As October is cancer awareness month local residents are holding a mega clothes swap event at:
The Rake Tapas in Littleborough on Monday 24 October from 6 – 8pm.
Take along your unwanted wardrobe and swap it for something else. Swap your skinny jeans for someone else’s boho sweater. You can even swap your past-it prints for someones flunky floral.
Take part in the raffle, prizes include: express manicure and pedicure, full haircut and blow dry, bouquet, coffee and cake for two, knitting kit all provided by some of Littleborough’s best businesses.
The evening will feature the draw of our fantastic raffle, stalls from Littleborough’s favourite shops, drinks, nibbles and so much more
Simply bring your clothes on the night and enjoy an evening of sharing, swapping and fund raising for Cancer Research. All donations will go directly to cancer research.
The town was certainly buzzing this weekend with the gathering of other Incredible Edible projects to discuss the next steps in moving the movement forward to the next phase. European guests were also visiting to see how they can emulate this incredible project. Folk from all over the country appeared to learn more about the pioneering Todmorden movement. It seemed the whole world wanted to hear about the project and its successes.
Later in the day two special guests arrived from London, one was the well-known Chief Executive of the RSA and thought leader Matthew Taylor who toured the Incredible Edible green-route. The second, was the academic Tim Lang from City University London who is an expert in Food Policy. Both were involved in the evening talks at the lovely Edwardian Hippodrome where well over 200 people attended. Charlie Clutterbuck another academic also dropped in to give support.
As our regular readers will know people of Todmorden are growing stuff at the edges of buildings, abandoned bits of land, road side verges, a graveyard, plots atthe local health centre in fact anywhere they can.
The evening went down a storm with a fantastic turnout and a rousing final talk by Pam Warhurst of Incredible Edible.
Todmorden High School pupils were proudly filming the weekend as a work experience exercise and others helped out with looking after the visitors and serving supper at the packed Hippodrome to enthusiastic supporters and guests.
So where does the magician fit in? Well, it so happens that Derren Brown was somehow conjured up while filming in the town at the same time. Although one must say the wonders that are appearing in Todmorden are all done by shear hard work and passion by local heroes who are committed to doing things differently in the face of a changing environment.
Look no further for some “proper stand up” than to Manchester’s finest and legendary comedian Justin Moorhouse, as he continues to corner the market as the unfalteringly charming master of laugh-out-loud comedy. He reflects on everyday life subjects such as holidays, relationships and being a dad, whilst throughout he is all about the warm hearted, soulful humour.
Justin hosts his own show. Tea Time with Justin Moorhouse, daily on Manchester’s Sony Award winning radio station Key 103 and his brilliant BBC Radio 4 sitcom Everybody Quite Likes Justin will be broadcast from 29 June for four weeks. TV credits include playing Young Kenny in the award-winning Phoenix Nights, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, The Charlotte Church Show, 8 Out of 10 Cats, The Grumpy Guides and Shameless. Justin also appeared in the 2009 Ken Loach feature film Looking for Eric.
The ‘grow your own’ movement has been spreading across the country at a pace as people respond to higher food prices and living within existing resources locally.
The action packed two day talks will provide opportunities for people to rethink and redo how society grow, produce and consume food. Existing projects will be able to swap ideas and help those interested in setting up their own projects. Experts such as Professor Tim Lang will be talking about food, food policy and how to become sustainable. Over 20 incredible edible projects have sprung up over the country and many will be attending the event on Saturday.
Pam Warhurst said: “The big challenges on the horizon from environmental bankruptcy are just too mind-blowing for most of us to know what we can do. The simple idea of engaging with local food helps everyone irrespective of age, income or culture find positive things to do to improve where and how we live our lives. It just works.”
Matthew Taylor from the RSA (Royal Society of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) will also be attending and chairing Saturday’s discussion feels that “Growing food locally and collectively through community, educational and business involvement helps to connect people in a local area in a positive way. It’s great to see everyone pulling together for a better way of living.”
A magnificent harvest festival will be held on Sunday where Todmorden will display their home grown produce for all to see and enjoy. Visitors from France, Spain, Hungary and Slovakia will also be there to learn more about the various successes of Incredible Edible.
If you are (or know someone who is) female aged between 8 and 15 years old and talented at singing, acting and dancing then the Oldham Coliseum Theatre wants to hear from you.
The Coliseum is looking to recruit two teams of eight girls to perform in this year’s pantomime, Dick Whittington.
Auditions will take place on the Sunday 18 September at the Coliseum. Please ask your parent or guardian to call 0161 624 1731 and speak to Anne-Louise to reserve your place.
Auditions will be held in height order so please have your details ready when you call and good luck!
For those who are in the Todmorden area this Saturday why not pop along and visit the ‘Vintage Fair meets Handmade’ event at Todmorden Town Hall on Bridge Street. It’s open from 10am – 4pm and for just £1.50 you can have pleasure of searching for that special something among the 30 stalls of vintage loveliness and handmade goodness
The event is brought to you by RoseandBrown.
Ever since the announcement of the Royal Wedding people up and down the country have been planning events to celebrate on this special bank holiday weekend. Baking to celebrate the Royal Wedding between Prince William and Catherine Middleton has been a key element. Whether the cakes were for street parties or family brunches Pennine Life is sure that the sales for flour and other ingredients including cake decorations rose over the last few days. Here are just a few cakes that local people were inspired to bake, decorate and share for the special occasion. They look absolutely delicious don’t they?
Matt Healy and Roxanne Pallett star in Amanda Whittington’s heart-rending Satin ‘n’ Steel at the Oldham Coliseum Theatre this April.
Amanda Whittington’s play tells the story of jaded veteran performer Vince Steel who has been working the Northern club circuit for years, but his career has never quite reached the dizzy heights he dreamed of. When he meets aspiring karaoke singer Teena, he takes her on as his protégée in an attempt to add some glamour to his act, and it works.
As singing duo Satin ‘n’ Steel, Vince and Teena look like they’re heading straight to the top. Together they feel like they can achieve anything, and the pair fall deeply in love. But just when it seems all Teena’s dreams will come true, Vince’s guilty secret threatens to burst their bubble and shatter everything they have worked so hard for.
Amanda’s work has been performed at the Coliseum before, Be My Baby was here in 1998 and two other Coliseum shows - Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (2006) and Ladies Down Under (2007) – were both written by Amanda.
Roxanne will be playing Teena Satin, one half of Satin ‘n’ Steel. Roxanne found fame as the feisty Jo Stiles inEmmerdale. Her portrayal as a victim of domestic violence during Jo’s relationship with Andy Sugden earned her six nominations including Best Actress and Best Storyline. Her recent stage work includes The Vagina Monologues and the lead in the national tour of Rock Around the Clock. Roxanne also wowed audiences on the 2009 series of Dancing on Ice.
Matt will be completing the twosome by playing Vince Steel. Matt became a household name in 2004 asEmmerdale’s scheming Matthew King until his untimely death in 2008. Matt’s theatre credits include Abigail’s Party at the Coliseum in 2003, Inside Job (2010 Tour) and The Murder Game (The King’s Head, 2009).
Hilarious and heart-rending, and packed with hope, jealousy and love, Satin ‘n’ Steel is an exploration of the cruel realities lurking behind the glamour of show business.
Photos by Ian Tilton