SAVE SHAW BATHS PETITION

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.

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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.

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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.

All: HOPE FOR THE FUTURE:
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.
Amen

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:
END:

£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 www.SaveBealHey.org.uk 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

Stay Warm This Winter…

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Affordable warmth: Insulation deals

Being more energy efficient at home could help you sta warm this winter, and save you up to £265 a year on fuel bills.


Over 70 or on a benefit

If you own or rent your home from a private landlord you could get free cavity wall and loft insulation and, in some cases heating system improvements.

You must be over 70 or in receipt of certain benefits (disability living allowance, attendance allowance, tax credit, means tested benefit).
Apply

Contact the Greater Manchester Energy Saving Trust.

·         Phone: 0800 512 012

·         Email: [email protected]


Health issues

Certain health issues could be made worse by living in a cold and damp home.

Oldham residents with certain illnesses can access free loft and cavity wall insulation.

If you suffer from one of the following illnesses, you could qualify:

Respiratory disease

·         Asthma

·         Bronchitis

·         COPD

·         Cystic fibrosis

·         Emphysema


Cardio vascular disease

·         Angina

·         Heart problems

·         High blood pressure

·         Stroke victims


Musculoskeletal disease

·         Arthritis

·         Damaged joints

·         Long term back pain


Mental health

·         Any mental health problems

The energy advisers will check your eligibility and arrange a free, no obligation survey.

You will be asked to confirm you have a health condition by replying to a letter you will receive and either self certifying (in which case this will be checked with a relevant health professional) or asking a relevant health professional to sign it for you.

Your home will then be fitted (hassle and mess free) with loft and cavity wall insulation, free of charge.
Apply

Contact the Greater Manchester Energy Saving Trust.

You need to mention the Oldham Health Scheme.

·         Phone: 0800 512 012

·         Email: [email protected]

Affordable warmth temprature card PDF

 Temperature guide (PDF)

 

Delivering a Fair Start for Every Child

Today the coalition government published its white paper on schools – “The Importance of Teaching”. It sets out our ambitious reform programme to raise standards for all children while narrowing the gap between rich and poor.

It shows how the Government is delivering the fair start for every child that we promised in the Liberal Democrat manifesto.

The White Paper announced four key reforms –

– Delivering a Pupil Premium, on top of the budgets that schools already have, to go to every deprived child wherever they live, to allow schools to put extra resources into narrowing the gap in attainment between the richest and the poorest.

– Giving all schools more freedom to make the right choices for their pupils – slimming down the national curriculum, removing bureaucracy and red tape and reducing testing and league tables.

– Recognising that it is the quality of teaching that really makes a difference in the classroom – expanding graduate teacher programmes like Teach First, developing networks of “teaching schools” and supporting continuing professional development.

And, something important to Liberal Democrats, matching school freedoms with a strong strategic role for local authorities in ensuring fairness – in admissions policies, for children with special educational needs, and in championing educational excellence in all schools, including
Free Schools and Academies.

You can read more about the white paper – and you can watch the video below about the pupil premium.

As part of the consultation process, you can send your views on the white paper to: [email protected]. If you have friends or family working in education, please foward this email so they can get involved.

The Liberal Democrats are delivering in Government the fair start for children we promised.

Sarah Teather MP
Minister of State – Department for Education

The Poppy Appeal

It only takes a minute to put a Poopy on - Please make a donation - click here…

Each year the residents of Shaw and Oldham express their support for The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal, and our Armed Forces.  If you want to make a donation, just click on the picture above and you will be redirected to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal website, were you can make a donation.
Mark Alcock and members of your Focus Team will be attending the service at the War Memorial in Shaw on Sunday 14th November, the service commences at 10.55am. 
A procession will assemble at the Royal British Legion Club, Newtown Street, Shaw, at 10.30am proceeding to the War Memorial at 10.40am.
Please do come along and show your support for all our Armed Forces past and present.