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2 July 2019 NEWS Follow us on facebook: yourlocalindependent EDITOR: Mike Hulme E: PUBLICATION MANAGER: Jayne Meadowcroft E: ADVERT SALES: Barry Gallon E: T: 01204 478812 M: 07753 447397 CLASSIFIED SALES: Teresa Bond 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. 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A campaign has been launched to save The Lord Clive in White- field after its landlady was given just four weeks to find a new job – as well as a home for her and four young children. JW Lees is understood to have agreed a sale with a Greater Manchester-based housing com- pany for the pub, which is on the Hillock estate. Leanne Doherty, who has run The Lord Clive for the last two and a half years, said she was aware it had been up for sale for some time, but had been led to believe that the new owner want- ed it to remain open as a pub. That was until someone turned up to board up the windows. “I didn’t know anything about it. I rang up and was told there were giving me four weeks’ notice – they said a letter had been sent but it hadn’t, it was delivered in person the following Monday.” A spokesman for the brewery blamed ‘difficult trading condi- tions’ on the decision to sell. But both Leanne and custom- ers say it was the lack of prom- ised investment that caused the drop in footfall. “JW Lees didn’t want to put any money into it,” the landla- dy added. “They promised theywould, but there was never any investment. “It got to the point where cus- tomers were even contacting the brewery directly asking them to do up the toilets and things. “We don’t get passing trade be- ing in the middle of a housing es- tate, but with a bit of investment – if people knew we were there and it didn’t look as rough as it does on the outside – then we would have people coming in.” The Lord Clive is described by locals as the hub of the commu- nity, with many devastated by the prospect of its closure. “It is a huge shame,” Le- anne added. “It’s the only pub on the estate and people have been coming here for years. “We hold free parties for children and the elderly, host christenings, weddings, foot- ball presentations. “We had a charity night planned for Bury Hospice in August, that’s going to have to be cancelled so the hospice will miss out.” More than 350 people have now signed a petition calling for the pub to remain open, and the community given their say. A spokesperson for JW Lees, said: “It is with great regret that due to difficult trading con- ditions and the long-term de- cline of the business at the Lord Clive, we have decided to sell the property.” Community Kitchen hands out quilts to town’s most vulnerable New vision for the future championed by local MP VOLUNTEERS are helping to spread the warmth by handing out hundreds of quilts to the town’s most vulnerable residents. Bolton Com- munity Kitchen received the donation of 600 duvets in May and have so far handed out almost half to some of the borough’s most needy. The group’s chairman, Gareth Bradbury, said: “The response has been fantastic, people have been thrilled to receive them. “It is concerning that we have to do this because so many people are struggling, but we are all part of the same community.” The group received the quilts from Middle- ton-based firm Comfy Quilts, and say they were “blown away” by the donation. “We wanted to spread the warmth,” said Mr Bradbury. “It is the commu- nity that gives, we are only the middle man in this.” Bolton Commu- nity Kitchen have been helped in handing out the quilts by organ- isations such as Bolton NICE, Age UK, Emmaus, Endeavour and Fortalice. Volunteers have also been visit- ing the homes of elderly people in Farnworth and handing quilts out to them in prepara- tion for autumn and winter. Bolton Commu- nity Kitchen is a voluntary organisa- tion that provides food, clothing and support for the homeless and vulnerable around the borough. They serve hot meals and drinks every Tuesday evening from 6pm- 8.30pm at Bolton Rugby Club, as well as every Friday afternoon on Brad- shawgate. Food is donated to them by supermarkets, including Tesco and Morrisons, as well as local restaurants. Earlier this year, Mr Bradbury was rewarded for his work with the group by being present- ed the citizen star award at Bolton at Home’s annual Stars of the Com- munity Awards. Bolton Community Kitchen hand out quilts to Bolton Destitution Project BOLTON Council’s bid for access to a multi-million pound government fund- ing pot to regenerate Bolton’s town centres has been supported in Parlia- ment by MP Chris Green. The bid seeks £1.65million of govern- ment investment from the Future High Street Fund, which will support the cre- ation of retail and leisure facilities for local people to enjoy, a town bike scheme and a traffic model to improve transport links across the borough. During Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr Green praised the new local Conser- vative leadership’s vision for the future of the borough. Mr Green asked: “Mr Speaker, difficult times often call for new leadership and a new vision. “Therefore, will my Right Honourable Friend join me in support of Cllr David Greenhalgh’s vision for a regeneration of Bolton, his bids for the Future High Street Fund and the recovery of Bolton after 40 years of Labour misrule?” Speaking about the Future High Street Fund bid, Cllr David Greenhalgh, leader of Bolton Council said: “We have listened to local people and want to deliver the changes that people across the borough have long been waiting to see and I believe that our Future High Street Fund bid will bring us one step clos- er to regenerating our town centres for ev- eryone in Bolton to enjoy.” Fighting spirit! More than 350 people have signed a petition to save the pub