Published: Monday, 22nd Jun 2020

Update on Bolton Council’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

COVID keep rate down

Armed Forces honoured in Bolton

Bolton will be honouring our Armed Forces this year despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The Mayor of Bolton, Cllr Linda Thomas, laid a wreath on the war memorial in Victoria Square to mark Armed Forces Week. The council’s Armed Forces champion Cllr Andy Morgan, Chief Executive Tony Oakman and Cllr Martin Donaghy also attended to pay their respects.

The Armed Forces flag is being flown and Bolton Town Hall will be lit red, white and blue all week. Please send your photos and videos saluting our Armed Forces (#saluteourforces) to

Do you have any military ancestors in your family? Bolton History Centre needs your help to gather information about military life for Bolton’s virtual war memorial – please email  

Bolton faith leaders’ statement following terrorist attack in Reading

Bolton's faith leaders have joined others across the country in expressions of condolence and condemnation of terrorism following the stabbings in Reading in which three people died. 

Canon Chris Bracegirdle, chair of the Bolton Faith Leaders Forum said: “We are extremely saddened by this news which does not reflect the high level of respect and friendship that exists between faith communities in many places - and certainly here in Bolton. 

“We unreservedly endorse the statement issued by the UK Inter Faith Network”.

Return library books

You can now return books to the following libraries: Breightmet, Central, Farnworth, Harwood, Horwich and Westhoughton between 10am and 4pm (Monday to Friday). Libraries remain closed but there will be a beige container outside the buildings for your books.

All fines have been removed for the period of time libraries have been closed and will continue to be until further notice.

You can still access eBooks, eAudio books and eMagazines and the Home Library Service will continue to deliver books.

Test and Trace scams warning

People are being advised to be on the lookout for possible scams related to the Test and Trace service.

Those working for the official Test and Trace scheme will never ask you for any payment information, passwords or pins, ask you to buy a product or call a premium rate number.

Greater Manchester Police has issued advice on how to spot Test and Trace scams and Which has some useful information on how to tell if a contract tracing message is real or a scam.

Local grandfather’s sight saved thanks to urgent care from Specsavers

A bedbound grandfather from Harwood, Bolton, has had his sight saved from his bedroom during lockdown, thanks to the Specsavers Home Visits team in Bolton. Read the full story on the Crompton Place website.

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