Harry delivers!

HELPING local businesses to grow has enabled an enthusiastic Chorley teenager – and honorary BB4B member – to grow a successful business of his own.

Eighteen months ago, 15 year old Harry Longworth took the plunge and set up Buckshaw Leaflet Distribution, offering a monthly service to local trades, services, shops and businesses. He now personally delivers around 20,000 leaflets or flyers to the 3000 plus homes on Buckshaw Village each month.

Harry explained: “When I was 13 I began delivering a local business magazine and came to realise there was a gap in the market. As ‘Buckshaw’ continues to grow and more businesses appear on the scene, there is a need for them to get their message ‘out there.’ I have made it my job to help them.

“I usually deliver batches of six leaflets or flyers to every home. It can be hard, physical work, particularly when the weather is bad, but it’s very rewarding in lots of ways. I’ve bought a new computer and I’m looking forward to buying my own moped when I’m 16. I also get lots of positive feedback, from customers and people I meet on the rounds.”

The enterprising entrepreneur is currently in Year 11 at St Michael’s High School, Chorley and gearing up for GCSE exams.

“I have to balance my business with my school demands but it’s going well. My ambition is to go to Runshaw College and take Business Studies amongst other subjects. I’d like to expand my leaflet business after College and I’m thinking about a local business magazine of my own, exclusively for Buckshaw Village.”

As his immediate catchment area continues grow with Buckshaw’s ongoing expansion, so the ever-ambitious teenager aims to develop his business in tandem.

Harry’s mum, Dawn Longworth, commented: “We are delighted with Harry’s achievements so far. The family helps when we can, but he is very focused on his business. My job is to ensure his other responsibilities don’t suffer.”#

As business is brisk both at school and work, Harry has little time for other interests, though he does have a passion for following Wigan Athletic football club.

Harry Longworth Buckshaw Leaflet Distribution

Pic: Harry Longworth

BB4B and charity begins at – Church!

BB4B’s very own Keith and Ruth Bradshaw joined fellow ‘Golden Oldies’ in a fundraising concert for Rosemere Cancer Foundation at St Andrews recently.

Just hours after the March BB4B breakfast meeting GO On Tour, led by artistic director and organiser Mandy Stableford, took over the stage and performed to a packed church. Comedy, song, dance and drama, along with civic dignitaries cheering for more, it’s all part of the fun of a Go On Tour charity show – and all in the best possible taste!

Local businesses – mostly the generous members of BB4B -donated a top array of prizes for a chocolate-themed raffle. The tempting display substantially boosted the fundraising. Hundreds of pounds have been raised and a Go On Tour Cheque will be formally presented to the Rosemere Cancer Foundation shortly.

A fast-moving, variety packed programme ranged from Music Hall, World Wars One and Two through power ballads and rock n roll to present day. There was even period drama with a nostalgic version of Keep the Home Fires Burning where the dancers were joined by ‘youngster’ Eddy O’Brien.

Michael ‘Snake Hips’ Berry and Edna Warbrick, the octogenarian ‘pocket rocket,’ wowed those present with powerful vocals. Ruth Bradshaw and Lorraine May also kept the church rocking with Sixties hits. The chorus line of plucky pensioners coasted through the widest repertoire, including Mama Mia, Copa Cabana and Blackpool Belle. MC Keith Bradshaw kept the whole show together with his unique comedy. He had the audience, especially the Mayor, in fits of laughter all afternoon.

The Mayor of South Ribble, Councillor Graham Walton and wife Karen led the cheers and applause at the finale, testimony to another St Andrews success.

He said: “It’s been a really great afternoon, we have thoroughly enjoyed your show – again. I won’t be Mayor for much longer but keep us informed of future events so we can support you.”

Amy Hilton, of Rosemere Cancer Foundation, said: “We are really grateful to everyone who contributed in any way, It was a fun event, Thank for choosing to support our charity.”

Go on Tour Rosemere St Andrews 2015

Photo: (L to R standing rear) Eddy O’Brien, Julie Turner, Karen Walton Mayoress of South Ribble, Lesley Hyde, Graham Walton Mayor, Sue Lightbown, Lorraine May, Michael Berry; (Centre) Rosalyn Walsh, Edna Warbrick, Gwen Tomlinson; (Front, kneeling) Mandy Stableford, Keith Bradshaw, Ruth Bradshaw

Chocolate Raffle

BB4B members have been contributing to a chocolate raffle in aid of the Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

The chocolate raffle will form part of the GO On Tour performance at St Andrews Church on Friday March 13 (2pm), with chocolate-related prizes to be won.

Also invoved are Victoria Cakes. providing interval refreshments and a GO On Tour chocolate cake for one lucky raffle winner.