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2 April/May 2019 NEWS Follow us on facebook: yourlocalindependent Web: . | Phone: Karen Simpson 01706 368628 | Email: Our emphasis is on superb quality and customer satisfaction. Simpson Furniture provide top quality British & Italian suites, chairs & furniture - traditional, unique & contemporary! We also stock totally unique accessories that you won’t nd anywhere else! SHOWROOM: Church Place, Hartley Street, Heywood OL10 1LT Simpson Furniture Bury:Bury Market Hall, Murray Road, Bury BL9 0BJ F I N D E V E R Y T H I N G F O R Y O U R AT SIMPSONS FURNITURE Perfec Hom Just call in to see us at our showroom, we aremore than just a furniture store EDITOR: Mike Hulme E: PUBLICATION MANAGER: Jayne Meadowcroft E: ADVERT SALES: Barry Gallon E: T: 01204 478812 M: 07753 447397 CLASSIFIED SALES: E: T: 01204 478812 No part of this publication may be used or reproduced without the express permission of the publisher. Every effort is made to ensure that the articles and advertisements that are carried are authentic, however the publisher of the Your Local Independent accepts no responsibility for claims made. Investors in Publishing Ltd 2019. Your Local Independent is published monthly by Investors in Publishing. Publishing House, 3 Bridgebank Industrial Estate, Taylor Street, Horwich, Bolton BL6 7PD. Tel. 01204 478812 Fax. 01204 667345. LIBRARIES across Rochdale are ex- pecting a full house as literature lovers branch out to enjoy a new take on one of the nation’s favourite pastimes. Book bingo will challenge library users to dip into popular titles and mark their special bingo cards, with the chance of scooping cash prizes. Timeless calls like ‘garden gate’, key of the door’ and ‘clickety click’ will be tempo- rarily shelved and replaced with varieties like ‘re-read a book you love’ ‘made into a film’ and ‘includes magic’. Staff at the borough’s 17 libraries are hoping they will be getting plenty of knocks at the door fromreaders eager to be top of the shop. Players can pick and mix any book from five of 25 categories and, after completing a line, can shout ‘house!’ and enter a free regional prize drawwith a £200 first prize. The project is part of the work of Time To Read, a unique partnership of 22 li- brary authorities across the region, work- ing together to promote a love of reading. Copies of the bingo sheet and informa- tion forms are available in library branch- es across the borough. Bolton Museum bosses are keeping their fingers crossed for the results of a national award. The Bolton’s Egypt gallery, and partners Leach Studio, have been shortlisted in the Permanent Exhibition of the Year category at the ‘Muse- um + Heritage Awards’. The 17th annual ‘Mu- seums + Heritage Awards’ celebrate innovative and ground-breaking initiatives frommuseums, galleries and heritage visitor attractions across the UK and overseas. Museums large and small – from nationals to one-room volunteer-run museums, from iconic buildings and monuments to the great out- doors, are all celebrated. Bolton’s Egypt was de- signed by Leach Studio to highlight the town’s im- portant links to the world of pharaohs and pyramids in a family-friendly, interac- tive gallery. The new exhibition space features a full size reproduc- tion of the burial chamber of Thutmose III, which visitors walk through. It puts on show some of the 15,000 ancient Egyptian artefacts in Bolton’s Egyp- tology collection including the oldest sample of mum- mification in the world. Bolton’s Egyptology col- lection is one of the most significant ancient Egyptian collections in the UK. The Egypt Exploration Society donated numerous finds to the Chadwick Muse- um – the Victorian forerun- ner for Bolton Museum. Museum aims for national award BOLTON has been ranked among the best 40 local authority areas for household recycling, thanks to the efforts of local residents. Resource Magazine, the industry publication for the waste sector, has placed Bolton Council at number 36 out of 222 local councils in its annual roundup of recycling levels. Using data from 2017/18, the magazine has recognised the great efforts of Bolton residents in achieving a household recycling rate of 47%. This marks a significant increase from a rate of 39% before slim grey bins were first introduced in 2016. THE NEWS IN BRIEF Homes scheme becomes reality A PROMINENT derelict building and adjoining va- cant site in the centre of Rad- cliffe is planned to be brought back to life as apartments by early next year. A conditional agreement be- tween Bury Coun- cil and a North West developer has been entered into to deliver 10 affordable one-bed apartments at the former Radcliffe Times site. The new homes, whichwere granted planning permis- sion in August last year, will be owned by Bury Council on completion and will be made avail- able for affordable rent. The council is being supported with a grant from Homes England. The scheme sup- ports the council’s preference to build on ‘brownfield’ land first. It is also an- other important step in the regen- eration of Radcliffe. Earlier this year the council announced a £1m scheme to support the regeneration of the town with on-street improve- ments, a new CCTV scheme and action on traffic and parking. Rad- cliffe has also been selected for Great- er Manchester Mayor Andy Burn- ham’s Town Centre Challenge scheme. Council leader Rishi Shori said: “This scheme will have the dual ben- efit of giving us much-needed af- fordable housing in the area while utilising a promi- nent town centre brownfield site. I’m personally really happy to see this first step in bring- ing the Radcliffe Times building back into use, and can’t wait for the build to get going.” Chair of the Rad- cliffe Regeneration Task Group and Radcliffe North councillor Jamie Walker said: “See- ing this iconic building fall into near ruin over the past few years has been really hard for people locally, and it’s fair to say that it has been detrimental to the look and feel of the town. “So I’m absolute- ly delighted that not only will we be bringing it back to life with its origi- nal façade intact, but for affordable housing right in the very heart of Radcliffe. The derelict Radcliffe Times building EYES DOWN FOR BOOK BINGO