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Gracie Fields statue sculptor chosen

Sean has been researching Dame Gracie Fields in readinessPlans to honour Rochdale's most famous daughter are taking shape, with a sculptor being appointed to immortalise the late star of the stage and screen, Dame Gracie Fields.

The honour of creating a statue of the global icon, which will be erected in Rochdale town centre next summer, has been handed to Suffolk-based sculptor, Sean Hedges-Quinn. Sean was selected by a panel comprising representatives from the council, Rochdale Rotary Club and the Gracie Fields Appreciation Society, who have all been involved in bringing the project together.

Sean, who is known for his ultra-realistic sculptures and attention to detail, brings a wealth of experience, having created props for top films including Skyfall and three of the Harry Potter series, as well as sculpting well-known figures including Sir Bobby Robson and Nat Lofthouse. He said: "It's clear that Gracie is a big part of Rochdale's history and I've really enjoyed the hours I've spent poring over film footage of her and reading up on her. She was incredibly popular and even the Royal family were fans; she had tea with the Queen Mother on a number of occasions. It will be great to see Gracie honoured in her home town, particularly as so few successful female public figures have statues dedicated to them."

Festival makes businesses feel good

festival-boosts-feel-good-factorRochdale Feel Good Festival gave town centre businesses a £340,000 boost, early analysis of feedback from the two-day celebration of music and food shows.

Estimated income for town centre businesses generated by the festival is double that of four years ago and overall attendance figures have also increased by more than 6,000 since 2011.

More than 16,000 visits were made over 4 and 5 September, including 8,859 people who watched bands on the main stage. The Saturday night crowd peaked at 6,567 when headline act The South took to the stage.

Active adults celebrate two years and counting

2nd birthday cake webActive adults gathered to celebrate the second anniversary of a programme designed to increase participation in sport.

The Link4Life activ8teme programme is now two years old. To celebrate the event, an amazing 300 people gathered, along with the Deputy Mayor of Rochdale, Councillor Ray Dutton, to take part in a glittering evening that included a dance act and Zumba taster sessions, a Bucks Fizz reception and a quiz.

Members of the activ8teme team presented highlights of the programme's achievements of this Sport England, Lottery funded project that has seen over 2,000 people get back into exercise or take part for the first time in eight major sports including badminton, swimming, football and walking. A raffle also took place raising £267 in aid of Christie's.

Sarah Shard, activ8teme Co-ordinator said, "It was a fantastic evening. To see so many activ8teme members there and up dancing was brilliant. It just goes to show what our programme means to the community and how much it has grown over the last 2 years. Also, a big thanks to the local businesses who donated the raffle prizes. We have approximately 70 sessions per week to choose from, there is something for everyone. We look forward to another successful year ahead".

activ8teme is a 3 year programme, funded by Sport England until May 2016 which offers adults the opportunity to participate low cost, pay as you go sessions which are fun, sociable and many are set in local community venues.

To find out more about the activ8teme programme contact Sarah Shard on 01706 926239 and 07976 498 629 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Details of the latest activ8teme is available onlne at

Hundreds turn out for People's Art 2015 launch

Almost 200 people turned out on Saturday (26 September) to see the Mayor of Rochdale, officially open this year's People's Art 2015 exhibition at Touchstones Rochdale.

Organised by Link4Life's Arts and Heritage service, this popular annual exhibition gives the chance for residents of all ages, both amateur and professional to show their work. Once again, this year, the huge array of talent on display has filled two full galleries with examples of paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, animation and craft objects.

Declaring the exhibition open, the Mayor of Rochdale Councillor Surinder Biant congratulated all those taking part, adding: "I am very privileged to be here. We have a beautiful borough and equally talented people, of all ages, that exist in the borough. A huge congratulations to all those who have been involved in putting the exhibition together."

Tom Besford, Arts & Heritage Manager, further added: "Having recently come in to post, I have been amazed to see the breath and quality of work on display at the People's Art exhibition in Touchstones Rochdale. The exhibition really demonstrates the stunning number of skilled artistic and visionary members of the public who live or work in the Borough with a keen amateur or professional interest in Art. Of the 182 paintings, photographs and sculptures on display, many are available for to buy with works starting from as little as £20. There really are some beautiful pieces to suit everyone with an interest in the visual arts, from wonderful images of the Town Hall to abstract acrylics with vivid and powerful colours and themes. I really urge everyone no matter how keen your interest is in visual art to pop over to Touchstones and see the spectacular quality and range of work produced from within this talented Borough."

Visitors to the exhibition can vote for their favourite artwork in the 'People's Choice' award and there are free hands on activities for children in the gallery with the popular 'Art Paddock'.

The exhibition runs until Saturday 21 November 2015, located on The Esplanade just a two minute walk from Rochdale town centre and bus station, Touchstones Rochdale is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-5pm. Entry is free.

To find out more visit or ring Touchstones on 01706 924492. Touchstones Rochdale is managed by the Link4Life Cultural Trust and is located on The Esplanade, Rochdale, OL16 1AQ.

Touchstones Rochdale is open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm. Admission is free.

A selection of photos from the People's Art exhibition launch on Saturday 26 September 2015.

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.