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.
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.
Easter is a period of marking re-birth and the egg is the symbol from where all life comes.
There are approximately 11 billion hens eggs consumed in the UK each year. The beauty of eggs is that they are multi-purpose, have flavour and great nutritional value.
Many scientists have previously stated that eggs were diary products but now experts categorise them into the alternates food category.
There are of course many kinds of eggs that we can eat.
Duck eggs have a slightly richer yolk than hen eggs and excellent to use in dishes such as omelettes. They also have slightly more protein in their whites so the eggs are ideally suited for baking. Their thicker shells mean that they will store for a little longer than hen eggs.
Quail Eggs are a delicacy in many countries, they have a higher proportion of yolk to white compared to a hen’s egg, and a slightly stronger flavour. Served with celery salt they are a quintessential English summer canapé.
Gulls eggs are a traditional British classic, the gull egg is available in early spring and is a real breakfast treat served with caviar and toast.
Ostrich Eggs can you believe are equivalent to approximately 24 hen eggs. Can you imagine the huge omelet you could make with one egg!
You can find out where to buy local produce at Pennine Prospects local food mapping project. Happy egg hunting!
Farmers markets are spreading throughout the South Pennines giving a boost to the local economy. With a big push from Local Authorities and organisations like Pennine Prospects farmers markets are looking to become not only part of local tourism offer but also a key player in the local economy.
Buying and promoting local food offers farmers opportunity to sell their produce. It gives the opportunity for local shops, restaurants, tearooms to sell fresh food knowing that its been locally sourced. In some areas there is a push for local food to be supplied to not only markets and local businesses but also to supermarkets.
There are several local markets and farmers markets operating at the moment in South Pennines. In areas such as Littleborough, Uppermill, Mossley, Ramsbottom, Todmorden, Hebden Bridge to name but a few. Unfortunately Pennine Life couldn’t find a full list of farmers markets that covers the Pennines so we suggest you keep an eye out as to when they are open through your local websites and press. However we did find a map on Pennine Prospects website that shows you where to buy from local businesses near you.
Remember shop local – you know it makes sense.
The British garden has long been a topic discussed all over the world. With the revived interest of this favourite UK hobby many retailers have branched out into selling garden-related products and plants.
The consumer magazine Which has recently issued their latest research results concerning the best and worst stores that sell gardening products. Pennine Life are pleased to announce that the Pennines based Gordon Rigg garden centre came second out of the 65 stores rated. They scored an impressive 87% in customer satisfaction ratings.
It seems that more locally based stores in the survey gained better perceived value and customer satisfaction.
The research was conducted from 21 January to 3 February. Which rated stores they had visited on criteria including product quality, price and staff helpfulness with over 7,000 people participating.
So we would like to send our congratulations to Gordon Riggs who have stores in Walsden (West Yorkshire) and Rochdale, a great family owned company.