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Council Prepares To Help Heywood Folk With Welfare Reforms

January 25, 2013
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With big changes to benefits on the way that could affect one in six people in the UK, Rochdale Council are preparing to help Heywood residents get to grips with new Welfare Reforms that come in on April 1. Thousands of people in the borough are likely to be affected by changes to the system which will see differences in how benefits are claimed, what they are called and who’s eligible. Heywood councillor and council leader Colin Lambert said the priority is to protect the most vulnerable residents: “We have a duty to make these changes as the law requires…

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Don’t Ignore Cervical Screening Tests

January 24, 2013
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Don’t Ignore Cervical Screening Tests

Nearly a quarter of women in Heywood and Rochdale are risking cervical cancer by ignoring regular cervical screening tests. Health chiefs at NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale are urging women to have cervical screening after more than 1800 women snubbed invitations last year. Women in England and Wales between 25 and 64-years-old are invited to cervical screening (also known as smear tests) every three to five years. With Cervical Cancer Prevention Week currently running from January 21, women are being reminded that every day nine women are diagnosed and three women die of cervical cancer in the UK. Dr Helen…

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Heywood Folk Safer Than Ever On The Buses

January 23, 2013
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Heywood Folk Safer Than Ever On The Buses

Bus travel is becoming increasingly safer for Heywood folk. Statistics released by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) show that incidents of crime and antisocial behaviour on the bus network have dropped by almost 17% over the past three years – with a 10% fall in the past year alone. TfGM, which runs 21 bus stations in the region, has spearheaded the Crime Reduction on Public Transport (CROPT) initiative alongside Greater Manchester Police and bus operators. Between December 2009 and November 2010, there were 7,389 incidents reported on bus services and at bus stations. Between December 2010 and November 2011, there…

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Ease The Stress – Through NHS Football Therapy

January 23, 2013
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Ease The Stress – Through NHS Football Therapy

Suffering from depression or anxiety? Now Heywood folk can combat their stresses through football thanks to NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale ‘It’s A Goal’ scheme. Funded by NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale, ‘It’s A Goal’, is a free 11-week course at Rochdale FC which has helped more than 50 people in the past two years. Bobby Greenwood, It’s A Goal Coach, explained: “We help local men struggling with low confidence, poor self-esteem, anxiety and depression get their lives back on track by using football. It engages those who struggle with traditional therapies and clinical settings – and it works! “I’ve…

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The Newmarket Hotel, Hind Hill Street

January 22, 2013
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The Newmarket Hotel, Hind Hill Street

Rating: 2.5/ 5 Premium lager/ cost: None (bog standard stuff) I get the feeling The Newmarket Hotel might once have been a belting pub. It’s got a huge room next to the smaller bar area, and when Heywood was a thriving little town full of industry, I bet it was a cracker. Now, like so many others in Heywood, it’s the haunt of people with so little to do. I know, I have been, and at times still am, one. It’s not that it’s unpleasant, just characterless. The beer’s cheap, as you may expect, and as you may expect, it…

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The Kings, Market Place

January 22, 2013
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The Kings, Market Place

Rating: 2/5 Premium Lager/ cost: Kronenberg £2.60 There’s a stench of desperation in the air in The Kings, Market Place,  at 3.30pm on a Thursday. Don’t get me wrong, I’m in there so I can’t be much better but at least I have an excuse. Old men hugging each other as they leave, grey coats, the racing on, poor music, tracky bottoms. Full of people who can’t find work or won’t find work. The pub itself may once have been nice – I certainly preferred the Freemasons back in the day – but the décor has been treated badly by…

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£1.5m Boost To Heywood’s Ailing Roads

January 18, 2013
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£1.5m Boost To Heywood’s Ailing Roads

Heywood’s decrepit roads will receive a £1.5m boost over the next two years. The money is being invested by Rochdale Council and the move is being supported by Heywood Township. It will be spent across the town on various projects and will focus on resurfacing and improvements to roads and pavements. The largest sum (£230k) has been earmarked for work on Manchester Road, while there will also be a lot of work done around Pilsworth Road, Bury Old Road and Bury New Road. The work will pan out as follows Two-year programme, April 13 to March 15: Hopwood Hall - Egerton…

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Be Vigilant And Thwart Cold-Weather Thieves

January 18, 2013
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Police are asking motorists in Heywood to be extra vigilant on icy mornings to keep criminals out in the cold. During previous winters cars have been stolen across the region after being left with the keys in the ignition and engines running while defrosting them. With low temperatures expected to continue throughout the winter, police are urging motorists to ensure that they are not the next victims to be left out in the cold by simply staying with their vehicle while defrosting them. It may mean sitting in a cold car for a few minutes but it’s a lot better…

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Hoyas, Rochdale Road East

January 17, 2013
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Hoyas, Rochdale Road East

Rating: 4.5/5 Superb Chinese from Hoyas on Rochdale Road East! I don’t spend a lot on takeaways, but as I’d had a few and been away for a few days it was a treat. And boy, was it. I settled down to a pint of lager while awaiting hot and sour soup (always on my list) and David, the manager’s recommendation of char siu pork in black bean sauce “if I wanted something spicy”. Absolutely delicious. Fresh tasting and cooked perfectly. It’s not cheap as it is primarily a restaurant and you pay restaurant prices. And they don’t deliver. And…

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Hooley Bridge And Jimmies At Home Saturday

January 17, 2013
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Hooley Bridge And Jimmies At Home Saturday

Hooley Bridge Celtic will be looking to make it back-to-back wins when they host Bedians on Saturday. Bedians are Hooley Bridge’s nearest rivals in the league, sitting one point and one position above them in the Lancs and Cheshire AFL Premier Division. Hooley Bridge fought back brilliantly last week to beat South Manchester 3-1 from 1-0 down, a win they really needed to open a gap between themselves and the relegation contenders. The reserves travel to rock-bottom Droylsden JFC in Division 3, while the thirds host Old Stretfordians on the second pitch at Heywood Leisure Centre. Heywood St James are…

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