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Get on Track graduates celebrate success

Get on Track group pictured with Charlotte Hartley and Sophie CoxGraduates gathered at a presentation ceremony last week in front of friends and family to celebrate their success in completing the latest Get on Track programme.

Brainchild of Olympic athlete Dame Kelly Holmes, the programme is designed to develop the work skills of young people aged 16 to 25 who are not in education, employment or training with sessions delivered by stars from the world of sport.

The group were presented with their certificates and awards by course mentors, international hockey player Charlotte Hartley and local Olympic Judo heroine Sophie Cox.

Over a period of eight weeks participants take part in a wide range of skills and challenges including a teaching session at a local primary school, army assault course, team building and adventure sports. They also develop their job seeking skills, including CV writing and interview techniques, and gain certificates in a number of areas including sports leadership, volunteering and first aid.

Course participant Robert Halliwell, speaking about his experience on the course, said, "Taking the class in the primary school was the most challenging thing we did but we got the thumbs up from the kids as we left. Personally now I'm more confident, more enthusiastic about sport and hoping to take up an apprenticeship at Hollingworth Lake Water Activity Centre."

This is the second course of its type to be organised by Link4Life as part of its programme of supporting young people to develop lifeskills through sport and it was part-funded by Rochdale Borough Council.

Speaking about the decision to support the programme, Stephanie Rush from the Council's Economic Affairs section said, "Get on Track has a proven track record of success and courses like this play an important part in supporting young people to develop the skills they need to get a job. Four members of the group are in the process of securing employment and we will continue to work with Link4Life to develop the necessary links into other local providers."

Said Link4Life Interim Chief Executive, Gillian Bishop, "The evening is about the success of those taking part. Using the excellent local facilities we have available our aim is to help build young people's skills and encourage them to have fun. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust and Rochdale Council to continue to bring training programmes of this quality to the borough."

More information about the 'Get on Track' programme is available from Barry Woodburn on 01706 926211 or 07527 385746 and via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Link4Life hope to run additional courses in the new year.


Remembrance Services: Honouring our fallen heroes

Remembrance Day services to be held across the borough.

Residents across the borough will have chance to pay their respects to those who have given their lives in defence of the country at this year's Remembrance Day Services.

Commemorations to salute the nation's war heroes will be held on Remembrance Sunday (9 November), with six parades across the borough.

Representatives from the Navy, Army and Royal Air Force will join veterans and civic dignitaries for the parades, which will take place in Rochdale town centre, Heywood, Littleborough, Middleton, Milnrow and Wardle.

Members of the public are invited to attend to show their gratitude to servicemen and women down the decades.

The Mayor, Councillor Carol Wardle, said: "This year will be particularly poignant as we will be commemorating 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War. As we remember all those who gave their lives and made huge sacrifices, the current operations in Afghanistan is a poignant reminder of the sacrifices our armed forces continue to make in order to preserve our freedom and I hope as many people as possible will join us for these ceremonies."

And at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month (Tuesday 11 November) the Mayor, Councillor Carol Wardle, will lead a two minute silence, with prayers given by Reverend Canon Shackleton, at the town's war memorial opposite the Rochdale Town Hall.

Mayor has a Ball at Lavish Charity Event

Mayor of Rochdale, Councillor Carol Wardle, has raised around £5,000 at her glittering charity ball, with a theme which celebrated 40 years of the formation of Rochdale borough.

The lavish event took place at the beautiful Grade I Rochdale Town Hall on Friday, October 17, with guests including the Lady Mayoress, Mayors and Mayoresses from across Greater Manchester, Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk and Liz McInnes, the newly-elected MP for Heywood and Middleton.

The money raised from tickets and a raffle will go towards the Mayor's charities, which this year are Springhill Hospice, Moorland Home and Heywood Youth Link.

Mayor Carol Wardle said: "It was a spectacular evening and raised a lot of money to benefit three great local causes, as well as celebrating 40 fantastic years since the metropolitan borough was formed. "I want to thank everyone from all townships of the borough, Middleton, Heywood, Pennines and Rochdale, for buying raffle tickets, as well as the very generous businesses who sponsored the event and provided great raffle prizes. I'm also very grateful to my charity committee for all their hard work and planning, as well as those who bought tickets and attended the ball."


Guests began with a fizz reception, followed by a fabulous four-course banquet. Music and entertainment was provided by a pop rock trio The Trends, John Alexander and singer and pianist Lydia Gillibrand.
Raffle winners were:

  • 1st prize - 7 night Thomson holiday - ticket number 14954
  • 2nd prize - £250 J&D Alexander jewellery voucher - ticket number 01051
  • 3rd prize - Kindle Fire - ticket number 14830
  • 4th prize - Manchester City premier league match tickets for two - ticket number 12776
  • 5th prize - Six month Link4Life gym membership - ticket number 10772.

The Mayor's next fund raising event is a ghost walk led by Colin Meredith on Saturday, October 25, at 7pm starting from The Baum. To book tickets, which cost £5 please ring 07774 152620. There will be a prize for every child wearing Halloween costumes.

There will also be a Ready, Steady, Cook with the Pampered Chef in the Town Hall Bistro at 6.30pm on 19 November tickets. Tickets cost £5 and are available from Lauren on 07956 543077.

The ever popular charity Christmas quiz is available from the Town Hall reception at £1 with a top cash prize of £75.

Issued by Rochdale Borough Council 20/10/14.

Stage set for Rochdale’s festival feast - Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival, Friday 24 - Sunday 26 October


Liz Kershaw is just one of the guests appearing in Rochdale this weekend for Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival.One of the most highly anticipated events on the borough's cultural calendar - Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival kicks off on Friday (24 October) promising three days of drama, comedy, dance, music, theatre, films, visual arts and children's shows.

The festival which runs from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 October aims to excite audiences of all ages and tastes with more than 50 events.

Rochdale Central Library at Number One Riverside on Smith Street, stages the majority of performances, including talks by writer Jackie Kay, television presenter Bill Turnbull, a gig by singer/songwriter Lucy Spraggan, performances from Manchester International Roots Orchestra and the Multicultural Arts and Media Centre.

Stand up Dave Spikey jointly headlines the first evening of the festival, performing his new 'Punchlines' show at Middleton Arena, alongside a sold out 'Evening with' dramatist and composer Willy Russell in Rochdale.

Under the theme 'Expand Your Mind' - the varied programme covers workshops, music, readings, family-friendly activities, debates, talks and more from guests including Rochdale born DJ Liz Kershaw, poet Ian McMillan, Coronation Street actress Jane Danson, poet Tony Walsh aka Longfella, MOBO nominated rap artist Ghetts and writer Sara Crowe.

On Friday evening at the Flying Horse Hotel, Inspiral Carpets frontman Tom Hingley will be talking about what it's like to be in the eye of a pop hurricane and his book Carpet Burns: My Life with Inspiral Carpets, as well as performing an acoustic set. While on Saturday afternoon at Number One Riverside, Steve Hanley, bass player with The Fall, will be interviewed about his book The Big Midweek: Life inside The Fall before presenting a live set with his band.

There'll be the chance to meet multi-award winning author Alan Gibbons and novelists Chrissie Manby and Rosie Garland. Manchester Salon will be hosting a topical debate on writers and war and Skylight Circus Arts will be performing exerts from their latest spectacular 'Angel', featuring circus, stories and images as well as offering a drop-in circus skills workshop for all ages. The programme even includes a Sherlock Holmes-themed murder mystery at Heywood Library and a ghost walk round the darkened streets of Rochdale.

On Sunday from 11am look out for clog dancing on The Butts and at the Wheatsheaf Shopping Centre in Rochdale town centre performed by local group - Littleborough Oakenhoofers.

There's an exciting events programme for children with festival organisers promising shows that will keep little ones engaged and entertained for hours, including a Where's Wally? hunt on Saturday. The popular kid's character and his friends will be hiding in Number One Riverside – all you have to do is search for the clues to find them! Also On Saturday, Gill Parnell Jackson will be introducing the concept of Magic Carpet yoga, combining adventurous stories from around the world with simple yoga, relaxation and breathing techniques, whilst award winning poet and performer Mark Gwynne Jones presents 'Wordworms!' a fast and funny showbased on his new collection for young readers. On Sunday there's an Afrocats dance workshop as well as a storytelling dance performance from the amazing Kala Sangam with musical accompaniment.

Rochdale Borough Council Leader Richard Farnell said: "It's going to be a fantastic festival with something for everyone ...I will be proud to welcome the performers and audiences for what promises to be another amazing few days. The library will be full of activities for all ages, so come along and experience festival atmosphere, even if you don't get a ticket for one of the main events."

The festival is due to the generosity of Annie and Frank Maskew, a Rochdale couple who shared a passion for reading and thinking, who originally met in Rochdale Library. They left a sum of money to be used on resources and events related to literature and philosophy to ensure classic works are available for future generations.

Tickets are available in person every day of the festival at the box office at Rochdale Central Library, Number One Riverside or online at .

For updates during the festival on Twitter connect with @RochdaleLitFest.

Issued by Rochdale Borough Council 20/10/14.

Gone but not forgotten

A new display acknowledging Rochdale's part in the First World War opens at Touchstones Rochdale in commemoration of Remembrance Day.

wallet'Gone But Not Forgotten' features poignant mementoes - like a wallet carried by James Hough of South Street, Rochdale, who was fatally wounded in the trenches. The wallet, kept by his family, contains photographs of his loved ones, and is shown alongside the words that his mother wrote to commemorate his death.

A pilot's flying helmet, gloves and coat worn by William England who joined the RFC (Royal Flying Corps) in 1917 highlights those that took up the call to serve King and Country. At the time he was underage, a fact which was soon discovered, and he was not allowed to train as a pilot until he turned 18. William's flying log book details training reconnaissance missions and bombing raids.

watchTwo special exhibits are a gold watch presented to Joel Halliwell who won the Victoria Cross medal in 1918 after rescuing 10 wounded men from no man's land and a collection of letters written from the front by James Pate to his sweetheart Gladys Challinor. These letters give a glimpse of life during the war and the hardships brought by separation.

Romance did not stop because of the war the exquisite wartime wedding dress of Edna Hoyle is also on display; the wedding party photograph shows her bridesmaid wearing on unusual outfit with skunk trim.

wedding-dressThe objects on display tell a wealth of personal stories and complement the existing wartime collections already on display at the Museum.

Karen Heatley, Resource Officer at Touchstones Rochdale said: "We are immensely grateful for the support we have received from local people and for the wealth of material and stories which have come to light to help create these displays. We shall be changing the exhibits throughout the next 4 years that mark the centenary and we hope they will inspire more people to explore their own stories of World War I. The Local Studies Centre at Touchstones Rochdale is at hand to help individuals who are interested in tracing their First World War family history."

Councillor Alan McCarthy, Rochdale Borough Council's Lead Member for the Armed Forces, said: "This important archive will help preserve the memories and history of the borough's involvement in the First World War and serve as a fitting commemoration to all those who played their part in the war or on the home front."

These displays are part of the Gone But Not Forgotten project; a series of events, exhibitions and performances created to mark the centenary of the First World War. The 'Gone But Not Forgotten' project has been established by Link4Life in partnership with Rochdale Borough Council and is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

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.

For further information call 01706 924492 or visit


Walking Football players wanted

walking-footballWalking Football is a slower version of the beautiful game and is designed to help people keep an active lifestyle despite their age, sex or ability, as well as getting those back playing football who had to stop due to injuries. As the name suggests, Walking Football is non-contact and anyone that sprints, runs or jogs while the ball is in play will be penalised with a free-kick awarded to the other team.

Link4Life are looking for new Walking Football Players to join them at their current sessions, which are led by qualified football coaches. Play the game you love but reduce the chances of injury. No booking required just turn up.

It's a great way to keep fit, learn skills, have fun and socialise all at the same time!

The first is a new session starting at Kingsway Park Sports Centre on Wednesday 5 November, 5pm-6pm. For further information please contact Paul Gardner, Link4Life Health Activities Officer on 01706 926235.

Get healthy this half term

Families looking for a dose of fun this half term are being encouraged to attend the Library Health Roadshow, where they can take part in numerous activities designed to increase health awareness.

Bring along the family to a library near you, where a host of organisations will be showcasing their health services, alongside activities for the kids which include A BLENDER BIKE to make their own delicious, healthy smoothies.

Visiting a number of libraries from the 27-31 October, the roadshow will keep guests busy, informed and entertained and is an event which is not to be missed.

Councillor Neil Emmott, Cabinet Member for Corporate Services and Neighbourhoods: "It's vital that we encourage healthy living among our residents and, through the provision of this Health Roadshow, we offer the opportunity to give families practical advice in a fun, informative and relaxed environment. Families are always looking for time-fillers during half term, so I'd encourage them to attend one of these events, they certainly won't regret it."

Health organisations will provide information and advice about the services on offer throughout the borough and will give guests the chance to talk to professionals and receive further guidance on health issues.

Representatives from Asda will also be on hand to provide some nutritious bananas, as well as badges, leaflets and other resources.

The locations, dates and times can be found below:

  • Monday 27 October – Milnrow Library, 3-5pm
  • Tuesday 28 October – Heywood Library, 3-5pm
  • Thursday 30 October – Smallbridge Library, 2-4pm
  • Friday 31 October – Alkrington Library, 3-5pm

Some of the organisations taking part in this year's roadshow include Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Health Trainers, Link4Life, NHS Healthy Weight Team, Renaissance Community Drug & Alcohol Team, Oral Health, Rochdale & District Mind and Healthwatch Rochdale.

For further information on any of the above events please contact Gemma Bickerstaff, Health in Libraries Co-Ordinator at Rochdale Council on 01706 924955 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Issued by Rochdale Borough Council 14/10/14.

Spooky Sporty Halloween Fun at Rochdale LC

Half term holidays are here again and Rochdale Leisure Centre has put on yet another action packed programme of activities for children to enjoy their holidays.

Take part in our Halloween Mini Madness - a fun session of multi-sports, games and a fun pool splash session. Why not come in fancy dress and take part in some spooky arts and crafts to be in with a chance to win cool prizes!

Don't miss our Halloween Sports Party. This is a one-off fun packed Halloween sports party, filled with games, sports and Halloween treats. Fancy dress is optional.

You can also take part in a variety of energetic sports sessions on offer for all ages. These include: Soft Play session for Under 5s, Active Kids & Trampolining for the 5-7 year olds, and Sports Zone 8-12 year olds. There is something truly special for everyone - so come along and have lots of fun.

This half term on Monday and Tuesday only, there's an exciting opportunity to take part in a fun tennis coaching session at Kingsway park Sports Centre, led by our fully qualified Community Tennis Coach. This mini led session is aimed at children 5-10 years. To book please call Kingsway Park on 01706 750894. Bookings can be taken after 5pm Monday-Friday and 9am-5pm Saturday & Sunday.

On the pool side, the programme includes: 4 Day Link4Life Swim Academy Courses – with the STA (Swimming Teachers Association) the worlds largest swim teaching and lifesaving organisation, which has revolutionised the teaching and learning of swimming in the borough of Rochdale. Discount will be available for all learn to Swim Direct Debit members and PTL holders. For full details of the programme and swimming pool opening times contact Rochdale Leisure Centre on 01706 926000 or visit

Download the pdfRochdale Leisure Centre Go4it programme.

Spooky Sporty Halloween Fun at the Village

Heywood Sports Village has put on a fantastic programme of activities this October Half term.

Take part in a fun session of themed Halloween activities including: multi-sports, games and a fun pool splash session. Why not come in fancy dress and take part in some spooky arts and crafts to be in with a chance to win cool prizes.

Like to sing and dance? Then why not come along to Heywood's Village Glee session. Learn dances and sign songs and be involved in energetic performances.
Football coaching, skills, tournaments, and plenty of challenges to keep you busy, it's all taking place at the Village. Please bring appropriate footwear for both inside and outside.
If that's not enough - you can also take part in a variety of energetic sports sessions on offer for all ages. These include: Turbo Tots for Under 5s, Trampolining for the 5-7 year olds, Sports Zone, Sports Camp, Youth Gym sessions and Fit & Fun for the 8-12 year olds. There is something special for everyone - so come along and have lots of fun!

For details of the full programme and swimming pool opening times contact Heywood Sports Village on 01706 924000 or visit

Download the Heywood Sports Village Go4it programme.

Spooky Sporty Halloween Fun at the Arena

Middleton Arena has put on a fantastic programme of activities this October half term.

The dry side programme includes days of non-stop energetic and fun multi-sports. Special to the Arena this half term is Halloween themed Mini Madness. Put on your scariest Halloween costumes, and get creative in spooky arts & crafts to be in with a chance to win cool prizes.

Other sessions include: Soft Play session for Under 5s, Active Kids for the 5-7 year olds, Fit & Fun, Sports Zone and Sports Camp for the 8-12 year olds. There truly is something special for everyone - so come along and have lots of fun.

An exciting and energetic activity is also coming to the Arena this October half term. Our fantastic BRAND NEW Water Inflatable will be in the pool and ready for you to try. Take part in some sports and fun assault courses before taking to the pool in the 'head-to-head' gauntlet inflatable!

The 'Go4it' pool programme also includes: a three day diving course – a fun way to build on your swimming confidence and water skills. Also available: Parent and Toddler Swimming and Family Aqua Fun sessions, which provides a fun splash session with floats and play equipment. Discount will be available for all Learn to Swim Direct Debit members and PTL holders.

For details of the full programme and swimming pool opening times contact Middleton Arena on 0161 662 4000 or visit

Download the pdfArena Go4it progamme.