Charity Theatre Night

Shaw Playhouse Theatre – Monday 16 April.

The play being performed is “Bully Boy” which was written by Sandi Toksvig and has had fantastic reviews and standing ovations at other performances across the Country.

Tickets are just £9 each and can be ordered/purchased from Bev Place – or telephone 07791 172012.

All proceeds will go directly to Rochdale Connections Trust.

HLF Project – Update

Touchstones Session – Saturday 3rd February

We have our RMNF session at Touchstones this coming Saturday from 12.30pm.  Janet Byrne (Local Studies Supervisor) is going to collate information on Rooley Moor, Greenbooth and Healey Dell to show us, and is going to guide us through the process of researching our particular areas of interest.

So that we can manage expectations at Touchstones please let us know if you will or will not be there (email:  This is a great opportunity (financed by our HLF grant) to get involved, and we will be able to take copies and make return visits as we need. The agenda is very flexible, we expect the session will last a couple of hours and people will be able to come and go as they wish.

If you are coming, we suggest having a think beforehand about what you would like to get out of the session.  For example, some have said they would like to learn a bit more about people who lived in the area, about the naming of Rooley Moor, the cobbled road, and how the moors have been used over the years.  But the agenda is very open.  Maybe you’d like to know more about the history of your own house and we could recreate the new BBC TV series “A House Through Time”!

Ultimately the outcome from this, and subsequent research, will be the content for the signage and trails we are putting together for the HLF project.  And the more people that are involved the better.

Some of us are going to meet just before 12 in the café at Touchstones for a quick sandwich before the session – join us if you can.

Please do let us know whether you can or cannot join us (email:

HLF Project

Call To Action

The good news is we’ve received our HLF grant into the RMNF bank account, and now we need to start the real work!  There are two things below that I’d like to know as soon as possible if you can get involved with:

  1. Heritage Trail: I thought it might be nice to try out a heritage trail over the Christmas break to help us with putting ours together.  We’ve got a few ideas of where to visit locally, and would welcome more ideas if you know of some.  We could car share to the start and possibly end up in a pub….. I was thinking of walking about 3 miles, so only an hour or two plus pub time.  Could you join us on any of the following dates…
    • Wednesday 27th December?
    • Thursday 28th December?
    • Friday 29th December?
  2. Research at Touchstones: Touchstones are happy to facilitate us reviewing the archives they hold on Rooley Moor, Greenbooth and Healey Dell.  We have to pay a fee, so I am keen that as many of us as possible can make the most of this opportunity.  The staff at Touchstones will gather relevant information for us and they will host a session on how to go about the research. We will be able to take copies of materials away with us.  I suggest we plan a half day on a Saturday in Jan or Feb.  Can you come?  And if so, when would suit you….
    • Saturday 13th Jan am or pm?
    • Saturday 27th Jan am?
    • Saturday 3rd Feb am or pm?

Please come back to me on both points as soon as possible so we can plan to make the most of these opportunities. We will choose the dates where most people are able to join us.

Do let me know if you have any queries.

Many thanks!



Forum wins National Lottery support

Today, Rooley Moor Neighbourhood Forum has received £9,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) towards an exciting project, Sharing the Rich and Varied Heritage of Rooley Moor and the Cotton Famine Road. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, and with partnership funding from Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council, the project focuses on sharing the varied physical and social history in the Rooley Moor area of Rochdale.

The project will consult with a range of local and national groups to develop heritage trails and interpretive signage around the area, which will highlight a range of assets, for example the cotton famine road (featured on the BBC 2 Programme “Black and British: A Forgotten History”), built by Rochdale mill workers during the American Civil War. The people of Rochdale acted in support of the abolition of slavery as cotton supplies dried up. This resulted in great hardship for the people of Rochdale, and they were put to work outside of the cotton mills – for example building the cotton famine road (one of the highest roads in England) where 320,000 cobble setts were laid. The heritage trails will also visit listed buildings from the 16th century, the site of the old Moorcock Inn high up on the moors, sites of mining history and the remains of munitions factories in the nature reserve of Healey Dell. The trails will be supported by QR codes linking visitors to a website with a wealth of written, audio and visual resources providing further information on the physical and social history of the area.

Rooley Moor Neighbourhood Forum CIO is a community group working to protect, promote and preserve the area for future generations and will deliver this project with the support of local people, local organisations, Rochdale Council, United Utilities and the Lord of the Manor. Anyone who would like to be involved in this community based project is very welcome, and should make contact with Rooley Moor Neighbourhood Forum via the website (

Commenting on the award, Andy Meek (Chair of Rooley Moor Neighbourhood Forum) said: “We are thrilled to have received support from HLF thanks to National Lottery players and with the support of United Utilities, the Lord of the Manor and Rochdale Council we are confident this project will engage with local people and allow us to share the wide range of fantastic history that is accessible in our area. We would like to call out to all people with an interest in the area to find out more, and to get involved in this project.”

Asda Foundation

Proud To Champion Our Community

Members of our forum were delighted to receive a cheque for £200, to help with display boards, from the Asda Rochdale Store Community Champion. Our thanks go to Asda and everyone who voted for us.

Pictured from left to right are Alan, Desmond, Andy (RMNF Chair), Win and John.