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Preview by Steve Cooke

While Touchstones is under renovation FRAG [Friends of Rochdale Art Gallery has a temporary new venue, in Rochdale Music Service’s home on the Butts.

The next two events are:

Thursday 14 March 2024

Meet local Geologist Stephen Poole who will give an illustrated talk on the geology of Rochdale including the associated material in the Touchstones collection that has been donated over the years. He will also talk about the archaeological digs he has been involved with, linked to the University of Manchester archaeological department, at the Windy Hill site in Rochdale.

Thursday 11 April 2024 Rochdale Town Hall tour (pre-booked)

A chance to see the newly restored and magnificent Rochdale Town Hall. Take a tour with staff and find out about all the conservation work that has been undertaken during the re-development. As well as learning fascinating facts about the buildings past and future, you will have the opportunity to explore all the new spaces and places previously closed to the public.

FRAG meets every second Thursday of the month

Annual Subscription £10

£4 (£3 members)

Temporary home Rochdale Music Service, 7-11 The Butts, Rochdale OL16 1XT

In the very centre of Rochdale, next to The Walk (formerly an indoor market, Santander Bank or earlier still, Burtons the Tailors)

Buzz yourself in, have a brew downstairs (pay the Honesty Box) 13:00

Upstairs (or lift) for meeting 13:30-14:30

For information - Contact 01706 648872 Dr Joe Dawson, Chair




Preview by Steve Cooke

Mercury Prize-nominated indie favourite returns to Manchester with her sixth studio album as part of The Dream of Delphi Tour.

Catch Bat For Lashes at Aviva Studios as part of her first UK headline tour in five years – in celebration of upcoming album The Dream Of Delphi.

Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and visual artist Natasha Khan burst onto the music scene nearly 20 years ago as Bat For Lashes. In 2009, she released her second album Two Suns to critical acclaim, prompting comparisons to Björk and Kate Bush. With five studio albums under her belt, and two Ivor Novello Awards including Song of the Year 2019, Bat For Lashes is a true innovator of indie pop.

Now, Bat For Lashes returns with The Dream of Delphi, to be released on 31 May 2024. Named after her young daughter Delphi, this is Khan’s most personal album to date, reflecting on early motherhood across ten spiritual ‘song poems’. Drawing on ancient and devotional love alongside the more mundane aspects of childrearing, The Dream of Delphi invites listeners on a journey through Khan’s most deeply felt suite of music. Self-produced, this is the first release since signing a new deal with the acclaimed Mercury KX.

‘We’re thrilled to welcome Bat For Lashes to Aviva Studios for a visionary show blending vocals, movement and elements of performance art in the intimate surrounds of the Hall.’

27 JUN 2024



Standard Tickets £35, £30 & £25

For ages 14+ only. Under 18's must be accompanied by an adult aged 18.

Doors open at 7pm.

Accessibility features available for this event: Wheelchair Access




Thursday 14 March 2024

Littleborough Historical & Archaeological Society

Leaving a Legacy (Family History) by Liesl Beckles.

Light refreshments are served on arrival and non-members are very welcome to attend.

There is a small charge of £3.50 for non-members and £2.50 for members.

Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 8.00pm (doors open at 7.30pm) in the fully accessible (via the station ramp) History Centre on Platform 2 of Littleborough Train Station.

Free parking is available locally within the town centre and nearby streets.

Members £2.50 and Non-members £3.50

Phone: 01706 838385

Doors open 7.30pm, 8pm start

History Centre, Platform 2, Littleborough Railway Station, Railway Street, Littleborough OL15 8AF


Thursday 14 March 2024

Rochdale Photographic Society

Tonight's session - Away battle Oldham CC.

We meet every Wednesday at Rochdale Unitarian Church, starting at 7.30pm prompt (doors open from 7.15pm). The door is kept locked so please ring the bell on arrival.

If you would like to see the club for yourself and meet our members, you are welcome to attend as our guest for up to 3 weeks before committing to membership. Annual subscription is £36 for single or £46 for joint membership.

A weekly room fee of £2.50 is also payable on arrival at the meeting. Refreshments are 50p.

Doors open 7.15pm, 7.30pm start

Rochdale Unitarian Church, Clover Street, Rochdale OL12 6TP


Until Saturday 16 March 2024

Heywood AODS Presents Young Frankenstein

From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation The Producers comes this monster new musical comedy. The comedy genius Mel Brooks adapts his legendarily funny film into a brilliant stage creation – Young Frankenstein!

Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced "Fronk-en-steen") inherits his family's estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor (pronounced "Eye-gore"), and a leggy lab assistant, Inga (pronounced normally), Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. "It's alive!" he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather's. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds.

With such memorable tunes as "The Transylvania Mania," "He Vas My Boyfriend" and "Puttin' On

Wednesday 14 March, 7.30pm

Thursday 14 March, 7.30pm

Friday 15 March, 7pm

Saturday 16 March, 2.15pm & 7.30pm

Tickets from £14

Phone: Middleton Arena 0300 303 8633 

Middleton Arena, LCpl Joel Halliwell VC Way, Middleton M24 1AG


Saturday 16 March 2024 - Sunday 17 March 2024

Mads at the Theatre proudly present local entertainment

Entertainment by a local amateur dramatic society. Including "what's for Pudding" by David Tristram and "Mother figure" by Alan Ayckbourn plus their very own quiz by Graham Lattimer.

Raffle and refreshments.

£7 including refreshments

Phone: Tracy Richards 07886 229544

7.30pm Saturday and 2.30pm Sunday

Butterworth Hall, New Street, Milnrow, Rochdale OL16 3PQ



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