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Royal Mail is proposing to close Ashton's sorting office. The most noticeable effect this will have for most people is that they would in future need to go to Oldham's sorting office to pick up parcels or other items that could not be delivered.

Local MPs Jonathan Reynolds and Angela Rayner have set up a petition against this proposal.

If you may be affected by this, please feel free to sign.

Round and About / The Flying Scotsman
« on: June 14, 2016, 08:05 PM »
The Flying Scotsman has passed through Ashton twice in the last seven days. Both times it went along the line through the site of Park Parade Station and through Guide Bridge, before turning off to Denton and Stockport. This meant that it did not come through Charlestown Station.

I managed to snap it as it passed through Mossley. Sadly it is going downhill and not making much in the way of steam as it would have done if it had been going the other way.

Memory Lane / Ladysmith Shopping Centre Through The Ages
« on: February 20, 2016, 12:23 PM »
Some of you may be interested to read this blog post by Stuart Vallantine about the development of the 'Precint' over the years:

Those who live here will recognise the Ladysmith Shopping Centre, and also the TV ad that this video is spoofing.

Those who live in far flung lands should know that this is based on a TV ad, and that the Ladysmith Shopping Centre is what was once known as 'The Precinct'.

See video here:

Talking about Ashton / Ashton under Lyne and World War 1
« on: February 01, 2015, 04:45 PM »
I have received the following enquiry. I wonder whether anyone here can offer any help or any pointers?
"My grandparents lived in Ashton under Lyne for several years up to July 1915. their names were: Dr Graeme Hamilton and Mary Lilian Hamilton.
They lived in Chester Square. My grandfather was a doctor and a medical officer at the Ashton Royal Infirmary. According to my mother, he supported the war and was involved in the care of wounded soldiers at the Infirmary.
My grandmother, on the other hand, was against the war and also supportive of votes for women.
I would like to find out more about pro and anti-war activities in Ashton, especially up to mid 1915. I would also be interested to know more about the work of the Infirmary during the early part of the war.
Would be very grateful for any information any of your members can provide or of suggestions for how I might find out more.
I live in Scotland, so, unfortunately, can't visit easily. Many thanks.

Technical Matters / Sorry about the breakdown....
« on: October 17, 2014, 10:37 PM »
I apologise for a technical problem today which meant that the forum was showing as "unavailable".

The server manager has now found the problem and, as you see, we are back in business again.

General Discussion / London, Ontario
« on: April 18, 2014, 07:41 PM »
Notice for residents of London, Ontario:

Welcome to the forum, Julie Cooper.

Hey, Joyce, you've got company!  ;)

Talking about Ashton / A building dies...
« on: March 27, 2014, 03:26 PM »
As has been previously noted, 226 Stamford Street, formerly Kenworthys' Jewellers and before that the home of poet Francis Thompson, has not been looking very well for a while.

This morning it developed an ominous bulge and a few bits dropped off. A man with a cherry-picker was sent to poke it with a stick and you can see what happened in this video, shot by our old friend Vanessa Dixon.

Talking about Ashton / Proposal to demolish historic building
« on: November 17, 2013, 08:37 PM »
New Charter Homes have submitted a planning application for the "Demolition and site clearance of small 3 storey mill".
The building is 85 Cavendish Street, which is in the Portland Basin Conservation Area. It is next door to Cavendish Mill and was built before the mill, some time before 1874.

It was used for the manufacture of reeds and healds, which were components of textile looms, so the building is of historic value as part of the town's cotton industry.

Should you wish to object to the demolition of this building, the planning reference number is 13/00908/CON.

85 Cavendish Street is mentioned as a "strong candidates for inclusion on a local list" in Tameside's appraisal of the Portland Basin Conservation area, here: (quite large file)

Talking about Ashton / Trams in Ashton
« on: August 28, 2013, 06:08 PM »
A few photos of trams on test today in Ashton.....

Ask a question.... / MOVED: Live Acts Apeal
« on: April 11, 2013, 07:26 PM »

Talking about Ashton / York House
« on: February 17, 2013, 12:17 AM »
I've been perusing the planning documents for the development of the York House Hotel site into 18 3-story houses (11/00043/FUL).
The Design and Access Statement has a few interesting facts.
Apparently the nearest train station is 2 miles away. Hmm.
Apparently there are 25 chemists and *40* primary schools within 2 miles!

It must be true. It seems they looked it up on the internet!

Talking about Ashton / Facebook
« on: January 25, 2013, 07:09 PM »
Oh dear - I see someone's let the Vitriol Genie out of the bottle again on Facebook.

Genealogy / Location of grave?
« on: January 12, 2013, 02:39 PM »
An email correspondent is trying to find out where an ancestor is buried as they are keen to visit the location, if possible, on a forthcoming visit to the UK.

He was Charles Oldham, landlord of the Jolly Carter beerhouse on Stamford Street until his death in 1896.

Does anyone have any idea how to how to find out where he was buried? I am clueless about things like that.

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