saturday morning.


Foodbank boxes/containers

Dear All

Thank you so much for the excellent support that you are providing to the Brandlesholme Community Foodbank. They are currently OK for egg boxes as their supplier is currently sending them boxed eggs, however good quality, strong shopping bags are always welcome.  A new requirement is for plastic or aluminium storage boxes, takeaway food containers, butter containers etc.  This is because the excess donations of fresh fruit and vegetables are now being cooked and frozen for distribution.  A freezable container that will hold 1 or 2 portions would be ideal. 

A reminder that donations can be taken straight to the Brandlesholme Community Centre on weekday mornings or left at the offices of Nazia Haque  (Old Post Office).  If either of these two places are not accessible for you please reply to this email and we can collect them from you.

Thank you again for your continued support.

Julie Southworth


Tottington & District Horticultural Society – Spring Show Update

We had intended to have our Spring Show on  Saturday April 17th at Greenmount Old School but have had to cancel it.

However we hope to be able to have our Plant Sale on Saturday June 5th outside in the yard of Greenmount Old School where we will be able to spread out.

Best wishes Dorothy.

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