Windy Doris, Fallen Trees and the Banana Hook of tat – Episode 90

Welcome to This is Rammy, your weekly podcast for all things Ramsbottom.

This week in Ramsbottom we’ve had a bit of a breeze whip through of the name Storm Doris. Doris went on to remove many fence panel (shout out to Paul Jenkins) and some trees fell over too. As far as I’m aware nobody locally was seriously injured. There were some reports of minor injuries being sustained, (another shout out to Paul Jenkins), I even ended up getting involved with moving bits of a fallen tree.

What happened was on Thursday, I was just watching social media, well it was my on my day off and I noticed someone report that a tree had fallen down on The Rake. Right, I thought, time for some on the stop finger on the pulse journalism.

I left my house and started running up towards The Rake, before realising that was a stupid idea given I had to pick my son up in just ten minutes so I turned round and got my car.

Once at the bottom of The Rake, it wasn’t obvious where this tree was, I couldn’t see it from the bottom, so I decided to drive up and take a look. Right at the top was the tree, fallen from the

Coming up this week on the website I’ve got a few recipes from our fantastic local restaurants Pancake Day

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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.

Two easy ways to save money on East Lancs Railway – Episode 79

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It’s been a chilly week in Ramsbottom giving us a taste of what’s to come as we slowly slip out of Autumn and towards Winter. The Christmas trees on each business are lit on Bridge Street and everything on TV certainly has a very festive theme, even the John Lewis advert is out now. I’ve not seen it yet, something to do with a dog and a trampoline.

This week I managed to find time to visit the new coffee shop Drinc as well as take a wander up to Peel Tower and finally get myself a residents permit for the railway.

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Drinc, which is situated in the old Barclays Bank building at the bottom of Bridge Street is situated in close proximity to the train station as well as being two doors down from long time Ramsbottom Coffee Shop Cultured Bean.

I popped in on my day off to check it out, now I will provide a review on the website soon but on the podcast I provide a sample of the ambience of Drinc.

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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.

Questions raised over the quality of Bridge Street repairs? – Episode 75

Questions raised over the quality of Bridge Street repairs? - Episode 75

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Bury Times reports that Councillor Hodgkinson spoke up at a recent council meeting with regards to the condition of Bridge Street.

Speaking for Ramsbottom, Councillor Robert Hodgkinson raised the subject of the double yellow lines on Bridge Street since recent repairs:

The recent work carried out at the top of Bridge Street included reinstating the missing yellow lines. It was not done in accordance with our conservation policy.

We now have a patchwork of missing, worn, bright, yellow, wide and narrow lines.

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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.

Pedestrianisation of Bridge Street – Episode 72

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Welcome to another episode of This is Rammy, the podcast for Ramsbottom, it’s events and more importantly it’s people. Glad you could join me once more. This week I’m talking about the discussions that have popped up regaring Bridge Street since it’s recent closure for emergency repairs to the gas pipes. Could Pedestrianisation of Bridge Street work?

After several weeks, Bridge Street has reopened, but did this bring with it cheers of glee and dancing in the street? Not exactly, far more references to the poor workmanship based on the patching up of the surface. The tarmac was apparently going to be resurfaced but it would seem that either they forgot or ran out of time or money or both.

I can sympathise though, as you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t. There were even some people who were calling for Bridge Street to be pedestrianised.

What do you think of the potential pedestrianisation of Bridge Street?
Would you like to see this happen?
Could it even work?

I want to start the conversation, and not just shouting back and forth about why it’s a great idea or why it’s a terrible idea, lets have some good honest debate as you’re the best one to voice it.

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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.

Pokemon Go takes over Ramsbottom – Episode 68

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You might be out enjoying Northern Grip festival today, but you would have had to have been living under a rock to have not heard the words Pokemon and Go uttered together in the past few weeks. The game has not only taken the world by storm, it’s also taken Ramsbottom by storm. How do I know this? Well, I was out in Ramsbottom *cough* researching Pokemon Go when I came across a group of lads playing it, then I turned the corner, and what seemed to be the whole of the smoking corner from the Grey Mare were playing.

I did have a fairly scary encounter, I was heading towards St Andrews Church, which if you’re not aware is a Pokemon Gym (essentially a place where you can take control of it for your team). It was dark, and I was alone. I rounded the corner to be met by around 6 glowing lights all heading towards me. No, it wasn’t a supernatural encounter, it turned out, I wasn’t the only one headed to St Andrew’s Church that night to play Pokemon Go.

Slightly changed image. Still Pokemon Go players from last night.

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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.