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EDITOR Colin Meredith



FESTIVAL OF TALENT Young performers

42 KID’S PAGE Meet the Style All Star Squad


HAPPY BIRTHDAY H Bell chimes in 100 years

45 PREVIEW 12-page what’s on guide


WELCOME Positive times for our town

59 JUST GASSING Motoring expert, Mark D’Apice


STYLE EXCLUSIVE Celebrity Suzanne Shaw

60 IMPROVE YOUR GARDEN Money saving tips


FACE OF STYLE Winner announced

62 GOOD FOOD GUIDE Dine out in Style this summer


2012 OLYMPICS Rochdale celebrations

66 CHAMPAGNE CHARLIE Music hall superstar


SPORTING BEHAVIOUR Local sports catch-up

68 BACK IN TIME Royds of Rochdale

20 SUMMER DAYS OUT Ideas for all the family

69 ON THE WRITE TRACK Touchstones writing group

22 IN THE FRAME Photography competition

70 WHATS COOKING? Andrew Nutter’s latest recipe


73 CURTAIN CALL Local theatre reviews

WATERLOO ROAD A nostalgic journey

26 CULTURAL CRAFTS Rochdale’s monthly bazaar

75 COMPETITIONS Fantastic prizes up for grabs!

29 SPECTACULAR EVENT At Norden Opticians


30 ON YER BIKE Cycle your way to fitness

78 COMMUNITY Catching up with life in Rochdale

34 BEAUTY TIPS Stay safe in the sun

HOSPICE NEWS Recent events at Springhill Hospice


36 STYLE EXCLUSIVE Top stylist Steven Spencer

36 GRAPHIC DESIGN Caroline Dowse


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elebrating young talent

A celebration concert at The Riverside, Whitworth, highlighted a very successful Rochdale Festival of Performing Arts 2012. Approximately 5,500 children participated in 158 different classes,

with over 70 schools taking part. The festival took place over three weeks and concluded with the two festival celebration and awards concerts where 53 trophies were presented.



entenary celebration

On Saturday 28th April, reputable building contractors H Bell & Sons invited more than 200 guests to join them in celebrating 100 years of success. The celebrations were held at Rochdale Golf Club and were attended by the company’s current and retired staff, together with clients and colleagues built up over the years. The Mayor of Rochdale, Councillor Alan

H Bell’s are a keen supporter of local

Godson paid tribute to H Bell’s long standing

independent businesses and have become part

reputation in the local area, providing

of the fabric of the town, by helping to build

employment for many years. He also read a

and maintain our local schools, council

message from Her Majesty The Queen in

buildings and our beautiful Town Hall.

which Her Majesty ‘conveyed her warm good wishes to all concerned during this most special anniversary year, and to all who had contributed to the success of H Bells’.

Message from the

editor EDITOR


There is no doubt about it… Rochdale is definitely on the up! There are plenty of negative news stories in the national press, but as you might have guessed by now, here at Rochdale Style we only print good news. So why not take a look through the magazine and discover the people, the places, the stories and the events that make Rochdale a great place to live.




ochdale’s constantly changing urban

landscape is definitely worth

boasting about. Hopwood Hall


positive times for the town. Rochdale folk are, without a doubt, a friendly bunch and never more so as we

There’s certainly a lot to shout about in 2012, as the town moves forward towards a positive future.

College has now had a major facelift and is in

welcome the world to Rochdale. Rochdale is

Now in our 8th successful year, Style

keeping with our stylish state-of-the-art sixth

The World Capital of Co-operatives and the

magazine continues to support and celebrate

form college. Rochdale Police station and

Co-op museum will be re-opening soon,

our great town. If you have something you

even Newgate House have been given a

following its exciting multi million pound

want to shout about, be it a charitable event,

makeover and together with night lighting on


your company’s success story or your new

our Town Hall, our town centre looks impressive and inviting. As the new council offices transform the

With the London Olympics starting in July, Rochdale welcomes the Olympic torch to the town on Saturday 23rd June and our new

skyline on Smith Street and as the Metrolink’s

Link4 Life sports centre and swimming pool

arrival draws ever nearer, these are definitely

opens on Entwistle Road this summer.


business venture we’d love to hear about it. I hope you enjoy this edition, Colin Meredith, Editor.


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Popular actress, singer and TV personality Suzanne Shaw has come a long way since her days in Hear’Say – the pop band formed from ITV talent contest ‘Popstars’, in 2000.

The Bury-born star has since graced stage and screen, including starring in the West End, winning Dancing On Ice in 2008 and more recently playing Eve Birch in Emmerdale. I recently caught up with Suzanne to discuss her latest stage play, her busy life as a single mum… and meeting Robert De Niro! 6

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When did you first tread the boards? I was five years old and played Molly in Annie, at The Davenport Theatre in Stockport. I went to dancing school and did shows and amateur dramatics and just got the bug from there really.

Would you write an autobiography? I’m not sure if I would. If I did it would definitely be later on in my life. But my memory is terrible - I can’t really remember what happened yesterday! It would be really boring. Oh actually, I can remember because I met Robert De Niro last night how cool is that?!

Suzanne in her latest play ‘Funny Peculiar’

You’ve just finished touring with the stage comedy ‘Funny Peculiar’, how did it go? The play went really well, especially the northern dates. And then we packed out most nights in our last week in Cheltenham. I’ve not done many plays, so it was a really nice experience and a challenging thing to do. We had a great cast, Craig Gazey (Graeme Proctor, Coronation St), Vicky Entwistle (Janice Battersby, Coronation St) and Gemma Bissix (Eastenders & Hollyoaks). What are you up to next? I haven’t really had any time off since October so I’m taking time off at the moment. I’ve got the odd date doing charity work and PA’s, but apart from that I just want some time at home with my son Corey. Is Corey catching the acting bug? Yes he’s a little entertainer. He likes showing off, being the comedy boy and making people laugh. Do you prefer stage or screen? Stage is my first love. I love treading the boards, especially in musicals. If I was to do anything on television again, I’d like to do something like a drama or a comedy. What would be your dream role? I played Roxie Hart in Chicago a few years ago, which was always my dream role, so I’ve ticked that off the list, but I’d love to go back and do it again sometime. And I would love to play Sally Bowles in Cabaret.

Wow… where did you meet him? I went to the tenth anniversary of We Will Rock You to watch my friend Noel [Sullivan, former Hear’Say bandmate] as leading man and he was there. How amazing is that, it was the highlight of my week! I very rarely get starstruck, but when I saw him my jaw dropped, I was like ‘oh my god it’s Robert De Niro!’ Are you still friends with your ex bandmates? Noel and I are really close. I was stupidly proud of him last night at We Will Rock You. He was brilliant, I was crying at the finalé. I speak to Danny occasionally and I bump into the girls out and about. But we’re all so busy to be honest.

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skating partner. There’s only so much I can do on my own, so after ten minutes I’m like ‘oh I need someone to lift me up in the air now!’.

What do you think of tv talent competitions these days? I think there’s far too many out there now to be honest. It would be nice to turn television back around - to how it used to be. But I can’t really knock them because they got me to where I am today. Why did you decide to leave Emmerdale last year? I knew i’d be coming out of it at some point, to put Corey back into school down here [Buckinghamshire], so I just thought it was inevitable really. And it felt like the right time for me to leave. Is there a chance we’ll see you back in the Dales one day? Not at the moment, but you can never say never in this business. You don’t know what’s around the corner.

What are your ambitions for the

What do you like to do in your

future? More musicals would be great. There’s also a few of us who have written a sitcom so we’re trying to get that commissioned at the moment. It’s basically about life on the road with a musical theatre company and what happens backstage, so it’s pretty much within my DNA and written from experience.

spare time? I don’t really have much time for any hobbies or anything! I’m either preparing for an audition, doing the school run, cooking or cleaning!! Do you still skate? Yes I do, but I only like doing it when Matt [Evers] is around – my Dancing On Ice

It’s great to find talent out of these shows and give people an opportunity. But it’s just hard because the contestants aren’t protected. They get to the height of fame and then when it starts to deteriorate a lot of people are left on their own to cope with it.

What advice would you give to aspiring performers? Just to carry on. There will be so many knock backs you have along the way, but don’t take it to heart at all. It’s nothing to do with your ability half the time; it’s about luck and being in the right place at the right time. If it’s something you’re really serious about just keep going.

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Saturday 23rd June will see the Olympic flame reach the borough on its 70 day journey around the UK, with people lining the streets to welcome the famous symbol and celebrate this once in a lifetime event. An average of 115 Torchbearers a day will carry the Olympic Flame

Why not organise your own celebration?

during its 8,000 mile journey around the UK, before it arrives at the

The Local Leaders programme offers you the chance to bring the

Olympic Stadium on 27 July 2012 for the lighting of the cauldron at

Olympic Games to life by organising your own celebrations for this

the Opening Ceremony, signifying the official start of the Games.

once in a lifetime event; whether it be for the Torch Relay, the Olympic opening of the last day of the Games.

Council Leader, Councillor Colin Lambert, said: “The route is great. It’s going to be carried five and a half miles in total by Torchbearers

Whether it’s lining the streets to welcome the flame, organising an

through Rochdale and Heywood so people will have some great

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The Olympic Torch will arrive in the borough around 1.45pm with the first Torchbearer carrying the flame from the junction of Edenfield Road and Elmsfield Avenue, Norden.

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It will not be on view along Rochdale Road East until the junction with Crimble Lane. It’s then on full view along York Street and Market Street in Heywood. It’s due to arrive in Heywood town centre at 3pm.

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GOING FOR GOLD Rochdale’s Olympic hopes rest with local yachtsman Stuart Bithell and open water swimmer Keri-Anne Payne. 24-year-old Keri-Anne, from Heywood, became the very first athlete confirmed for Team GB 2012. The two-time World 10km Open Water champion and Olympic silver medallist will dive into the Serpentine on 9th August this year. Rochdale-born Stuart Bithell, who

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Rochdale Rotary Club has entered new cricketing territory, as the first Rotary Club in Lancashire to sponsor cricket coaching for young amateur cricketers in the Rochdale borough. Former test match umpire and Rotarian, John Holder, asked his long term friend Michael Vaughan (Ashes winning England Captain) to attend a recent fundraising evening at the Mercure Norton Grange Hotel. Over 180 cricket enthusiasts attended and 'Vaughany' answered questions on all aspects of modern day cricket, with his vast experience of cricket life in the fast lane. The successful evening raised £2500, which will go towards providing cricket coaching to young Rochdale amateurs.


One of the borough’s best new buildings has scooped a top regional award known as the property ‘Oscars’. Heywood Sports Village was named as winner of the prestigious 2012 RICS Community Benefit Award for the North West during a ceremony at Lancashire County Cricket Club. Local people were instrumental in the design of Heywood’s £10.4 million Sports Village, which has seen public visits increase dramatically since it replaced the old sports centre. Craig McAteer, Managing Director of Link4Life, said he was very proud: “There were some very strong nominations so to actually win the award is an excellent achievement. The community has been involved with the building right from the beginning and have really taken it to their hearts. This is much deserved by everyone involved.” Heywood Sports Village will now go forward to the national stage of the competition held later this year. 16


Rochdale badminton player and coach Bob Heaton has been heavily involved in the sport for the last fifty years. He was a founding member of the Alpha club and is now vice-chairman of the Oldham and Rochdale League. He's also one of the founding members of Rochdale Junior Badminton Club and has coached many England and county players. Bob recently celebrated his 80th birthday with the many badminton groups he still coaches and organises. His enthusiasm for the game is as strong as ever and he still coaches badminton at all levels and at many different venues across Rochdale. Bob belongs to a very sporting family, which includes his brothers Peter and the late Jack Heaton. Their father John Heaton (also known as Jack) played for Rochdale Hornets, in their famous victory over Hull in one of the best Northern Union Cup finals ever; infront of a record 35,000 crowd at Headingley in 1922.

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the rochdale Feel good Festival is set to return for its fifth consecutive year. Make sure you head into the town centre on Friday 31st August and Saturday 1st September for the two day celebration of entertainment, food and culture. The line-up of top musical artists and celebrity chefs will be announced over the next couple of months. There will be a main stage on the Town Hall Square, as well as some indoor venues. A large food market will take place on the Butts and lower Yorkshire Street and there will be an area to watch live and exciting cookery demonstrations. Plus all the entertainment is free! Healey dell Nature reserve sits in a picturesque part of the Spodden Valley; rich in wildlife, with delightful scenery, spectacular waterfalls and a fascinating archaeological history. A disused railway line is now a nature trail, with magnificent views from a 100-foot high viaduct. Please visit Rochdale’s award winning Arts and Heritage Centre, touchstones (The Esplanade) has something for everyone, with a ‘hands on’ museum for all the family, four exciting art galleries and a local studies centre. In Local Studies, families can research their family history together, find out the history of your house or the area you live in. open 7 days a week. Mischief Makers is Rochdale's biggest indoor play and party centre, catering for children from 0-11 years and offering a safe, friendly and fun environment where children can play in a fantastic three level themed area. A great place for kids to play while parents chill out and relax. open 7 days a week. No 1 the Pavilions, Bridgefold road, rochdale, oL11 5BX.

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Rochdale Borough Council is asking you to capture your special moments in a photographic competition to celebrate 2012.

‘You, Me & Us’ is a year long project calling for residents and visitors to photograph whatever they want to tell their story of 2012 - the events they take part in, the sights they see and the people they’re sharing the year with. The project aims to mark this special year, which will see the borough play host to visitors from across the world as part of the International Year of Co-operatives. An online photo album has been created on Rochdale Council’s Flickr page ( for people to share their experiences and, as the year draws to a close, winning

photographs will be chosen to go on public display around the borough. All photographs submitted will also form part of the Local Studies Collection managed by Link4Life. Professional or amateur photographers of any age can take part, all you have to do is capture your special moments. It might be a fantastic image of the borough’s countryside, a photograph showing your family enjoying a special celebration or friends out and about at one of the many events taking place in the borough. There’s also a co-operative twist to the competition to celebrate Rochdale being

the World Capital of Co-operatives. We want people to co-operate to capture their moment. It’s about people taking pictures of people taking pictures! For example, a walker might capture their walking companion in great surroundings taking a photograph of a stunning view of Rochdale. Or someone on stage at an event might take a photo of the crowd whilst they take a photo of them on stage. The competition is open to everyone, including visitors to the borough. Entrants can be any age and equipment used can be anything from phones to SLRs.

ENTRANTS can submit their photos by e-mailing them to or post (on disc) to You, Me and Us Competition, Rochdale Borough Council, Fourth Floor, Municipal Offices, Smith Street , OL16 1 XU. Please make copies as the Council won’t be able to return discs. TO ENTER and for more details of You, Me and Us, visit


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KIRKHOLT Secondary School’s WATERLOO Rochdale has been in the spotlight for over seven years, thanks to the award winning BBC drama series, based around Kirkholt Secondary School, now known to millions as Waterloo Road.

The series has certainly created a real buzz in the town, with filming locations all over Rochdale and numerous famous faces appearing in the drama. Sadly, filming in Rochdale has now come to an end, following the BBC drama department’s decision to move production to Scotland. A few years ago, I was cast as union official Bill Winslow in episode two, series two, which meant I had to go back to school at Kirkholt Secondary Modern. I have played many roles on TV, but to film in my old school after forty years was a bizarre one. Although Shed Productions altered the interior of the building, the school building itself remained very much the same as when it was built in the 1950's. One of my old classrooms had been transformed into Waterloo Road’s wardrobe

up sitting in the canteen writing 500 lines for Mr Widdup - ‘I must not forget my kit’. The school hall was very much as I remember it, where I recited all 22 verses of "The Battle of Hastings" monologue by Marriot Edgar, coached by Mr Starkey. I also

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Mr Dagnall. You never forget those formative years and the teachers who make a lasting impression on you for the rest of your life; Mr Jackson, my English teacher who gave me my first role in a school play ‘The King’s English’ and Mr Shortland who made mathematics far more interesting with his endless humour. Secondary school can be a tough time in your life, but I have fond memories of my time growing up in Kirkholt which helped me develop my love of performing, eventually guiding me into the right career choice. The BBC1 series not only saved the school from demolition, but gave it a brand new, exciting lease of life. Unfortunately, the cameras have now stopped rolling, with the school due to be demolished this summer. It’s a shame the school could not become a tourist attraction for all Waterloo Road devotees. Colin Meredith


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take a look around the fantastic rochdale Market Cultural Crafts Bazaar on the first sunday of every month 11.30 am - 3.30pm.

The Cultural Crafts Bazaar is all about bringing you things you can't find on the high street and it’s the perfect place to find something a little different, whether it be for a special present or just a treat for yourself. The Craft Bazaar allows small, start-up businesses and not-for-profit organisations to get involved and sell their hand-crafted goods to a larger audience. Offering a huge and diverse range of unusual products, a great day out for all the family! The Cultural Crafts Bazaar takes place in the covered market, in Rochdale Exchange Shopping Centre and parking is free on a Sunday.

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Foot FaCts A HEALTHY STEP Painful feet can affect our ability to enjoy the most basic activities in our daily lives. Thankfully, many foot conditions can be easily prevented or treated by wearing properly fitting footwear, using the correct foot care products or receiving regular treatments from a qualified Foot Health Professional. Below are a couple of common foot problems that can be treated successfully by your FHP. CORNS develop from an accumulation of dead skin cells which form hardened areas, containing a cone shaped core with a point. This point can press on a nerve ending, thus causing pain. Common causes are tight fitting footwear, deformed toes, or the foot sliding forwards in a shoe that fits too loosely. TOENAIL FUNGUS is very common. The infection occurs when microscopic fungi enter the nail through a small trauma in the nail. The fungus then grows and spreads in the warm, moist, dark environment mostly enclosed by socks and shoes. The nail may crumble and have streaks or spots down the side. The nail can look yellow/brown in colour, and in some cases there can be swelling. The condition can be treated with a visit to your FHP, who will carefully and correctly cut the nail, and debride the area. DIABETES can cause complications, disrupting the vascular system and affecting areas such as the legs and feet. People with diabetes should pay special attention to foot care. Book a regular appointment with your FHP.

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CraVeN aNd MUrraY hosts a sPeCtaCULar eVeNt

Rochdale's Craven & Murray Opticians recently hosted a VIP night offering customers a sneak preview of the new ranges of designer glasses, a fantastic discount, as well as free fashion tips from an x Factor stylist.

Visitors were treated to complimentary wine and canapés and received expert fashion tips from Effortless Styling's Steven Spencer - who is a stylist for the X Factor judges. The generous guests also managed to raise a total of £205.87 for Henshaws Society for Blind People. What's more, one lucky winner of the prize draw walked away with a pair of designer sunglasses, congratulations go to Dawn Makin who chose a stunning pair of Chanel sunglasses. Craven & Murray owners, Wendy and Lewis, thanked the many attendees and Wendy said: "We would like to extend our

sincere thanks to everyone who attended the VIP evening - and to our friends and other local business who helped make the night such a success." Wendy's husband Lewis, coowner of Craven & Murray, added: "We opened almost five years ago now and really feel like a valued part of Norden village. Craven & Murray offers a huge range of stylish, top of the range, designer eyewear, including being an exclusive Chanel dealer and we pride ourselves on providing not only high quality eye care but an exceptional service."


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Now is the perfect time to get out in the fresh air, exercise, have fun and spend quality time with family. Rochdale boasts plenty of beautiful countryside and surrounding hills to explore. Whether you are cycling down a towpath with your child in a seat on the back of your bike, or grinding up great hills on a lightweight road bike, you will be reaping plenty of health benefits. As with any exercise, proper nutrition and hydration is a must. Cycling needs to be supported by a high carbohydrate diet; pre and post training foods and fluids should always be planned, regardless of your fitness level. On longer bike rides, be sure to take a water bottle filled with water or an electrolyte-based drink that will replenish your water stores, as well as topping up glycogen levels to help prevent fatigue. Cycling is a friendly and social sport, so get your family and friends involved and make exercising more fun. Or join a club, such as Rochdale Cycling Club for group bike rides and coaching advice.


To find the perfect bike, visit Chris Paulson Cycles, on Yorkshire Street - the largest independent bike retailer in Rochdale, established in 1978. Their retail store carries a large range of stock from major manufacturers and they cater for all cycling levels, from children’s first bikes to top of the range suspension bikes. They also have a large clothing and shoe department catering for men and women.

The summer is finally here and the days are longer, so if you’re up for a new outdoor challenge why not give cycling a try

If you’ve already got a bike hiding away somewhere, dust it off and get it serviced/repaired. Chris Paulson’s workshop will get you back on the road in no time, with their super fast turnaround (usually 24-48 hours) on bike repairs and servicing.





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A most impressive and characterful Victorian stone built 7 bedroomed detached residence with 3 reception rooms, dining-kitchen and conservatory.

Viewing is absolutely essential to fully appreciate this exceptionally well maintained property and excellent family accommodation which very briefly includes 3 reception rooms and large master bedroom with dressing room and en-suite. Enjoying a good sized plot with landscaped gardens and private aspect at rear, the property is conveniently placed within a short walk of buses, shops and restaurants. Primary and secondary schools are also within walking distance and motorway access less than 2 miles away.

In superb condition and beautifully presented throughout, the property has dado rails, plaster cornices and ornate mouldings in virtually all rooms. Additional features include solid brass switches and sockets and hardwood internal doors. The property is situated within a short walk of the beautiful woodland valley of Healey Dell Nature Reserve. Access to Rochdale centre is within 2½ miles and M62 (junction 20) access approximately 5 miles. The property enjoys spacious rooms throughout and has the benefit of a large integral double garage currently used as a dance studio. There are formal gardens, patio areas, ornamental fountain and ample parking to the large drive with electric gates.



An exceptionally well presented and imposing detached property occupying a large plot, with detached double garage and extensive gardens. A purpose built 'granny flat' extension has been added to now provide extensive modern living accommodation which briefly includes 5 good sized bedrooms, 2 en suite, 3 reception rooms, conservatory, breakfast kitchen, utility etc. Karndean flooring, bespoke kitchen, underfloor heating.


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A very well presented traditional bay fronted detached property occupying a generous plot with mature gardens to all 4 sides and parking for 5/6 cars (potential to extend subject to p.p.). Built in the 1930's, this fine example still retains some original features including stain glass, and tiled floor. Viewing is recommended to appreciate the extent of the accommodation on offer, including 2 reception rooms, large conservatory, breakfast kitchen and 4 room basement.


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An individually designed 4 bedroomed detached family home built on a generous plot enjoying open aspect to the rear. Situated at the head of this most desirable avenue and enjoying a wide plot suitable for extension (subject to planning permission), a spacious 3 bedroomed pre-war semi-detached house with 2 reception rooms.

This highly regarded residential district is ideally located on the borders of both Castleton and Slattocks offering easy access to M62 motorway, train station and Thornham countryside. Internal inspection is recommended to fully appreciate the accommodation on offer in this well proportioned and spacious family home. Briefly comprises: porch, hall, lounge, dining room, kitchen, utility, cloaks, WC, 4 bedrooms, en-suite + bathroom. Externally there is a double garage and drive for 4 cars and gardens to front and rear.


The property enjoys an open aspect to the front and has the benefit of a ground floor WC, utility room, garage and side garden. Viewing is essential to fully appreciate the character, potential and immediate location

PRICE £255,000


PRICE £98,000


An extended 5 bedroomed pre-war semi-detached house offering excellent family accommodation with 3 reception rooms.

A garden fronted terraced property set in a secluded backwater location enjoying pleasant views over adjacent woods and cricket ground.

The property has the benefit of a double integral garage and south facing rear garden. Situated in one of the areas most sought after avenues within walking distance of Bamford and St Michael's primary schools, Oulder Hill Community School, restaurants and shops.

The property has been fully modernised to provide larger than average 2 bed terrace accommodation ( neighbouring properties have converted to 3 bedrooms). Internal viewing is essential to fully appreciate the immediate setting and quality fittings including modern kitchen and bathroom. Gas C/H. D/G.

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staY saFe in the sUN is your reflection letting you down? Have you looked in the mirror and noticed your skin changing? Have fine lines started to appear? is your skin looking dull, thin and transparent? Perhaps you have noticed unwanted hair? Pigmentation and dark patches?


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Style caught up with fashion stylist Steven Spencer, to get the inside story on his exciting career. We discuss shopping tips, top designers, The X Factor and much more‌ Tell us a bit about yourself‌ I'm a Manchester based fashion stylist who moved from the Lake District to pursue a career in fashion, though I have been here for nearly

for a high profile fashion label, giving me a great understanding of body

ten years and consider myself to be a local!

proportions and how they can be manipulated to create beautiful

I quickly became involved in styling and personal image consulting whilst studying clothing design technology at MMU. During this time I worked for various styling, image consulting and personal shopping


Alongside my styling work, I worked as a designer and pattern cutter

silhouettes for men and women of all shapes and sizes. As well as personal styling, I now work on a number of editorial and commercial shoots with clients nationwide. I can be asked to do anything

businesses. I realised there was a great need for creative, accessible

from styling a tv commercial or music video to working on the X Factor or

stylists based in the North.

styling a high end editorial for a variety of magazines.

Photographer Paul Adshead

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Photographer James Nader

Did you enjoy working on The X Factor?

What are your top fashion musthaves?

The X Factor was amazing - so much goes into a huge production like that and it was interesting to see behind the scenes.

Everyone should own a really well cut pair of jeans and a blazer that can be worn in so many situations with simple changes.

What are the best and worst points of your job?

What should we avoid?

I love the creativity of the job and getting to see an idea come to life when you’re shooting. I love all the clothes I get to shoot and all the people I get to work with. The worst points are definitely the long hours and shooting in crazy, cold locations for 16 hours at a time. Definitely not all glamour!

Are you an avid fashion follower yourself?

Steven Spencer

How did you get into fashion styling? I started out as a personal stylist and started testing with various photographers. Everything else has been quite organic and my client list has grown each year through recommendations and requests.

Did you always want to work in fashion? I’ve always been interested in fashion, but being from a small town I didn’t even know jobs like mine existed. Things have moved on a lot since then.

What has been your favourite assignment so far? It’s too hard to pick a favourite. I love the variety of my job - it keeps it exciting. It’s nice to see the faces of my personal styling clients once they’ve had their transformation and it’s also amazing to do some cool fashion shoots with gorgeous models.

I love fashion, I always have. The shows are amazing and they give you a chance to see a full spectrum of fashion, from new designers to more established brands. Now they’re accessible to everyone through the internet.

Who is your favourite designer? There are so many, it all depends what you're looking for. My personal favourites are Acne, Christopher Kane, Gareth Pugh and Burberry. All amazing designers but quite different in what they do. I always love Victoria Beckham’s collections and Erdem prints. Miu Miu is another all time favourite.

And your favourite high street brand? The high street is amazing now but I’m not a fan of throwaway fashion. Classic staples that you can build upon are much better in the long run. Zara do this really well.

It’s hard to generalise but be careful what trends you choose to follow and how you adapt them to your wardrobe.

Any top tips we can take on our next shopping trip? Try things on and don’t be too concerned about the size you buy as long as it fits well. Many stores do vanity sizing, so you may be an 8 in one shop and a size 12 in another.

What advice would you give to anyone hoping for a career in the fashion industry? Work hard and be patient! The fashion industry is tough and not all glitz and glamour so be prepared. And wear comfortable shoes as you’ll be on your feet a lot… obviously they still have to be fabulous, comfortable shoes.

What are your ambitions for the future? To be successful at doing what I love. Steven offers a variety of private styling services, including personal shopping trips, wardrobe makeovers and pamper parties. For full information please visit and Follow Steven on Twitter @NorthernStylist.

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Quality homes Holmtree developments Ltd was founded by two local businessmen and close friends, both with local knowledge and both of whom share the vision to construct the finest quality family homes at affordable prices. Company director Pete Spence has been in business 27 years, running a successful ground maintenance and landscape contracting company. Holmtree Developments Ltd create top quality affordable housing, using the best quality materials, constructed by an in-house local skilled workforce. The skilled tradesmen have many years experience between them, to ensure each project is first-class throughout.

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The company’s current development is six, three-bedroom town houses on James William Street (named after Pete's late father James William), in Littleborough. They are constructed from an amazing looking brick, which brings old and new together, with natural stone sills and heads to enhance the quality of the design. The internal specifications are second-to-none with three spacious bedrooms, fully fitted tiled bathrooms, a fitted loaded kitchen, family dining area and spacious lounge, which leads through the french doors to the outside living area, comprising of lawned gardens and paved patio areas. To the front and sides there are paved parking areas, lawned gardens with flowerbeds and two properties benefiting from cast-iron Victorian lamp posts. These family homes benefit from minimal maintenance with UPVC Windows, fascias, soffits with roof tiles and verges. All homes are fully carpeted, alarmed and ready to move into. They are now available for sale through agents Jonathan Swire or you can contact the sales team who will be delighted to arrange a viewing.


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THE ADDED BENEFITS INCLUDE: l High-quality insulation l Modern efficient boilers l Water efficient bathroom fittings l Less direct heat loss l Any lighting included will be low energy l Timbers mainly used from certified sources Our James William Street new homes in Littleborough are in a fantastic location, close to shops, transport links, great schools, wonderful communal parks and superb outdoor facilities nearby at Hollingworth Lake.

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(AMPDEN#LOUGH!RTISTS#HRIS 2OBERTS"OB*ONES An exhibition of paintings in mixed media & photographs 6ENUE Littleborough Coach House, Lodge Street, Littleborough 4IMEMon-Sat 11am-4pm %NQUIRIES 01706 378481w



Organised by Littleborough Coach House An exhibition of abstracts and landscapes. 6ENUE Littleborough Coach House, Lodge Street, Littleborough 4IMEMon-Sat 11am-4pm %NQUIRIES 01706 378481


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

Concerts Organised by Littleborough Coach House Lunchtime concert by pupils of Angela Rowley, followed by David Daniels on piano on Tues 31 July 2012; and songs by Freda Farnworth on Tues 21 Aug 2012. 6ENUE Littleborough Coach House, Lodge Street, Littleborough 4IMEConcert 1pm – 2pm 0RICE Small charge. %NQUIRIES 01706 378481

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Organised by St Chad’s, Rochdale Parish Church Rochdale’s magnificent Parish Church, located up the 122 steps behind the Town Hall, is the town’s oldest building, telling the story of 1,000 years of local history. With stonework dating back to the 14th century, splendid stained glass including William Morris’s ’Faith, Hope and Charity’ window, the 13th century font where Gracie Fields was baptised in 1898, the 1786 grave of the dialect poet and political satirist Tim Bobbin, a wall reputed to date back to the pre1066 and stocks for Rochdale’s 1600’s felons. Guides will be on duty. No charge, but donations towards the upkeep of this splendid heritage building appreciated. 6ENUE St. Chad’s Parish Church, Sparrow Hill, Town Hall Square 4IME2pm-4pm drop-in %NQUIRIES 01706 647161 or 01706 642311



Organised by East Lancashire Railway For one year only, the popular and award winning event will be hosted at the beginning of June to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend. Refer to for further details. 6ENUE East Lancashire Railway stations "OOKINGSENQUIRIES 0161 764 7790 (10am-4pm)


2EGULAREVENTS For a list of regular weekly groups and sessions visit or contact Rochdale TIC to obtain a printed copy.






/RGANISEDBY2OCHDALE/DEON Cinemas 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 50’s) – event every Wednesday morning. Baby Odeon (parent and baby screening) every Wednesday morning. 6ENUE Rochdale Multiplex Cinema, Sandbrook Park, Rochdale. 4IMEVarious "OOKINGSENQUIRIESTHROUGH 0871 22 44 007 or web site


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Organised by Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum Open Day at Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum. Please refer to: www.manchesterfire. 6ENUE Maclure Road, Rochdale 4IME10am-4pm 0RICE Free %NQUIRIES 01706 901227

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In Steam & Northern Meccano Society Organised by Ellenroad Steam Museum Experience the awesome power of the world’s largest working mill engine in full steam and on public display, plus an exhibition by Northern Meccano Society. 6ENUE Ellenroad Steam Museum, Elizabethan Way, Newhey, Rochdale 4IMEAdmission from 11am with steaming from 12noon-4pm 0RICE 3 Adult, ÂŁ2.50 Concessions, ÂŁ8 Family %NQUIRIES 07789 802632


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Lady Royds by Luke Fildes

Following on from the Gallery’s successful Victorian Stories exhibition in 2010, this is a chance to see Edwardian paintings from the Art Gallery collection alongside costume, objects and ephemera of the time from the Museum and Local Studies collections. Featured artists include Luke Fildes, Jessica Hayllar, Hubert Von Herkomer, Edward Atkinson Hornel and Walter Sickert.

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

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Laura Ford uses soft materials, fabrics and found objects to create contemporary figurative sculptures which are often endearing, but somehow unnerving at the same time. This exhibition features three of Ford’s sculptures inspired by stories of exploration and adventure, in particular Robert Falcon Scott’s Antarctic expedition a century ago and the German artist Joseph Beuys’ story of surviving a WWII plane crash. The works are on loan from the Imogen and Elspeth Turner Collection.

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OPEN: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm. Free entry. Bank Holiday 5 June 2012 12noon-4.30pm


This exhibition of contemporary work from the Art Gallery collection provides a counterpoint to the Edwardian paintings on display in Gallery Two, which themselves were contemporary when the Gallery opened in 1903 and was extended in 1912. It reflects the Gallery’s longstanding tradition of collecting and provides an opportunity to see more recent additions to the collection. Artists include Alan Birch, David Gledhill, Lubaina Himid, Vincent James, Susie MacMurray, Taslim Martin and Paul Rooney.

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Heritage Open Days


Every year on four days in September, Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.

Organised by Touchstones Rochdale This exhibition is a showcase for the Rochdale and Smocking Branches of the Embroiderers’ Guild showing a large collection of artworks produced with needles and thread. We think that we are ordinary people doing extraordinary work, but what do you think?

Buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors, from town halls to temples with a fantastic free festival that can be enjoyed by all ages.



6-9 September 2012 For programme details ring 01706 924928 or visit


The Painted Note is an exhibition that uses a variety of forms to explore the many ways in which art can be inspired by music. Created by Art & Soul, an art and support group for adults within Rochdale borough who have experienced mental health issues. The project is funded by Awards for All and supported by Cartwheel Arts.


Local photographer Adam Kerfoot-Roberts has developed a series of abstracts based on architectural details of buildings around Rochdale which are showcased in this exhibition.


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Organised by East Lancashire Railway Don’t miss one of the highlight events of the UK heritage diesel calendar with a number of the nation’s best preserved diesel locos. Refer to for further details. 6ENUE All stations "OOKINGSENQUIRIES 0161 764 7790 (10am-4pm)


TH!NNIVERSARY$AY Organised by East Lancashire Railway Please telephone for details or refer to 6ENUE East Lancashire Railway; please refer to the website or phone for further information. "OOKINGSENQUIRIES 0161 764 7790 (10am-4pm)




)N3TEAM%XHIBITIONOF'ERALD #OTTELLS-INIATURE-ODELS Organised by Ellenroad Steam Museum Organised by Ellenroad Steam Museum Experience the awesome power of the world’s largest working mill engine in full steam and on public display, plus an exhibition by Gerald Cottells Miniature Models. 6ENUE Ellenroad Steam Museum, Elizabethan Way, Newhey, Rochdale 4IMEAdmission from 11am with steaming from 12noon-4pm 0RICE ÂŁ3 Adult, ÂŁ2.50 Concessions, ÂŁ8 Family %NQUIRIES 07789 802632


4EDDY"EARS0ICNIC4REASURE(UNT Organised by East Lancashire Railway Please telephone or refer to 6ENUE ELR Stations "OOKINGSENQUIRIES 0161 764 7790 (10am-4pm)

Organised by East Lancashire Railway Thomas the Tank Engine returns this year with all his friends, with face painting, magic, circus and puppet shows, Thomas film screenings and much, much more. Visit our Thomas events page on 6ENUE ELR Stations "OOKINGSENQUIRIES 0161 764 7790 (10am-4pm)


Organised by Rochdale Town Centre Management Company Car Boot Sales - Get rid of your old stuff and earn some cash doing it!!!! No booking necessary; simply turn up on the day. Dates include: Monday 4/6/12; Sunday 24/6/12; Sunday 15/7/12; Sunday 29/7/12; Sunday 12/8/12; Monday 27/8/12. Further dates in September 2012. 6ENUE Rochdale Town Hall Square Car Park, The Esplanade 4IME8am-1pm 0RICE Car ÂŁ12, Van ÂŁ20 %NQUIRIES 01706 926676

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Organised by Rochdale Borough Council Car Boot Sales - Get rid of your old stuff and earn some cash doing it!!!! No booking necessary; simply turn up on the day. Dates include:    Site opens at 6am. Buyers’ car park opens from 6.30am. 6ENUE Bowlee Community Park, off Heywood Old Road (A6045), Middleton 4IME7am-1.30pm 0RICE Car ÂŁ12, Van ÂŁ20 %NQUIRIES 0845 226 1800



Organised by Heywood Civic Centre 6ENUE Heywood Civic Centre, Church Street %NQUIRIES 01706 624104 or for more details contact Bill O’Rourke 01706 627874

3TREET%VENTS&ESTIVALS 0ENNINESIN"LOOM Organised by North West in Bloom In its 3rd year, anyone who feels they wish to contribute to this event can be involved. With judging in July, for more information please contact Helena Kelly. 6ENUE Various %NQUIRIES 01706 756601 Township Support Officer Pennines or email:


Organised by Littleborough Events and Associations Forum Please refer to for further details. Further dates includes 8 July 2012 & 12 Aug 2012 with further dates throughout the year. Produce available includes delicious meats, vegetables, chutneys, cakes and cheeses and local crafts. 6ENUE Conservative Club, Peel Street, Littleborough 4IME10am-3pm

Organised by Middleton Floral Art Club supported by Middleton Musical Society & Middleton Band In celebration of both the 600th Anniversary of Middleton’s Parish Church (by Cardinal Langley) and the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll, the festival details are: Friday from 10am-8pm; Saturday 10am-6pm with a concert by -IDDLETON-USICAL3OCIETY, with a programme to suit a royal occasion starting at 7.30pm. Sunday 1pm-5pm; there will be ‘Music in the Park’ with -IDDLETON"AND from 2pm-4pm followed by a Civic Service at 7pm. All welcome. Monday 10am-6pm, plus a -EDIEVAL0AGEANT as Middleton’s young people re-enact the life of Cardinal Langley starting at 11am Long Street Methodist Church, through Jubilee Park to St Leonard’s Church. The Parish Church bell ringers will be making their contribution too. Listen out! All events are free, but donations are welcome. 6ENUE Middleton Parish Church of St Leonard, New Lane, Middleton %NQUIRIESTHROUGH 01706 365227/01706 650835










Organised by Middleton Town Centre Management Further dates includes 15 July 2012 & 19 Aug 2012 with further dates throughout the year. Runs over three levels in the multi-storey car park of Middleton Shopping Centre on the 3rd Sunday of the month. Just turn up – pay on the day. Free parking available on-site and off-site. 6ENUE Middleton Shopping Centre, Limetrees Road, Middleton 4IME6.30am–2pm 0RICE Cars ÂŁ12, Vans ÂŁ15 %NQUIRIES 0161 653 4990

Milnrow Newhey & Districts Carnival  Organised by Milnrow & Newhey Carnival Committee The parade will journey from Haugh Lane in Newhey to Milnrow where the fun will continue with a much anticipated fete. In celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June, this year’s parade will have a Royal ‘Red, White and Blue’ theme. Please telephone for further information. %NQUIRIESTHROUGH Rochdale TIC 01706 924928 or 01706 649730


.ORDEN#ARNIVAL Organised by Norden Carnival Committee In its 35th year, the Norden Carnival is bound to be good – rain or shine. This year’s theme is ‘The Best of British’. The procession leaves Caldershaw School at 1pm and goes up Edenfield Road through the village to finish at Norden School. At the school, there will be an assortment of food and refreshments, fairground attractions, bouncy castles, craft stalls and other entertainment and activities. 4IME12noon-5pm %NQUIRIESTHROUGH Rochdale TIC 01706 924928 or email:

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Thursday 7 June

Friday 14 September

Mike Denver & the Denver Band

The Johnny Cash Roadshow

Ireland’s most popular country singer and recording artist live in concert on his 2012 tour plus support from Blake & Brazil. Winner of Male Vocalist Award 2011 Hot Country Awards and Entertainer of the Year 2011 in the Country Music Entertainment Awards Show. 4IME$OORSPM 3HOWSTARTSPM 4ICKETSa "OOKONLINEWWWSEETICKETSCOM

Friday 8 June

The Singing Kettle presents Farmyard Party Scotland’s leading children’s entertainers. The audience is encouraged to dress up as a farmyard animal. With fun action and sing along songs. Show approx 80 minutes including interval. 4IMEPM 4ICKETSa &AMILY3AVERaSEATSWITHMINIMUMOF ADULT "OOKONLINEWWWSEETICKETSCOM

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Friday 21 September

Lets Hang On Back by Popular demand the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. For more visit 4IME$OORSPM 3HOWSTARTSPM 4ICKETSa a "OOKONLINEWWWSEETICKETSCOM

Saturday 29 September

Michael Jackson Tribute

Bodybuilding Competition

Friday 5 October

UK Open British Championships #ALLFORDETAILS

The Clone Roses

Sunday 10 June

Saturday 6 October

A Gilbert & Sullivan double bill presented by Oldham Choral Society

Saturday 13 October


Sunday 24 June

The BIG Games A celebration of sport and arts celebrating London 2012 and International year of Co-operative. A range of free taster sessions available in collaboration with local groups and clubs. Special guest: Wenlock, the Olympic mascot. Pick up full programme details or visit Time: 10am-4pm Tickets: Free entry

Saturday 21 July Dance Infusion presents

Movement Mayhem


Clive John and The Spirit Band play a tribute to Johnny Cash with songs including The Ring of Fire, Boy named Sue, Folsom Prison Blues, Man in Black, One Piece at a Time, Forty Shades of Green and many more beautifully complemented by a perfect selection of Clive’s own songs like the hits The Spirit and Purple Sky. 4IME$OORSPM 3HOWSTARTSPM 4ICKETSa "OOKONLINEWWWSEETICKETSCOM


The International Conscious Awareness Network Conference

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Saturday 2 June

The Elvis Show Michael Buble Tribute Sunday 21 October

Paul Daniels Live “Hair Today Gone Tomorrowâ€? Show Paul has entertained many millions of people from all walks of life both in this country and abroad. He continues to enthral audiences of all ages with a unique comedy style that never fails to impress, resulting in a truly magical and memorable experience for all. For more 4IME$OORSPM 3HOW STARTSPM 4ICKETS!LLTICKETSa "OOKONLINEWWWSEETICKETSCOM




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Soul Night Time: 8pm until late. Price: £5 on the door

Saturday 2 June 2012

Saturday Evening Social For further information contact the Box Office. Time: 7.30pm-11.30pm Price: £4.50 payable on the door

August Friday 3 August 2012

Tuesday 9 August 2012

Soul Night

Toy Fair

Time: 8pm until late. Price: £5 on the door

Further dates include: Thurs 9 Aug 2012 Time: 7pm-9pm Enquiries: 01706 624104 or for stall hire and information contact 07779875786

Sunday 3 June 2012

Diamond Jubilee Indoor Street Party A celebration with a 50s’ style concert with the music of Buddy Holly and more, community singing and dancing. Time: Doors 7pm; concert from 7.30pm Price: £10 including supper available from Margaret Schofield 01706 366305 and Enquiries: 01706 624104

Saturday 25 August 2012

Motown Night Featuring all the best in Tamla Motown with the best DJs on the scene. Late bar. Time: 8pm till late Tickets: £5 payable on the door.

Heywood Civic Centre

Friday 1 June 2012

Church Street, Heywood, OL10 1LW


Box Office 01706 624104

Saturday 30 June 2012

Motown Night Featuring all the best in Tamla Motown with the best DJs on the scene. Late bar. Time: 8pm till late Tickets: £5 payable on the door

Link4Life Volunteer Programme

July Friday 6 July 2012

Soul Night Time: 8pm until late. Price: £5 on the door.

Saturday 7 July – Sunday 15 July 2012

National Dance Week For further information see page 11.

Tuesday 17 July 2012

Toy Fair Further dates include: Thurs 9 Aug 2012 Time: 7pm-9pm Enquiries: 01706 624104 or for stall hire and information contact 07779875786

Saturday 28 July 2012

Motown Night Featuring all the best in Tamla Motown with the best DJs on the scene. Late bar. Time: 8pm till late Tickets: £5 payable on the door

Want to gain volunteer experience working at sports events? Want to enhance your CV?

For ages 16+

Come and join the Link4Life Volunteering Programme and take part in any of the following events happening in 2012! Sunday 3 June 2012 Hollingworth Lake Big Water Festival Saturday 23 June 2012 Torch Relay in Rochdale and Heywood Sunday 24 June 2012 Big Games, Middleton Arena Sunday 1 July 2012 Big Games, Littleborough Sports Centre Saturday 7 July 2012 Broadfield Park, Rochdale Saturday 14 July 2012 Big Games, Heywood Sports Village Friday 24 August 2012 Paralympic Games Torch Relay, Heywood Friday 31 August & Saturday 1 September Feel Good Festival, Rochdale Subjec t to satisfac Plus Summer holiday programmes and lots more. to

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Preview Events Guide Link4Life is the trading name of Rochdale Boroughwide Cultural Trust. Registered Charity No: 1118610



Organised by Edgar Wood & THI Initiative Please telephone to find out more about these events: Sam Bamford Radical, the life of the Radical Leader at Middleton Arena on 22 June 2012; Heritage Skills Fair at the Edgar Wood Centre on 14 July 2012 & Family Launch Day for the Golden Cluster Open Days on 31 August 2012. 6ENUE various %NQUIRIESTHROUGH 01706 923124 & 0161 643 4362


Castleton Carnival Children’s Fun Day & Car Boot Sale & Carnival plus lots more. Parade from Chesham Avenue to Mayfield Rugby Club approx 12noon. 6ENUE Mayfield Rugby Club %NQUIRIES 01706 924928 Rochdale TIC or 01706 527103 Mayfield Rugby Club


$ARNHILL3UMMER&ESTIVAL '/,$ Organised by Cartwheel Arts Celebrating 50 years since Darnhill estate was built, at this years’ event we will be launching a community sensory garden, showcasing the Carnival Crew; there will be youth group performances and artwork and it will open with a glittering procession. Community stalls, crafts, sports and attractions, the festival promises to build on the shining community spirit of Darnhill. You can join in the procession – just come dressed in sports gear with a big smile!! For more information email: 4IME12 noon Procession; 1pm Festival Opening %NQUIRIESTHROUGH Rochdale TIC 01706 924928 or Cartwheel Arts 01706 361300



Organised by LEAF A full weekend of dance, processing the Rushcart through the streets of Littleborough with dance spots at various sites around the town. There will be a Friday Folk Night at Littleborough Conservative Club from 8pm till late on Friday 20 July 2012. Meet up with the Rushcart as it progresses around the area; the procession route is yet to be advised, so please contact for details. Saturday 21 July 2012 there will be events in Hare Hill Park including Viking Living History and combat displays. Charity stalls, dog agility disp[lays and much more from about 11am. On Sunday 22 July 2012 in the Square performances will include the Littleborough Band, The Pace Egg Play performed by the Curtain Theatre Group and Morris Dancing from 12 noon. Please refer to 6ENUE Hare Hill Park, Littleborough Square & Hollingworth Lake Visitor Centre, Littleborough %NQUIRIES 01706 924928 (TIC); 07770595730 or 01706 373371



Organised by Middleton Round Table Family fun for all. 6ENUE Limefields Park, Manchester Old Road, Middleton 4IMEFrom 12noon – 4.30pm. %NQUIRIES Please contact Rochdale TIC for further information 01706 924928 or 01706 923124

Walks organised by Rochdale Countryside Service are graded to help you choose walks suitable to you:EASY – A gentle stroll, usually on fairly even ground. MEDIUM – A more energetic walk, possibly involving some hill and moor land walking. HARD – Strenuous walk, often all day, requiring a high standard of fitness.

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2OCHDALE#ANAL&ESTIVAL All welcome. Please refer to for all festival events and information as they are confirmed. 6ENUE Littleborough 4IMEVarious %NQUIRIES 01706 924928


,ITTLEBOROUGH!RT&ESTIVAL Organised by Littleborough Arts Festival Committee Now in its 11th year, this 9 day event aims to promote art within the local community with various workshops for all ages and provide selling opportunities for artists. You could vote for your favourite photograph, see a display of pottery made by local schoolchildren and read their poetry. 6ENUE Littleborough Coach House, Lodge Street, Littleborough %NQUIRIES 01706 379252

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June to Aug 2012 Organised by Colin Meredith & Russell Richardson Rochdale Ghost Walks will run on the first and third Thursday each month – Dates include: 7/6/12; 21/6/12; 5/7/12; 19/7/12; 2/8/12; 16/8/12, with regular dates throughout the year. Private parties for 15 or more catered for; anytime to suit. Ghostly tales and murderous deeds from Rochdale’s past will chill you to the core on these evening walks around Rochdale town centre. After the walk you can warm yourself in the cosy surroundings of the Baum, one of Rochdale’s finest ‘Real Ale’ pubs. 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 07939215458 or email: rochdaleghostwalks@ No need to book; just turn up. Group bookings are necessary.

Rochdale Heritage Trail – Free Walks: June to Aug 2012


Organised by: Link4Life & RMBC

This year’s tour will once again see Colin Fry bring his own unique form of comfort and uplift to ordinary people living ordinary lives, proving once again he IS very much the Peoples’ Medium. 6ENUE Gracie Fields Theatre, Rochdale 4IME7.30pm 0RICE Adults ÂŁ17.50, Concessions ÂŁ16.50 "OOKINGSENQUIRIES 01706 716689 Monday – Friday 11am – 4pm or book online:

Rochdale became the birthplace of the modern Co-operative movement in 1844 when the Rochdale Pioneers opened their shop in Toad Lane. To celebrate 2012 as the International Year of Co-operatives, this guided walks programme, led by a Blue Badge Guide, will show you around Co-op related sites in Rochdale town centre. These free walks based on the Heritage Trail, will include a quick tour inside the Pioneers’ Museum, subject to when it opens and availability. Pre-booking: through Rochdale Tourist Information Centre. Dates for June to August 2012 includes: 2/6/12; 6/6/12; 16/6/12; 21/6/12; 29/6/12; 7/7/12; 11/7/12; 21/7/12; 27/7/12; 4/8/12; 8/8/12; 18/8/12; 23/8/12; 31/8/12; & 6, 7, 8, 9/9/12 for Heritage Open Days 2012. Further dates available throughout the year; please ring for information. 6ENUE Walks start and finish at Touchstones Rochdale, The Esplanade. 4IME Various; duration approximately 1 hour 0RICE Free "OOKINGSENQUIRIES 01706 924928 Rochdale TIC


#OACH4RIPn"EMPTON#LIFFS &LAMBOROUGH(EAD Organised by Rochdale Field Naturalists’ Society A coach trip looking at butterflies, birds and flowers. 6ENUE Depart from the cul de sac, bottom of Manchester Old Road, Rochdale 4IME9am 0RICE Members ÂŁ13, Non-members ÂŁ15 %NQUIRIES 01706 644394

Walks & Tours Sat 28 July 2012

First Thursday of Every Month

Rochdale Town Hall Tour

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Creative Writing Workshops

Organised by Rochdale Borough Blue Badge Tourist Guides Rochdale’s magnificent Grade 1 listed Town Hall is not only a stunning building, it also has a great story to tell about the growth of Rochdale and its’ place in the world. One of Rochdale’s Blue Badge Guides will tell this story whilst taking you on a tour of one of the finest Victorian Gothic town halls in the country. Your visit will include the Great Hall, Gothic Revival architecture, the newly restored Minton floor tiles, and some of the best examples of the last 19th century stained glass windows in the UK. Duration: 2 hours. Further dates available to Ocober 2012; please phone for information. Venue: Meet in the foyer at the Rochdale Town Hall, The Esplanade Time: 1.30pm Price: £3 Bookings/enquiries through: 01706 924928 TIC (Tuesday – Saturday 10am-5pm); Email:; or in person @ Touchstones Rochdale

Sat 30 June 2012

Car Trip – LWT Meresands Wood, Lancashire Organised by Rochdale Field Naturalists’ Society A car trip looking at birds, butterflies and flowers. Pace: easy ramble. Venue: Depart from the cul de sac, bottom Manchester Old Road, Rochdale Time: 10am Price: Free, but contribution to petrol appreciated. Enquiries: 01706 853791 Sat 14 July 2012

Coach Trip – Hatfield Moor, South Yorkshire Organised by Rochdale Field Naturalists’ Society A coach trip looking at butterflies, dragonflies, birds and flowers. Venue: Depart from the cul-de-sac, bottom Manchester Old Road, Rochdale Time: 9am Price: Members £13, Non-members £15 Enquiries: 01706 644394 Sat 28 July 2012

Car Trip – Barley, Pendle, Lancashire Organised by Rochdale Field Naturalists’ Society A car trip looking at butterflies and flowers. Pace: Easy ramble. Venue: Depart from the cul-de-sac, bottom of Manchester Old Road, Rochdale Time: 10am Price: Free, but contribution to petrol appreciated. Enquiries: 01706 853791


Workshops & Talks

Sat 16 June 2012 & Sat 14 July 2012

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Organised by Rochdale Borough Blue Badge Tourist Guides A Blue Badge Guided Heritage Trail to celebrate The United Nations’ International Year of the Co-operatives. Meet Blue Badge Guide Margaret Clay outside Heywood Civic Centre. Duration: 2 hours. Further walks available to Ocober 2012; please phone for information. Venue: Meet at Heywood Civic Centre, Church Street, Heywood OL10 1LW Time: 2.30pm Price: £3 Bookings/enquiries through: 01706 924928 TIC (Tuesday – Saturday 10am-5pm); Email:; or in person @ Touchstones Rochdale

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. Venue: Touchstones Rochdale, The Esplanade Time: Workshops 2pm-3.30pm Enquiries: 01706 924492

Second Tuesday of Every Month Sat 11 Aug 2012

Friends of Rochdale Art Gallery

Coach Trip – Smardale, Cumbria

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. On 12 June 2012 at 12.15pm Paul Talbot Greaves, a professional landscape painter and writer will demonstrate the painting of a watercolour; on 10 July 2012 Derek de Maine, an art historian with a wide knowledge of art and artists will speak about Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525-1569); on 14 August 2012 Donald Holden, a landscape artist and retired art teacher will talk about his work and show his attractive landscape paintings and samples of his cards. Talks cost £2 per person for members; £3 for non-members, which includes refreshments, payable on the door. No booking required. All welcome. Venue: Talks held at Touchstones Rochdale, The Esplanade Time: 12.15pm-12.45pm coffee; 12.45pm1.45pm speaker Enquiries: 01706 924492 or J Orton 01706 643106

Organised by Rochdale Field Naturalists’ Society A coach trip looking at birds, flowers & butterflies. Venue: Depart from the cul-de-sac, bottom of Manchester Old Road, Rochdale Time: 9am Price: Members £13, Non-members £15 Enquiries: 01706 644394 Fri 17 Aug 2012

Milnrow Heritage & Co-operation Organised by Rochdale Borough Blue Badge Tourist Guides A Blue Badge Guided Heritage Trail to celebrate The United Nations’ International Year of the Co-operatives. During this walk, there may be an opportunity to view the excellent exhibition about the role of the Co-operative movement in the area’s villages. The exhibition has been compiled by local historians Bernice Clifton and Margaret Edwards. Meet Blue Badge Guide Maragret Clay outside the Bobbin. Duration: 2 hours. Further walks dates available to Ocober 2012; please phone for information. Venue: Meet outside the Bobbin, Dale Street, (bottom of Kiln Lane), Milnrow, OL16 3LH Time: 2.15pm Price: £3 Bookings/enquiries through: 01706 924928 TIC (Tuesday – Saturday 10am-5pm); Email:; or in person @ Touchstones Rochdale

Sat 25 Aug 2012

Car Trip – Swinden Water, Burnley Organised by Rochdale Field Naturalists’ Society A car trip looking at birds, butterflies and flowers. Pace: Easy ramble. Venue: Depart from the cul-de-sac, bottom of Manchester Old Road, Rochdale Time: 10am Price: Free, but contribution to petrol appreciated. Enquiries: 01706 853791

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Knitty Gritty Organised by Touchstones Rochdale No booking required. Join our monthly knitting circle in Café Life. Bring along your own knitting projects, share ideas and be inspired. Younger knitters are welcome in the school holidays. Free session – just buy a brew! Sessions dates for June to August 2102: 26/6/12; 31/7/12; 28/8/12. Venue: Touchstones Rochdale, The Esplanade Time: 2pm-3.30pm Enquiries: 01706 924492

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THE BIG GAMES - FAMILY FUN EVENTS The BIG Games is a series of events boroughwide to mark this special year. Taking place over four weekends in June and July, it is a collaboration with around fifty different clubs and groups who are taking part to provide a showcase of sports, arts and heritage with FREE taster sessions for all ages. See next page for details of dates and venues and go online to for the complete programme or call into your nearest centre. Activities include everything from Archery to Zumba. Each centre has its own special activities with free swimming as well as indoor and outdoor sports including climbing, mountain biking, boxing, karate, tennis, basketball and a range of dance and aerobics sessions. There will be free goody bags for the first 500 to register on each day and spot prizes as well as the chance to win tickets for the London 2012 Football at Old Trafford in July. It’s a fantastic series of events and all free – come prepared to join in the fun.

THE BIG WATER FESTIVAL SUNDAY 3 JUNE 10AM-4PM HOLLINGWORTH LAKE The BIG Water Festival signals the start of the Rochdale Borough Big Games festival that runs in the borough from June to August. With the event centre based around Lakebank on Hollingworth Lake it takes place over the Diamond Jubilee weekend and if you can’t get to the Thames then celebrate it on one of the North West of England’s finest stretches of water instead. Organised by Link4Life the day offers free and low cost taster sessions at Hollingworth Lake Water Activity Centre, Lakebank. A family day out for all ages – from age 4 upwards - you can fly across the lake on a windsurfer, paddle around the lake in a kayak, glide over the lake in a sailing boat and power through the lake in a rafted canoe. All water sports sessions cost £2 and run every hour on the hour. No equipment is needed (except for a towel and shoes to get wet) and are booked on the day. Free taster sessions on dry land include the Mountain Bike Shore Trax and Climbing Tower with additional face painting and balloon art. Two of Great Britain’s historically strongest sports will also be showcased during the day with Open Days at neighbouring Hollingworth Lake Sailing Club and Hollingworth Lake Rowing Club. The training ground of current World Silver medal yachtsman and London 2012 Olympic hopeful Stuart Bithell, the Sailing Club will give an insight into what it takes to be an Olympic yachtsman with the chance to watch special races from the water as well as take a Clubhouse tour and enjoy panoramic views across the Lake. A low cost taster session on a Racing Dinghy is also available (bring waterproofs, shoes and towel and be prepared to get wet!). Providing 140 years of top class rowing, Hollingworth Lake Rowing Club will also be showing people around their boathouse and club and be running indoor rowing competitions all afternoon with refreshments available.

BIG DANCE WEEK 7-15 JULY 2012 - HEYWOOD CIVIC CENTRE BIG Dance Week is Rochdale borough’s celebration of this national dance festival with a week of free taster sessions and the chance to try a wide range of dance forms. This London 2012 Inspire Project is based around Heywood Civic Centre and is a celebration that involves local groups and dance schools with something for all ages. The festival opens at Touchstones Rochdale Arts & Heritage Centre on Saturday 7 July at the launch event for ‘A Century Later’ an Inspire marked exhibition of contemporary art from the Rochdale borough collections. It then moves to Heywood Civic Centre from Sunday 8th starting with an afternoon of ballroom and sequence dancing plus the launch of the new Sunday Night Dance Club with a lively night of dancing including Latin, Latin Line, French Jive, Rock n Roll, Argentine Tango and Disco. The final weekend has a day of dance for all ages from 2 years upwards with free tasters running all day Saturday 14th from 11am-3.30pm and in the evening a ‘Glad Rags Ball’ with a sophisticated evening of ballroom and sequence with special guests. The festival ends with a ‘Strictly Over 35s Dance Night’ on Sunday 15th July with live music on stage from Johnny Sax and a special Kylie Minogue tribute. Full details of the full week’s programme can be seen on the website or ring Heywood Civic Centre on 01706 368130. Dance experience not needed!

LIGHT A LANTERN PARALYMPIC TORCH CELEBRATION FRIDAY 24 AUGUST 5.30PM-9.30PM - QUEEN’S PARK, HEYWOOD The BIG Games Paralympic Torch Event ‘Light a Lantern’ is Rochdale Borough’s local celebration event as part of the National Flame Celebrations to launch the Paralympic Games. It takes place in Queen’s Park, Heywood starting at 5.30pm with sports taster sessions including cycling, angling, tennis, climbing, seated volleyball, rugby, football, bowling, orienteering and cricket. Live music will also feature as part of the event at the park’s bandstand culminating in the Light a Lantern parade at 8pm led by the Mayor of Rochdale and featuring groups who have participated in lantern making workshops at earlier Big Games events. Admission to the festival and its activities are free and open to all.

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BELLAVISTA 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 342479

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. 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 their 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. (£5 per head deposit required when booking.) Closed 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

VEENAS The Veenas Restaurant Club is a beautiful, authentic Indian Restaurant. The restaurant itself is impeccably laid out, with an elegant East meets West style, where attention to detail and exceptional service is second nature. The Indian food at The Veenas Restaurant is unique in both flavour and quality. They offer sophisticated dishes, laden with bursts of flavour. Indian dishes are authentic recipes made from fresh produce, the finest vegetables and the tastiest meats. Whatever your preference for Indian food; hot or mild, vindaloo or korma - The Veenas Restaurant has something for everyone. 41 York Street Heywood OL10 4NN Book on 01706 366 822 62


Nicky and Andy have certainly put Annabellas firmly back on the map when it comes to fine dining in Whitworth and you are always guaranteed a warm welcome. They have transformed the menu and are now open lunchtime 11-2 Monday to Friday when you can select from their varied lunchtime menu. There are always regular event evening and they offer a mid week special Tues, Wed & Thurs with 3 courses for £10.95 Restaurant open Tues - Sun from 5pm 142 Market Street, Whitworth, Rochdale OL12 8SZ 01706 550303

THE CEDAR TREE AT THE SHEAF 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. 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. Haugh Fold, Newhey, Rochdale, OL16 3RF Book on 01706 842626

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

THE GALLOWS 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. You will not find a warmer welcome anywhere else in Rochdale, this is a real family friendly pub.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) The Gallows Kiln Lane Milnrow OL16 3JW 01706 642898


Rochdale’s premier 5 star luxury guest accommodation, wedding, conference & events venue. 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. Prior booking is essential. For reservations & all enquiries please Tel: 01706 350555 e.mail:


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 £14.90 or just main course carvery at £9.15. On Thursday a special pensioners 2 course lunch is served 12 -1.30pm, only £6.25. Children & toddlers menus available. Early evening special served 5.30pm - 6.45pm only £7.10 Weds Eve Special 4 for 2 in the Carvery when purchasing a bottle of wine. Food served Tues to Fri 12 - 2 & 5.30 - 9.30, Sat & Sun 12 - 8.30. Children & toddlers menus available. Newchurch Road Stacksteads OL13 0UG 01706 879555


This charming public house has been established since 1890 and is now under the new tenancy of Patrick Gerrard who also owns The Radcliffe Suite. There is now a new exciting menu where all the food is cooked from fresh ingredients by their highly skilled chefs. From a great Sunday Roast for £10 to 2 course kids meals for only £4.50 the pub is once again tasting success. Quiz night Thursdays from 9pm Food is served Mon -Thurs 12 - 8 Fri & Sat 12 - 9 Sun 12 - 8 The Success To The Plough,Bolton Road, Marland,Rochdale.OL11 3LW 01706 633270

DEMETRIS CAFE & TAVERNA Situated within the Coach House in Littleborough you will find Demetris Cafe & Taverna. 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. 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. Evening bookings only. Now open Sundays. Littleborough Coach House Lodge Street Littleborough 01706 378481 / 07889 868 954

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 them for a home cooked Sunday roast. Large beer garden & two boules piste. The Healey is the ideal place to start and finish a walk through Healy Dell Nature reserve which is just on its doorstep. Steeped in History The Healey Hotel like its sister pub The Baum has a real welcoming feel. Food served Mon -Sat 11.30am - 9pm, Sun 12pm - 6pm. The Healey Hotel 172 Shawclough Road Healey Rochdale OL12 6LW Book on 01706 645 453

THE BAUM Nicky and Andy would like to announce Annabella’s is now open as a Café / Bistro from 11am – 2pm, Monday to Friday, serving coffees and cream teas and other hot and cold beverages, accompanied by traditional baked favourites including scones, cakes and biscuits.

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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 8 ever changing guest cask ales & cider. Awarded Best Bar None ‘Best Pub’, ‘Best Overall’ & ‘Long Serving Business’ as voted by the public & Rochdale Town Centre Business Awards. Plus featured in ‘The Good Beer Guide’ for the last six years, winning Camra’s Rochdale, Oldham & Bury ‘Pub of the Year’ 2012. Rochdale Ghost Walks start from outside The Baum every first and third Thursday of month. £5 pp. 33-37 Toad Lane, Rochdale. 01706 352 186

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LittLeBoroUgH’s new dining delight Review

On arrival at The Green Door, Rochdale’s newest restaurant, we were quickly greeted by a waitress, who ushered us to a relaxing sofa and promptly served our drinks while we perused the varied menu.


he restaurant offers traditional English dishes, without being too fussy and complicated. There are a variety of starters and main course options, ranging from pate or prawns with smoked salmon to something a little bit more adventurous. The wine list is as well elevated as the food, with plenty of choice to compliment the varied menu. We opted for a very reasonably priced bottle of Furious Boar Zinfandel Californian Rose, which offered refreshing lashings of summer fruits.

Owner and Chef, Graham Sherwin, has made the former New Inn in Littleborough into a light and inviting restaurant, with plenty of room between tables. There were plenty of staff on hand and service was attentive without feeling rushed. The restaurant is closed on Mondays and it is advisable to reserve a table if you’re planning to dine at the weekend. Colin Meredith

The Green Door restaurant has a feeling of organised serenity, and the mainly young staff seemed to be in complete control and made you feel relaxed. 64

The Rochdale, Oldham and Bury branch of the Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA) confirmed the Baum Pub & Bistro on Toad lane, Rochdale, as the outright winner among the eight local pubs chosen to be named CAMRA's Greater Manchester Pub of The Year for 2012. The Baum will now compete against sixteen other regional winners to be named CAMRA National Pub Of The Year. CAMRA believes that pubs remain important centres of community life, so pubs are marked against how inclusive they are, whether they support local events and sports teams and whether they give a sense of pub belonging to the people and the local community.

Steak may be popular, but it is not always cooked to everyone’s particular taste. My sirloin steak was succulent and exactly what medium rare should be. It was complimented with onion rings, mushroom, tomato and a selection of fresh vegetables. My partner’s sea bass was delicious and held the flavour that this delicate silvery-skinned fish should. There was nothing overly fancy or fussy, just satisfying food, prepared by people who obviously care passionately about what they serve.

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Champagne Charlie Now residing in Crete, local actor, director, choreographer and now writer Christopher Beeching’s career spans over fiy years.

Christopher Beeching’s West End debut was in 1970’s at the eatre Royal, Drury Lane, as Brent Tarleton in the first musical version of Gone With the Wind. He has appeared in many other shows and will be remembered in Rochdale for his performance in the title role of Mother Goose at e Gracie Fields eatre in 1996. His book e Heaviest of Swells, Volume I has been called “the music hall publishing event of 2011 and the finest music hall biography you will have read for some time…” Short-listed for the eatre Book Prize 2011, it sheds light onto the life of British Music Hall’s first superstar George Leybourne, also known as Champagne Charlie. His life was always shrouded in mystery, but this book puts the record straight delving deeper than ever before. Taking a detective-like approach, Christopher Beeching comes up with some surprising results, unlocking family secrets as well as other revelations. 66

Drawing from his own theatrical career, and his one-man show based on the life of George Leybourne, he analyses Leybourne’s performance method, working conditions, as well as the deterioration in Leybourne’s health when constant touring took their toll culminating in his death at the early age of 42. Lavishly illustrated in full colour, the book is filled with rare Music Hall Memorabilia, taking you on a magical journey into the 19th century when Music Hall was the entertainment of the day. A fascinating, entertaining and enthralling read. To be in with a chance of winning a copy just enter the competition on page 75. Book retails for £48.50 and is available from Amazon, or direct from website

sUPreMe CoUrt rULe iN FaVoUr oF LoCaL asBestos ViCtiMs Molesworths solicitors of rochdale are here to help you. 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 rochdale's victims of asbestos related diseases are now able to join thousands of other sufferers in claiming compensation after a landmark court ruling. In April of this year, the Supreme Court decided in favour of workers who have died or are dying from exposure to asbestos, placing insurance liability from the time an employee first came into contact with the material and not when the symptoms appeared. The Supreme Court was asked to rule on the issue after some insurance companies refused to accept liability and lower courts failed to agree. The decision means that insurers of numerous companies are open to claims for compensation from people whose family members have suffered from asbestos related diseases. One of the diseases, Mesothelioma is a particular vicious form of terminal cancer that develops in the protective lining of the body’s internal organs, usually affecting the lungs or abdomen. Mesothelioma is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos, however, the signs and symptoms may not appear for many years after initial exposure. Unfortunately the survival rate is extremely poor, with around 75 per cent of sufferers dying within one year of diagnosis. Many Rochdale workers have worked at sites in and around the area where asbestos was present and may have been exposed to the risk of contacting asbestos related diseases. The substance was found at the Ellenroad site and Rochdale was also the home of the Turner Brothers Asbestos factory (latterly Turner & Newall), which at one point was the world’s largest asbestos textile factory. Peter Rhodes, Senior Partner at local Rochdale law firm Molesworths Bright Clegg who have recently negotiated a substantial settlement for a former Rochdale Council employee who worked at the Ellenroad site in 1986 said: "The judgement comes at a time when we are seeing a dramatic increase in people suffering from, or have had family members, suffer from this terrible disease. These people are not asbestos workers but just people going about their normal everyday jobs, like builders, electricians, plumbers and even teachers, who merely came into contact with asbestos products as a result of their work" Peter continued: "As our recent case demonstrates, the symptoms of Mesothelioma can take many years to materialise and although our client contracted the disease back in 1986 it was not until July 2010 that he consulted his doctor after he noticed abnormal abdominal swelling. He was referred to hospital and diagnosed with Mesothelioma of the peritoneum, which is the protective lining of the abdomen. At the time of his diagnosis he was 76 years old, his exposure having occurred some 24 years earlier when he would have been 52. Thankfully our dedicated and experienced team of solicitors were able to successfully settle the claim for a substantial settlement within just ten months of the client first contacting us and we were extremely pleased that we were able to settle this claim for him during what must be a very difficult time for him and his family” If you or a member of your family have any worries about the possible exposure to asbestos then please do not hesitate to contact Molesworths Solicitors on 01706 356666 and speak to one of their experienced staff.

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roYds oF roCHdaLe The Royds became bankers, canal petitioners and trustees of most of Rochdale’s Turnpike roads. Their wealth enabled them to buy land, build mansions, St Clements and St Edmunds Church and become traders, merchants and exporters.

Most people living in Rochdale will know Albert Royds Street and Clement Royds Street and quite possibly Royds Street, but who were the Royds? The Royds have a rich tapestry of history when you look back in the archives of our town, becoming one of Rochdale’s leading families in the 19th century. Local Author, Terry Whitworth, has written a very detailed history of the 18th and 19th century dynasty, which grew from farmerweavers, on the moors above Wardle, to become one of the town’s most prominent and wealthiest families. ‘The Royds of Rochdale’ is a comprehensive book, rich in photographs and maps, providing an enlightened journey into the rich history of the Royds family. 68

With our present lives ruled by the Bank of England’s decisions, it is interesting to read how, although best known in the woollen trade, there grew a line of Royds who took a failing banking business and made it one of the soundest banks in the country. Rochdale had its very own bank notes and, despite its demise, Royds Bank played an important part in the town’s history. The Royds family also had wide associations with many properties in Rochdale. Greenhill was built by Thomas Royds, but was demolished in the 1930‘s and Rochdale High school for Girls was built on the site, which is now Falinge Park High School. John Royds the son of James Royds of Deeplish Hill, also lived at Falinge Hall, which he bought in 1756 and named Old Falinge. The house at Falinge Fold has been kept in quite remarkable condition ever since. ‘The Royds of Rochdale’ also includes various pedigree charts, including surnames such as Fielden, Meadowcroft,

Holdsworth, Woolfenden, Greenwood etc. Terry Whitworth’s book makes a fascinating read for anyone interested in delving into our great town’s heritage. It’s available to buy from Touchstones and George Kelsall’s bookshop, 22 Church St, Littleborough (01706 370244).

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touchstones Creative Writing group is offering any would-be or existing writers the chance to open up a whole new world of creative expression. Discover how to bring words to life at these amusing and vibrant workshops, held on the first thursday of the month, 2.00pm at touchstones arts and heritage Centre. Established three years ago, the group currently attracts around twenty-five people to the writing workshops, led by professional facilitator, Norman Warwick. ‘Touchstones, with its lively, modern interior and diverse, challenging exhibitions, lends a perfect ambience for creative writing,’ explained member Lorraine Charlesworth. She added, ‘Several of us have been published and we get our work out there to encourage others. We enjoy strong partnerships, including those with our funders, Link4Life, and Rochdale Library Services, and with Rochdale’s spirit of co-operation in mind, we seek to engage our writing with all aspects of the arts.’ This year, already, members have performed in sell-out showcases for both Spiral Dance and Skylight Circus Arts, two other revenue-funded arts organisations making positive contributions to the borough. Members also

regularly attend folk ‘n’ poetry nights at The Baum, on Toad Lane hosted, as Just Poets, by Norman Warwick and Robin Parker.

recorded legacy of the festival to show Rochdale in a positive light and hopefully change a few negative perceptions.’

‘We are fully inclusive and all are welcome, of whatever writing or general level of ability,’ explained Chairman keith Salad. ‘We have a standing joke that Norman insults all our members equally, but his attitude encourages people to find their voice through their writing.’

Secretary, Val Chapman explained, though, that Lexicon will be much more than simply multidisciplinary:

With this in mind, Touchstones Creative Writing Group is planning to stage Rochdale’s first annual Lexicon festival later this year. Treasurer Pam Ashton commented, ‘Although we are at the very early planning stages, we are looking at a line up to include poetry and story reading, dialect poetry, monologues, drama, folk-music, clog dancing, interpretive dance and circus skills. We hope to produce a

‘Just Poets enjoy a good working relationship with Multi-Cultural Arts and Media, so we hope to include readings of Sufi poetry, for instance, and elements of Asian dance and music. We recently celebrated Rochdale’s history in the cotton and rope industries with Hanging By A Thread, a Skylight production, but we also want to celebrate the current vibrant arts scene in Rochdale.’ For further details of Touchstones Creative Writing Group contact Norman Warwick, Just Poets, on 01706 670829 or email


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MAKES 10 KEBABS 10 Bamboo kebab skewers 20 Baby onions peeled and blanched in hot water for 5 minutes 1 Bunch fresh basil 20 Small chestnut mushrooms 20 Small vine tomatoes cut in half 30 Queenie scallops – fresh rather than those frozen ones pumped with brine 4 tbsp olive oil 1 Sprig rosemary 1 Clove garlic Juice of ½ lemon METHOD 1) First soak the skewers in water for about 10 minutes – this prevents them from burning on the BBQ. 2) Take each item and place alternate pieces on each stick – for the basil just bend each leaf into quarters and spike with the skewer. 3) In a mini liquidiser blend together the rosemary, garlic and lemon and drizzle over each kebab – season heavily then place over the hot charcoals. 4) Leave for 2 minutes then turn and cook for a further 2 minutes. Do not over cook them, otherwise the scallops will toughen and go chewy. 5) Serve straight away with some nice mixed leaves and a light mayonnaise.

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Heywood Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society Produced and directed by Jo Weetman

The Producers is an ambitious show for any society, but especially one that sets itself the challenge of designing and building their own scenery. It was clean and creative and worked really well with some effective lighting – the extension used for the office was a little tight on space but the performers made it work. Director Jo Weetman chose a fine line up of principles and put them through their paces to pull the comedy out of this production, which is so often missed. Terry Banham, as Max Bialystock, had the audience in the palm of his hand from the outset, with impeccable delivery and comic timing, especially his rendition of ‘Betrayed’. Leo Bloom played by Liam Dodd was competent in the role and though didn’t quite have the same comic value as Terry they did work well together. Elouise Drummond pulled out all the stops with her performance of Ulla who was sassy and sexy. With an ability to act, sing and dance brilliantly, I am certain this is the first of many leading roles for this young performer. This went up another notch when we met Paul Dawson who was a scream in the role of Franz - an outstanding performance! Roger De Bris played by John Weetman and Martin White in the role of Carmen were a perfect couple. Keep it Gay was a definite highlight for me.

With the youngest line up of principles I’ve seen in The Producers, I knew it was going to be an interesting interpretation. I have to say it was one of the best productions of this show I have seen. It was slick, energetic and it really zipped along keeping the whole audience well entertained. The only area that lacked for me was the costumes, which needed much more attention to detail in terms of making it fit to the period. With so little else to criticise I must congratulate Heywood on a great production. n

Musical Director Julia Killick put together a superb band and kept the pace brilliantly and along with some excellent choreography, provided by Jill McIntosh, it really was a perfect combination.

Michael Jones McCaw Review courtesy of NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association).


Rochdale Phoenix Opera Society The Curtain Theatre, Rochdale

Producer - Peter Shellard, Musical - Director Jon Gibson

Due to the space available in this theatre, the orchestra were located in the wings to stage left, but were visible to the audience (depending on where you were sat in the theatre), so it was a pleasure to watch the musicians put through their paces with some beautiful playing and wonderful sweet tones. This show was sung in English and divided into three acts. The sets looked lovely and the changes worked well. The props also worked well and were used with different covers in different scenes and the costumes were very in keeping with the period. The principals did a great job, with Jane Hyde taking the role of Violetta and playing it beautifully, with the character’s change in

health along the way. Well done on the hair and make up changes in the different acts. Alfredo was played by Robert Driver, who only a few days before had no voice at all, but performed with gusto and I’m sure the audience would never have known. Flora Bervoix, played by Charlotte Exley, looked stunning, had lots of stage presence and a lovely voice to match. John Ramsdin played Giorgio Germont expertly with a wonderful tone and demeanour. The smaller parts all worked hard to fulfil their roles and the real strength of this show was the collective voices of the whole cast who sounded wonderful and filled the auditorium. Jon Gibson should be very proud of his work, which paid off greatly. Rochdale Phoenix Opera Society perform one show per year, rotating a programme of light opera, grand opera and Gilbert & Sullivan to an appreciative audience. This show was no exception, playing to an audience who enjoyed the show thoroughly. I had a lovely evening in the company of some very experienced and talented opera performers. Well done to everyone involved in this challenging production. n Sharon Drummond Review courtesy of NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association).

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In the last edition of Style we announced the launch of our Hospice at Home service. We are pleased to say that the first nurses will be ready to go out into the community on 11th June. In addition to Hospice at Home, we will also be piloting a Hospice at Home Plus service, which will concentrate on a night sitting service. Both of these services are designed with the patient in mind, and to work in collaboration with other service providers such as Macmillan and District Nurses.

GOLDEN TICkET BALL Christine Webb, who has been the Chief Executive at Springhill Hospice for over 15 years has decided to retire – early as she reminds everybody! There will be a number of events with Chris, who will be missed by all at Springhill, culminating in a Black Tie “Golden Ticket Ball” on Saturday 15th September.

If you are interested in learning more about these exciting new services please contact Sheila Johnson on 01706 649920.

SUMMER FAIR Our summer fair this year is on Sunday 8th July (apologies for the typo in the last edition). With over 40 stalls and attractions this will be a great day, with free entry for all! For further details, please see our website.

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Jubilee Events To round off your own week of Jubilee celebrations, we are hosting two events. On Saturday 9th June we are holding a Best of British Street Party in the Springhill Suite at Springhill Hospice. Tickets are just £15.00 each, including supper and music by Johnny Sax! We also have a Vintage Jubilee Afternoon Tea on Friday 8th June at Springhill Hospice, just £10.00 per person. All monies raised go to Springhill Hospice so please come and enjoy our events and support a very worthy cause!

Registration for our Midnight Walk on 14th July is now open, and this year we are letting the boys join in! Entry is £12 per person including a poncho, t-shirt, bacon butty and medal at the finish line! The 13k circular walk starts and finishes at Middleton Arena and is one of our most loved events – it is fun and an enjoyable evening/morning for all walkers. If you haven’t registered yet and would like to do so, please contact Alison McGuigan on 01706 649920 or you can download an entry form via our Facebook Page or website

Dates for your diary: Friday 8th June – Vintage Jubilee afternoon tea at Springhill Hospice, £10 per person, a lovely afternoon for everyone to enjoy. saturday 9th June – Best of British street Party at Springhill Hospice, £15 per person including supper and entertainment from Johnny Sax. sunday 8th July – summer gala day at Springhill Hospice – over 40 stalls and attractions to see, and free entry for all. Park and Ride available, please call the fundraising team for further details. saturday 14th July – Midnight Walk - 13k circular walk starting and ending at Middleton Arena.

For details or further information on any of the above please contact the Fundraising Department on 01706 649920, email or call into Springhill Hospice, Broad Lane, Rochdale, OL16 4PZ.


COMMUNITY NEWS alanced B ly e in F y r o t is H Rochdale Rochdale's history of rope-making and cotton mills was brought to life recently, in community arts collaboration ‘Hanging By A Thread’. The performance recalled forgotten sounds of mill hooters, flying shuttles and spinning jennies. The project was led by Skylight Circus Arts and also included performances from Spiral Dance, Just Poets, False Knight and Miranda Nicholls. Members of Touchstones Creative Writing Group also

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Stars of Eastenders, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks and Waterloo Road recently took to the pitch to raise funds for Rochdale youngster Adam Kutereba. The celebrity football match raised over £3000, which will go towards sending nine year old Adam, who has cerebral palsy, to America for life changing surgery. The soap stars played a series of friendly 11-a-side football matches at Sacred Heart football ground in Rochdale. Famous faces included Danny Miller, best known for his role as Aaron Livesy in Emmerdale, Matt Lapinskas who played Anthony Moon in Eastenders and Shameless actor Elliott Tittensor. For more information or to donate please visit


FEEL GOOD AT NEW CAFÉ The Feel Good Café has now opened its doors in Rochdale's new retail emporium, located above 25 Ten Boutique, on the corner of Yorkshire Street and Cheetham Street.


Feel Good Café manager, Lindsay Wigglesworth said, "We offer a first class service and will be running various themes and events throughout the year, especially around the Feel Good Festival in August. Local business Brown’s Cakes are supplying our cakes and our fresh produce is sourced locally from Rochdale market. We are very much a community café and the response so far has been very positive.” The Feel Good Café is open Mon-Sat 9am-4.30pm and serves hot and cold food, drinks and desserts. To celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Feel Good Café is launching a traditional afternoon tea for 2 people. This includes a selection of sandwiches, homemade scones served with clotted or fresh cream & strawberry jam, a selection of cakes and a pot of tea (or coffee). Afternoon tea will be available daily after 2pm and will cost £15.95.

A fundraiser who has helped needy children in Eastern Europe for 17 years has been crowned the new Rochdale Woman of the Year. Carol Hartley received the award at a special luncheon at Rochdale Town Hall, which over 300 ladies attended. Since 1995, Carol has been the co-ordinator of the Rochdale branch of the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child appeal, which sends shoeboxes full of goods to orphans in Belarus and other poor parts of the world. She also set up The Belarus Fund, helping orphaned children in Belarus.

ZEN INTERNET OPENS NEW DATA CENTRE Zen Internet, one of the UK’s leading independent Internet Service Providers (ISP), has recently opened its new purpose built data centre at its Rochdale headquarters. The data centre was officially opened by the Mayor and Mayoress of Rochdale, Councillor Alan Godson and Gillian Brown, who were joined at the event by Zen’s guests and colleagues for a presentation and tour of the new facility. Zen is investing £4m in its new data centre as part of its continuous infrastructure development. The company was founded in Rochdale and has stayed firmly rooted in Rochdale where its heart lies, with nearly half of its employees living in the local area.

e u aq Le by ug R he T gn si De u Yo ld Cou World Cup Mascot? Organisers of the Rugby League World Cup 2013 have announced that the official mascot for the tournament will be designed by one lucky fan through a nationwide competition. Each Rugby Leaque World Cup host will nominate a design from their area to go forward to the final judging panel. Then the best four designs will be chosen and displayed on the RLWC 2013 website. The public will then help to choose the winner with an online vote. The closing date for entries is Friday 29th June, with the official

launch scheduled for October 2012. Mark Widdup, Service Director at Rochdale Borough Council, said, “We’re proud to be hosting the Rugby League World Cup here in Rochdale and are encouraging as many young people as possible to submit a design. Just imagine the feeling of walking out with the teams before the Rugby League World Cup Final 2013 with the eyes of the world focusing on you and the mascot you brought to life!.” For details of how to get involved and to download an application form visit


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Pupils from across the borough were buzzing after having the chance to become “Bee-fects” for the day. More than 100 children gathered at St Mary's Church in the Baum, Rochdale, for an afternoon of bee related activities organised by the Manchester based Co-operative College. The bee is the symbol of the Co-operative Movement and the day was organised to celebrate 2012 as the International Year of Co-operatives and Rochdale being the World Capital of Co-operatives. The church became a hive of activity, as pupils dressed up as bees, played co-operative games, enjoyed honey tasting and learnt about how bees behave co-operatively. Connor Widdup, 10, from Shawclough Primary in Rochdale, said: “It has been a really fun day and I’ve learnt lots about bees and working together.” 80

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