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June 2019 23 NEWS www.yourindependent.co.uk Opening Times; Monday-Friday 8.30am - 5pm Saturday 10am - 4pm Download the Emmaus Bolton App WE SELL RECYCLED FURNITURE AND FURNISHINGS ALL AT VERY COMPETITIVE PRICES DERBY BARRACKS, FLETCHER STREET, BOLTON BL3 6NF www.emmaus-bolton.org.uk • info@emmausbolton.org.uk GARDEN CENTRE NOW OPEN...AND OUR CAFE! TO DONATE YOUR GOODS AND ARRANGE A FREE COLLECTION CALL 01204 398056 Come along for all your bedding plants and more. Hanging Baskets Available. We also make planters and garden furniture to order - come into store or call us for more information Visit our cafe for homemade soups, snacks & delicious cakes Exploring career options THERE was an atmosphere of ex- citement as Year 6 pupils from Bolton School’s Junior Girls’ and Junior Boys’ Schools came together for an afternoon focused on careers. All pupils had the opportunity to en- joy four sessions, the majority led by Bolton School alumni, in which they learned more about a range of occupa- tions and professions. Old Boy Ashish Chaudhry (Class of 1999) spoke about his job as a GP and more widely about working as a doctor and in medicine. Old Girl Samantha Williams (Class of 1995) is a Graphic Designer and Lecturer at Bolton University and was able to reveal what it is like to work in design. Old Boy Andy Walton (Class of 1987) is a recently retired police officer and talked about how the job has changed since he first started and what the po- lice force looks for in applicants today. The fourth session was run by Char- lotte Swindells and Aaron Saxton from UK Fast, who gave an insight into working in the tech sector and also into the wide variety of jobs available in one large company, frommarketing to sales to media and even including roles on the legal team. Churches team up to provide free debt help A GROUP of Bury churches is offering free help to local people after part- nering with a national debt counsel- ling charity. Bury Churches Together, which rep- resents 15 churches across the town, has joined forces with Christians Against Pov- erty (CAP) to help more than 30 people this year affected by debt. Representatives fromCAPaddressedat- tendees at a special launch event held this month. The meeting was informed that the service will offer support to people in Bury, Radcliffe, Whitefield and Prestwich. Gordon Clark, Bury CAP Debt Centre manager, said: “Debts can often build up when people experience a life crisis, such as a relationship breaking down, losing a job, ill health, or through bereavement – so often when people are least able to cope with a financial headache. “We hope over the next few years to help many local people and families, regardless of their age, gender, faith or background, to put their debt nightmares behind them and start a new life. That’s why we’re so excited to be opening a CAP debt centre here in Bury.” He added that every client has individual meetings with a friendly debt coach, and is offered support until they become debt free. Meanwhile CAP’s head office specialists negotiate with cred- itors, create a budget and provide further ongoing support. Nigel Thompson, from Bury Churches Together, said: “If you know things are out of control and you’re stressed, missing meals or sleep, please give CAP a call and let them help you get your life back on track.” The guest speakers at the Careers Carousel (left to right): former police officer Andy Walton, graphic designer Samantha Williams, GP Ashish Chaudhry and UKFast representatives Aaron Saxton and Charlotte Swindells Gordon Clark, Bury CAP Centre Manager (left), David Sutherland and Nigel Thompson, Bury Churches Together (right) A NEWSAGENTS which has been providing services for more than 30 years could be set to close. Planners have received an application from Y&S Newsagents, in St Helens Road, which, if approved, would allow the building’s owners to transform the site into a restaurant. A statement submitted alongside the application says the business is no longer “commercially viable” as a newsagents. THICKETFORD Road, between Tonge Moor Road and CromptonWay, will also be closed off peak from Monday to June 23 for resurfacing. FIRE crews rushed to a fire at an historic school house, believed to be set alight on purpose. Fire fighters were called to tackle a blaze in the derelict Old School House in Lea Gate, Bradshaw.The fire is believed to have been set on purpose, with youths being seen in the area just before Bolton North fire crew was called. THE NEWS IN BRIEF

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