• Petition launched to save post office

    A PETITION has been launched to save Ramsbottom’s post office following Morrisons takeover of The Co-op. Staff at the instore post office were yesterday given 90 days redundancy notices, which will come into effect unless a new base is found

  • Where is coverage on Danny Boyle?

    I WAS more than surprised to find such a small coverage of Danny Boyle’s achievements in the Radcliffe Times. I would have at least expected a front page mention, when he has been mentioned worldwide over the last two weeks and seen on our national TV

  • This is simply legalised constructive dismissal

    DEAR Mr Sanders, Bob Bibby and others not in the know. I write with reference to your recent shambles of the pay and grading review within Bury Council as you obviously don’t know what has been happening under your nose. I have read the recent press

  • Urge your MP to support Autism Bill

    AS a supporter of the National Autistic Society, I’m deeply concerned by the postcode lottery of services for the half a million children and adults with autism in the UK. It is simply unacceptable that people affected by autism struggle to access the

  • Hats off to the council for its snow response

    MANY areas of the country ground to a halt this week because of heavy snowfalls. I know we did not have as much snow as many areas, but I think that some recognition should still go to our council on this occasion for its prompt treatment of

  • Care at hospice is of highest quality

    IN recent months it has, unfortunately, been necessary for my wife to spend a considerable time in Bury Hospice. She has attended weekly day care and latterly it has been necessary for her to have a longer stay. The care that she has received has been

  • Own people are in dire need of help

    I AM in total agreement with Immigration attempting to return Miss Shauba and child back to Nigeria, The Bury Times, January 29. If, as she says, she was raped and beaten, she knows full well that she should have gone to the nearest country where she

  • I hope BBC reverses its decision

    THE BBC claims that to broadcast an appeal for humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza risks its reputation for impartiality. People continue to die. Whole towns have been flattened by the Israeli bombardment, producing devastation usually associated

  • Bus service to pull in at the market

    THERE’S going to be a real “buzz” at Bury Market! The Bury Busy Bee community transport bus is due to land at the market tomorrow and the same day the following week to promote the service and to encourage more people to get on board. The bus offers

  • Letter writer may not have too many friends to call on

    OH dear, I seem to have rattled a few cages down at the legal department of the town hall. Some people indeed do appear to have their briefs in a twist. A cursory scan of the evidence against me, which has been presented by “A Close Friend”, would not

  • Goodbye to a true cycling superstar

    RADCLIFFE cycling hero Harry Hill, who was the oldest surviving male winner of an Olympic medal, has died. Mr Hill, of Higher Ainsworth Road, won a bronze medal at the Berlin games in 1936 in the 4,000m team pursuit. He died of pneumonia on Saturday

  • I don’t trust them

    I SEE the congestion charge debate rumbles on. I ask why should we believe what this Government tells us? We were fed exaggerated information about Iraq, false figures when the 10p tax rate was scrapped and were promised a vote on the new EU treaty/constitution

  • More snow may be on the way

    BURY shivered and slithered as the borough was gripped by Arctic weather conditions early this week. However, only four schools decided to shut while council gritters were deployed throughout Sunday and Monday nights to keep the main roads clear of snow

  • We have every reason to be proud of the NHS in Bury

    I AM writing to you to praise the NHS in general and Fairfield Hospital and Tottington Health Centre in particular. Unfortunately, the NHS all too often receives negative publicity for its failings but rarely gets the praise it deserves for its achievements

  • Radcliffe's main garden areas are a disgrace

    I AM writing about Radcliffe’s main garden area looked at from three busy roads, it’s a disgrace. Every November leaf clearance stops but the trees still drop leaves into December and the lawns are still covered today. The grass will die and more patches

  • Disgusted by model boaters

    I AM writing to express my family’s disgust at the yobbish behaviour of the model boat racers at Clarence Park on Sunday, January 25. While strolling round the lido with our grandson we witnessed, yet again, the boats being used to chase the ducks and

  • Kitchen firm finds niche in the market

    A kitchen company has designs on diversification to help ease the plight of the disabled. Distinctive Kitchens, in Radcliffe, is living up to its name as it extends its expertise into the manufacture of disabled-friendly units to help people

  • Funding to help students into work

    DISABLED Bury students can improve their chances of gaining full-time jobs thanks to vital funding. Bury Employment Support and Training (Bury EST) has successfully bid for Learning and Skills Council (LSC) cash to work with Bury College. During the

  • Flooring manufacturer is defying the credit crunch

    RADCLIFFE-based James Halstead continues to defy the economic downturn with its positive performance soon to be reflected in its latest financial results. The flooring manufacturer is set to announce a growth in turnover and trading profit when its interim

  • Travel company's strong bookings

    A SPECIALIST travel firm has broadened its horizons since it launched in Bury more than five years ago. Thomson Al Fresco is bucking the credit crunch by reporting strong UK booking trends for this year. The company, which offers family

  • Ex-marine is in the driving seat

    A former Royal Marine has marched into the role of general manager at Mercedes-Benz Whitefield. David Lucas has joined the Bury Old Road dealership after rising through the ranks of car retailing. He has been promoted from general sales

  • Rocking night for the 13th

    NORWEGIAN rocker Citizen Charlie is heading to Radcliffe for a special show to celebrate Friday the 13th. She will headline a night of rock music which includes performances by local bands Babylon Fire and Breakdown. The show will be held from 7pm to

  • ‘Disability centres under threat’

    A COUNCILLOR claims the future of two disability centres is under threat after a controversial report was given the thumbs up. Cllr Vic D’Albert has slammed colleagues on the executive for backing proposals that could lead to the centres, Whittle

  • More accolades for Radcliffe director Danny Boyle

    Radcliffe director Danny Boyle's film Slumdog Millionaire has received more accolades - this time top honours from UK film critics. The film has won three gongs, including best British film, at the London Film Critics' Circle Awards.

  • Bury Ramblers

    ON Sunday John Fairclough (01706 825664) leads a 10 to 11 mile moderate walk on the West Pennine Moors. Meet Bury Interchange car park at 9am.

  • Bury Recorded Music Circle

    THE Composer Conducts was the title of the programme presented to the Bury & District Recorded Music Circle by Betty Seddon, a member of the Swinton Society. Betty opened with the Overture Candide by Bernstein, followed by Bachianas Brazileiras No 5

  • Bury CTC

    ONLY three riders showed up on January 18 for the B ride to New Mills. We headed out of Bury, in dry but cold conditions, via Heap Brow and Birch and on to Victoria Avenue to Hollinwood. Then it was through picturesque Daisy Nook and on to Ashton. Nigel

  • School battle will go to Westminster

    CAMPAIGNERS battling to save Radcliffe’s Riverside High School are to take their fight to the Government. Bury South MP Ivan Lewis will lead a delegation of staff, parents and governors to London in a bid to persuade Schools Secretary Ed Balls

  • Bury HF

    SATURDAY amble (three to four miles). Meet Tenters Street car park (law courts) at 1pm for Smithills area. Sunday walk: Meet at Belle Vue Terrace car park at 10am for Wigan Res. Bring lunch and flask. Tuesday walks: Meet B & Q car park, Crostons Retail

  • St Paul's (Ramsbottom) Ladies' Group

    THE Group celebrated the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns at their recent meeting. Among the poems and readings was the famous Address to the Haggis, which was recited and explained to the members by Mrs Millicent Martin, who is a Scot

  • Tandem Club for the Visually Impaired

    IT might be the bleak midwinter but recent Sunday rides have been well attended. The last three outings have been to Lymm in Cheshire, Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire and Haigh Hall. This lies in a country park near Wigan meaning for the most part the roads

  • Ramsbottom Heritage Society

    SPEAKER at the recent meeting was Peter Watson and his subject was Abandon Hope — Life in the Workhouse. The members, when asked, thought the workhouse was a bad thing but Peter proved that the alternative was much worse. When times were bad, families

  • Bury & Bolton RSPB

    THE group continues its 30th anniversary programme of special events next Thursday (February 12) with a visit from the editor of Birds Illustrated magazine, David Cromack. He will be showing a big selection of The World’s Best Bird Images at Smithills

  • Bury Chess Club

    THE Bury first team entertained Bolton III, expecting an easy ride, but although Jim Litherland gave the home side an early lead, a lot of hard work was needed before Roy Wild won another point. Keith Evans could only draw, and the visitors were still

  • Bury Jazz Society

    USING the title Mixed Bag, George Kelsall took the opportunity to play a selection of some of his favourite recordings. He mixed his tracks between American and British big bands, small combos and vocalists. Much of the music came from the late 1940s

  • Residents fight shop extension

    PLANS to build a convenience store on a busy road have sparked objections from residents. Greenmount News wants to expand its shop in Brandlesholme Road by knocking through the house next door to create a mini-supermarket. The owners have launched a

  • No jail for teenager who bit a seven-month-old child

    A TEENAGER has escaped prison after biting a seven-month-old child in his care. Bury Magistrates Court heard Stephen Etheridge, of Ainsworth Road, Radcliffe, bit the baby boy after he became restless. The 18-year-old was told by magistrates

  • Holiday clubs and youth centres under threat

    THE FUTURE of school holiday clubs and five youth centres in Bury is in doubt because of council cost-cutting. Forty-eight jobs could be axed as part of proposals to shut Bury Youth Service - a move that has sparked a mass revolt from staff