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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.

Jonathan Beckett, Managing Director of O2 Rochdale said: "It's an honour to sponsor the festival, especially as we have a store in the town centre. O2 like to support local initiatives, especially those such as this that bring real enjoyment to the communities in which we operate. There's already a buzz about the town ... we're looking forward to September."

Councillor Janet Emsley, Cabinet Member for Culture, Health and Tourism at Rochdale Borough Council said: "O2 will help us connect with their thousands of customers across Rochdale and Tameside. Local investment and support from our partners helps the council deliver a fantastic free event, and an opportunity for thousands of families to come and enjoy performances that will appeal to young and old alike."

Rochdale Feel Good Festival returns on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 September, for its eighth year, for another showcase of entertainment, food and culture. There will be live music across indoor venues, a main stage sponsored by The Flying Horse Hotel and Stage 2 - a second outdoor stage showcasing local talent. Music acts on the main stage line up include The South, Toploader, Kirsty Almeida, ska band The Uplifters, Shakedown Stockholm, The Renegade Girls, and Rochdale's own alternative rock band The Hotspur Press.

The summer festival is funded by Rochdale Borough Council with sponsorship from local businesses including Hopwood Hall College, The Flying Horse Hotel, Rochdale Football Club, O2 Rochdale, Balfour Beatty Living, Link4Life and The Royal Toby.

For more details and visitor information click www.rochdalefeelgoodfestival.co.uk 

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: www.link4life.org/awards 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.

Mecca Bingo on Smith Street host a comedy night headlined by Phoenix Nights Live star Steve Royle, and Rochdale Town Hall will once again have a charity abseil from the top of its 190 foot clock tower on Saturday, as well as guided tours on the Friday at 10am, 11am, 12pm and 1pm of the Grade 1 listed attraction.

Rochdale Feel Good Festival returns on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 September. In addition to a programme of entertainment in the indoor venues the free festival includes a main stage sponsored by The Flying Horse Hotel. There will be a second outdoor stage, a food market, plus a Celebrity Kitchen stage sponsored by Hopwood Hall College all on Milton Street West Car Park, opposite Number One Riverside. The South headline on Saturday, alongside Toploader, Kirsty Almeida and The Uplifters amongst others. Celebrity chefs including Rachel Khoo and Kevin Woodford will be cooking at the festival.

The summer festival is funded by Rochdale Borough Council with sponsorship from local businesses including Hopwood Hall College, The Flying Horse Hotel, Rochdale Football Club, 02 Rochdale, Balfour Beatty Living, Link4Life and The Royal Toby.

For details visit www.rochdalefeelgoodfestival.co.uk.

Issued by Rochdale Borough Council 23/07/15.

Five star festival for food lovers

kevin woodfordNorth West food lovers are in for a treat at this year’s Rochdale Feel Good Festival, with no less than five star chefs cooking in the Celebrity Kitchen over the 2 days.

For 2015 the Celebrity Kitchen stage welcomes a new sponsor – further education provider Hopwood Hall College.  With a campus in Rochdale and Middleton, Hopwood Hall College provides a huge range of courses from foundation level to degrees, and Sue Hadfield, Head of Catering said they are thrilled to be sponsoring the food stage:

“It will be a great opportunity for our students to learn from some of the best chefs in the country and showcase the skills they’ve gained so far on their courses with us. ”The festival opens on Friday 4 September with an appearance by culinary genius and local restaurateur Andrew Nutter – the original rock and roll chef! He’ll be joined by festival stalwart Aazam Ahmad. The BBC Fusion chef has been a fixture at the event since it began back in 2008, and the audiences love him. A new face on Friday will be award winning Chef James Holden, member of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and a champion of the ‘Chefs Adopt a School’ food education programme.

Rochdale Feel Good Festival search for local talent

Rochdale Feel Good Festival is looking for more local acts to perform during the event.

Stage 2 – a smaller outdoor stage new for 2015 - will be showcasing local singers, dancers, musicians, theatre and more.The Rock Choir entertain the crowds last year. This year the stage is bigger and better - Rochdale Feel Good Festival is looking for local acts to perform on their new Stage 2.

There are 25 fifteen-minute slots available on Friday 4 or Saturday 5 September. Music acts will be supplied with the backline and a professional PA system. All performances must be suitable for the festival's family audience.

Councillor Janet Emsley Cabinet Member for Culture, Health and Wellbeing at Rochdale Borough Council said:

"Stage 2 is where we showcase the best of the borough. Rochdale Feel Good Festival has a real street party atmosphere and we're looking for acts who are up for some fun.  Last year we had some great performances and we're looking for more this time. Musicians, comedians, dancers, singers, poets, theatre - whatever your talent, we'd like you to get in touch."

Gallipoli tribute – Rochdale unveils memorial stone

A permanent memorial in Rochdale to honour the service of local men who fought in the Gallipoli campaign and the sacrifices made by relatives at home was unveiled during a commemoration event on Sunday.The memorial stone to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign is unveiled in Rochdale.

A memorial stone to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign which resulted in the deaths of hundreds of local soldiers was unveiled in Rochdale Memorial Gardens following a parade through the town centre comprising the King's Division Band, serving members of the Armed Forces, Todmorden Pals, veterans and cadets.

In August 1914, 1,000 soldiers from the 6th Battalion of Lancashire Fusiliers gathered in Rochdale before being sent to Egypt and on to Turkey. Few came home alive or unscathed. Those who enlisted were remembered last summer with the recreation of a march made by more than 1,000 soldiers from the 6th Battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers.

Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire Lord Shuttleworth said:

"It was a great honour for me to be at the unveiling of this permanent Memorial to the heroes of Gallipoli and the 6th Battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers.  I want to thank the organisations that have made this happen and everyone connected in making this event."

Council Leader Richard Farnell who also spoke during the ceremony said it is an honour for the town to have such a memorial:

"Sunday was about remembering the sacrifices made by local soldiers and their families. It was truly humbling to hear about the acts of bravery and the sacrifices made during the Gallipoli campaign.  The casualties were heavy, and the losses were many. The results of that campaign were not all that we had wanted to achieve, but nevertheless those men's bravery was the most splendid act.  It is because of men like that, that we have the freedom to stand here, to unveil this fitting memorial to them."

Close Contact

close-contact-web4 July - 5 September 2015

Exploring traditional skills, materials and tools, Close Contact presents our admiration for innovative craft techniques. This exhibition highlights the work of modern craft makers who have been inspired by deep rooted traditions to create contemporary artwork that will stand the test of time. Shown in the exhibition is a selection of contemporary craft pieces which form part of the permanent collection at Touchstones Rochdale. 

Variations from sculpture to needlecraft and steelwork to papercraft can be seen by a variety of artists whose work has been carefully selected from exhibitions held at Touchstones Rochdale over the past 40 years. Artists and makers have produced dynamic pieces that echo moments and memories from their own rich histories and heritage.

The exhibition shows a variety of artists working in different mediums including Halima Cassell, Junko Mori and Derek Wilson amongst others. There is also a chance to see hundreds of Rochdale Borough citizen’s embroidered signatures as Lynn Setterington’s work ‘Please sign here’ returns to Touchstones Rochdale Art Gallery. Hundreds of people embroidered their signatures for the collaborative quilt in 2013 as a response to a charity signature quilt in the Touchstones Rochdale Museum collection dating 1895.

Touchstones Rochdale is an award winning Arts & Heritage Centre with an art gallery, museum and Local History Centre.  It has a regular programme of contemporary visual arts exhibitions. Visit http://www.link4life.org/whats-on/touchstones-rochdale/exhibitions.

Residents invited to public Gallipoli commemoration this Sunday

rochdale to unveil memorial gardensA permanent memorial in Rochdale to honour the service of local men who fought in the Gallipoli campaign and the sacrifices made by their relatives at home will be unveiled during a public commemoration event this Sunday (28 June).

A memorial stone to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign which resulted in the deaths of hundreds of local soldiers will be unveiled in Rochdale Memorial Gardens. First, a parade will form at 2.30pm on the Rochdale Market site and march along Baillie street on to Yorkshire Street before turning on to the Esplanade and arriving at Rochdale Cenotaph for a service at 3pm. The parade will comprise the King’s Division Band, serving members of the Armed Forces, Todmorden Pals, veterans and cadets from across the borough.

Feathered

grey-bird-web4 July - 5 September 2015

Feathered showcases the work by contemporary artists who have chosen to concentrate on depicting these mystical winged creatures either in specific projects or throughout their artistic practice.

The exhibition explores our curious relationship with birds, reflecting upon ideas such as fragility, chance, and identity as we look through the eyes of five contemporary artists; Leila Jeffreys, Neeta Madahar and Luke Stephenson choose to explore this topic through the medium of photography, while Sutapa Biswas and Rochdale born artist Elizabeth Butterworth study the minute detail of birds through painting and illustration.

Alongside Victorian taxidermy specimens from our natural history collection, avian imagery is celebrated further by looking at bird adorned decorative arts pieces and artworks from Rochdale Borough’s art collection.

Join Touchstones Rochdale on Saturday 11 July from 11am-3pm for the Big Games and our Feathered Friends activities all linked to our new exhibition. During this celebration event, take part in a bird paper craft activities, meet our actors the mischievous Sea Gulls who will be swooping around causing mischief, have a go at bird spotting with the RSPB and work with balloon modellers to create your own feathered friend to take away!

The exhibition includes hands-on activities for children and families and the opportunity to feedback your thoughts via twitter.

Touchstones Rochdale is an award winning Arts & Heritage Centre with an art gallery, museum and Local History Centre.  It has a regular programme of contemporary visual arts exhibitions. Visit http://www.link4life.org/whats-on/touchstones-rochdale/exhibitions.

Borough ready to celebrate Armed Forces Day

rochdale to unveil memorial alan mccarthyThe borough is preparing to join towns and cities across the UK this month in celebration of national Armed Forces Day.

Activities take place on the days running up to Armed Forces Day (Saturday 27 June), celebrating the UK's armed forces – past and present.

To mark the build-up to the special day, flag-raising events will be held on Saturday 20 June in Heywood (12pm, Heywood Memorial Gardens), Sunday 21 June in Rochdale (12:45pm, town hall), then on Monday 22 June at Middleton (10am, Memorial Gardens), Milnrow (11:30am, war memorial) and Littleborough (12:30pm, war memorial). Everyone is welcome.

The ever popular Heywood 1940s Day returns on Saturday 20 June from 10am to 6pm, and will be packed with entertainment and family activities across the town including re-enactments, military exhibits including tanks, vintage vehicles, a parade, live music and much more. At 12.30pm there will be a service at Heywood Memorial Gardens to commemorate the massacre of 22 British troops in Aden in June 1967.