Welcome to another episode of the podcast, last weekend it was Bonfire Night and in last weeks episode I listed several places over the weekend. Me and my son were able to get to the Cricket Club for the display which was cracking, another fantastic event on our local calendar. My son was very tired towards the end, so we left shortly after the fireworks had finished. I hope you managed to get to a display if you were planning on doing so.
New Tea Shop Opens in Holcombe
Another week and another new place to visit. This time in Holcombe, just opposite Hoysters Bar situated in Holcombe Mews. The building has previously been a bridal shop and most recently a children’s footwear shop.
The new tea shop is called Hollands at Holcombe and is being set up by Mother and Daughter team Ann and Shelley Holland’s. They are promising to offer a “Teastro” service (coming from a combination of Tearoom and Bistro) serving home cooked breakfasts, lunches, afternoon teas and homemade cakes.
I know me and the family will no doubt be nipping down the road to give it a try. I’m lucky I don’t generally put weight on otherwise since moving to Ramsbottom I’d be in real trouble with all these food venues opening.
Re-emergence of Country Club planning application
Only recently I’ve been talking about the planning application submission for The Grants Arms in Ramsbottom. It seems they’re a bit like buses in that no sooner than one application arrives, than another is close behind it. This time it’s another attempt at creating a Country Club in the Nuttall Lane/Whittingham Drive area of Ramsbottom. Bury Times have reported that the planning application includes leisure facilities, a restaurant and bar, three function rooms and car parking.
The developer had submitted similar proposals for the site last year, but were withdrawn months later after receiving over 500 objections. There are good points and bad points for this, the most obvious good points being that it’s more business for Ramsbottom with more jobs for local people. The bad news is that this area is already heavily congested with traffic due to the single access road of Nuttall Lane. You can comment on the project on the Bury Council Planning site where the application is listed under reference 64433.
Mary Bell Flying high at 100
Now for some lighter news, local Resident Mary Bell of Lavender Hills Residential Home decided that when she turned 100, she wouldn’t just sit around and watch the leaves fall out of her windows, no no, she had set her sights much more adventurous. Mary did apparently want to do a parachute jump, but that wasn’t possible, but she was able to fly over Ramsbottom in a light aircraft including taking control herself at one point. Hits Radio Manchester have a video of the action in their tweet here:
WATCH 🎥 Mary’s 100 and what better way to celebrate than flying a plane?! She took off in #Eccles and flew to #Ramsbottom to wave at the other residents at her care home @millennium_uk @lavender_hills pic.twitter.com/0yz7ZtPl7O
— Hits Manchester News (@hitsmcrnews) November 1, 2018
Ramsbottom United News:
I don’t know about you, but I’m really loving this rejuvenated Ramsbottom United team under new manager Chris Willcock.
Ramsbottom have now won 5 games in a row under the new manager. Despite losing 6 players we’ve actually signed around 9 new players who are already making an impact at Rammy. You may remember that I mentioned last episode of the podcast the large number of players who left, I’ve since been told this is pretty standard when a new manager comes in. No players at Ramsbottom are under contract, so they are free to come and go as they like. Something I didn’t know at the time.
Although this week’s podcast is a little later than usual, I’m quite pleased as I’ve got even better news with regards to Ramsbottom than I would normally have. Off the back of our recent 3-0 win at Skelmersdale United (where incidentally we had a great turnout for travelling fans), as I record this, tonight we beat Prescot Cables 4-0 in the league to leapfrog them and a few others to sit nicely in 4th place in the league.
Not only that, but with tonight’s win, that means we’ve scored a whopping 12 goals in the last 4 games whilst conceding none. That’s worth shouting about alone.
TWe were due to play Yaxley or Wisbech in the FA Trophy Second Qualifying Round this Saturday the 10th of November, however a draw tonight means we’ll be playing the winner of that replay match the following Tuesday the 13th.
Originally, Yaxley were due to play Kidsgrove the other week in the First Qualifying Round but the game was postponed as Kidsgrove were found to have played an ineligible player in the previous round v Wisbech (Kidsgrove won that match). It was then decided by the FA that Kidsgrove were disqualified and Wisbech should play Yaxley instead. This isn’t good news as it means a long trip for our players and fans on a Tuesday, this trip would have been much better on the Saturday.
Before I move on though, ne more little fact, we’re just one win short from our best ever winning streak which was a run back in Nov/Dec 2014 where we had a 6 game winning streak under previous managers Johnson and Morley (the most successful managers in our history). Thanks to Ramsbottom United’s Little Katie for, well for pretty much all of the above really. You’re a star!
If you want to check out what events are coming up in and around Ramsbottom take a look at the events page, here are some upcoming events from that list:
Check out the full events calendar for many upcoming Ramsbottom events, but here are some other great sources too:
If YOU have an event you would like to be included in a future podcast episode, get in touch.
This week, I’d like to do something slightly different and thank AlyScott on Twitter for the fantastic review of the podcast, Aly says:
“It’s great to be able to catch up on all the local happenings in Ramsbottom that I miss, super podcast keep up the good work Lee”
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