The Bay Horse, Torrington Street

January 14, 2013
The Bay Horse, Torrington Street

Rating: 3.5/ 5 (a full point taken off because it’s a Manchester United pub) Premium lager/ cost: Stella £3.25 The Bay Horse, Torrington Street, really is a superior pub by any standards. Decided to drop by as I’d forgotten the lager and cost; I’d also forgotten how nice it was. If the main room looks like a front room that is for once not a bad thing as it is like a front room of a showhouse. Immaculate, well-lit and with decent stuff on the TV. Oh, and quality, cheesy 80s tunes on the speakers. It’s a working class pub…

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John Grimshaw Wanted By Police

January 14, 2013
John Grimshaw Wanted By Police

A man with links to Heywood is wanted for breaching a restraining order and criminal damage. John Grimshaw (born 2/6/89) was seen at an address on Adelaide Street in Heywood on 16 November 2012, an address the order prevented him from visiting. He has not been seen since. Grimshaw has links to Bury and Heywood. Anyone who sees him is advised not to approach him, but call police on 0161 856 8079 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Black Swan, Middleton Road

January 14, 2013
Black Swan, Middleton Road

Rating: 2.5/5 Premium Lager: None (bottles and normal lager) The Black Swan on Middleton Road is a comfortable enough pub if you like that sort of thing, but it’s a little too open for me. It’s a pretty cheap pub for an area like Hopwood, and this attracts the sort of people you would expect. Not to say that’s bad, but upmarket it isn’t. This pub used to be a real ale mecca when it was a Thwaites pub, but now it sells bog-standard brands that are ok, but for me no reason to go out of my way to…

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The Starkey Arms, Manchester Road

January 14, 2013
The Starkey Arms, Manchester Road

Rating: 4/5 Premium lager/ price: Diamond Lager £2.55 The Starkey Arms. This is a proper boozer. Two rooms – one a massive tap room. Good beer at good prices and a surprisingly nice beer garden area. Joey Holts pubs are that little bit more upmarket at times than Sam Smiths ones, in my view. The prices are a little more expensive, but they have TVs on and sport and, in this case, a belting jukebox. It’s dark and pokey and very peaceful, and that’s how I like it. It may not suit everyone, but it suits me. It’s a pub…

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Jimmies Are Punished For Inexplicable Lapses

January 14, 2013
Jimmies Are Punished For Inexplicable Lapses

By Dennis Booth: Heywood St James First Team went down to a heavy 7-3 defeat against fellow relegation candidates Leigh Athletic at Phoenix Park last Saturday afternoon. Jimmies had already beaten Leigh at their place, 4-1, back in October and were looking to repeat that victory to put some “daylight” between the two clubs. However things didn’t quite go to plan as the visitors had a physical presence that was to prove instrumental in bringing the home side to their knees with a powerful display of forceful football. Jimmies, thanks to a superbly struck shot from skipper Scott Hardy, led…

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Wheatsheaf Centre, Rochdale

January 13, 2013
Wheatsheaf Centre, Rochdale

Rating: 4/5 To paraphrase Dr Dre ‘Forgot About Wheatsheaf’. It was only an aforementioned missed bus that brought me in here – in fact, I’d forgotten about the Wheatsheaf in Rochdale. I remembered it with an Athena store on the way in but knew this would not be here now. However, and despite the lack of filled units, it felt like a good place today. The decor and layout is not dated and in Russell’s Cafe, it proves that quality will attract customers. It’s a shame the Wheatsheaf seems to have been bypassed in the glorious Rochdale masterplan as I…

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Piano Player Holds Court @ Russell’s

January 13, 2013
Piano Player Holds Court @ Russell’s

What a surprise! A reason to come to Rochdale! I missed the bus and needed something to do. I walked into the door for the management at The Wheatsheaf before I remembered the place. It was good in the day. Anyway, I knew it would have lots of closed stores but what Ididn’t expect was Russell’s Cafe. It was a little oasis. Full of punters (too many for just passing trade) with great service and an old-fashioned but appealing decor. I had a cappucino and took my earphones out because I saw a young lad playing piano. Not fair not…

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Heywood St James Honour Egger

January 12, 2013
Heywood St James Honour Egger

Heywood St James and opponents Leigh Athletic honoured the memory of club stalwart Trevor Jones with a minute’s silence at Phoenix Park today. Egger died this week aged 67. He was involved with many sports teams over the years and is remembered with fondness by all those at Phoenix Park. Details of his funeral will come when I get them. Pictures and report to follow when I receive the details from Dennis Booth.  

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Hooley Bridge Click In Second-Half South Manchester Massacre

January 12, 2013
Hooley Bridge Click In Second-Half South Manchester Massacre

Hooley Bridge Celtic firsts turned things around to thrash visiting South Manchester 3-1 at Heywood Leisure Centre. Performances have been good all season for Celtic, but it is still a young team and sometimes a lack of experience has cost them dear. Not today. Celtic battled hard against a game but struggling South Manchester side but went behind to a penalty just before the interval. Harsh words were said by coaching staff Norman Kenyon and Alec Gill, and the battle was taken to South Manchester. The first goal came courtesy of a cheeky Ellis Ridsdale finish, then Marcus Smith reacted…

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Edwin Waugh, Market Street

January 12, 2013
Edwin Waugh, Market Street

Rating: 3/5 Premium Lager/ price: Heineken/ Stella/ Kronenberg all around £3 The Edwin Waugh opens early and this Wetherspoons pub attracts the sort of people you would expect this to attract. It sells good beers at good prices and decent food at decent prices. It’s a lot of people’s favourite pub in Heywood, largely because of the variety, quality and price of real ales. And it can have a nice ambience, I’m sure. For me, it’s too open and there are too many tables and chairs, not enough privacy I suppose. And it doesn’t feel very comfortable. And the service can…

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Wishing Well, York Street

January 12, 2013
Wishing Well, York Street

Rating: 3.5/5 Premium lager/ price: San Miguel £2.90 Nothing’s changed at the Wishing Well since I played cricket for them in the mid 1990s. And that’s not necessarily a good thing. The beer is good and the clientele is different for Heywood. I’m all for difference. It’s warm and lit well (a big issue of mine – don’t like pubs too well lit). You know you won’t be bothered too much,  it has a pool table. And an ace jukebox. However, the side room is in serious need of a makeover. The carpet is shabby. And there are not many…

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Engineers Arms, Adelaide Street

January 12, 2013
Engineers Arms, Adelaide Street

Rating: 3.5/5 Premium Lager: Taddy Lager £2.10 The Engineers Arms, Adelaide Street, is a Sam Smiths pub to the core. A brilliant interior and a proper drinkers pub. Mixed views on this one, I’m afraid. Loads of nice people in there, plenty to chat to. Warm fires, top-notch beer (the stout is superb) at great prices. And sometimes the banter is really good, dovetailing perfectly with the music-free, working class feel to the place However, when you go in dictates the atmosphere in my view. Go in at the right time and it’s a belting place to drink. A good…

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Beware Consumer Scams In 2013

January 11, 2013
Beware Consumer Scams In 2013

Trading standards officers are urging Heywood residents to be savvy in 2013 after receiving 3560 complaints last year. The service is providing top tips on how to avoid scams as they reveal the most complained about issues in 2012. The team are urging Heywood people to be aware of the following scams in 2013: Payment protection insurance: if someone contacts you trying to get you to pursue a claim, ignore it. These companies have no idea whether you have a claim or not and if you do, they charge a hefty fee which eats into your compensation. If you think…

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Heywood Elderly Offered Helping Hand To Keep Warm

January 11, 2013
Heating

Heywood’s elderly and vulnerable people have been handed a heating lifeline by Rochdale Borough Council. As we all know, having working heating and hot water systems in our homes is key to staying healthy especially during the colder months. Rochdale Borough Council’s Home Improvement Agency (HIA) is offering a helping hand to Heywood’s elderly and vulnerable households whose heating systems are not working, putting them at particular risk of health problems due to excess cold. The council made a  bid for funding from the Government’s Warm Homes Healthy People scheme to pay for heating repairs or provide alternative solutions. The…

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Heywood Railway Station

January 11, 2013
Heywood Railway Station

The original Heywood Railway Station station opened on the national rail network in 1841 and closed in 1970. It re-opened on 6 September 2003 as an extension of the East Lancashire Railway from Bury Bolton Street. The boundary between the ELR and the national rail network is located a short distance east of the station, at Hopwood. £300 million has been pledged to link Heywood Railway Station back to the National Rail Network, which would see services direct to Manchester via Castleton. The original station was situated immediately opposite the terminal wharf of the Heywood Branch Canal. The East Lancashire Railway station…

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