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Dear Friends

I hope you and your loved ones are safe and well.

I was unable to make the first party night last Friday and all week, people have been telling me what a fantastic night it was. A big thank you to Pat and her team of fundraisers, Karen and kitchen team (The meat pie was delicious), Paul who played great music all night and everyone who joined us for a night of fun. There are some piccies at the end of the newsletter.

This week’s newsletter includes an advert for a fantastic job with our Friends Together service, a new project at the Met for those who like Arty things, and information about a campaign to raise awareness about eating and drinking well.  

Job Advert 

We are seeking a Friends Together Care Assistant for our Friends Together groups. 

Our Friends Together service supports up to 60 older people who are isolated. We offer a minibus service, a hot meal at lunch, a range of activities, outings and parties. The centres give people an opportunity to meet friends and support one another. 

  • Rate of Pay: £8.91 / hour
  • Location: The day care service is in North Bury on Monday, Prestwich on Tuesday, Whitefield on Wednesday and Radcliffe on Thursday.
  • Hours: 16 Hours per week. Monday to Thursday from 10 – 2 pm. There are opportunities on some weeks to increase hours to cover for leave of other staff members.
  • Closing Date: Friday 29th October 2021 at noon.

For a full application pack, please go to:

Malnutrition Awareness Week ¦ 11th – 17th of October 2021

During the pandemic, there has never been a more important time to think about the importance of eating and drinking well. Eating enough and having a balanced diet can protect you from a stay in the hospital and if an illness strikes, your body is more equipped to deal with it if you are well nourished and hydrated.

Have you or someone you look after recently lost weight without planning to? Has your appetite changed and is now lower than it used to be? Do your clothes, jewellery and shoes feel or look loose? If you answer yes to any of these questions you may not be eating enough. Check out these links for more information.

Eating Well

Drinking Well

Meet Me at The Met - a brand-new social arts group for over 50s

The Met is inviting you to join them in their beautiful building to chat about all things arty, find out about what they have on offer, learn some new skills and tell them what you want from them.

They’ll be starting off with a welcome and a tour of the building and following up with workshops in creative writing, drawing and singing.

They will be holding six sessions in this project with an ambition to continue running the project onwards from there. You can join them every Monday, starting from 18th October, 11am-12.30pm at The Met for a fun, relaxed and social time with friends old and new.

Go to to book your free tickets.

Charity Shop Donations

We are urging everyone to bring their donations to our charity shops at 91 The Rock and Bridge Street in Ramsbottom.

We are now collecting items from your home. Please phone 0161 763 9030 to let us know you have items, and we will try and arrange a date to come and collect.

We are happy to receive good quality items such as small electrical items, clothing, shoes, bric-a-brac, curtains, books, DVDs, records. Toys (must have safety mark where necessary), mobility scooters and aids.

We can not take furniture, white goods (i.e. Fridges, washing machines etc.), televisions, beds, mattresses, pillows, real fur coats and accessories, crash helmets and riding hats, earrings, firearms and other offensive weapons, gas or oil appliances.

Please ensure items are of saleable quality. We incur costs if we have to take items straight to the tip, which takes away vital cash from the causes we are fundraising for.  

The Big Draw

The Big Draw is back at Bury Art Museum this October which offers an exciting programme of events, to get your creativity flowing! Check out the full programme at this link

Free Home Energy Checks

As I write this newsletter, the headline on Sky News is that “Energy and council tax bills could rise by hundreds of pounds from next year”. To help you, we are offering free home energy checks.

These checks help make homes more energy efficient and warmer in the winter by having an assessment with advisors to ensure you are with the right energy provider and tariff.  Our advisors will discuss energy saving equipment with you and if suitable, these will be installed by our handyperson free of charge. We are offering equipment up to the value of £30. 

To benefit from this programme, contact Ruth on 07547 400142 or email  

Jubilee Activities

All Jubilee Centre Activities are in this link

Information about our services is on our website:

Coronavirus in Bury

As of Thursday 7th October, 289.4 people per 100,000 tested positive for coronavirus over the last 7 days – that is an increase of 13% from the previous week. On the same day, the England average was 333 people testing positive per 100,000 over the last seven days– a decrease of 2% from the previous week’s figure.

If you are feeling unwell, please help us to stay open by not coming to the Jubilee Centre or our shops. We are asking everyone to use the sanitiser provided and be considerate in giving each other space.  

Members News

We have received the sad news that Irene Davenport has passed away. Irene was a volunteer at our Bury Shop for many years and in her later years, she joined the kitchen team at the Jubilee. Irene was a cheerful and lively lady and she was an immense support to our staff, fellow volunteers and members.  

Irene 's funeral service is at Radcliffe Crematorium on Wednesday 20th October 2021 at 12:30 pm. Family flowers only please. Cheques, made payable to Age UK Bury, may be forwarded to Silletts Funeral Service, Spring Lane, Radcliffe, M26 2TQ.

The Weekly Quiz

The answers to last week’s Quiz (dated 1st October) is in the link. 

This week’s Quiz brings you another 30 questions to test your knowledge. To make it easier for you, I have given the first letter of each answer! This quiz is just for you and your friends to enjoy. The right answers will be sent out with next newsletter on 22nd October.

Our Newsletter

We are committed to continuing this newsletter but from today, it will only come out every second and fourth Friday of the month. So next week, you won’t hear a peep out of us and then hopefully, we will fly into your inbox sometime on Friday 22nd October.  

If you have any news to share, please send to

Keep Safe

Andy and all at Age UK Bury

Party Night - 1st October 2021