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Library prepares for Middleton residents to 'Please Sign Here' and Embroider their name into the History of the Borough

signature-quilt-project-emma-kershaw-and-alison-cooperMiddleton Library are preparing for artist Lynn Setterington's inspirational community workshop on Monday 15th July as she engages in a new textile project to capture and document a snap shot of people living in Middleton, Heywood, Rochdale and the Pennines. The project, 'Please Sign Here' is inspired by a historic quilt from Rochdale Arts and Heritage Service Museum collection. Made for the charity the NSPCC the quilt is embroidered with two hundred and fifty signatures of prominent Rochdale residents from 1895, over 115 years ago.

In response to the historical quilt, from July to September artist Lynn Setterington will be asking residents of the Rochdale borough to add their signatures to create a new quilt in 2013. As part of the project researcher Dr Alison Slater will also be finding out more about the significance of the original quilt. The two quilts will be presented together in an exhibition at Touchstones Rochdale from December 2013 - March 2014.

From July to September Lynn is leading a number of workshops and drop-in sessions across the borough to enable as many people as possible to contribute and sew their signatures into history. Senior Library and Information Assistant Emma Kershaw met with Arts and Heritage Assistant Alison Cooper to discuss how the session will work at the library. Emma was extremely keen to add her signature to the quilt and sign one of the blank textiles pieces. Emma said, "The project is very exciting for residents of the borough and it's great that a session can take place at Middleton Library to include as many local resident's signatures as possible."

Artist Lynn Setterington will be visiting Middleton Library on Monday the 15th July from 1pm-3pm. Both novice and accomplished stitches alike are encouraged to embroider their signatures to squares of fabric which will make up the quilt. Lynn will be on hand to give expert guidance, so even if you haven't embroidered before you can still take part. The project is purposefully inclusive and open to all adults. It does not require complex skills or prior knowledge. If you'd prefer to just provide your written signature, volunteers will be on hand to embroider it for you.

If you are unable to attend the drop-in session at Middleton Library but would still like to take part, textile packs with all the necessary materials and information will be available to collect from and return to Touchstones Rochdale. You could even set up your own signature sewing session with friends. Just hand them in to Touchstones before 3 September 2013.

Lynn Setterington is an internationally recognised artist specialising in textiles. She has work in major museum collections including the V&A Museum, the Whitworth Art Gallery, Denver Art Museum and the International Quilt Study Center in the USA and has undertaken a wide range of engagement projects with groups throughout the North West of England.

Dates of public sessions:

  • Monday 15 July - Middleton Library 1pm-3pm
  • Saturday 27 July - Touchstones Rochdale OL16 1AQ 12noon-4pm
  • Tuesday 30 July - Phoenix Centre, Heywood 10am-12noon
  • Tuesday 30 July - Knitty Gritty at Touchstones Rochdale OL16 1AQ 1.30pm-3.30pm
  • Saturday 3 August - Ebor Studio, William Street, Littleborough OL15 8JP 2pm-4pm

For more information please contact Touchstones Rochdale on 01706 924492.

Also visit www.pleasesignhere.wordpress.com  for further information.

Andy Parsons returns to arena with new show

andy-parsonsOne of Britain's sharpest topical funnymen returns to Middleton Arena this autumn during his UK tour. Multi-award winning Andy Parsons, who performed a sell-out show at the arena back in 2011 returns on Thursday 17 October.

A regular on television, Andy, a self-styled likeable 'Mr Angry', is best known for his numerous appearances on the BBC's 'Mock the Week,' 'QI' and 'Live at the Apollo'.

He'll be performing his new show 'I've got a Shed,' which he says is his favourite yet.

As a lynchpin of London's famous Comedy Store Cutting Edge team, Andy Parsons remains one of the most prolific performers on the circuit, having to update weekly to keep up to speed with his co-stars take on current affairs and political banter.

In addition to his television appearances, he has a formidable reputation as a live performer, and as well as three national sell-out tours, he's a stalwart of the world's major comedy festivals. He's also had two best-selling comedy DVDs.

A multiple award winner, Parsons' accolades include the Time Out Comedy Award, the New Zealand International Comedy Award, and the Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival Award.

Widely regarded as one of the country's best satirical performers and writers, Andy Parsons will be at Middleton Arena on Thursday 17 October.

Tickets (£15) available from www.seetickets.com or 0871 230 0010. Or in person at the arena box office.

Sun shines on Rochdale's Big Games

chloe-hurdiss-collects-her-treasure-trail-prize-from-pirate-leader-elaine-stottThe arrival of a pirate ship outside Touchstones Rochdale was a sign that something special was happening, and a warm and sunny day brought hundreds of local people out on Saturday (29 June) to enjoy the Rochdale Big Games.

Organised by Link4Life and the Friends of Broadfield Park, the free family funday provided fun taster sessions in a range of sports and arts including climbing, crown green bowls and rounders.

Children in pirate hats – just one of the activities at Touchstones – followed the treasure trail to Broadfield Park where magic and Punch & Judy performances drew the crowds as did the Drumming workshop by Pandemonium. Free face painting, henna art and crafts sessions helped to make the day a great success with the 'Commando Joe' mini assault course adding to the fun.

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Neta Smart from the Friends Group said, "It couldn't have been a better day. We escaped the rain and it was so good to see the park full of people of all ages joining in the activities and having fun."

Link4Life's Event Co-ordinator, Donna Livesey said: "The Big Games day was a fantastic success in Rochdale and we are looking forward to the borough's other Big Games days coming up in July."

To find out more about the Big Games and other summer activities visit www.link4life.org/biggames .

See a selection of photos from Rochdale Big Games 2013 on Pinterest.

Big day of activities at Queen's Park

The Heywood Big Games will be returning for 2013 with a free family fun day at Queen's Park on Sunday 14 July from 11am to 3pm.

Last year over 5,000 people took part in the Big Games boroughwide during the Olympic celebrations. Link4Life is building on this as part of the London 2012 local legacy to promote local clubs and groups and to get more people more active.

Organised in partnership with the Friends of Queen's Park, and designed with children and families in mind, there's a whole host of things going on including singing, arts and crafts and face painting. Sports and games include tennis, angling, golf, BMX, orienteering, cricket, crown green bowls and rugby plus fun activities such as a junior assault course and mountain bike track. All Big Games activities are free.

Link4Life's Event Co-ordinator, Donna Livesey said: "The Big Games aims to help people find out more about the wide range of resources on their doorstep and how they can get to use them on a regular basis. We're inviting everyone to come along ready to have fun and try as many activities as possible during the day."

To make the most of the day, Link4Life advice is to wear sports or casual clothes with trainers or flat shoes. All other equipment is provided. Registration – with goody bags for the first 250 – is at the park's main entrance.

For more information about Big Games 2013 visit www.link4life.org/biggames .

Big day of activities at Middleton Arena

middleton-arena-big-games-newsThe Middleton Big Games will be returning for 2013 with a free family fun day at Middleton Arena on Saturday 13 July from 11am to 3pm.

Last year over 5,000 people took part in the Big Games boroughwide during the Olympic celebrations. Link4Life is building on this as part of the London 2012 local legacy to promote local clubs and groups and to get more people more active.

Designed with children and families in mind, activities include a climbing tower, mountain bike track, golf roadshow, lifesaving skills, swimming and aqua sports, racquets, arts and crafts, face painting, sports and games. All Big Games activities are free. Local groups will be performing on the stage throughout the day and the Arena's café is also available.

Link4Life's Event Co-ordinator, Donna Livesey said: "The Big Games aims to help people find out more about the wide range of resources on their doorstep and how they can get to use them on a regular basis. We're inviting everyone to come along ready to have fun and try as many activities as possible during the day."

To make the most of the day, Arena advice is to wear sports or casual clothes with trainers or flat shoes and socks and to bring swimming costumes, towel and locker money. All other equipment is provided.

For more information about Big Games 2013 visit www.link4life.org/bigyear or call into Middleton Arena.