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Link4Life celebrates Summer Fun success

go4it-climbingLink4Life is celebrating the success of their action packed Summer Fun Holiday Programme which offered children and young people the opportunity to take part in a diverse holiday activity programme, under the banner of their 'Go4it' Holiday Club.

The Go4it Summer Fun programme across the borough of Rochdale showcased the complete range of sports, fitness, swimming, arts and crafts activities - all on offer at any of our Link4Life Centres. Every week during the summer holidays, children and young people took part in a range of wonderful activities such as: watersports, swimming lessons and courses, adventure sports, indoor sports, dodgeball, football, basketball, mini tennis plus creative arts and crafts.

Speaking about the summer holidays, Link4Life Activities Programme Co-ordinator, Leigh-Anne Carnall said: "This year, the Go4it Summer Holiday Club, throughout its entirety, has been a huge success. With over 3,000 participants, our Go4it sessions were full of children and young people ready to get healthy, active, learn, engage and have fun. If you missed out on any of our Go4it sessions then don't worry, we'll be back with more in our October Half Term Holiday Clubs. Keep visiting"

Opportunities for Local Artists at Touchstones Rochdale

peoples art entry form webIt's that time of the year again where local artists have a great opportunity to exhibit their work in the Art Gallery at Touchstones Rochdale.

Entry forms are now available for People's Art 2015, the annual exhibition open to individuals living or working in the borough of Rochdale. Exhibitors can enter one piece of original artwork they have made for an entry fee of £3.

The handing-in week where people can bring their entries to the Art Gallery at Touchstones Rochdale is from Tuesday 8 September to Saturday 12 September 2015. The Art Gallery will attempt to exhibit all the works entered so long as they haven't been shown in People's Art before and are suitable for a family audience. Paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures and craftworks are all welcome.

The exhibition itself opens on Saturday 26 September and runs until Saturday 21 November 2015.

People's Art 2015 entry forms are available from Touchstones Rochdale, other Link4Life venues and libraries around the borough. For further information contact Touchstones Rochdale on 01706 924492 or visit .

Touchstones Rochdale is managed by the Link4Life Cultural Trust and is located on The Esplanade, Rochdale, OL16 1AQ. We are open Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm. Admission is free.

Doors open in September as Rochdale borough celebrates its heritage

heritage open days 2015 webThe borough of Rochdale is getting ready to celebrate its fantastic architecture and heritage next month with the return of the popular national Heritage Open Days festival.

Now in its 21st year, the event is billed as England's largest voluntary cultural events which 'opens the doors' to various properties in the borough that are normally either closed to the public or charge an entrance fee.

Running for four consecutive days, from Thursday 10 to Sunday 13 September, this is a once-a-year chance to enjoy events and activities which bring to life local history and culture. All free to explore, buildings of every age, style and function across the borough will be opening, along with fascinating guided walks, tours and talks.

The open days are co-ordinated nationally by the Heritage Open Days National Partnership and locally by Link4Life's Arts and Heritage Service, the borough's cultural trust. The event thrives on the enthusiasm and expertise of local people as thousands of volunteers from all walks of life share their knowledge and memories and with exciting new additions to the programme, festival co-ordinators are expecting this year to be even bigger and better.

1,200 hit the streets to run Rochdale

rochdale-half-marathon-startOrganisers have hailed the first ever Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run a resounding success after 1,200 runners ran through the town on Sunday.

The event saw runners get on their marks by Rochdale Town Hall and set out on traffic-free courses taking in town and countryside.

All runs ended with a final stretch back to the finish at Rochdale Town Hall, where they were met by 100's of spectators.

The half marathon was won by Dave Archer in a time of 1:13:09. The first female runner was Hayley Kuter in a time of 1:24:02.

Runners ready to run Rochdale!

on your marksWith just over a week to go before Rochdale half marathon, 10K and fun run, runners are being reminded to save time and money by entering online before Saturday 22 August.

Entries will be available on the day for £20 (non-club runners) or £18 (club runners) for the 10K, and for £28 (non-club runners) or £26 (club runners) for the half marathon. You can avoid the queues and save £4 on the 10k or half marathon by registering online by 10pm on Saturday 22 August.

The fun run is £4 and no on-the-day entry is available. On-the-day registration is from 7am on Sunday 23 August at Rochdale Town Hall.

All roads lead to Rochdale on 23 August

all roads lead to rochdale buzzRunners and spectators are getting ready for the first ever Rochdale half marathon, 10K and fun run on Sunday 23 August.

Runners will get on their marks by Rochdale Town Hall and set out on traffic-free courses taking in town and countryside, with all runs starting by the famous landmark.

The 10K route leaves the Esplanade along Entwisle Road, before heading towards Milnrow via Albert Royds Street. It then heads up Buckley Hill Lane, turning near its end before returning to the Town Hall. The half marathon does the same route except the turning point is by Kingsway Business Park and is a two-lap course. The fun run is a flat mile, heading out along Entwisle Road and turning back just after Rochdale Leisure Centre.

Key 103 support Rochdale Feel Good Festival

key 103 support rochdale feelogood festivalGreater Manchester radio station Key 103 is an official partner of next month’s Rochdale Feel Good Festival.

The city’s most popular station will be promoting the event on air to their 400,000-plus listeners across the region on Key 103, plus their digital sister stations Key 2 and Key 3.  The Key 103 ‘Street Team’ will be at the event itself on the 4 and 5 September.  The deal will also see the festival promoted on the station’s website and in front of their 150,000 fans on social media. 

Key 103 Weekend Breakfast Presenter Alex James will introduce the music acts on the main stage on Saturday night on a line-up that includes The South, Toploader and many more.

O2 Rochdale gets behind town's Feel Good Festival

o2-rochdale-buzzDigital communications chain O2 Rochdale is one of the sponsors of this summer's Rochdale Feel Good Festival.

The O2 store, based in Rochdale Exchange Shopping Centre will be an official festival partner for the first time, promoting the event to their customers across the region and having a presence at the festival itself on the 4 and 5 September. The deal will also see O2 Rochdale's logo displayed on festival marketing. They'll be helping festival goers to stay connected and get on line with a special exclusive in store deal available from 9am-4pm on both days of the event.

Nominate your local sporting & culture heroes

sport-and-culture-awards-poster-webIt’s that time of the year again where the borough of Rochdale is getting ready to recognise and celebrate its own local sporting and culture heroes! If you know a ‘Person’, ‘Club’ or ‘Organisation’ that has made a difference through sport and culture in your neighbourhood or community, then make sure you nominate them for the Rochdale Borough Sports and Culture Awards 2014/15.

The Sports Award Categories for nomination are:

  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Coach of the Year
  • Sports Achiever of the Year
  • Disabled Sports Achiever of the Year
  • Club of the Year
  • Unsung Hero Award
  • Changing Lifestyles Recognition of the Year in Sport

The Culture Award Categories for nomination are:

  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Facilitator of the Year
  • Achiever of the Year In Culture
  • Disabled Achiever of the Year in Culture
  • Arts Organisation of the Year
  • Unsung Hero Award
  • Changing Lifestyles Recognition of the Year in Culture

Nominations should cover achievements during the period September 2014 to September 2015.  The criteria is set on the quality of the nomination and not the number of nominations each individual gets. Individuals, clubs and organisation can nominate themselves.

All you have to do is complete the short form at: and follow the instructions on how to nominate. Closing date for ALL nominations is Wednesday 16 September 2015.

Speaking about the Awards Ceremony, Gillian Bishop, Link4Life Chief Executive said: “Link4Life is once again delighted to announce that it will be organising the Rochdale Borough Sports and Culture Awards Ceremony – in partnership with RBC. We have so many sports clubs and volunteers in the borough who improve people’s lives and many talented athletes, so we want to make sure they get the recognition they deserve. We also want to recognise the wonderful work created and promoted by arts champions, facilitators, cultural groups and organisations in the borough of Rochdale.

All nominees and winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony at Middleton Arena on Thursday 8 October 2015.  

2015 festival venues named

The official venues for Rochdale Feel Good Festival have been announced. Six indoor venues will be hosting live performances before and during the summer showcase of entertainment, food and culture.

The Flying Horse Hotel (Town Hall Square), Yate’s (Fleece Street) and The Chocolate Bar (Yorkshire Street) will all stage free live music during the event.  Ellenroad Steam Museum stage an afternoon of folk and Irish music on Sunday 2 August.