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I hope you and your loved ones are well. The national news has been a bit grim this week but here at the Jubilee, we are determined to keep our spirits up and keep our café and shop open, until we get told otherwise. Our online groups will continue whatever happens and we will be emailing you regularly with the latest news.

In this week’s newsletter, we have “things-you-can’t-do”, followed by “things-you-can-do”, information about support for carers and the campaign to fix social care, and the quiz is back!

Social contact restrictions in Bury (25/9/2020)

We will start with the bad news. The number of people testing positive for Coronavirus is quickly rising in Bury and the town now has the second highest infection rate in Greater Manchester - second only to Bolton.

You must not: 

  • Host people you do not live with in your home or garden, unless they are in your support bubble
  • Meet people you do not live with in their home or garden, whether inside or outside of the affected areas unless they are in your support bubble

A support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with another household.

Households within a bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight, and visit public places together. 

The police will be able to take action against those that break these rules, including asking people to disperse and issuing fixed penalty notices starting at £100 for those who participate in illegal gatherings.

People can still come inside your home or garden for specific purposes set out in law (eg to provide emergency assistance):

Bury Council’s Coronavirus page contains information about local services and where to get a test should you need one. Please go to

The government page on local restrictions in Bury is at

If you are brave enough to visit Bolton, there are greater restrictions:

NHS Covid-19 app for Smart Phones

The new NHS COVID-19 app, now available to download for free in England and Wales, is the fastest way to see if you are at risk from coronavirus. The faster you know, the quicker you can alert and protect your loved ones and community.

The app has a number of tools to protect you, including contact tracing, local area alerts and venue check-in. It uses proven technology from Apple and Google, designed to protect every user’s privacy.

For more information go to

The Jubilee Centre Cafe 

Our cafe at the Jubilee Centre will be open every weekday from 10.30 to 2.30, offering fresh food, and seats with a wonderful view of the Clarence Park Lido. 

Changes in Government restrictions means we must implement new rules which include:  

  • Our cafe will now be table-service only. 
  • All customers must wear face coverings when entering the building and going to the toilet. 
  • You may only sit with people who live in your household or are part of your support bubble. 

For a full set of the rules and the menu, please click on this link.

If we must close our cafe, we will communicate this by an email newsletter, Twitter, and Facebook. 

We were delighted to receive these pictures from some of our younger customers this week.

Thank you!  

The Bury Shop

Our shop at 91 The Rock, Bury is now open on Wednesdays from 10.30 am to 3 pm and Thursday - Saturday: 10.00 am to 3.00 pm. 

Customers to our shop at 91 The Rock must wear a face covering when entering the shop unless you are carrying proof of exemption. We are asking all customers to sanitise their hands before coming in.

We can accept a limited amount of donations at the Bury shop. We must store all donations for 72 hours before we can sort them and space in the shop is limited. Please phone 0161 761 2780 to check we have space before you set out.

We are unable to collect and we cannot receive and store items at the Jubilee Centre.

Foot Care Appointments

Dougie, our Foot Care Practitioner, will be at the Jubilee Centre from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm on 29th September 2020 and then on 6th October.

Each appointment costs £20.

Please call in advance to make an appointment. Call 0161 763 9030

Online Activities

Diana will next be live on our Facebook page on Monday and Wednesday next week.

  • Monday: 11.00 to 11.30 am: Gentle Exercise
  • Monday: 11.40 to 12.10 Chair Based Exercises
  • Wednesday: 11.00 to 12.00 am: Pilates 

These sessions are free and many thanks to Diana for setting them up. Please tell your friends they are welcome to join us. If you can not make these times, Facebook will let you watch at a later time. Join us at

Sue holds a Tai Chi class online on Fridays at 11.00 am. This class is aimed at those who attend the 12.15 Tuesday class and 11.00 Friday class at the Jubilee. Send an email to or message Sue via Facebook at for the access code.

Free Counselling for Carers

Are you an adult Carer? Or do you know someone with caring responsibilities who may benefit from a free confidential counselling service? Working with

accredited and approved Counsellors, the Bury Carers Hub can support you to access up to 6 one to one sessions.

Click onto or email  or call 0300 303 0207 for more details.

Campaign to fix our social care system

Age UK, our national partner is campaigning to reform our social care system.

The failures older people and those who care for them have endured over the last few months have shown how desperately we need lasting change. The Government must take action and build a new care system.

Please sign the petition at and pass onto your friends.  

Scam Alert – CCTV grants

An elderly resident in Prestwich received a telephone call from someone claiming that there are government grants of £500 to have CCTV installed at vulnerable residents’ properties. The caller made appointment for the day after. A male (aged between 40-50, over 6 foot tall and smartly dressed in a suit) attended the next day earlier than the appointment time given, without identification. The resident said they were not interested when the male refused to say which company he was from and the male left.

To the best of our knowledge there are no government grants for CCTV and clearly this was a scam. If you receive such a call, please report suspicious callers to GMP on 101 (or in an emergency dial 999)

Healthwatch Bury wants to hear from you

Healthwatch Bury wants to hear from you about how coronavirus / COVID-19 has affected you or your family members, so that they can let health and care services in Bury know what they’re doing well during the pandemic, and where people feel their care and communication could be improved.

They will share this information with providers, with the Bury CCG, and with Bury Council to help make sure that their response to the pandemic takes into account the needs and experiences of local people as the situation progresses. Please click on the following link to complete this survey:

If you have any further questions please contact Healthwatch Bury by email: or ring us on 0161 253 6300

Mind Yer 'Ed

The Talking About My Generation news team have shared their experiences of dealing with the ups, the downs and how they have found ways to look after their mental wellbeing during the pandemic through a Mind Yer ‘Ed blog series and a frank and heart-warming podcast chat.

It's all free at

Please give me space!  

“Please give me space” resources are designed to signal to others around you that they need to maintain social distance.

To find out more, access downloadable signs, or purchase products, visit the @plsegivemespace website:

A message about hearing aids from Communic8te Bury

Whilst Audiology is currently closed, tubing and batteries can be ordered free of charge via the website Telephone Audiology on 01706 674 913 or email

Communic8tebury is now open by appointment for batteries, re-tubing and “Try Before You Buy Equipment” & signposting. Please call on 0161 763 4882 or email

The Quiz

The last quiz was anagrams of British Prime Ministers and British Rock & Pop groups. Click on this link to find the answers.

This week’s quiz is UK TV Presenters (past and present) and UK TV Programmes (old and new).

The quiz is just for fun. We sadly don’t have any prizes but you get the warm glow of success, if you get all the answers right. Good luck! And a big thank you to Eleanor for putting these quizzes together for us.

The Essential Stuff

For help with getting food deliveries and prescriptions, please phone Bury Community Hubs on 0161 253 53 53, every day of the week.

Our Keeping in Touch telephone service offers older people in Bury a regular friendly phone call from one of our volunteers. For more information, call 0161 763 9030 (Monday to Friday 10.00 am to 2.00 pm) or email to sign up. Alternatively, call Jane Lees, our Befriending Coordinator on 07541 741891.

The Age UK Advice Line is 0800 678 1602 from 8 am to 7 pm, every day of the year.

If you would just like to have a friendly natter with another person, please call The Silver Line 24 hours a day on 0800 470 80 90.

Our previous newsletters are online at

For all those questions about Coronavirus, and how it affects your life, please check out the Age UK FAQ website:

We are in the office on Monday to Friday and our phone lines will be open from 10.00 to 2.00. Call us on 0161 763 9030.

We now have over 300 people receiving this newsletter. If you know of anyone who would like this newsletter, please send this this link, where they can sign up.

Thanks for reading and I hope you have found the newsletter useful. If you have any news you would like to share to our readers, please send onto

Stay safe, keep strong. 

Andy and all at Age UK Bury

The view over the lido on Thursday afternoon