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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.”


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.

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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

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