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Posted by: bambam (3059)

Thanks for input on thread 25.

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Posted by: whups (13367) 

time for a new one eh dav .

Replied: 19th Mar 2024 at 23:33

Posted by: bambam (3059)

oh yes we have to keep them happy.

Replied: 20th Mar 2024 at 00:02

Posted by: PeterP (11397)

If threads are kept to a reasonable length then all Ex-DG Members will access it like Bentlegs who uses his phone. There are NO scroll buttons on his phone[ I was looking at the Golborne Colliery thread and there are over 1000 posts on that thread . I can scroll from top to the end in seconds but some one using a phone would give up

Replied: 20th Mar 2024 at 06:08

Posted by: bambam (3059)

I understand that peterp, as soon as people struggle the thread is updated, i try to keep it as pleasant as possible.

Replied: 20th Mar 2024 at 09:06

Posted by: PeterP (11397)

Bambam you are doing a good job with DG26

Replied: 20th Mar 2024 at 12:41

Posted by: bambam (3059)

Been told today by an ex greener that chowey's lad is not very well, don't know the circumstances but wish him well.

Replied: 20th Mar 2024 at 15:03

Posted by: whups (13367) 

which one dav ? .

Replied: 20th Mar 2024 at 15:05

Posted by: bambam (3059)

I think the name was Antony Bri.

Replied: 20th Mar 2024 at 17:45

Posted by: whups (13367) 

he,s the eldest dav . wots up with him ? .

Replied: 20th Mar 2024 at 23:47

Posted by: bentlegs (5327)

Thanks Dave, I recon that 50 to 60 would be ideal for such as me, as I've,e said before ,, I am not buying a new computer coming up to 88 would be throwing money away, tha doing a good job with EX,, Downallgreeners

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Posted by: bentlegs (5327)

Just for tanker

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Posted by: Dagutd27 (681) 

I morning's everyone I have no trouble with mob

Replied: 25th Mar 2024 at 08:33

Posted by: bentlegs (5327)

Anyone heard that a HiltonHotel is to built in Wigan

Replied: 25th Mar 2024 at 14:13

Posted by: PeterP (11397)


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Posted by: whups (13367) 

isnt there a hilton hotel near the M6 junction at haydock island ? .

Replied: 26th Mar 2024 at 14:47

Posted by: PeterP (11397)

No there is a Ramada Ibis hotel near the Lime Wood

Replied: 26th Mar 2024 at 15:11

Posted by: whups (13367) 

isnt there some just the other side of haydock park bridge ? .

Replied: 26th Mar 2024 at 15:17

Posted by: PeterP (11397)

Holiday inn Bay horse Thistle is just under the M6bridge side of Boston two sheds

Replied: 26th Mar 2024 at 17:02

Posted by: Gustavus (158)

Hi all!

Isn’t the ‘Mercure Hotel’ near the shed place?

Anyway, your energy bills are coming down April 1st. I’m just wondering what you gonna spend your extra money on that you’ll have! …Aren’t they so kind! Standing charges are going up though!…Robbers, the lot of em!

On (St Pats Day), on listening ‘Dirty old town’ several times during the day on my travels, I learned that the ‘Dirty old Town’ referred to in the song is actually Salford!…is there only me who didn’t know that? …I presumed it was somewhere in Ireland, maybe Belfast or Dublin. I gather Kirsty McColl wrote it growing up in Salford…I never knew! …Great song!

Replied: 26th Mar 2024 at 23:34

Posted by: PeterP (11397)

Gustavus I was reading some features about the (Thistle) Mercure hotel and it stated it was 20 mins drive to Camelot. Camelot shut in 2012

Replied: 27th Mar 2024 at 07:01

Posted by: Gustavus (158)

Ha ha yes it did!…Went to Camelot a couple of times when my daughter was young. It was an ok place. Shame it closed. Wonder if it’s still all standing, albeit as a ghost town theme park.

Was reading on another social media site earlier about there being an unexploded bomb on Garswood Rec many years ago and 2 men living across from the rec got killed investigating it. Apparently crater still there. Never knew that if it is true.

Replied: 27th Mar 2024 at 21:31

Posted by: bambam (3059)

Very interesting gusto, maybe bentlegs knows summat.

Replied: 27th Mar 2024 at 21:45

Posted by: whups (13367) 

1st world war i think dav ? .

Replied: 28th Mar 2024 at 11:28

Posted by: bambam (3059)

I think I can remember my father talking about it Bri, but don't know the full story, very interesting piece of history though.

Replied: 28th Mar 2024 at 19:51

Posted by: tonker (28058) 


"The dangers encountered by the Home Guard even in quiet Northwest villages are apparent in an incident in Garswood, when an unexploded bomb landed in a playing field. Since the team required to defuse the bomb could not reach the village until the following day, the bomb had to be guarded overnight and two Home Guardsmen were posted there. Unfortunately, during the night the sentries apparently heard a disturbance close to the device, and when they went nearer to investigate, the bomb exploded, killing them both."

Another bit .....

" ...... knitting circles were formed to send clothing to servicemen. It was customary to post the name and address of the knitter in with these garments so that, if possible, the serviceman who received the parcel could one day thank the sender. A lady in Garswood was very surprised after the war to answer her door to a Frenchman who said he had received her knitted socks and wanted to thank her."

Replied: 28th Mar 2024 at 20:08

Posted by: Dagutd27 (681) 

I seen that gustavos bottom of field on right you probably can't see it now on left of field it was know as Kevin Atherton s Hill

Replied: 29th Mar 2024 at 08:38

Posted by: Gustavus (158)

Didn’t know that Dag!…May have a walk over one sunny day soon and take a look!…Why Kevin Atherton Hill?

I’m gonna have a walk up towards the filled in pit entrance up Leyland Green Road and around the disused reservoir there in next couple of weeks. Just for nostalgia and old times sake.

May try and fight my way into the pop house too, to take a look!…See if I can find an old bottle!

Replied: 30th Mar 2024 at 19:37

Posted by: Gustavus (158)

…Great information Tonker!

What a great story about the knitters!

Replied: 30th Mar 2024 at 19:40

Posted by: Dagutd27 (681) 

Willy Ryder found one old bottle where Owd Bill Jobe kept his Lorry on boothsbrew Rd where that telephone box is gustavos I have photos of iwill send them too you

Replied: 30th Mar 2024 at 22:10

Posted by: whups (13367) 

because kevin always played on that wing geoff .

Replied: 31st Mar 2024 at 00:13

Posted by: Gustavus (158)

What about 2nd half Bri? …Or did he play better on that wing with the hill?

Saw that picture of the bottle Dag you sent to our Mal Nice un that!
Wonder if Bill Jobe haulaged for Morgan’s maybe sometime then. Would have been handy for Morgan’s being either at the pop house or Bryn.

Replied: 31st Mar 2024 at 02:27

Posted by: Dagutd27 (681) 

I wouldn't have thought so gus but there used to be houses along there so perhaps from one of those dwelling s or chippy that was there I don't remember them really but Dicky heks mam ran chippy it's all good history tho gustavos

Replied: 31st Mar 2024 at 14:10

Posted by: whups (13367) 

well geoff he was the only winger to run up that hill if he played hence it was called "kevins hill" .

Replied: 31st Mar 2024 at 23:44

Posted by: Gustavus (158)

I see Bri
I may be wrong about some of this, but I vaguely remember watching the games on there and for some reason remember John Sheridan breaking his leg. And another time seeing the goalie break his leg, it was possibly either Tuck or Jackie Cunliffe? I’m very unsure.

Yeh Dag, there were houses and a chippy there I believe. Could possibly be from them, that bottle!

Replied: 1st Apr 2024 at 08:54

Posted by: whups (13367) 

i remember the chippy very well & those houses david houghton lived in one of them .

Replied: 1st Apr 2024 at 11:45

Posted by: bentlegs (5327)

Garswood history about the bomb that exploded on Gaswood , Jack Adamson and Jimmy Davis took a spade with the intension of digging the bomb out, Jimmy Davis was home on leave and Jack Adamson was his mate, the people watching said they only put the spade in once when the bomb blew up, regarding the crater it is not still there,

Replied: 1st Apr 2024 at 13:43

Posted by: Gustavus (158)

Thanks for that Bentlegs!
Not the most sensible thing to do!

I remember as a young lad going bird nesting in the small woodland at the back of where Slaters pen/land was. At the bottom of the large field facing the back gate of the graveyard. I came across a largish crater in the middle of the trees. At the time I found it unusual and wondered what this big crater shape was doing there. I had no idea bombs had been dropped in the area then, being so young. So looking back I think it could well have been a bomb crater. It’s probably well overgrown now.

Replied: 1st Apr 2024 at 15:56

Posted by: Dagutd27 (681) 

I think Bells bin it wi Bomb gustavos

Replied: 1st Apr 2024 at 17:05

Posted by: Gustavus (158)

…Yeh, I’ve heard it’s like a bomb site!

Talking of bomb site, what’s happening with Village Club area? Are there any plans for it?

Replied: 1st Apr 2024 at 21:05

Posted by: whups (13367) 

ask those who sold it geoff ? .

Replied: 1st Apr 2024 at 23:47

Posted by: bambam (3059)

You won't get any information of that lot, they sold the place robbing members of their share, all that was done with a dirty underhanded deal, but there are a few people who know who these lot are, even though they think nobody knows, they should be named and shamed so the whole estate knows what they did.

Replied: 2nd Apr 2024 at 09:48

Posted by: whups (13367) 

i believe they got £48 grand to split between them ? .

Replied: 2nd Apr 2024 at 11:37

Posted by: gaffer (7982) 

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Posted by: Gustavus (158)

Ah, I see!… So it looks like it’s making money for whoever bought it without doing anything with it. So could be as it is now for many years!…So whoever owned it got £48k.

Replied: 3rd Apr 2024 at 07:25

Posted by: whups (13367) 

those who were left with the club geoff . they were the ones who got any payout .

Replied: 4th Apr 2024 at 00:18

Posted by: Gustavus (158)

So who actually owned it?…Was it owned by whoever was on the ‘committee’?

…I guess the S and S was sold off in a similar way?…who pocketed the sale of that land?…was that the ‘committee’?

Replied: 4th Apr 2024 at 20:19

Posted by: whups (13367) 

i guess so .

Replied: 4th Apr 2024 at 23:44

Posted by: Dagutd27 (681) 

Morning That's why you got keep your membership going at all costs I remember old Nev saying this don't let let your membership go even if you don't go in pay your subs thems rules ney iam not defending anyone but if those are rules David should know he was on committee way back

Replied: 8th Apr 2024 at 08:10

Posted by: whups (13367) 

did,nt they sting jeff k with the membership ? .

Replied: 8th Apr 2024 at 11:47

Posted by: Dagutd27 (681) 

Ha failed pay on time I think Brian

Replied: 8th Apr 2024 at 12:09

Posted by: PeterP (11397)

Does a committee have to register with the council/licencing dept who is on the committee and who is the bar steward .And if there is a separate owner of the building/land would they not have to be registered through company house or the land registry. Someone must have pocketed the money
Brian have you seen the thread about parking restrictions on yellow lines using a blue badge over on general

Replied: 8th Apr 2024 at 16:52
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Posted by: whups (13367) 

yes i have peter thanx . malc they gave grace to all the members upto a week , but not in this case . they got rid of as many members as they could .

Replied: 8th Apr 2024 at 23:49

Posted by: Gustavus (158)

Was searching the internet a few weeks ago and managed to come across a William Morgan ‘pop bottle’. It’s clear glass, thicker glass than normal pop bottles. It stands at 8 inches tall. On it, wrote in moulded glass, is WILLIAM MORGAN, in a curved frown shape. And below, in a curved smile shape it says BRYN NEAR WIGAN. In the middle of those two curves it says, also in moulded glass, XXXX
Does anyone know what XXXX could be? I’ve searched for XXXX pop online but no results. Anyone any idea?

Replied: 15th Apr 2024 at 20:01

Posted by: whups (13367) 

the Xs are for the alcoholic content in them geoff .

Replied: 16th Apr 2024 at 23:37

Posted by: Dagutd27 (681) 

Good morning I would have thought if your on time with paying your subs then they can't refuse that's my thoughts

Replied: 17th Apr 2024 at 06:55

Posted by: PeterP (11397)

Dagutd27 Usually most clubs have a paying in period for subs and then may extent this time by a set period . The NAVC committee set a strict time limit due to what was going to happen to the club and turned late membership down for lapsed members not just Jeff.Less amount of members less alleged pay out to said members The only time during the set time period the committee could refuse membership is if some one was barred from the club and then they do not need to renew that persons membership.

Replied: 17th Apr 2024 at 07:09

Posted by: whups (13367) 

they made sure they paid theirs malc without telling anyone they were due ? .

Replied: 17th Apr 2024 at 10:13

Posted by: bambam (3059)

Thanks for recent info Bri, I was shocked new all family very well.

Replied: 28th Apr 2024 at 16:58

Posted by: Dagutd27 (681) 

Billy hough died other Day chaps sad RIP Billy

Replied: 28th Apr 2024 at 20:14

Posted by: whups (13367) 

yes dav it was difficult to tell him on that pic i sent you .and another greener in graham austin .

Replied: 28th Apr 2024 at 23:46
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Posted by: bambam (3059)

I hadn't heard that graham had passed, so sad R.I.P chaps.

Replied: 29th Apr 2024 at 08:40

Posted by: Dagutd27 (681) 

RIP Graham and Billy

Replied: 29th Apr 2024 at 16:07

Posted by: gaffer (7982) 

Posted by Sylvia Shaw on Next Door website.

Rectory Road 1945

Replied: 1st May 2024 at 12:56

Posted by: Dagutd27 (681) 

I've heard a rumour Bell being taken over by green King can't see it mi sell

Replied: 1st May 2024 at 14:28

Posted by: bambam (3059)

I don't think they would want a pub that's doing nothing Malc, unless they spruce it up and make prices affordable.

Replied: 1st May 2024 at 23:36

Posted by: whups (13367) 

it needs money spending on it dav but it,s the ale price that,s the problem .

Replied: 2nd May 2024 at 01:14

Posted by: PeterP (11397)

Brian I saw a chap walking his dogs yesterday.It was Richard Walker . He has long white hair now . If I see him again I will tell him you were asking about him a while ago

Replied: 10th May 2024 at 07:41

Posted by: whups (13367) 

yep peter he lives up there in stubshaw .

Replied: 10th May 2024 at 11:05

Posted by: whups (13367) 

graham austin,s funeral today .

Replied: 10th May 2024 at 15:06

Posted by: Gustavus (158)

R.I.P. Graham.

Just seen a pic of you Bri on Facebook, posted by someone 2 days ago. . Golborne Colliery page. Five of you with a trophy. At Leigh Miners. Dicky Ecc on it as well. Good pic!

Replied: 10th May 2024 at 22:27

Posted by: lanky11 (4105) 

Hi bambam long time no talk So I saw this on face book and wondered what you was doing in Oz bam bams cooked kangaroo pie showing them how to make our pies ?
Smoked Kangaroo!!
Yes you read that right. I have licensed supplier for all the Kangaroo I would want. Thinking of offering it on a special night.. How you doing bambam, I talk to your sister on face book Thought I would pop in and show you this post I see you still have the thread going strong good for you.

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Posted by: whups (13367) 

yes geoff that pic is on here as well . i also won the individuals for the north west miners too .

Replied: 10th May 2024 at 23:45

Posted by: bambam (3059)

Hi lanky 11, nice to hear from you, smoked kangaroo eh, can't imagine what that would taste like glad you keep in touch with my sister she is coming over here in summer, the guys on here keep thread going thanks for popping in lanky11 and the very best of luck in whatever you do.

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Posted by: bambam (3059)

The walking day was a wonderful event and we all remember it as jelly Sunday, the walk started at church and finished on the green outside S&S club, what route did the procession take anyone know, I walked it for over 10 years and I think I can still remember which way the walk went.

Replied: 16th May 2024 at 15:40

Posted by: PeterP (11397)

Bambam I remember one year they walked down Rectory Rd to the tarmac slip road were people from Garswood would join them. Then up Downall Green Rd to Booths brow Rd back onto Rectory rd then the green opposite the S&S Another year they covered the streets round DG and again met up at the top of Victoria Rd with people from Garswood then straight onto the green.I think over the years they had various routes to choose from and there was a different part every year

Replied: 16th May 2024 at 20:07

Posted by: whups (13367) 

from the church then down elm ave then poplar ave down billinge rd to booths brow rd then back down rectory rd to the village green is wot i remember .

Replied: 16th May 2024 at 23:48

Posted by: Gustavus (158)

That’s how I remember it Bri.
The edge of the pavements were almost full of people all way around the circuit and some areas 2 to 3 deep. There must have been a lot of ‘outsiders’ came to watch as just the village people couldn’t have filled all those pavements. (There were only 5 of em)

Replied: 17th May 2024 at 02:22

Posted by: bambam (3059)

Yes that's the route we took Bri for over 10yrs, I have seen same route on 50s and 60s photos on album, Peterp described another route but I have no recollection of that one, I also remember all photos from jelly Sunday in Annie Deacons shop window, good old days.

Replied: 17th May 2024 at 09:48

Posted by: Gustavus (158)

Yes Dave!…I’d forgot about the pictures in Annie Deeks window!…Nice one!
If she kept all those pictures she displayed over the years I bet they would be worth a look!…I wonder if they are all sat in a box somewhere, never to be seen again!…Such a shame!
She made a killing at walking day time with her ‘pumps’ and pump whitener! …Sold a few ‘cricket belts’ too did Annie!

Replied: 17th May 2024 at 18:07

Posted by: bambam (3059)

Yes Geoff I remember the white pumps very well, most of photos on album probably come from her shop, I remember her stairs was full of shoes and sandals from bottom to top and she knew where everything was, I remember my mother getting wool from there as well to knit our jumpers for winter.

Replied: 17th May 2024 at 19:29

Posted by: bentlegs (5327)

Back to Kevin's Hill, in the early 50s Ashton Council promised to flatten that hump but never did,

Replied: 17th May 2024 at 19:44

Posted by: Gustavus (158)

Yes Dave, everything you said there I remember well. My mum used to knit with wool from there also!…Annnie was a nice lady too!

It was awkward at times being a kid on the estate. After the ‘jumble sales’ at school I could be wearing a jumper or item of clothing you could have been wearing the week before and vice versa. We would recognise each others ex or outgrown clothes on each other.

As for ‘Kevin’s Hill’ Bentlegs, I had a walk up to the Simms on Saturday and on my way past I had a walk around that field to see if there were any remains of the crater that was there, I didn’t see anything. But I did stand on top of the hill to look around. Very little changed there over the years.

Replied: 17th May 2024 at 21:01

Posted by: whups (13367) 

yes good times & memories for us all .

Replied: 17th May 2024 at 23:41


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