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NICOLA MILLER: Whisper it gently: we’re on the way up

NICOLA MILLER: Whisper it gently: we’re on the way up

NICOLA MILLER: Whisper it gently: we’re on the way up

11 January 2015

When I left London, kicking and screaming all the way with the words of Samuel Johnson ringing in my ears, I was initially bedevilled by every cliche and lazy assumption about the countryside – boring; where you retire to; insular and culturally narrow; full of late adopters, etc. etc.


SWT LACKFORD LAKES: Mild weather meant reserve saw some real success stories in 2014

SWT LACKFORD LAKES: Mild weather meant reserve saw some real success stories in 2014

SWT LACKFORD LAKES: Mild weather meant reserve saw some real success stories in 2014

11 January 2015

2014 was a great year for wildlife at Lackford. Starting with our smaller birds, 2014 proved to be an amazing breeding season for most with one of the best breeding seasons for many a year.


SOCIAL MEDIA: Staying on the straight and narrow

SOCIAL MEDIA: Staying on the straight and narrow

SOCIAL MEDIA: Staying on the straight and narrow

10 January 2015

You’ve probably seen a lot about New Year resolutions already, but it is a great time to take a fresh look at what you’re doing with social media in your business. Or the perfect time to get going if you haven’t started already.


EDITOR’S COMMENT: 160 years and counting, here is the news . . .

EDITOR’S COMMENT: 160 years and counting, here is the news . . .

EDITOR’S COMMENT: 160 years and counting, here is the news . . .

09 January 2015

“The Bury Free Press will be open to communications from all parties. We invite assistance and suggestions from every class. We shall not afford space to gratify personal resentment or disappointed spleen.”


DAVE GOODERHAM: Resolutions? The same as last year

DAVE GOODERHAM: Resolutions? The same as last year

DAVE GOODERHAM: Resolutions? The same as last year

04 January 2015

If Christmas is the loveliest time of the year, what follows next is more a feeling of trepidation and concern.


GRAHAM TURNER: Unstuck, by a sticky tape dispenser

GRAHAM TURNER: Unstuck, by a sticky tape dispenser

GRAHAM TURNER: Unstuck, by a sticky tape dispenser

04 January 2015

When our children were young, we often found that carefully chosen Christmas gifts were more or less discarded by Boxing Day – in favour of the packaging they came in.


NIKOS SAVVAS: Everyone needs some nurturing

NIKOS SAVVAS: Everyone needs some nurturing

NIKOS SAVVAS: Everyone needs some nurturing

04 January 2015

I have been a teacher for more years than I care to count so there is very little that fazes me. When I was asked though to write this newspaper column I felt terrified.


YOUTH VIEW: Controversy awakens interest of young people

YOUTH VIEW: Controversy awakens interest of young people

YOUTH VIEW: Controversy awakens interest of young people

02 January 2015

If you were to make a list of the top discussion topics of my friends, politics might not be on it. Young people in the UK have a reputation – probably deserved – for not caring about what happens in the Westminster bubble. 18-24 aged turnout at the 2010 election was just 44% - the lowest of any age bracket.


EDITOR’S COMMENT: 2015 dawns with a blank canvas

EDITOR’S COMMENT: 2015 dawns with a blank canvas

EDITOR’S COMMENT: 2015 dawns with a blank canvas

02 January 2015

It happens every year - commentators urging us to clean up our collective act when a new year dawns as if the past one has been such a miserable failure.


CAMILLE BERRIMAN: Brain in gear, it’s Quiz-mas time

CAMILLE BERRIMAN: Brain in gear, it’s Quiz-mas time

CAMILLE BERRIMAN: Brain in gear, it’s Quiz-mas time

28 December 2014

Another festive season is here and we are all no doubt just a little older, wiser, poorer and fatter than we were a month ago.


SOCIAL MEDIA: What is success on social media?

SOCIAL MEDIA: What is success on social media?

SOCIAL MEDIA: What is success on social media?

28 December 2014

Everyone says you should be on social media and it can be an important element in any marketing plan. However, it may not be right for everyone and other marketing tools may be more effective.


BTO: Our festive bird is not always nice

BTO: Our festive bird is not always nice

BTO: Our festive bird is not always nice

28 December 2014

Thanks to some clever marketing by the Post Office, the robin remains very much the bird of the festive season.


KAREN CANNARD: Let’s get to grips with food waste

KAREN CANNARD: Let’s get to grips with food waste

KAREN CANNARD: Let’s get to grips with food waste

27 December 2014

As we nibble through the Christmas leftovers and mince pies, The Rubbish Diet social enterprise is now getting prepared for the New Year celebrations, launching its biggest national campaign yet.


YOUTH VIEW: A more modern lesson from the Holy Land

YOUTH VIEW: A more modern lesson from the Holy Land

YOUTH VIEW: A more modern lesson from the Holy Land

21 December 2014

It’s that time of year again. We’re often told that in an age of presents, parties and pigs-in-blankets, it can be all too easy to forget the ‘real’ message of Christmas. The Christmas which is founded on the story of the nativity – on the birth of humanity’s saviour on Earth – is a time when we preach tolerance and peace. It’s not about the insular family occasion which dominates the Western view of the 25th December.


TIM PASSMORE: Christmas is a time to think of others

TIM PASSMORE: Christmas is a time to think of others

TIM PASSMORE: Christmas is a time to think of others

21 December 2014

Last week I collected our Christmas tree, so I now feel very festive It’s lovely to come downstairs to make the morning tea and be greeted by the fresh pine scent of the tree; it really does set me up for the day.


GEOFF BARTON: Hope of Christmas needs to shine a bit brighter

GEOFF BARTON: Hope of Christmas needs to shine a bit brighter

GEOFF BARTON: Hope of Christmas needs to shine a bit brighter

21 December 2014

Perhaps the Christmases of our childhood always seem brighter, shinier and more tinsel-strewn than in reality they could ever have been.


DAVE GOODERHAM: A Christmas full of traditions

DAVE GOODERHAM: A Christmas full of traditions

DAVE GOODERHAM: A Christmas full of traditions

21 December 2014

I love Christmas, always have and always will. This love affair all started, as it always should, thanks to the festive attitude of my parents. Small things they did for me and my four brothers have stayed with me and been adopted by me, now writing this as a father-of-two.


MATTHEW HANCOCK: It’s been a good year, here’s to 2015

MATTHEW HANCOCK: It’s been a good year, here’s to 2015

MATTHEW HANCOCK: It’s been a good year, here’s to 2015

21 December 2014

With less than a week to go, I wanted to wish all the Bury Free Press readers a very happy Christmas.


SWT: As darkness falls, wildlife can still be heard and seen

SWT: As darkness falls, wildlife can still be heard and seen

SWT: As darkness falls, wildlife can still be heard and seen

20 December 2014

Now the nights have drawn in and darkness falls within the waking hours of young children, a new experience beckons.


EDITOR’S COMMENT: Impact of dualled A11 will be massive

EDITOR’S COMMENT: Impact of dualled A11 will be massive

EDITOR’S COMMENT: Impact of dualled A11 will be massive

19 December 2014

When I joined the Bury Free Press in 2000, there was talk of the A11 being dualled. It was about time, I remember thinking back then. After all, it had been 30 years in the pipeline.


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