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EDITOR Colin Meredith


STRAWBERRY SPARKLE Fundraising fun at Nutters


FASHION TIPS Winter trends 2012-13


PRIDE OF ROCHDALE Celebrating local volunteers


CHRISTMAS BEAUTY Tips from our expert


EDITOR’S WELCOME Happy 8th Birthday Style


BEST IN BUSINESS Rochdale award winners


STYLE EXCLUSIVE Benidorm’s Tim Healy

49-56 PREVIEW 8-page What’s On Guide


SIMPLY SPELLBINDING Rochdale Amateur’s new musical


ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS By Motoring expert, Mark D’Apice


ROCHDALE SUPERSTAR Meet Gracie’s biggest fan


GOOD FOOD GUIDE Dine out in Style this winter

14-16 CO-OP PAYING DIVIDENDS Rochdale: Capital of the Co-operatives


AMBER’S ANGELS Rochdale pets in safe hands


STYLE EXCLUSIVE Local actress Sue Devaney


KID’S PAGES Festive fun


MAYOR FOR THE DAY Fancy the top job?


WHATS COOKING? Andrew Nutter’s latest recipe


WATCH THE BIRDIE Get tweeting!


CURTAIN CALL Local theatre reviews


DISCOVERING PILATES At The Physiotherapy Clinic


COMPETITIONS Fantastic prizes up for grabs!


CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE Stylish shopping in Rochdale


HOSPICE NEWS Recent events at Springhill Hospic


RETAIL THERAPY Christmas gift ideas


COMMUNITY Catching up with life in Rochdale


REET GOOD READ Local book reviews


MAGIC MOMENTS Dan Dan The Magic Man


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Over one hundred guests attended the GEM Appeal Strawberry Sparkle luncheon held at Nutters Restaurant in Norden. The ladies-only annual event included a drinks reception and three-course lunch, devised specially




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Hundreds of people attended the recent Pride of Rochdale Borough Awards held at the Middleton Arena. The awards aim to celebrate the borough’s most inspirational volunteers, community groups and sports stars, with over 40 individuals and groups shortlisted. The 250 guests were treated to live music from Rochdale Brass Quartet, Heywood's Voice Choir and Japanese drumming group Tantara Taiko.

Congratulations to the winners‌ Young Volunteer of the Year Jade Martin Education at the Heart of the Community Norden Community Primary School Sports Coach of the Year Donna Hankinson Good Neighbour Doreen and Michael Bamford Sports Volunteer of the Year John Percival

Connecting Communities Heywood Active Citizens Literacy Changes Lives Bushra Zulfiquar Involving Volunteers Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust's expert patient programme Sports Club of the Year Rochdale Company of Archers Disabled Sports Achiever of the Year Aaron Wood Sports Achiever of the Year Stuart Bithell Changing Lives Through Wellbeing Jade Martin Community Group of the Year Disabled People for Learning in Rochdale Volunteer of the Year Tony Roberts Unsung Hero in Sport Robert Heaton

Message from the editor EDITOR Colin Meredith

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Welcome to our winter edition of Rochdale Style. Style is celebrating eight years of promoting the positives of Rochdale, both in business and pleasure. The economic climate has totally changed in that period and the landscape of our town is also changing dramatically. The arrival of the tram in 2013 will mark a much-heralded transformation of our transport system, together with the opening of the travel interchange next to the new council offices Number One Riverside. These positives changes for the town are having a slightly negative effect on the number of people visiting our independent shops, due to lengthy road closures. Some shops are tricky to get to at the moment, but if you have a look through our gift guide you will see that it really is worth the trip, as they have plenty to offer this Christmas. This edition is packed full of places to dine and things to do

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this season, plus plenty of Christmas gift ideas. We also have two exclusive interviews with Benidorm’s Tim Healy and local actress Sue Devaney. Join us on or follow us on Twitter @RochdaleStyle – we love to hear your thoughts on the magazine. I would like to wish all our readers and advertisers a Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year. I hope you enjoy this edition and look forward to bringing you more good news about Rochdale in 2013. Colin Meredith, Editor


Tim Healy

Popular actor Tim Healy is probably best known for playing Dennis Patterson in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, and Les/Lesley in ITV comedy-drama Benidorm. Other numerous credits include Dave the security guard in Waterloo Road and the father of Sean Tully in Coronation Street. He also played the father in West End musical Billy Elliot.


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Style caught up with Tim to discuss false boobs, crazy fans and life in the limelight…

work. Their dream was to go over, make money and come back to buy a house. But of course, once you get out there it all goes wrong.

What was your first acting role?

What projects are you working on at the

I watched my dad on stage when I was a boy; he


used to play all sorts of parts. When I was 11, he

A new series called The Spa, which starts in

was doing Finian’s Rainbow and he asked me to

February on Sky. It’s set in a health spa and it’s

play Henry, the little black boy.

all about the different therapists and the women

I used to watch my dad do his makeup and I

who come in for their 10-day weight loss plan,

insisted on doing my own, so I blacked myself

colonic irrigation etc. It’s a comedy by Derren

up – it wouldn’t be allowed now - but forgot to

Little, the writer of Benidorm. I play the odd

do my legs, so I went onstage the first night with

job man Eric.

a black head, black arms and little white legs! That was my first role and then I just fell in love

Will you be back for a sixth series of Benidorm

singing or acting?

with the whole thing.

or the rumoured Benidorm film?

I went to Durham Technical College to do

Yes, I’m back filming in March. No film at the

drama and music. The music department wanted

You’ve had many varied roles in your career

moment, we’re doing 7 one-hour episodes

me to be an opera singer and the drama

so far, but which has been your all-time

again… they might make a film after that,

department wanted me to be an actor, so I chose


you never know.

to be an actor. I think I chose the right one.

On stage it was a play called Operation Elvis,

I still love singing though. I think that’s where

where I played a little boy who thought he was

our favourite scenes from the last series have

my son has got it from - he used to watch me

Elvis Presley. I was 25 and played an 11-year-old

to be the Baywatch scene and your Lady gaga

in bands. I taught him to play the guitar and

boy! The story was between my character Malcolm

tribute… is the Benidorm set as much fun as it

drums… but now he’s a much better guitar

and a little boy who had cerebral palsy. The little


player than me and a much better drummer

boy’s dream was to go on a boat and I eventually

It’s brilliant, we just laugh all day long. I get

than me!

find a way to get him on a boat trip. It was an

frustrated though, cause I’ve got all that gear on,

education thing I did around all the schools. We did

the false eyelashes and all the makeup – and at

so your son has caught the entertaining bug?

90 performances in eight weeks. We’d go to a

lunchtime everybody dives in the pool, but I’m

Yes my big lad, Matt, is a singer and musician

school, unload the van, put the set up, do the play,

not allowed in. Everybody else is filming in

and he’s doing really well now. His band has

knock it down and onto the next school… and they

shorts and I’ve got false boobs on and a flippin’

been signed and played on Radio One. They’ve

were the happiest days of my life.

wig and its 90 degrees! It’s hard work, but great

got a Radio One playlist so listen out for them,

I think my most successful television role was

fun and it’s a great part.

they’re called The 1975.

Dennis in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. I just think it was

My youngest lad was in Wilmslow’s Got Talent

so clever; it made a statement about fascist Britain

do you prefer stage or screen?

at Wilmslow High School. He’s in a drama

and the fact that the construction industry had gone

I like theatre the best, because you can just

group now and wants to be an actor.

in England and the poor guys had to go abroad to

go on and tell a story; start at the beginning and take the audience with you, through to

Would you advise it?

the applause at the end.

Well, he’s very good so yes. It’s something that

Television is very technical, you’re waiting for

you can’t teach. You can only help them with

the weather, you’re hanging about, you do things

technique and stuff like that and teach them

back to front and you don’t necessarily film

things about how cameras work. It’s a bit like

things in sequence. It’s a bit like a jigsaw.

singing - you can either sing or you can’t sing you can either act or you can’t act.

Comedy or drama?

I wouldn’t let him on a film set as a young boy

Well it depends; I like comedy-drama where

though, he needs to wait until he’s older and

you’re making a statement. To be able to make

learn what the job is about.

people laugh and cry… that’s a great thing.

Acting has to be something that you don’t just

I was a stand-up for 7 years and a court jester at

want to do, you need to do. I’ve been an actor

medieval banquets. I’ve done straight stuff as

forty years, but still have to audition and

well though - lots of Shakespeare.

sometimes don’t get the part. It’s really hurtful. But my advice, for anyone who needs to do it, is don’t let anybody put you off. cont’d


Dennis in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet

do you have any crazy fans?

us about her sons’ Simon and Mikey. We thought

What would you love to work on in the

About 20 years ago a woman used to follow me

she was doing a great job setting the charity up,


everywhere, but she stopped when I got married

so we became patrons and we’ve supported her

I would love to have done more movies. I’ve

to Denise. She once sat outside a film set for 12

and The Gem Appeal ever since.

done a few, but I’m mainly a television, theatre

hours waiting to see me and she used to be on

and radio actor.

the front row of my plays. When I wasn’t on

Will you and denise still be hosting the gem

stage she’d take pictures of me out of her

appeal Ball?

handbag and start looking at them and when I

Yes we’re still great friends. Same as normal,

Nah, nah, nah, I’m too much of an Englishman

walked back on she’d start watching the play

nothing has changed there. We’re hosting the


again. She was a bit strange!

You could still go to Hollywood?!

Winter Ball and I’ll try and make the Summer Ball if I’m not filming Benidorm.

What do you get up to when you’re not

Your private life has been in the spotlight a lot recently, how do you cope with it all?


Well Denise is, you never see me. She talks

I do a lot of charity work. I’m ambassador of

about me a lot but I don’t talk to the press. I like

Children North East [helping children & young

to have a private life, so any publicity you see

people in the North East who live below the

about me is either about my work or it’s what

official poverty line] and we’ve been given some

Denise has said.

funding from the People’s Postcode Lottery.

To me it’s just a job that I love. I’m still

We’ve transformed a terrace house into a

passionate about it and still get excited about

fantastic drop-in centre. Yesterday I was teaching

it now.

them all how to cook! My hobbies are clay

I’m the same person that I always have been.

pigeon shooting, snooker and golf.

Fame can change a lot of people. What happens is, when you get famous, the world changes

are you a good golfer?

towards you. That’s what happened in my

Not bad, in the middle! I’ve won a few British

situation, I’ve just stayed the same person.

Celebrity Tours. My handicap is 17.6. I’m lucky if I get to play once every six months though. one of the charities you support is the gem appeal in rochdale; how did you first become involved? Denise and I met Karen [Johnson] and she told 8

Tim at The Gem Appeal Ball

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ochdale amateur operatic society (raos) are currently in rehearsal for their next exciting production ‘Witchfinder’, at the gracie Fields theatre 20th-23rd Feb 2013. the new musical promises to be a spellbinding show, with a score that has even been compared to that of West end favourite Les Misérables. The 2009 world premiere in Mossley scooped five major accolades at the Greater Manchester Drama Federation Awards, including Best Book & Lyrics. A review from the premiere raved, “... a remarkable tale ... almost every tune is a winner, from big ensemble songs that stir, to ballads that romanticise ...”

Paul Genty, Oldham Evening Chronicle.

so what’s all the excitement about? The story is set in 1612 and Jacobean England is still reeling from the Gunpowder Plot and the implications it has for the people and the King; a king fearful of those who do not practice the faith of the state. Against this backdrop, Witchfinder introduces the story of two young lovers from different classes and backgrounds, thrust together in a melting pot of politics and suspicion, fuelled by fear and an over zealous desire to hunt down the evildoers - whether they exist or not. Prejudice, power, love and honour all vie for supremacy in both the corridors of power in London and the simple village life of Pendle in Lancashire.

This is a not just another musical. With a cast of 20 characters plus company, it has a script that has the weight of a pure drama but with soaring songs, beautifully orchestrated. Add to this an array of powerful and absorbing characters; real people, real lives... but with tragic and heart rending consequences. Here at Style we’re on the edge of our seats already! We’ve just snapped up our tickets for this thrilling new production and we hope you’ll join us in supporting a very talented society.

CoMPetitioN - We’ve teamed up with rochdale amateur operatic society to giveaway a pair of tickets to see the show. to be in with a chance of winning just enter our competition on page 75.


OurGracie This January marks the 116th birthday of Rochdale’s own superstar: Dame Gracie Fields.

Sebastian Lassandro. Sebastian wasn’t even born when Gracie died, and yet in his past five years of collecting and researching the great lady he has become one of the leading experts on Gracie, assisting British Heritage in their Blue Plaque placement and the BFI in showing ‘This Week of Grace’ in 2011.


rom humble beginnings above her grandmother’s fish and chip shop in Molesworth street, to the enchanted isle of Capri, during her 60+ years in showbusiness grace stansfield, the mill girl from rochdale, became the favourite of Kings, Queens and most importantly to her: the ordinary working lads and lasses. Whilst Gracie’s popularity suffered at the hands of the British press during the Second World War, her down to earth, no airs-andgraces style recaptured the hearts of the West End and the world when she made her Palladium comeback in 1947. Now, some 65 years after her comeback her name is being kept alive and preserved by the legacy of the ‘Dame Gracie Fields Appreciation Society’, and its President

Sebastian has amassed a museum-worthy collection ranging from hundreds of signatures, photographs, programmes, 78 records, sheet music and even personal effects of Gracie’s, including stage-worn costumes, headscarves and her 1940 USA export visa, birth certificate and private unreleased home recordings of Gracie in her later years. He has just returned from his sixth visit to the Isle of Capri this summer, where he is one of a few fans who tends to her grave, bleaching and cleaning the white marble and ensuring its upkeep is preserved for years to come.

2500, and boasts many rare and exclusive television clips and appearances of Gracie unavailable elsewhere. They boast a core of Gracie experts in their own field, from those interested in the recordings to those interested in the personal side, the DGFAS is the place to go whether you have a Gracie query or want to share your love and appreciation of the great Gracie. Sebastian is always looking to extend his Gracie collection, so don’t hesitate to contact him if you have a photograph, a 78 or anything Gracie related, or just want a conversation with a Gracie collector and researcher, he would be delighted to hear from you. He also does talks and lectures on the life of Gracie and is available for bookings for any type of event or group.

“The charm,” he says, “is that Gracie had a fascinating life, and she truly was the first lady of the British Music Hall stage. As time has moved on, Gracie remains mainly unforgotten for her massive war-efforts, overshadowing the likes of Anne Shelton and Vera Lynn. Whilst she still does have a loyal fan base, Gracie should be properly recognised and remembered for what she was. She could set the audience crying or laughing in the same song; had a vocal range opera singers envied, but never lost her Rochdalian groundings.” The Dame Gracie Fields Appreciation Society, based online, holds the internet’s greatest resource of Gracie photographs, in excess of 07557536917 The Dame Gracie Fields Appreciation Society: Find us on Facebook 12



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ROCHDALE’S GLOBAL AUDIENCE AN INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE WAS HELD IN MANCHESTER ON 1ST NOVEMBER, FOR A NEW MOVIE TELLING THE INSPIRATIONAL STORY OF THE BIRTH OF THE CO-OPERATIVE. Fact is more compelling than fiction for “the rochdale Pioneers” – starring John Henshaw, who is known for roles in “Born and Bred”, “early doors” and “Looking for eric” - which tells of 28 men who battled a backdrop of poverty and prejudice and whose principals are still changing the world almost 170 years later. It was the Rochdale Pioneers’ vision for a better social order, which inspired them to overcome such adversity to form the Rochdale Equitable Pioneers Society in 1844. Fed up with dishonest and corrupt shopkeepers, selling poor quality products at high prices, they decided to take matters into their own hands. By pooling the few resources they had, the group managed to get enough money together to open their own shop and pledged to only sell quality, unadulterated products, sharing the profits fairly with their customers. The shop, on Toad Lane, Rochdale, was only small and stocked just a handful of products, like butter, flour and sugar, but the idea itself was revolutionary and the way they did business fundamentally different in its nature. The tale is particularly powerful as from these somewhat humble and unassuming beginnings it is estimated that there are now 1.4 million individual co-operative enterprises globally securing the livelihoods of over three billion people!

Mark Robinson-Field, The Co-operative’s National Co-operative and Membership Manager, said: ”The original Rochdale Pioneers set out the principles that became the basis for how co-operatives around the world still operate to this day – a remarkable story of struggle against adversity that is just as relevant today. We believe that the time is right for this inspirational story to be re-told to a new generation.” The International Premiere was held at The Exchange Auditorium in Manchester – close to the site of the Peterloo Massacre in 1819, where friends and family of some of the Rochdale Pioneers were amongst the 80,000 strong crowd charged by cavalry when they gathered to demand the reform of parliamentary representation. the film had its television debut on Film4 on 11th November. if you missed it log on to to find out where you can watch it.

That’s why, today more than ever, the story of the Rochdale Pioneers is one to inspire others to change their own world by making a difference in the society they live in. The film was commissioned by The Co-operative Group – whose own origins can be traced back to the Rochdale Pioneers – and, produced by The Co-operative British Youth Film Academy whose directing duo of Adam Lee Hamilton and John Montegrande, in the true spirit of collaboration, recruited many of the cast and crew from the local community to work alongside the established actors. 14

The Manchester premiere on 1st November

NEW GRAPHIC NOVEL UNCOVERS RADICAL ROOTS OF THE CO-OPERATIVE MOVEMENT The history and principles of the co-operative movement, which began in Rochdale in 1844, have been turned into a stunning 80 page graphic novel to shine a new light on the origins of the co-operative movement and celebrate “the most successful grassroots campaign the world has ever known”.


t is well known that 28 weavers and artisans got together and established a co-operative shop on toad Lane, rochdale in 1844 – and this went on to kick-start the global co-operative movement.

What is less well known is the links between the Rochdale Pioneers and the radical politics of the day – their aim was so much more than the provision of unadulterated, affordable food. Friends and family had fallen at the nearby Peterloo massacre and they were determined that the failing campaign of ‘votes for all’ would not be for nought. In addition to the new historical context, the novel tells of the incredible diversity of the 1.4million cooperatives that now operate across the world (from snake catchers in India to the supporter-owned FC Barcelona). It also explains how scientific thinking has evolved in recent years to recognise that cooperation is a major driving force in nature – equalling the power of selfish genes. Paul Monaghan, Head of Social Goals and Sustainability at The Co-operative, said: “The story of the Rochdale Pioneers is incredibly relevant to the challenges the world faces today. Back in the nineteenth century, the political establishment would not tackle the ills of democracy or poverty, and so the Pioneers and thousands of communities took action themselves. Today, the world over, new revolutionaries are tackling everything from feeding a growing population to generating clean renewable energy.” Author Paul Fitzgerald said: “As a social justice campaigner, and an active member of the Cooperative movement, bringing this story and its characters to life again was an intense and often moving experience - we hope the end result will resonate deeply with everyone who craves a sense of hope and optimism in these challenging times.” The novel has been commissioned to mark the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives, 2012 and is available in paperback and e-book formats. More information about the novel can be found at

We have two copies of the novel to give away. to be in with a chance of winning a copy just enter our competition on page 75.


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Rochdale Pioneers Museum housing the "spiritual source of the co-operative movement" has reopened after a £2.3m renovation.

the revamp of the Pioneers Museum has included conservation work and the addition of new learning spaces. The Museum, at 31 Toad Lane, incorporates the original Co-operative Society shop and has been updated to include new visitor facilities and displays from the co-operative archive, including the first minute book of the Rochdale Pioneers. It has also brought in new members of staff to work with schools, colleges and the local community. Museum Guide, Clare Hirst, who comes from Rochdale explained: “We’ve been waiting for this moment for months, we’re very excited and feel privileged to have seen this museum go through what it’s come through and finally open to the public.” “We do think that education is vital, it was a principle written by the Pioneers, and we’d love children and families to be able to come to the Museum and use it as an educational source to learn about their local heritage.”

The Museum received a grant of £1.5m from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Sara Hilton, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund North West, said: “The development of the co-operative movement is an important part of our social history – both for local communities and for people across the world. “By safeguarding the collection and redeveloping the Rochdale Pioneers’ building, this project means that more people will have the opportunity to learn about and be inspired by the wonderful story of the co-operative movement.” The re-opening of the Museum coincided with Co-operatives United in Manchester, which marked the end of the International Year of Cooperatives. Over 1,000 people, from all over the world, made the trip during Co-operatives United to visit the home of the modern Cooperative Movement. The Pioneers Museum, on Toad Lane in the 1960’s.

A party of visitors from Brazil visit the museum as part of their visit to The Co-operative EXPO in Manchester.

Councillor Colin Lambert, Dame Pauline Green and Sara Hilton at the re-opening of the Rochdale Pioneers Museum.

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Top comedy actress Sue Devaney is a well known face of stage and screen. Coronation Street viewers will remember her as Kevin Webster’s little sister Debbie, while Emmerdale fans will have seen her play Debbie Dingle’s midwife, in the recent live episode. She has also starred as Jane, the toast lover, in hit sitcom Dinnerladies and paramedic Liz Harker in Casualty. Sue has graced the cast lists of some of the country’s most popular television programmes

When did you first start performing? When I was 7, I did tap, ballet and acting at Syke

leading lady, but I was always cast in the comedy sidekick role… I see why now!

and most well-respected theatre productions. She

Junior Theatre Club. My tap teacher was called

is also a comedy writer and performer and one

Maureen and I still see her now for the odd

Workshop and got my very first role at Yorkshire

half of the double act Mave and Maureen.


Television, playing Mildred Bailey in In Loving

Style caught up with Sue to discuss her

I used to do variety shows and little

When I was 14, I went to Oldham Theatre

Memory, with Dame Thora Hird. And I got my

exciting career, the dark side of comedy and the

pantomimes at Whitworth Civic Hall and

first soap aged 16, playing Debbie Webster in

things she’ll do for a dishwasher…

remember always wanting to play the glamorous

Coronation Street.


Do you prefer comedy or drama? Bothreally,Ilikeplayingreallyinteresting parts.Ithinkthatgettingolderhasmademea betteractressbecauseofmylifeexperience.To beagoodcomedyactorIthinkyouhaveto haveadarkside-theyalwayssaythatcomedy isaseriousbusiness.Alotofcomedycomes fromthestressesoflife,justseenfromanother angle. What have been your favourite stage and screen roles? MyfavouritestagerolewasMariHoffinJim Cartwright’sTheRise&FallofLittleVoice, earlierthisyearatBoltonOctagon.Andmy favouritetelevisionrolewasplayingMad B*****d,askinheadgravedigger,inaChannel FourfilmcalledTheRealEddieEnglish–Ihad toliveonanallotmentforthreemonths! Did you enjoy filming Emmerdale Live? Yes,Iwasveryproudtobeapartofthe40th Anniversaryanditwasanamazingexperience, withover400cast&crewinvolvedand35 cameras. Thecastandcrewweresofriendlyandmade mefeelreallywelcome,eventhoughIwasonly cominginforoneepisode. IhadsuchalaughwithCharleyWebbwho playsDebbieDingle;wehititoffthemoment wemet.SheaskedmewhyonearthI’dagreed todoaliveepisode-shecouldn’tthinkof anythingworse.Isaid‘well…Ineedanew dishwasher’. Were you nervous? Wherethere’sfaiththere’snofear.What’sthe differencebetweenstandingupinfrontof400 peopleinatheatreand10millioninastudio?! Liveactingexcitesme. Certainlifeeventshavecausedmetosuffer fromanxietyanddepression.ButI’matanage whereI’veworkedthroughmostsituationsand nowgrabanyopportunitieswithbothhandsand livefrommomenttomoment. Do you think you would make a good midwife?! No,butIliketopretend!MyfriendGailNaylor helpedmetoresearchtherole.Sheworksatthe LiverpoolWomen’sHospitalandtookme throughthescript,trainingmefortwodays withthemidwives.Ibasedmycharacterona ladytherecalledAngieDean.Spendingthat timewiththemwasamazing;theydoa fabulousjobandworklonghours. Actually,mybestmatesaidIwasaterrific birthingpartnerwhenshegavebirthtomy beautifulgodson…Ikeptcrackingjokesand moppingherhead!

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world.ButwouldIgoback?YES! What would be your dream role? PuckinAMidsummerNight’sDreamorEdith PiafinPiaf. What are you working on at the moment? I’vejustfilmedanewBBCcomedycalled LaplandwithSueJohnston.IplayamadDIY shopassistantwhowantstobethemanager. I’vealsojustfinishedfilmingShamelessand it’sbeengreattobeapartoftheverylastseries (Episode9,airednextyear).I’mplayinga womancalledMindywhohashadtoomuch botox,(sadlytheydidn’tletmehaveany!)and she’stryingtogetawayfromhercontrolling husband.It’stypicalShameless-verystrong issues,butatthesametimeveryfunnyand overthetop. InOctober,IwasinCurtainUpattheColiseum (there-openingofOldhamColiseum);areview showwherewedidsketchesfromsuccessful showssuchasTheRockyHorrorShowandFur Coat,NoKnickers.OurMusicalDirector, HowardGraygavemeNonJeNeRegrette RienbyEdithPiafandIlovedit.MrFriel,my FrenchteacheratHowarthCross,wouldhave beenveryproud.

What projects would you love to work on in the future? Ijustfeelluckytobeworkingandstilldoing somethingthatI’vealwayswantedtodo.I’m reallyhappytobedoingmoretelevisionwork atthemoment.Buti’dlovetoworkwith VictoriaWoodagain. What advice would you give to aspiring actors? Trynottotakerejectionpersonally.It’satough industry-notforpeoplewhowantsecurity, routineorregularmoney.Butit’stheonlything I’veeverknownorwantedtodoandifanyone feelslikeIdidwhenIwasyoung,therewillbe nothingthatcanstopthem. WhatIloveaboutmyprofessionisthatthe phonecanringanytimeandwhiskmeoffon mytravelsyetagain.Ohhangon,it’sringing now…it’smyagent…itmightbetheRoyal ShakespeareCompanywantingmetoplay PuckinAMidsummerNight’sDream…!

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Rightnow,I’minrehearsalforCinderellaat SheffieldLyceumTheatre.I’mplayingFairy FannyBobbins…onwiresdoingsomersaults!! Weopen2ndDecemberandrununtil5th January. Do you watch yourself on television? No,butmaybeIshould…onedirectortoldme toclosemymouthabit,becauseIwouldn’t likeitwhenIsawitplayedback!Youcan becometoocriticalifyouwatchyourself though. Would you ever go back to Corrie? Well,DebbieleftandmovedtoSouthamptonto becomeahairdresser.Maybeshecouldcome backwithhairextensionsandamobilebeauty salon?Ormaybeshehasanallotmentnowin HebdenBridge?!Whoknows?Onlythesoap

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Ever wondered what it would be like to be Mayor of Rochdale borough? One local young person will find out as they are elected ‘Mayor for the Day’ following an exciting new competition. The winner will gain a unique insight into what it’s like to be the borough’s first citizen. the competition, being run by rochdale Borough Council, is open to all 11 – 16 year olds in the borough. to enter all you have to do is email or write (max 300 words) on the subject of ‘What would i do if i was Mayor for the day?’. The winner will be chosen by the Mayor, Councillor James Gartside. They will be officially unveiled to the media and public at the full council meeting in February 2013 and then take up the role for a day in March. As part of the duties, the winner will be escorted around that day’s engagements in the Mayoral car, accompanied by Councillor Gartside, who has promised to provide some helpful tips. They’ll get to meet the community and generally get a taste of what it’s like to be Mayor.

The real Mayor, Councillor James Gartside, said he is actually looking forward to having a day out of the spotlight: “One of the questions I am asked nearly every day is ‘what is it like to be the Mayor?’ This is an opportunity for someone to find out, and it’s the first time Rochdale has run such a competition. It will give a young person a very memorable day and the chance to learn more about what the council does for the community. We may well be seeing the Mayor of the future making his or her first public appearance!” The closing date is 31 January 2013. Send your entry to or post it to: Mayor for the Day, Committee Services, PO Box 15, Town Hall, Rochdale.

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1. Go to the Twitter signup page: 2. Create an account. Your username can’t have spaces, so many people just use their real name without the spaces. For example, our Twitter account is @RochdaleStyle. You could also use the first part of your email address before the @ symbol. 3. The next step is to see if your friends are on Twitter. This will look through the addresses in your email address book. You can skip this part if you prefer. 4. Twitter may show you some of the celebrities that are on Facebook and ask you to ‘follow’ them. You can skip this step or ‘follow’ a few of your favourites to see what they’re up to. Don’t worry you can always ‘Unfollow’ them at a later date if they start to get on your nerves! 5. The next page that asks how you are doing is your main Twitter page. Type in something and click update to send your first 'tweet' which is a Twitter message. 22

You can search to find people who may have a Rochdale connection and/or similar interests to you. You could start by following family, friends, local people and businesses, so you will more than likely receive a response to your tweets. You can also respond to other people’s tweets by ‘re-tweeting’ or commenting on them. Twitter can also work wonders for those with local businesses. Sam Flynn trains businesses in using social media to help them win more business. She commented: “Twitter is a great platform for getting your message out there and interacting with others. So, make sure you are saying things that will appeal to those you want to connect with. Add value to their day with your tweets, so you stand out from other users. Another important action is to ENGAGE! Speak to people, reply to what they are saying and build relationships!”. Follow Sam @_SamFlynn.

Here are some Rochdale tweeters you can follow and they will more than likely follow you back… LOCAL BUSINESSES… Style Magazine - @RochdaleStyle Rochdale design company - @ten94design Alison Seagrave at Macaroon - @yourmacaroon C’est Chic fashion accessories - @CestChic1 Paul Clark at Rochdale award winning architects @CJPRchitects James Campbell Associates - @JCA_Design Rentruck Rochdale - @Rentruck Rochdale Ghost Walks - @ghost_walk 25TenBoutique - @Kelly25Ten / @Paul25Ten Moss Lodge Hotel - @MossLodge The Waterside Restaurant - @watersidelboro Rochdale Gifts - @GiftyLady Roller City Rochdale - @Roller_City Ladies Only Gym - @ladiesonlygym Starstuck Talent Agency - @rochdaletalent Just Bras lingerie - @JustBras The Baum Pub - @TheBaumRochdale Denis Hope designer fashion - @denishope Brett Harkness Photography - @brettharkness Rochdale Emporium - @Rochdaleemporium Craven & Murray Opticians - @cravenandmurray ICloud comparison - @icloudcompare Nutters Restaurant - @nuttersofficial ROCHDALE CHARITIES… Syke Community Base - @Sykebase Rochdale Childer charity - @RochdaleChilder The Salvation Army Rochdale Songsters - @RCSongsters Rochdale Amateur Operatic Society - @rochdalemusical Springhill Hospice - @SpringhillHosp SPORTS CLUBS… Rochdale Football Club - @RochdaleFCNews The Rochdale Jets netball team - @ROCHDALEJETS Rochdale Cricket Club - @RochdaleCricket Rochdale Swimming Club - @RochdaleSC Rochdale Lacrosse Club - @rochdalelax Rochdale Cycling Club - @RCyclingClub OTHER USEFUL TWEETERS… Rochdale Jobs - @Rochdale_Jobs Rochdale Sixth Form College - @RochdaleSFC Rochdale Town centre - @RochdaleTown Rochdale Pioneers Museum - @PioneersMuseum Link4Life - @Link4Life Touchstones, Rochdale - @Touchstones Simon Danzcuk, Rochdale’s MP - @SimonDanzcuk Rochdale Council - @rochdalecouncil North Rochdale Neighbourhood Police @GMPRochdaleNrth South Rochdale Neighbourhood Police @GMPRochdaleSth Rochdale Rochdale Rochdale - @RochdaleX3 Rochdale Exchange Shopping Centre - @RochdaleExch Rochdale Round Table - @RochdaleRT55 Littleborough Local news & events - @littleboroughlo The Wheatsheaf Shopping Centre - @WheatsheafFC

JOB VACANCY AT ROCHDALE WE'RE LOOKING FOR AN ENTHUSIASTIC AND HIGHLY MOTIVATED SALESPERSON TO JOIN THE ROCHDALE STYLE TEAM. This is a commission only part-time position starting in January 2013 with completely flexible hours. We're looking for someone to work under their own initiative, in and around Rochdale, building relationships with local business people. Over the past eight years, we have developed close friendships with many of our advertisers and we're looking for someone who can build on this. We're looking for a friendly, positive and reliable person who doesn't take rejection personally. We are NOT looking for someone who can recite the same lines and do the 'hard sell'. Most importantly, we need someone who is enthusiastic about Rochdale Style Magazine, so if you're a fan it will definitely help! We're a 'good news' family-run publication and are dedicated to sharing our belief that Rochdale is a great place to live. The magazine is published quarterly, so workload will vary throughout the year, with the majority of work required in the six weeks preceding each deadline. Sales experience is not essential. Own vehicle would be an advantage.

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Features Editor, Ruth Meredith discovers the numerous benefits of Pilates at The Physiotherapy Clinic… Having suffered from recurring neck pain for far too long, i decided to seek the friendly, expert advice of physiotherapist Lisa sharratt, at the Physiotherapy Clinic, Bamford. as i suspected, one of the main contributing factors Lisa identified was my posture, made worse by my job as Features editor, hunched over the computer for hours on end. i’m also a photographer and the weight of the camera around my neck, pulling my head forward, all added to the strain on the joints and discs in the spine. the bad news - i have awful posture. the great news - if i act now i can prevent, or at least reduce, the number of future episodes… not to mention the couple of inches i’ll gain from standing up straight! LisarecommendedPilatesaspartofa long-termmanagementplanandexplainedthat spinalproblemscanbesignificantlyimproved ifabdominalmusclesaretrainedcorrectly. Pilatesisallabouttrainingthosetinycore musclesyoudidn’tevenknowexisted. Followingactivationofthecorestability muscles,armandlegmovementsareadded,to loadandstrengthentherestofthetrunk musclesandreducethestressandstrainonthe spine.

JosephPilatesdevisedtheoriginalexercise techniques,whichformthebasisoftoday’s Pilatesmethods.Hewasthoughttohavebeena sicklychild,growingupinGermanyattheendof lastcentury.Hedevelopedequipmentandan exercise/breathingprogramme,toenablehimto overcomethissickness.DuringtheFirstWorld War,hehelpedrehabilitateinjuredpatientsin hospitalwiththesesameexercises,withgood results.Inthe1920’s,heemigratedtotheUSA andsetupastudiothatincludedapparatuson whichtheexercisesmaybepractised;an approachthatbecameverypopularwithinthe dancecommunity. TheoriginalPilatesMethodhasbeen modifiedbyseveralgroupstoincorporatecurrent

medicalandbiomechanicalthinking.The AustralianPhysiotherapyandPilatesInstitute (APPI)isonesuchgroup.Allmembersarefully qualifiedphysiotherapists,implementing modifiedPilatesintopreventionandrehabilitation ofmusculoskeletalproblems.Forfurther ThePhysiotherapyCliniccurrentlyhasa fantasticspecialofferofjust£10perclassifa courseofsixispaidforinadvance.You’realso requiredtocompleteaninitialone-hour assessmentwhichis£40.Therearelunchtimeand eveningclassestochoosefromandyoucan progressthroughbeginner,intermediateand advancedclasses.

Withtheconcernsovermyneckpain,I decidedtojoinoneofthesmallPilatesclasses, heldupstairsinthestudioatThe PhysiotherapyClinic.Instructorsarechartered physiotherapists,sowillmodifythesessionto suitindividualproblemsandwithamaximum ofsixparticipantsperclassyoureallyfeellike yourgettingexpertattention. I’mnowbeginningmythirdPilatescourse (sixsessionspercourse)andcandefinitelyfeel animprovementinmycorestability, flexibility,muscletoneandawarenessofmy posture.Thesessionsarealsoagreatwayto relax,yetre-energise…strangebuttrue. Otherparticipantsonthecourseinclude peoplewithback,shoulder,hipandknee complaints,tonamebutafew.Butyoudon’t needaphysicalcomplainttoreapthebenefits ofPilates–improvingcorestabilitywillhelp preventanyfutureproblemsandit’salso perfectforanysportenthusiasts.

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style magazine went along to george Kelsall’s Booksellers in Littleborough, to search for those perfect Christmas stocking fillers. this traditional bookshop is also a reseller of books and offers many publications with a local flavour; here are just a few…


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adventurous and enthusiastic freelance press photographer,

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reference Librarian in Rochdale. A fascinating nostalgic read

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‘The time is right for the emergence of a Rochdale Creative Foundation', writes local author and broadcaster, Norman Warwick, of Just Poets.

rochdale boasts more than a dozen revenue funded arts organisations and they are regularly seen at major borough events. there is even an arts forum, at which representatives of these organisations meet to exchange their success stories and to occasionally explore joint funding applications. the arts forum members are now all housed on one website at; a site which clearly shows how much creative talent there is in rochdale. Looking at the effect of the current economic climate on arts organisations and civic centres, there seems to be an urgent need to review and plan a borough-wide arts strategy, linking the arts to our social economic needs. Rochdale will eventually require a dedicated and purpose built arts venue to facilitate the arts in addressing a warning set of social indicators that include low literacy levels, low cultural engagement, low youth employment and low life expectancy. So why does Rochdale need a creative boost? A vibrant arts community can massively attract tourism to an area and even help to regenerate impoverished towns and communities. A strong arts quarter attracts shops and shoppers and even new industries and services. Across the UK, examples can be seen of successful arts strategies. Close to home the Lowry Centre, Salford, has encouraged footfall to multi-media locations and events around a previously rundown area. Wakefield 36

recently opened a modern arts venue, celebrating the work of Barbara Hepworth and The Jerwood Centre will open in Hastings, as the latest of such arts-led ventures. A borough with a vibrant artistic community challenges the orthodox, celebrates the innovative and embraces the challenges and changes of the future, whilst retaining the best of the traditional. Arts generate income and wealth and help build a quality of life that attracts investment. This in turn, offers vibrant local lifestyle opportunities, encouraging talented and enterprising young people to remain living locally and contribute to the community by developing individual creative thinking. In doing so, they could stimulate the enterprise, courage and creativity to help

Rochdale turn its history of industrial revolution and co-operation into a model for the 21st century. There is plenty of evidence to suggest that encouraging our borough artists would contribute to social cohesion, good mental health, happiness and wellbeing and help Rochdale to reach its full creative potential. We need the revenue funded and freelance artists of the borough to step forward, speak as one voice from a rochdale Creative Foundation and create wider awareness of rochdale’s excellence in the arts. People still don’t know where to find us and we must change that. are you interested in joining a new rochdale creative foundation? get in touch and let us know your thoughts. email

CELEBRATING ROCHDALE ARTS Touchstones Creative Writing Group hosted a LeXicon festival in September celebrating a day of words, poetry, music and dance. The eventful day included contributions from Skylight Circus Arts, Spiral Dance and bards from The Baum. The Mayor of Rochdale Cllr. James Gartside supported the event and watched some of the live performances.

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Just over a year ago, local youngster daniel rhodes decided he wanted to become a street magician, following in the footsteps of his idol, dynamo. the nine year old has since become well known around rochdale for bringing magic to the lives of everyone he meets.


he Newhey Community Primary school pupil recently flummoxed oldham athletic directors, players and spectators with his impressive magical illusions. While watching oldham athletics victory over Preston North end at the o2 day in an executive box at Boundary Park, daniel decided to provide some magical entertainment and showed off some of his best card tricks. the directors enjoyed daniel’s tricks so much that they led him straight to the directors' and Players' Lounge for another performance, before taking him to entertain the fans. He’s since been booked for his first professional job with JD Williams, quickly followed by a booking from Preston North End Football Club. Daniel has also convinced his mum, Lisa, to let him audition for next year’s Britain’s Got

Talent and he’s already busy perfecting his tricks to impress the judging panel. “He leaves packs of cards and bent spoons all over the house!” says Lisa.

Daniel a few new tricks. Another professional magician Mark Hartley has also been very kind to Daniel and even given him some of his tricks, which Daniel was over the moon with.”

Daniel, a member of Starstruck Talent Agency, is also a keen actor and has starred in Morrison’s commercials and the ‘Who Will Stop Jack Frost?’ horror spoof ad campaign for the AA’s Home Emergency Response Service. He also appeared in BBC1's ‘Turn Back Time, The Family’ in the 1970s. Lisa commented, “When we’re on the train down to London for auditions, he’ll walk up and down the train showing his tricks to people - he speaks to everyone.”

Daniel recently wowed the Style team with his magical illusions and we think the cheeky chappy has certainly got a bright future ahead of him… let’s keep our fingers crossed that the BGT judges agree!

Lisa added, “Wherever we go there is always a crowd around Daniel as he entertains people with his tricks… even when we’re shopping in Asda! We recently bumped into professional Rochdale magician, Andrew Jordan, when we were in Asda, Rochdale. He and Daniel had a ‘magic-off’ and a big crowd gathered to watch them. Andrew has even been round to show

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Matthew Houlding: More Places To Get Away From It All On show at Touchstones Rochdale 15 December 2012








Heritage Attractions


Live Music, Concerts & Dances


Markets & Fairs




Street Events & Festivals


Theatre & Performing Arts


Walks & Tours


Workshops & Talks


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

Weds 26 Dec 2012

A Mixed Media Exhibition by Rochdale Artists

Mince Pie Special

Organised by Littleborough Coach House 6ENUE Littleborough Coach House, Lodge Street, Littleborough Time: Monday-Saturday 11am-4pm Enquiries: 01706 378481

Film Cinema listings

Organised by Rochdale Odeon Cinemas Baby Odeon (parent and baby screening) every Wednesday morning. 6ENUE Rochdale Multiplex Cinema, Sandbrook Park, Rochdale Time: Various "OOKINGSENQUIRIESTHROUGH 0871 22 44 007 or web site

Thur 10 Jan 2013

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

How to get there GMPTE Enquiries 0161 228 7811 or visit a GMPTE Travelshop

A film by Gordon Yates: A Taste of Islay Organised by Rochdale Field Naturalists' Society 6ENUE Cutgate Baptist Church, Edenfield Road, Rochdale Time: 7.30pm Price: Members ÂŁ2, Non-members ÂŁ3 "OOKINGSENQUIRIES 01706 630707

Not listed? If you would like your event listed free in a future issue of Preview then email us on or post details to Rochdale TIC (address above). Photos and editorial, max 75 words, also welcome. Link4Life cannot guarantee to include all requests and may edit submissions at their discretion. Deadline: Fri 18 January

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

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Heritage Attractions Sat 1 Dec 2012 to Mon 24 Dec 2012

Santa Specials Organised by East Lancashire Railway Fun for all the family at this regular festive event. Children will receive a gift from Santa. Parents can enjoy a mince pie and festive tipple. Dates: 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 20-24 December 2012. Prebooking is essential. 6ENUEEast Lancashire Railway, Bury & all stations. Price: Please telephone for details "OOKINGSENQUIRIES0161 764 7790 (10am-4pm) or book on-line on

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Fire Service Museum Open Day

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Organised by Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum Please refer to museum for further information. 6ENUEMaclure Road, Rochdale Time: 10am-4pm Price: Free Enquiries: 01706 901227

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Heritage Attractions

Sat 1 Dec 2012 to Sat 5 Jan 2013

Sun 9 Dec 2012

)N3TEAM#HRISTMAS&AIRWITH4HE Moonshiners 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 live music from The Moonshiners, sing carols with a brass band and visit the Christmas Fair stalls. 6ENUEEllenroad Steam Museum, Elizabethan Way, Newhey, Rochdale Time: Admission from 11am; with steaming from 12noon-4pm Price: ÂŁ3 Adult, ÂŁ2.50 Concessions, ÂŁ8 Family Enquiries: 07789 802632

Organised by East Lancashire Railway Pre-booking is essential. 6ENUEEast Lancashire Railway, Bury & all stations. Price: Please telephone for details "OOKINGSENQUIRIES0161 764 7790 (10am-4pm) or book on-line on

,IVE-USIC #ONCERTS Dances Sat 1 Dec 2012

Christmas Carol Concert Organised by the Friends of the Edgar Wood Centre & THI Initiative Rochdale Girls’ Choir will support the final event in Middleton’s celebration of its medieval past. Donations will be in aid of the Restoration Fund. Seasonal refreshments will be available. 6ENUE Long Street Methodist Church & the Edgar Wood Centre, Long Street, Middleton Time: 7pm "OOKINGSENQUIRIES0161 643 4362

Sat 5 Jan 2013

Rochdale Town Hall Organ Recitals Organised by Oldham, Rochdale & Tameside Organists’ Association The launch of the Rochdale Town Hall Organ Centenary with Ronald Frost from St Ann’s Church, Manchester performing on the Binns organ. 6ENUERochdale Town Hall Time: 12noon prompt Price: ÂŁ8 Adult, ÂŁ6.50 Concessions & Members – entrance by programme available on the door Enquiries: 01706 924775

Fri 15 February 2013

"IG3HOT3WING"AND6ALENTINES Dance Organised by Heywood Civic Centre 6ENUE Heywood Civic Centre, Church Street Price: ÂŁ10 Time: Doors 7pm for 7.30pm "OOKINGSENQUIRIES0300 303 8399 Monday to Friday (9am – 4.30pm)

Saturday 1 December 2012

A Christmas Spectacular Organised by Rochdale Youth Orchestra An evening of festive music and carols. 6ENUEGracie Fields Theatre, Hudson’s Walk Time: 7pm Price: ÂŁ9 Adults; ÂŁ6 Concessions; ÂŁ1 Child Enquiries: Sue Verity 01706 631942 "OOKTICKETSIn Person/Phone: Touchstones Rochdale 01706 924928 (Tues-Sat 10am-5pm) or at the door on the evening.

Fiona Curran: swim to the other side of the pool (detail)

15 December 2012 – 9 March 2013 Fiona Curran’s paintings and assemblages of found and made objects present real and imagined landscapes where the boundaries between the natural and the artificial are blurred. This exhibition will feature a number of new works that re-present images of scenic views dating from the 1960s, transforming them through the use of different fabrication processes including print, collage and tapestry. The 1960s were a period marked by the rapid advance of new technologies, the development of the consumer society as we know it today and the emergence of environmental politics, it therefore offers a rich symbolic reference to be explored in the present.

Matthew Houlding: More Places To Get Away From It All 15 December 2012 – 9 March 2013 Matthew Houlding’s sculptures draw us into a fantastic, retro-futuristic world, where bespoke and meticulously built environments celebrate Modernist architecture and the pursuit of utopian ideals. The exhibition features two significant bodies of work, Sons of Pioneers (2009) and The Chemosphere (2010). Houlding has exhibited widely in Britain and Europe and is represented by Ceri Hand Gallery.

Echoes of the Edwardian Era

"LOOM 16 February 2013 to Spring 2014 The beauty of flowers has inspired centuries of art and design. This exhibition celebrates the significance of flowers and how floral motifs feature in our Museum and Art Gallery collections. Learn how local botanical societies collected and stored specimens, explore the wonderful language of flowers, be amazed by the varied Museum objects on display and look out for a special knitted installation at the front of the Touchstones Rochdale building which will expand to Broadfield Park in the spring. This exhibition includes hands-on activities to inspire our younger visitors.

Gallery One Shows Martin Jenkins: Landscape and Light 5NTIL*ANUARY

Martin Jenkins uses photography, video and sculpture to express his thoughtful observations of urban and rural landscapes. The unusual structures of his corrugated cardboard sculptures invite the viewer’s participation through touch and sight. The exhibition represents his ‘journey’ as an artist from 1990s Rochdale College evening classes to a Bradford School of Art MA.

Touchstones Rochdale


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OPEN: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm. Free entry. Closed for Christmas 23-26, 30-31 December 2012 & 1 January 2013

ATIC Studios: Compulsive 26 January – 13 April 2013


Photographer Ian Clegg and sculptor Angela Tait are artists who have been collaborating on creative projects since 2010. Their practice addresses their individual obsessions and collections which are explored through the combined mediums of ceramics, sculpture and experimental photography.

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.

Family Friendly Events All children must be accompanied by an adult (max. 3 children per adult). Where booking is required please note this can only be made in the two weeks prior to the event on 01706 924492 or in person at Touchstones Rochdale.

"UGS "EASTIESAND"EAUTIFUL"LOOMS All things bright, beautiful, wriggling, buzzing and hovering will be the focus of this exciting workshop based on what you might find alive in the garden. Come along and help artist Cat Jessop create a giant garden mural made up from all the handmade flowers and bugs you will make in this fun session. For ages 5-12 years old. Drop-in activity – no need to book. 4UES&EBsAM PM\&2%%

Construct A Sculpture Inspired by Matthew Houlding’s sculptures on display in the Art Gallery, make your own colourful sculpture to take away. &ORAGES "OOKINGESSENTIAL &RI&EBsAM NOON\&2%%

We welcome applications for Gallery One exhibitions from anyone who lives or works in the borough of Rochdale – just ring 01706 924492.

Young People Event For 13-25 years. Booking is essential – parental consent forms will be sent out when booking on to the session for young people under 18 years. Ring 01706 924492 to book.

Create Consult: Retro-Futuristic Sculpture Working with an artist find out more about Matthew Houlding’s contemporary sculptures inspired by architecture and create your own work in response. 4HURS&EBsPM PM\&2%%

Holiday Quiz

3AT$ECTO3AT*AN3AT&EBTO3AT&EB FREE Drop in during normal opening hours – no booking required. Complete the quiz and get your chance to be entered into the free prize draw.

Image: Matthew Houlding, The Chemosphere (detail). Image courtesy of the artist and Ceri Hand Gallery. Photo Jonathan Shaw.

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Sun 2 Dec 2012

Mon 18 Feb – Fri 22 Feb 2013

Flea Market

Go4it Half Term Holiday Junior Activities

Organised by Heywood Civic Centre 6ENUEHeywood Civic Centre, Church Street Food available all day. Time: 9am-4pm Price: Tables ÂŁ10 in advance; Entrance: ÂŁ1 Adults; 80p Concessions Enquiries: 0300 303 8399 or 01706 624104

Sun 9 Dec 2012

Farmers Market Organised by Littleborough Events and Associations Forum Please refer to for further details. Further dates include: There will be no market in January 2013, trading for 2013 starts 10 February & 10 March 2013 with further dates throughout the year. Produce available includes delicious meats, vegetables, chutneys, cakes and cheeses and local crafts. 6ENUEConservative Club, Peel Street, Littleborough Time: 10am-3pm

Organised by Link4Life Contact your local leisure centre and pool for what’s on during the February half-term school holidays. 6ENUES Bowlee Park Sports Centre 0161 643 4907 Heywood Sports Village 01706 924000 Littleborough Sports Centre 01706 756602 Middleton Arena 0161 662 4000 Rochdale Leisure Centre 01706 926000 Touchstones Rochdale 01706 924492 See the full programmes online at

Sun 16 Dec 2012

Third Sunday of the month 3UNDAY-ARKET#AR"OOT3ALE Organised by Middleton Town Centre Management 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. Further dates include 20 January 2013 & 17 February 2013. 6ENUEMiddleton Shopping Centre, Limetrees Road, Middleton Time: 6am–1pm Price: Cars ÂŁ12, Vans ÂŁ20 payable on the door Enquiries: 0161 653 4990 No pre-booking facility, simply turn up on the day.


Annual Christmas Concert Organised by Chimera Opera Society For further information please ring 01706 343163. 6ENUESpotland Methodist Chapel, Tenby Street, off Rooley Moor Road, Rochdale Time: 7.30pm Price: Tickets available on the door; please ring for details.

Weds 19 Dec 2012 to Sat 22 Dec 2012

Christmas Markets

Peter Pan

Tues 5 Feb 2013

4OY4RAIN&AIR Organised by Heywood Civic Centre 6ENUE Heywood Civic Centre, Church Street Time: Doors 6.30pm Price: ÂŁ1.50 Enquiries: 01706 624104 (Monday to Friday 9am-4.30pm)


Organised by Gracie Fields Theatre Let your dreams take flight at Gracie Fields Theatre this Christmas. Join Wendy, Michael and John as they take off to Neverland with the boy who never grows up, Peter Pan - starring Nikki Sanderson from Coronation Street and Dawn Bellamy from Heartbeat. 6ENUEGracie Fields Theatre, Hudson's Walk, Rochdale Time: 24 December - 1pm & 5pm; 25 December - no shows; 26 December – 1pm & 5pm; 27 December – 2pm & 6pm; 28 December – 2pm & 6pm; 29 December – 1pm & 5pm; 30 December – 1pm & 5pm; 31 December – 1pm. Price: Adults ÂŁ17.50, Concessions ÂŁ15.50, Groups 20+ ÂŁ12.50, Family Ticket ÂŁ52 (2 Adults, 2 Children). "OOKINGSENQUIRIESTHROUGH or for on-line ticket sales or box office 0843 208 0500

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Organised by Colin Meredith & Russell Richardson Rochdale Ghost Walks will run on the first and third Thursday each month – Dates include: 6/12/12 & 20/12/12; 17/1/13; 7/2/13; 21/2/13 with regular dates throughout the year. Please note there will NOT be a walk on 27/12/12 & 3/1/13. 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. Ghost walks suitable for adults and children. All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 6ENUE Meet at the Baum, 33-37 Toad Lane, Rochdale OL12 ONU Time: 7.30pm-9pm (approximately 90 minutes) Price: ÂŁ5 (all classes) "OOKINGS%NQUIRIES 07774152620 or 07939215458 or email: No need to book; just turn up. Group bookings are necessary.

Coach Trip – Old Moor Nature 2ESERVE 3OUTH9ORKSHIRE230" Organised by Rochdale Field Naturalists' Society 6ENUE Depart from the cul de sac, Manchester Road, Rochdale Time: 9am Price: Members ÂŁ13, Non-members ÂŁ15 Enquiries: 01706 644394 Sat 29 Dec 2012

Car Trip – Todmorden Area, Calderdale Organised by Rochdale Field Naturalists' Society 6ENUE Depart from the cul de sac, Manchester Road, Rochdale Time: 10am Price: Free, but contribution to petrol appreciated. Enquiries: 01706 853791 Sat 12 Jan 2013

Coach Trip – Carssington Water, Derbyshire Organised by Rochdale Field Naturalists' Society 6ENUE Depart from the cul-de-sac, Manchester Road, Rochdale Time: 9am Price: Members ÂŁ13, Non-members ÂŁ15 Enquiries: 01706 644394 Sat 26 Jan 2013

Car Trip – Dunham Massey Parkland (NT), Cheshire

Sat 9 Feb 2013

The Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan

Sat 9 Feb 2013

Reindeer Parade


Dec 2012 to Feb 2013

Organised by Rochdale Field Naturalists' Society 6ENUEDepart from the cul-de-sac, Manchester Road, Rochdale Time: 10am Price: Free, but contribution to petrol appreciated. Enquiries: 01706 853791

Sun 2 Dec 2012 Organised by Rochdale Town Centre Management Company 6ENUE Starts at the top of Yorkshire Street then parades down the Butts Time: 12noon Enquiries: 01706 926676 or

Rochdale Ghost Walks

Sat 8 Dec 2012

Mon 24 Dec 2012 to Mon 31 Dec 2012

Organised by Rochdale Town Centre Management Company Venue: Lower Yorkshire Street Enquiries: 01706 926676 or


Organised by Rochdale Phoenix Opera Society Tickets will available on the door. For further information, please ring 01706 370287. 6ENUESpotland Methodist Chapel, Tenby Street, off Rooley Moor Road, Rochdale Time: 7.30pm

#OACH4RIPn7INTERSETT2ESERVOIR Anglers Country Park, Yorkshire Organised by Rochdale Field Naturalists' Society 6ENUE Depart from the cul-de-sac, Manchester Road, Rochdale Time: 9am Price: Members ÂŁ13, Non-members ÂŁ15 Enquiries: 01706 644394

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Car Trip – Whalley Area, Lancashire

Lancashire Dialect Evening

Organised by Rochdale Field Naturalists' Society 6ENUE Depart from the cul-de-sac, Manchester Road, Rochdale Time: 10am Price: Free, but contribution to petrol appreciated. Enquiries: 01706 853791

Organised by Edwin Waugh Lancashire Dialect Society Poems, pathos, rhymes and laughter; further dates include 9 January & 13 February 2013. 6ENUEJarvis Street Methodist Chapel, Jarvis Street, (off Whitworth Road) Rochdale Time: 7.30pm prompt Price: Donations welcome. Enquiries: 01706 343163

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Touchstones Creative Writing Group


Organised by Touchstones Rochdale Now independently constituted, the Touchstones Creative Writing Group meets monthly to encourage and promote creative writing. Encouraging the positive health and wellbeing benefits which can be gained through expressing yourself with creative writing, the group welcomes new members, both would-be and existing writers, to join in. Sessions led by Norman Warwick, Just Poets. Please phone for details. 6ENUETouchstones Rochdale, The Esplanade Time: Workshops 2pm-3.30pm Enquiries: 01706 924492

A talk by D Hudson – Local Postal History Organised by Littleborough Historical & Archaeological Society New members welcome. 6ENUELittleborough Coach House, Lodge Street, Harvey Room Time: 8pm, refreshments 7.45pm Price: ÂŁ2 members, ÂŁ2.50 non-members Enquiries: 01706 377685

Thur 7 Feb 2013

Family Quiz Night Last Tuesday of Every Month

Knitty Gritty Organised by Touchstones Rochdale No booking required. Join our monthly knitting circle in CafĂŠ 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 January to February 2013: 29 January 2013 & 26 February 2013 6ENUETouchstones Rochdale, The Esplanade Time: 2pm-3.30pm Enquiries: 01706 924492

Organised by Falinge Park High School & Performing Arts College Limited seating; led by S De Courcey and staff. Booking is essential. Come and join us as we host an Arts inspired quiz night with fun for all the family. Plenty of prizes to win!! 6ENUEFalinge Park High School & Performing Arts College, Falinge Road, Shawclough, Rochdale OL12 6LD – Drama Studio Time: 7pm-8.30pm Price: ÂŁ4 for a team of 4 "OOKINGENQUIRIES01706 631246

Thur 7 Feb 2013 Thur 6 Dec 2012

A lecture by Stuart Meredith – Shorebirds, the Wonder of Waders Organised by Rochdale Field Naturalists' Society 6ENUE Cutgate Baptist Church, Edenfield Road, Rochdale Time: 7.30pm Price: Members ÂŁ2, Non-members ÂŁ3 "OOKINGSENQUIRIES01706 630707

!LECTUREBY*EFF#LARKE"ISCAYAND Picos Organised by Rochdale Field Naturalists' Society 6ENUECutgate Baptist Church, Edenfield Road, Rochdale Time: 7.30pm Price: Members ÂŁ2, Non-members ÂŁ3 "OOKINGSENQUIRIES01706 630707


Indonesian Shadow Puppetry Workshop Organised by Falinge Park High School & Performing Arts College Limited to 60 places; suitable for 9 & 10 year olds. Led by S De Courcey, discover how to make real Indonesian Shadow Puppets and hear about the myths that inspired them in this exciting session. Booking is essential. 6ENUEFalinge Park High School & Performing Arts College, Falinge Road, Shawclough, Rochdale OL12 6LD – Drama Studio Time: 11.15am-12.30pm "OOKINGENQUIRIES01706 631246


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A talk by Keith Mellor: Clocks – A Collection Organised by Littleborough Historical & Archaeological Society New members welcome. 6ENUELittleborough Coach House, Lodge Street, Harvey Room Time: 8pm, refreshments 7.45pm Price: ÂŁ2 members, ÂŁ2.50 non-members Enquiries: 01706 377685

Tues 19 Feb 2013

Middleton Floral Arts Club Floral Demonstration Organised by Middleton Floral Arts 6ENUE St Aiden’s Church, Sudden, Rochdale Time: 7.30pm Price: ÂŁ4 per ticket Enquiries: 01706 923124

NewYear’s Eve

Spectacular Monday 31 December

This New Year’s Eve spectacular featuring the International Multi Award Winning Soul & Motown tribute Show. Sit back, relax and experience the magical Motown sound of The Manhattans. These guys really know how to entertain. Listen to classic Soul & Motown hits from The Temptations, The Stylistics, Barry White, The Drifters, The Four Tops, Edwin Starr, Boyz 2 Men, Billy Ocean and many more.... All delivered with style, charisma and outstanding talent! Dance the night away with the Manhattans and guest DJs. Come to Heywood’s premier venue for Entertainment and see in the New Year in Style. A Premium table for up to ten people, next to the dance floor and stage, including a bottle of Champagne and three bottles of wine costs £250. Seating at other tables costs £20. Tickets on sale now from the box office. Times: 7.30pm to 1.30am with a Champagne Bar between 10.45pm and 11.45pm to see in the New Year.

Saturday 15 December

Rochdale Music Society presents

The Rat Pack Christmas Special

Saturday 1 December 2012

The ‘Purveyors of Cool’ swing into town with a sensational Christmas Show featuring the fabulous sounds of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr. – all totally live and every song an absolute classic. With an abundance of class and style, take a trip back to vintage Las Vegas with outstanding tunes and endless trademark Rat Pack banter. This two hour show is the hottest party around.

BENYOUNES STRING QUARTET The members of the prize winning Benyounes Quartet are united by their love of chamber music and have appeared in recitals and festivals across the UK and Europe. They will perform: Mozart - String Quartet in D minor; Debussy - String Quartet in G minor and Mendelssohn - String Quartet in F minor. Time: 7.30pm Tickets: £14 Full, £12.50 Over 60, £5 Student, £1 Child

“Magnificent” BBC

Sunday 16 & 23 December Heywood Civic Centre in association with The Fame Factory Spotlight Ltd presents

ALADDIN This ever popular tale of the poor down trodden Aladdin is bound to be a sell-out. Book now to avoid disappointment as tickets are already flying out the door. Performances: 1pm and 5pm on Sunday 16 December Performance: 1.30pm on Sunday 23 December All Tickets £5 in advance from the Box Office

Saturday 9 February 2013

MENGYANG PAN: SOLO PIANO Critics describe Mengyang’s playing as ‘so fine that time seemed to stand still. Her shading, use of tone colour, and the most brilliantly clear and precise playing of the music in the highest register was a real joy to hear’. Graduate of the Royal College of Music, Chinese born Mengyang regularly performs in the most prestigious concert halls throughout the UK. Mengyang will perform: Beethoven – Sonata in D major, Op.10, No.3; Schubert/Liszt – Song Transcriptions (Standchen, Erlking; Schumann – Symphonic Etudes Op.13; Liszt – Venezia e Napoli (Gondoliera, Canzone, Tarantella). Time: 7.30pm Tickets: £14 Full, £12.50 Over 60, £5 Student, £1 Child

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Friday 21 December Heywood Civic Centre in association with Vivas Dance Club presents a

Christmas Ballroom Special Dress to impress, black tie optional Admission is £5 on the door Doors 7.30pm

Saturday 22 December Heywood Civic Centre in association with SPARTA UK present a special night of

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Soul & Motown Nights Saturday 7 December 2012 Saturday 26 January 2013 Saturday 23 February 2013 Time: 8pm-1.30am Price: £5 pay on the door

This night comes together after the ever popular Headbangerz Ball. We will be bringing you the very best in Glam rock to keep you on the dance floor all night, featuring a top notch band plus more time on the decks from our resident rock DJ Tom Seedhouse. Doors from 7.30pm with a late bar. Tickets £10 in advance from the Box Office

Saturday 29 December Heywood Civic Centre in association with Vivas Dance Club presents a

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The Green Door is Littleborough's newest restaurant owned by chef Graham Sherwin. The former New Inn has been transformed into a light and inviting restaurant offering a traditional English menu. The restaurant also has special offers for mid-week diners that include free wine when ordering from the a la carte menu. The restaurant can also cater for private parties up to 50 and is now taking bookings for the Christmas period. They also offer a wide selection of wines to compliment every dish at prices to suit every pocket. Closed Mondays the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Tues - Sat and all day Sunday 12 - 7pm. 122 New road Littleborough OL15 8NL 01707 838016

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. We have some excellent offers over Christmas and New Year 41 York Street Heywood OL10 4NN Book on 01706 366 822

ANNABELLAS 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 offer fine dining in a relaxing and attentive atmosphere. Gift Certificates available for any amount, to be used at any time There are always regular event evenings and they offer a mid week special Mon - Thurs with 3 courses for £10.95 Sundays Nov/Dec, 1 Child Eats Free (off the children's Menu) with every full paying Adult Restaurant open Tues - Sun from 5pm 142 Market Street, Whitworth, Rochdale OL12 8SZ 01706 550303


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,


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Rachel & Andrew have moved! from The Cedar Tree on Huddersfield Road and 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, Wed - Fri any 5 tapas inc a bottle of wine or Sangria £37.95, Sunday special kids eat free from separate children's menu, served 1-8 pm. Check out the website for further details and discover what entertainment nights are coming up in the near future. Christmas Party nights and Christmas & new Year Bookings still being taken.The restaurant is closed Monday & Tuesday. Haugh Fold, Newhey, Rochdale, OL16 3RF Book on 01706 842626

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. Now showing all Sky Sports. Food served Monday to Saturday midday - 7pm Sunday midday - 6pm (inc Sunday Roast) Christmas & New Year Bookings still being taken. The Gallows Kiln Lane Milnrow OL16 3JW 01706 642898

MOSS LODGE HOTEL 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 Kings Road, Rochdale. OL16 5HW Tel: 01706 350555 e.mail:

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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 when the sun shines.Christmas and New Year bookings still being taken. Open Tues - Sunday Book on 01706 376 250 No1 Inghams Lane Littleborough OL15 0AY



The Rose 'N' Bowl is Rossendales longest established Carvery Restaurant & Bar based in Stacksteads with panoramic views to rear complete with heated decking area and private bowling green. It has been owned by Lords Caterers Whitworth (est 1934) for over 20yrs. Family friendly eatery from pub food to full famous carvery all from fresh local produce. You can opt for the 3 Course Carvery with unlimited vegetables at ÂŁ14.90 or a main course for only ÂŁ9.15 Wed Eve 4 for 2 on 3 course Carvery when purchasing a bottle of wine Thurs Diamond Diners (over 60's) 2 course Lunch 12.00 - 1.30pm ÂŁ6.25 Early Eve Specials 5.30 - 6.45pm only ÂŁ7.10 Food available Tue - Fri 12.00 - 2pm & 5.30 - 9.30pm Sat & Sun 12.00 - 8.30pm Sun Breakfast 10am - 12.00 Breakfast bookings can be made for Race Days, or similar outings Christmas parties start 29th Nov ring for details Crown Green Bowling Parties for 2013 bookings now being taken

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 oors 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 ďŹ rst and third Thursday of month. ÂŁ5 pp. Christmas bookings now being taken 33-37 Toad Lane, Rochdale. 01706 352 186

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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. We have a great party atmosphere so why not celebrate your special occasions with us without breaking the bank! Now take-away service available (collection only not available Friday or Saturday evenings or busy periods) We are closed mondays - food served tuesday to thursday 12 -2.30 and 6-9.30 - friday and saturday 12-10.30 and sunday 5-9 Now occasionally by popular demand live music nights Still taking bookings for Christmas & New Year, a small deposit is required. La Mancha 5 The Butts, Ave Rochdale OL16 1ES. or for all bookings Tel: 01706 713400

THE PEACOCK ROOM The Peacock Room within The Crimble restaurant complex has now placed itself amongst the regions ďŹ ne dining culinary elite. With 2 AA Rosette's and 2 Michelin Knives and Forks it has become the Deckers Group’s premier ďŹ ne-dining restaurant. The Peacock Room uses only the ďŹ nest ingredients featuring the best cuts of meat prepared in our own butchery department to create a variety of sumptuous dishes to ensnare the senses. Our extended wine list will provide you the opportunity to combine our dishes with a variety of wines from around the world. Here at The Peacock Room we are passionate about the quality of ingredients we use. We work closely with local suppliers to ensure the dishes we serve are to our consistently high standard. The type of food served at The Peacock Room cannot be stylised or pigeon-holed. The constantly evolving menu encapsulates modern English cuisine with a contemporary twist. Watch out for our regular special offers and themed evenings, details of which can be found on our bookings can be made online or over the phone on 01706 368591. The Peacock Room – Crimble Lane – Bamford – OL11 4AD

DEMETRIS CAFE & TAVERNA Situated within the Coach House in Littleborough you will ďŹ nd 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. Now taking bookings for Christmas. Littleborough Coach House Lodge Street Littleborough 01706 378481 / 07889 868 954

FALLEN ANGELS Fallen Angels Continental Ristorante has captured the style of 14th century Italy by using genuine relics and sculptures for its interior, combining the ďŹ nest authentic Italian cuisine with the excitement and ambience of the Renaissance. Many of the dishes are made or have been adapted from traditional Italian family recipes. The continental staff are extremely knowledgeable and will gladly advise customers as to which dish best suits their tastes. They will also advise on the type of wine which best compliments a meal, choosing from a selection of ďŹ nest Italian and continental bottles. Whether you are looking for a pizza, a pasta or perhaps something a little more adventurous, the Fallen Angels is an unforgettable experience. Watch out for our weekly specials and also our special reduced choice menus, which offer superb value for money. Menu details can be found online at bookings can be made online or over the phone on 01706 861861. Fallen Angels @ the Royal Toby Hotel Manchester Road – Castleton – Rochdale – OL11 3HF

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CHEERS to the BAUM the Baum, on toad Lane is proudly celebrating having won the greater Manchester regional Campaign For real ale pub of the year 2012. owners simon & Heidi Crompton were presented with their award by CaMra. simon said, "We are all very very pleased. the award is for our whole team who are the key to the Baum’s success. they are all trained in the cellar and are all very conscientious about knowing about the beers so they can advise our customers. to win this award is just great, every one of us is smiling. We pride ourselves on our ever changing range of cask ales and ciders. there is always a minimum of one beer from a local brewery and ingredients for their bar menu are sourced from local suppliers.”

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The Perfect Gift for those who have everything Gift Certificates available for any amount, to be used at any time Andy and Nicky would like to thank all their customers who have supported them in the last 12 months and wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and all the best for the New Year. ***************

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roCHdaLe Pets IN SAfe HaNds a newly formed Pet rescue trust is rescuing and re-homing animals from across the borough this winter. amber Pet supplies, in Cutgate shopping Centre, has launched the rescue trust ‘amber’s angels’, with the generous support of local animal lovers and rochdale company Bowser supply.

Wendy owen, Managing director at Bower supply, commented: “angela Collinge, at amber Pets, has been re-homing pets for a very long time. over the years i have seen her pay - out of her own money - for pets to be cared for and neutered before being rehomed. i recently suggested she should set up a charity – and as i have always been involved with animals i became a trustee, along with angela and Claire thompson (who both do the hard work!). at Bowser supply we will support amber’s angels as much as we can, through donations and also free administrative services. We have recently produced a charity calendar for amber’s angels to sell, in order to raise much-needed funds for the rescue and have opened a bank account strictly for this purpose.”

Wendy added: “Angela is one of the most caring people I have ever met. I first met her when I lived alone with my two dogs. When one dog passed away the other dog (Sammi who was blind) would not eat and I nearly lost her too. A friend suggested I go to Amber Pets and speak with the lady there. I did – it was Angela – and every couple of days she gave me bits of dog food to try to entice Sammi to eat. Eventually we cracked it and I was so grateful for her help.”

in the same situation. Advice is given and shared and Amber’s are always there to take in pets where necessary or assist members where needed.” If you adore your pet, why not join Amber Pet Supplies on Facebook, where you can share tips and advice with other local pet owners. They also run monthly competitions where you can share your favourite photographs of your pet.

“Amber Pet Supplies is the best pet store I have ever been to. All the staff are extremely knowledgeable, friendly and always there to help. They have a Facebook group with over 1200 members and we all feel like a ‘family’ of pet lovers. When Sammi died recently, it was fantastic to speak to local people who had been

2013 calendars are available from Amber’s Pet Supplies at Cutgate Shopping Centre, edenfield road. all money raised will be used towards vet bills and associated costs. the calendars are packed full of pet photographs, sent in by their proud rochdale owners… why not see how many of them you recognise? 66

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The direction by Joanne Marshall, ably assisted by Sarah Davey was sympathetic to the story. For those theatregoers who are huge Les Mis fans (of which I am one) the show needed to retain its spectacle, era and use its playing space well. All this was achieved here, with seamless changes of scenery and props. The choreography by Jill Mcintosh really suited the mixed abilities of the cast and really suited the show.

Now to the cast! The chorus, often with individual singing lines, did not disappoint. Lucy Grogan as Young Cosette sang her heart out and Alfie Harris as Gavroche stole every scene he was in. This young man has a very promising future with bags of stage presence, excellent vocals and clarity of diction well beyond his years. Tom Winstanley sang beautifully as Enjolras, which is a really hard role to play as he holds the vocals together in “Do You Hear the People Sing” and “Red and Black”.

I have watched George Jones come through the ranks in Hey Kids and this role of Javert was a perfect vehicle for him to show off his talents both as an actor and singer.

Esther Weetman and Tom Shiels played the Thenadiers expertly. These two young performers commanded the stage and Master of the House was wonderfully funny.

The role of Jean Valjean is enormous for any actor to undertake; a part which ages throughout the show, with many lines and songs to learn with complex harmonies. Joshua Leach did an amazing job in this role and his singing voice sounded beautiful in falsetto on “Bring Him Home” and also leading “One Day More”.

Lottie Davey, as Fantine, sang a wonderful rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” and her twin sister Alex Davey, as Eponine, showed a beautiful vocal and such emotion in both “On My Own” and “A Heart Full of Love”.

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THE MAD THEATRE COMPANY Written by Jon Comyn-Platt

Fire is the third of the Milnrow Trilogy based around the history of the Rochdale Pennine villages. The final play covers the period between April 1915 and May 1916. It was a moving drama documentary, performed in the unique setting of Ellenroad Steam Museum giving it the perfect backdrop. There were plenty of amusing moments in the play, even though it covered a period in history when Britain was at war and the working class were experiencing real hardship. Much of the action revolved around the Howarth family in Milnrow, with memorable performances from Sue Pecheur as the mother and Chloe Birtwistle as her daughter. The play opened with the talk of war and dealt with the real emotion of the Howarths’ losing their son Peter, played with great confidence by Andrew D. Wood as he went away to war. His Milnrow friend who joined him on the front was Charlie Butterworth, played admirably by Sam Winterbottom. We also saw the reaction of their girlfriends, as the young men left Milnrow to fight for their country. The war had a real impact on the working lives of people in Milnrow and we 72

saw how Peter and Charlie were involved in the fateful invasion of Gallipoli, which involved many local conscripts. The lads returned injured from war, shortly followed by the Ellenroad Mill burning down and the loss of 300 local jobs, with serious consequences for the local economy. The play had an abundance of humour, together with real emotion made especially moving as it related to the history of the audience. The production was complimented by songs from the period, which the audience were encouraged to join in with and made for a memorable evening’s entertainment. There was not one weak link in this unique ensemble production, which could not have taken place without the help and support of the Ellenroad Trust and the Ellenroad Steam Museum Society.n

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Springhill Hospice christmas cards, 2013 calendars and diaries are on sale now - available from the Hospice reception, all Hospice shops and many other outlets around Rochdale, Heywood & Middleton.

HOSPICE WELCOMES NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE Springhill Hospice has recently welcomed its new Chief Executive, Mr Jonathan Parris. Jonathan joins Springhill from St John’s Hospice in Lancaster and as he and his young family live in Littleborough, he laughs that he now has a considerably shorter daily commute. Jonathan brings with him a wealth of experience from both commercial and charity sectors having worked for Marks and Spencer and national charities such as Macmillan Cancer Support and Diabetes UK.

CHRISTMASFAIR Christmas at the Hospice wouldn’t be the same without our Annual Christmas Fair which is on Sunday 25th November 10am-3pm. We open our doors and the place is filled with fun, laughter and stalls galore, selling everything you could imagine. There are lots of craft and gift stalls, where you can sort out all of your Christmas shopping requirements, plus the regular tombola, raffles, brica-brac, books, CD/DVD’s, jewellery, toys and Santa’s grotto (always a favourite!). Plus you can sample the delicious homemade cakes from our kitchen with a hot cup of coffee or a mulled wine.


Jonathan commented: “I am so impressed with the support we get from our local community. Springhill Hospice was built by the people of Rochdale, and as a community charity, it is only with their support that we can keep going year in, year out. I look forward to meeting our supporters and volunteers over the coming months, as it is they, as well as our staff, who ensure Springhill Hospice is here for local families when they need the expert, loving care that we have become famous for. Our new Hospice at Home service means that we need that support more than ever, as we now also provide care for families in their own homes.”

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Christmas Fair (please note change of date) – At the Hospice. Free entry, over 40 stalls, attractions and music to entertain us all along the way. Men of Rochdale – this prestigious event held at Rochdale Town Hall includes a five-course dinner, guest speaker Martin Gold and the announcement of the Man of Rochdale 2012. Commences 1pm with a beer reception. Tickets are £36 and are available from the Fundraising Office at the Hospice on Broad Lane. Email: / phone: 01706-649920. Annual Carol & Lights of Love Service held at Rochdale Parish Church (St Chad’s) starts at 7pm. The Rt.Rev Mark Davies (Bishop of Middleton) will take the service. Everybody welcome. Father Christmas Fun Run – around Hollingworth Lake. Please see above for more details. Lights of Love services at Springhill Hospice at 3pm and 7pm. Free entry, including the switch on of the Hospice christmas tree.

Springhill Hospice will be holding its 7th Annual Father Christmas sponsored Fun Run around Hollingworth Lake on Sunday 9th December, sponsored by Rollers. The fun run is open to all ages – if you’re not into running then just turn up and walk, as long as you are dressed up as Santa! You can even bring the pram. Over 200 Santas took part last year and the numbers keep on growing. The event commences at 11am from Hollingworth Lake Visitor’s Centre and goes around the perimeter path of the lake. Once again, we have prizes for the best dressed Santa and also the first male and female to cross the finish line. Anybody wishing to register for the event should contact Kath at the Springhill Hospice Fundraising Office on 01706649920 or


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Heartbeat’s Jack Marsden and Rochdale actor Colin Meredith opened The Static Tour de Rochdale at The Exchange Shopping Centre. The event was organised by Laura Dixon for the Neuroblastoma Alliance UK. Laura commented, “It was a great, fun event, inspiring others to get pedalling for a worthwhile cause and we raised nearly £200”.

CUP OF TEA AND A SLICEOFCAKE Macmillan Coffee Mornings have now become an annual event nationwide. The Moss Lodge Hotel, on Kings Road, once again pulled out all the stops.

On 12th October, the Freemasons of the Rochdale

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raising £300 for the charity.

were the beneficiaries of the proceeds from the nineteen Rochdale Masonic Lodges and during the past three years donations have exceeded a staggering total of £80,000. The monies the Freemasons raise comes from collections in their individual Lodges and from fundraising events. The charities represented at the evening included Springhill Hospice, Help for Heroes, Skylight Circus Arts, St Aidan’s Church, Rochdale Children's Moorland Home, Breast Cancer Campaign, NSPCC and North West Air Ambulance. The event was held at the Masonic Hall, Rochdale, with over a hundred guests. The Mayor of Rochdale, Councillor James Gartside, and the Mayoress, Councillor Jane Gartside, were also in attendance. An additional £500 was raised on the evening for the Mayor’s Charity Appeal.



Heywood Cancer Research recently held their seventh annual dinner at The Royal Toby Hotel in Castleton. Over a hundred people attended the event and Secretary, Lesley Rains Sutton, was ‘delighted’ with the £920 raised.

STEAMENGINEWINSTOPAWARD Rochdale’s Ellenroad Steam Engine known as “Victoria & Alexandra”, has received a prestigious Engineering Heritage Award for Outstanding Engineering Historical Significance. The Ellenroad Engine is the largest working steam mill engine in the world and still runs for the public on the first Sunday of every month. The award was presented by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, one of the country’s leading and most highly respected engineering authorities. Over the years their Heritage Awards have been bestowed on such icons as the Isambard Kingdom Brunel's “S.S. Gt. Britain,” the Wellington Bomber and the London Tower Bridge.

“IT’SNUTSATNUTTERS!” Rochdale celebrity chef Andrew Nutter recently hosted a successful and slightly ‘nuts’, pork-themed fundraising event, raising £9000 for Hospitality Action. Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception, whilst pig masked waiters delivered Crispy Black Pudding Wontons as canapes. Kevin from Birtwistles enthralled diners with a display of master butchery to showcase the versatility of a pig carcass. A pork feast was to follow, as some of the country’s top chefs showcased the use of prime pork in their dishes, including new Michelin starred Mark Poynton of Alimentum in Cambridge, Paul Foster of Tuddenham Mill in Suffolk, TV chef James Tanner and his brother Chris of Tanners in Plymouth and famed chocolatier Paul A Young. The idea was to show diners what could be achieved using the cheaper cuts of the animal.

CHARITY FOLK NIGHT Rochdale East Rotary Club recently hosted a Charity Folk Night at Rochdale Cricket Club, with Hindle Wakes and special guests The Saddlers, plus dialect poetry from Alyson Brailsford and Sally James. All proceeds from the evening were donated to Wheelchair Foundation UK, an independent charitable organization with a goal to deliver a wheelchair to every child, teen and adult worldwide who needs one, but has no means to acquire one. They offer independence to people deprived of mobility by war, disease, accident, natural disaster and advanced age.



Counting down ‘one year to go’ to the opening of the Rugby League World Cup 2013, tickets have gone on sale for the match between Fiji and Ireland, hosted at Spotland Stadium. The Group A, Monday evening match in Rochdale is scheduled to take place at Spotland Stadium on 28 October 2013. In a group that contains hot favourites England and Australia, the match is already being billed as a key decider for which of the two competing teams will go through to the next round. Mark Widdup, Service Director at Rochdale Borough Council, said: “It’s very exciting to see tickets for our game at Spotland Stadium finally go on general sale, and I think that with tickets starting at £10 to see the best players in the world in such a prestigious sporting event is exceptional value. We are very proud to be hosting what I am sure will be a fabulous occasion for all the family.” Tickets starting at just £10 (£5 concessions) for group games and quarterfinals are available to purchase for all games and via various special packages at or phone 0844 847 2013. They are also available in person from Spotland Stadium box office. Find out more on Twitter @rlwc2013 or


Rochdale based charity, The Gem Appeal, has raised an incredible £2 million, since it was launched 18 years ago, by Bamford mum, Karen Johnson. Karen's sons, Simon and Michael, suffered from Hunter's Syndrome - a rare degenerative disease with no known cure. It affects just 90 people in the UK and there are now drugs available to minimise or halt its effects. Unfortunately Simon died in 1999, aged 12 and Michael in 2001, at the same age. Karen has continued her fundraising efforts in their memory and the charity holds many celebrity supported events throughout the year. Money raised has gone towards building a specialist research centre at Pendlebury Children's Hospital, which helped develop enzyme replacement therapy used today to treat the sufferers of the disease.


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