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Greetings from Age UK Bury 

In packed newsletter this week, we include news about our special celebration event for the Queen’s Jubilee, a reminder about Bury Pride this coming Saturday and we proudly announce the relaunch of our Facebook Page. There is a new scam to be aware of and we reveal the winners of this month’s 100 Club. Happy reading.

Age UK Spring Raffle – Every penny raised supports our telephone service in Bury

The Age UK Spring raffle is now open! There is a top prize of £25,000 or a stunning Scandinavian Cruise, and over 5,000 cash prizes.

All the proceeds of tickets sold at the Jubilee Centre and our charity shops will go to supporting our Befriending Service in Bury. Entries cost just £1. We are aiming to sell all our tickets to raise £3,000.

Queen’s Jubilee at the Jubilee

In celebration of the Queen Elizabeth’s 70th Jubilee Anniversary, we will be turning the Jubilee Centre into one great big Street Party. Our unique party will take place on Wednesday 1st June 2022 from 11.00 am to 3.30 pm.

Tickets will cost £10 and this includes a Street Party Meal, Prize Quiz & Bingo, music by Hindle Wakes & The Cajun Rascals, a welcoming Bucks Fizz & a flag to wave! We anticipate this will be a sell-out so buy your ticket early to avoid disappointment.

You can buy your ticket from the Jubilee Centre reception or at our new online shop at

Join us at Bury Pride 2022 – This Saturday!

Bury Pride 2022 will be taking place at the Castle Armory Drill Hall, Castle Street, Bury, BL9 0LB this coming Saturday (30th April). We will be on Stall 5 and 6 in Zone One.

The Hall opens at 10 to 4.00. There will be stalls and entertainment from Hariana Grande, Be-Beyonce and Kaylie as Taylor Swift and many more. Tickets for Bury Pride 2022 are FREE and can be reserved here.

The Mayor of Bury will launch the parade, which will set off the Drill Hall at 1.00pm. It will take a route through the Rock, past the Millgate, into Bury Market, past the Art Gallery and then up Silver Street to return to the Drill Hall. First aiders, the police and stewards will accompany the parade throughout the event.

We will be at the Drill Hall from 10 to 4 pm, promoting volunteer opportunities, our services and selling raffle tickets.

We will be promoting the new GM LGBTQ+ Online Dementia Support Group – click on the link for more details.

Yoga & Mindfulness – every Monday evening

The Monday evening “Yoga & Mindfulness” sessions, led by Melanie, is back on Monday 9th May at the Jubilee Centre. This session starts at 6.00, lasts 90 minutes and costs £7.

Yoga and mindfulness (PDF)

Diana’s online video classes

Diana’s exercise classes are now on You Tube at 2.00 on Wednesday afternoons but you can join her anytime that is good for you. In recent episodes, Diana showed us how to exercise with tins of beans and a stretchy pair of tights! There are now six videos available to keep you busy.

Click onto

These online sessions are free, and we are grateful to Bury Council’s Health Improvement Fund for their support. Please let us know what you think if them.

Facebook Page

We are now back on Facebook and you can find us at

The old page was taken down after we had apparently broken the rules. We did appeal against the ruling, but they never got back to us. So we are trying to rebuild our Facebook community which We will try to behave this time. Please like, follow and share our page with your friends.

For those who like Tai Chi, Sue is running the Age UK Bury Tai Chi group at

Bank Holidays

The Jubilee Centre, our café and services will be closed on

  • Monday 2nd May – this coming Monday
  • Thursday 2nd June
  • Friday 3rd June

Warning: Beware scam calls about the Government's £150 council tax rebate

Households should beware cold callers asking for their bank account details in order to seemingly pay them the Government's £150 council tax rebate for energy bills, as it's likely to be a scam.

The £150 council tax rebate is being paid to households between now and September. The rebate will, in most cases, be paid automatically to those who pay their council tax by direct debit. However, if you don't pay your council tax by direct debit you may have to provide your local authority with your bank account details.

The Local Government Association (LGA), a cross-party membership body for local authorities, says councils will never ask for bank details over the phone

Councils will reach out to households to confirm how they'll make the payment, but you should beware giving out your personal or financial details over the phone. If you're not sure the caller is genuine, hang up and phone your council directly.

For more information, go to Bury Council Tax - Energy Bills Rebate:

Money Saving Expert article:

The Age of Creativity Festival

The Age of Creativity Festival, celebrating a Creative Later Life across England, runs each May and includes a wide range of activities.

More at

100 Club - This month's winners

Today, we can announce this month’s group of winners in our 100 Club.

For April 2022 we had 64 members, and the winners are

  • 1st prize No 52 Vivien Marcus
  • 2nd prize No 5 Anonymous
  • 3rd prize No 48 Patricia Jones

The numbers were chosen using a computerised random number generator and independently verified. The cheques are in the post.

There are plenty of numbers to purchase and if you would like to join the 100 club, please call us on 0161 763 9030 and we will send you a brochure. Alternatively, click on this link:

For those of you on Twitter, Happy Ed Balls Day! Enjoy the Early May Bank Holiday on Monday and look out for our next newsletter, which will be popping into your inbox around Friday 13th May, if you are lucky! 

Keep Safe

Andy and all at Age UK Bury

We are so lucky to have our Headquarters in the beautiful Clarence Park. The blossom is stunning at this time of year. Visit soon before it goes.