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FUNDRAISING IN STYLE Stars come out for GEM Appeal ROCHDALE AFC The see-saw season STYLE EXCLUSIVE Actor Jason Done BE THE FACE OF STYLE Competition MUSIC HAVEN Back Door Music Project THE GREAT OUTDOORS Explore the countryside BUSINESS AS USUAL Take a trip up Drake St GHOSTLY TALES Rochdale’s spine-tingling walks CLEAN & GREEN Spring cleaning tips LOCAL HISTORY By Rochdale author, John Cole WEDDING FEATURE Get married in Style SPRING INTO ACTION Wellbeing tips BEAUTY This season’s trends FASHION TIPS Back to the 70s ON STAGE Theatre reviews PREVIEW MAGAZINE 8-page what’s on guide


57 JUST FOR KIDS Puzzles, competitions & jokes! 58 GOOD FOOD GUIDE Dine out in Style this spring 67 FUELLING THE DEBATE By Motoring expert, Mark D’Apice 69 WHATS COOKING Andrew Nutter’s favourite recipe 71 COMPETITIONS Fantastic prizes up for grabs! 72 HOSPICE NEWS Recent events at Springhill Hospice 73 COMMUNITY Catching up with life in Rochdale 75 TURN OVER Rochdale Exchange Shopping Centre




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DearReaders, pring is in the air and never more so than with our first edition of 2011, featuring everything


“Style brings a breath of fres h air to Rochdal e and its people” Mr Wheatley, Marland

from spring fashion and weddings, to countryside walks and spring cleaning tips! We focus,

“Style t akes a m odern lo R o chdale, town. We also go behind-the-scenes on our front cover photo shoot at The Broadfield Hotel and ok at highligh t s releva current nt and there is an exclusive interview with popular Waterloo Road actor, Jason Done. issues, focuss w h il s t ing on R ochdale really po We are pleased to have teamed up with Link4Life, Preview and The Rochdale Exchange Shopping in a sitive lig ht. It’s easy the v e ry se days Centre to produce a comprehensive guide to everything that is going on in the town. commun to lose ity pride in our a the feat rea, but ures ma Thank you for your many compliments on the magazine, we always love to hear from you. Please d e me a pr year old oud 26 resident help us to keep offering Rochdale’s only free lifestyle magazine by supporting our advertisers. again.” L Wooll ey, Marla nd I hope you enjoy reading this spring edition. EDITOR Colin Meredith as always, on the large variety of fantastic independent shops and restaurants we have in the

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Stars have a ball

at sixties-themed fundraiser Psychedelic Sixties was the theme of Denise Welch and Tim Healy’s spectacular annual ball, in aid of the GEM Appeal, which was hosted at Lancashire Country Cricket Club’s The Point.

The 750 guests were treated to an exciting evening of entertainment, which even included a song from the hostess herself, along with her Loose Women co-presenters. Celebrities at the star-studded event included Loose Women’s Lisa Maxwell, Sherrie Hewson, Zoe Tyler and Kate Thornton; Coronation Street stars Tina O’Brien, Sally Dynevor, Shobna Gulati, Gaynor Faye, Phil Middlemiss, Alison King, Simon Gregson and Angela Lonsdale along with Rula Lenska, Heartbeat’s Tricia Penrose and Hollyoaks’ actress Jennifer Metcalfe.

The event raised £50,000 for the GEM Appeal, whose next big fundraiser is planned for Saturday 18 June 2011 at The Riverside Suite, in Whitworth. There are tickets still available, for more details call Garry Whitworth on 0797 238 1887.




Trevor Hoyle’s latest novel, Down the Figure 7, is a nostalgic look back at Rochdale in the

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Trevor Hoyle assesses how Dale are coping with life in League 1.Are they up to the challenge?


hough I possess many amazing talents,

foretelling the future isn’t one of them. But I’m pretty confident that by the end of the season

Dale will be in a respectable position, somewhere in midtable, and not hanging on by their fingertips above the abyss of relegation. It’s just a prediction because at the time of writing there are still 14 matches to go – and football’s a funny old game, as they say. My biggest fear at the start of the campaign back in August was of a yawning gulf in skill and tactical savvy between us brash newcomers and our more illustrious League 1 opposition. I certainly didn’t want to see us humiliated – outplayed and outclassed by teams with a better pedigree and more money to spend.

undertaken. Apparently not. Two massive games – Charlton and Southampton – were postponed because of a waterlogged pitch, which means a substantial loss of revenue for the club. Charlton were set to bring over a thousand supporters, but we’ll be lucky to see a tenth of that number for the mid-week fixture at the end of March.

But I needn’t have worried. There hasn’t been a visiting team at Spotland (bar one, which I’ll There’s also the frustration felt by players and come to later) that has made Dale look as if fans alike that while other games in the region they didn’t belong at this higher level. go ahead, we can’t seem to get our act together at Spotland I don’t wish to be harsh, but Our early run of form was pretty good, capped something needs to be done – and soon. We by a superb display in front of a crowd of urgently need a proper plan of action and a 18,000 at Southampton, with skipper Gary concerted effort by everyone involved to sort Jones sealing a 2-0 win with a fantastic 25-yard this out once and for all. The fans deserve it, strike. Then the see-saw started to tilt the other and it’s only fair to the players to give them a way. October and November were bleak in decent surface to play on. every sense of the word, with wins hard to find. After the disappointing end to the year, the seeDuring December there wasn’t a single game saw tilted once again – this time in our favour. played at Spotland due to bad weather and the Starting on New Year’s Day with a victory over state of the pitch – which brings me to a very Tranmere, Dale were unbeaten for eleven sore subject for Dale fans. Over recent seasons games on the trot! The first defeat of 2011 came we hoped and prayed the poor drainage at home on 5th March. problems had been solved by the work 4

I said earlier that one team in particular was the exception, and it was MK Dons who showed us what clinical finishing is all about. Despite Dale being much the better team in the first half, with at least six decent chances, we failed to put the ball in the net. And of course paid the price – from only four attempts on goal, the Dons scored three times. Final score 4-1 to the visitors. With tough games coming up against Brighton, Southampton, Bournemouth and Peterborough – all riding high in the league and battling for promotion – this is a real worry for Dale. It tells a sorry tale when your leading goal-scorer is a mid-fielder – Jones on fourteen – and your strikers aren’t producing the goods. Even Chris O’Grady, by far our best player, has only notched up eight so far. As Nick Smith in the Rover used to say – “It’s Goals that Count!”n Trevor Hoyle


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Popular Salford-born actor, Jason Done, has many credits to his name, but is probably best known for playing English teacher Tom Clarkson in Rochdale-based BBC series Waterloo Road.

I recently caught up with Jason to discuss his character’s complicated love life, winning a National Television Award and fatherhood both on and off screen!

What did your own school reports used to say?

‘More than capable but plays to the gallery!’ How would you describe your character, Tom?

How did you first get into acting?

I took part in Oklahoma at my school and really enjoyed it. I also enjoyed drama at school, as I had a very eccentric drama teacher! It just seemed a brilliant way to be creative, as well as being able to mess around and burn off energy. It was great for meeting girls too! And for showing off! I hasten to add my passion for acting has since evolved from those very basic reasons! 6

We’ve certainly seen him grow up over the last few series. Tom was always a bit wreckless and a bit irresponsible really. I think he started to mature after Izzie was killed and he had the girls to look after. And I think now he’s become quite a selfless and morally sound person. In reality, I think he would be an excellent and inspiring teacher. He’s had quite a complicated and sometimes tragic love life. Will there finally be a happy ending?

Oh his love life is a disaster! It’s a running joke that he’s always been the kiss of death, quite literally in some cases. Whenever he got together with another girl you knew the end was nigh! Fortunately, I think the series has now focussed more on his abilities as a teacher, than as a partner. And recently he’s concentrated on being a better dad to Josh, so he hasn’t really had time to focus on a relationship. What has been your favourite storyline since Waterloo Road began?

I loved the very first few episodes, where he was in complete turmoil because he was marrying the wrong woman. He was marrying Lorna, but was actually in love with their mutual best friend Izzie. So he ended up marrying Lorna and snogging Izzie on the wedding night!! It was this great first storyline which initially drew me to the project.

What is your favourite storyline coming up?

We’re filming so far in advance, that I honestly lose track of what’s happening in the current series! But it’s safe to say that the series will always have a healthy balance of comedy and pathos. Regarding Tom, it’s not all doom and gloom thankfully. I don’t want to spoil things for the viewers, but there will be a lot of ups and downs in Tom’s life and never any shortage of drama! The series won most popular drama at the National Television Awards in January, beating Doctor Who, Shameless & Sherlock! What was it like to collect the award?

We were all dumbfounded and pretty speechless! It was voted for by the public, so we’re just so appreciative of everybody’s support. We all had a brilliant evening and feel immensely proud. And I even got to meet one of the Chilean miners in the process, which was great. Why do you think series has become so popular?

I think it has found its feet really. When it first started, the content was arguably a little grittier and darker. But I think it is now something that the whole family can sit down together and watch. I think it has storylines that all generations can relate to and appreciate. Are you planning to stay at Waterloo Road?

I think it would be foolish of me to leave the series, whilst I am still

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enjoying it and getting great storylines. I feel very proud to be a part of it and I think the programme is going from strength to strength and seems to be increasing in popularity. Do you watch yourself on television?

I hate watching myself on tv, it’s very odd! I do sometimes watch it though because it’s important to see how scenes have turned out, so that you can improve on them. But I cringe watching myself… I’ve put a few pounds on shall we say… too much catering food on set! So i’m concentrating on trying to look a bit sharper for the next series!

What are you up to at the moment?

I start filming Waterloo Road again at the end of May, so i’m doing a few other things at the moment. I’ve been narrating some documentaries and doing a few radio plays. I’m also making a documentary about Belle Vue Aces Speedway team in Manchester, who are the oldest and most famous Speedway club in the world; i’m documenting their attempt to relocate to a purpose-built stadium. So you don’t really give yourself a break in between filming?!

Well I try not to relax too much. Make hay whilst the sun shines! But we’ll have a little holiday too. Congratulations on recently becoming a dad! How are you finding fatherhood?

It’s sensational and without question the best thing that has ever happened to me! It’s life-changing in the most magnificent way.

Jason in the first series of Waterloo Road Ruth Meredith




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The Back Door Music Project, based at The Broadwater Centre, Smith Street, has had a positive impact on the lives of many young people and is going from strength to strength. Over the past decade, the Back Door has nurtured the town’s new creative talent and has helped hundreds of young people, from across the borough, to develop their skills in a fun and safe environment. They provide rehearsal space, recording facilities and creative workshops, whilst also opening their doors on alternate Friday nights for their increasingly popular Under 18 live music nights.

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If you love the fresh air and the great outdoors then make a date with the borough’s beautiful countryside and woodland this spring! There has never been a better time to start exploring, with 2011 being the International Year of Forests; a United Nations campaign to celebrate people’s action to sustainably manage the world’s forests. The Rochdale borough has a wealth of spectacular countryside to explore, with beauty spots such as Healey Dell and Alkrington Woods. Healey Dell Nature Reserve sits in a picturesque part of the Spodden Valley, rich in wildlife, with delightful scenery, spectacular waterfalls and a fascinating archaeological history. A disused railway line is now a nature trail, with magnificent views from a 100-foot high viaduct. Once part of the Akrington Hall estate, Alkrington Nature Reserve is an area of mature woodland, providing an ideal habitat for a wide range of flora and fauna. Informal paths take the visitor through woodland along the banks of the River Irk and around the fishing lodges at Rhodes. The town also boasts some award winning parks and picnic spots. Heywood’s Queen’s Park received the People’s Choice Award last year, for becoming the nation’s favourite Green Flag park. It’s packed full of things to do, with a lake, activity centre, visitor’s centre, café, tennis courts and plenty of bird life. Hollingworth Lake Country Park is another popular location and a great day out for all the family. Last year, it was voted the North West’s favourite picnic spot as 14

part of a national search, conducted by breadmaker Warburtons. A host of countryside fun and action packed events are lined up to celebrate the International Year of Forests – so why not check out what’s on offer! For local event listings turn to THE PREVIEW SECTION. Councillor Terry Linden, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services said: “One of the borough’s true assets is its wealth of spectacular countryside and woodland… Our countryside rangers and friends groups have been very dedicated in putting a programme of countryside events together…These events are a great way for people to interact with their local countryside so they can truly appreciate the wonderful environment that surrounds them.” Ruth Meredith

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With this in mind there has never been a better time to shop local and help these well established businesses. Drake Street is home to many speciality shops, including the town’s only photographic & binocular retailer, Pennine Photographic. Two doors away is Sandifords, a well established gift shop, offering the customer a wide array of high quality gift choices. Opposite, you will find Denis Hope, who offer selected top designer brands for both men and women, together with a men’s wedding hire service.

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Ghostly Tales It was a misty, eerie February night when I decided to venture on a Rochdale Ghost Walk...

I had never been on one before, but had seen groups walking in York and London. We met our guide, a Victorian undertaker, in the warmth of the Baum pub on Toad lane and he then took us to the side of the graveyard at St Mary’s in the Baum, for our first chilling tale of the evening. The Half Moon Horror was just that, a true horror story about the murder of a bride on her wedding night, in Rochdale in the 1850's. We then took an interesting journey through the back streets and passageways of old Rochdale, where we were taken on a journey back in time. Not only were we entertained by stories of murder and suspicious events, but also educated on Rochdale’s fine buildings and the history behind them. The walk took about 75 minutes and the ghost walk brought us back to our starting point at the Baum.

Rochdale Ghost Walks are held on alternate Thursdays, £5 per person. Groups of up to 30 can be catered for by pre-booking. BE IN IT TO WIN IT! Enter our competition on page 71, to be in with a chance of winning a group ghost walk for yourself and nine of your family and friends.

After the final story, of the ghostly market boy, whose spirit has been seen drifting from the nearby graveyard, we finished the evening off with a stiff drink in the cosy surroundings of the Baum pub, one of Rochdale’s finest Real Ale pubs. Overall, a spine tingling, but thoroughly enjoyable night, in the company of one of Rochdale’s finest tellers of tales! n

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John Bright was born in Rochdale on November 16 1811. From a textile background, he became one of Britain’s foremost politicians, a great statesman renowned nationally and internationally. At one time he was ‘the most popular Briton in America’. There are statues of Bright in Rochdale, Manchester, Birmingham and the House of Commons. Yet, in this the bicentenary of his birth, few remember him. Via a series of events and activities around the country, a group of historians, media and heritage professionals and educationalists will attempt to reverse the process and remind people of Bright’s complex legacy. John Bright was always a controversial figure. As a Quaker-inspired pacifist, an outspoken opponent of slavery, a campaigner for Free Trade and a supporter of the extension of voting rights, Bright had many enemies on the right of the political spectrum. He also had his critics on the left. And the animosity lingered for decades. An attempt on the centenary of his death in 1989 to move Bright’s statue in Rochdale from its site at the foot of Broadfield Park back to its original setting in Town Hall Square met with furious opposition. ‘Why is Rochdale honouring a wealthy factory owner opposed to the reform of child employment laws?!’

Bright’s personal journey from Lancashire cotton manufacturer to internationally renowned politician was no less

leaders of a rowdy opposition, who battled (sometimes literally) to victory over a horrified political and religious establishment.

“There are statues of Bright in Rochdale, Manchester, Birmingham and the House of Commons.”

The storm raged in the local press for weeks. Eventually Bright’s statue stayed put and an educational resource aimed at contrasting themes from Bright’s life and work with contemporary events was pulped.


controversial. For all the comparative advantages Bright enjoyed as a millowner’s son, this blunt northerner, brash and selfopinionated, yet somehow fragile and plagued with self-doubt, was an outsider in

the closed world of Westminster politics. That he got there at all was in itself remarkable. Bright cut his political teeth in a local controversy revolving around a compulsory payment to maintain Rochdale parish church, whether or not you worshipped there. The young Bright was one of the

He went on to lead the national opposition to a series of laws (the Corn Laws) which restricted the import of corn, benefitting British farmers but keeping the price of bread in the country high.

Bright became an outspoken MP for Durham, then Manchester and by the mid 1850’s gained a reputation as a skilled politician and a great speaker. Then, amidst a frenzy of popular and media hysteria, Britain and France declared war on Russia and the Crimean War began. Bright was appalled and campaigned vigorously against the war but his pacifist stance eventually lost him his Manchester parliamentary seat .Angry mobs burned dummies of Bright on Oldham Street, Manchester.

Nevertheless it was then that Bright made some of his greatest speeches. His declaration that the ‘Angel of Death has been abroad throughout the land’ had political opponents in tears and earned him a place in the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. As details of the ghastly campaign seeped out, public opinion swung in Bright’s favour. For many years Bright, known sarcastically as the MP for the United States, had been an enthusiastic supporter of all things American. The American Civil War divided opinion in Britain. Many supported the slave owning southern Confederate states, particularly in the north of England which depended on the import of cotton from the slave areas. Bright hated the concept of slavery and helped turn British public and parliamentary opinion in favour of the northern Unionists led by Abraham Lincoln. Bright became a hero in America, earning the lifelong gratitude of Lincoln and the close friendship of Charles Sumner the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Bright had become MP for Birmingham in 1858 and, struck by the inequalities he discovered there, immediately launched a campaign to extend the vote to all men over 21. His efforts were rewarded in 1867 with the passing of the second Parliamentary Reform Act. John Bright did eventually achieve government office. He was the first non-conformist to be appointed to the Cabinet, becoming President of the Board of Trade in 1868. He was, however, far more comfortable battling the Establishment as a backbench MP and he resigned in 1871. He continued to campaign on a variety of issues, opposing the Death Penalty and the practise of flogging in the army. So, given his radical agenda and considerable achievements, why was Bright’s death in 1889 greeted with near apathy in Rochdale and why did so many of his contemporaries consider him a reactionary and an ‘enemy of the people?’ This paradox informs the series of events planned for 2011. These already include John Bright Alive and Kicking sessions in Rochdale, Pontefract, Manchester and the Imperial War Museum in London. The events consist of films of Bright’s speeches fabulously re-enacted by TV and theatrical star John Stride (The Main Chance) and a (partisan) discussion led by Bright supporters and detractors. A full list of these events will be circulated soon. So why not come along and participate in what will be fun, stimulating and (who knows?) educational sessions? John Cole - Rochdale Author


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Style’s Front Cover Shoot

On a bright, but slightly chilly March morning, we got the Style wedding team together to shoot this issue’s front cover and transform Rochdale model Lynsey Powers into a beautiful bride for the day. Style’s favourite local retailers and service providers provided everything from the hair and make-up, to the flowers, dress and accessories.

Shelley Dop from the Lancome counter at Boots in The Rochdale Exchange Shopping Centre, enhanced our model’s natural beauty with chic and natural looking make up. Our next stop was to Jamilla Paul’s Hair & Beauty Salon, where Lynsey’s hair was given a glamourous bridal twist.

Lynsey’s stunning wedding dress and accessories were provided by Bride’s of Rochdale and a colourful tulip bouquet was generously donated by Harris & Sons.


THE STYLE WEDDING SHOOT TEAM… Venue: The Best Western Broadfield Park Hotel, (Tel: 01706 639000, Photos: Ruth Meredith Photography (Tel: 07776 434 526, Hair: Jamilla Paul’s Hair & Beauty Salon (Tel: 01706 01706 644216, Make up: Boots, Rochdale Exchange Shopping Centre (Tel: 01706 653225) Dress and accessories: Bride’s of Rochdale (39 Drake Street, tel: 01706 522217, Flowers: Harris & Sons (509 Bury Road, tel: 01706 645721,

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Spring has arrived, with longer days and the anticipation of warmer weather; what better time to consider whether you have the physical, mental and emotional energy you need for your wellbeing and health? five Minutes for you In our busy worlds, we rush headlong into action with scattered minds and bodies. Next time you have a deadline, invest 5-10 minutes in this; using your mobile phone or kitchen timer to keep track.

Whether challenged by change in your professional world, major life events, poor health or just generally wanting to increase your fitness and energy levels, you are more likely to succeed by making some conscious choices about the new habits you want to create. Goal? Increased energy, greater flexibility, weight loss, time for yourself, reduced unhelpful stress, new challenges; be really clear about what you want to achieve and why? create the Space? Carve out pockets of space and time in your life to pay attention to what you want. An hour every day may be unrealistic for you, but a few carefully chosen minutes in your day may work. Approach? Breaking things down into manageable and realistic chunks will help you sustain new habits.

Sit comfortably, on your sitting bones not slumped, but with your back supported. Feet flat on the ground (box files or books as a footrest!) Balance – Do and Renew! When we set ourselves a goal, we spring into action. If this action is layered on top of an already hectic or challenged lifestyle, it is unlikely on its own to create the change you desire – it may even in itself become a source of pressure. So be very clear about: What most matters to you; keep this as your focus Things currently getting in the way; limit their impact Creating space and time to rest and recover as well as work hard on your goals.

Hands relaxed on you lap or wherever most comfortable Worries or niggles may try to interrupt – imagine them passing on by! They can wait for 5 minutes! Close your eyes Keep your focus on your breathing – belly expands as you inhale, contracts as you exhale. Inhale - through nose - to a count of 4 Exhale - through mouth - to a count of 6 After 5 minutes – gently open eyes and scan for any changes you experience in yourself.

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Owner Kelly Turner-Mitchell was delighted with Michelle’s visit. She commented: “It was a real honour to have Michelle at our official launch. Rochdale has a fine tradition of glamorous women spanning many generations from Gracie Fields to Lisa Stansfield and Agyness Deyn. Local women have been crying out for a bit of glamour on our High Street and the response we've had since we opened has been fantastic.


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PROM SEASON is on its way and there are many trends to choose from. Deep jewel tones and white are right on trend, but the most important thing is to choose a dress that you feel comfortable in. Long dresses are still in, but short dresses are becoming more and more popular. 25TEN BOUTIQUE (Cheetham Street, Rochdale) and BEST DRESSED (Church Street, Littleborough) have a great selection of prom and party dresses. And the perfect pair of shoes can be found at TIGER FEET (Hare Hill Road, Littleborough) or SHOES BY LACES (Cheetham Street, Rochdale). Raid last summer’s wardrobe as PRINTS are just as big this year – floral, animal, paisley, graphic, abstract, polka dot.

Intense oceanic BLUES and zesty shades of ORANGE are also huge for 2011. Tame the look, by teaming it with black or contrasting rich colours. If the head-to-toe look is too bold, use the colour for bags, shoes or jewellery.

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Budding young performers from Starstruck Theatre School recently took to the stage to show off their acting talents. Over fifty pupils, aged between 4-18 years old, took part in Babes in the Wood at The Riverside, Whitworth.

Kathryn Witney gave an impressive performance as Robin Hood, working alongside Sophie Ansley, as the delightful Maid Marion. Talented siblings, Natalie and Lewis Greenwood, played comedy duo Freda and Fleshcreep and kept the audience entertained with their hilarious sketches. Max Hartle gave an exceptional performance as Nurse Nora, with his flawless comic timing and Rebecca Hardman was perfectly suited to the role of Dizzy Dora, brightening up the stage in her neon pink wig! Edward Lang-Whiston was suitably wicked as the Sheriff and Bethany Foden and Amy Greaves worked well together as Fairy Nuff and Fairy Liquid, guiding the audience through the pantomime…whilst always in rhyme! Jody Turner and Megan Kirby gave strong performances as the young babes, Jack and Jill, as did Lauren Brockett as Little John and Savanna John as Big John. Oliver Haigh and Daniel Rhodes, both seven years old, had the audience in stitches during their rendition of Elvis classic, ‘Teddy Bear’, complete with Teddy Bear costumes. A special mention must also go to Helena Main who showed off her superb vocal ability, with Les Mis favourite ‘Castle on a Cloud’. Other young performers kept everyone entertained in a schoolroom scene packed full of gags, plus a very messy kitchen scene, including cream cakes and doughball cricket! A zombie performance of Thriller also proved a big hit with the audience. It was great to see the young cast thoroughly enjoying themselves, as they pulled together to put on a fantastic show. Anyone wishing to join the Theatre School can ring Colin on 07774152620 or visit n


&The Beast

Mark Andrews Productions recently presented a magical and entertaining production of Beauty & The Beast, at the Middleton Arena. The storyline was held together effectively by Fortune Teller and Narrator, Lorraine Graham, who introduced us to the characters, both good and evil. There was an impressive flying witch, Malice-ia, played with great guile by Lydia Griffiths, her wickedness complemented by Michael Garland as Lord Chamberlain. Christopher Berry played a charismatic Prince Phillippe, well matched with Rebecca Wicking as Belle; an intelligent heroine whose goodness shines through. Providing lots of laughter throughout the production, Madame Lotty was the traditional overdressed pantomime dame, played with great energy by David Rumelle, who was never short of quickfire responses to the audience. Jonathan Ryley played a young, fresh-faced Silly Billy, who engaged the children from his very first appearance. Dudley Rogers, as the somewhat potty professor, helped keep the pace of this production and wowed the audience with his high-kicks and splits during a dance routine. The pantomime had plenty of familiar numbers and traditional audience participation, as well as crowd-pleasing appearances, from ‘Wagner’ and ‘Harry Hill’. The Mark Andrews Dancers and Anita Tymcyshyn dancers excelled throughout their energetic and well-choreographed routines. Mark Andrews pulled out all the stops in this spectacular production, with stunning scenery and lighting, together with colourful and imaginative costumes.

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The Gracie Fields Theatre, Rochdale 22nd-26th February 2011 Rochdale Amateur Operatic Society had the audience on the edge of their seats, with their recent spine-tingling production of ‘Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’, directed by Michael JonesMcCaw, with Musical Direction by John Stevens. John Wood gave an exceptional performance as Sweeney Todd and was perfectly paired with the outstanding Joanne Gill, as Mrs Lovett, whose comic timing was spot-on. Claire Morris was suitably angelic as Johanna and showed off her strong vocal talents. Her knight in shining armour, Anthony, was played by the talented Gary Jones-McCaw, who also choreographed the production. Superb young actor Tom Shiels stole the show as Tobias, with a beautiful rendition of ‘Not While I’m Around’, whilst David Gill was suitably creepy as Judge Turpin.

Sarah Thewlis impressed with her fantastic acting skills and provided the laughs as ‘The Beggar Woman’, who of course, turned out to be Sweeney’s beloved wife. Other notable performances came from Richard Sanderson as Pirelli, Peter Wakefield as Beadle Bamford and Ian Wharmby as Fogg. By the end of the production, few of the cast had escaped the barber’s vengeful blade. Sweeney’s unlucky clients went straight down the trap door and into Mrs Lovett’s bakery… with the audience jumping out of their seats every single time! But Sweeney himself also met a gruesome end, thanks to young Tobias who had witnessed his evil deeds.

With an exciting, yet chilling score, a highly talented cast, strong chorus, spectacular scenery and a live orchestra, Rochdale Amateur’s production was certainly a thrilling night at the theatre. Rochdale Amateur’s next production will be The Sound of Music in February 2012.

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Festivals & Fundays






Markets & Fairs



04 – 06



Special Events



06 – 07

Theatre & Performing Arts Walks & Tours

07 07 – 08

Workshops & Talks

Until Wednesday 13 April

Friday 15 April to Tuesday 3 May

Spotlight Arts

Rochdale Camera Club Exhibition

Organised by Rochdale Countryside Services Venue: Hollingworth Lake Visitor Centre, Littleborough Time: 9.30am-5pm Enquiries: 01706 373421

Organised by Rochdale Countryside Services Venue: Hollingworth Lake Visitor Centre, Littleborough Time: 9.30am-5pm Enquiries: 01706 373421

Saturday April 9 to Saturday May 7

Thursday 5 May to Tuesday 24 May

Painting for Pleasure Group Exhibition

Colne Art Group Exhibition

Organised by Painting for Pleasure Group An exhibition of paintings in mixed media. Venue: Littleborough Coach House, Lodge Street, Littleborough Time: Monday-Saturday 11am-4pm Enquiries: 01706 378481

Organised by Rochdale Countryside Services Venue: Hollingworth Lake Visitor Centre, Littleborough Time: 9.30am-5pm Enquiries: 01706 373421

Saturday 14 May to Saturday 11 June

Bolton Progressive Threads Organised by Littleborough Coach House Venue: Littleborough Coach House, Lodge Street, Littleborough Time: Monday-Saturday 11am-4pm Enquiries: 01706 378481


Preview Events Guide is a Link4Life publication compiled by Rochdale Tourist Information Centre, Touchstones Rochdale, The Esplanade, Rochdale, OL16 1AQ. Tel: 01706 924928

Enquiries & Bookings To find out more about any event, or to book tickets, please contact the organiser direct on the number provided with the event listing.

Comedy Saturday 7 May

How to get there

Saturday 30 April

The Bradshaws Live TTFN Tour

GMPTE Enquiries 0161 228 7811 or visit a GMPTE Travelshop

Organised by Middleton Arena Buzz Hawkins does the Bradshaws TTFN Tour. Rib-cracking comedy sketches, catchy choruses and daft bits from a lifetime on the radio, crammed into one bazzin’ show for all times sake Venue: Middleton Arena, Corporation Street, Middleton Time: 7.30pm Price: £15/£12 Bookings: 0844 855 4020

Jenny Éclair Old Dog, New Tricks Tour

Not listed? If you would like your event listed free in a future issue of Preview then email us on preview@ or post details to Rochdale TIC (address above). Photos and editorial, max 75 words, also welcome. Link4Life cannot guarantee to include all requests and may edit submissions at their discretion. Deadline: July-September edition: 6 May 2011

Organised by Gracie Fields Theatre As seen on ITV’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! Jenny is basically doing her comedy tricks for a ‘nice biscuit and maybe a glass of Chardonnay’. Venue: Gracie Fields Theatre, Hudsons Walk, Rochdale Time: 8pm Price: £16 all seats Bookings/enquiries through: 01706 716689 &

Regular events For a list of regular weekly groups and sessions visit or contact Rochdale TIC to obtain a printed copy.

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Festivals & Fundays Friday 22 April to Monday 2 May

Rochdale Odeon Cinemas

Hollingworth Lake Easter Fair

For details of the latest films and times, or to make a credit card booking, call 0871 22 44 007 or visit Calls charged at national rate. Wednesday mornings: Senior Screen (over 50’s) and Baby Odeon (parent and baby screening). Venue: Rochdale Multiplex Cinema, Sandbrook Park, Rochdale.

Organised by Rochdale Countryside Service The annual extravaganza of stalls and rides at Lake Bank. Venue: Lake Bank Car Park, Hollingworth Lake, Littleborough Time: Please telephone for details Enquiries: 01706 373421

Key to symbols

Saturday 11 June

Where the information has been provided, we have given symbols alongside the listings to help you decide if the event or activity meets your needs.

Milnrow/Newhey Carnival

Family Friendly

Facilities for the disabled

Free Admission

Discounts for Passport to Leisure Members

Organised by Milnrow/Newhey Carnival Committee Enquiries: Rochdale TIC 01706 924928 or 01706 649730

Saturday 18 June

Accessible by public transport


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Norden Carnival Organised by Norden Carnival Committee Enquiries: Rochdale TIC 01706 924928 or 01706 657485

Tuesday 12 April

Rochdale on Film Organised by North West Film Archive A selection of material from the collections of the NW Film Archive shot in and around the Rochdale area over the past century. A look at life in the town through the eyes of local film makers and television companies. Venue: Gracie Fields Theatre, Hudsons Walk, Rochdale Time: 7.30pm Price: £4 all seats Bookings/enquiries through: 01706 716689 &

Light, Passion & Darkness Opens Saturday 2 April to 25 June This unique exhibition of South East Asian art brings together the public collections of Rochdale, Oldham and Blackburn to present paintings, craft, photography and digital media. It features international artists such as Dhruva Mistry, Imran Qureshi and Abdus Shakoor alongside UK-based artists including Sutapa Biswas, Shezad Dawood, Neeta Madahar and Shanti Panchal. In partnership with Gallery Oldham, Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery & Shisha

Gallery One: The Community Gallery Tom Holland: Steam Up North Until Saturday 30 April

Layers of Landscape Until March 2012 Gallery Two in 2011 will explore how different elements of landscape have been captured with a selection of works from the Borough Collection. Artists such as Adrian Berg, Ivon Hitchens and Mariele Neudecker combine both historic and more contemporary works in this superb exhibition.

Steam railways are an important part of our history, particularly in terms of industry, engineering and leisure. The evocative paintings of local artist Tom Holland capture a bygone age in an exhibition that will appeal to railway enthusiasts and everyone alike.

Don’t miss the free family friendly activities especially designed to help Under 5s and 5-12s to explore the paintings on show.

Medie Mulindwa: Silent Music

Until December 2011

Saturday 7 May to 9 July Self-taught artist Medie Mulindwa creates abstract figurative paintings in oils and acrylics.

Touchstones Rochdale

The new programme of exhibitions at Touchstones Rochdale brings to its galleries a fascinating mixture of the traditional and new.

The Esplanade, Rochdale, OL16 1AQ | 01706 924492

Spring Season Launch

The Rochdale Pioneers This exhibition tells the story of the origins of the Co-operative Movement and how it started right here in Rochdale focusing on the lives of the local men who went on to become the Rochdale Pioneers. It will also showcase the exciting plans for the £3 million extension of the historic Toad Lane’s Pioneer Museum which will reopen in December in time to celebrate 2012 as the Year of the Co-operatives.

OPEN: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm. Free entry. Open Bank Holiday Fridays (22 & 29 April) 12noon-4.30pm

Background image: Neeta Madahar, Falling, Light, Passion and Darkness


Heritage Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 April

Sunday 1 May

Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 June

English Electric Type 4 Weekend

In Steam plus May Day Transport & Music Festival

Edwardian Weekend

Organised by East Lancashire Railway Venue: East Lancashire Railway, Bury & all stations Time: 10am-4pm Enquiries: 0161 764 7790 /

Sunday 3 April

Fire Service Museum Open Day Organised by Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum Museum Open Day with a range of working exhibits and attractions. Venue: Maclure Road, Rochdale Time: 10am-4pm Price: Free Enquiries: 01706 901227 /

Organised by Ellenroad Steam Museum Experience the awesome power of the world’s largest working steam engine in full steam and on public display. This month includes a fabulous display ofmodel steam boats, industial drawings by Jenny Reid, vintage motor cycles from the Vintage Motor Cycle Society, with live music by ‘The Moonshiners’. Venue: Ellenroad Engine House, Elizabethan Way, Milnrow Time: 12noon-4pm Price: £3 adults, £2.50 concessions, £8 family ticket, Under 5’s free Enquiries: 07855 331074 / or 07789 802632 for recorded message for events

Organised by East Lancashire Railway Our award winning Wartime event parachutes in for its 13th year. Discover what life was like during the 1940’s with a weekend programme of brass band street concerts, military vehicle displays, ENSA entertainment and tea dances, food and vintage clothing stalls, battle re-enactments and the big parade on Sunday and of course, period rail travel. Venue: East Lancashire Railway, Bury & all stations Time: 10am-4pm Enquiries: 0161 764 7790 /

Organised by Rochdale Town Centre Management Company Get rid of your old stuff and earn some cash doing it!!!! Dates: April: Sunday 10th, Monday 25th (Bank Holiday) May: Monday 2nd (Bank Holiday), Sunday 15th, Monday 30th (Bank Holiday) June: Sunday 12th, Sunday 26th July: Sunday 3rd, Sunday 17th August: Sunday 7th, Monday 29th (Bank Holiday) September: Sunday 11th Venue: Rochdale Town Hall Square Car Park, The Esplanade Time: 8am-1pm Price: Car £12, Van £20 Enquiries: 01706 926676 No booking necessary; simply turn up on the day.

Sunday 5 June

Tuesday 17 May

Fire Service Museum Open Day

Toy Fair

Organised by Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum Featuring working exhibits and activities with children in mind. Venue: Maclure Road, Rochdale Time: 10am-4pm Price: Free Enquiries: 01706 901227 /

Organised by Heywood Civic Centre Venue: Heywood Civic Centre, Church Street Time: 7pm-9pm Price: £1.50 Adult, £1.20 Concession & 1st Child Enquiries: 01706 624104

1940’s Wartime Weekend In Steam plus North West Meccano Society Organised by Ellenroad Steam Museum Experience the awesome power of the world’s largest mill engine in full steam and on public display. This month’s extra attraction are models from North West Meccano Society. Venue: Ellenroad Steam Museum, Elizabethan Way, Milnrow Time: 12noon-4pm Price: £3 adults, £2.50 concessions, £8 family ticket, Under 5’s free Enquiries: 07855 331074/ uk or 07789 802632 for recorded message for events.

Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 April

Small Engine Weekend Organised by East Lancashire Railway Please telphone for further details or refer to Venue: East Lancashire Railway, Bolton Street, Bury Time: 10am-4pm Enquiries: 0161 764 7790 /

Family Fun Weekend Organised by East Lancashire Railway The Family Fun Weekend returns with a fantastic entertainment programme taking over the full line. During the weekend kids can get creative at craft and pottery workshops, impress with their juggling skills at the circus show, watch Punchy & Judy, jump on the Lollipop Express and much more. Venue: East Lancashire Railway, Bury & all stations Time: 10am-4pm Enquiries: 0161 764 7790 /

Sunday 1 May


Music Friday 1 April

Sunday 5 June Saturday 30 April to Monday 2 May

Markets & Fairs Sundays and Bank Holidays

Rochdale Town Hall Car Boot Sales Saturday 28 May to Monday 30 May

Sunday 3 April

Organised by East Lancashire Railway Sample life in Edwardian times including suffragette scenarios, an Edwardian leisurely walk in Irwell Vale and period vehicles on display. Passengers in Edwardian costume enjoy special travel fares. Venue: East Lancashire Railway, Bury & all stations Time: 10am-4pm Enquiries: 0161 764 7790 /

In Steam plus Model Engineering Society Organised by Ellenroad Steam Museum Experience the awesome power of the world’s largest working mill engine in full steam on public display. Also on display exhibits from the Model Engineering Society. Venue: Ellenroad Engine House, Elizabethan Way, Milnrow Time: 12noon-4pm Price: £3 adults, £2.50 concessions, £8 family ticket, under 5’s free Enquiries: 07855 331074 / or 07789 802632 for recorded message for events.

Manchester Talent Show – Semi Finals Venue: Middleton Arena, Corporation Street, Middleton Tickets: 0844 855 4020

Saturday 2 April

Springtime Spectacular Organised by Rochdale Youth Orchestra This seasonal concert will provide entertainment to suit all tastes in music from popular to classical, from film themes to songs from the shows. Venue: Gracie Fields Theatre, Hudsons Walk, Rochdale Time: 7.30pm Bookings/enquiries: 01706 924928 or in person at Touchstones Rochdale TIC

Fire Service Museum Open Day

Saturday 9 April

Organised by Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum Featuring working exhibits. This month the event will include a model making exhibition Venue: Maclure Road, Rochdale Time: 10am-4pm Price: Free Enquiries: 01706 901227 /

Spring Concert

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Organised by Middleton Musical Society (Choral founded 1772) Featuring Middleton Musical Society and Middleton Brass Band Venue: Alkrington United Reform Church, Manchester New Road, Middleton Time: 7.30pm Price: £6 including light refreshments Bookings: 0161 643 1365 or on the door

Friday 8 April | 7.30pm | All tickets £19

Northern Chamber Orchestra

Box Office 0844 855 4020

Wonderful memories of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Junior come to Middleton in a totally live show that continues to be successful worldwide. Every song is an absolute classic – Come Fly with Me, Volare, Under my Skin, Mr Bojangles, Lady is a Tramp, Mack the Knife – plus many more of your favourites along with their irresistible banter supported by live musicians and the Las Vegas showgirls. Described by the BBC as ‘Magnificent!’

Middleton Arena

Corporation Street, M24 1AG

The Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular

Featuring soloist Violin Martyn Jackson 7.30pm | Saturday 9 April Adults £15/Concs £13/Students £5/Children £1 Since it was formed in the 1960s, the Northern Chamber Orchestra has gained a formidable reputation for its engaging and exciting concerts and, already an accomplished solo performer, at the age of 21, Martyn Jackson is quickly establishing a reputation as one of Britain’s finest young talents. The programme features Beethoven ‘Coriolan Overture’, Mendelssohn ‘Violin Concerto’, Barber ‘Adagio’ and Mozart ‘Symphony No 41 Jupiter’. Presented by Rochdale Music Society

The Peter Cowap Music Festival Sunday 1 May | 2pm-7pm | All tickets £5 Celebrating the life and work of legendary guitarist Peter Cowap, national and international acts appear in Middleton’s premier music festival held in aid of the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust. Born in Middleton, Cowap’s contribution to the music scene as guitarist, singer and songwriter started in the late 50s touring with Joe Brown and Marty Wilde. A member of the popular Middleton band, The Tremors he went on to form the Country Gents and toured in America with the Budgies. His recordings include collaborations and sessions with Graham Gouldman, John Paul Jones, Herman’s Hermits and 10cc. He died in July 1997 aged 53.

BOX OFFICE OPENING HOURS: Monday-Friday 10am-4pm


Music Friday 15 April

Rochdale Retirement Choir Concert Organised by All Souls Church Venue: All Souls Church, Rochdale Road East, Heywood Time: 7pm Price: £5, £2.50 children Bookings: 01706 367872 or on the door

Special Events Price: £17.50/£15 Bookings: 01706 716689

Saturday 11 June

Lucille Burns (Flute) Vincent Lindsey-Clark (Guitar)

Venue: Middleton Arena, Corporation Street, Middleton Tickets: 0844 855 4020

Organised by Rochdale Music Society Venue: St Andrew’s Church, Smith Street, Rochdale Time: 7.30pm Price: £10 Adults/Concs, £5 Student, £1 Child Bookings: 01706 924928 or in person from Touchstones Rochdale TIC

Saturday 16 April

Sunday 19 June

Michael Buble Tribute Night

Musical Extravaganza

Organised by Norton Grange Hotel & Spa Venue: Norton Grange Hotel & Spa, Manchester Road, Castleton Time: 7pm-1am Price: £24.95 Live Show & Four Course Meal Bookings: 01706 516707 or Email

Organised by Oldham Choral Society Venue: Middleton Arena, Corporation Street, Middleton Bookings: 0844 855 4020 Enquiries:

Saturday 16 April

Manchester Talent Show – The Final

Nightlife Saturday 7 May

New London Chamber Ensemble – Wind Quartet Organised by Rochdale Music Society Concert includes Mozart’s Serenade in C minor, Ravel’s movements from Mother Goose Suite and pieces by Ben Thorn, Moondog, Graham Marshall and Jim Parker. Venue: St Chad’s, Rochdale Parish Church, Sparrow Hill, Rochdale Time: 7.30pm Price: £14 Adults, £12 Concs, £5 Student, £1 Child Bookings: 01706 924928 or in person from Touchstones Rochdale TIC

Friday 1 April, 6 May & 3 June

Soul Night Organised by Heywood Civic Centre Venue: Heywood Civic Centre, Church Street Time: 8pm till late Price: £5 payable on the door Tickets: 01706 624104

Tony Christie Organised by Gracie Fields Theatre This UK tour celebrates his 50th anniversary in music Venue: Gracie Fields Theatre, Hudson’s Walk, Rochdale Time: 7.30pm Price: £20/£18 Bookings: 01706 716689

Saturday 11 June

Real Thing Organised by Gracie Fields Theatre Celebrating their 36th year, the UK’s most successful soul band with the three original vocalists, Chris & Eddie Amoo and Dave Smith. Venue: Gracie Fields Theatre, Hudson’s Walk, Rochdale Time: 7.30pm


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Organised by local businesses. A fashion show supported by local fashion businesses. Venue: Littleborough Coach House, Lodge Street, Littleborough Time: 7.30pm Enquiries: 01706 378481

Saturday 14 May

Murder Mystery Evening Organised by Norton Grange Hotel and Spa From the moment your guests arrive, they are immersed in the murder mystery plot! The actors mingle with the diners during the pre-dinner drinks and odd events start to happen; who knows a murder may occur!!! Venue: Mercure Norton Grange Hotel and Spa, Manchester Road, Castleton Time: 7pm-1am Price: £27.95 per person including 4 course meal Bookings/enquiries: 01706 516707 /

Thursday 19 May

Maytime Buffet Organised by Heywood Local Committee Cancer Research UK Please telephone for further details. Venue: Bamford Chapel, Norden Road Bookings/enquiries through: 01706 631683

Blood Donor Session Saturday 9 April

Motown Night Organised by Heywood Civic Centre Venue: Heywood Civic Centre, Church Street Time: 8pm till late Price: £5 payable on the door Tickets: 01706 624104

Organised by Heywood Civic Centre Venue: Heywood Civic Centre, Church Street Time: 1.30pm-3.30pm, 5.30pm-7.30pm Bookings/enquiries through: 01706 624104

Thursday 23 June

Summer Dining at Clough Manor

Buble Fever

Friday 3 June

Fashion Show

Tuesday 24 May

Saturday 21 May Organised by Gracie Field Theatre Performing with his own 7 piece band, Rickie Arthur looks like, sounds like and is the next best thing to the genuine article. Venue: Gracie Fields Theatre, Hudson’s Walk, Rochdale Time: 7.30pm Price: £20/£18 Bookings: 01706 716689

Thursday 7 April

Saturday 23 April

Rochdale Rotary Club Event Organised by Rochdale Rotary Club Venue: Heywood Civic Centre, Church Street Bookings/enquiries through: Tom Hobson 01706 852312

Organised by Heywood Local Committee Cancer Research UK A meal followed by entertainment by Shirley Harrison. Venue: Clough Manor, Huddersfield Road, Denshaw, Oldham Price: £25 Bookings/enquiries through: 01706 631683 Friday 24 June

Saturday 30 April, 28 May & 25 June

Blood Donor Session

Saturday Evening Social with Neil Gibbons

Organised by Heywood Civic Centre Venue: Heywood Civic Centre, Church Street Time: 1.30pm-3.30pm, 5.30pm-7.30pm Bookings/enquiries through: 01706 624104

Organised by Heywood Civic Centre Venue: Heywood Civic Centre, Church Street Time: 7.30pm-11.30pm Price: £4.50 payable on the door Bookings/enquiries: 01706 624104

Sport Saturday 4 June

Motown Night Organised by Heywood Civic Centre Venue: Heywood Civic Centre, Church Street Time: 8pm till late Price: £5 payable on the door Bookings/enquiries: 01706 624104

Wednesday 15 April & 1 June

Have-A-Go-Fishing Organised by Rochdale Countryside Services Have a go at fishing on this Ranger led 45 minute taster-session. Rods and reels provided. Booking is essential as limited places available. Venue: Healey Dell Station Road Car Parks, Broadley Time: Please contact for details Bookings/enquiries: 01706 373421


Theatre & Performing Arts

Friday 15 April to Monday 2 May & Monday 30 May to Friday 3 June

Sunday 29 May

Saturday 4 June

Body Building Event

Colin Fry

Easter Holiday Junior Activities

Organised by Body and Fitness Venue: Middleton Arena, Corporation Street, Middleton Enquiries: 0844 855 4020 /

Organised by Gracie Fields Theatre Psychic phenomenon Colin Fry of TV’s 6th Sense, Psychic Private Eyes, The Three Mediums and Colin Fry Live. Venue: Gracie Fields Theatre, Hudsons Walk, Rochdale Time: 7.30pm Price: £17.50, Concessions £16.50 Bookings/enquiries through: 01706 716689 &

Organised by Link4Life Contact your local centre for what’s on during the school holidays. Venue: Sports Centres and Pools Boroughwide Enquiries: 01706 924928 or Sunday 22 May

Saturday 11 June

Over the Edge Sponsored Bike Ride

Thai Boxing Tournament

Organised by Rochdale Countryside Service A very popular charity event, starting from Hollingworth Lake. The event is in aid of the British Heart Foundation in conjunction with the Trans Pennine Cycle Club. Booking essential – information available from the Visitor Centre. Graded: Hard Venue: Hollingworth Lake Visitor Centre, Littleborough Time: 9am Bookings/enquiries: 01706 373421

Organised by Master A Venue: Middleton Arena, Corporation Street, Middleton Enquiries: 0844 855 4020 Monday to Friday 10am-4pm or refer

Theatre & Performing Arts Second Sunday of the Month

Friday 22 April

Folk ‘n Poetry Night

Pace Egg Play & Grand Draw

Organised by Just Poets In 2011, Just Poets will be hosting folk ‘n poetry nights offering a combination of poetry and occasional acoustic songs. Venue: The Baum, Toad Lane – a cosy, traditional real ale and wine bar in Rochdale and on the site where the Co-operative movement was founded. Time: 8pm For details refer to: & www.

Organised by Littleborough Coach House Venue: Littleborough Coach House, Lodge Street, Littleborough Time: 11am Enquiries: 01706 378481

Fourth Sunday of the Month

Wednesday 27 April

Pirates Show Organised by Heywood Civic Centre Venue: Heywood Civic Centre, Church Street Time: 2pm Price: Please phone for details Bookings/enquiries through: 01706 624104

Tuesday 10 May to Saturday 14 May

Beauty and the Beast Organised by Heywood Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society A fantasy show about love overcoming everything - even if you are an ugly beast. Venue: Heywood Civic Centre, Heywood Time: 7.30pm & 2.15pm Saturday matinee Price: £8 to £11 10% discount for groups of 15 or more Bookings/enquiries through: 01706 368904 Aileen Greenwood

Wednesday 13 April 2011 to Saturday 16 April

A Production by Phoenix Operatic & Amateur Dramatic Society Organised by Phoenix Operatic & Amateur Dramatic Society Venue: Heywood Civic Centre, Church Street Bookings/enquiries through: 01706 624104 for further details

Wednesday 20 April

High Jinx Magic Roadshow Organised by Gracie Fields Theatre Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year and Tricky TV’s Michael Jordan with a wicked variety show for kids of all ages. Venue: Gracie Fields Theatre, Hudsons Walk, Rochdale Time: 2.30pm Price: £7.50 all seats Bookings/enquiries through: 01706 716689 &

The Gleek Club Organised by Gracie Fields Theatre The UK’s No 1 Glee tribute act. See the gang perform all your favourite songs live on stage. Venue: Gracie Fields Theatre, Hudson’s Walk, Rochdale Time: 7.30pm Price: £12 all seats Bookings/enquiries through: 01706 716689 &

Walks & Tours Walks organised by Rochdale Countryside Service are graded to help you choose walks suitable to you:EASY – A gentle stroll, usually on fairly even ground.

Write Out Loud Organised by Paul Blackburn & Gemma Lees Paul Blackburn and Gemma Lees continue to present wonderful poetry nights, with a guest poet each month, drawn out of a hat at the previous meeting, and floor spots available for readers. Venue: The Old Boar’s Head, Middleton Time: 8pm For details and other events: php?blogentryid=15676

Saturday 18 June

Saturday 14 May

An Audience with Simon Weston Organised by Gracie Fields Theatre Hero of the Falklands War, theatre audiences have the opportunity to come and meet this remarkable man, to hear his story, and ask questions. Venue: Gracie Fields Theatre, Hudsons Walk, Rochdale Time: 7.30pm Price: £14.50 all seats Bookings/enquiries through: 01706 716689 &

MEDIUM – A more energetic walk, possibly involving some hill and moor land walking. HARD – Strenuous walk, often all day, requiring a high standard of fitness. Sunday 3 April

Springtime Stroll Organised by Rochdale Countryside Services Enjoy an easy woodland walk with the Rangers looking for signs of spring. Duration: 1-2 hours Graded: Medium Venue: Hollingworth Lake Visitor Centre, Littleborough Time: 2pm Bookings/enquiries: 01706 373421

Thursday 7 April

Rochdale Ghost Walks Organised by Colin Meredith Rochdale Ghost Walks will run on the first and third Thursday each month – other dates include 21/4/11, 5/5/11, 19/5/11, 2/6/11 & 16/6/11. Private parties for up to 30 catered for. Ghostly tales and murderous deeds from Rochdale’s past will chill you to the core on these evening walks around Rochdale town centre. After the walk you can warm yourself in the cosy surroundings of the Baum, one of Rochdale’s finest ‘Real Ale’ pubs. Venue: Meet at the Baum, 33-37 Toad Lane, Rochdale OL12 ONU Time: 7.30pm-10pm (approximately 90 minutes) Price: £5 (all classes) Bookings/enquiries: 07774152620 or email


Walks & Tours

Workshops & Talks

Saturday 16 April

Sunday 5 June

Thursday 14 April

Coach Trip – Brimham Rocks, Pateley Bridge

Up on the Tops

A Talk by Terry Whitworth – ‘Workhouse to Wards’

Organised by Rochdale Field Naturalists’ Society A coach trip looking at birds & flowers. Venue: Depart from the cul-de-sac, at the bottom of Manchester Old Road, Rochdale Time: 9am Price: Members £12, Non-members £14 Enquiries: 01706 644394

Organised by Rochdale Countryside Services Join Rangers for a summer walk along the hill tops above the lake. Duration: 3-4 hours. Graded: Medium Venue: Hollingworth Lake Visitor Centre, Littleborough Time: 10.30am Bookings/enquiries: 01706 373421

Organised by Littleborough Historical & Archaeological Society New members welcome. Venue: Littleborough Coach House, Lodge Street, Harvey Room Time: 8pm, refreshments 7.45pm Price: Small charge Enquiries: 01706 650636 or 377685

Saturday 11 June Saturday 30 April

Car Trip - Elton Reservoir, Bury Organised by Rochdale Field Naturalists’ Society A car trip looking at birds & flowers. Free. Pace: Easy ramble. New members welcome. Venue: Depart from the cul-de-sac, at the bottom Manchester Old Road, Rochdale Time: 10am Enquiries: 01706 658260

Saturday 14 May

Coach Trip – Austwick, near Settle Organised by Rochdale Field Naturalists’ Society A coach trip looking at birds, flowers and butterflies. Venue: Depart from the cul-de-sac, at the bottom of Manchester Old Road, Rochdale Time: 9am Price: Members £12, Non-members £14 Enquiries: 01706 644394

Sunday 15 May 2011

Birds, Bluebells & Butterflies Walk Organised by Rochdale Countryside Service Come for a walk in the woods to enjoy the sights and sounds of spring. Graded: Easy. Duration: 2 hours. Venue: Lever Bridge, Alkrington Woods, Middleton Time: 2pm Bookings/enquiries through: 01706 350459

Rochdale Town Hall Guided Tour – A Rochdale Gem Organised by Rochdale Borough Blue Badge Tourist Guides. A guided tour of the magnificent Grade 1 listed Victorian Gothic town hall, designed by W.H. Crossland. The modern stained-glass windows are some of the finest to be found in the country. Duration: 2 hours. Venue: Meet at the foyer of Rochdale Town Hall Time: 2pm Price: £3 Bookings/enquiries through: 01706 924928 TIC/01706 655986

Saturday 11 June

Coach Trip – Fairy Steps, Milnthorpe Organised by Rochdale Field Naturalists’ Society A coach trip looking at butterflies, birds & flowers. Venue: Depart from the cul-de-sac, at the bottom of Manchester Old Road, Rochdale Time: 9am Enquiries: 01706 644394

Wednesday 22 June 2011

BBQ & Treasure Hunt Organised by Friends of Alkrington Woods Enjoy a summer evening on the Hall slope. Venue: Lever Bridge, Alkrington Woods Time: 7pm Hall slope Bookings/enquiries: 01706 350459

Saturday 28 May

Saturday 25 June

Car Trip - Lower Cragg Vale

Car Trip – Dunsop Bridge, Lancashire

Organised by Rochdale Field Naturalists’ Society A car trip looking at birds & flowers. Pace: Easy ramble. New members welcome. Venue: Depart from the cul-de-sac, at the bottom of Manchester Old Road, Rochdale Time: 10am Price: Free Enquiries: 01706 658260

Organised by Rochdale Field Naturalists’ Society A car trip looking at brids, butterflies & flowers. Free. Easy pace ramble. Venue: Depart from the cul-de-sac, at bottom of Manchester Old Road, Rochdale Time: 10am Enquiries: 01706 658260

Workshops & Talks


Last Tuesday of Every Month

Thursday 7 April , 5 May & 2 June

Knitty Gritty

Creative Writing for Pleasure

Organised by Touchstones Rochdale No booking required. Join our monthly knitting circle in the cafe. Bring along your own knitting projects, share ideas or start something new. Younger knitters are welcome in school holidays. Venue: Touchstones Rochdale, The Esplanade Time: 2pm-3.30pm Enquiries: 01706 924492

Touchstones Rochdale is offering any would be or existing writers, the opportunity to open up a whole new world of creative expression. Through these sessions of creative writing, we will explore the techniques and styles professional writer’s use, to bring words to life which leaves us with memorable impressions. Whilst drawing inspiration from the rich and intriguing Arts & Heritage collections, the group will also join in some amusing and vibrant workshops. Participants need not commit to every session of the project. Further dates available are Thursday 7 July 2011 & Thursday 4 August 2011. Venue: Touchstones Rochdale, The Esplanade Time: 2pm-3.30pm Café Life Enquiries: 01706 9244492

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Thursday 14 April

Members Night – A Selection of Members’ Slides Organised by Rochdale Field Naturalists’ Society Venue: Cutgate Baptist Church, Edenfield Road, Rochdale Time: 7.30pm Price: Members £1 Enquiries: 01706 630707 or 814884

Saturday 30 April to Monday 2 May

Meet a Hedgehog Organised by Rochdale Countryside Service Meet Sue Lewis and hedgehogs from Rochdale Hedgehog Rescue at the Visitors Centre. Sue will be giving a talk on Sunday & Monday at 2.30 pm. Venue: Hollingworth Lake Visitor Centre, Littleborough Time: 11am-4pm Price: Free Bookings through: Drop In Enquiries: 01706 373421

Thursday 12 May

A Talk by Norman Redhead Organised by Littleborough Historical & Archaeological Society A talk by Norman Redhead on Greater Manchester Archaeology. New members welcome. Venue: Littleborough Coach House, Lodge Street, Harvey Room Time: 8pm, refreshments 7.45pm Price: Small charge Enquiries: 01706 650636 & 377685

Saturday 21 May

Map Reading & Navigation Course Organised by Rochdale Countryside Services Lost your way? Come along and learn essential map reading and navigation skills using a compass. Bring a pack lunch and suitable clothing for hillwalking. Booking essential. Graded: Medium Venue: Hollingworth Lake Visitor Centre, Littleborough Time: Please telephone Price: £30 for the full day Booking/enquiries: 01706 373421

Sunday 26 June

Bushcraft Skills Day Organised by Rochdale Countryside Service Can you make fire by rubbing two sticks together? Here is a fantastic opportunity to learn how to do this and many other bushcraft skills with Mark Archer. For aged 16 upwards. Booking essential. Venue: Hollingworth Lake Visitor Centre, Littleborough Time: Please telephone Price: £35 Full day course Bookings/enquiries: 01706 373421

LOcAL LAW fIRM Molesworths Solicitors Launch New Website. We all need a bit of help at some point in our lives, whether that is individually, as a couple or family, for a problem at work, at home or for our businesses. Molesworths Solicitors of Rochdale have re-launched their legal website to make it easier for local people to find the help, information and advice they need, when they need it. The new site presents a more user-friendly and client focused experience aimed at helping individuals and businesses to deal with any legal problems they may be having. Not only are Molesworths Solicitors a long established local firm with an history stretching back 150 years but also that all their skilled and friendly staff are fully dedicated to offering a first class service to people during what can be, for some, a traumatic and stressful time. Throughout the site there are numerous opportunities for visitors to contact Molesworths whenever they want and all enquiries are answered by fully trained and qualified members of staff as soon as possible.

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The Waterside Restaurant, at 1 Inghams Lane, Littleborough, has received a Hi-Life Diners Club award for 2011. At a star studded awards evening, held at the Hilton Hotel in Manchester in January, The Waterside was nominated for Best North West Restaurant. Owners of the restaurant, Kristan & Lisa Groom, are delighted to be in the top 2% of restaurants in the North West and are pictured with their award. BAR 5 This privately owned town centre restaurant and wine bar serves freshly prepared food, with daily specials and Lavazza coffees a speciality. It provides an ideal meeting place for breakfast, lunch or tea. Food served 9:30 til 6:00 Monday and Tuesday and 9:30 til 9:00 Wednesday through Saturday. Venue available free of charge for private parties up to 50 people with music provided and buffet menus available. There is a 25% discount for Love Rochdale loyalty card holders. Email 5 South Parade, on the Butts Rochdale, OL16 1LR Website 01706 359 800



The Veenas Restaurant Club is a beautiful, HAVE MOVED TO NEW PREMISES authentic Indian Restaurant. The restaurant IN NEWHEY itself is impeccably laid out, with an elegant Rachel & Andrew pride themselves on serving fresh, local, seasonal food, prepared East meets West style, where attention to detail and exceptional service is second nature. and cooked to order. This family run restaurant has built a solid reputation for its The Indian food at The Veenas Restaurant is welcoming and unhurried atmosphere. Now unique in both flavour and quality. They offer sophisticated dishes, laden with bursts of in its 11th successful year you can sample their excellent food at The Sheaf on Haugh flavour. Indian dishes are authentic recipes made from fresh produce, the finest Fold. Please check website for details. vegetables and the tastiest meats. Whatever Closed Mondays Open Tuesday-Saturday your preference for Indian food; hot or mild, 5pm - 11.30pm Sun 4pm -10pm. The Cedar Tree Tapas Restaurant at the vindaloo or korma - The Veenas Restaurant Sheaf, Haugh Fold, Newhey OL16 3RF has something for everyone. Book on 01706 84 26 26

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Situated within the Coach House in Take a culinary journey around Italy at the Italian Room; an elegant, contemporary and Littleborough you will find Demetris Cafe & Bistro. vibrant restaurant in Rochdale. A warm It is a cafe during the day, but on Friday and welcome is always guaranteed the second you walk through the door by the attentive, Saturday evenings, you can also experience fantastic Greek Nights. The night’s include discreet team. The Italian Room is a child friendly Italian restaurant with a modern and Greek Mezze, 15 courses, plate smashing, free ouzo and a live bouzouki band. contemporary setting, serving a variety of Evening bookings only. traditional Italian foods and wines. They The venue is also available for private Greek spend a lot of time ensuring customers are comfortable, offering a relaxed atmosphere nights, we can seat up to 36 people. If you want the total Greek experience then with air conditioning. Early bird menu Starter and any pizza or pasta £10.95 book your table now. Littleborough Coach House avail Mon -Thur 6-10pm Fri 6-7.30pm Sun 3-7pm

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The Rose N Bowl is a well recognised pub and restaurant, based in Stacksteads. It has been owned by Lords the Caterers, Whitworth, for over 20 years. It offers a varied food menu but also offers a traditional carvery. The carvery offers a choice of up to four succulent roast joints, carved by the resident chef to your request. You can opt for the full three course carvery at £14.80 or just main course carvery at £7.95. On Thursday a special pensioners 2 course lunch is served midday-2.30pm, only £4.99. Children & toddlers menus available. Early evening special served Friday 5pm-6.30pm Food served Tuesday to Sunday midday8.30pm.

Rochdale’s premier 5 star luxury guest The restaurant is nestled in the heart of the accommodation, wedding, conference & Pennines; a fantastic venue with beautiful events venue. views of the surrounding Littleborough The Moss Lodge restaurant is now open for countryside, newly refurbished Rochdale dinner to non-residents. canal and a small walk from the scenic Using only the finest of locally sourced and Hollingworth Lake, yet the ambience is freshly cooked ingredients to create a relaxed and continental. The restaurant monthly table d’hôte menu as well as regular portrays an intimate and relaxed lounge feel, Chef’s specials, all reasonably priced at just with a comfortable sofa seating area for £30 for 3 courses followed with coffee. drinks on arrival or just to socialise with Prior booking is essential. friends and family. Using only the finest For reservations & all enquiries please ingredients and produce, Lisa & Kristan have Tel: 01706 350555 combined traditional cooking with a passion E.mail: for Mediterranean and Continental cuisine, creating exciting and extensive varied menus, THE GALLOWS from Lunchtime to A'la Carte. A new Spring Peter and Judith McCormick invite you and Newchurch Road Stacksteads menu has arrived together with a new bar your family to their family friendly pub. OL13 0UG and lightbites menu. Open Tues - Sunday Situated within easy reach of Hollingworth BOOK ON 01706 376 250 01706 879555 Lake, the Gallows is open all day every day, No1 Inghams Lane Littleborough OL15 0AY serving excellent value for money snacks and THE BIRCHES main meals. The pub offers real ales, with Chef John Kowalawski and his wife Helen guest beers, plus a selection of fine wines. run The Birches. Chef John offers an exciting Food served Monday to Saturday midday LA MANCHA TAPAS BAR new tapas menu to accompany the existing 7pm Sunday midday - 6pm (inc Sunday Roast) La Mancha is Rochdale's only specialist tapas menu. Open for lunch and serving food The Gallows Kiln Lane Milnrow OL16 3JW restaurant serving authentic Spanish cuisine in Tuesday - Friday from 12 - 2.30 evenings 01706 642898 atmospheric surroundings. Situated in the very from 6 - 8.30. Sat 12 -8 Sun 12 - 7 Fantastic heart of Rochdale the restaurant is easily 3 course Sunday lunch at only £8.95. Tapas THE HEALEY HOTEL accessible with lots of local parking. night once a month only £10 per head. The Healey Hotel is a characterful , well Mothers Day only £14.95 under 6‘s eat free. La Mancha was established over 10 years ago appointed, three roomed Robinson's Public Screens all sporting events for non smoking and has stood the test of time thanks to the House on Shawclough Road. Those familiar quality and authenticity of its menu. Along with and smoking. Live Music or Karaoke every with the excellent Baum will be pleased to our lunchtime specials, they also have an Saturday evening from 9 pm. know Simon Crompton has now taken over The Birches Market Street Whitworth extensive specials board with dishes from all the the lease. Rochdale OL12 8RU regions of Spain. Why not join us for our great Along with Chef Mark Porter he has reTel 01706 344119 party atmosphere. New Takeaway service introduced a quality bar menu and food is available collection only.(not available Sat & Sun) being served 7 days a week. Closed Monday Food served Tues - Thurs 12 Food served lunch Mon - Fri 11.30 - 2.30 2.30 & 6 - 9.30 Fri & Sat 12-10.30 Sun 5 -9.30. Evening 5 - 8 (Fri 5 -9) Sat all day 11.30 - 9 La Mancha 5 The Butts, Ave Rochdale OL16 1ES. Sun 12 -6. OR FOR ALL BOOKINGS TEL: 01706 713400

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THE CRAVEN Formally The Hacienda, this lovely wine bar & restaurant on Broad Lane Rochdale offers a friendly welcome and a relaxing ambience. The Craven now compliments its Tapas menu with an exciting English menu to suit all tastes. With a specials board and early bird offers it is Rochdale's place to be seen either for just a drink or to dine. Early Bird 2 mains for £10 from English Menu or 4 tapas dishes for £9.95 served Mon -Thur 4-7 Open 7 days a week, food served Mon - Thur 4 - 9 Fri & Sat 12 noon -10 Sun 12 noon -9 The Craven 7 Broad Lane Rochdale OL16 4PG Tel 01706 869897

THE PACK HORSE INN This classic country pub has good walking opportunities nearby and great views. It offers a good range of Lees beers and a menu is available throughout the pub. The varied menu offers good quality and interesting choices. Special menu meal deal: Mon - Sat 12-6 two courses for ÂŁ7.95 Food served: Mon-Sat 11.30 - 9pm, Sun midday-8pm Elbut Lane Birtle Bury Lancs BL9 7TU 0161 764 3620


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Chilli Express offers the customer three levels of service. You can eat in, take away or have your food delivered. Open 7 days a week all the produce is fresh and Tofiq and his team are commited to providing nutritional, well prepared meals, using only the finest ingredients in their authentic Asian cuisine. Now offering a outside catering buffet menu with delivery and setting out. Open 7 days a week.

who cut the ribbon on the opening night. THE WHEATSHEAF has been completely refurbished to offer customers a refreshing intimate atmosphere.

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THE SUGAR LOUNGE Rochdale's newest venue is situated in the heart of the town centre at 19 Baillie Street and offers a unique experience in both its menu and its ambience. Owner Orange Akhtar and San Yusef have designed The Sugar Lounge on similar venues in Dubai. The Lounge offers a relaxing coffee bar on the ground floor with a modern lounge and dining area in the basement. There is a wide selection of food on offer and although not licensed there are a variety of coffees, milkshakes and cocktails to help you take the cares of the day away. Open from 11am Monday - Saturday & Sunday from 3pm. 19 Baillie Street, Rochdale, OL16 1JA Tel: 01706 868640



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NISSAN LEAF 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 will be the first to bring the technology to the mass market. The Nissan Leaf, propelled by an 80kW motor, is good for a top speed of nearly 90mph but the main consideration is the range. The lithium-ion batteries can last around 100 miles between full charges, although 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. A price tag of £24,000 may seem excessive for a car the size of a Ford Focus, but you need to remember that this is a five-seater family car that can be run from the plug in your garage and will never see a filling station, while the motor only needs limited servicing as there is just one moving part!

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The asparagus season will soon be upon us, so indulge with one of my favourite fishes!

Serves 4 1 large courgette pinch curry powder 50g plain flour 1 egg-lightly beaten 50g dry white breadcrumbs vegetable oil for deep frying 1 tablespoon olive oil 4 x 200g fillets of Turbot-skinned and boned


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turbot then seal in the hot oil until lightly coloured, turn and continue cooking until cooked through. 5. When ready to serve arrange the salad, vegetable

To Finish vegetable balls mixed leaves 1 bunch English asparagus-trimmed and blanched

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sunDay Workshops ClassEs are held at the Broadwater Centre, smith st, rochdale. 5 - 10 years old - 10am - midday 11 - 18 years old - midday - 2pm

EastEr Drama Workshop st andrews Church smith street rochdale (next to bus station)

Wednesday 27th & thursday 28th april 10am until 3.30 each day (Drop off from 9.00am pick up until 4.00)

2 entertaining days of drama games, movement, improvisations and tV script work. With profEssional actor Colin mErEDith & professional ChorEographEr ann parkinson £20 each day or £35 for two days 20% DisCount for second child

ClassEs from only £4 pEr hr

CElEBrating oVEr 17 yEars of Drama tEaChing in roChDalE plaCEs CurrEntly aVailaBlE for all ClassEs

tEl 01706 710810 or 07774152620


WIN a place for you and a friend at

Starstruck Theatre School’s Easter Workshop on Weds 27th & Thurs 28th April. Spend two days playing drama games, working on TV scripts, improvising and generally having fun.

WIN afternoon tea for two at the award winning Nutters Restaurant, Edenfield Road, Norden.

WIN a ghost walk for you and nine friends. Starting at The Baum on Toad Lane your guide will take you on a spine tingling tour around the back streets and alleyways of Rochdale Town Centre. Dare you enter?! More details on page 18.

WIN a pamper package courtesy of

The Hair Gallery by Kelly Earnshaw; a stunning newly opened salon in Littleborough. Enjoy a luxury cut & colour, plus a manicure and pedicure. More details on page 62.

WIN There are a variety of picture

WIN a copy of local artist Liz

frames, mirror frames, and glass tokens to convey a multitude of messages from "I Love You" to "Happy Birthday" or "Happy Retirement".

White’s book ‘Starting & Running a Greeting Cards Business’. Featured in Style’s community section.


SPa Day – M hesketh, littleborough

ThE SUN alSO RISES - a Greenwood, Shawclough

TaPaS BOOk - Mrs Whitehouse, Norden

PaNTO TICkETS - P Dale, Cutgate & l Brierley, Marland


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Child’s name and age (for drama workshop): Tel:

Please post your answer to: Rochdale Style competitions, 13 Norden Lodge Apartments, Clay Lane, Rochdale, OL11 5AS. Alternatively, you can email the above information to Closing date for drama workshop entries – 20th April 2011. All other entries – 23rd May 2011. 71

SPRINGHILL HOSPICE NEWS WOOFS & WELLIES! A sponsored dog walk will take place on Saturday 4th June, starting and finishing at the Hospice and taking a circular 7k route. Commencing at 10am, £5 entry fee. Each pooch will receive a medal and there will be a prize for the best-dressed dog!

MIDNIGHT WALK Join Springhill Hospice for their ladies-only Midnight Walk on Saturday 16th July 2011. The fully marshalled walk is 6 or 13 miles, commencing from Middleton Arena on the stroke of midnight. Entry fee for the event is just £12 and all participants will receive a unique Midnight Walk t-shirt, medal, refreshments and a Certificate of Achievement. To assist with the operation of this event, Springhill Hospice are also looking for men to get involved as stewards and volunteers. Organisers are hoping that this event will raise enough money to at least cover one week’s running costs of the Hospice, which currently stand at around £52,000. Anybody wishing to participate in the Midnight Walk can contact the Fundraising team on 01706 649920 or email

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY… Sun 10th April – Spring Fair at the Hospice. FREE ENTRY and FREE Park & Ride from Kingsway Park High School. 10am to 3pm. Anyone wishing to donate goods should contact the Hospice as soon as possible. They are looking for raffle or tombola prizes and especially any type of home-bake! Wed 4th MAy – Women of rochdale luncheon at Rochdale Town Hall. Rochdale’s ‘Woman of the Year’ for 2011 will be announced at the prestigious

luncheon, with accomplished guest speaker, Lilian King. Tickets £36 per person.

RUNNING FOR LYNNE Over a thousand pounds was recently donated to Springhill Hospice in January in memory of Lynne Edmondson. The money was raised in a number of ways and included the Lynne Edmondson Memorial Race, a 4.2 mile run around Cowm Reservoir, Whitworth in the December snow. Lynne’s husband David and family presented the cheque at another fundraiser at The Red Lion in Whitworth.

SAt 21St MAy - Sponsored Skydive in conjunction with Skyline Events and the Black Knights parachute team at Lancaster Airfield. Sun 26th June – Summer Gala day at the Hospice. FREE ENTRY and FREE Park & Ride from Kingsway Park High School. 10am to 3pm.

For more details on all events contact the Fundraising Team on 01706 649920, email or call into Springhill Hospice, Broad Lane, Rochdale, OL16 4PZ. 72


CELEBRATING SUCCESS Rochdale Business Curry Club, held at Veenas in Heywood, celebrated its second birthday in February. The guests were welcomed upon arrival with a glass of bubbly, and the ever attentive Veenas staff, in their specially made Curry Club shirts to mark the occasion. Mr John Reid, The Heywood Toastmaster, did a splendid job in conducting the proceedings and Rochdale Police Acting Chief Inspector Nadeem Mir said a few words on Policing in the Borough and engagement with the local business community. Mr Peter Rowlinson, Head of Planning & Regulation at RMBC also gave an insight into some of the exciting future developments planned for the Borough. The monthly event has no joining fee and anyone interested in attending should call 01706 622511.

MAN OF THE YEAR A Rochdale fundraiser who has dedicated his time unselfishly to helping a fantastic cause has been named Rochdale Man of the Year 2010. Chairman of the Men of Rochdale Committee, Councillor Robert Clegg, announced the winner Garry Whitworth, at a prestigious luncheon held at the Rochdale Town Hall. Mr Whitworth, said “It is a total surprise and I almost didn’t make it to the luncheon. I am surprised, shocked and elated and certainly pleased I managed to get here. I have been nominated in the past but I never expected it.” Mr Whitworth is best known for his fundraising work for the GEM Appeal.

INTO THE DRAGONS DEN Pupils from Hollingworth Business and Enterprise College and Wardle High School have proved they have bright futures ahead of them. They demonstrated their excellent business skills at this year’s Young Enterprise Day, organised by Rochdale Borough Council and Hollingworth College to promote enterprise activities in schools. Twenty-five Year 9 pupils took part in the day-long event at Rochdale Town Hall. Pupils were encouraged to work co-operatively with people they’d not met before, to organise an event to raise money for a local charity. The winning team proposed organising a sport event aimed at giving families a great day out for a good cause.

The winning team! Pictured are Jade Thompson and Lauren Wheelhouse from Hollingworth Business and Enterprise College and Jack Morris and Laura Greenwood from Wardle High. Irka Jamil of Hollingworth Business and Enterprise College was also part of the winning team


A HEALTHY DAY OUT AT LIVE LIFE Residents were treated to a very healthy day out when Live Life returned to the borough.on 7th March. Over 1,300 people of all ages visited Rochdale Town Hall, with the big annual health, fitness, healthy eating and wellbeing show proving another big hit, dishing out a stack of ideas and free help, encouraging everyone to lead a healthier lifestyle. Link4Life hosted a series of workshops, including the art of Persian drumming, exercises for strengthening your back and timed competitions on rowing machines. There were demonstrations of Zumba – the dance fitness class that is taking the aerobics world by storm!

Catherine Tyldesley checks out one of the latest rowing machines at Live Life.

Actress and singer Catherine Tyldesley, best known for Emmerdale and Shameless popped in to say hello. She was joined by Rochdale’s very own sporting Ambassador, Paralympic Gold Medallist Simon Jackson MBE.


Simon Jackson hears about the latest stop smoking techniques from the Healthy Lifestyles Smoking Service.

Husband and wife team, Danny and Joanne Gilchrist, celebrated their opening night at The Donkey (21 Syke Road), on Saturday 5th March. The evening was a great success, with local band The Fellons and DJ Will Star entertaining the crowd. Their exciting future plans include regular live music nights, promoting local bands and solo artists. There is also a karaoke night every Friday and a quiz night every Wednesday. The couple commented, “We are extremely proud and honoured to be taking over The Donkey and would like to welcome everyone; it’s a fantastic pub with a good atmosphere and great support from the local community”. Search for ‘Don Key’ on Facebook to keep up to date with upcoming events or telephone 01706 648480.

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LOCAL ARTIST SHARES SECRET TO SUCCESS Local business adviser and artist, Liz White, has recently had her new book published: Starting & Running a Greeting Cards Business. Published by How To Books (and available on Amazon) it tells you everything you need to know about building an exciting and profitable business. Liz, who owns Littleborough Gallery, has worked with over thirty greeting card companies in the last ten years, some of who have gone on to become household names. She commented, “There is a huge market for greeting cards. Furthermore, it is a business that can be started at the kitchen table – with very little outlay – and end up in a global market.” Liz’s book is available from major bookshops and online retailers, priced £12.99


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