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Spring 2017 - Issue 47










WELCOME A message from Style’s Editor


ASTRONOMY 44-45 Discover Bacup’s fascinating observatory

AUTHOR TREVOR HOYLE The road to George Orwell


CREATIVE WRITING COMPETITION Search for budding young talent


DOUBLE OLYMPIC CHAMPION Joanna launches new event


GOOD FOOD GUIDE Dine in Style this spring


STYLE EXCLUSIVE Coronation Street’s Simon Gregson


MUSIC HISTORY How Rochdale inspired The Beatles


LOCAL HISTORY The Tweedale family




MOTORING The demise of diesel


WHAT’S COOKING? Andrew Nutter’s latest recipe


STYLE EXCLUSIVE Emmerdale’s John McArdle


RECIPES Cooking with Tom McNeeney


RSPCA ROCHDALE Latest news & events


OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST Nicola White celebrates her MBE


WEDDINGS Style’s top tips


HOSPICE NEWS Fundraising at Springhill


ONWARDS & OUTWARDS Spring clean your life


BEAUTY Back to basics


COMMUNITY Catching up with life in Rochdale

Thank you to our contributors: Motoring - Mark D’Apice Local History - Richard Lysons Fashion & Lifestyle - Rachel Clarke Beauty - Emma Fitton Culture - Paul Brady Food - Andrew Nutter Food - Tom McNeeney Guest writer - Author, Trevor Hoyle

Graphic Design - Lemonade Creative

Ruth Meredith Editor

Colin Meredith Managing Director

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welcome... Dear Readers,

Welcome to Style’s spring edition… Spring is in the air... and it’s most definitely my favourite season! It’s the perfect time to get out exploring our beautiful local countryside and all it has to offer. If you head down to Rochdale Town Hall you might be lucky enough to spot the resident pair of Peregrine Falcons, who are once again nesting outside the Clock Tower. They have attracted considerable public interest and now even have their very own live webcam - go to to see what they’re up to.

One of Rochdale Town Hall’s resident Peregrine Falcons

You may have noticed that Style looks a bit different this issue; seeing as it’s spring we’ve had a bit of a revamp! But all the usual features are back – news, events, motoring, sport, the arts, beauty, food, shopping and much more. This issue, we are delighted to bring you exclusive interviews with Coronation Street’s Simon Gregson (Steve McDonald) and Emmerdale’s John McArdle (Ronnie Hale). We also chat to Olympian Nicola White following her trip to Buckingham Palace to receive an MBE!

Spring flowers by Diane Green

Richard Lysons discovers how Rochdale once inspired The Beatles; Paul Brady discovers astronomy at a fascinating local observatory; and guest writer, author Trevor Hoyle, achieves a lifelong ambition as he follows the road to George Orwell. This edition is also packed with ideas for things to do, places to shop and fantastic places to dine. Please continue to support local shops, businesses and restaurants who greatly value your support. I love to hear from our readers, so please join our Facebook page ( or get in touch with any good news stories – email: Thank you for your continued readership and I hope you enjoy this edition.

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(TOP) Style’s MD, Colin, showing Our Gracie a copy of the last edition! (LEFT) Two-year-old Oscar putting his feet up to have a flick through Style. 2

Roe Deer by Antony Dore

STYLE CREATIVE WRITING COMPETITION Style Magazine are launching an exciting competition to seek out the best young creative talent in the area. If you’re aged 16 or under then why not put pen to paper and see what you can conjure up! The best entries will be published in Style Magazine and your stories and poems will be brought to life with personalised illustrations by talented local artist Joe Matthews.

There are four categories: JUNIOR SHORT STORY Ages 10 or under (maximum of 500 words) JUNIOR POETRY Ages 10 or under (any word count) SENIOR SHORT STORY Ages 11-16 (maximum of 800 words) SENIOR POETRY Ages 11-16 (any word count)

One winner will be chosen from each category and there is no topic, so the world is your oyster! Write a story or poem that you would like to read. Brilliant stories are usually made up of interesting characters, plot twists & turns. Reading more or talking ideas through with others might help you to find inspiration. If you have family members or friends who are aged 16 or under please encourage them to take part. Stories can either be submitted by email to features@rochdalestyle. com with the subject ‘Writing Competition’ plus the entrant’s name or by post to: Writing Competition, Style Magazine, 290 Edenfield Road, Rochdale, OL11 5AG. In either case, please include the entrant’s full name, address, telephone number, email address, age and chosen category. Closing date for entries: Friday 23rd June 2017. Entrants must only submit one piece of writing per category. By entering the competition you agree to the possibility of your story being published free of charge. Entries must be original pieces of writing.

Registration opens for Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K Registration for this year’s Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K is now open. The popular event returns on Sunday 8 October, with all races starting and finishing by Rochdale Town Hall and the race routes are being redesigned to attract even more runners. Since 2015 over 2,200 people have taken part in the event, which sets out by the new Gracie Fields statue, and the recently uncovered River Roch bridge on traffic-free courses taking in town and some of the north west’s most picturesque countryside scenes.

Half Marathon places cost £24.40 for club-runners, £26.40 for non-club runners, while the 10K is £15.60 for club runners, £17.60 for non-club runners, with all prices including the booking fee. Fun Run entry opens in June. The routes will again be fully-marshalled and on roads closed to traffic. Finishers will receive a medal, technical t-shirt and goody bag. Last year the event attracted runners from across Greater Manchester, Yorkshire, Cheshire and beyond as well as many from the borough, with spectators coming out in numbers to line many parts of the route.

Rob Gower, head of business at Williams BMW Rochdale (back centre) with staff and runners.

Rob Gower, head of business at Williams BMW Rochdale said: “Williams BMW Rochdale is proud to be part of this wonderful event and want to see it firmly established as one of the best running events in the North West. The event exemplifies the benefits of adopting a healthy lifestyle and helps to raise much needed funds for valuable causes.” To view the routes and enter online visit To keep upto-date with the latest information about the event follow @RochdaleHalf on Twitter and like ‘Rochdale Half Marathon’ on Facebook.


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Coronation Street actor Simon Gregson, was the guest star at the recent Rochdale Digital Festival, which aimed to show visitors how useful, easy and fun to use technology can be. The popular northerner, best known for playing the long-running soap’s lovable rogue Steve McDonald, swapped pulling pints behind the Rovers Return bar to meet festival visitors, as well as having a go at getting to grips with a whole range of technology himself.

The event, held at Number One Riverside and organised by Rochdale Borough Council, attracted over 750 people. Visitors were shown how to set up an email account, make video calls, borrow electronic books, shop safely online and how to set up Facebook and Twitter pages. Staff from 02 Rochdale let visitors step into the future with the Samsung Gear VR Virtual Reality headset. The Digital Community and Creative Zone highlighted local digital projects, with interactive computer games, digital animation, virtual reality, computer coding and electronics. 02 Rochdale delivered a fascinating workshop on how to keep your children safer online and BBC Radio Manchester broadcast live from the festival. Simon Gregson proved very popular with visitors. He chatted to fans in person and later answered questions digitally, during a live interview broadcast on the council’s Facebook page. Speaking on BBC Radio Manchester he said it was an impressive event: “I saw some pretty amazing stuff at the festival. I try to keep up with technology but there is so much more to learn and it’s always moving fast. My kids are into all the latest gadgets and at events like this you realise how much more you can do with technology, whatever level you’re at there is something useful for you here, it’s great, and what a fantastic building to host it all in!” Images courtesy of ITV Pictures


Simon joined Coronation Street in 1989 and has been at the centre of an emotionally charged storyline in recent months alongside onscreen wife Michelle Connor (Kym Marsh), depicting the miscarriage of their baby at 23 weeks. Then came the dramatic revelation that Steve was the biological father of Leanne Battersby’s (Jane Danson) baby boy. In 2014 he won a British Soap Award for ‘Best Comedy Performer’ and won the ‘Funniest Male’ at the 2013 Inside Soap Awards. Style caught up with Simon at the event to chat about gadgets, Corrie and locking Bill Roache in a cupboard… Are you tech-savvy? Yes I’m quite tech savvy. I’ve got into the habit of using my Amazon Fire tablet for loads of useful things, I tweet most days and I’ve recently purchased a drone which I’m really into at the moment but I’m definitely not an expert when it comes to new technology. ...How about Steve? Steve is not!! What have you been filming with your drone? My drone has been filming my home from the air but I’ve lost the SD card! I spend a lot of my time trying to avoid trees!

The fans have enjoyed the performances from me and Kym recently and we have been told it has helped many people, so we are both very proud.

Where can we tweet you? Simongregson123

Are drones being introduced onto the Coronation Street set at all? We have used drones a few times at work, when Michelle went missing we used one for when she was on the bridge. Steve and Michelle have been at the centre of a very emotional and talked about storyline in Coronation Street recently, with the miscarriage of their son. What reaction have you had from fans of the soap?

Do you think you’ll beat Bill Roache’s (Ken Barlow) 56 year record on the street? I’m going to lock Bill Roache in a cupboard - I’ll feed him ‘n’ stuff and give him stuff to read, then when I’ve beaten his record I’ll let him out and we will have sushi…

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Any hints as to what is in store for Steve and Michelle in the coming months? I’ve no clue as to Steve and Michelle’s future - I don’t think it’s been decided yet. Of the many scenes you’ve been involved in during your 27 years on Corrie, do you have an all-time favourite? Any scene in the cab office is my favourite! In the past you’ve won Soap Awards for ‘Best Comedy Performer’ and ‘Funniest Male’ – have you ever contemplated a career change to stand-up comedy? Doing stand up has been on the cards for a while… maybe one day.


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Rochdale Town Hall was the setting for the town’s very own Strictly Come Dancing. The glamourous night was hosted by Stephen Jones, from Turners Dance Centre, and arranged in conjunction with the Mayor’s Charity Appeal, by Pam Ashton.

The winners of the Amateur section were Paul and Nikki Brierley and the Pro-Am, Claire Mutandwa. Runners up were Graham and Debbie Sharp and Steve Smith.

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Cabaret from Turners Dance Centre included British and European Champions Freestyle teams Eenie Meanies and Cheeky Bits, Contemporary Dancing, Tap, and Argentine Tango.

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Ten couples, who train at Turners, danced to compete for the two Glitter Balls on offer. One section for Amateur couples dancing together, and the other for Pro-Am, where a pupil danced with a Professional. The audience voted for their favourites after hearing a critique from the judges, Stephanie Jones, Dawn Hart, TV Actress Lizzie Stavrou and Arios Perez - all award-winning dance professionals.

The evening raised £6000 for the Mayor’s Charities; Springhill Hospice, the Lee Rigby Foundation and Rochdale Moorlands Children’s Home.

Stephen Jones, who was Brucie for the night, commented: “The competitors were all so brave to dance in front of a sell-out audience. Something they had never done in their lives. And although they were well outside their comfort zone, they were wonderful with comedy, Ballroom, Latin and Argentine Tango to their credit.”

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EMMERDALE’S JOHN MCARDLE Northern actor John McArdle, is a popular face on our television screens, currently starring as Ronnie Hale, in Emmerdale. Aside from this, he is most noted for playing Billy Corkhill in the former Channel 4 soap Brookside, although he has a long list of theatre and television credits to his name; these include Prime Suspect, Merseybeat and even a main role in the feature film about Rochdale’s very own Pioneers. John has also turned his hand to writing, releasing his autobiography which gives a fascinating and honest account of his life. In the emotional story, John tells of how he was a working class lad, heading down the wrong path as he struggled to cope with the premature death of his father. He then managed to turn his life around to become an award winning actor, working his way to the top of the British acting profession. t 8

Where did you first start out acting? My first professional acting job was touring British prisons for 12 months! It proved really good experience, I learnt to deal with different type of audiences. A good learning curve! How would you describe your Emmerdale character, Ronnie Hale? I find playing Ronnie Hale a joy. The writers have more or less made him the agony aunt of the village - he’s always ready to give his advice to anybody that needs it. He also likes a laugh and gets on with most people. Did you expect such interesting storylines when you were first cast in the part? I liked the idea that Ronnie’s an older gay character, and not a stereotype. He likes footy, beer and a laugh with the lads. There is also lots of dramatic scope with him being with Lawrence. Will it be happy ever after for him and Lawrence? I don’t know how long Ronnie and Lawrence will stay together but I do like working with John Bowe, not only is he a good actor, he also supports Liverpool FC - my team! You’ve had many emotional and dramatic scenes over the past year but which scene has been your favourite to film? One of my favourite scenes to film was with Chrissie when I set her up for doing the dirty on me a few times. We love to dislike each other. What has been your favourite television job to date? My favourite TV job by far was Prime Suspect. To work on such an iconic programme opposite one of the world’s great actresses Helen Mirren was a dream come true. And your favourite theatre job? I’ve done quite a lot of theatre in my career so it’s hard to pick out one play in particular. One play I did about three years ago was one of my favourites, ‘Brassed Off’, in which I played Danny the

band leader. It was such a lovely play to do, filled with humour, pathos, and great brass band music. Do you prefer television or stage? It’s hard to say - I love them both in different ways. In an ideal world you can do both. Which actors do you most admire? And who have you most enjoyed working with? I have been lucky enough to have worked with some wonderful actors. In fact the list of leading ladies has been wonderful. Besides Helen Mirren, there have been Sue Johnston, Billy Whitelaw, Juliet Stephenson, Lesley Dunlop, Denise Welsh, Samantha Bond and of course my lovely wife Kathy. How many times have you starred alongside your wife Kathy? Kathy and I have worked together three times, perhaps the longest was playing my wife in Merseybeat for three seasons. Tell us a bit about your new autobiography… It was published last year and is called You Never Said Goodbye - I wrote it in the form of a letter to my father who died prematurely when I was 16. It tells of my early life when he was alive and how it affected me after his death. I went off the rails a bit, then found I wanted to be an actor at the age of 25.

Who do you think your book would most appeal to? People who have followed my career, anyone that likes a good story, or anyone thinking of taking up acting. How long did it take to write and did you enjoy the writing process? I did enjoy it - it took about three years on and off in between jobs. It made me look back on my life and see what has made me who I am today. I think everyone should write their memoirs when they think they are ready. Finally… would you like to see a Brookside revival?! A Brookside revival would be wonderful, not only because it was such a popular programme but it gave a lot of work to actors and technicians throughout the North West. John’s autobiography ‘You Never Said Goodbye’ is available from Amazon. Ruth Meredith

What advice would you give to people who perhaps have a similar ambition themselves? I think anyone who has a dream to become an actor should follow it - it is hard, but worth it, if fulfilled, and the only way to find out is to follow it. Even if you fail, at least you’ve tried your best and then won’t regret not trying.




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NICOLA WHITE (MBE) style exclusive Rochdale-born hockey star, Nicola White, has recently added to her list of medals, after being honoured with an MBE at Buckingham Palace on 28th February. Nicola was part of the team which made Olympic history, winning all eight of their matches on the way to the Olympic Finals in Rio last year. In the memorable final against the Netherlands, Nicola scored the equaliser which sent the game to penalties. Great Britain then triumphed 2-0, leading to Team GB’s first ever gold medal in women’s Olympic hockey. Style spoke to Nicola following the special ceremony at the Palace… Style: How did you first find out you’d be receiving an MBE? Nicola: I received a letter, however I was back up North when it came so couldn’t open it. My boyfriend said it looked important and urgent so I gave him permission on the phone to open it. We were joking around guessing what it might be and then after a slightly longer than normal silence I said, “is it an MBE?” which he then hesitantly replied,

probably feeling quite bad that I wasn’t the one opening it! It was amazing news and then the talk between the squad over Whatsapp started to spread with congratulations to one another. It’s just the best news following the golden summer and recognising hockey in such light is a proud moment. What was it like to visit the Palace and meet Prince William? As a squad we have been to the palace post London Olympics and post Rio Olympics and it fills you with nerves and excitement every time. However, to go to the palace on such an occasion for an Investiture is a whole new level of nerves. It was quite overwhelming but I kept telling myself to enjoy every minute and take it all in so that I could remember it. Curtseying and standing in front of Prince William while receiving the award was such a surreal feeling and I just tried to hold it together whilst having a conversation with him. Did your family attend the ceremony? Yes my mum and boyfriend attended the ceremony and I am so glad they were there to see such a wonderful occasion


and share it with me. We have some great pictures from the day which will go nicely in the albums. Where are you going to keep your medal? The medal came in a box, so I doubt I will be taking it out of there much. It will be pride of place along with my hockey medals and shortly I am hoping for it to be displayed in a bespoke box that is being made for medals to show.

What has been the biggest sacrifice you have had to make to get to where you are now in your hockey career? It is difficult to say, as with any job there are things that have to be chosen, adapted and compromised for elite success, but I would have to say I miss the friends and family I have left behind back home in the North as I moved down to London for the GB programme. Socially it is less flexible, as for me performance is everything and hockey must come first. I guess things like eating out lots, drinking, taking holidays when we want, attending family occasions if they clash with hockey. There is probably more, but I am used to it now and it’s the way I live. I am just lucky I have a very understanding boyfriend and family who are right behind me and what I want to achieve.

challenge is to constantly strive to be a better athlete and push my boundaries but ultimately in hockey terms, to get that World and Commonwealth gold medal!

Nicola with her proud supporters, mum Gill & boyfriend Edward

What’s the next challenge you’re going to set yourself? Well, my first challenge is getting back fit after five months out. The time off was fantastic and I needed the mental and physical break from the hockey programme, however I can tell you it is painful getting back to fitness! I keep setting myself targets to hit every couple of weeks and it is best that way. My main

Nicola with a few of her hockey teammates after the ceremony

Will you be playing at the Commonwealth Games in Australia next year? I hope so! Every tournament is selected at that time, out of who has played well and the best team to take, so it is a case of keeping a good consistent performance and building your place into a squad. It would be a great tournament to compete in Australia, plus we are still chasing that Commonwealth Games gold medal! A few of your teammates are now playing in Holland, is that something you would consider or are you a home bird? Yes it is something I have considered, also going to Australia and New Zealand too, however with our full time centralised GB programme here in London, there is little flexibility to be able to commit to a season abroad. It is quite clear that we are needed here and have to be with GB if we are chasing gold medals. The only real time to experience this is the first year post Olympics when the programme is in transition. Maybe one day after retirement it could happen, who knows. There’s been a big intake at local hockey clubs since the Olympics, how have you been getting involved with this? Yes, we have seen a great increase

all over the country and the vision for hockey participation started four years ago from the London 2012 Olympic legacy. This has been massively boosted again after winning gold and the team playing their part in inspiring youngsters from all over the UK. I spent a lot of time giving back to my hometown Oldham where my journey started. I went on a school roadshow around the Oldham and Rochdale area and linked up with Oldham Hockey to try and help grow the club and provide a place for people to try it out for themselves. It was a huge success, to the point where the club has restructured, renamed and created more teams to allow for the growth. I couldn’t be happier and I will continue to support this where I can. How would you encourage young people to take up hockey? Local hockey clubs are in abundance so there should always be somewhere to try it out. I would say it is best to enjoy it socially with friends and family and try and get a group of you to go. Having someone with you might help you enjoy it more in the early stages as you may not feel as nervous integrating and meeting new faces. Also, maybe find a good club that does multiple sports so that you can give hockey and possibly other sports a go. Again, it will have a lovely family feel where you can enjoy your time there and be active in multiple experiences. Ruth Meredith


Mouth-watering food on a plate this May Bank Holiday weekend! Head down to Rochdale Town Hall Square on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 May, for a brand new event - ‘Street Eat’ is certainly one not to miss!

Street Eat will be staged near the Gracie Fields statue, the recently revealed historical bridges and River Roch. With a traditional set up, a dining area in the centre, bunting and lights, it’s set to be an unforgettable weekend. There will also be free entertainment and lots to do for all the family as you bask in the relaxed ambience of al fresco dining!

We look forward to welcoming both local shoppers and those from further afield and showcasing some of the fabulous food available locally.” For more information visit

Entry is free and organiser Mark Foxley from Rochdale Town Centre Management is excited about this new event: Organised by Rochdale Town Centre Management and supported by Rochdale Borough Council there will be an array of stalls from the towns thriving food and drink establishments including La Mancha, Cocka Doodle Moo, The Flying Horse, The Baum and many more. You’ll be able to try and buy as many small dishes as you like!

“We’ve already had a great response from the fantastic food and drink businesses in the town centre. Whatever your tastes there will be something for everyone. Street Eat will be held in Rochdale Town Hall Square over the May Bank Holiday weekend.



Onwards & Outwards Spring clean your life

The days are slowly getting longer, and I’ve heard the sun might be making an appearance soon, which can only

mean one thing – spring is here. In keeping with this theme of new birth and the end of winter, at Style we think it’s

the perfect time for a quick, seasonal re-evaluation, or ‘spring clean’ of your life, to drop the boring stuff and get out there and try new things.

After those long dark nights of hibernation enforced by the wet, windy, downright unpleasant weather and the

hangover of Christmas, we need a bit of stimulation. Exploring a new place and experiencing its new sights, smells,

environment or culture refreshes our mind and our body, so spring is the perfect time to book a trip away to get rid of those wintery cobwebs. We can also look at our daily routine to reassess our lives and ensure we’re making the most of our time. Changes that make a positive difference don’t have to be dramatic, they can be tiny, fine-tuned adjustments, like deciding to cultivate a different variety of plant or learning a new word each day. Even a small difference to our routine can have a significant impact on our feelings of well-being. So onwards and outwards… GET THE ADRENALINE PUMPING Spring is the perfect time to feel the fresh air. Go hill-walking, there’s no excuse when we have some of the most beautiful National Parks in Britain - The Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the Peak District - within a couple of hours’ drive. There’s all manners of exciting and different ways to challenge yourself, such as trampolining and ziplining in the world’s first subterranean adventure park in caves twice as deep as St Paul’s Cathedral in North Wales. Or you could go even further out of your comfort zone and take a hot air balloon ride or go paragliding. Stuff to tick off the bucket list, break the monotony and give you a nice little self-esteem boost too.

UTILISE TECHNOLOGY TO DIGITALLY SELF-IMPROVE There’s an app for everything these days. You can get wristbands to record your performance in the pool, or check your speed, distance covered and calories burnt while you go hiking up Scafell Pike (see previous!). There’s also sleep monitoring applications which register your movements and restlessness and give you an idea of the quality of sleep you’re managing to get, and countless dieting and nutrition apps you can download to eat your way to a cleaner, healthier you. All these savvy little inventions will enable you to analyse your behaviour patterns, cut out the negative stuff and be a happier bunny all round.

GET FIT, EXERCISE LESS A paradox if ever I heard one. Well, apparently, fitness gurus have deduced that interval training, which consists of alternating short, intense bursts of exercise with periods of recovery makes for optimum fat burning. The Japanese Tabata method requires only four minutes of graft four times a week, and there are countless celebrity fitness DVDs for ladies and gents out there which promise easy routines that fit in with your lifestyle and offer a quick solution to spring clean your body.


BUILD A ZOO Yes, you really can create your very own menagerie in your back garden. Encourage the hedgehogs, squirrels, birds, butterflies, bees (and bats) to become your new neighbours by buying all the right boxes for them to live in, and creating a diverse habitat by visiting the garden centre and planting lots of flowers and greenery which has the added bonus of making your garden look pretty too. So, you can feel good about yourself by doing your bit for British wildlife and maybe learn a little in the process.

CULTURE YOUR MIND The Museums at Night festival takes place this year from the 16th-18th May, and can be attended at hundreds of museums, arts and heritage spaces around the UK. In addition to the exhibits themselves, there will be DJs to add a musical element to your museum experience, as well as artists in attendance to give educational talks, which will hopefully inspire your latent creativity and expand your horizons a little.

CONNECT WITH NATURE Turn off your phone, dig out your tent and get reacquainted with nature for the weekend. Or if camping amongst the creepy crawlies fills you with dread, why not try out the popular ‘glamping’ trend. Glamping sites all across the country enable you to sleep in the great outdoors with all the comforts of home on hand, conveniently leaving the stresses of work back in the urban jungle while you get back to nature. Many sites have small, insulated pods that come with beds, power points, decking and outdoor barbecues and are great for family or friend getaways. Fall asleep under the stars, de-stress and ‘spring clean’ your mind. Getting outside also boosts your vitamin D, the ‘sunshine vitamin’, which an increasing number of us are deficient in. Winner! Rachel Clarke



Should you wish to view the stars and the night sky then the best place to do so would be from the top of a hill and well away from any light pollution. That is exactly where founder, Peter Drew, decided to locate the Astronomy Centre Observatory... As you take the road out of Bacup and head towards Todmorden, at just about the highest point, you will come across a large domed building, one of an amazing nine that are located on this land previously inhabited by a clay pipe factory. Founded in 1982, with private funding, it was intended to be a centre of astronomical excellence and to stimulate interest in the North West and Yorkshire, close to the border of Rossendale.

On a very dark evening, armed with a torch, we made our way up the gravel slope of a bleak but magnificent hillside. We were rewarded by a warm welcome, and walked across a metal bridge, into the larger of the two domed buildings, like walking into the interior of a flying saucer. The night was cloudy, with a hint of snow floating down, and so viewing through the telescope was out of the question. However, we were treated to a viewing of the night sky on a large monitor with Andy Sieroslawski, 18

a long-standing member of the management team, who ensures that the Observatory thrives. Andy explained the locations of stars and planets in the sky and we are now able to track these from our own back garden.

as well as the more knowledgeable visitor.

On a previous visit to the Observatory we had viewed Saturn, with its iconic rings clearly visible through the large telescope. We also saw the cluster of stars known as Orion’s Belt, along with Betelgeuse, a star many times bigger and more powerful than our Sun and whose light takes approximately 600 years to get to us here on Earth!

There are numerous opportunities to visit, including Saturday afternoons during the summer months and Saturday evenings throughout the year, both are public ‘open’ sessions which operate for a voluntary small donation of £2. The place is self-funding and run by very knowledgeable and dedicated volunteers.

Viewed through the magnificent telescope, through the opened domed roof, such things look tantalisingly close with their features clearly visible.

This is such an exciting place to visit within a 15-20 minute drive of Rochdale town centre. The Observatory is on the A681, Bacup to Todmorden road, OL14 7HP. It is easy to find (look out for a driveway with a cattle grid and white fence) There is a small sign to inform you have arrived. Car parking is plentiful and free. Be sure to wear warm clothes and stout shoes as it gets very cold on evening visits.

We were invited to the summer time solar viewings which allow you to see the Sun’s flares through safe, specialised equipment and made a note in our diaries to return as soon as we can! Many groups, from far and wide, regularly make use of the Observatory’s well equipped presentation room and enjoy the views of celestial objects via high magnification telescopes, which is an absolute treat for novices like us,

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Middleton’s double Olympic gold medal-winning and World Champion cyclist Joanna Rowsell Shand MBE is championing a female-only cycling event in Rochdale. Joanna, one of best British track racers of her generation and a key member of the British Cycling and Team GB squads, is supporting ‘Ride Rochdale’ – a new event organised by Tim Kelly Cycling Coach and supported by Rochdale Borough Council and Link4Life.

climb, Blackstone Edge descent and easier roads to the finish.

Over 300 women are expected to take part on Sunday 21 May, with the day featuring a choice of two rides.

Councillor Janet Emsley, cabinet member for culture, health and wellbeing at Rochdale Borough Council, said: “This new event reflects a growing demand for women only cycling rides,

‘Blackstone Vale’ is a 50-mile route with the distinct climb of Blackstone Edge within 4 miles of the start, a long descent and short valley section taking you to another classic steep cobbled climb through the medieval village of Heptonstall followed by a moorland road. There are flatter sections deep in the valley bottoms through Todmorden and Hebden Bridge before tackling the classic five mile climb of Cragg Vale, prior to retracing your ride down Blackstone Edge and the final four miles back to Kingsway Park Sports Centre. For those wanting more of a challenge, ‘Blackstone Vale and Moor’ is a 75-mile route which follows the ‘Blackstone Vale’ course until branching off at Hebden Bridge to tackle the steep cobbled climb through Heptonstall for a second time. This is followed by an epic twenty miles of serious climbing and descending over the Widdop Moors. Reversing the moorland road will lead you back down to Hebden Bridge, with just a short valley section before the grand finale of the Cragg Vale 20

Both take their names from Blackstone Edge in Littleborough which will feature in the early part of the scenic courses, and the event is registered with British Cycling.

are breathtaking and I’m really looking forward to it. Ride Rochdale is a great way to get more women on their bikes and hopefully encourage anyone who was previously daunted by the idea of riding on the roads or taking on such a challenge to get together with a few friends and get involved … see you there!”. Organiser Tim Kelly commented: “Some women are put off cycling by its traditions and male dominance, although whilst lots more women are getting into road cycling there’s definitely a gap for many between social rides such as British Cycling’s Breeze Network and more serious challenges or club membership. I wanted to offer two rides that will provide an opportunity for female road cyclists to build confidence and step up to a new challenge, and others to showcase their strength.”

with something for those relatively new to riding as well as more experienced cyclists looking for a challenge. The scenery on the routes is absolutely stunning. Places are limited this year, but if this proves popular we will look at increasing our capacity in 2018.”

Disabled riders are also invited to cycle routes around Kingsway Park Sports Centre during an accessible ride being staged on the same day, aimed at showing how cycling is for everyone. National organisation Cycling Projects with Link4Life Rochdale Wheels for All will provide a broad range of accessible bikes for the event.

Joanna Rowsell Shand, one of Team GB’s stars of the Rio Olympics, who regularly trains in the borough’s countryside, said: “I love the scenery the Pennines have to offer, this is a beautiful part of the world and perfect for exploring on two wheels. The views on these two routes

Joanna will join entrants at the start of the event, with both routes setting off from Kingsway Park Sports Centre. Registration costs £20 for ‘Blackstone Vale’ and £25 for ‘Blackstone Vale and Moor.’ To view the routes and register visit www.

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BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE Style readers of a certain age (that includes this writer) will surely remember the impact of ‘Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, the sixth album by The Beatles when it was released in 1967. The music, the front cover with its collage of celebrity faces and the cardboard inserts were all extraordinary in the pop music world. This was probably the first album ever to have each song’s lyrics printed on the back cover. It remains, fifty years later, the most famous and discussed popular album of all time. By now The Fab Four had long stopped touring and were able to devote their time and energy into working in the recording studio. The whole album was said to have taken 700 hours of studio time over a period of five months! One of the most distinctive songs on the Sergeant Pepper album had the strange title of ‘Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite’ and it closed Side One of the original vinyl disc. Few people knew at the time that the song was inspired by a Rochdale circus poster from 1843. Early in 1967 - yes 50 years ago! - the Beatles were making a promotional film (what we all now call a pop video) for their latest single release ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ in Knole Park, Sevenoaks, Kent. During the filming, John Lennon went into a nearby antique shop and bought a Victorian circus poster 24

advertising a show in Rochdale on February 14th 1843. The circus was held at Town Meadows which is now the site of Rochdale Police Station and the Memorial Gardens. The bridge that crosses the Roch at this point is still called Town Meadows Bridge. The poster advertised Pablo Fanque’s Circus Royal. Pablo Fanque, born William Darby in Norwich, was a circus performer in his youth but went on to run his own circus company. At the time Pablo was Britain’s only black circus owner and his company toured throughout the British Isles. The ‘benefit’ for Mr Kite was one of many fundraising performances that Pablo Fanque held for his performers and for local charities. This - along with the daredevil tricks of his circus troupe - gave Pablo Fanque an excellent reputation around the country.

This Victorian circus poster appealed to John Lennon’s sense of the ridiculous and he hung it on the wall of his home studio in Weybridge. John began to sing phrases from the poster while playing the piano. This soon became a song and, within three weeks, was recorded by The Beatles. John Lennon’s lyrics closely followed the original text of the poster. The poster promises a horse called Xanthus (Lennon changed this to the alliterative ‘Henry’) and Mr Henderson performing trampoline leaps and somersets (ie

somersaults) over men and horses, through hoops, over garters and through a hogshead (large barrel) of real fire. John Lennon asked The Beatles producer, George Martin, for a ‘fairground’ atmosphere where the listener could ‘smell the sawdust’.

George Martin had experience of making novelty records with The Goons, Peter Sellers and Bernard Cribbins and happily took up this unusual challenge. Martin arranged a harmonium, electronic organ and harmonicas and combined tapes of old Victorian steam organs. This produced an extraordinary backdrop to John Lennon’s voice.

As a child, I found the song rather scary as it seemed to show the darker side of circuses. Even half a century later, few pop artists have managed to create such an original sound. One writer describes the song’s ‘irresistible image of a solemnly dancing horse’. In 1843, circuses and fairs were the only mass entertainment for most of the population. They were highlights of the year, giving them respite from long hours in the mills, factories, mines and fields. At the same time, Charles Dickens was writing novels such as Oliver Twist about the squalor and hardship of Victorian life. I can picture a similar atmosphere whenever I listen to this classic Beatles track, imagining the crowds in the Big Top being mesmerized by the dancing horses and fearless acrobats. The original poster (printed locally by Jones & Crosshill of Yorkshire Street) is believed to be still in the possession of John Lennon’s family. Happily, a printing firm in London have recreated the

original poster, using antique wooden and metal type, as well as speciallycommissioned wood engravings. Each print is hand-pulled on a Victorian press and individually numbered, employing the same methods that would have been used in 1843. The man behind the project, Peter Dean, has given Style permission to reproduce his poster. Please contact him if you wish to purchase a copy. There is a fascinating short film about the project on the Kiteprint website. Richard Lysons Thanks to Peter Dean ( for the images; Rochdale Local Studies and, of course, The Beatles! Further reading: The Complete Beatles Chronicle by Mark Lewisohn; Revolution In The Head by Ian MacDonald


PUTTING THE SPRING BACK IN YOUR STEP Style Editor, Ruth Meredith, recently went along to Walk Right Podiatry on Drake Street, to try out their Biomechanics Lab. Located on Drake Street, Walk Right is now run by Rebecca Schofield and Carl Ainley, but has had a presence in Rochdale for over 25 years… The Biomechanics Lab at Walk Right is home to the state-of-the-art OptoGait and Pressure Analysis Plate. This equipment is used by top athletes and Olympians all over the world. Now I don’t think anyone would ever put sport and my name in the same sentence, but this equipment can also be used to treat a variety of conditions, for people of any age or

fitness level. If you have hip, leg or back pain this could all be down to your feet, as well as more easily diagnosed heel, arch or, in my case, ankle pain. The Biomechanics and Gait Analysis Assessment involves four different highly advanced examinations. My podiatrist, Carl Ainley, first assessed the joint range of motion in my feet and determined any abnormalities in my foot posture. Then, simply by standing and walking across a state-of-the-art pressure mat he was able to measure the pressures and forces placed upon my feet, creating a dynamic 3D image. Next, I was asked to walk at a normal pace on a treadmill whilst the OptoGait measured my gait cycle. Finally, Carl used two cameras to create a video recording of my feet and lower legs,

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whilst using the treadmill. This allowed him to playback the entire gait cycle, enabling him to make precise observations about the position of my feet, lower limbs and upper body at various stages. In layman’s terms, that means you get to watch (in slow motion) how silly your walk looks! Carl assured me that a pair of specially made orthotics would correct the problem. They took a bit of getting used to but after a couple of weeks the ankle pain was much improved. If you suffer from any sort of foot pain or even back or joint pain, I would highly recommend the Gait Analysis Assessment to put the spring back in your step! Ruth Meredith

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As the debate rumbles on regarding the effect that the emissions from diesel cars have on air quality and our health, there have been rumours in the press that the government are considering offering an incentive to remove the older oil-burners from the roads to be replaced with newer, less polluting models, or as they are desperately trying to avoid calling it, a scrappage scheme. The last scheme was, let’s be honest, focused on propping up the motor industry during the financial crash rather than focusing on the most polluting cars. With cities across Europe discussing banning certain cars in the city centres, it is speculated that Britain could soon follow and to encourage us out of Diesels offer us a trade-in bonus of up to £9,000, with a basic subsidy of £4,000, plus an additional bonus of up to £5,000 depending on the emissions of the replacement. This is based on a scheme currently in place in France which has been successful in encouraging over 100,000 motorists to drive an all-electric car. So assuming the Chancellor suddenly finds a wodge of cash hidden down the back of his settee, there are three possible options - electric, hybrid and petrol for the family hatchback. 28

NI SSA N L EA F At one time, electric technology in vehicles was confined to Milk Floats and Dodgems, but although Tesla will claim to be the first full scale manufacturer of an electric car, it is Nissan that really opened up the technology to the mass market. The latest Nissan Leaf is propelled by the equivalent of a 107bhp motor. The lithium-ion batteries can last around 124 miles between full charges, or 155 miles if you go for the 30kw/h variant, if you are careful, and for those of you who are a little more lead footed the good news is that a 75% charge can be done in around 30 minutes at a quick charge point, the likes of which are likely to pop up around the country in the next few years. Although it weighs in around 200kg more than its dinosaur-juice burning equivalent, the Leaf still feels as nimble

and agile as any of its competitors. The batteries are stored under the boot floor so they don’t impinge interior space. Buying costs do get a bit complex, as you buy the car and then lease the battery packs – however, there are quite frequently special offers available. Depreciation on the leaf does seem rather steep, so consider how attached you are to that new car smell as I suspect a 1-yearold ex-demo or a pre-registered example will be more financially palatable.

FORD F O CU S E CO BO O ST One of the most popular and simplest methods of reducing emissions has been by improving economy of existing technology. There have been various attempts, the FIAT Twin-Air two cylinder being notable but my favourite has to be the turbo-charged 1.0-litre EcoBoost. With the argument moving away from CO2 to particulate emissions, petrol will always win over diesel as it burns in a much cleaner and efficient fashion. This means that if you optimise even a small capacity engine and strap on a turbo-charger you get incredible amounts of power out of a tiny engine. In the case of the Focus EcoBoost this equates to either 100 or 125bhp depending on the specification you plump for. Economy wise the 100bhp gives 72mpg combined compared to the 60mpg in the 125bhp which is quite a difference, although the usual health warning applies that manufacturers claimed MPG figures

do vary when out in the real world. The Focus name has been with us for nearly 20 years now and whilst the car has evolved over the years, the basic package is still the same. It’s a good looking, well equipped, competitively priced, spacious car which does exactly what it says on the tin, exactly like all its ancestors which can trace their lineage back to the Model-T.

So to summarise, there is no doubt that the days of fossil fuels powering private cars could well be numbered. However, we will still all want our personal freedom and there is a variety of ways that it could be powered. There is also the possibility of hydrogen coming soon or something we haven’t even dreamt of yet - whatever happens though, I’m sure at some point there will be a lot less coloured pumps at your local petrol station, or as they will probably be called, re-energising points. Mark D’Apice


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INCREDIBLY INDULGENT BRIOCHE & BUTTER PUDDING This really is a bit of a treat! You can turbo charge the humble bread and butter pudding by swapping nutmeg and raisins, for chocolate and orange. Add in crunchy, chocolatey brioche swirls as a more exciting alternative to white bread and, if you’re feeling extra decadent, throw a good glug of Baileys or whisky into your custard. Go on, treat yourself. Method

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First of all, whack on your oven at 180ºC and find yourself a good, deep, ovenproof dish. Use a little of your butter to rub the inside of the dish all over. Slice your brioche loaf into good, thick slices - you want enough for two or three good layers in your dish. Once sliced, spread half of your slices on one side with a decent layer of chocolate hazelnut spread and the other half of your slices with some of that bitter-sweet marmalade. Now fill your dish with the slices of brioche alternating between dreamy chocolate and sharp marmalade topped slices. Pack them all in, squashing them down and throwing in a few little knobs of butter as you go... don’t worry about being too neat, it’s all going to melt into one beautiful bubbling mess soon. In a separate dish, gently whisk your eggs and caster sugar together until smooth, drop in an extra yolk to make it super rich and add a capful of vanilla extract, mix together again - we’re not looking to firm it up, just combine the ingredients nicely. Now add in the milk and cream to the egg mixture and give it all a good mix.


Pour the whole lot into your baking dish until the bread is completely covered. Now get your hands on some of those little swirly chocolate filled brioche you see in the supermarket, slice them in half and top off your pudding with those delicious chocolate swirls facing skyward, pressing them down to soak up any of the leftover custard mix. Leave the whole thing to stand for about 20 minutes, then cover with tin foil and pop into the oven for 40 minutes - cover it loosely because it’s going to bubble and rise as it cooks. After 40 minutes fetch it out of the oven. At this point it should have risen a bit, the custard should be set and the whole thing should have a wonderful wobble to it. Sprinkle over the remaining caster sugar, then pop back into the oven for 10 more minutes, uncovered, until the top has a beautiful crunchy crust. Serve immediately, scooping out big wobbly portions and serving with great lumps of good vanilla ice-cream and a little grating of orange zest on top if you’re feeling flash.


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THE ONE-PAN PARTY PAELLA! This is the one. A go-to party showstopper that your friends & family will be going on about for months. It’s a one-pan wonder that is packed full of vibrant, fresh seafood, and bursting with colours and flavours that can’t fail to impress. If that isn’t tempting enough, it’s a bit of a breeze to make too. Turn off the oven but leave the tomatoes in there to keep warm. Add your sun-dried tomatoes to the pan, oil ‘n’ all! Then pour in all of the paella rice making sure to give it a good mix so every last grain is covered in all those flavours we’ve been building in the pan. Now add in your chicken stock, about a half litre at a time - don’t move it about too much, you just want to let the rice cook slowly over a medium heat. When it looks likes like it’s starting to dry up a little add in another half a litre of stock. After about 20 minutes of this treatment the chicken will be cooked, the rice will have taken on a gorgeous yellow colour and still have a little bite to it, all the flavours from the smoked sausage and chorizo will have worked their way into the rest of the paella too.

At this point arrange all the shellfish attractively on top of the paella for maximum showing off purposes, cover the pan with a lid for 5 minutes to let all the shellfish steam, discard any unopened mussels, then scatter over the sugar snaps and peas and recover for a few more minutes. Now take the pan off the heat, uncover and top with the roasted tomatoes and some fresh lemon wedges. Casually present the finished paella in all its glory to your guests, like the whole thing was a walk in the park, get your hands on a nice bottle of Spanish Albarino or a crate of cold Spanish beers and let the compliments roll in!


Style’s Wedding Planning Tips Over the next few pages you will find many local independent retailers and venues, which all provide a top quality Style-approved service. But first, we’ve put together some money saving tips and ideas, which will help you to plan your big day for less, without compromising on style. Start with the venue Most wedding venues and even some wedding suppliers will give you a generous discount if you avoid peak times of year. Getting hitched mid-week can also cut the cost of the reception venue by up to half. Avoid Christmas, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day and other special occasions. Look for local venues to cut transport costs, both on the day and during all the wedding preparations. D.I.Y Save a fortune by making your own invitations, decorations and favours. Handmade is very much the trend these days. We love Hobby Craft’s ideas library (, which has hundreds of DIY craft ideas and step-by-step guides. Pinterest is another fantastic and easy-to-use website and app for ideas. Use it for DIY inspiration and to set up mood boards. Sharing your Pinterest board with close family and friends is also a great way of encouraging them to be a part of your wedding planning.


Pick seasonal blooms Flowers will be significantly cheaper if they are in season. It’s also becoming popular for bridesmaids to wear wrist corsages, which often work out cheaper than bridesmaid bouquets. The bridesmaids have the advantage of having their hands free whilst still wearing flowers that complement the bridal look.

Think outside the box Keep in mind that you don’t need to stick to convention or have everything you’re told you need. Do things a little differently… have a buffet or barbeque instead of a sit-down meal or make a playlist of your favourite songs instead of booking a band or DJ.

Shop locally Keep an eye out for local sales and special offers. Independent retailers and service providers greatly value your support and will often go that extra mile to make sure you have the perfect wedding day.

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To celebrate two successful years in business, Strawberry Laces Owner Donna Bushell, would like to invite everyone to the boutique’s Big Bank Holiday Birthday Bonanza on Saturday 27th May! There will be free fizz and cupcakes, plus a raffle to win a £50 voucher and 20% across EVERYTHING that day! Not only that - if you present the voucher (bottom right) on the day you’ll receive a goody bag with a free gift.


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The Road to George Orwell

Rochdale author, Trevor Hoyle, shares the diary of his recent adventure to the island of Jura... a must-read for literature lovers and explorers!

Two very desirable ambitions on my eternal wish-list came together last year — with a positive outcome for both! One was the notion of hiring a motor home and setting off on the road to adventure (though none too daring or strenuous for a beginner — confining the trip to the British Isles). The second was a dream I’ve nursed for over forty years: to visit the place where George Orwell, a literary hero of mine, wrote his final novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four. In 1945 Orwell was living in London and had just published his first commercial success, Animal Farm. For the one and only time in his impoverished career he’d made a bit of money, which meant he could take a break from the treadmill of journalism and devote himself to the novel he was desperate to write: working title The Last Man in Europe. He needed peace, quiet and solitude. A friend suggested a remote dwelling called Barnhill, on the island of Jura in the western Hebrides, off the coast of Scotland. In those days getting there was a 24-hour marathon slog from London via train and steamer; for Orwell, who described Barnhill as “un-gettable-at” (no phone, no electricity, with oil lamps and log fires) it was the perfect hideaway. 44

There was also a sense of urgency to the quest. Orwell was suffering from TB. He was living on precious borrowed time if he hoped to complete his novel. Before leaving home I drew up a timetable and pre-booked the ferry, plus four nights at the Port Mor campsite on the island of Islay. (The locals pronounce it Isle-a, I discovered.) The remaining days I left open, reckoning that since this was October, and off-season, there’d be vacancies at other campsites. Driving the two-berth Devon Aztec motor home was easier than I thought; you just had to bear in mind the extra length and allow for clearance when turning. The elevated position and panoramic windscreen provided great views. The van itself was fitted with everything we could need, including cooker and oven, microwave, fridge, toilet and shower, and TV with a DVD slot. Twin couches converted into a large double bed, and the electric fan heater was highly efficient (which we very grateful for when Force 8 gales were blowing straight off the Atlantic all the way from Newfoundland!). We stayed two nights on a campsite just outside Inveraray on the banks of Loch Fyne, then drove south alongside the loch down the long spit of land known

as the Kintyre. We didn’t go as far as the Mull of Kintyre (made famous by the Paul McCartney song) but headed for the port of Kennacraig where we caught the boat to Islay. On the two-hour ferry-ride, something remarkable happened. Standing on deck, watching the misty outline of the islands growing sharper, my wife and I got into conversation with a woman taking photographs, in her fifties at a guess, who turned out to be an American travel writer.

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Sarah and her companion, a retired airline hostess, had been coming to the British Isles on walking tours for the past twentytwo years; obviously serious, hardened walkers, not amateur ramblers like us! This year, Sarah informed us, they’d rented an isolated spot on remote island of Jura, The house was called Barnhill. Coincidences are always weird. But to have a fortuitous meeting with someone staying in the pilgrimage shrine we had come all this way to see — the entire purpose of our trip — was strange indeed. After explaining our interest and introducing ourselves, Sarah kindly invited us to stop by the house. (As a writer herself she knew all about the Orwell connection of course.) Though if the weather was anywhere near decent, she reminded us, they would most likely be out during daylight hours, trekking over the hills and exploring the rugged coastline. Our first three days (and nights) we spent at Port Mor, the pre-booked campsite overlooking Loch Indaal. Each morning we woke early, at 7am, hoping the wind and driving rain might ease off so we could set out on our trip to Jura, but the weather was foul. Then, with only two days remaining, the skies cleared and gave us our golden chance. Off we went, catching the ferry which takes less than ten minutes to cross the narrow straits from Port Askaig. The only road on the island then leads all the way to the north of Jura whose fewer than two hundred human residents are vastly outnumbered by its six thousand deer. Jura is in fact a hunter’s paradise — also teeming with pheasant and grouse, which seem hell-bent on a kamikaze mission as they run alongside perilously close to the wheels. After about twenty-five miles the road peters out to little more than a rutted track, passable only by Land Rover or SUV. A sign warns you: No Motor Vehicles Beyond This Pont. Now’s the time to don the fleeces and weather-proofs and pull on the walking boots for the final five-mile trek. Apart from a short sharp shower or two, the day was perfect and the views truly spectacular. Jura has a gaunt, sweeping beauty of russet-browns and purples: bracken and gorse covering mile upon mile of gentle contours, with glimpses in-between the slopes of white-flecked ocean whipped by the Atlantic westerlies. It’s a vista that’s savage and scary in its remoteness and bleakness, yet also uplifting.

note and leave it under the windscreen wiper. Secretly I’m hoping they’ll find the message and return to Barnhill in time to make us a cup of tea and show us round the house, which I read somewhere has changed hardly at all since Orwell lived there in the forties. Alas, my wish was not to be granted … But no matter: our plans and exertions are finally rewarded when below us in a cleft of hills, facing the sea, we spy the long solid structure of Barnhill itself, whitepainted walls gleaming in the sunlight and roof of grey slate. Having met, however briefly, the people renting it, I tell myself that having a snoop around and taking photos isn’t too great an intrusion. In my mind’s eye I picture Orwell living on the property, his tall, painfully-thin figure working in the vegetable patch (it was just after the war when food was scarce) and preparing meals in the farmhouse kitchen. I even know which bedroom he worked in, upper left as you face the house. Propped

up on pillows, portable typewriter on his knees, here he battled against time and illhealth to complete his masterpiece while smoking unfiltered roll-ups, which can’t have helped the TB much. Our visit was soon over, less than thirty minutes, but it was sufficient. I’d made the pilgrimage, walked the same track my literary hero had trod, peeked inside the house where one of the most famous and influential books of the twentieth century had first seen light of day. Mission accomplished. There was one final, almost mystical moment to round off our trip. Sailing back to the mainland, watching Jura grow dim and distant in the soft evening light, it reminded me of the island Bali-Ha’i in the musical South Pacific. The magical island, you’ll recall, where dreams sometimes do come true. © Trevor Hoyle Trevor Hoyle’s most recent novel is the environmental thriller, The Last Gasp, published by Quercus.

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end, so adding the extra £1 means ‘the The Patel family are very involved in the The Patel Family, who own Nisa beginning/to be continuous’, and we local community and both the charities are convenience store, in Shawclough, would like to continue being able to close to their hearts. Nikul explained: “We Rochdale, recently showed their donate and support local causes as much have known Sue at Hedgehog Rescue since support for two fantastic local as we can. Numbers ending in 1 are also we moved here in 1991 and the rescue charities, Rochdale Hedgehog considered to be lucky and giving an extra centre has been going for as long as we Rescue and Springhill Hospice, by £1 means a coin would have to be given in the shop! We also know a few making a donation toPATEL each. They DHARMENDRA (LOCALLY KNOWN AS DANNY) ANDhave HISbeen FAMILY HAVE BEEN coins are made from metal which comes of the fundraisers at Springhill Hospice also made sure to throw in an extra RUNNING STORE SHAWCLOUGH, 25both YEARS. from theIN earth, so it is seen to be a signROCHDALE, of and we knowFOR they are extremely pound of luckTHEIR for goodPOPULAR measure!

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worthy causes.” “Since joining Nisa, Nikul has taken a step Nikul added: “Weawould like to thankin our up, and has had lot of involvement the loyal customers for helping to raise this shopfitting and merchandising money by shopping locally. Supporting the everything”, says Danny. shop means we can support local charities Evermoney the proud father, believes the and is put back Danny into the

next logical We’re step for the store is formuch Nikul to community. hoping to raise more money for Rochdale charities in the move fully into the driving seat… He’d like future.” two or three shops. I’ll step back from the business then, but if Nikul wants me there, I can be,” he says. On reflection, Danny recalls some wise

After the Post Office experience, Danny considered calling it a day with retail. But something changed. “I was ready to retire,” he remembers. “We’d had a Tesco open nearby, the store wasn’t cost

words his father gave him which might well explain the success of the Patels. “To find something you enjoy doing is rare. My dad used to say you should nurture enthusiasm. You never know what could happen.”

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TRAIN ARRIVING AT PLATFORM FOUR! A new bay platform - number four - has been officially opened at Rochdale Station by rail minister Paul Maynard MP. He joined representatives of Network Rail, Rochdale Borough Council and Northern to celebrate the completion of the first phase of upgrades on the Calder Valley line between Manchester Victoria and Leeds. The Mayor of Rochdale Councillor Ray Dutton and Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk were also in attendance. Mr Maynard, Member of Parliament for Blackpool North and Cleveleys, said that the opening of the platform was a step towards delivering more capacity for people travelling in and out of Manchester and improving journey times along the Calder Valley. The new 135m-long bay platform at Rochdale allows trains travelling from Manchester to change direction without impacting on other services through the station. This will allow diesel trains that usually station in Manchester Victoria to be rerouted to Rochdale, freeing up space for electric trains.

last year, engineers installed over 1,200m of new track around Rochdale station, as well as remodelling existing track to connect the new platform to the network. Upgraded signals along the route will increase the speed to 90 mph that trains

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Team McNeeney are now in their third successful year at The Oxford, sporting a range of cask ales and fabulous wines alongside a dedicated gin & tonic menu. Offering great pub food with a modern twist; From burgers nights and eyes bigger than your belly homemade pies, to inventive salad and fragrant foreign fish stews, their menu and famous specials board have got you covered. Home cooked food is served until 9pm Monday to Saturday and 7pm on Sundays. The Oxford also has a large outdoor space for dining. Their ever popular Quiz Night on the first Wednesday of the month offers something different from the usual all the while raising money various charities. The Oxford 662 Whitworth Road Rochdale OL12 0TB 01706 345709


The Healey has undergone a truly magical transformation yet still retains its traditional local public house feel and is featured in The Good Beer Guide & Cask Marque. Proud of its quality home cooked food served 7 days a week. Why not try them for a daily roast, beer battered fish & chips or the Lancashire cheese selection. The Healey is the ideal place to start and finish a walk through Healey Dell Nature reserve which is just on its doorstep. Steeped in history The Healey, like its sister pub The Baum, has a real welcoming feel. Food served Mon -Sat 11.30am - 9pm, Sun 12pm - 6pm. 172 Shawclough Road Shawclough, Rochdale OL12 6LW Book on 01706 645 453


Purveyors of Quality Food, Wine & Real Ale. Situated next to the CO-OP museum in a conservation area, The Baum has a welcoming oldie world ambience, with wooden floors and old enamel adverts. The quality bar menu, served all day 7 days a week, consists of light lunches, traditional dishes and tapas. The Baum offers an excellent selection of world beers on draught & bottles plus 8 ever changing guest cask ales & cider. Featured in ‘The Good Beer Guide’ for the last six years, winning CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year 2012. Rochdale Ghost Walks start from outside The Baum on the first and third Thursday of every month - £5pp. The Baum 33-37 Toad Lane, Rochdale. 01706 352 186


The Rose ‘N’ Bowl has been serving bar meals and their famous carvery for over 25 years. With the private bowling green (available for booking) panoramic views and heated decking, it’s Rossendale’s popular all-year-round venue with regular entertainment (home of the World Gravy Wrestling Championship). A favourite for families and group celebrations - book early to avoid disappointment. Call to find out about specials & early evening deals, or keep updated by finding them on Facebook. Food available Tue - Fri 12.00 - 2pm & 5.30pm - 8.30pm Sat 12.00 - 8.30pm Sun brunch 10.00am til 12.00 - then bar meals & carvery til 8.30pm Newchurch Rd Stacksteads 0L13 0UG 01706 879555 Owned by Lords Caterers Whitworth Lancashire’s leading outside caterers est 1934



The restaurant is nestled in the heart of the Pennines; a fantastic venue with beautiful views of the surrounding Littleborough countryside, newly refurbished Rochdale canal and a small walk from the scenic Hollingworth Lake, yet the ambience is relaxed and continental. The restaurant portrays an intimate and relaxed lounge feel, with a comfortable sofa seating area for drinks on arrival or just to socialise with friends and family. Using only the finest ingredients and produce, Lisa & Kristan have combined traditional cooking with a passion for Mediterranean and Continental cuisine, creating exciting and extensive varied menus, from Lunchtime to A’la Carte. Now with their new outdoor al fresco dining area, it is the perfect place to enjoy al fresco dining when the sun does shine. Look out for their special offers. Open Tues - Sunday. Book on 01706 376 250 No1 Inghams Lane Littleborough OL15 0AY

THE PEACOCK ROOM The Peacock Room at Crimble Hall has now firmly placed itself amongst the region’s fine dining culinary elite. With 2 AA Rosette’s and 2 Michelin Knives and Forks it has become the Deckers Group’s premier finedining restaurant and the highest AA rated restaurant in Rochdale. The Peacock Room uses only the finest ingredients featuring the best cuts of meat prepared in our own butchery department to create a variety of sumptuous dishes to ensnare the senses. Their extended wine list will provide you the opportunity to combine our dishes with a variety of wines from around the world. They are passionate about the quality of ingredients they use and work closely with local suppliers to ensure the dishes are to a consistently high standard. The constantly evolving menu encapsulates modern English cuisine with a contemporary twist. Watch out for their regular special offers and themed evenings, details of which can be found on the website -bookings can be made online or over the phone. The Peacock Room, Crimble Hall, Bamford OL11 4AD 01706 368591


Cenetta means delicious dinner in Italian and they certainly offer that! “La buona cucina rende allegri” – laughter is brightest where food is the best. Enjoy their gorgeous authentic Italian dishes with your family and friends. Their chefs use only the finest ingredients, with just a hint of magic to create a beautiful menu of dishes for you to enjoy. It’s not just their pasta they’re proud of. Try one of their sharing dishes, designed for those who like to share food with those that they love. They also have a great choice of pizzas available, baked on authentic thin, crispy bases with a variety of toppings to choose from. Select a bottle from their great Italian wine list, or enjoy a tasty Italian beer or cocktail. Whether it’s a mid-week family supper, or a celebratory Italian feast you are after, break bread with your loved ones at Cenetta. Cenetta, The Royal Toby Hotel, Manchester Road, Castleton, OL11 3HF 01706 861861


Clock Tower Dining Room is now open in Rochdale Town Hall! The former Bistro has been transformed with a fresh, new look and a fresh, new menu. Sit down and relax in beautiful surroundings while choosing from a range of new and delicious dishes, cooked-toorder with ingredients delivered daily. From a business breakfast to a ladies lunch, Clock Tower Dining Room is the new number one lunch destination in Rochdale. The dining room is open 9am – 11am for breakfast and 12pm – 3.30pm for lunch & afternoon tea. Rochdale Town Hall 01706 924772


A traditional pub residing next to Rochdale’s stunning gothic town hall. Open all day serving fresh food - you’re guaranteed a warm welcome by two roaring Victorian open fires. They pride themselves on their friendly staff, 8 cask ales, 3 real ciders, foreign bottled beers, fine wine & bean to cup coffee. They also have live music on stage four nights a week with everything from folk to pop & rock to ska. The Flying Horse has been named as CAMRA’s Branch Pub of the Year 2017 and celebrates ten consecutive years in CAMRA’s national Good Beer Guide. 37 Packer Street, Rochdale 01706 646412


Great coffee, freshly baked pastries and sandwiches prepared in store. Java Bar Espresso inside Rochdale bus station is the perfect place to relax. With friendly service & a range of European and continental products, you’re sure to have a enjoyable, time. Mon-Fri 7-6 / Sat 8 - 5.30 / Sun 9 - 4. Bus Station Complex, Smith Street, Rochdale, OL16 1YG








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The Royal Toby A Home at the heart of the Industrial Revolution The popular Royal Toby Hotel & Restaurant, in Castleton, has recently undergone a dramatic refrurbishment. Style readers may be intrigued to know the history behind this impressive building. The Hotel was originally a manor house known as the Rhyddings, built at the turn of the 20th Century by Ernest Tweedale. Ernest was the son of Samuel Tweedale, one of the founders of engineering giants Tweedales & Smalley. Founded in 1891, the three founding partners worked together previously at Accrington’s Howard & Bollough. They moved to Castleton and set up the Globe Works. This huge manufacturing business in Castleton employed 2600 workers at the height of its success on a site of 14 acres. Originally building machinery for the textiles industry, Tweedales & Smalley diversified from carding machines and ring frames to make armaments for the British troops during the 1st World War. The shortage of shells caused many manufacturing plants to retool to support the war effort. Ernest built the original Rhyddings house and subsequently added the luxurious ball room which we now know as the Royal Toby Restaurant. This is why the Banqueting Suite is now known as the Rhyddings.


The Tweedales were popular figures in Castleton, although they preferred to keep themselves out of the public eye. They remained away from public office despite being keen Liberal Party supporters. Their focus was always on building their business not their profiles, which they successfully did until the 1920’s when the partners handed over control of the Globe Works to a syndicate who drove exports to India and Russia in the difficult interwar years. A keen sporting family, they supported both the Castleton Moor and Thornham Cricket Clubs, as well Samuel being made a life member of Lancashire County Cricket Club. The Tweedale family clearly played a big part in the Industrial Revolution and everyday Castleton life. They were entrepreneurial engineers who believed in free trade and hard work. They employed more workers than Castleton had houses, and were an essential force in growing the local economy. The Royal Toby Bar and Restaurant now offers an appropriate nod of appreciation to the people and era in which the building was built.



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2) Place onto a lightly dusted work surface and knead for about 2 minutes until smooth. Place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a tea towel and leave in a warm place for an hour to prove.

500g strong bread flour 3 teaspoons dried yeast 3 teaspoons salt 375ml water

3) After an hour, tip back onto the work surface, dusting with more flour to prevent it sticking and knock back (also known as ‘punching down’ the dough to get the air out of it). Divide into 6, knead each one briefly then place into lightly oiled round tins and place on a tray. Cover with a cloth and leave again for one hour until lightly risen.

2 tablespoons olive oil Extra flour for dusting 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons caster sugar 200g marzipan 1) Place the flour, yeast and salt in a mixer bowl with a dough hook, add the water and oil and put on a medium speed for approximately 5 minutes until the dough is well combined and kneaded.

4) Remove the cloth and drizzle with olive oil. Bake in a hot oven at 180C for 8 minutes, open oven door then shower with sugar and return to the oven for a further 8 minutes. 5) Remove from oven – leave to cool then garnish with marzipan and currants to resemble a rabbit.

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Join us through the narrow passages & hidden alleyways as we delve into Rochdale’s murderous past!

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ROCHDALE RSPCA NEWS & EVENTS We must begin 2017 by thanking all our fantastic supporters without whom we would be unable to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome those poor animals of Rochdale who need help from us, a total of 466 in 2016.

One of our saddest cases recently is Bella the cat who came to us with extremely matted fur and had difficulty walking because of it. She has now had all her fur cut off and seems to realise she has been rescued from a desperate situation. She is a very affectionate and will make a wonderful pet for someone.

Thank you to the anonymous gentleman who came into the animal centre and handed over £1,000 and wanted no acknowledgement. Thank you to our supporters in Rochdale - we received £1,285 as our share from the money raised in Santa’s Grotto at the Rochdale Exchange Shopping Centre. Thank you to the Norden line dancing group ‘Just For Fun’, who meet at St Paul’s parish church hall, who presented us with a cheque for £1,000 at their Christmas party. Thank you Richard Eden-Maughan for having a ‘Dry January’ again this year to raise money for us - he raised a total of £160 (£135 plus gift aid) Thank you to the children of Holy Trinity School, Littleborough who invited Jean Spencer, Rochdale Animal Centre manager, to talk to them at an assembly. They were so inspired by her talk they donated a van full of pet food and blankets etc. Thank you to the local companies who allowed us to collect on their premises – Gordon Riggs Rochdale and Walsden, Morrisons Rochdale and Asda Rochdale. Finally thank you to all the volunteers who give up their time and those who generously donate financially as well.

When choosing a pet, there are lots of things to consider. One thing that gets overlooked is how much time is needed to keep an animal’s coat in good condition. Some need more care than others particularly long haired ones who need bathing and daily brushing. We look at the cute fluffy kitten or puppy and forget that it can grow into an adult with a thick long coat. The consequences of not taking care of the coat can result in suffering. The coat becomes matted and the skin becomes sore causing pain. In some cases, as with Bella, the coat was so matted it restricted her movement. Fleas can live in the mats and lay their eggs in there. Regular brushing and a good balanced diet is all that is needed to keep the coat shining and healthy. If your pet is matted to the extent it restricts movement, or is causing pain, a trip to the vets is needed for a demat. As you can see in the photo this what was needed to stop Bella’s suffering. Animals that are not so fortunate are those used by the fashion industry for their long coats. The UN reported that every year one billion rabbits and 50 million other animals are killed for their fur. By allowing designers to showcase fur it is promoting an industry that kills millions of innocent animals. Renowned fashion designers like Stella McCartney, Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein have already stopped selling fur. Our RSPCA Inspectors have reported an increase in incidents concerning pet rabbits. The majority are regarding unclean conditions and underweight animals. This may be linked to the cold


temperatures and that owners aren’t going out regularly to check the rabbits over, ensuring enough food provisions/ bedding and taking time to clean out due to the cold temperatures. We would always suggest bringing hutches into sheds/outbuildings to help protect them from the elements, especially if they are young or old.’ Finally, we look forward to another busy year looking after and rehoming animals brought into us and especially our plans to increase our capacity for dogs. If you feel you can help us raise the necessary funds to continue our work here in Rochdale (which includes Heywood, Middleton, Littleborough, Milnrow and Whitworth) please get in touch.

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ROCHDALE News & Events

Christmas mayhave seembeen a long time ago, butfundraising not for Springhill benefitting from the good will, The last six2016 months packed full of events,Hospice from as it is still JOIN THE FESTIVE FUN! fundraising and donations the communities of Rochdale, Middleton and Heywood, raised during the festive period. fashion shows to fairs and walks to awards. Here are just a few of the many Put your best festive fundraising foot forward by The nowevents legendary Christmas sparkledHospice. once again, with stalls, annual thatSpringhill help toHospice raise money forfair, Springhill putting on a santa suit and taking part in this games, gifts and of course Santa himself in attendance as shoppers and supporters came from miles around. This year’s Dog Show and Traditional Country Fete in June

had hundreds of wagging tails and panting puppies

November also saw ‘Man of Rochdale’, celebrity chef Andrew Nutter, hand over this enjoying the sunshine at Rochdale Riding Club. Families coveted title for 2016/2017 to worthy winner, Alan Wrigley. Octogenarian Alan, was selected from a list of 54 nominees, his amazing work - not only does Alan werefor entertained withcharity Punch & Judy, fairground, donkey support Springhill Hospice but also several other local charities, including The GEM rides, to birds of prey, farm animals, crafts and stalls. Roll on Appeal, and has raised over £70,000 date.

year’s Santa Dash or Dawdle on Sunday 11th December. Join hundreds of Santas, young and old, two legged or four, for what has become an amazing spectacle around Hollingworth Lake.

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Once again, the second Sundaythis in December saw over 600 Santas set off around space. Hollingworth Lake. Mayor Cllr Ray Dutton joined in the warm up before setting off this year’s Santa Dash or Dawdle. Total raised far…..£17,000 and rising! In July, theso Moonlit Sprint or Stroll once again saw

Santa Dash 2016 - Photo by Alan Calow

On one balmy evening in July, the Hospice grounds were transformed to host the annual Summer Serenade. Picnickers and patients alike were entertained by host Dudley Doolittle, local choirs, bands and soloists, all doing their bit, free of charge, to raise a song-tastic £2000.

TEAM TOM! SO, WHAT’S IN STORE FOR 2017? Sunday 30th April 2017 Hospice to Hospice Walk

Hospice mascot Springy the Frog will be ‘hopping’ to help 300+ walkers of all ages enjoy a day of family, fun, fitness, fundraising and friendship. Springhill’s walkers will put their best fundraising foot forward when they set off from Springhill Hospice on Broad Lane. Halfway through the 7.25 mile, or 15,000 step, circular route, they’ll stop off for a cuppa at Dr Kershaw’s Hospice in Oldham before The one thing Springhill Hospice fundraisers setting off for Broad Lane again. Last year have in common is the desire to give for something this event raised nearly £20,000 the back. In the case of Chantelle Thornton, andyear her Hospice - a fantastic sum. Join in this to help raise money for your community. family and friends, they not only wanted to say Entry you’ is £7but peralso person including a medal ‘thank wanted to help ensure that and refreshments. Walkers start from Springhill’s doctors and nurses could continue Springhill Hospice at 10.30am on Sunday their for Contact others. 01706 641790, email 30thcare April.

This will be the 11th Santa Dash or Dawdle for Springhill Hospice. Last year saw 616 Santas donning red and white, so why not join the fun... it's a fantastic experience not to be missed.

Hospice to Hospice Walk

supporters galore donning Springy the Frog onesies to hop, skip or jump the 10km route starting from Rochdale’s Rugby Union Club. The efforts of this green brigade of invertebrates totalled a bouncing £6000!

Registration for the Santa Dash costs £12 per adult, and £8 per child for which you'll receive your very own santa suit, a commemorative mug opportunity for everyone to do a little bit… which all adds up to something very special for Springhill Hospice. “Last year we started our Million Pennies Campaign”, said Barbara Lloyd, Springhill Community Support Fundraiser, who is also the go to person for Go Green 2017. “As their contribution to Go Green 2016, 13 schools collected over 450,000 pennies, raising £4,500 for the Hospice we’re hoping that more people will join in this year, and by looking after the pennies, help us reach our 1,000,000,000 pennies goal.” Springhill Hospice. Team Tom, a group made up of over 30 supporters, chose to run Manchester’s 10k, raising both money and awareness for the Hospice, wearing specially made t-shirts bearing the smiling face of Rochdale Rugby Union player, Tom.

cupcakes, going the whole hog and painting yourself head-to-toe in green body paint or need some inspiration, contact Barbara Lloyd on 01706 641790, email: or visit the website to register for your own Go Green fun pack.

Other events to look out for in Spring 2017...

to use all year round, a specially designed medal, a bottle of water, disposable rain mac (if needed!), Thursday 6th April New Season, New You a banana and a sponsor form. Last year this event Springhill Hospice presents Sole to Sole raised a staggering £18,500 for Springhill Hospice Boutique Spring Collection and it is hoped this year’s will raise even more! Friday 28th April Ladies Who FOR Lunch YOUR DIARY DATES The Women of Rochdale Luncheon at Coming soon in 2017… Rochdale Town Hall

Sunday 19th March – Spring Fair Speaking about their fundraising efforts 8th – 15th28th May April – The 25th Chantelle said, “Team Tom has collectively Friday Make a Will Week raised £3,431 so far and our total is still rising. It Women of Rochdale Luncheon is really important to us all to know that Sunday 30th Aprilabout – Hospice For more information any of To the Rochdale Council Collecting Team at last year’s Go Green Day someone else will receive the same extra special above events, if you’d like to know how Hospice Walk There are loads other ways, schools, care that Tom was of able to receive.” you can support Springhill Friday 12th May – Go Hospice, Green either groups, companies and individuals can Go Green by fundraising or volunteering, or if you’d embrace Springhill’s colour green for the Now in its 4th year, Go Green is shaping simply like some more information about SPRINGHILL HOSPICE, BROAD LANE, ROCHDALE, 4PZ. day (or even the week). Whether you’re OL16what up to be the most wonderful community Springhill is all about, visit their For further details about any of the above, please contact the fundraising department on 01706 641790 or by e-mail planning on cooking up a batch of green event for Springhill Hospice. It’s a great website, register online Last year, the hospice cared for Chantelle’s at husband, Tom Thornton, who his or contact Fundraising for tragically a paper lost sponsor life to cancer just weeks after the birth of their form. son Maxwell. One year on and Chantelle, along Friday 12th May with ‘Team Tom’, have2017 pledged their support to

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COMMUNITY NEWS ‘OUR JOHN’ IS ROCHDALE’S DIAMOND Rochdale’s very own singing jeweller, John Alexander, from J&D Alexander on The Walk, is hosting an exciting Music Festival at Rochdale Town Hall on Saturday 17th June.

A VICTORIAN EVENING A printed ticket proves that Bury Choral Society was already giving concerts in 1838, one year after Victoria became Queen and before the arrival of music halls. On this occasion, with its 180th birthday beckoning next year, the society embraces the Victorian era with an eclectic programme from the pens of its outstanding composers and

John’s singing and his contributions have helped many charities throughout the Rochdale borough over the years, particularly Springhill Hospice.

writers for theatre, parlour and Church - Arthur Sullivan, Edward

Style asked John why he decided to host his own event, he explained: “Singing is something I really enjoy and I’m hosting the event to help four very worthy charities - Springhill Hospice, East Lancashire Masonic Charity, Dementia UK and Moorlands Children’s Home. God has been good to me and I do believe I should do whatever I can to help others. I recently visited Moorlands Children’s Home and was blown away - the work they do there is just amazing and the dedication of the people that run it is incredible. I will be doing all I can to raise more money for them in the future.”


John will be accompanied on stage at the Town Hall by special guests and local dancers from Fab Dance. John commented: “Four of the songs have already been chosen for me by my

Elgar, Hubert Parry, Samuel Wesley and others. Extracts from the diaries of Queen Victoria on the days of her Coronation and Wedding will give an insight into the thoughts of the young Queen, as will the observations of a St. Paul’s choirboy on the occasion of her Diamond

A Victorian Evening will take place on Saturday 13th May 2017, 7.30pm, at St. Margaret’s Church, Prestwich, M25 2QB (off Bury Old Road). wonderful dancers - ‘At The Hop’, ‘My Heart Will Go On’ from Titanic, ‘Rubber Ball’ and ‘When You Tell Me That You Love Me’.” John added: “I’d like to invite everyone to come along. There will be a fabulous buffet, great entertainment and of course the incredible ambience of one of the most beautiful town hall’s in Europe.” Tickets are priced at £28. To book call 01706 656021 or pop in to see John at J&D Alexander, 2 The Walk, Rochdale.

Bury Choral Society welcomes more singers to follow the lead of a recent group of new members. Good vocal techniques and a wide range of SATB music are practised for three concerts per season. Bury is a warm and welcoming society - hard working and fun loving. For more details about all aspects of the society, visit or call 0161 761 1544.

BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT TEAM IN BACUP FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY Having made their debut on Britain’s Got Talent two years ago, the Forbidden Nights team now have a London show and the 2017 UK tour has had a sell-out start! On 7th April 2017, for one night only, they will be at Bacup Royal Court Theatre. The show includes stunt-orientated routines and explosive choreography with a cast made up of male performers, hand picked from across the UK. There’s aerial routines, fire and acrobatics; alongside live musicians and the side-splitting Comedy Compère. Tickets starting at £19 on sale now! For more information or to book tickets visit the website here


ROCHDALE CLASSIC CAR & MOTORCYCLE SHOW The Rotary Club of Rochdale is a group of men and women who work to change the lives of communities around the world, around the country and around the corner. This year they are launching an exciting family event with the aim to raise money for Macmillan Prostate Cancer Care in the UK and Medic Malawi overseas. Rochdale Classic Car & Motorcycle Show will take place on 16th July and is set to be a fun day for all the family, with a live music stage, children’s entertainment, craft, gifts and artisan food stalls. The show will take place at Littleborough Sports Club, at Hollingworth Lake, with its beautiful countryside, visitor’s centre and other amenities just a short walk from the show ground. Visitors can park at the showground or walk to it, but the Rotary Club will also be running a free shuttle bus from Hollingworth Lake car parks and visitor’s centre. The club house will provide food and drink and the bar will also be open all day. Rotarian Mike Tomkinson commented: “We hope that our show will attract the support of the Rochdale community and will provide a very enjoyable day out as we expect there will be something for all members of the family.” Rochdale based Tetrosyl, Europe’s largest car care company who recently moved into Newgate House in the town centre have kindly agreed to provide the main sponsorship for the event. Any local businesses particularly food and craft products are welcome to register for a stall. For more information on the show and to register for a stall or to bring a classic car or motorcycle please visit:

Photo (L to R) Rotarians’ Bob Chadwick and John Whitley, Tracey Bolger, Chairman Peter Schofield and Linzi Rockett from Tetrosyl and Rotarian Mike Tomkinson. This 1958 Jaguar XK150 is one of the cars registered for the show.

RECORD TURNOUT FOR ‘VISIT MY MOSQUE’ DAY The highest ever number of visitors shared tea and biscuits with their Muslim neighbours as the third ‘Visit My Mosque’ Day saw mosques all across the country open their doors. Over 150 mosques took part, including Neeli Mosque in Rochdale, where visitors were invited to get a first hand look at the day-to-day workings of a Mosque and learn more about Islam, all with the aim to promote understanding, peace and harmony in Rochdale. There was even gaming, air hockey and table tennis on offer for young people… and the young-at heart!

MCB Secretary General Harun Khan said, “We hope that Visit My Mosque Day will become a great British institution, as so many British muslims opened the doors to their mosques and their hearts. We were also moved by the record numbers who came in solidarity with Muslims, in the face of the hostile atmosphere they find

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