Donate to the Shaw Disaster Appeal

Oldham Council have created the Oldham Distress Fund (registered charity number 225145) to receive donations for all residents affected by the gas explosion in Shaw.

The Fund now stands at around £250,000.

To date around £62,000 has either been dispensed in cash advances or agreed in principle as payments to be made from the official Oldham Distress Fund.

In the immediate aftermath of the blast the Local Authority paid out almost £7,000 to 35 residents in the form of interest-free emergency cash advances.

Trustees of the Oldham Distress Fund are also meeting daily to act on new applications as they are received.

They have already agreed payments in principle of about £62,000 to indiviual applicants. These will be made direct to residents this week subject to final receipt of any outstanding information required, such as bank account details.

How to donate
If anyone wishes to make a contribution, the options are:-

You can donate here

You can also call during the opening hours of 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday) and 9am to 1pm (Saturday only).

Donation line 0161 770 6611

Internet Banking
For anyone wishing to make donations using internet banking, the details of the Distress Fund account are as follows:

Bank: Cooperative Bank
AccountName: OMBC Oldham Distress Fund 225145
Sort Code: 08-92-33
Account No: 61715512

For people making payments from overseas the IBAN number is as follows:

GB37 CPBK 0892 3361 7155 12

Cheques should be made payable to Oldham Distress Fund

You can send cheques in the post to:

A Cooper
Finance Services Team
Oldham Council
Level 14
Civic Centre
West Street
Oldham, OL1 1UG
You can hand cheques in at either of the following addresses:

Co-operative Bank
12 Market Place
Spindles Centre

Shaw & Crompton Parish Council
23 High Street

In person
Donations can be made at the Co-operative Bank in Oldham Town Centre

The Council have also applied for funds from the Greater Manchester Disaster Relief Fund to be available for the victims.

There are also funds in the AV Davies Charity whose trustees are meeting this week to discuss future arrangements.

Latest Update Explosion in Shaw

The devastation in Buckley Street

If I or any of our Focus Team can help in Any way, please just get in touch, details on the right.

Shortly after 11.15am, Tuesday 26 June 2012, police were called to Shaw following a report that homes had been seriously damaged in a large explosion.

The boy killed in the explosion, has been formally identified as two-year-old Jamie Heaton.

Police are treating the death as suspicious. Anyone with any information can call police on 0161 856 8959, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

A cordon is expected to remain at the scene for several days as detectives continue to investigate the cause of the blast. However, this is gradually being reduced as properties are assessed by structural engineers to ensure they are safe before residents are allowed to return.

Access to the following addresses is now possible:

87 to 95 Oak Street
92 to 108 Oak Street
58 to 90 Oak Street (Even numbers only)
All properties on Gordon Street.
All affected properties on Milnrow Road
Linney Lane
4 to 12 Edmund Street (even numbers)
1 to 19 Edmund Street (odd numbers)
The Council is urging residents to go to the Library on Farrow Street, if they have not already done so, to receive house keys that are currently being held and gather more information about the process of accessing properties.

These properties should now also have access to utilities.

Currently no access
There are a number of properties where access will not be allowed for some time. These include houses on;

Buckley Street
Chancery Lane
Some houses on Oak Street
Where it is safe the Fire Service will try to gain access to properties to gather essential property on behalf of residents. This process will take some time and you will be contacted directly if this is possible for your property.

If you have any queries or require assistance please call the Council’s Contact Centre on

0161 770 7770

Services for people affected by the explosion
REST CENTRE – Lifelong Learning Centre, High Street, Shaw
A place where affected people can relax and access health care and family support.
Open from 9am – 7pm until further notice
A play area for children
Tea and coffee (provided by the Red Cross)
ADVICE CENTRE – Shaw Library, Farrow Street East, Shaw
Open from 10am – 2pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Housing advice
Welfare benefits advice
Access to emergency loans
Insurance and finance advice
DONATIONS CENTRE – Salvation Army, Farrow Street, Shaw
Donated goods such as food, clothing and toiletries can be obtained here if you have been affected by the explosion.
Open every day 10am – 3pm until further notice.

Following Tuesday’s explosion in Shaw, there has been an incredibly generous response by members of the public who have donated clothes, food, bedding, toiletries etc.

Currently we have more than enough of these items to meet immediate need and are focused on managing the storage and distribution of these donations. Please do not send or bring any more donations of goods.

Thank you to everyone who has given in this way, your generosity is greatly appreciated. As we identify further needs in the coming days, we will appeal for specific items on this website.

Oldham Council has launched an official Distress Fund for all residents affected by the explosion. The fund is available for anyone wishing to make an individual contribution, or to send in the proceeds of any fundraising activities.

Oldham Distress Fund
A support network has also been set up on facebook where people are offering specialist services such as joinery and window boarding as part of the wider clean-up.

Support for Shaw gas explosion facebook group
So far the response has been truly inspirational. Thanks to everyone for all your help.

Missing pets
Oldham Council officers and RSPCA staff have worked to identify households affected by Tuesday’s explosion in Shaw that are believed to contain pets.

Residents in the area with concerns about this are urged to contact the Council on 0161 770 7770.

Road Closures
The following road closures are in place in Shaw following the explosion:

Buckley St
Edmund St
Chancery Lane
Motorists are advised to avoid the area to enable emergency rescue work to continue.

Superintendent Neil Evans said: “First and foremost, our thoughts are with the family of the child who has tragically died.

“We understand this tragedy has caused a lot of upset and shock in the close-knit community of Shaw. We are in the very early stages of an investigation but our priority at the moment is to try and reach anyone who may be caught up in the explosion.

“Three properties have been involved in a major explosion, and a large-scale response involving the emergency services and other agencies is in place.

“The child’s family has been informed and they are being supported by specially trained police officers.

“Another man has been taken to hospital, where he is being treated for what are understood to be 80% burns.

“We are working with Oldham Council to make arrangements for those who may need to remain evacuated.

“This is an ongoing search and rescue operation, and more information will be released when it is available.”


Cllrs Diane Williamson and Howard Sykes outside our threatened pool.

Cllrs Diane Williamson and Howard Sykes outside our threatened pool.

Thank you for visiting my web site and this page about Oldham Council’s so called Leisure Review and the potential closure of Shaw Baths.

I want to take this opportunity to assure you that I (and my colleagues) are doing all we can to fight the closure proposals and that retaining a facility for future generations of people in Shaw and Crompton to enjoy is, in our view, non–negotiable.

We all accept that the current swimming baths are way beyond their peak, but I believe passionately that a fit for purpose swimming pool must be retained in this area; the Labour Administration of Oldham Council, given the chance, will completely wipe Shaw and Crompton off the map as far as swimming facilities are concerned.

Myself and your local Liberal Democrat Focus team have worked tirelessly against the closure of Shaw Baths. Labour controlled Oldham Council has continually ignored the public’s outrage at this proposal, by hiding behind their sham of a “Leisure Review”.

Despite the Liberal Democrats highlighting a number of sites within Shaw and Crompton, Labour have chosen one in Royton Town Centre. Your Liberal Democrat team have secured a pledge that Shaw Baths will not close until a new one is opened, but this is not nearly good enough!

We now need your help even more, if we are to safeguard Shaw Baths.

So please sign the petition online. Click here

Shaw and Crompton Holocaust Memorial Day Service 2012

Cllrs Mark Alcock, Howard Sykes and other Councillors and local residents at the memorial service on Friday 27th January 2012

Cllr Mark Alcock attended this years memorial service, he said, ‘after visiting Berger Belson some years ago and seeing the horrors committed by the Nazi’s I believe that it is important that we never forget the Holocaust and these services are a good way to remind people and remember the millions of people murdered and the survivors who suffer on a daily basis from the horrors they endured’.

John Dillon: Introduction:
I would like to welcome you all here this morning to Shaw and Crompton’s 8th Holocaust Memorial Day. It is intended that this will be a short memorial and ceremonial stones will be laid as a gesture at the end of the proceedings.
Once again we are gathered here to commemorate Holocaust Day to remind ourselves of the horrors mankind commits to his fellow man not just in the past but still happening today, such as the events in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The theme for this year is Speak Up Speak Out

Mike Dodd

Richard Dimbleby Describes Belsen

‘I have just returned from the Belsen Concentration Camp, where for two hours I drove slowly about the place in a jeep with the chief doctor of second army. I had waited a day before going to the camp so that I could be absolutely sure of the facts now available. I find it hard to describe adequately the horrible things that I have seen and heard, but here, unadorned are the facts. There are 40,000 men, women and children in the camp: German and half a dozen other nationalities, thousands of them Jews. Of this total of 40,000 – 4,250 are acutely ill or dying of virulent disease. Typhus, typhoid, diphtheria, dysentery, pneumonia and child-birth fever are rife. 25,600, three quarters of them women, are either ill from lack of food, or are actually dying of starvation. In the last few months alone, 30,000 prisoners have been killed off or allowed to die. Those are the simple, horrible facts of Belsen. But horrible as they are they can convey little or nothing in themselves. I wish with all my heart that everyone fighting in this war and above all those whose duty it is to direct the war from Britain and America could have come with me through the barbed wire fence that leads to the inner compound of the camp.
Royton and Crompton Pupils

Rev. Harry Edwards

Luke 4. 14 – 21
The Beginning of the Galilean Ministry
Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.
The Rejection of Jesus at Nazareth
When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:
‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to
the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind
to let the oppressed go free.
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’
And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the
synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, ‘Today this scripture has been
fulfilled in your hearing.’

John Hall Chairman Shaw and Crompton Parish Council
First they came for the Jews: by Pastor Martin Niemoller:

First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out because I was not a communist.

Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak out for me.

John Dillon Never Shall I Forget – Elie Wiesel
Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, that turned my life into one long night seven times sealed.
Never shall I forget that smoke.
Never shall I forget the small faces of the children whose bodies I saw transformed into smoke under a silent sky.
Never shall I forget those flames that consumed my faith for ever.
Never shall I forget the nocturnal silence that deprived me for all eternity of the desire to live.
Never shall I forget those moments that murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to ashes.
Never shall I forget those things, even were I condemned to live
as long as God Himself..

Statement of commitment: (ALL)
1. We recognise that the Holocaust shook the foundations of modern civilisation. Its unprecedented character and horror will always hold universal meaning.
2. We believe the Holocaust must have a permanent place in our nation’s collective memory. We honour the survivors still with us, and reaffirm our shared goals of mutual understanding and justice.
3. We must make sure that future generations understand the causes of the Holocaust and reflect upon its consequences. We vow to remember the victims of Nazi persecution and of all genocide.
4. We value the sacrifices of those who have risked their lives to protect or rescue victims, as a touchstone of the human capacity for good in the face of evil.
5. We recognise that humanity is still scarred by the belief that race, religion, disability or sexuality makes some people’s lives worth less than others’. Genocide, anti-Semitism, racism, xenophobia and discrimination still continue. We have a shared responsibility to fight these evils.
6. We pledge to strengthen our efforts to promote education and research about the Holocaust and other genocide. We will do our utmost to make sure that the lessons of such events are fully learnt.

7. We will continue to encourage Holocaust remembrance by holding an annual Shaw and Crompton Holocaust Memorial Day. We condemn the evils of prejudice, discrimination and racism. We value a free, tolerant, and democratic society.


Howard Sykes
There Is a Last Solitary Coach – David Vogel
There is a last, solitary coach about to leave.
Let us get in and go,
For it won’t wait.
I have seen young girls going softly
With sad faces
That looked ashamed and sorry
Like purple sunsets,
And chubby, pink children
Who went simply
Because they were called.
And I’ve seen men
Who stepped proud and straight through the world’s streets,
Whose large eyes went ranging
Far and wide,
They too got in calmly
And left.
And we are the last.
Day is declining.
The last, solitary coach is about to leave.
Let us too get in quietly
And go,
For it won’t wait.

Everyone has a right to be free,
Where there is no freedom for others,
There is no freedom for me.
Everyone has a right to be different,
Where there is no respect for difference,
There can be no respect for me.
There is HOPE for a safer future if I protect liberty,
If I RESPECT others,
Others will RESPECT me.

All: Rev Harry Edwards to lead: The Lords Prayer:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory for ever and ever.

An alternative to lighting candles is the placing of stones in a focal place, such as before the altar. Stones, rather than flowers, are traditionally placed on Jewish graves as a sign of remembrance; in parts of the world where stones are more readily found than flowers this is practical. The practice also echoes the accounts in Genesis of marking the grave of the patriarchs. Symbolically, a stone prayerfully placed provides the antithesis to a stone thrown in anger.

Minute’s silence:

All: We place these stones in memory of all people, each known to you by name, who perished as a result of human action. We lay them down as a sign of our determination to counter anger and hatred wherever we may find them, and of our commitment to live for the establishment of the kingdom of heaven on earth.

Lay stones:

£5,000 reward in search for Nellie Garaghty’s handbag and husband’s ashes

Date published: 18 January 2012 (reproduced from Oldham Evening Chronicle)

A £5,000 reward has been offered to anyone who provides information leading to the recovery of Nellie Geraghty’s handbag and her husband’s ashes.

Detectives are also appealing for a number of crucial witnesses who they understand were in the vicinity of the attack in Shaw.

The 79-year-old (pictured) was found unconscious with head injuries, in the alleyway leading from Elizabeth Grove to Kershaw Street shortly before noon on Thursday, November 24, 2011.

She was found by members of the public. An ambulance was called, but she died from her injuries the following night.

Her handbag, which contained the ashes of her husband Frank, is still missing. Shortly after the incident, a member of the public, who does not wish to be named, told police he wanted to help the investigation in the form of a reward. Detectives believe there were a number of witnesses in the area who may have seen the offender shortly before or after he came across Nellie.

Officers are keen to speak to:

* Two youths who were seen heading away from Elizabeth Grove and then went onto The Avenue

* A white man who was with a child believed to be about four years old, in a garden on Victoria Street between 11.50am and 11.55am.

* Two youths crossing Rochdale Road to walk on a dirt track alongside The Star pub at 11.50am.

A green plastic spiral clip-on cord, possibly with a key attached; pink wallet, black purse, chequebook, personal photos, bus pass and her husband Frank’s ashes were in the stolen handbag.

Detective chief Inspector Joanne Rawlinson said: “The man who has kindly agreed to offer a reward was, like many members of the public, shocked by this appalling tragedy.

“He fully understands that the family are desperate for those ashes to be returned, and their recovery would also uncover vital lines of inquiry for our investigation.

“We believe there are people out there who have considered giving information about the handbag but have been hesitant for whatever reason.

“We would like to reassure them that we have a team of highly trained detectives who they can speak to and their information will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

“While many people have spoken to us and helped us piece together an understanding of the events leading to the attack on Nellie, we are also appealing today for a number of vital witnesses to speak to us.

“If you happen to be any of the witnesses described, we need to speak to you. You may not have thought that you could have given information to help this investigation, but what you saw may have been very significant.”

Two boys aged 14 and 17 were arrested on suspicion of murder and are on police bail until February 2012.

Another man, aged 37, is also on bail on suspicion of murder until Tuesday, February 14.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 5448 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

ROYTON and Shaw police have praised all those who assisted them in the case of tragic pensioner Nellie Geraghty.
The 79-year-old was mugged for her handbag which contained her late husband’s ashes.

She was found unconscious and with head injuries and later died.

Royton police inspector Karen Taylor said: “The support we received was unbelievable from people in Shaw and from surrounding areas.

“At Nellie’s funeral, Shaw came to a standstill and I have never seen anything like it here before.

“I would like to thank everybody for all of their support.”

Friday Bin Collections Postponed in search for for Nellie Geraghty’s missing handbag in a large part of Shaw & Crompton

After the tragic death of Nellie Geraghty, the Police have asked the council not to empty any waste or recycling bins in a large part of Shaw & Crompton as they look for Nellie’s handbag and other evidence.

What was in the bag

Anyone travelling around the Shaw area and surrounding districts is being urged to keep an eye peeled for the missing bag.

Police say any items thought to be in the bag could also provide vital clues if found.

It’s believed the black shoulder bag contained:

::A green plastic spiral ‘clip-on’ cord, possibly with a key attached.

::A pink wallet with an Ocean Village logo.

::A brown wallet, possibly with a camel motif.

::A black purse.

::A chequebook in Nellie’s name.

::Pictures of Frank, her late husband.

::A bus pass in her name.

::Frank’s ashes in a blue velour bag.

::A metal loop thought to have attached the straps to the main body of the bag.

“Someone in this community must know something. We’re urging them to have the courage to pick up the phone and speak to us. Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161-856 5448 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800-555 111.

white area inside of map is the zone with postponed bin collections

Shaw Election Result 2011

Mark Lindsay Alcock (Liberal Democrat) 1084 ELECTED

Amanda Chadderton (Labour) 986
Phelyp Bennett (Conservative) 612
(Turnout 34.1 per cent)

Thank you to everyone who supported me in yesterday’s election, I will continue work hard for everyone in Shaw ward to get the best I can for Shaw and to help Shaw residents with any local issues that you have, please contact me at the address on the right.

Campaign continues to Save Beal Hey…


Shaw & Crompton Liberal Democrats are continuing the fight to SAVE BEAL HEY HWRC at Chandos Street, Shaw, after the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority GMWDA voted to close it.

The decision in principle to close Beal Hey was made at GMWDA’s meeting on 18th March. The meeting voted to continue with plans for the closure, ahead of further consultation and a final decision being made on 18th June.

Shaw & Crompton Liberal Democrats have led the campaign to keep the Beal Hey open, Cllr Mark Alcock presented a petition with 4,100 signatures from residents from Shaw & Crompton and across East Oldham to the meeting.

Mark said “This decision to close Beal Hey is completely wrong, if this is allowed to happen it would mean that the whole of Oldham Borough would only have Arkright Street to recycle their waste, some 160,000 residents, leaving Oldham as the only council in Greater Manchester to have just one site, the other councils have between 2 and 4 sites.

GMWDA have said that there’ll be more consultation, the consultation they have done already is a sham, like asking people in Oldham town centre about using Beal Hey, why did they not ask the people in Shaw town centre?

When 4,100 people sign a petition, I would say that that is a very loud message from local people to keep this site OPEN.

Cllr Mark Alcock believes that the closure of Beal Hey will lead to an increase in fly-tipping and a decrease in recycling”.

Mark also said, “We will be continuing to collect petition signatures and we will be asking the Oldham MBC to object to the closure and to do all it can to keep Beal Hey OPEN.

People can sign the petition online at and they download petition forms so they can collect more signatures from family and friends and anyone they think would be affected by the closure”.

Click here to sign the petition online

To print a petition for you to get your friends, family to sign and return click here