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- Created on Tuesday, 10 December 2013
Sebastian Lassandro, President of the Gracie Fields Appreciation Society, has unveiled a new display about Rochdale's famous singer, Gracie Fields, outside the Committee Room 4 on the ground floor in Rochdale Town Hall.
This display is available for anyone to see, without charge, by asking at the Town Hall Reception Desk. It was erected by Julian Jefferson, Head of Arts and Heritage at Touchstones Museum who also have a display of memorabilia about "Our Gracie" and will be mounting a further exhibition called "Legacy" in May 2014 which will feature Gracie Fields.
The Rotary Clubs of Rochdale and Rochdale East have projects to raise the appreciation of Gracie Fields in Rochdale. They hope to erect a memorial to her in the memorial gardens opposite the Town Hall and also hope that the public who have letters, papers and artefacts relating to Gracie will donate these to our Charitable Trust Company. When we have sufficient exhibits we hope to create a permanent exhibition in memory of this great singer within the Town Hall where she appeared and sang for her public many years ago.
Rotary Club of Rochdale Press Release
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- Created on Monday, 09 December 2013
Sculptor Jill Randall brings new and recent work exploring place to Touchstones Rochdale.
Place/Displace draws together recent and new work focusing on place – work physically made in a specific place such as the wall-based sculpture 'Found Drawing, Irwell Series' and the film 'Eye of the River' or in response to specific places as in the 'Sheds of Rossendale' series.
The exhibition explores the importance of context in how we think about place and how when removed from its original context, it creates a disjuncture and we are forced to examine our sense of a place anew. Commissioned new work specific to and in response to Rochdale and the North West allows the chance to scrutinise familiar places and buildings in new way.
It is also an exhibition about the relationship of people to place, re-examining land and landscape, people and industry, the ethic of work and its effect on our lives.
Jill Randall is drawn to post-industrial landscapes and sites of industry and has undertaken a number of residencies creating interventions in non-art situations such as at Parys Mountain Copper Mine in Anglesey, North Wales and the Magnesium Elektron factory, Salford. She is interested in the harnessing of this post-industrial legacy to create artworks and to use contemporary fine art as an alternative perspective on industrial heritage. Responding to the place and the people, a process the artist describes as 'slow burn', often resulting in collaborative new works with the workforce and industrial processes. This work is often about re-inventing and re-investing the forgotten and neglected, revealing the underbelly of place and people.
This interest led Randall to undertake a research residency at Tate Britain's archives in 2012 to study the APG (Artist Placement Group). Between 1966 and the turn of the eighties, APG negotiated placements for artists lasting from a few weeks to several years with industry and government departments.
Jill Randall's work is firmly rooted in contemporary sculpture practice, making and materiality. Conceptually driven, her work incorporates sculpture, prints, video and drawings. It also exploits the specific qualities of different materials – currently metals and found objects - often re-using materials invested with history and narrative through their past use.
Her work questions notions of material value and reveals an interest in the unfinished and the incomplete, the broken and the damaged. Randall is interested in ideas around what is the minimum a sculpture can be made from and 'Shirking', exhibited for the first time here, explores this concept.
Randall lives and works in the Rossendale Valley and exhibits her work nationally and internationally. She is a Senior Lecturer on the B.A. Visual Arts course at the University of Salford, Leader of the Contemporary Fine Art & Public Engagement Research Centre in the School of Arts & Media and is a member of the European Sculpture Network.
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.
For further information call 01706 924492 or visit www.link4life.org/touchstones
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- Created on Tuesday, 03 December 2013
Two quilts - one from 1895 embroidered with almost two hundred names from citizens of Rochdale, the other a new signature quilt created during summer 2013 with over 300 local people to represent Rochdale borough today, are set to go on show at Touchstones Rochdale from 14 December 2013 – 8 March 2014.
Please Sign Here took its starting point from a quilt in Rochdale borough's Museum collection which records the sewn names of over two hundred Rochdale citizens in 1895. When artist Lynn Setterington found out about the quilt as part of her ongoing research into signature quilts, it was the start of a project which would find out more about the historic quilt and create a contemporary version with the people of Rochdale borough today.
Lynn spent summer 2013 working with members of the local community at locations across the borough including Milnrow Library, Middleton Library, Falinge, Heywood Sports Village, Ebor Studio in Littleborough, Darnhill, Deeplish and Number One Riverside in Rochdale. Over 300 people embroidered their signature on to rectangles of cloth from pillowcases Lynn found at charity shops in the borough. Lynn also had some local help in the huge task of sewing up the cloths to begin to form the final piece. Many hours of quilting later, it is complete and provides a snapshot of who lives in the borough today.
Whilst Lynn was working on the new quilt, historian Dr Alison Slater was busy researching the historic quilt to try and identify the individuals behind the signatures. Using records held in the Local Studies Centre at Touchstones Rochdale, Alison has identified 148 of the signatures from a total of 199. All this detailed research will be added to our information archive so it is permanently recorded with the quilt itself.
Speaking about the project, Lynn Setterington said, "The 'discovery' of a quilt made in 1895 in Rochdale's Museum collection fired my imagination and instigated this ongoing collaboration. The project itself has taken me to new places and people across the borough and I am pleased to say the response has been extremely positive."
Yvonne Hardman Art Gallery Officer, added: "For Link4Life's Arts & Heritage Service, this project has involved all three of its curatorial sections: the Museum team has been involved through the historic quilt, arranging viewings for Lynn and Alison and arranging preparatory conservation to enable it to be shown in the exhibition; the Art Gallery team has run the project with Lynn and Alison culminating in this exhibition and Local Studies staff have assisted Alison with her research to uncover more about the historic quilt.
We are grateful to both Lynn and Alison for their endless enthusiasm for the project and the extensive time they have both put into it. We would also like to thank everyone across the borough who gave their time to write or sew their signature for the quilt and who helped Lynn to sew it up."
The exhibition includes both the historic and contemporary quilts along with other examples of signature quilts Lynn has created. You can also see images of the community workshops which took place around the borough to gather signatures, examples of Lynn's working processes and find out more about Alison's research.
Lynn and Alison will be talking about Please Sign Here at Touchstones Rochdale on Tuesday 14 January 2014 from 12.30pm -1.45pm as part of the Friends of Rochdale Art Gallery's programme of talks. No booking required. £3 non-members, £2 members.
Admission is free. 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 www.link4life.org/touchstones.
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- Created on Thursday, 28 November 2013
The 'Get On Track' scheme is a sixteen day sports participation programme that creates stepping stones for young people to move towards participation, volunteering, training and work opportunities. Sponsored by the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust, in partnership with the Department of Work and Pensions and GreaterSport, it targets young people aged 16-25 who are not in education, employment or training.
Sessions have been delivered by world class athletes Sophie Cox from the world of Judo, Charlotte Hartley, Hockey and James Goddard, Swimming, all of whom have experienced the highs and lows of being involved in the competitive world of sport.
Said Link4Life Chief Executive, Gillian Bishop, "We are delighted to be working with the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust to bring this programme here to the Rochdale Borough. It is an excellent scheme that enables young people to develop the self-discipline, motivation and confidence they need to improve their chances of finding a job. From having a general interest in sport these young people have developed the skills and insight they need to help guide their future career choices."
Participants on the 'Get on Track' scheme have been able to secure certificates in various areas including Level 1 Sports Volunteering, Sports Leadership and Emergency First Aid. They have also been assisted in developing their job seeking skills including CV writing and interview techniques.
The programme is broken down into three phases starting with 'On your marks' which involves three days of teamwork, team challenges and physical activities to get the programme underway. 'Get set' then builds on the team spirit and camaraderie gained and provides the opportunity to try new sports and volunteering activities as well as the chance to visit potential local employers. The final part of the programme 'Go' gives candidates a chance to celebrate their successes in front of friends, family and those who have been a part of the programme along the way.
Programme co-ordinator for Link4Life, Julie Durrant spoke about the success of the young people taking part. "They have all done fantastically well", she said. "Two have already found full-time employment, one has joined Link4Life's casual employment register, five more are going on to take part in further training and five are being considered for apprenticeships." Noting that two of the participants had become fathers during the course, she added, "Both these young men still maintained their commitment to the programme even though one of the babies was born on the day of the final awards ceremony."
The Mayor, Councillor Rush added his congratulations, "I have very much enjoyed meeting this group and hearing about the Get on Track programme and what it involves. The young people have obviously thrown themselves fully into the experience and the opportunities that this has given them. It is particularly good to hear that everyone will be going on to some form of future training or employment and I wish them well."
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- Created on Wednesday, 27 November 2013
Link4Life employees at Hollingworth Lake Water Activity Centre and Rochdale Leisure Centre are to receive Life Saver Awards.
The award aims to recognise those who have made outstanding efforts to save the life of a person suffering a cardiac arrest.
Bob Williams, Chief Executive of North West Ambulance Service congratulating those concerned said of the award, "it recognises and commemorates the achievement of those who have dedicated their time to raising awareness of heart health, basic life support and defibrillators."
Both incidents occurred earlier this year with a member of the public collapsing from a heart attack. Staff on the scene quickly realised that the men concerned had suffered a full cardiac arrest and had stopped breathing. Using the defibrillator kits based at the Link4Life centres they were able to restart the heart and maintain mouth to mouth resuscitation until the ambulance service arrived.
Adding her congratulations to those involved, Link4Life Chief Executive Gillian Bishop said, "The quicker the heart is restarted the more likely it is that someone will go on to make a full recovery. The award recognises that the quick action of those involved has been instrumental in saving lives and we are immensely proud of their achievements."
Adding his comments, Council Leader Colin Lambert said, "Once again this demonstrates the importance of having defibrillator equipment available in our public buildings and the difference that this can make. I am delighted that those concerned have been acknowledged in this way."
Awards will be presented to Alister Pittman and Gary Butler from Hollingworth Lake Water Activity Centre and Nigel Medworth, Andrew Entwistle and Danny Richardson from Rochdale Leisure Centre. The presentation will take place at the Bolton Reebok Stadium at the beginning of December.
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- Created on Tuesday, 26 November 2013
Elaine has been invited to work alongside doctors as a Lay Adviser to the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (FSEM) which helps to shape the future of sport and exercise medicine in the UK. It is an inter-collegiate faculty of the Royal College of Physicians of London and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. This is one of only four appointments to be made from across the country from the Fitness industry.
The role of a lay adviser presents an exciting opportunity for members of the public to volunteer their views and learn more about sport and exercise medicine. The FSEM's Council and Committee members include some of the UK's leading medical experts in sport and exercise who work on a voluntary basis for the organisation, setting standards, overseeing research, training, curriculum and assessment of SEM doctors.
Elaine is an Active Communities fitness and exercise instructor within Link4Life's Neighbourhood and Communities team working across the Rochdale borough. She works particularly with individuals and groups who find it difficult to exercise for a variety of reasons. Her healthy lifestyles classes include a very successful yoga group designed for people who have back and neck injuries. Previous work with young women and girls from the Asian community has been recognised as national best practice. In her spare time, Elaine has been a runner up in a national burlesque competition and has raised thousands of pounds for the British Heart Foundation's Mending Broken Hearts Campaign from charity dance events.
Speaking about her invitation, Elaine said: The Faculty of SEM was seeking volunteers who are passionate about exercising and have an interest in exercise as a means to health and recovery from illness. I was delighted to be invited to take part and look forward to taking an active part in their committee and working groups."
Volunteers are involved in raising the profile of sport and exercise medicine, help to ensure standards are high, develop the arguments for investment in the specialty within the UK and bring new ideas to the Council from a public perspective.
Sport and exercise medicine not only treats elite sports persons, it also has a large scale application in improving the health of the general public through exercise advice and prescription. There are around 70 physicians registered as SEM specialists in the UK with the General Medical Council (GMC). Sport and exercise medicine involves the medical care of injury and illness in sport and exercise. SEM practitioners work in a variety of settings across primary, secondary and tertiary care and it is said to require accurate diagnoses, careful clinical examination, experience and knowledge of sport and exercise specific movement patterns.
Link4Life Chair, Clint Street offered his congratulations saying, "This is great recognition for Elaine's skills and experience and for how these are applied successfully in her daily work with Link4Life. We will give her our full support in being able to take up this important post."
Elaine will take up her new role in the new year.
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- Created on Friday, 22 November 2013
Rochdale Borough scooped two Awards at this prestigious annual event held earlier this month at The Points, Lancashire Cricket Ground, Old Trafford when the winners from the individual sports awards of all ten boroughs go head to head to select the best overall.
On the night, two awards were collected marking the end of a three year prize winning drought. The award for Club of the Year went to the Rochdale Company of Archers and Disabled Sports Achiever of the Year was won by Special Olympics swimmer, Jamie Kelly.
Gillian Bishop, Chief Executive of Link4Life, organisers of the Rochdale Borough Sports Awards, said, "Our annual Sports Awards provide us with the opportunity to recognise and celebrate the success of local athletes, coaches and clubs. For two of this year's winners to go on to take the regional award as well is fantastic."
Rochdale Company of Archers has been established for nearly 60 years. Five years ago the club put in place a development plan that would enable the wider community to have an archery experience and engage with the sport. Their hugely successful schools archery project has now introduced over 2,500 children to the sport.
John Percival, Club Director said, "Our success is a reward for all the hard work that volunteers, individuals and members have contributed to help make the club a real success. Archery is ideal for all ages and is great for families. This award is a further recognition of this popular sport."
Jamie Kelly captained the Great Britain team at the Special Olympics World Aquatics invitational in Puerto Rico, USA in 2012, winning four Gold medals, and he is hoping to compete in the next Special Olympics summer games taking place in Los Angeles in 2015. Jamie is a qualified swimming instructor and teaches children with special needs. His weekly training routine involves three early mornings and four evenings a week. Speaking about his award, Jamie said, "I owe my success to my grandparents. I would like to give huge thanks to all my family and friends for their support and especially my coaches Chris and Dan".
The Mayor of Rochdale, Councillor Rush said, "I am very proud to have both winners here today. Sport is a big part of anyone's life and it's lovely to see the remarkable success of both Jamie Kelly and the Rochdale Company of Archers. I was at the Rochdale Borough Sports Awards, held in September, and I was delighted to see how archery in particular has been brought to the forefront - it is such a unique sport but has gained massive participation. A special thanks to our partner Link4Life who do so much to champion the cause of sport in the borough."
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