Posts Tagged ‘ Heywood ’

The Starkey Arms, Manchester Road

January 14, 2013
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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
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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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Heywood St James Honour Egger

January 12, 2013
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Queen’s Park

January 11, 2013
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Queen's Park

Queen’s Park is the jewel in Heywood’s crown. It has been cleaned up and refurbished in recent years, with a great cafe, play area and plenty of well-maintained open space. The history of the park is as follows. In 1873 Martin J Newhouse, a wealthy Heywood merchant, died without making a will. A sum of £10,000 was then passed to Queen Victoria who gave the money to the people of Heywood. After much deliberation, the Heywood board decided on a park for the town and Queen’s Park was created. The original park was restricted to 20 acres, known locally as…

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