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WInTER 2011 ISSUE 27




EDIToR Colin Meredith


FEEL GooD FACToR Festival fun



FUnDRAISInG In STYLE At nutters Restaurant

56 GIRL on A TERRACE Meet Dale’s biggest fan


HAPPY BIRTHDAY Style celebrates 7 years

59 JUST GASSInG Motoring expert, Mark D’Apice


STYLE EXCLUSIVE Corrie’s Samia Smith



FACE oF STYLE Winners announced

62 GooD FooD GUIDE Dine out in Style this season


SERVICE WITH A SMILE Rochdale’s retail gems


WHITWoRTH nEWS Catching up on local life


SHoPPInG CEnTRE Fashion & fundraising


WHATS CooKInG? Britain’s Best Dish

20 LoCAL HISToRY Rochdale’s textile industry


HoSPICE nEWS Recent events at Springhill Hospice

22 WHAT A LIFE! Meet Weatherfield’s vicar


CoMPETITIonS Fantastic prizes up for grabs!


78 CoMMUnITY Catching up with life in Rochdale

IT’S A MAD WoRLD Milnrow’s thespians

PREVIEW 9-page what’s on guide

JUST FoR KIDS Wordsearch, colouring & jokes!

28 FESTIVE FUn Christmas shopping guide


30 ALL WRAPPED UP Gifts for all the family 34 JEWEL In THE CRoWn Littleborough’s own jeweller


40 FASHIon TIPS Autumn/winter trends 42 SERUM In THE CITY Beauty advice from our expert

74 GRAPHIC DESIGn Caroline Dowse



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Fun Lovin’ FeeL Good FestivaL

ousands of people packed into Rochdale town centre for the recent Feel Good Festival, to enjoy an array of music, food and family entertainment. e big main stage by Rochdale Town Hall was opened by local band e Fellons, followed by Doyle & e Fourfathers, Ellen & e Escapades, and Frankie & e Heartstrings. Badly Drawn Boy then treated the enthusiastic crowd to a mixture of his greatest hits and new material. Next, kings of cool - ‘Fun Lovin’ Criminals’ brought some New York funk to the town hall Celebrity chefs Ainsley Harriott, Aazam Ahmad, Andrew Nutter and Alison Seagrave created some magic in the kitchen, with their live cookery masterclasses. An extended festival market, selling food and


square and they had the crowd of thousands dancing for well over an hour! Event Organiser Debbie O’Brien commented: “It was great to see so many families enjoying themselves, and I think that once again we showed

gis, proved a hit with residents and visitors from

that Rochdale can stage one of the best festivals

across the region.


Strawberry Sparkle The sun was shining for the annual Strawberry Sparkle Gem Appeal fundraiser at Nutters restaurant in Norden. Andrew Nutter laid on a lavish lunch for the ladies who supported the event, raising ÂŁ2500 for the charity.


READERS COMMENTS… Thank you very much for your kind comments about the magazine. We value your support and continued readership.

celebrates its 7th birthday! This edition marks an impressive seven years of Rochdale Style Magazine. over the years, our family-run publication has gained a deserved reputation for the quality of its features, as we continue to share our belief that Rochdale is a great place to live. We urge our readers to support Rochdale’s fantastic local businesses who make the magazine possible. They have been behind us every step of the way, even in difficult financial times. This edition is packed full of places to dine and things to do this season, plus plenty of Christmas gift

ideas! There’s also an exclusive interview with Coronation Street favourite Samia Smith. We hope you enjoy this edition and look forward to bringing you more good news about Rochdale in 2012. Colin Meredith Editor

“Style is bright, classy and full of local information.” Sheila Kershaw, Rochdale “It contains lots of positive information about Rochdale and a useful events guide.” Emma Wild, Norden “Very well put together, loads of information on all subjects.” Mrs K Hill, Smallbridge “Style puts Rochdale in a different light; surprisingly stylish, informative and interesting.” Corrinne Littlewood, Edenfield “Great quality magazine with a positive, informative view of Rochdale.” Janet Bamford, Bamford “Style highlights things in Rochdale I didnt know existed, very informative and a fun read.” Jill Alan, Littleborough “I like the local feel to the magazine and how it supports them against their corporate competitors.” Miss Hickey, Passmonds “I like the way Style keeps me in touch with what’s going on and how it shows the beauty of Rochdale and it’s surrounding villages.” Pamela Curran, Whitworth “Style has a modern feel, with a good layout, photography and interesting articles. I am actually drawn to ads for a change, I love it.” Mrs Chapman, Middleton “An extremely interesting and informative magazine, something for everyone” D Douglas Milnrow “It’s the pride of our alley” Andrew Warburton, Rochdale “We love all the ideas for things to do and places to go locally” Kim King, Castleton


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We all need a bit of help at some point in our lives, whether individually, as a couple or a family, at work, at home or with a business Protecting our assets and making sure that the right people receive what we want them to receive after we have passed away, has always been of paramount importance to most of us.

Will is read, leaving a potential time bomb. That is why we urge people to get in touch with us at our offices in Rochdale’s town centre if they have any concerns about their Will or would like advice on writing one”.

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Popular 29-year-old actress, Samia Smith, is best known for playing Maria Connor in Coronation Street, having been on our television screens for the past eleven years.

I caught up with Samia to discuss life on the street, emotional scenes, motherhood and her top Style tips…

How did you first get into acting?

What have been your favourite

receive the scripts two weeks before filming.

I started acting classes and drama classes at six

storylines so far?

Although, I have heard there are some exciting

years old and then did catalogue modelling.

My favourite storylines have been Maria and

storylines next year and rumour has it there could

When I first auditioned for Corrie I was recalled

Liam’s wedding, together with the Tony Gordon

be a new man in Maria’s life!

with the producer, director and the casting


So will Maria find true love?

director and after a second audition I was offered the part of Maria. So you can imagine how it felt

What has been your most difficult

That is the 60,000 dollar question. Maria has

being only 17 years old and having a part in one

scene to film?

found love a few times but then lost it. The

of the country’s most popular soaps.

My most difficult scene was definitely the episode

biggest love is her son Liam.

where Maria gave birth to a stillborn baby. It was

Describe Maria…

emotionally draining and took me a long time to

Any gossip about the rest of the cast?!

Maria is a brilliant character to play. She is like the

get over it.

Lots of the boys like to play pranks on each other, Alan Halsall [Tyrone] is the biggest culprit and the

girl next door, but unfortunately she has had a lot


of bad luck. She is still hopeful of finding love and

Any exciting storylines coming up?

she is certainly a good friend to have around.

All the storylines are top secret and we only

main instigator!

Who is your best mate on the street?

department as well and the

I have two best mates on the street, Jane Danson

clothes are fabulous.

[Leanne] and Alison King [Carla]. Jane, Alison and myself live very close together and we all

If you weren’t acting,

have children, so it's nice to meet up and have

what would you be

day dates with the kids.

doing? I would like to run a tea shop

You’ve been on Corrie since you were

and finish my psychology

just 17, what has it been like to grow

course that I couldn't finish

up on national television?

at college.

My friends and family don't treat me any differently, it's just the way it's always been.

What advice would

Sometimes it’s a bit weird when I go out, but it is

you give to aspiring

something I have always been used to.

actors and actresses? Believe in yourself and try not

Do you get recognised a lot?

to take rejection too

I get recognised all the time and there are lots of

personally. It's very hard when

people who think it’s for real; what they see on TV -

you do get rejected but take it

they think that is my every day life! Many fans call

on the chin and carry on.

me Maria when I am out but I really don’t mind.

What do you like to do Being in the public eye, do you feel

in your spare time?

under pressure to look good 24/7?

I spend time with my two year

It’s certainly more pressure than if I had a normal

old daughter Freya, watch

job, but being a busy mum looking good isn’t my

films and read a lot - usually I

priority on my days off.

have two books on the go at once. And I like watching all

Samia shopping at 25Ten Boutique in Rochdale

very strange to her… but she does know the theme tune of Corrie!

What are your ambitions for the future? Hopefully to keep on doing the job that I love, to be the best mum that I can be to my daughter and to carry on working hard.

Are you planning to stay on the You have been voted one of the

the cookery programmes, such as Come Dine


sexiest women in the world by FHM

With Me and Britain’s Best Dish… they give me

I have just signed a contract for another year and

readers and a previous winner of

ideas on what to cook at home.

most certainly for the foreseeable future will not

Inside Soap’s ‘Sexiest Female’ award.

be going anywhere.

What are your top Style tips?

What couldn’t you live without?

My top style tips would be to wear what you feel

The one thing I could not live without is my

comfortable in, for instance classic pieces and not

daughter Freya, who has brought so much

necessarily what's in fashion at the time.

happiness to my life.

I shop a lot in the Trafford Centre and also in

What does Freya think of her mum

Manchester. 25 Ten in Rochdale is a great

being on the tv?

boutique, it's great that they have a men's

She doesn't quite understand it yet, it’s clearly

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tyler & Logan Headley are both wearing Timberland outfits from Kids Couture.

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Rochdale Exchange Shopping Centre was transformed into an autumn wonderland as the latest trends and styles were paraded up and down the catwalk for Rochdale Exchange’s annual fashion show.

Throughout the day customers could get style advice from a fashion guru helping them decide which colours suited them best and Boots offered shoppers mini makeovers and beauty advice.

As twelve o’clock approached the music was turned up loud and the models from Rochdale Exchange came out to strut their stuff. The four shows included daywear, ‘walk in the park’ and of course partywear from Beales, officers Club and River Island.

After every show a free raffle was drawn to win a variety of prizes ranging from £50 vouchers to spend in the centre, a Boots luxury hamper and a beautiful bouquet from Simply flowers in the Rochdale Market.

CHARITY BALL FoR THE CHRISTIE Rochdale Town Hall was awash with glitz and glamour as people arrived for The Rochdale Exchange Vegas night Charity Ball, organised to raise money for The Christie charity. Vegas showgirls greeted guests as they arrived at the Town Hall and enjoyed the champagne reception.

Lorenzo o’Reilly, Rochdale Exchange Shopping Centre manger, commented: “The night was a huge success, there was a great turn out and everyone enjoyed themselves, as well as raising a lot of money for The Christie.”

Christine Mathewson, from The Christie added: “It is wonderful that In the Great Hall guests were invited to Rochdale Exchange have selected The play blackjack and roulette before the Christie as their chosen charity for 2011. They have been raising money five course meal was served. Guests were entertained by singing sensation throughout the year and the ball Paul Pashley, best known for singing at alone raised over £6000.” Wayne Rooney’s wedding.










WHERE THERE’S MUCK THERE'S BRASS Local author, Terry Whitworth, delves into Rochdale’s famous textile history in his book ‘BOBBINS’. It makes for an interesting read, looking back to when the textile industry was the main employer in Rochdale.

Kelsall & Kemps mills on the site of the Black Box & Bus Station

BOBBINS looks at the history of the town and the families who played an important part in the shaping of the textile industry and Rochdale; the Brights, the Kemps (of Kelsall and Kemp) the Harveys (of Fothergill & Harvey), the Royds, the Smiths, the Walmsleys and the Cleggs, several of whom became members of parliament. e books informs us that Hanging Road Mill, off Toad Lane, was Rochdale’s first cotton mill built in 1791, however, it was not until aer the 1830’s that cotton became the principal production of the town. Eventually, four times as many people were employed in Cotton than in Woollen mills. It was between 1890 and 1910 that the landscape of Rochdale began its dramatic change. e Archetypal ‘Lancashire Cotton Mills” were built, 5 or 6 storeys high, close to the Rochdale canal for the supply of water for their huge Lancashire boilers. With their usual red brick chimney, they oen had short names that would fit on the chimney such as ERA, STAR and CREST. As a young child in the 1950’s I remember vividly my daily trips with my mother to the work’s nursery, when she was employed at 20

Era Ring Mill on Woodbine Street, Rochdale. She worked as a card tenter in the cardroom, which I remember being a dusty, noisy place. e Era mill was opened in 1898 and was described in e Observer at the time as one of the finest mills of its kind in the town. In its heyday, in the mid 1950’s, it had 60,000 ring spindles, spinning American super quality yarns and employed 450 operatives. e Era mill nursery, where I spent my formative years, catered for 50 children from six months up to the age of five. I remember our Christmas parties with a visit from Santa and my mother bringing home lots of chocolate at Christmas from her work’s footins. is was a ‘saving up club’ throughout the year and goodies were bought and shared out at Christmas. e Era really looked aer the welfare of its workers, with a spacious garden for workers to relax in and a canteen and dining hall with 450 seats, where up to 300 hot meals were prepared daily for workers at a cost of only eight pence. Sadly, the end of the Era came in the late 1970’s - a victim of synthetic yarns and foreign competition. e famous Fred Dibnah himself knocked down e Era Mill

chimney in April 1979. Discover more about Rochdale’s textile days; priced at only £7.50 BOBBINS can be purchased from George Kelsall Books in Littleborough or from Touchstones on the Esplanade… a great Christmas gi idea. Turn to our competitions (page 77) for your chance to win a copy. Colin Meredith

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ROCHDALE’S LOCAL BANK WELCOMES FANS TO THE CO-OPERATIVE BANK If you’re looking for a smart, friendly bank, you need look no further than Rochdale’s high street. The Co-operative Bank, which is part of The Co-operative Group which was founded in Rochdale, has been voted best current account provider on the high street as well as Europe’s most sustainable bank for the way it looks after its customer’s money. It also has strong links with Rochdale FC and is currently giving away signed shirts and footballs in a raffle to support Mencap, The Co-operative’s charity of the year. The branch manager is keen for new customers to visit the branch to find out more

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Many people may not have heard of actor Jim Whelan, but you’ll have seen his face many times. He has appeared in some of the most iconic programmes on British television over the past four decades, from Crown Court and Last of the Summer Wine to The Royle Family and Heartbeat.


im even ranks up there with Bill Roach, being one of only a handful of actors to have appeared in Coronation Street in every decade since it began. Since his first appearance in 1965, Jim has played six different characters but he’s best known as the Vicar of Weatherfield. To this very day, Jim is still Corrie’s resident vicar – he’s married people, buried others and even tried to stop fights breaking out in his church! With a varied career, Jim has recently been up and down the country catching 22

crooks, working on BBC’s Rogue Traders. Jim’s new autobiography, What a Life!, is the story of his passion for acting and his determination to follow his dream at all costs. From humble beginnings and an unpromising start, leaving school with no qualifications and few job prospects, Jim went on to enjoy a long TV career, receiving accolades from respected directors and working alongside such famous actors as Ray Winstone, Martin Clunes, David Tennant, Christian Bale and Rod Steiger. The autobiography explains how a shy and insecure Salford boy went from being a dockland worker to become a recurring character in Coronation Street and documents the successes and disappointments of a jobbing actor. In an honest account of his life Jim spills the beans on some of the big name stars he has worked with and provides the reader with a fascinating insight to the television industry and some of the larger than life characters who inhabit the world of ‘soap’.

Jim’s autobiography has already received rave reviews. Roy Barraclough, also known as Alec Gilroy, ex-landlord of the Rover’s Return, commented “Jim has a colourful tale to tell”. This book is a riveting read that is certain to hold your attention from the first page to the last. ‘What A Life’ as an instantly downloadable e-book, available on Amazon.


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The MAD Theatre Company in Milnrow recently celebrated forty years of successful productions in the community. Style discovers how it all began…

“What Milnrow needs is an amateur dramatic society!” So said Margaret Hopkinson to her friend (the late) Jean McIntosh back in July 1971. The pair advertised for like-minded people to attend a meeting at St Stephen’s Church Hall and from this Milnrow Amateur Operatic Society was born, later to become The MAD Theatre Company, (meaning Milnrow and District). Having formed a Committee with Margaret's husband, Derek, elected as Chairman, they presented their first play ‘The Bride and the Bachelor’ in April 1972 at the then Roch Valley High School, directed by Allan Marshall. From this successful start and up to the late 1980s they presented twenty-five plays and pantomimes at both Hollingworth High and Milnrow Parish Schools. 24

In early 1981, it was obvious that MADS could no longer afford the hire charges at Hollingworth High and as Milnrow Parish was having major building works the society went into limbo. However, in the summer of 1984, Rev Malcolm Edwards (the vicar of Milnrow Parish Church), offered the use of the school hall for future productions. MADS was back in business presenting "Strike Happy" in February 1985. After such a positive revival the society were devastated when a fire in November of that year at their storage building destroyed all the scenery, props, and costumes. However, with the generous help of North Manchester Operatic and Dramatic Society they were able to present ‘The Patient in 4B’ in February 1986.

Murder At The Vicarage 2005

Bonaventure 1974 Since then, they've gone from strength to strength presenting many comedies, thrillers and pantomimes. Their next production Gameplan by Alan Ayckbourn runs from Wednesday 2nd to Saturday 5th November 2011, at Milnrow Parish School Hall, St James Street at 7.30 each evening. Tickets can be booked on 07854123894 or by email to n

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Local retailers value your support and will usually go out of their way to help you find the perfect item and make sure you have a pleasant shopping experience.

You can avoid the hoards of stressed-out shoppers and mile-long queues!

Shopping locally helps to preserve choice and diversity. The element of surprise and discovery is almost completely lost in large chain stores. However, in a small local retailer you can often find all sorts of unexpected treasures and original gift ideas. It helps to strengthen the local economy. If your money is spent with a national business, it is likely to be used to buy goods and services from outside the area. A local business will use far more local services, keeping that money in the local economy.


Independent business owners are good neighbours! They live here too, which means they care about the local community. Local businesses are often generous supporters of local charity and community events.

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You can save time and money on travel and parking costs… whilst helping to reduce your carbon footprint. There’s also free parking after 3pm in Rochdale Town Centre. Many independent retailers, such as Sandifords, Denis Hope and Chantilly, will even wrap the Christmas presents for you, to make your gift look even more special and save you the hassle! Local retailers offer great discounts and offers. Visit to register for your free Love Rochdale discount card.

Local retailers like to build lasting relationships with their customers, in a way that larger chain stores struggle to do. Somewhere you frequently give custom is likely to look after you and maybe even give you a discount for being a valued ‘regular’! And last but not least, it is Rochdale’s fantastic independent retailers who keep this magazine going, through their advertising. If you enjoy reading Style, please support our advertisers, so we can continue to bring you more good news about Rochdale.

With a wide range of quality products and gifts available right here on your doorstep, why not support Rochdale’s independent retailers this Christmas. Take a closer look at the advertisements in this edition, you’ll find plenty of gift inspiration. Ruth Meredith

































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Pleasure State lingerie set - bra £29.99, thong £15.99, briefs £17.99. Available from Chantilly, 4 Cheetham St, Rochdale.

Quality footwear & bags available from Laces, 2 Cheetham St, Rochdale.

Theatre gift vouchers. Available from WHSmiths, Rochdale Exchange Shopping Centre.

Various dinky frames - £13. Available from Bracelet £19.50 available from Little Gift Box, 94 new Road, Dearnley.

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LoCaL JeweL In the Crown Yvonne Chadderton FGA is a former Cartier Jeweller who now produces jewellery from her home studio in Littleborough. She worked for Cartier of new Bond Street in their gemstone and diamond department, and her experience there has given her a benchmark of quality and craftsmanship upon which she bases her own creations.

water and sculpture provide inspiration for Yvonne. Her contemporary and sophisticated jewellery creations have clean, simple lines that make a strong and dramatic statement; they are modern and classic designs that are unique and timeless. She often uses unusual gemstones such as tanzanite from africa, and sources top quality opals from Coober Pedy in australia by visiting the miners and hand-picking the more unusual stones.

Yvonne also specialises in private As much as possible, Yvonne uses old working jeweller it seemed a good time to commission work, offering a personal service scrap gold and silver, which she melts down start passing on my knowledge. It has been a from bespoke engagement rings to tiaras and to recycle into new pieces. To her this is by very rewarding experience seeing some of diamond studded suspender belts! She says far the most ethical way to make new the people I have taught start up their own the most important aspect of making a jewellery because it causes no demand on the businesses.” commissioned piece is really listening to what the customer As a one-day course Yvonne “After 32 years of being a working wants, and advising what designs often has couples come along who jeweller it seemed a good time to or stone settings are best to suit want to make their own wedding their lifestyle. The jewellery is rings. She commented, “In some start passing on my knowledge.” always carefully designed for cases the gold from grandparents strength and durability, so that it old wedding rings are used, which is will last a lifetime and become a much-loved earth’s resources in mining, or the terrible a lovely way to recycle them and at the same heirloom. conditions that some mining workers have to time keep their sentimental value. The delight endure. She also buys her gemstones and on people’s face when the rings are polished An unusual recent commission was to diamonds that are guaranteed to come from and finished is always a great pleasure to see produce a 16 inch solid silver scale model of legitimate and conflict free sources. and they are always amazed at how the new footbridge at Chetham’s School of professional the finished rings look. Having Music for architect Roger Stephenson, and to In the last few years, Yvonne has started made the rings themselves, couples have said her delight the model was accepted and teaching jewellery-making courses at her that they mean so much more to them than shown at the Royal Academy Summer Show home studio on a ‘one to one’ basis. She any rings they might have bought in a high this year. street shop.” commented, “After 32 years of being a 01706 378424 / 07768 327044 34

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Training by John Peers, a working salon owner, with 40+ yrs experience within the industry who is there to inspire you and pass on his wealth of knowledge - a lot more than following the standard text-book techniques! John is also a Motivational Speaker and you will receive these added benefits too, showing you the real importance of customer care skills that will stay with you for life! We want our Apprentices to be more than Juniors, washing hair, sweeping floors, making drinks – we will teach you over and above the NVQ requirements, learning all about service and salon etiquette, team building techniques and all these skills will effectively contribute towards making you highly employable.

The John Peers Centre of Excellence is unique! Not only do we train our own apprentice hairdressers but we are authorised to train apprentices for other salons too. Our on-site, contemporary, training facility is located downstairs, underneath the John Peers Hair Studio. We always have real models available for students to work with each week. Many of John’s protégés send their apprentices to us for training too. John has trained apprentices since his Pierre Alexandre teaching days and he knows exactly what type of Apprentice salon owners are looking for.

Our TrAinees LOve WhAT They dO! Just read what they say about us… “I’ve recently started my training at John Peers and am loving every minute of it!” “everyone is so nice and really helpful” “I really love the colouring and technical side of the work” “working with John has boosted my confidence a lot, i feel great” “the tutors are assessors are great, they’re all professional working hairdressers.”

JOIN US NOW and IN 2012 You can commence your training with us at any time, although usual start dates are in January or September each year. Whether you are an individual looking for an apprenticeship or a salon owner looking for a more rounded learning environment compared with a college, then we can help.

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Young girls are being treated like princesses at a brand

Parties which cater for groups of 10 or more, feature sparkly

new salon in Littleborough. Michelle Barlow is running pamper

make up, lip gloss, temporary tattoos, nail glitter, party games

parties for children as young as four at her beauty business,

and karaoke.


The girls are dressed up in tiaras and feather boas, but

Opened in September, Butterflylace also offer a full range

Michelle is keen to stress the emphasis is on being a girl not

of treatments for adults and is run by Michelle with the help of

a woman. The salon also offers beauty, massage, holistic and

her sister Karen Calvin and two other staff. The Princess

nail treatments for adults.

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Faux fur


Ease yourself into the trend with a fur

The detachable collar is a must-have

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accessory for this season and there are

They can be worn alone or over

so many to choose from, from

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glittering beads and sequins to vintage

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Jewel tones

Tunics and Trousers

Amethyst, sapphire, emerald, garnet, citrine. If you’re brave enough go for one colour, head-to-toe. Or just let your accessories do the sparkling, with clutch bags, heels or oversized jewel rings in ruby-red or emerald green.

Effortlessly chic, relaxed and loose – great for hiding the Christmas dinner!! Blocks of colour will add interest.

Plaid It’s the new denim. If you’re not keen on head-to-toe tartan try an oversized scarf or other check accessory.


The wide-legged one piece is a fabulous party piece, in silk or satin. Minimal accessories are needed… just sky-high heels!

Androgyny Borrow off the boy’s this season… pinstripes, white shirts and trousers, white silk ties and overcoats. Think collars, layering and sharp edges.

Polka dots Think dresses, coats & pencil skirts, with subtle small spots or bold bright dots! If you’re new to prints & patterns, dots are a good way to get started and are easy to wear. Don’t forget a dotty pair of wellies!

vintage Forties glamour – think pencil skirts, pussy bow blouses, furs, pearls, gloves, shrugs and tea dresses for a feminine, yet confident look. Figure flattering and fabulous!

Asymmetric dresses Structural and flattering one shouldered numbers are perfect for Christmas parties.


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Fun Fridays! 9th & 16th December 2011 Disco & Buffet £15.00 per head Doors open 7.30pm - Buffet 8.30pm Dancing & Party Fun till 1am

Sparkling Saturdays!

3rd December 2011 DEAN PILKINGTON Talented local artist who performs a selection of favourites from ‘The Rat Pack’ to Michael Buble 10th December 2011 MOTOWN DIVA All Motown tribute, she performs from the girl groups such as The Supremes, but also from male artists like Marvin Gaye 17th December 2011 JASON HUXLEY A professional vocalist & guitarist with an extensive catalogue of songs. Jason plays the Beatles to Prince to The Killers! Traditional Christmas Dinner, artist & disco, dancing till 1am Dress to Impress! - £25.00 per head

New Years’ Eve Family Celebration! Saturday 31st December 2011 7.30pm till late - party games, disco, hot supper

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A Coronation Street Star helped a Rochdale carpet firm celebrate two successful years of business. Debbie Rush, who plays Anna Windass mingled with guests at queensway based GSG Carpets & Flooring. Top Chef Andrew nutter of nutters Restaurant in norden gave an energetic cooking demonstration to customers who sampled some of his signature dishes together with canapes and champagne. The conceptual carpet showroom now highlights their flooring in Suzy Ashton's kitchen company S.S. Kitchens in Heywood, interior settings with bespoke curtain designs by Sharon Willis and paintings by Emma Matthews. Olivia Ellison presented Debbie with flowers on her arrival.



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Bubble Bath Bracelet Part of Cloud Nylon: The Jewellery of Nora Fok Exhibition at Touchstones Rochdale Opening in December






Concerts & Dances




Heritage Attractions


Libraries & Literature




Markets & Fairs




Special Events


Street Events & Festivals


Theatre & Performing Arts


Walks & Tours


Workshops & Talks



%NQUIRIES"OOKINGS To find out more about any event, or to book tickets, please contact the organiser direct on the number provided with the event listing.

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Organised by Rochdale Model Railway Group 49th annual exhibition featuring top quality layouts from around the country. Full trade support. Please refer to 6ENUE Oulder Hill Leisure Centre, Hudsons Walk 4IMESat 10am-5pm; Sun 10am-4.30pm 0RICE Adults ÂŁ5, Under 16s ÂŁ3, Under 16s with adult free â&#x20AC;&#x201C; pay on the door %NQUIRIES 07790196850

Organised by Rochdale Music Society If you love music you will love Yitzak. Averaging a broken bow hair rate of 5 per minute, Yitzak donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hold back in live performance. Performing traditional tunes from eastern European Gypsy, Balkan and Klezmer traditions no two of their high-energy performances are alike and this timeless and highly passionate music never fails to captivate the audience. 6ENUE Heywood Civic Centre, Church Street 4IME 7.30pm 0RICE ÂŁ14 Adults, ÂŁ5 Student, ÂŁ1 Child "OOKING%NQUIRIES Rochdale TIC 01706 924928 & Heywood Civic Centre 01706 624104



)MAGENGINE Organised by Littleborough Coach House An exhibition of paintings in mixed media. 6ENUE Littleborough Coach House, Lodge Street, Littleborough 4IMEMon-Sat 11am-4pm %NQUIRIES 01706 378481



Organised by Littleborough Coach House An exhibition of paintings in mixed media. 6ENUE Littleborough Coach House, Lodge Street, Littleborough 4IMEMon-Sat 11am-4pm %NQUIRIES 01706 378481

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0EI*EE.G#ELLO  #HIAO 9ING#HANG0IANO Organised by Rochdale Music Society The programme for this concert includes Beethovenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 12 Variations on â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Ein Madchen oder Weibchenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; from the opera â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Die Zauberfloteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, Op 66, Barberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cello Sonata, Op.6, Ginasteraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pampeana No.2 for cello and piano and Franckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sonata in A major. 6ENUE Heywood Civic Centre, Church Street 4IME7.30pm. 0RICE Adult ÂŁ14, Student ÂŁ5, Child ÂŁ1 "OOKINGS%NQUIRIES 01706 924928 Rochdale TIC & Heywood Civic Centre 01706 624104

,AYERSOF,ANDSCAPE This selection of works from the Art Galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s permanent collection explores how artists capture different elements of landscape. Featuring both historic and more contemporary works, artists will include Adrian Berg, Ivon Hitchens and Mariele Neudecker. The exhibition includes activities in our under 5â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activity station linked to paintings on display and hands-on activities for 5-12 year olds and their families 6ENUE Gallery Two, Touchstones Rochdale, The Esplanade 4IMETuesday-Sat 10am-5pm Christmas holidays: Closed 24-27 Dec & 31 Decâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;2 Jan %NQUIRIES 01706 924492





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/RGAN#ONCERTBY$AME'ILLIAN7EIR ,UNCH Organised by Oldham, Rochdale & Tameside Organists Association. An organ concert given by Dame Gillian Weir, with the option of a buffet lunch, by ticket only, after the concert. 6ENUE Rochdale Town Hall, The Esplanade 4IME12noon Concert; 1.30pm Lunch 0RICE ÂŁ10 Adults, ÂŁ8.50 Concessions, ÂŁ8.50 Lunch %NQUIRIES Ticket 01706 924928 TIC or 01706 370287


/RGANISEDBY2OCHDALE/DEON #INEMAS For full details of our current films and times, or to make a credit card booking please call 0871 22 44 007 , or visit our website at Calls charged at national rate. Senior Screen (over 50â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; event every Wednesday morning. Baby Odeon (parent and baby screening) every Wednesday morning. 6ENUE Rochdale Multiplex Cinema, Sandbrook Park, Rochdale. 4IMEVarious "OOKINGS%NQUIRIES 0871 22 44 007 or website


7ILDLIFEOFTHE0ENNINES 0ETER(ILL-EMORIAL,ECTURE Organised by Rochdale Field Naturalistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Society A film by Gordon Yates. 6ENUE Cutgate Baptist Church, Edenfield Road, Rochdale 4IME7.30pm 0RICE ÂŁ2 members, ÂŁ3 non-members %NQUIRIES 01706 630707 & 814884






Organised by Heywood Civic Centre For further information contact the Box Office. 6ENUE Heywood Civic Centre, Church Street 4IME7.30pm-11pm %NQUIRIES 01706 624104

Organised by East Lancashire Railway Please telephone for further details or refer to www. 6ENUE ELR Stations "OOKINGS%NQUIRIES 0161 764 7790 (10am-4pm)

The Esplanade, Rochdale, OL16 1AQ | 01706 924492 OPEN: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm. Free entry.

Cloud Nylon: The Jewellery of Nora Fok $ECEMBERn-ARCH Nora Fok is a pioneering contemporary jeweller who works with ordinary materials to create extraordinary pieces from familiar forms to large wearable sculptures. The processes Nora uses – knitting, weaving, crocheting & knotting – transform linear nylon monofilament into complex structures, inspiredby her fascination with the natural world and the mathematical modelsthat underpin it. Touchstones Rochdale is the only North West venue for Nora’s exhibition. You can find out more about the exhibition at www. cloudnylon.comA Harley Gallery touring exhibition directed by Brochocka Baynes and supported by the Arts Council.

Seven Sisters: Catherine Corlett & Zachary Ingham $ECEMBERn-ARCH They have dominated the Rochdale landscape for over 40 years; this year College Bank Flats, known locally as the Seven Sisters, are the focus of seven films created by artists Catherine Corlett and Zachary Ingham. The films were created in the summer of 2011 by positioning cameras at the top of each of the Seven Sisters. The cameras were attached to sails, which rotated on their axis in reaction to the direction of the wind and recorded panoramic views of Rochdale borough and the other towers. The films blur both urban and rural landscapes and challenge our perception of the area. Seven Sisters has been made possible by funding from the John Grant Davies Trust.

People’s Art 2011 5NTIL.OVEMBER The popular annual open exhibition for new and established artists, both amateur and professional, who live or work in the borough of Rochdale. The ‘Art Paddock’ will return to the galleries with lots of hands-on activities for aspiring young artists.

Gallery One shows include:

Lucy McChrystal Plimmer & Harriet Whittaker 5NTIL.OVEMBER Lucy McChrystal Plimmer and Harriet Whittaker are both recent graduates of textile-related degree courses and are showing their work together for the first time at the suggestion of the Gallery One community panel.

Forest: Darnhill Festival Association & Cartwheel Arts .OVEMBERn*ANUARY A celebration of the Forest Festival held in Darnhill in summer 2011 to mark the UN Year of Forests. The Forest Festival explored the connections between contemporary sculpture, natural materials and traditional crafting skills, through an inclusive community event. This exhibition features community artwork, photography and representations of the Forest theme, created through collaborations between contemporary artists, heritage craftspeople and the Darnhill community.

Spring Bank Mill Collective 3ATURDAY&EBRUARYTO3ATURDAY!PRIL Artists Lewis Brownlie and Jonny Boxall curated a group show, ‘Child’s Play’ at Spring Bank Mill in Whitworth in 2011 and now bring this informal collective to Touchstones Rochdale.

Photography: Frank Hills






Organised by Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum. Featuring working exhibits and activities. Please refer to www. manchesterfire. for special events. 6ENUE Maclure Road, Rochdale 0RICE Free %NQUIRIES 01706 901227

Organised by East Lancashire Railway See the website for further details, or contact East Lancashire Railway. 6ENUE East Lancashire Railway stations 4IME Please phone for details. "OOKING%NQUIRIES 0161 764 7790 (10am-4pm)




)N3TEAM7OODTURNING $EMONSTRATION Organised by Ellenroad Steam Museum Experience the awesome power of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest working mill engine in full steam and on public display, plus display of woodturning by the West Pennine Wood Turners with works for sale. 6ENUE Ellenroad Steam Museum, Elizabethan Way, Newhey, Rochdale 4IME12noon-4pm 0RICE ÂŁ3 Adult, ÂŁ2.50 Concessions, ÂŁ8 Family %NQUIRIES 07789 802632


%XTRA3TEAMING Organised by Ellenroad Steam Museum Home of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest working steam mill engine, come along to Ellenroad Steam Museum and enjoy this event. This event will be attended by members of the Rolls Royce Enthusiasts Club who will be bringing their cars. Please check 6ENUE Ellenroad Engine House, Elizabethan Way, Newhey, Rochdale 4IME12noon-4pm 0RICE ÂŁ3 Adult, ÂŁ2.50 Concessions, ÂŁ8 Family %NQUIRIES 07789 802632



Organised by East Lancashire Railway Fun for all the family at this regular festive event. Children will receive a gift from Santa. Parents can enjoy a mince pie and festive tipple. Pre-booking is essential $ATES 26-27 Nov, 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 21-24 Dec 6ENUE East Lancashire Railway, Bury & all stations. 0RICE Please telephone for details "OOKING%NQUIRIES 0161 764 7790 (10am-4pm)

Organised by Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum Open Day at Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum. Please refer to: 6ENUE Maclure Road, Rochdale 4IME 10am-4pm 0RICE Free %NQUIRIES 01706 901227


!NGELA4OPPING WRITER Organised by Hosted by Just Poets Meet the author, with workshops and readaround. Refreshments available. Part of Rochdale Literary Festival. Produced by Langley Writers. 6ENUE Wheatsheaf Library 4IME 10am-4pm %NQUIRIES 01706 670829 or

)N3TEAM#HRISTMAS&AIR4HE Moonshiners Organised by Ellenroad Steam Museum Come and visit the Christmas Fair within the home of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest working steam mill engine. There will be stalls and live music from â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Moonshinersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. 6ENUE Ellenroad Engine House, Elizabethan Way, Newhey, Rochdale 4IME12noon-4pm 0RICE ÂŁ3 Adult, ÂŁ2.50 Concessions, ÂŁ8 Family %NQUIRIES 07789 802 632

Organised by Littleborough Events and Associations Forum Featuring a Craft Fair inside the Conservative Club to coincide with the Christmas Lights switch on. Please refer to for further details. 6ENUE Peel Street, Littleborough 4IME 10am-3pm

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3OUL.IGHT Organised by Heywood Civic Centre One of the best in the region. Late bar available. 6ENUE Heywood Civic Centre, Church Street 4IME 8pm till late 0RICE ÂŁ5 on the door "OOKING%NQUIRIES 01706 624104


Motown Night Organised by Heywood Civic Centre Motown Night, featuring all the best in Tamla Motown, with late bar - with the best DJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on the scene. 6ENUE Heywood Civic Centre, Church Street 4IME 7.30pm-1.30am 0RICE ÂŁ5 on the door. %NQUIRIES 01706 624104




30!24!5+PRESENTS 3+!"AND.IGHT Organised by Heywood Civic Centre One of the best in the region. Late bar available. 6ENUE Heywood Civic Centre, Church Street 4IME 7.30pm-12.30am %NQUIRIES 01706 624104








Organised by Heywood Civic Centre Flea Market. Stall ÂŁ10. Please telephone for details and bookings - to be made in advance only. 6ENUE Heywood Civic Centre, Church Street 4IME 9.30am-4pm 0RICE Admission: Adults ÂŁ1, Concession ÂŁ0.80. "OOKING%NQUIRIES 01706 624104


Organised by Mercure Manchester Norton Grange Hotel & Spa Whether you fancy a night out with the office, or a get together with friends join one of our fantastic Festive Party nights where you can really get into the Christmas spirit. After a three course meal, make your way to the dance floor as our DJ will be playing all your favourite hits until 1am. 6ENUE Mercure Manchester Norton Grange Hotel & Spa 0RICE Varies from ÂŁ24.95 to ÂŁ29.50; please contact for full details %NQUIRIES 01706 516700 or email: for further details.


-ASQUERADE"ALL Organised by Mercure Manchester Norton Grange Hotel & Spa Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to dust off your dancing shoes and dress to the nines at our Masquerade Ball. After a delicious meal our Partners in Croon duo will entertain you, followed by our resident DJ until 1am. 6ENUE Mercure Manchester Norton Grange Hotel & Spa 0RICE ÂŁ29.50 %NQUIRIES 01706 516700 or email: for further details.


/PEN$AY Organised by Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum Featuring working exhibits. Refer www.\museum for special events. 6ENUE Maclure Road, Rochdale 4IME10am-4pm 0RICE Please telephone for details %NQUIRIES 01706 901227



Organised by Heywood Civic Centre For stalls and information contact John P Smith on 0161 797 4786. 6ENUE Heywood Civic Centre, Church Street 4IME 10am-3pm 0RICE Please telephone for details "OOKING%NQUIRIES 01706 624104



Organised by Heywood Civic Centre Late bar available. 6ENUE Heywood Civic Centre, Church Street 4IME 8pm-1am 0RICE ÂŁ5 Pay on the door "OOKING%NQUIRIES 01706 624104

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Organised by Mercure Manchester Norton Grange Hotel & Spa Whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;dancing queenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; or a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;super trouperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, come and join in the festivities at the Norton Grange. Dinner will be served at 8pm. With our fabulous Abba duo tribute act you can â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;take a chance on usâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; before thanking our DJ for the music as he hits the decks until 1am. 6ENUE Mercure Manchester Norton Grange Hotel & Spa 0RICE ÂŁ32.50 %NQUIRIES 01706 516700 or email: for further details.

Organised by Mercure Manchester Norton Grange Hotel & Spa Come on down to the Norton Grange where you can enjoy a delicious three course meal, followed by the sounds of our resident diva Rachael Marie followed by our DJ, playing all your favourite hits past and present until 1am. 6ENUE Mercure Manchester Norton Grange Hotel & Spa 0RICE ÂŁ32.50 %NQUIRIES 01706 516700 or email: for further details.




Motown Night Organised by Heywood Civic Centre Top D Jâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on the scene playing all your favourites from the legends of Motown. 6ENUE Heywood Civic Centre, Church Street 4IME 7.30pm-1.30am 0RICE ÂŁ5 on the door %NQUIRIES 01706 624104



Organised by Mercure Manchester Norton Grange Hotel & Spa For one night only, experience the trills of Las Vegas at the Norton Grange Hotel. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry about losing your shirt at this casino; we only bet with fun money. Elvis will be making an appearance and dinner will be served at 8pm, after which you can play the tables or dance the night away with our resident DJ. 6ENUE Mercure Manchester Norton Grange Hotel & Spa 0RICE ÂŁ29.50 %NQUIRIES 01706 516700 or email: for further details.


.EW9EARS%VE#ELEBRATION Organised by Heywood Civic Centre New Yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Eve Motown Spectacular Show. Ticket only; seated to plan. For further detials contact the Box Office. 6ENUE Heywood Civic Centre, Church Street 4IME 8pm-1am %NQUIRIES 01706 624104

.EW9EARS%VE'ALA$INNERAND #ASINO.IGHT Organised by Mercure Manchester Norton Grange Hotel & Spa See in the New Year with our gala dinner and casino night. Includes five-course meal, casino tables and live entertainment. 6ENUE Mercure Manchester Norton Grange Hotel & Spa 0RICE ÂŁ55 pp %NQUIRIES 01706 516700 or email: h6631-sb2@ for further details.


#OUNCILLORS3URGERY Organised by Heywood Civic Centre 6ENUE Heywood Civic Centre, Church Street 4IME 9am-11am 0RICE Please telephone for details %NQUIRIES 01706 624104


"ODY"UILDING#HAMPIONSHIPS 2011 NAC UK Open British Championship 6ENUE Middleton Arena %NQUIRIES 01706 600227


!NNUAL-INCE0IEAND #OFFEE-ORNING Organised by Heywood Local Committee, Cancer Research UK 6ENUE St James Church Hall, Tower Street, Heywood 4IME 10.30am-12noon 0RICE ÂŁ2.50 %NQUIRIES 01706 631683



Irish International Singing Star







Organised by Mercure Manchester Norton Grange Hotel & Spa Join us as our live entertainer performs a mix of Soul & Motown music followed by dancing, with our DJ until 1am. With a mouth watering three course meal, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sure to get well into the Christmas spirit 6ENUE Mercure Manchester Norton Grange Hotel & Spa 0RICE ÂŁ29.50 %NQUIRIES 01706 516700 or email: for further details.








"LOOD$ONATION Organised by Heywood Civic Centre One of the best in the region. Late bar available. 6ENUE Heywood Civic Centre, Church Street 4IME 1.30pm-7.30pm 0RICE Please telephone for details %NQUIRIES 01706 624104


*OHN"RIGHTn!LIVE+ICKING Join us for a unique combination of live debate, illustrations and filmed extracts to mark the bicentenary of the birth of John Bright. (Refreshments will be served from 6.30pm) 4IME 7.30pm 4ICKETS ÂŁ1 available from Touchstones Rochdale 6ENUE Touchstones Rochdale, The Esplanade %NQUIRIES 01706 924928


$AVE3PIKEY 7ORDS$ONT#OME %ASY4OUR Organised by Gracie Fields Theatre Daveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hilarious new show examines many more situations in life where words donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come easy. 6ENUE Gracie Fields Theatre, Hudsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Walk, Rochdale 4IME 7.30pm 0RICE ÂŁ18 "OOKING%NQUIRIES for on-line ticket sales or 01706 716689

Rochdale Ghost Walks


A gentle stroll, usually on fairly even ground.


A more energetic walk, possibly involving some hill and moor land walking.

Ghostly tales and murderous deeds from Rochdaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 Rochdaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finest â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Real Aleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; pubs.


Strenuous walk, often all day, requiring a high standard of fitness.




Organised by Heywood Business Group York Street will be closed from 3.30pm from the lights at Market Street to Hartley Street to allow for entertainment, with the lights being switched on at 5pm. 6ENUE At the real tree, St Lukeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church 4IME From 3.30pm; Switch On 5pm %NQUIRIES01706 360423 0r 07973552498)

Organised by Rochdale Borough Blue Badge Tourist Guides We begin the guided tour at Touchstones and look at the John Bright collection. Then a guided walk through the town to look at sites associated with this parliamentary reformer. Duration: 2 hours. 6ENUE Meet at Touchstones Rochdale foyer, The Esplanade 4IME 1.30pm 0RICE ÂŁ3 "OOKING%NQUIRIES 01706 924928




,ITTLEBOROUGHS&ESTIVE,IGHTS3WITCH /N,ANCASHIRE$AY Organised by LEAF The Christmas lights switch on with Morris dancing and brass band. Plans have been made to hoist the Lancashire flag to commemorate Lancashire Day. 6ENUE Littleborough Town Centre 4IME Lancashire proclamation 5.20pm; Lights from 5.30pm %NQUIRIES 01706 373371




Organised by Heywood Civic Centre 6ENUE Heywood Civic Centre, Church Street 4IME 1.30pm 0RICE All tickets ÂŁ5 seated to plan "OOKING%NQUIRIES 01706 624104


#HRISTMAS,IGHTS3WITCH/N Organised by Rochdale Town Centre Management Company 6ENUE The Butts, Rochdale 4IME Please contact for further details. %NQUIRIES 01706 926676 or





#OACH4RIP -ARBURY #HESHIRE Organised by Rochdale Field Naturalistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Society A coach trip looking at birds and fungi. 6ENUE Depart from cul de sac, bottom of Manchester Old Road, Rochdale 4IME 9am 0RICE Members ÂŁ13, Non-members ÂŁ15 %NQUIRIES 01706 644394


#AR4RIP #ARR-ILL$AM 3T(ELENS Organised by Rochdale Field Naturalistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Society A car trip looking at birds and fungi. Free, but contribution to petrol appreciated. Pace: Easy ramble. 6ENUE Depart from the cul-de-sac at bottom of Manchester Old Road, Rochdale 4IME 10am %NQUIRIES 01706 853791


#OACH4RIP #ONWAY230"2ESERVE .ORTH7ALES Organised by Rochdale Field Naturalistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Society A coach trip looking at birds. 6ENUE Depart from the cul-de-sac at bottom of Manchester Old Road, Rochdale 4IME 9am 0RICE Members ÂŁ13, Non-members ÂŁ15 %NQUIRIES 01706 644394

Organised by Colin Meredith & Russell Richardson

Rochdale Ghost Walks will run on the first and third Thursday each month: 3/11/11 & 17/11/2011; 1/12/11 & 15/12/11; 5/1/12 & 19/1/12; 2/2/12 & 16/2/12. Private parties for up to 30 catered for. 6ENUE Meet at the Baum, 33-37 Toad Lane, Rochdale OL12 ONU 4IME 7.30pm-9pm (approximately 90 minutes) 0RICE ÂŁ5 (all classes) "OOKINGSENQUIRIES 07774152620 or email:


#AR4RIP -YTHOLMROYD 7EST9ORKSHIRE Organised by Rochdale Field Naturalistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Society A car trip looking at birds and fungi. Pace: Easy ramble. Free, but contribution to petrol appreciated. 6ENUE Depart from the cul-de-sac at bottom of Manchester Old Road, Rochdale 4IME 10am %NQUIRIES 01706 853791


#OACH4RIP 9740OTTERIC#ARR 3OUTH9ORKSHIRE Organised by Rochdale Field Naturalistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Society Coach trip to look at birds and fungi. 6ENUE Depart from the cul-de-sac at bottom of Manchester Old Road, Rochdale 4IME 9am 0RICE Members ÂŁ13, Non-members ÂŁ15 %NQUIRIES 01706 644394


#AR4RIP ,EAD-INE#LOUGH !NGLEZARKE Organised by Rochdale Field Naturalistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Society A car trip looking at birds and fungi. Free, but contribution to petrol appreciated. Pace: Easy ramble. 6ENUE Depart from cul-de-sac at bottom of Manchester Old Road, Rochdale 4IME 10am %NQUIRIES01706 853791





Organised by Rochdale Field Naturalistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Society A coach trip looking at birds. 6ENUE Depart from the cul de sac, bottom Manchester Old Road, Rochdale 4IME 9am 0RICE Members ÂŁ13, Non-members ÂŁ15 %NQUIRIES 01706 644394

Organised by Rochdale Field Naturalistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Society An illustrated lecture by Alison Tymon 6ENUE Cutgate Baptist Church, Edenfield Road, Rochdale 4IME 7.30pm 0RICE Members ÂŁ2, Non-members ÂŁ3 %NQUIRIES 01706 630707 or 814884

Organised by Littleborough Historical & Archaelogical Society 6ENUE Littleborough Coach House, Harvey Room 4IME 8pm, with refreshments from 7.45pm 0RICE Donations on the door ÂŁ1 Members, ÂŁ1.50 Non-member %NQUIRIES01706 650636 or 01706 377685




#AR4RIP $OVESTONES 3ADDLEWORTH Organised by Rochdale Field Naturalistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Society A car trip looking at birds and wildlife. Free, but contribution to petrol appreciated. Pace: Easy ramble. 6ENUE Depart from the cul de sac, bottom Manchester Old Road, Rochdale 4IME 10am %NQUIRIES 01706 853791


#REATIVE7RITING7ORKSHOPS Organised by Touchstones Rochdale 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 writers use, to bring words to life which leave us with memorable impressions. Whilst drawing inspriation from the rich intriguing Arts & Heritage collections, the group will also join in some amusing and vibrant workshops. Sessions led by Norman Warwick, Just Poets. Please phone for details. 6ENUE Touchstones Rochdale, The Esplanade 4IME Workshops 2pm-4pm %NQUIRIES 01706 924492


&RIENDSOF2OCHDALE!RT'ALLERY For many years the Friends have been helping the Art Gallery to conserve and acquire paintings for the collection. Talks by invited speakers about art history and craft are held most months with the occasional trip to visit other art collections. Talks cost ÂŁ2 per person for members; ÂŁ3 for non-members, which includes refreshments, payable on the door. No booking required. All welcome. On Tuesday 8 Nov 2011, Heather Davies who is a conservator for the Lancashire Museum Service will speak on Conservation, behind the scenes of the museum. Please telephone for details of the meeting on Tuesday 13 Dec, as it is yet to be confirmed. 6ENUE Talks held at Touchstones Rochdale, The Esplanade 4IME 12.15pm-12.45pm coffee; 12.45pm-1.45pm speaker %NQUIRIES 01706 924492 or M Blakeley 01706 347699



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. Free session â&#x20AC;&#x201C; just buy a brew! 6ENUE Touchstones Rochdale, The Esplanade 4IME 2pm-3.30pm 0RICE 01706 924492 %NQUIRIES 01706 924492



!4ALKBY"ERNARD0RATT Organised by Littleborough Historical & Archaeological Society A talk by Bernard Pratt on â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Lads of St Andrews: Littleborough Soldiers in WW1. New members welcome. 6ENUE Littleborough Coach House, Harvey Room 4IME : 8pm, refreshments from 7.45pm 0RICE Donations ÂŁ1 Members, ÂŁ1.50 Non-members %NQUIRIES 01706 650636 / 377685


,IFEAND#OLOURINOUR.ORTHERN #OASTAL7ATERS Organised by Rochdale Field Naturalistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Society An illustrated lecture by Ron Crosby. 6ENUE Cutgate Baptist Church, Edenfield Road, Rochdale 4IME 7.30pm 0RICE Members ÂŁ2, Non-members ÂŁ3 %NQUIRIES 01706 630707 & 814884




!2IBBLE%STUARY9EAR Organised by Rochdale Field Naturalistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Society An illustrated lecture by Peter Guy. 6ENUE Cutgate Baptist Church, Edenfield Road, Rochdale 4IME 7.30pm 0RICE Members ÂŁ2, Non-members ÂŁ3 %NQUIRIES 01706 630707 or 814884


!TALKBY0ETER"ONE 3COTTISH#ANALS Organised by Littleborough Historical & Archaeological Society 6ENUE Littleborough Coach House (downstairs), Harvey Room 4IME 8pm, refreshments from 7.45pm 0RICE Donations ÂŁ1 Members. ÂŁ1.50 Nonmembers %NQUIRIES 01706 650636 or 01706 377685

Organised by Touchstones Rochdale This workshop lets you experience how comic actors and directors set about making their audiences laugh. A short talk will introduce Roman comedy; its content and authors and their use of stereotypes, stage-space and physical theatre. Then, using a section of a Roman comedy, as a script, you will work together to bring out its side-splitting potential â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from how to say the lines to what you wear and where you stand while you say them. Booking required. For older children aged 10-16. Unaccompanied children must bring a completed parental consent form issued on booking. 6ENUE Touchstones Rochdale, The Esplanade 4IME 2pm-3.30pm %NQUIRIES01706 924492



4IME PM Refreshments will be served from 6.30pm



GIRL ON A TERRACE in February this year rochdale AFC fan, sarah, set up ‘girl On A Terrace’ – a lower league football blog from the perspective of a female football fan. here, sarah talks about how the idea came about and the huge success of her blog so far. It’s tough being a lower league football supporter, let alone being a Rochdale fan. As you all probably know, there’s no hiding that we don’t usually have much to celebrate and it’s hardly a glamorous team to choose to support. But as any Rochdale fan will know, it’s hard not to fall in love with the club. I used to take to Facebook after every game either gloating about our latest win, bleating about another loss or getting frustrated at the lack of support for the team. I quickly realised I had far too much to say for the occasional rant on Facebook. So back in February this year I set up a football blog; ‘Girl On A Terrace’ was born. Originally, I just wanted an outlet for my ranting, but it quickly turned into much more than that and as I write this I have nearly 5,200 followers on Twitter and 10,000 hits on my blog in the last month alone. ‘Girl On A Terrace’ has evolved quite a bit since I set it up; it was originally focussed on Rochdale’s pursuits but I quickly moved away from that to keep it more generic to the lower leagues. I’ve been lucky enough to interview some great people in the football industry, including footballers and well-known journalists and I am always looking for ways to make it more interesting for my readers and to bring them unique features and interviews. I’ve been given some amazing opportunities since starting my blog; writing Rochdale season previews for The Guardian and World Soccer magazine and 56

“I never expected so many opportunities to come my way or to receive such an amazing response”. being part of the football league blogosphere on The Guardian website. Rochdale fans may also know me from The Voice Of Spotland – the official match day programme – where I have a page every game. It’s hard to believe how far the blog has come in such a short space of time; I never expected so many opportunities to come my way or to receive such an amazing response. I’m very thankful to all those who support what I do and take the time to read my blog. But I’m only just getting started; I have a lot of exciting things for Girl On A Terrace planned for the near and longterm future, which hopefully I’ll be able to share with you another time.

Perhaps my story will persuade more women to take an interest in football or encourage more people to support the lower leagues. My aim right from the start with ‘Girl On A Terrace’ was always to give female football fans in the lower leagues a voice and I hope I’m doing just that. You can read my football blog at and follow me on Twitter @girlonaterrace.

CTL WEALTH In September CTL Wealth Management Ltd hosted two seminars to aid local businesses and their professional advisers on business protection issues and the impending pension reforms.

Justin urquhart Stewart of Seven investment Management, discussed pitfalls of being a trustee, he also covered the economic and investment issues in the world stockmarkets which helped most people feel more positive about their business outlook. Neil Jackson did a session on ‘Could your business survive a heart attack’? and spoke of how small limited companies and employees of such firms could now potentially make significant savings on life insurance premiums. Colin T Lambert director of CTL Wealth Management Ltd. says “ the seminars were designed to inform business owners of the ‘people risk’ in their businesses and what steps could be taken to protect their business, their livelihoods and therefore their entire lifestyle and family security.” “We all know someone, who has had a serious illness, accident or died prematurely. The impact on the business and the family can be tremendous but with careful planning the financial issues can be overcome”. Key person insurance, shareholder or partnership protection are vital in any business planning. Colin spoke about the pension reforms that come into force from October 2012 for the larger businesses. “Many business owners have not

quite realised the serious implications that this new auto-enrolment legislation will have!” This will impact all employers and whilst the smaller companies, (employing 50 or less staff) will not have to comply until possibly 2016 it is essential that you take good advice asap. Employers will have a financial cost to bear and potentially there is a financial advantage for business owners to act sooner rather than later. This legislation is designed by the government to start the savings culture. Unfortunately people are living for longer, they are not saving. They are thinking about today and not planning for tomorrow! The minimum total contribution for eligible employees is 8% of eligible earnings, these contributions split between the employer are (3% min) and the employee and will be phased in the preceding years until 2017. This is going to be a shock for many employers. Peter Carey of Segwick Legal said, “this was an excellent seminar and extremely thought provoking, clearly there is a lot that businesses have to do and they should start making plans now”.

For a free initial meeting about any of the above areas or other financial planning needs for individuals or business please contact Colin on 01706 622 511 or


When a friend tells you they are going to open a brewery then they are definitely worth keeping in your address book! When my good friend Peter Geeves decided to start home brewing it was quite different… as he was living on a narrow boat at the time. Two years on, Peter and his family are now an independent, family-run micro brewery based in Barnsley. eir philosophy of real ale is simple; they love drinking it, and now love brewing it. When they first started brewing on their narrow boat, it meant that they had to employ some rather interesting and ingenious brewing methods. However, all was worth the toil in the end as they shaped and defined the recipes they use now. Although they no longer brew on the boat, it was the birth of

their brewing experience and the reason for where they are today. As a result, the wonderful world of the canals and narrow boating theme runs right through their ales. Real ale has always been Peter’s passion and to run his own microbrewery had always been his dream. Such is Pete’s love of ale, it was inevitable his son Harry would follow suit, having found an interest in brewing from an early age. It is with much enthusiasm that he now dedicates himself to the pursuit of brewing great beer. e Geeves Brewery team now comprises of the father and son duo, and not forgetting their two lovely assistants and excellent cask washers, Sue Geeves and Lorna Middleton.

In September, Style magazine went along to Geeves Brewery’s official launch at the Huntsman, in urlstone, near Barnsley. e Brewery are concentrating on supplying their beer to the South Yorkshire area but are willing to deliver further afield and due to our friendship they have supplied locally to Simon Crompton at e Baum, Toad lane, Rochdale. Colin Meredith.

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Now that the weather has started to turn, summer holidays spent lazing in the sun seem like a distant memory. Due to the crippling exchange rate of the Euro, it was the USA where we headed which seemed best value for money, in more ways than one, when price of travelling internally is calculated at only 67p per litre.

Never knowing when they are on to a good deal, most of the locals I spoke to were apoplectic with the high prices they were enduring and most people were eagerly eyeing up the all-electric Nissan Leaf as an alternative. But there was another way. Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) is emerging as a popular fuel choice over in the States thanks to a process called fracking, which releases gas from within shale rocks. Luckily, Lancashire and the Fylde coast in particular, according to a recent report are sat on enough of this gas to power the UK for 50 years according to some estimates. So assuming we can extract this gas safely and cheaply, what might it be used to power? HONDA CIVIC


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A unique Italian restaurant, bar and function suite venue in the Lancashire countryside with glorious views over the pennines and beautifully maintained gardens. Bellavista Ristorante is an a la carte restaurant with a warm atmosphere, serving exceptional dishes made only from the freshest ingredients. On warmer days you can also enjoy drinks or meals in the gardens.The Pizzeria has a more informal atmosphere and is ideal for families. The pizzas are cooked in a traditional Stone baking oven; which gives them their distinct flavour. Bellavista also has a stand alone 150 seater Function suite which is ideal for Weddings, Birthdays or Conferences. Bellavista, Wildhouse Lane, Milnrow, OL16 3JW 01706 34 24 79

Rachel & Andrew have moved! After 10 successful years at The Cedar Tree on Huddersfield Road you can now find them at "The Cedar Tree at The Sheaf", Haugh Fold, Newhey where they have transformed "The Wheatsheaf pub" into a stylish, modern Tapa's restaurant and bar offering fresh, seasonal, authentic Spanish dishes.

LA MANCHA TAPAS BAR La Mancha is Rochdale's only specialist tapas restaurant serving authentic Spanish cuisine in atmospheric surroundings. Situated in the very heart of Rochdale, the restaurant is easily accessible with lots of local parking.

Special offers include 3 for 2 Tapa's on Wed, Thurs, Fri between 5-7pm and Sunday 1-4pm. The restaurant is closed Monday & Tuesday. Check out the website for further details and discover what entertainment nights are coming up in the near future.

THE BAUM Purveyors of Fine Wines, Ales & Food. 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 (served in the evenings & weekends). The Baum offers an excellent selection of World beers on draught & bottles plus 5 ever changing guest cask ales & cider. Awarded Best Bar None ‘Best Pub’, ‘Best Overall’, ‘Long Serving Business’ & runner up in ‘Best Eating Outlet’ as voted by the public & Rochdale Town Centre Business Awards, also featured in The Good Beer Guide for the last five years.Christmas bookings now being taken, please check the website for details. 33-37 Toad Lane, Rochdale. OL12 0NU. 01706 352 186 62

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 5pm6.30pm. Weds Eve Special 4 for 2 in the Carvery when spending £12 on wine or drinks. Food served Tues to Thur 12-2 & 5.30 -9.30, Fri & Sat 12-9.30, Sun 12- 8.30. Newchurch Road Stacksteads OL13 0UG 01706 879555

THE WATERSIDE BAR RESTAURANT The restaurant is nestled in the heart of the Haugh Fold, Newhey, Rochdale, OL16 3RF Pennines; a fantastic venue with beautiful views Book on 01706 842626 of the surrounding Littleborough countryside, newly refurbished Rochdale canal and a small walk from the scenic Hollingworth Lake, yet the The Veenas Restaurant Club is a beautiful, ambience is relaxed and continental. The authentic Indian Restaurant. The restaurant itself restaurant portrays an intimate and relaxed is impeccably laid out, with an elegant East lounge feel, with a comfortable sofa seating area meets West style, where attention to detail and for drinks on arrival or just to socialise with exceptional service is second nature. friends and family. Using only the finest ingredients and produce, Lisa & Kristan have The Indian food at The Veenas Restaurant is combined traditional cooking with a passion for unique in both flavour and quality. They offer sophisticated dishes, laden with bursts of flavour. Mediterranean and Continental cuisine, creating exciting and extensive varied menus, from Indian dishes are authentic recipes made from Lunchtime to A'la Carte. A new summer menu fresh produce, the finest vegetables and the has arrived together with a new bar and lightbites tastiest meats. Whatever your preference for Indian food; hot or mild, vindaloo or korma - The menu. Open Tues - Sunday


La Mancha was established over 10 years ago and has stood the test of time thanks to the quality and authenticity of its menu. Along with our lunchtime specials, they also have an extensive specials board with dishes from all the regions of Spain. Why not join them for a great party atmosphere. New Takeaway service available collection only.(not available Sat & Sun) Why not celebrate with your group in our great party atmosphere. Christmas special party menu Veenas Restaurant has something for everyone. starts Dec 1st only £15.00 per head. (£5 per Book on 01706 366 822 head deposit required when booking.) Closed 41 York Street Heywood OL10 4NN Monday. Food served Tues - Thurs 12 - 2.30 & 6 - 9.30, Fri & Sat 12-10.30, Sun 5 - 9.00. La Mancha 5 The Butts, Ave Rochdale OL16 1ES. or for all bookings Tel: 01706 713400


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Restaurant Annabella's restaurant has recently reopened and been completely refurbished. It is now owned and managed by Whitworth residents Andy and Nicky Simpson who are really looking forward to meeting many other local people who enjoy fine dining. Serving a wide range of continental cuisine including steak, fish, pasta and pizza dishes. All food is prepared freshly on the premises daily and most dietary needs can be catered for if booked in advance.

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Rochdale’s premier 5 star luxury guest accommodation, wedding, conference & events venue.

The Best Western Broadfield hotel is a unique historic building surrounded by 34 acres of park land. Food is served in both the park lounge and bar leading to the park restaurant overlooking the beautiful Broadfield Park and Gardens. They offer a lunchtime bar snack menu with dinner in the evening. Lunch is served midday until 2pm and dinner 6pm until 9.30pm. Christmas & Disco Party Nights start 19th November (see page 66 for full details) New Years Eve Gala Buffet only £34.95 overnight stay only £50.00pp when 2 people sharing. The public areas all have free Wi-Fi.

Formally The Hacienda, this lovely wine bar & restaurant on Broad Lane, Rochdale offers a friendly welcome and a relaxing ambience.

The Moss Lodge restaurant is now open for dinner to non-residents. Using only the finest of locally sourced and freshly cooked ingredients to create a monthly table d’hôte menu as well as regular Chef’s specials, all reasonably priced at just £30 for 3 courses followed with coffee. Seasonal Christmas Lunch and Dinner menu’s are now available and serving throughout December – prior booking is essential. For reservations & all enquiries please Tel: 01706 350555 E.mail:


Peter and Judith McCormick invite you and your family to their family friendly pub. Situated within easy reach of Hollingworth Lake, the Gallows is open all day every day, serving excellent value for money snacks and main meals. The pub offers real ales, with guest beers, plus a selection of fine wines. Food served Monday to Saturday midday 7pm Sunday midday - 6pm (inc Sunday Roast) Christmas Menu available from Thursday 1st December until Friday 30th December. 3 courses plus coffee and mince pie for £14.95 The Gallows Kiln Lane Milnrow OL16 3JW 01706 642898


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DEMETRIS CAFE & BISTRO Situated within the Coach House in Littleborough you will find Demetris Cafe & Bistro. It is a cafe during the day, but on Friday and Saturday evenings, you can also experience fantastic Greek Nights. The night’s include Greek Mezze, 15 courses, plate smashing, free ouzo and a live bouzouki band. Evening bookings only. The venue is also available for private Greek nights and can seat up to 36 people. If you want the total Greek experience then book your table now. Now open Sundays. NOW taking bookings for Christmas and New Year Littleborough Coach House Lodge Street Littleborough 01706 378481 / 07889 868 954

The Craven now compliments its Tapas menu with an exciting English menu to suit all tastes. With a specials board it is Rochdale's place to be seen either for just a drink or to dine. Christmas day £45 adults, half price children under 10yrs.. Extra special menu.. Christmas parties catered for to suit each individual party.. Ring & ask for Cath.. Try our steaks & mixed grills.. Or just come along & have a drink.. Karaoke Sat nights.. Open 7 days a week, food served Mon - Thur 4-9, Fri & Sat 12-10, Sun 12-9. The Craven 7 Broad Lane Rochdale OL16 4PG Tel 01706 869897

THE HEALEY HOTEL A traditional local public house featured in The Good Beer Guide. Proud of its quality home cooked food served 7 days a week.Why not try us for a home cooked Sunday roast Large beer garden & two boules piste. Quiz Night every Tuesday from 9pm. Food served lunch Mon - Weds 11.30am 8pm , Thurs, Fri & Sat 11.30am - 9pm, Sun 12pm - 6pm. The Healey Hotel 172 Shawclough Road Healey Rochdale OL12 6LW Book on 01706 645 453

Moss Lodge, the premier 5 star venue in Rochdale and winner of “Best Small Hotel” at 2008 Manchester Tourism Awards.

in addition to the luxury guest accommodation and events venue, the restaurant is open for dinner to non-residents. using the finest of locally sourced and freshly cooked ingredients to create a table d'hôte menu as well as regular chefs specials,all reasonably priced at just £30 for 3 courses and coffee. Seasonal Christmas Lunch & Dinner menu’s are now available and serving throughout December **Prior bookings is essential**


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NEW CAFE AREA NOW OPEN For reservations and enquiries: Tel: 01706 350555 E.mail: Moss Lodge, Kings Road, Rochdale. OL16 5HW

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Christmas Buffet & Disco Party nights 2011 BUFFET AnD DISCo MEnU




Meat & Potato Pie With Pickled Red Cabbage W Chicken Curry With Steamed Rice W Baked Vegetable Lasagne (V) W All Served With Crusty Bread Rolls, Salad, Dip And The Usual Accompaniments W

Party nights Menu Winter vegetable & thyme soup (V) Farmhouse pate with Cumberland sauce & thick cut brown bread W Traditional roast turkey with seasonal trimmings and cranberry sauce W Roast sirloin of beef with Yorkshire puddings and a port wine gravy Brie, cranberry and hazelnut parcel with homemade tomato sauce All main courses served with seasonal vegetables & roast potatoes (V) W Individual white chocolate fudge bombe sprinkled with edible glitter Christmas pudding with brandy sauce W

Salted Spicy Breast of Chicken & Chips Veg Burger & Chips (Minimum numbers apply at the time of booking, subject to availability) W

Witches & Wizards Fancy Dress W GALA BUFFET

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Rochdale GhostWalks Rochdale ghost walks are proving very popular, with walks planned for the rest of 2011 and into 2012. Join us as we start our walk on the cobbled street outside The Baum, 33-37 Toad Lane, Rochdale. ÂŁ5 PER PERSON. Ring 07774152620 to arrange a private walk for any day any time. We tell tales of dirty deeds, murder and intrigue as we guide you around the mysterious streets and alleyways that twist their way through our historic town. HaLLoween SPeCiaL Monday 31st October at 9.00 PM CHriStMaS SPeCiaL Tuesday 27th DEC at 7.00 PM

private group walks available... For groups of ten or more we will take you on an afternoon or evening walk at a time that suits you and your private party. We can arrange food for you after the walk at the award winning Baum wine bar & restaurant where our walk starts and finishes. Call 07774152620 to arrange a private walk for any day any time.

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Established in 1934, there will be few people in the area who haven’t sampled food served by Lords e Caterers, based in Whitworth. e company is now run by the fourth generation of the Lord dynasty. e present family team consists of the late Fred’s son Brian, daughter Christine, son-inlaw Gordon and their sons. Fred’s wife Doreen Lord also still plays an active role.


LORDS OF THE MANOR Margaret in Prestwich in 1965 and to Her Majesty the Queen in 1992. ey also served Pope John Paul at Heaton Park, together with a trio of Prime Ministers Harold Wilson, Edward Heath & John Major. e company’s second venture, e Rose & Bowl carvery in Stacksteads, is another growing success; home of the world famous gravy wrestling championship and winner of Rossendale Pub of the year in 2010. Springbank Works, Unit 2, Mill St, Whitworth, Rochdale, OL12 8QP

Opening of Whitworth Civic Hall Aer moving premises in 1952 to the Co-op bakery in Whitworth, Lords are on the move again. e move will not affect their outside catering business and they will continue to provide the same variety of outside catering services, from elegant buffets, to delicious banquets and gourmet hot meals (not forgetting potato pies!). 70

e new headquarters of Lords is only 20 yards away, just behind in Springbank. e new premises are purpose designed with efficient modern kitchens to meet all necessary requirements and are all on the ground floor for convenience. With their regal name, Lords are no strangers to royalty having served banquets to Princess

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The Riverside, Whitworth, celebrates its fifth anniversary this October. Since 2006, thousands of people have enjoyed the fantastic facilities on offer for birthdays, weddings and christenings. It has firmly established itself at the heart of the community as a venue for church fayres, school and sports club presentations, fitness and health classes. It has also played host to a variety of community events such as family fun days, Whitworth Rushcart, St George day celebrations and the civic carol service.

Over a thousand people turned out for this year’s Rushcart celebrations. Following the procession through Whitworth, the celebrations on the Riverside car park included performances from the eight morris dance troupes and the Whitworth Vale and Healey Band, plus stalls, rides and other entertainments. On offer was real ale named Grogan’s Delight, in memory of Honorary Whitworth Townsman Jimmy Grogan, which sold out!

The Riverside will mark five successful years by holding a Whitworth's Got Talent evening on Friday 28 October and a Stars in your Eyes competition on Saturday 29 October. There will also be an Over 50s Christmas Party on Wednesday 28 December.

Whitworth’s Debut Scarecrow Festival Proves A Big Hit The Scarecrow Festival saw 73 official entries displayed around Whitworth for a week from 511 September, produced by residents, churches, schools, businesses and community organisations. Entries ranged from the inventive to the downright bizarre and the attention to detail was outstanding. Councillor David Chorlton, chair of the Whitworth Tourism and Leisure Committee which organised the event, commented, “The Scarecrow Festival surpassed everyone’s expectations, both with the standard and number of entries – thanks to all who took part and took the time to visit the displays.”

RY… DATE FOR YOUR DIA On Sunday 13 November, Whitworth residents young and old will gather to remember those lost and injured during times of conflict.

Whitworth Vale and Healey Brass Band, local uniformed organisations, Lancashire Constabulary and many others.

The town’s Remembrance Sunday commemorations will begin with the Remembrance Sunday procession, which will leave from opposite the former Town Council Offices at 10.20am. The procession will be led by Whitworth’s Mayor and Mayoress, Councillor Mr Dave Bradbury and Ms Angela Gerrard, who will be supported by the

The procession will arrive at Whitworth’s Memorial Gardens in Facit at approximately 10.40am and will be followed immediately by a Service of Remembrance around the Cenotaph, including a two-minute silence at 11am. Following the Service of Remembrance, everyone is invited to The Riverside for warm refreshments.



All theWorld’s a stage

e Mayor Alan Godson & Mayoress Gillian Brown attended the Childrens Shakespeare festival at the Oldham Coliseum eatre. Broadfield Community, Belfield Primary, Sandbrook Community, Holy family Primary and St James Primary in Wardle all performed their own interpretation of Romeo and Juliet to an enthusiastic audience.


Watch out on ITV1 from late October as Andrew Nutter battles it out against the UK's most talented chefs - will his dish tantalise the judge’s taste buds? Nutter’s chocolate sweet box is a dish based on childhood memories - think honeycomb, nutty brittle, marshmallow fluff, chocolate brownies, chewy flapjack and lots of calories. The box contains many sweet elements so why try one component, nutty brittle… it truly is a sweet treat!

iS tHiS BRItAIn’S BeSt DiSH?

CELEBRITY Rochdale Chef Andrew Nutter

Nutty Brittle 85g caster sugar 85g golden syrup 30ml water 1½ tablespoons melted butter 170g peanuts ½ teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon flaked sea salt

1) Place the caster sugar, syrup, water and butter in a pan. Bring to the boil and cook until it reaches a temperature of 113°c. 2) Stir in the peanuts and boil until it reaches 149°c. 3) Stir in the baking powder and vanilla and remove from the heat. 4) Pour onto a non-stick mat and whilst still molten, smear and pull out into strands, dust with salt then leave to cool. 5) Break into chunks and place in an airtight container until ready to use.


WHaT IS PHySIOTHERaPy? when we move, our bodies find the easiest way of doing it. if we injure ourselves our movements change. sometimes these changes are not corrected and can lead to long term problems. physiotherapists can help with the healing of an acute injury or illness and correct the compensatory effects. recovery from a sprained ankle or broken arm may include exercises to regain movement, strength and function. arthritis in the back or neck may need mobilisations and techniques such as acupuncture for pain relief. advice about any rheumatological condition can be given by our clinical rheumatology specialist, lucy knott. it is often said prevention is better than cure and improving the stability of our bodies’ movements with pilates in the small groups we run at the physiotherapy clinic is a great way to achieve this. there are groups suitable for every age and ability.

current research suggests the foundation of all movements requires the deep abdominal muscles to switch on first. pilates focuses specifically on these muscles right through to elite level sport but if that pelvic floor is losing its grip, our women’s health specialist caroline dungworth may be able to help. if you are a keen sportsman leanne tipple msc can assess your risk of injury using the pp4p athlete screening system ( which will provide you with a personalised injury prevention programme. Great for pre-season preparation! if just reading all this is making you dizzy or breathless, cari thorpe looks at problems which can cause dizziness including Bppv. kathryn meigh focuses on respiratory problems.

For further details about any aspects of physiotherapy or any of the other services found at The Physiotherapy Clinic including andrew Slack’s podiatry clinic, the Bowen technique practiced by lorraine ashworth, Homoeopathy with andrea Whipp or Kathy Saville’s counselling services, please ring 01706 522277 or email look forward to hearing from you, so come on what are you waiting for . . . get mOVINg! lisa Sharratt mCSP, HPC reg & associates. 01706 522277 or email 557 Bury Road, Bamford, Rochdale, Ol11 4DQ.


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SPRINGHILL HOSPICE NEWS oing G ce i p s o H e h T Keep


Remember it in your will. Leaving a gift to Springhill will help safeguard its

Springhill Hospice Christmas cards,

future. For more details or for a leaflet call Alison Cordwell on 01706-649920

2012 calendars and diaries are on sale now. Available from the Hospice, all


Hospice shops and many other outlets.

Springhill Hospice will be holding

from Hollingworth Lake Visitors Centre

around Hollingworth Lake on Sunday

and goes around the perimeter path of

11th December, sponsored by Rollers.

the lake. Once again, there will be

The fun run is open to all ages – if

various prizes for the best dressed

you’re not into running then just turn

santa and also first male and female to

up and walk, as long as you’re dressed

cross the line.

like santa! Over 200 santas took part in

Image by R. Dale

Rochdale AFC Pitches In For Hospice Care

The event commences at 11am

its sixth Father Christmas Fun Run

Anybody wishing to take part in the

last year’s walk making it the most

event should contact Dean

successful Father Christmas Fun Run to

Connaughton at Springhill Hospice

date. On the day Springhill Hospice

Fundraising Office on 01706 649920.

raised a staggering £7000.

This season, Rochdale Football Club has teamed up with Springhill Hospice as part of The Football League’s official charity partnership with Help the Hospices. Hospice care is free for everyone who needs it, but it is not free to provide. Rochdale AFC will raise vital funds for the hospice by organising collections at matches and taking part in various fundraising events. David Praill, chief executive of Help the Hospices, said: “We are delighted to have the chance to work alongside The Football League this season, so that hospices across the UK can continue to care for 360,000 people every year – enough to fill Wembley Stadium four times over. This is an exciting opportunity for local hospices to tell millions of football fans about their important work.”

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY… fri 25th noV - Men of roCHDaLe LunCHeon At Rochdale Town Hall. The annual luncheon raises vital funds for the hospice and honours the man who is considered to have made a significant contribution to Rochdale. The event commences at 1pm with a beer reception. Guest speaker Graham ‘Grumbleweed’ Walker. Tickets are £36 and are available from Springhill Hospice reception or by calling the Fundraising office on 01706-649920. Sun 4th DeC - CHriStMaS fair 10am-3pm held at the Hospice. Free entry. Free Park & Ride from Kingsway Park High School. Lots of stalls selling gifts, toys, books, chocolate, jewellery, bric-a-brac, handbags, tombola, refreshments, Santa's Grotto and much much more. tHurS 8th DeC - LiGHtS of LoVe SerViCe At Rochdale Parish Church (St Chads) at 7pm. The Rt.Rev Mark Davies (Bishop of Manchester) will take the service. Sun 11th DeC - fatHer CHriStMaS fun run around Hollingworth Lake, commencing at 11am. This annual sponsored event sees lots of Santas jogging around the Lake. £10 to enter (£5 if you own a santa suit). Contact Springhill Hospice Fundraising Office on 01706-649920 to register.

For more details on all events contact the Fundraising Team on 01706 649920, email or call into Springhill Hospice, Broad Lane, Rochdale, OL16 4PZ. 76


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‘BoBBInS’ by local author Terry Whitworth. Discover Rochdale’s famous textile history. Please see page 20 for more details.

pantomime tickets to see Aladdin at Middleton Arena. Two pairs of tickets to giveaway. Courtesy of Link4Life.

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WIn a Whitworth

WIn a photoshoot

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calendar 2012. Priced £5 and available to buy from The Riverside, UBS, Post office and the Council offices, all on Market Street, Whitworth.

voucher courtesy of Ruth Meredith Photography, 78 Drake St, Rochdale. Beautiful and contemporary photography for families, babies, children and teens. Please see page 15.

Clarke 250 Best Wines buying guide 2012. A real insight into wines to suit every palate, at the prices you want to pay, from £3 to £30. “I judge my top 100 wines on the flavours I like best, not the price.” oz Clarke.

jewellery. Littleborough based Yvonne Chadderton is the maker and designer of fine hand made jewellery. Win these unique earrings and pendant just in time for Christmas.

courtesy of Butterflylace, 96 new Road, Dearnley. Littleborough’s newest place to be pampered. Please see page 38 for more details.

bouquet of flowers courtesy of The Flower and the Glory, 70 Church Street, Littleborough. Rochdale’s own designer florist. Please see page 17 for more details.

CONGRATULATIONS TO LAST ISSUE’S COMPETITION WINNERS: * Dave spikey at Middleton Arena tickets - Mrs CM Chapman

* Ten CACI treatments at The Salon - Carol Hanley

* StarstruckTalent drama workshop - Amelia D'Roza

* Photoshoot vouchers – Emma Wild, Nadine Tattersall, Anthony Hoyle, Denise Webb, Claire Gilkinson.



Please tick all prizes you would like to be entered for (if more than one please put prizes in order of preference). Winners will be selected at random.. Panto tickets Flowers Photoshoot Bobbins book

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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 entries – 10th Dec 2011.



Art Deco Shopping Emporium to become a “Jewel” in Rochdale’s Retail Crown An iconic art deco building in the centre

“The five first-floor units would be ideal

The retail units will also be

of Rochdale’s niche-shopping area is

for a vintage clothing retailer, high

complemented by a coffee shop with a

poised to become one of the north

quality gifts, accessories and companies

panoramic view of the high street,

West’s most fashionable retail

selling handmade cosmetics and the

adding a café culture ambiance to the

destinations. Situated above 25 Ten

like,” said Mr Ballard.

shopping experience.

Boutique, Rochdale Emporium will be a unique quality retail destination in the town centre.

If interested contact 01706 926676 and email

“This is a unique opportunity for specialist retailers. It promises to become a jewel in the town’s retail crown, said Mr Martin Ballard, project manager for the developers, Rochdale Town Centre Management.

TEn YEARS oF ToP TALEnT To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Littleborough Arts Festival, Littleborough Gallery presented a prize of £100 for the best painting in this year’s open Art Exhibition in any medium.

entitled ‘Jack Reflects’, Manchester City Centre. Elizabeth commented, “We were all impressed by his use of watercolour in the cityscape; it was full of atmosphere and rich in detail.”

The judges who were Elizabeth White, owner of Littleborough Gallery, Richard Cafiero Chairman of the Festival and Yvonne Hardman, Touchstones art gallery officer, chose a painting by local artist David Ainsworth

David is a Lancashire Artist working from his home in Smithy Bridge, Rochdale. He is self taught and has developed an unconventional and unique style of painting watercolours.

RoYAL RECEPTIon FoR VIVIEn Vivien Thompson started volunteering and fundraising following her late husband Frank's first diagnosis of cancer in 1976. Her fundraising provided the first cancer scanner in the area at Bury General Hospital. It was quite an achievement when the machine was installed and officially opened by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal. Her work continued over many years until Frank’s death in 2002. It was at this point that she decided to raise awareness for Marie Curie Cancer Care Service so that every family knew how to access the service. Vivien commented, “The people of Rochdale have supported us fantastically over the years and have helped us raise around £130,000.” This year, Vivien was delighted to receive an invite to the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace. on the 27th July, escorted by her husband Phillip, she proudly walked through the front doors of The Palace and enjoyed the party alongside The Queen and Prince Phillip.


Midnight Walk Raises Over 20k

Charity Fun Day

Around 170 ladies took part in Springhill Hospice’s Midnight Walk, sponsored by HSBC and supported by Link4Life, which took place on Friday 23rd September. At the stroke of midnight they were set off from Middleton Arena to go to Heywood via Bowlee and Birch, returning to Middleton via Castleton and Slattocks. Sarah Ford, Income Services Lead at the Hospice, said, “The atmosphere on the night was superb with lots of laughter and, between them, a fabulous £21,000 pledged by our walkers. We are fully anticipating this figure to build up as time goes by. Thank you to each and every one of them!”

Amanda Crowe, from Boots in Rochdale, was a driving force behind a charity event held recently at The norton Grange Hotel, which raised nearly £3000 for a number of charities. Rochdale actress Meg Johnson, who plays Pearl

Ladderbanks in Emmerdale opened the event, which helped Look Good Feel Better cancer support charity, Macmillan Cancer Support, Francis House Children's Hospice and Scott Ward Schofield Memorial fund.

Care team steps out for Alzheimer’s Society The team from the Rochdale office of care company, Home Instead Senior Care, stepped out to take part in Alzheimer’s Society annual Memory Walk at Heaton Park. The Home Instead team of seven were joined by business owner, David Bradshaw’s son Ben and daughter Abigail raising £125 for the charity between them.

Commenting on the walk, David said: “Home Instead works with people living with dementia and Alzheimer’s on a daily basis so we are more than aware of the issues this presents. We were delighted to support the charity’s Memory Walk.”

CREATIVE FUnDRAISInG number Ten Gallery and gift shop, on Baillie Street, recently held an exhibition to raise money for Springhill Hospice. Rochdale artists Lorraine Dewhurst and Colin Fielding showcased 52 pieces of artwork including watercolours, abstract and acrylic paintings.

The exhibition ran throughout the summer, attracting visitors from across Rochdale and raising £735 for the hospice. The funds raised were also helped by local businesses John Peers, Bragg, Brown’s Cakes and okeechobee.

STEPPInG BACK In TIME Heywood Business Group teamed up with Heywood Charities Fete Committee for a 1940s themed weekend on 3rd and 4th September. Shopkeepers and customers alike enjoyed a weekend of nostalgia and a great deal of fun!

The event included kitchen and clothing window displays, together with brass bands, street entertainers, charity stalls and a tea dance. There was also a 1940s themed market as stallholders joined in with the festivities. The public also looked to the skies as a Dakota of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flew over the town. Wordsearch Answers NS A N L T L L E R E E L J V G MN T I Y E GA







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It’s that time of year again and Christmas shopping can be either a pleasure or

a pain! At the Rochdale Exchange, we have pulled out all the stops this year to ensure that your Christmas shopping will be a truly Enchanting Experience. See our sensational Christmas lights and unique enchanting tree, bring the kids to visit Santa in his Grotto and let our carol singers lift your spirits! Check the date of our Voucher Give Away event and make sure you are there to be in with a chance of winning. Hundreds of vouchers will be up for grabs – spend them in any of the stores in the Rochdale Exchange. So, come in from the cold, enjoy a warm welcome and find all your perfect presents in the Rochdale Exchange this Christmas.

Christmas Grotto Visit Santa from 11am – 4pm every Saturday and Sunday starting from Saturday 26th November. Additional openings during the school holidays: Wednesday 21st December 11am – 4pm Thursday 22nd December 11am – 4pm Friday 23rd December 11am – 4pm Christmas Eve 11am – 2pm Our grotto is operated by Rochdale Lions with all profits going back to support your local community.

Christmas Opening Hours Thursday Late Nights

1, 8, 15 & 22 December until 8pm* (*Individual stores may vary)

Christmas Week

19, 20, 21, 22 & 23 December until 8pm Sat 24 Dec 9am – 4.30pm Sun 25 Dec CLOSED Mon 26 Dec 9am – 5.30pm (Some stores will open from 8am) Tues 27 Dec 9am – 5.30pm

Christmas Eve Christmas Day Boxing Day Bank Holiday

Following Week New Year’s Eve New Year’s Day Bank Holiday

28, 29 & 30 December from 9am – 5.30pm Sat 31 Dec 9am – 4.30pm Sun 1 Jan CLOSED Mon 2 Jan 9am – 5.30pm

Parking in the Rochdale Exchange Car Park is free on late nights for cars entering the car park after 4.30pm and all day on Sundays and Bank Holidays.


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Stress Busting Days with the Town Centre Chaplaincy Thursday 24th and Friday 25th November 10am - 5.30pm in the Market Hall. • Come, rest and be refreshed • Complimentary drinks • Hand massage • Someone to chat with or a space to be quiet • Hints and tips about dealing with stress ESPECIALLY FOR STAFF WORKING IN & AROUND THE TOWN CENTRE…BUT ALL ARE WELCOME!!

£1000 Worth of Vouchers to Give Away Saturday 10th December 10.30am – 2.30pm Join us for festive fun at Rochdale Exchange. Father Christmas has left his Elves in charge and they have turned Rochdale Exchange into an Enchanting Winter Wonderland with festive games and competitions. Father Christmas has lost a huge present and needs your help…so come along and help him find it and guess what’s inside.

Meet the Elves

…for your chance to WIN One of Hundreds of Vouchers to spend in The Rochdale Exchange.

Kids Club We know that happy kids make for happy shopping! With this in mind, we hold regular Kids Clubs on the first Saturday of every month between 12 noon and 2pm – it’s free to join and activities include themed workshops and craft activities. Catch our Christmas Kids Club on Saturday 3rd December!

and not to be missed…

Carol Singing

Cultural Craft Bazaar

Thursday 8th, 15th, 22nd December 6.30-7pm starting at Coffee Options café.

Rochdale Market Cultural Crafts Bazaar

Carol Service

Following on from the recent launch of our Cultural Craft Bazaar, head down to Rochdale Markets on 4th December 2011 and 8th January 2012 for crafts, food, face painting, workshops and lots of fun! It’s a local market, selling local products for local people.

Sunday 11th December 2.15 -2.45pm The Christmas Story in drama and music.

11.30am – 3.30pm










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