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Preview by Steve Cooke

Create Rochdale is a network of organisations and individuals who represent the education, youth and arts and culture sectors in the borough of Rochdale.

The aim is to ensure that all children and young people living in Rochdale have access to high quality cultural education.

They have launched a New Skills Share Programme for Youth Workers and Artists

Inspired by research and reports such as Tate's Circuit programme (2013 - 2017) and Spotlight's Creative Youth Work Report they've brought together five local youth workers and five local creative practitioners to take part in a new year long skills share programme. They’ll meet once a month to share experience and explore how youth workers and creative practitioners can work together for the benefit of young people in Rochdale.

This programme is funded by the Cultural Development Fund (a Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) fund administered by Arts Council England) and supported by Rochdale Borough Council and Rochdale Development Agency.

There also is a New Screen and Film Club for 13–16-year-olds.

Hopwood Hall College have partnered with Saturday Arts Club and British Film Institute to run a new club on Saturday mornings. Each Saturday, members will be guided by professional film makers to develop technical and creative skills for the industry, including filming, editing, sound, innovation and creative visualisation. The club is free to join and started on 2 March 2024. Any young person who is interested in joining should apply now via this link:

Young People as well are Invited to Shape the Development of Rochdale’s Town Centre

Rochdale Development Agency (RDA) are working with the High Street Task Force Agency (HSTFA) to redefine Rochdale’s Town Centre and they are hosting an interactive, Place Making workshop at Rochdale Town Hall on 27 March. The event is an opportunity for local people to have their say on what big changes are needed to make our high street fit for the future. They think it’s important that young people’s voices and experiences are included in these conversations. If you work with young people who’d like to attend the event or share their opinions, please contact

Earth Day 2024

As part of the Wild Outside programme, they’re encouraging schools to celebrate Earth Day in April. The creative learning team at Touchstones have put together a resource showing how waste materials can be reused to make animal sculptures. On Saturday 20 April there will be a family friendly Earth Day event at Rochdale Library with free performances, creative activities and information. 



Preview by Steve Cooke

Prepare to be captivated by a theatrical masterpiece that transcends time and borders.

A politically charged and deeply moving new play that delves into the shared history of the last days of the British Raj.

The 1947 partition of the Indian subcontinent into India and Pakistan saw millions uprooted and resulted in unspeakable violence. It would also shape modern Britain. Witnesses to this brutal moment in history live among us, yet the stories of that time remain shrouded in silence.

Silence is a new play focused on communal storytelling – presenting a shared history inspired by the remarkable personal testimonies of people who lived through the last days of the British Raj.

Based on Kavita Puri’s acclaimed book Partition Voices: Untold British Stories and written by Sonali Bhattacharyya, Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, Ishy Din and Alexandra Wood.

The cast for Silence includes Alexandra D’Sa (Ackley Bridge), Tia Dutt (The Reckoning), Aaron Gill (The Cherry Orchard), Mamta Kaash (Women Of Mahabharat), Asif Khan (Mr Bates vs The Post Office) and Bhasker Patel (Emmerdale).

Original production directed and developed for tour by Abdul Shayek, Directed by Iqbal Khan.

From an original co-production by Tara Theatre and Donmar Warehouse

In association with Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch.

Duration: 1 hour and 45 minutes

Suitable for ages 14+

Tue 30 Apr – Sat 4 May, HOME Theatre 1

Tickets from £10



Tuesday 12 March 2024

Edwin Waugh Dialect Society

Tonight's session is "Annual Suppering-Do ​Edwin Waugh’s Birthday Celebration and Trophy Presentation Evening". ​Presented by Stewart Chadwick.

Edwin Waugh Dialect Society meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month (previously Wednesday) from October to June, commencing at 7.30pm at St Andrew's Methodist and United Reformed Church, Rochdale (between Rochdale Leisure Centre and Aldi). There is free onsite parking.

Annual subscription is £5, but voluntary donations at each meeting help defray the cost of the room hire. Your first meeting is free.

Formed in 1938 by a group of Lancashire Dialect enthusiasts, the objects of the society are the maintaining and increasing of interest in Lancashire.

At the meetings, members are entertained by a speaker or a performer.

Visit the link below for the full 2024 calendar.

Phone: 01706 826227

7.30pm start - 9pm

St Andrew's Methodist and United Reformed Church, Entwistle Road, Rochdale OL16 2HZ


Tuesday 12 March 2024

Rochdale & District Camera Club

Tonight is Bury Transport Museum.

We meet every Tuesday at 8pm at Syke Methodist Church Hall.

You are more than welcome to come down to one of our club nights to see if you would enjoy joining the club.

Phone: Pete Williams 07967 969136


Syke Methodist Church Hall, Syke Road, Rochdale OL12 9TF


Tuesday 12 March 2024

Middleton Arts and Crafts Group

A social, friendly and informal arts and crafts group with a focus on wellbeing.

This group meet weekly on a Tuesday.

All people over the age of 18 are welcome.


Phone: Tom Ratcliffe 01706 392210

12pm - 3pm

Middleton Library, Long Street, Middleton M24 6DU


Wednesday 13 March 2024

Rochdale Photographic Society

Tonight's session - Bobs trip to India. Annual PDI.

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.

£2.50 for room fee

Phone: Secretary - Ed Whitaker

Doors open 7.15pm, 7.30pm start

Rochdale Unitarian Church, Clover Street, Rochdale OL12 6TP


Wednesday 13 March 2024

Toad Lane Concerts - Rochdale's Weekly Music at Lunchtime

This week we have Rosamund Brass Quartet: Seb Williman, Adam Hofland-Ward, cornets Georgia Woodhead horn & Alex Barron euphonium (all RNCM).

The concert series has been held at St Mary’s since 2001 and was granted the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2020… during the pandemic!

Running every Wednesday, Music at Lunchtime is a weekly live classical music concert series that has been going since the 1960s. The sessions were initially run at the old Rochdale Art Gallery by the local authority, but since May 2001 have been run by volunteer-enthusiasts and artistic director, Dr Joe Dawson.


Phone: Dr Joe Dawson 01706 648872

Doors open 12noon, concert starts 12.30pm - 1.30pm

St Mary in the Baum, Toad Lane/St Mary's Gate, Rochdale OL16 1DZ



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