Rochdale Borough Sports & Culture Awards

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Nominate your local sporting and culture heroes

rbsca-poster-2016The borough of Rochdale is once again 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 2015-16.

The Sports Award Categories for nomination are:

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

The Culture Award Categories for nomination are:

  • Cultural Event of the Year
  • Artist of the Year
  • Community and Education Project Award
  • Facilitator of the Year
  • Culture and Health Award
  • Cultural Champion Award
  • Young Creative Award

Nominations should cover achievements during the period September 2015 to June 2016. 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 visit and follow the instructions on how to nominate. Closing date for ALL nominations is Sunday 26 June 2016.

Speaking about the Awards Ceremony, Darren Grice - Head of Culture, Health and Participation at Link4Life said: "The Rochdale Sports and Culture Awards are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the creative and sporting talent in the Borough. We want to shine a light on the creativity and determination of individuals, groups and organisations making a real difference in Rochdale. This year we are also inviting local businesses to get involved and sponsor the awards. Recruitment Solutions North West, Pelican Rouge and Debit Finance Collections have already pledged their support; other businesses interested in joining them should get in touch with us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ."

All nominees and winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony at Middleton Arena on Thursday 22 September 2016.

Opening up… memories, conversations and heritage

opening-upA new community inspired exhibition by Touchstones Museum Service will highlight Alzheimer's Society's Dementia Awareness week by displaying personal, heart-warming memories of individuals who attend the Alzheimer's Society's Memory Wellbeing Cafes in Middleton, Heywood and Milnrow. The celebration event will take place on Wednesday 18 May 2016.

The new community led exhibition called 'Opening Up...' invited people who attend Alzheimer's Society Memory cafes to take part in arts activities and do behind the scenes tours of the museum collection to trigger and spark memories from the past including stories of glamourous followers of fashion, working life in the local textile mills and the honour of being May Queen for 'Whit Walks'. Inspired by their stories, artists Alison Cooper, Trish Cartner and Vincent James have created new illustrations and sculpture to sit alongside museum objects in this exciting display.

Free Fitness for Armed Forces extended

Link4Life is to continue to offer serving armed forces personnel free use of its fitness facilities and swimming pools for a further twelve months to the end of March 2017. And thanks to the success of the scheme that was set to come to an end in March 2016, Link4Life’s board of trustees has also extended the use of the scheme for veterans in the community who are out of work.

Since the scheme started in June 2013, Link4Life have had over 24,000 visits with 5,000 of those occurring since April 2015.

The response from those taking part has been extremely positive.

The armed forces discount has been a key factor in the pilot’s success as one of the top three reasons for taking part with the other two being the range of facilities available and the location of the centres.

Link4Life manages leisure and cultural facilities on behalf of Rochdale Borough Council. Both organisations signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant in November 2012, aimed at encouraging local communities to support services that promote and encourage activities that help integrate Armed Forces personnel back into civilian life. 

Creative Play Sessions for Babies and Parents at Touchstones Rochdale

baby play baby doDo you have a baby under 2? Touchstones Rochdale is welcoming babies and their parents to a new creative play session in the Art Gallery.

Every first Tuesday morning of the month; 3 May, 7 June, 5 July, 2 August, 6 September, 11am-11.45am babies will be taking over the gallery in Baby Play Baby Do!

Parents are invited to let their babies crawl, cry and gurgle amongst the exhibitions. Creative play specialist Frances Walker will be leading an informal, drop-in session where your baby can explore interesting textures, colours, objects and fabrics.

The sessions are free and will be an opportunity to meet other parents and babies and take time out in a different environment. Buggies are welcome in the gallery and the sessions are designed to be relaxed, so you and your baby can drop in and out of the session and wander round the other galleries and museum at your leisure.

For more information on Baby Play Baby Do please contact Touchstones Rochdale on 01706 924492 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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

Women Artists: From 1861 to 2015

19 March 2016 - Spring 2017

women artists 1861 2015

A new exhibition at Touchstones Rochdale, Women Artists: From 1861 to 2015, celebrates the role of women in the art world and commemorates the Art Gallery's history of collecting work by female artists.

The show includes newly acquired work by Hayley Tompkins alongside artworks from Touchstones Rochdale's permanent collection featuring Henrietta Ward, Dorothea Sharp, Laura Knight, Stella Magarshack, Gillian Ayres, Lubaina Himid, Maud Sulter, Cornelia Parker, Junko Mori amongst others. There is a variety of artwork on display including painting, sculpture and photography.

Exploring the role that gender has played in the production of art, the exhibition begins by charting Victorian attitudes which placed restrictions on women artists, through to the gradual freedom of the early 20th century, progressing to the 1960s with the rise of the Feminist Movement to the present day. Acknowledging the challenges and limitations faced by female artists, recent initiatives, such as the Contemporary Art Society's (in partnership with the collector and philanthropist Valeria Napoleone) efforts to increase the amount of artwork by women held in collections, emphasize that exhibitions such as this one are still highly relevant.

Touchstones Rochdale continues to expand it's collection of works produced by female artists, building on the legacy already created, as recent acquisitions from Claire Barclay and Hayley Tompkins testify.

Women Artists will run until Spring 2017 with some of the works on display being changed after six months, ensuring that a revisit is worthwhile. The exhibition also includes interactive boxes for under 5's, books for those interested in discovering more about women's art and its history, as well as the opportunity to get involved with the Dear Friend letter-writing project, which was launched as part of International Women's Day 2016.

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