Horwich Advertiser Issue 585

Page 10 The Advertiser July 6th 2022 Follow us on Facebook: Horwich Advertiser Ad Sales: 01204 478812 A NEW adventure golf course and driving range at Duxbury Park near Adlington have been created thanks to a £450,000 investment. The development is a joint venture between Chorley Council, who own the facility, and operators of the site, Parkwood Leisure. It was officially opened by Chorley MP Sir Lind- say Hoyle and council leader Alistair Bradley at a special ceremony. Councillor Bradley said: “We’re delighted to have worked with Park- wood Leisure to provide a £450,000 investment – £300,000 of which will be paid back by Parkwood Leisure over the remaining term of their lease – to create quality entertainment and leisure facilities at Duxbury Park. “These new facilities, which appeal to all the family and golfers, give people yet another rea- son to visit Chorley. “It’s another addition to the borough’s strong offer, making Chorley a real visitor destination. Gone are the days where people needed to visit neighbouring boroughs to access this type of quality entertainment.” The new 12-hole adventure golf course is modelled on Chorley’s links to Myles Standish’s voyage across the Atlan- tic Ocean on the May- flower Ship and offers fun for budding explor- ers of all ages, to navi- gate moats, rope bridges, sand pits and more! Glen Hall, managing director of Parkwood Leisure, added: “I am thrilled to see the com- pletion of the 12-hole adventure golf course at Duxbury Golf Course. “The project fits in line with our demographic of customers, that golf is a game for everyone and can be enjoyed by all ages and abilities. “The completion of the mini golf course along- side the addition of the new driving range and constant improvements to the course itself show our commitment to the local community and our customers.” STAFF at Royal Bolton Hospital have tested their emergency response to a specialist incident. The training exercise saw 20 vol- unteers arriving at the emergency department throughout the morning with symptoms of a chemical reaction. Emergency department staff then followed their emergency response protocol, which included putting on specialist equipment and decontami- nating each patient. Jimmy Tunn is Bolton NHS Foundation Trust’s Emergency Planning Manager. He said: “It’s crit- ical that A&E departments carry out these procedures and today has been a really important exercise to test our processes. “Some really valuable learning has already come from this exercise today which will help us to improve if we do have a chemical incident in future. “Thank you so much to our volun- teers, staff and everyone else who took part and helpedmake it happen.” HUNDREDS of jobseekers attended the latest Bolton Job Fair with many submitting appli- cations and securing interviews on the day itself. And employers were quick to praise the fair, which was organised by Bol- ton Council’s Digital Employment Skills (DES) team. Off the back of this success, The Bolton Learning and Skills Fair will run on Thursday, September 8, from 10am in Victoria Square. May’s job fair featured 60 employers alongside special zones where visitors could get career advice or support to start a new business. In total, 889 people came through the doors, submitting a total of 500 applications, resulting in 150 inter- views – a third of which took place on the same day. More than 450 people were sup- ported with employment and training advice on the day. And a further 240 were booked for an employment support appointment, helping to make it Bolton’s most suc- cessful careers event to date. A spokesperson for Holiday Inn Cen- tral Bolton, one of the exhibitors on the day, said: “It was well organised and obviously well-advertised as peo- ple streamed through the doors from start to finish. “We met some great candidates and are sure we met some new teammem- bers on the day.” Katrina Berwick, team manager at Connexions, added: “It was great to see so many young people, parents and carers visiting the Connexions Bolton stand. “A fantastic event for our young peo- ple in Bolton to talk to local businesses first hand and find out more about the many apprenticeship vacancies on offer in our town.” September’s Learning and Skills Fair will provide a one stop shop for people looking for information about learning and skills provision, appren- ticeships, higher education, enterprise and start up advice alongside careers and employment support. Providers can register their interest in exhibiting at the fair by emailing DES@bolton.gov.uk. Mobile Roofing Maintenance M M R Roof Repairs Only MOBILE: 07742 192610 Flat Roof Repairs • Lead Work Repairs Gutters Cleaned, Renewed & Repaired • Pointing Chimneys Dropped, Lowered & Capped Plus Outside Painting, Fencing, Garden Maintenance and Unwanted Scrap Collected Hospital’s chemical incident test HORWICH Council has written to trans- port secretary Grant Shapps urging him to consider the town as the location for the new Great British Railways (GBR) national headquarters. The move comes after a row earlier this year over a submission from Bolton Council bidding for the new body to be based in the town. Horwich Council said it would support a bid from the borough if it included the former Horwich Loco Works as a possible site for the HQ. However, the Trinity Quarter regeneration intervention area was put forward instead, sparking an angry response from Horwich town councillors. Now the council has submitted its own “expres- sion of interest” including a detailed document explaining why Horwich would be “the perfect location” for GBR. Its letter reads: “Horwich Town Council wishes to express its disappointment that the historic railway town of Horwich has been excluded from the bid made by Bolton Council to HM Government to be the new home of Great British Railways. “Horwich Town Council had previously written a letter in support of a bid by Bolton Council for Hor- wich to be the new home of Great British Railways. “The aim of the letter was to assist Bolton Coun- cil’s expression of interest, with the former Horwich Locomotive Works being a fantastic site. However, as Bolton Council’s bid does not include Horwich as a possible location, the effect of that letter is therefore null and void. “ And it adds: “Horwich Town Council would like to submit the attached document to the Secretary of State for Transport and the Great British Rail- ways Transition Team, explaining why Horwich is the perfect location to be the new home of Great British Railways.” GBR has been created to end the fragmentation of the rail industry to drive benefits and improve- ments across the network for passengers and freight customers. Showing support A NEWLY opened service is show- casing some of the special furni- ture and gadgets that can support adults in Bolton borough living with dementia and other long- term conditions. The Helpful House, a joint venture between Bolton Council and Age UK, is now open in The Square building in Bol- ton’s Victoria Square. It demonstrates some of the many tools and equipment available to adults and their carers that can improve quality of life, enhance safety, and promote independence. Heritage: The Horwich LocoWorks is undergoing regeneration Council’s railway HQ move Family fun off to a tee Job fair is a success

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