RAMSBOTTOM ROTARY CLUB
THE Rotary Annual Cookery Competition held at Woodhey High School broke all records recently.
Young Chef is a National Cookery Competition run by Rotary. Ramsbottom Rotary has run its competition for about five years now and it started with less than 20 pupils.
The final cook off on Wednesday, October 11 saw the completion of 120 pupils taking part over a series of heats.
The pupils were from Year 9 and 10.
Claire Gallie, head of Food Technology was delighted that so many pupils took part. The competition attracts more pupils every year.
The national winner of the competition will win a week in Italy for themselves and their parents, hosted by famous olive oil company Filippo Berio.
Our two finalists to go on to the next stage of the contest are Amelia Tweddle and James Hilton.
The judges, Rotarian Trevor Hoyle and Chris Haddock, had a special addition to the team in Rebecca Wilkinson.
Rebecca took first place at Woodhey last year, then first place at the District Heat in Rochdale, then took first place at the Regional Heat and went on to take fourth place in the National Finals in Lincoln.
Her Smoked Haddock Soufflé was described by the judges as ‘perfection’.
The competition is run by Rotarian Keith Crane, chair of vocation, who said: “I am over the moon with the numbers participating. The quality of the food produced is quite incredible for youngsters of that age.”
ROSSENDALE PROBUS CLUB
KARL Mather, owner of the Mather Art Gallery in Rawtenstall, spoke to members about his experiences as a mountain guide in the South Tyrol region of the Dolomite mountains in northern Italy.
Karl is a fully qualified international mountain leader. For 14 weeks in summer and several in winter he led groups of 15 people on walking expeditions through the mountains.
Some walks were mainly based in the valleys with occasional climbs to the higher mountain huts.
Other walks followed higher mountain routes up to 3,000 metres where the wearing of snow shoes was essential.
In winter, walking across large frozen lakes covered in snow was one of the many challenges he faced with groups.
Karl illustrated his talk with many photos showing spectacular mountain scenery.
Members were surprised to hear that there was considerable evidence of First World War fighting in the landscape.
Some mountain peaks became fortresses during the war, controlling the surrounding lower land.
On the surface of the mountain, trenches hewn out of solid stone can still be seen together with bits of rusty barbed wire.
Below ground level tunnels that used to house troops can be discovered.
Tourism is the main source of income in the region and Karl’s ability as a mountain guide earned him the respect of the local population.
The next meeting to be held in the Masonic Hall, Ash day Lea, in Rawtenstall will be on Wednesday, November 8 when Spellbound Films will be returning.
The meeting will start at 10.30am with coffee/tea available from 10am.
Further information and programme can be found on our website - www.askrossendale.co.uk/sites/rossendaleprobus-club
RAMSBOTTOM HERITAGE SOCIETY
CHRISTMAS social tickets are now on sale for Wednesday, December 13 in the Holcombe Room, Ramsbottom Civic Hall – £6 includes a meal from Be Delicious catering.
Contact via the website if you want to come or buy tickets at the November meeting.
The Ramsbottom Heritage Society will be represented at the ‘Ramsbottom Tottington and North Manor Neighbourhood Engagement’ event on Monday, November 20, 5pm to 7pm at Ramsbottom Cricket Club. After refreshments, the illustrated talk was by Kate Slingsby, the previous chair of the society, about Market Place through the ages.
Before 1783 Ramsbottom wasn’t on the map and the main road was through Holcombe and down Carr Street, Bridge Street, Crow Lane and on to Edenfield.
Reverend William Hume Elliott in his book ‘The Country and Church of the Cheeryble Brothers’ from which the Heritage Society have produced an extract in the booklet ‘19th Century Ramsbottom’, spoke in detail about Ramsbottom in the 1800s.
Kate showed a representation of an old map showing the buildings known as Old Ground, which was in the square cornered by Bridge Street and Bolton Street.
The Grants bought all the buildings and built their own Calico mill where TNT is now.
The only buildings left are on Silver Street and Scotch Row.
The Wesleyan chapel was built in 1825 and the building that now houses the music shop on the corner of Bolton Street and Carr Street existed then. It used to be two pubs, the Commercial Inn at the front and New Market Inn which is now the Chocolate Cafe.
On the other side, the building which is now Althams travel shop existed in 1825 and had been a chemists for many years. The Grant Arms was built in 1828. The block next to the church which had Ramsons for many years was built in 1829.
In 1840 the corner shops which are now Lolos and the dentist were built and in 1842 there was a bowling green, which is now a community asset.
In 1850 no 7 and 9 Market Place were built, which is now the chemists and Mrs P ice cream shop.
This used to be a boarding school, and then the offices of the Ramsbottom Observer.
Kate showed an old photo from the Around Ramsbottom book.
Market Chambers were built in the 1850s and in 1874, the Wesleyan chapel was rebuilt, which is now Adderstone Mansions.
The building which now holds the Civic Hall was built in 1896.
As Kate was describing each building, the audience participated by remembering who had been occupants in the past. Market place itself was turned into two levels in 1952 and had the shelter built, which was known locally as ‘The Castle’. The top was removed later and now the area is dominated by the Tilted Vase which was installed in 1998.
Most of the buildings are Grade 2 listed, as the previous local history society found for this in 1977.
Tony Mosedale thanked Kate for her most interesting talk.
The Heritage Gallery is open on Sunday, November 12 from noon to 3pm, staffed by members of the society.
The next meeting is on Wednesday, November 15 at 7.30pm in Ramsbottom Civic Hall, when the talk will be by David Joy called ‘Liverpool Cow keepers - A Family History’, which tells the story of the Pennine Dales farmers who, in the mid-1800s, rode the wave of the Industrial Revolution and relocated to Liverpool, keeping cows in their backyards to sell fresh milk to the city’s growing population until the 1960s.
Entrance is £2 which includes refreshments.
Keith Crane and Claire Gallie, head of food at Woodhey High school, with competition winners Amelia Tweddle and James Hilton