Interview with Pat Duggan of The Doghouse Jazz Bar – Episode 91

In the past week I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to catch up with Pat Duggan and record an interview. I’ve been into the The Doghouse Jazz Bar a few times before but never really spoke to Pat much, you don’t tend to get much time for things like that on a night out, not when people are working anyway.

I booked a day off with work and headed down Kay Brow and turned into the industrial units through the tunnel and into the yard. When I approached Pat was already there mopping up, he looked up as I said “Hi Pat” and put down his mop. He looked genuinely pleased to see me, which considering it was actually his wife who had done most of the arranging of the interview was nice to see.

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Creator of This is Rammy, award winning podcaster and lover of all things Ramsbottom.

Since moving to Ramsbottom with his family Lee wanted to get involved in promoting the town; starting the website and podcast felt like a great way to do this.

International Motivational Speaker Richard Ferguson – Episode 89

If you’re just getting to the point of 2017 where your good intentions and New Year’s resolutions are starting to wane, then this week’s guest could be just the ticket to give you that boost you need.

Richard Ferguson is an international motivational speaker, as well as this he’s a management consultant working with some large familiar global businesses.

Richard certainly knows his stuff and since chatting with Richard I actually managed to release more content for the website and get some of those niggling tasks off my list.

I got back from this interview in very strong winds and unfortunately mine and my wife’s cars had both ran out of washer fluid. I had some trouble popping up the bonnet of my wife’s car, but I managed to get it done, sometimes you don’t quite know where the latch is, especially when it’s not your car.

So I was wrapped up with scarf in 3 degree temperatures and 20 mile an hour winds filling up my wife’s washer fluid after the interview, it was late,we both have work in the morning, but I got it done. So I lowered the bonnet, and it wouldn’t close. I pushed it, nothing. I lifted and dropped it, nothing. Nightmare. So now, I was stuck with a bonnet half open in very strong winds.

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Creator of This is Rammy, award winning podcaster and lover of all things Ramsbottom.

Since moving to Ramsbottom with his family Lee wanted to get involved in promoting the town; starting the website and podcast felt like a great way to do this.

Mellissa Brown of The Mouse Trap – Episode 88

Welcome to This is Rammy, I’ve got a fantastic interview this week with local restaurant owner Mellissa Brown of The Mouse Trap.

When we first moved to Ramsbottom me and my family had always stared in wonder at the ever increasing sign that was outside The Mouse Trap with the earliest dates available to book for their cheese and wine nights. One day, we thought, we’ll book and get on that list.

Then, a year or so later and a renovation happened, and the set massively future dates for bookings seemed to go away. This is when we learned that the new owner was Mellissa Brown, also known as “Gareth Seddons Girlfriend” but I wanted to get away from this image as The Mouse Trap is very firmly Mellissa’s business and her passion.

Over the course of the interview I came to realise that this isn’t “just a day job for Gavs girlfriend” but is firmly something that Mellissa loves to do. She is as enthusiastic about cheese as she is hosting. Which given she owns a cheese restaurant is very fitting.

Gary Neville visits The Mouse Trap

After the interview Mellissa let me in on a secret, that The Mouse Trap was going to be having a very special guest on Friday. That special guest being Gary Neville, ex Manchester United player and current football pundit. I promised Mellissa I’d keep schtum, despite the fact I wanted to tell the world.

I hope you enjoy this week’s interview episode of the podcast, I’ve got a few more coming up in the weeks to come.

 

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Creator of This is Rammy, award winning podcaster and lover of all things Ramsbottom.

Since moving to Ramsbottom with his family Lee wanted to get involved in promoting the town; starting the website and podcast felt like a great way to do this.

Ramsbottom Running Club with Rowan Ardill – Episode 84

So, since New Year have you got on your list of good intentions an action to get out more? Maybe it’s running? I know, I know, the weather hasn’t exactly been great with the snow recently, but hear me out.

On the podcast this week I speak to the fantastic Rowan Ardill of Ramsbottom Running Club which he started only a few months ago.

Since launching officially around the end of October 2016 the newest running club in Ramsbottom has grown from strength to strength. Starting with 25 people in that first week took Rowan by a pleasant surprise, however they now have over 60 paid members and Rowan is ecstatic with how it’s going.

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Rowan is well experienced with running and clubs being that he’s an Engagement Officer for ParkRun in Bolton where some of the members of Ramsbottom Running Club travel from, as well as this Rowan has a degree in Sports Development and Physical Activity so you really are in safe hands.

Ramsbottom Running Club is on course to be affiliated with England Athletics, if it’s not already.

 

 

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Creator of This is Rammy, award winning podcaster and lover of all things Ramsbottom.

Since moving to Ramsbottom with his family Lee wanted to get involved in promoting the town; starting the website and podcast felt like a great way to do this.

A look back at 2016 in Ramsbottom – Episode 83

A first for the podcast this year, and some people release a retrospective view on the previous year before the year is out, not me, with how unpredictable 2016 was I didn’t want to speak to soon and maybe miss aliens landing in St Paul’s gardens or something along those lines.

Now that it actually IS 2017 I’m pretty confident nothing big is going to sneak up on me for the previous year, unless that thing is the invention of time travel!

I’ve rounded up some of the noteable events throughout Ramsbottom in the past year, so buckle up, sit back and take a load off as I go through some things that happened in our small town of Ramsbottom.

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Ramsbottom continues massive cleanup operation after floods

Ramsbottom United Football Club in Ramsbottom during the floods on Boxing Day 2015. Photo courtesy of Stephen Heard on twitter (@Stephen_Heard)

2016 will for some be the year that many big celebrities died such as Prince, David Bowie and Alan Rickman. For residents of Ramsbottom it will be remembered for some of the worst flooding to hit the area in living memory. Although the flooding actually happened on boxing day 2015, Ramsbottom was still very much engaged in the clean up operation well into January and some even still to this day have not returned back to normality.

The flooding of the local area brought sadness and misery as well as bringing down The Waterside pub in Summerseat.

Rossendale Free Press – Valley floods one year on – could it happen again?

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Creator of This is Rammy, award winning podcaster and lover of all things Ramsbottom.

Since moving to Ramsbottom with his family Lee wanted to get involved in promoting the town; starting the website and podcast felt like a great way to do this.

Sweets and awards but no pies – Episode 77

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It’s my family’s two year anniversary of moving to Ramsbottom, and it’s been an eventful one so far. I’ve been to many festivals, our son learnt to walk and talk, we’ve got to meet some fantastic people, drink some fantastic drink and eat some fantastic food. I started this podcast and won an award for it (which I’m still surprised about to this day.)

So, I guess to sum up, thanks for welcoming us into your town.

Speaking of awards and fantastic food, did you see that both Levanter and The Eagle and Child picked up awards at this year’s Manchester Food and Drink awards?

Yes Glen Duckets Eagle and Child picked up Best Food Pub of the Year and Levanter came away with Neighbourhood Restaurant of the year. Two fantastic awards for two very well deserving places.

EagleandChildAwardsGlen might need to rethink where he’s going to keep all his awards though as they really are stacking up on his window sill.

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Creator of This is Rammy, award winning podcaster and lover of all things Ramsbottom.

Since moving to Ramsbottom with his family Lee wanted to get involved in promoting the town; starting the website and podcast felt like a great way to do this.