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The Railway

Art work by Kevin Thomas


Peel Tower

Art work by Kevin Thomas


Young Chefs at Woodhey 2017

National Cookery Competition 2017. The winners going forward to the District Final in November are Amelia Tweddle & James Hilton. Picture shows Keith Crane, James, Amelia, Claire Gallie - Head of Food Technology.


Flying into Ramsbottom

The Flying Scotsman passes through Ramsbottom - photo by kind permission of Joel Yates.


Ramsbottom Rake

Art work by Kevin Thomas


Holcombe Tower


About us

Les Norris

Les Norris, died aged 86, at North Manchester Hospital on November 2 following a five-month battle with cancer.
Mr Norris was born in Mossley on September 7, 1931, but moved to Ramsbottom when he was just six months old.
As a child, he lived in the former police station next to the railway line in Bridge Street, where his father worked as a policeman. The family later moved down the road to the new police station, formerly the vicarage of St Paul’s Church, and now the site of Peel Chapel opposite the church.
He attended primary school at St Paul’s before embarking on a career as a legal executive at George Haworth Chappell & Whitworth Solicitors in Square Street, where he worked until he retired, aged 80.
During this time, he met many of the people of Ramsbottom, drafting wills, acting as executor and administrating estates.
Mr Norris continue to live in the town throughout his life, except for a short period when the family moved to Nelson upon his father’s retirement from the police. Even then, Mr Norris continued to travel to Ramsbottom on a daily basis to work.
The Christian faith played an important part in Mr Norris’s life, and he is widely recognised around the town for his roles as warden, treasurer, and lay preacher at St Paul’s.
In addition to his involvement with the church, a love of the theatre led to him being instrumental in the formation of the Edenfield Players, and, later, the Summerseat Players.
He remained involved with the Players for over 50 years until his death, even carrying out the roles of chairman and president.
He also acted, produced, worked at the front of house, and did much to obtain funding and build the group’s reputation and profile.
A proud Rotarian for many year, he also held the position of president at Ramsbottom Rotary Club in 1981.
Mr Norris eventually settled in Greenmount, where he lived until his death. He leaves three nephews and a niece.


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Young Chefs at Woodhey 2017

Keith, James, Amelia, Claire

We have recently (Oct 17) completed a record breaking 120 entrants taking part this year. Claire Gallie (pictured) Head of Food Technology was amazed at the number of pupils taking part, said it's a wonderful experience which Rotary bring to Woodhey High school. The winners going forward to the District Final in November are Amelia Tweddle & James Hilton. Both are Year 9. 

Ramsbottom Rotary's Chair of Vocation, Keith Crane (pictured) has been liasing with Claire for five years now. Said the standards were as high as ever. We had ten heats and a Final Cook off to find two winners, which was an exhausting time for everyone involved, especially the two Judges, Trevor Hoyle & Chris Haddock - ably assisted in the final cook off by Rebecca. 

Last Year the School Winner  - Rebecca Wilkinson went onto win the District final, then the Regional final and came third in the National final. The judges at the National Final said her Smoked Haddock Soufflé was outstanding.    

Mrs Claire Gallie, the Head of Food Technology, said the interest is growing year on year, pupils are showing a greater interest in food and cooking, the quality and variety is outstanding for year nine pupils. The entrants had to choose a two course healthy meal for two people, provide their own recipes & ingredients, cook and present the food on their “ dressed”  table all in one and half hours.
Two winners were chosen and one person in reserve. Will all be mentored by Chef Chris in preparation for the next stage which is the District Competition to be held in November in Newton Le Willows.   

Bags of Love

Two of our Ladies 


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Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

We meet on Tuesdays at 6.00pm for 6.15pm
(Stuart Martin takes the apologies for members & is also the person who will book you in if you would like to join us. You would be made most welcome.)
The Red Hall Hotel, Manchester Road, Walmersley, BURY.

BL9 5NA  01706 822476

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