This week, Ramsbottom sits a town divided. The division has been caused by two topics close to residents hearts. There has been a hive of activity on the website this month related to two posts in particular. These both concen the future of The Grants Arms and the specific have all been around the plans for The Grants Arms.
If you’re unfamiliar with The Grants Arms, it’s a large building pretty central to Ramsbottom sitting on Market Place in Ramsbottom.
I talked in more detail back in episode 114 where the discussion of the proposal of turning the building from a pub/hotel into offices first came up. On that episode, even I was divided so it’s understandable how the town as a whole is feeling.
The activity around this on the site this week blew up since I posted an appeal from John Ireland
However, the second topic that has divided Ramsbottom this week is also related to this week’s not a competition quiz question.
The question is, in what year was the “Tilted Vase” sculpture by Edward Allington installed in Market Place? You’ll get the answer, a little bit later on in the show.
So, as I mentioned, The Tilted Vase has been the second topic that has the town divided. The reason being, there still seems to be a large number of residents who really, for want of a better word, can’t stand it.
Some on Facebook have even gone as far as to suggest that if you like it, you have to be from out of town. (anyone who hasn’t had at least seven generations born and bred in Ramsbottom could be classed as from Out of Town 😂)
6:00 – Ramsbottom United News: ⚽
On the day that this podcast episode is released, Ramsbottom United will be facing Yaxley in the second leg of our FA Trophy match. It’s most likely that you’ll already know the result, however, as I don’t have a time machine let’s work with what I have.
As you know if you listened to the podcast last week, Ramsbottom United have been on a good run of form lately. We’re sitting nicely in fourth place in the Evostick West Division table and have already played away to Yaxley in that dreadful fixture hours away from home.
This good run of results has brought up another fantastic stat from our very own Ramsbottom United regular Katie Worsick, also know as Little Katie (at least on Twitter, I’m not sure about anywhere else). The stat is that currently, Ramsbottom United have 10 matches unbeaten, 9 of which have been under new manager Chris Wilcock.
Back in 2013/2014 season, we had a run of 10 unbeaten games (2 being draws and 8 of which were wins). Currently we’re matching this, albeit 4 draws and 6 wins. As the match we are playing tonight (or have played if you listen to this after Tuesday) is a reply match, it cannot end in a draw. We will either win, or lose. Good luck lads.
THE FA TROPHY 18-19 – SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND – REPLAYS – 20:00
TUESDAY 20 NOVEMBER 2018
Ramsbottom United vs Yaxley
EVOSTIK LEAGUE WEST DIVISION
SATURDAY 24 NOVEMBER 2018 – 15:00
Droylsden vs Ramsbottom United
Droylsden are currently sixteenth in the league, and today they travel to Glossop North End for their FA Trophy match. I had a quick look on Google Maps and sadly, this isn’t quite the long journey we had to make last week as Glossops stadium is only eleven miles from Droylsden.
9:24 – Upcoming Events: 🗓️
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.
Just before I get to the shout outs, at the start of the show I asked you the #notacompetitionquizquestion which was “in what year was the “Tilted Vase” sculpture by Edward Allington installed in Market Place” Well, the answer was 1998, and this prompted some considerable social media interaction. I posted this little fact on the social media pages and there was considerable debate about it. Many of you have commented how the gardens were much nicer before, which in actual fact, they were pretty amazing.
Carole said: “Hate it. It is not in keeping with a lovely old town”
Angela says: “Everyone moaned at the time! (Probably me too!) but absolutely love it now!”
Celia says: “Still do not like it saw it put up not my cup of tea”
Jordan has gone so far as to state: “I must of put gallons upon gallons of fairy in that over the years!!”
Where do you stand on The Urn, if you’d like to have your say, you can get in touch here.
15:30 – Shout Outs: 📢
Thanks for the shout out. I coach @Rammy_Dev – along with @ChrisStandring1 @MattHorne1978 we need sponsors so any shout out by you would be great..we provide training twice a week & matchday for 16+ local lads https://t.co/U78TdEm80q https://t.co/HtVGL2Bvc9
— Warren Hemmingway (@warren7051) November 16, 2018
I gave a shout out last week on the podcast to Warren Hemmingway. He’s asked me to mention that along with Chris Standring and Matt Horne who all provide training twice a week as well as match days for a bunch of young local lads. They are currently looking for sponsors, if you might be able to provide this, please get in touch with them:
If you’re not yet following the social channels for This is Rammy, take a look and maybe you’ll hear your name mentioned next week.
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