Horwich Advertiser Issue 585

The Advertiser July 6th 2022 Page 21 Subscribe to our digital edition by visiting www.horwichadvertiser.co.uk/subscribe Email: contact@horwichadvertiser.co.uk WESTHOUGHTON HARDWARE Open 7 days a week. FREE car park right outside Great money-saving buys in all departments in your family run local hardware store Pavilion Square, Cricketers Way, Westhoughton BL5 3AJ Tools for every job Telephone 01942 841290 Thousands of hardware items 4 LTR Creosote Dark & Light Our price £9.95 Ronseal Fencelife ONE COAT All Colours £5.99 Dulux 2.5 Ltr emulsion £14.95 2 for £26 Brilliant White Weathershield Was £29.95 NOW £19.95 THE BIGGEST INDEPENDENT HARDWARE SHOP IN THE AREA NEWS IN BRIEF HORWICH Leisure Centre staged a free two-day weekend event over the weekend to raise awareness of the dangers of open water swimming, aimed at both children and adults. HORWICH and Blackrod First Independents will be holding their AGM and public meeting on July 9 at St Mary’s clubhouse. BOLTON Council has relaunched its official tour guide website as the borough continues to welcome back visitors and highlight everything it has to offer. PUPILS at Horwich Parish CE Primary School noticed that Station Park was looking untidy and had a mass litter picking effort, collecting 129 plastic bottles. BLACKROD Art Group held its summer exhibition of paintings at Blackrod Community Centre on Greenbarn Way. GREATER Manchester Police (GMP) launched Operation Avro across Bolton borough at the end of last month. The new force-wide initia- tive is a rolling programme of large scaling policing that runs each month in a differ- ent district. In Bolton the crackdown on crime saw several major operations. Initiatives ranged from swoops on shop prem- ises in a clampdown on illicit tobacco and alcohol to a widespread traffic operation that saw several arrests and the seizure of vehicles. The operation also saw local councillor Susan Baines and PCSO Holly Aimson answering questions and handing out crime reduction advice to shoppers at Tesco in Horwich. Steph Parker, GMP’s acting district commander for Bol- ton, said: “Operation Avro is an opportunity for us to demonstrate our commitment to the people of Bolton.” Out in force THE Royal British Legion Hor- wich branch is looking for new members to join its committee. It says volunteers don’t have to be serving or ex-service personnel but need to be available to meet locally once a month. The branch works to drive for- ward fundraising, awareness activities and the town’s annual Remembrance Day parade. Since being reformed around a decade ago, the branch has worked hard to increase its commitment to the community. The commit- tee helps to organise the annual poppy appeal, which with the help of many schools and organisations raised more than £43,000 last year. A spokesperson said: “Perhaps the main focus of the commit- tee is to co-ordinate and oversee the annual Remembrance Day parade, the most important day on its calendar. “This is the time when the people of Horwich gather alongside the many organisations of the town, ex-service personnel proudly dis- playing their medals, and our local MPs, councillors and clergy to pay their respects to the many service personnel who have lost their lives whilst serving their country.” If you’re interested in finding out more about the work of the branch and the committee or to find out if you can help in any other way, come along to Horwich RMI at 11.30am on Saturday July 16 for an informal meeting. Tea and cof- fee will be provided. A SHAKE-UP of the way health services are bought and planned across Bolton borough got underway at the begin- ning of July. The national changes aim to improve joined-up care for people who rely on sev- eral different services at the same time. As part of this, a new NHS organisation has been formed called NHS Greater Manches- ter Integrated Care. It brings together staff from all 10 Greater Manchester clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) – including Bolton – as well as Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership and Greater Manchester Shared Services, which have all now been disbanded. It will be at the heart of a wider partnership called Greater Manchester Inte- grated Care Partnership which involves all the differ- ent organisations that sup- port the health and social care of residents across the city region. These include NHS organisations, coun- cils, voluntary, commu- nity and social enterprise (VCSE) colleagues and other key partners. Dr Niruban Ratnarajah, the outgoing chair of Bolton CCG, said: “The GP practices and primary care networks across our borough will con- tinue to form the cornerstone of local health and care. “We have achieved a lot and we pledge to continue building on this work as we move into this exciting new phase.” New era for health and care Legion in call for volunteers Remembrance: Rivington is lit up with the British Legion’s poppy symbol