It’s coming up to the May bank holiday this weekend and one of the regular events on the Ramsbottom calendar around this time is the 1940s weekend, or war weekend as it was previously known but for obvious reasons this name fell out of fashion.
Jackie Griffith’s and daughter Isabel are two people who haven’t sat around waiting for things to get fixed, they’ve had intention, direction, a purpose and have got s*&t done!
After retiring early to look after her parents, Jackie found that she had some spare time, and with her daughter Isabel, who had recently returned from a thought provoking trip to Madagascar, felt starting regular events to tidy up around Ramsbottom will be a great use of their time.
When Sarah first discovered Total Immersion Swimming she realised that this way of swimming was so groundbreaking that she wanted to become a teacher.
Sarah’s commitment to making swimming enjoyable and accessible to all helped her gain recognition as the I Will If You Will Bury Sporting Female Of The Year for 2015.
Sarah is a Level 2 Total Immersion coach and a level 2 swimming teacher who is passionate about making the pleasure and benefits of Total Immersion swimming available to all regardless of age, background, aspiration or fitness levels.
This podcast interview was conducted inside the Swimmingly Pool area and despite the fact it was a December day it was really cosy and relaxing, a great environment to learn to swim.
Not a week goes by in Ramsbottom without something amazing to talk about, this week we had the fantastic Rammy Rocks Festival held in Nuttall Park in aid of various charities. I’ve mentioned Rammy Rocks before, the last episode in fact where they were hosting a stall at the Chocolate Festival to get everyone involved.
The first Rammy Rocks Festival event was held on the 31st of March 2018 in Nuttall Park. My family and I wandered down at around half past 10, the event having started at 10 was already getting busy.
To give you some background on the whole Rammy Rocks thing, if you’ve not heard of it. The whole premise behind this group and many others online are to get children to do craft and get outdoors. That’s what they call in the trade as a one two punch. Not only are you getting them away from the screens to do some crafting, but in order to realise the full potential of that craft they have to get outside and hide it, and also look for others who have done the same too.
The steps from the Facebook group state:
– find some stones
– paint them however you like (acrylic paint works best)
– varnish them – (stops the paint from running)
– put f/b Rammyrocks on the back so people know where to post their finds
– helpful if you post where you’ve hidden them but you don’t have to
– if you find one – please post so people know
– either keep it or re-hide
– join in and paint some of your own
You don’t have to be artistic – paint anything you want – it’s not about who does the best but about taking part and letting the kids have fun (as well as us adults – it’s addictive!)
This weekend it’s been the return of one of the most successful events that is on the Ramsbottom calendar. That event is the Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival. This year we’ve seen potentially a record turnout of people with the streets heaving with people all eagre to buy chocolate of various shapes and sizes.
Whilst chatting to Little Blonde Bakes and asking about their dwindling stock the stall owner mentioned that her daughter was back baking more right that minute. I know they are due back on Sunday with lots more stock. Whilst I’m talking about them, if you’ve not heard of Little Blonde Bakes, they’re local and make some lovely looking cakes and bakes. Check out their Instagram page.