I hope you and your loved ones are safe and well.
It has been another difficult week in Bury and there remains some confusion about what is allowed whilst we are living in tier three conditions. We include the important links, so you have the right information.
In this week’s newsletter, we are announcing the launch of our 100 Club and we have some great news about our online video classes, run by Sue and Diana.
I hope you enjoy the newsletter.
Coronavirus in Bury (30th October update)
Last week, the number of people in Bury testing positive for coronavirus was 415 per 100,000 people. On Thursday, this number was 540 per 100,000 people. So the infections are still rising and there is a big need for everyone to stay safe.
The government has placed Bury in the “tier three” restriction category which means there is a “Very High” of infection spreading.
The Bury Council website lists the rules that apply in Bury.
These rules will remain in place for at least the next three weeks.
New Guidance for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable
There is new guidance for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable to help them protect themselves from Coronavirus.
- stay at home as much as possible
- avoid all but essential travel
- significantly reduce shopping trips
Introducing our new 100 Club
Be in with a chance to win some fabulous cash prizes and help Age UK Bury support older people in our borough of Bury
Our 100 club is a great you can support us for just £5 a month, here is how it
works. We are launching it in January 2021.
If you would like to join, simply complete and sign the attached Membership and Standing Order form. If you pay by Standing order you can either pay £5.00 per month or £60 annually.
This buys you one membership number (allocated by us) which enters you into
the monthly cash prize draw for 12 months.
The draw for the first, second and third prizes will take place on the last Thursday of each month. If you win, a cheque will be posted to your address and your name published on our website and Facebook (unless you tell us you wish to remain anonymous)
The prize money will be 45% of the membership fees taken that month.
If all numbers are sold, then the prizes will be
- First Prize: £125
- Second Prize: £75
- Third Prize: £15
The remaining 55% goes to Age UK Bury and will help us to improve the quality of life for older people in the borough.
Any queries, please contact 0161 763 9030 or email email@example.com
You can download the membership forms and rules below. Alternatively, you can pick up all the forms at the Jubilee (Monday to Friday 10.30 to 2.30) or we can send them out if you call us on 0161 763 9030.
Join our 100 Club today and you could be our next WINNER!
Finding up to date information on Age UK Bury Services
For up to date information on all our services, this newsletter is the most reliable source of information. It is the quickest way for us to get information out to people.
Over the years we have been on the internet, various websites have borrowed or lifted information and they have not updated it since the pandemic began. It is only this week, that I have found some time to update our own website. It is not an easy job and involves a lot of coffee, muttering and the occasional naughty word, when the software tells you that you have deleted a morning's work! .
Whilst the web is great for information, there is also a lot of misinformation out there. At a time when things change every week, this newsletter is the most reliable source of information. Keep reading it and please share it with your friends.
Jubilee Centre Membership
This year, we will not be charging people for the renewal of their membership card. Any that were already renewed for the period of 2020-2021 will now cover the 2021 to 2022 period.
Christmas Meals 2020
We suspect that we will not be able to hold our annual Christmas Dinners as we used to. Nearer the time we will look at what we can do, so we can keep everyone safe. We will keep you posted here.
This week we received some great news from our national partner, Age UK. As a result of their successful Coronavirus fundraising campaign, we have received funding to support some of our work in Bury. With this funding, we will be continuing our online classes until the end of January.
We are grateful to Sue and Diana for leading these classes.
Sue holds a Tai Chi class online on Fridays at 11.00 am on the Zoom video app. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or message Sue via Facebook at m.me/taichiandwildgooseqigongbury for an access code.
Diana will be live on our Facebook page on Mondays and Wednesdays.
- 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
If you can’t make these times, Facebook will let you watch at a later time. Join us at https://www.facebook.com/ageukbury/
Jubilee Centre Café
We will continue to open the café from 10.30 to 2.30, Mondays to Fridays until further notice. We are really pleased to see our friends support our café and it makes opening worthwhile.
Information and Advice
Our information and advice service supports people with benefit checks and filling in application forms for Attendance Allowance and Pension Credits.
Please send an email to email@example.com or call Louise on 07872 067662 or Ruth on 07547 400142.
Handy Person Service
Our service helps with small DIY and repair jobs such as fitting handrails and security locks, putting up shelves, curtain rails and wall decorations; assembling flat pack furniture; minor plumbing, painting and decorating work and changing light bulbs. All work will be carried out adhering to Covid-19 regulations to protect you and Andrew, who is our Handy Person Manager.
Written quotes will be given for all work. Prices are dependent on the scale and length of work being done. If you have a couple of small jobs which could be completed in an hour, it would cost £30 plus materials.
We are also working with trusted traders to help people with specialist work (e.g. replacement of boilers, roofing etc)
Contact Sue on 0161 796 6949 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Office hours 08:30 am – 4:00 pm, Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday.
Keeping In Touch
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 email@example.com to sign up.
Foot Care Appointments
Dougie, our Foot Care Practitioner, will be at the Jubilee Centre from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm on Tuesday mornings. Each appointment costs £20. Please call in advance to make an appointment. Call 0161 763 9030 to book.
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.
We are planning to reopen our Ramsbottom shop later next week. We had hoped it would be open this week, but things got a little too busy!
The last quiz was on Halloween Anagrams! The answers are in the link.
This week’s quiz is two-part seasonal with questions about Halloween and Bonfire Night! Click here for the fun!
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.
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 https://www.ageuk.org.uk/bury/about-us/coronavirus/
For all those questions about Coronavirus, and how it affects your life, please check out the Age UK FAQ website: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/coronavirus/coronavirus-guidance/coronavirus-faqs/
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. https://mailchi.mp/38cd71011527/age-uk-bury-newsletter
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 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay safe, get a flu jab and keep smiling.
Andy and all at Age UK Bury