General Data Protection Regulation

One of the biggest changes to UK data privacy law comes into effect on 25th May 2018.
The General Data Protection Regulation (or GDPR for short) is a really positive step towards you having more control over how your data is used and how you’re contacted. The changes will also help to better protect your personal data. We have updated our privacy policy to reflect these changes, which you can find here.
As part of these changes, you may soon find organisations asking you how you would like to be contacted. Like many other organisations we have chosen to rely on what the new legislation calls “legitimate interest”. This means we undertake to keep you informed of forum activities by email, which includes advice on how you can opt out at any time. You can also choose how to receive communication from us by registering on our website, or if you are already resisted, by updating your details –
To make sure you’re ready to make your choices, we’ve created a handy guide that will help explain the changes and what they mean for you.
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You may have seen GDPR in the headlines, or perhaps organisations have already contacted you? Here we take a closer look at GDPR and what it means for you:
  1. It’s the biggest change to UK data privacy law in 20 years – Thanks to technological advances the amount of personal data being generated is rapidly increasing – every time you shop online, use your favourite app or ‘like’ a photo on Facebook you generate data – which is why the law needs updating to better protect people. As part of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) organisations have to review how they manage all personal data – from email addresses to bank details – and ensure they are GDPR-ready by 25th May 2018.
  2. It will give you more control over your personal data- GDPR is all about giving you more control on how your personal data is used. You’ll have greater visibility and control over the personal data organisations hold about you – whether it’s something as simple as your name, or as complex and sensitive as medical information. This means you can have greater confidence that information about you is accurate, up-to-date and properly managed.
  3. You can choose who contacts you, and how – You’ll probably notice a lot of organisations asking for your consent so they can contact you about offers, products or services they think you’ll find useful or interesting. To comply with GDPR, these requests need to be really clear and straightforward. You get to choose who contacts you and how, for example by email, social media or phone.
  4. You can change your mind at any time – If you give an organisation permission to contact you, it doesn’t mean you can’t change your mind in the future. Under the new rules, it should be easier to update your preferences on what you want to receive and how.
  5. Your data will be better protected – GDPR also aims to make sure that all organisations holding personal data have the right processes in place to protect it. Organisations who put customer data at risk will face hefty penalties.
What happens next?
As a member of RMNF, you can choose how you‘d like to receive updates from us by registering on our website –
Your personal data is in safe hands with RMNF
  • We use your personal data to contact you with information about our neighbourhood forum and area that is relevant, useful and timely.
  • We respect your privacy and work hard to ensure we meet strict regulatory requirements.
  • We DO NOT sell your personal data to third parties.

RMNF – 2018 Calendar of Events


  • Friday 4th May – Neighbourhood plan pre-submission consultation ends
  • Saturday 12th May – Prickshaw and Catley Lane Head village clean up. From 10am to Noon for litter picking and a general tidy up
  • Sunday 13th May – Whitworth Skyline Walk will include the Cotton Famine Road and pass down Knacks Lane and through Prickshaw to the finish at Lobden Golf Club
  • Friday 25th May – General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) come into force.
  • Sunday 27th May – NFBA Annual Rendezvous Ride – Catley Lane Head, 12:30pm in “Win’s Field”. Cosima Towneley (Mary Towneley’s daughter) will be at the event and Rosettes will be presented by The Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Warren Smith. The ride will also raise money for North West Air Ambulance

June & July

  • In Bloom – June & July will be bursting with planting projects to bring dazzling colour our area ready for Rochdale in Bloom.
    • Catley Lane Head theme: “Our Natural Neighbourhood” to include:
  • 4 half barrels, sponsored by local businesses, at the following points:
  1. Fern Hill entrance
  2. Centre of village at the old phone box, will include a refurbished Victorian bench
  3. By the side of the BBC Cotton Famine sign, and
  4. The corner of Smallshaw Road
  • Plans also include:
    • Agricultural themed planting on the hill by Brown Hill Farm
    • Children’s fairy garden at the side of the refurbished bench detailed above (local children and parents will take charge of this)
  • Feature planting around:
    • The water trough well, opposite the Doldrums, “Well Dressing“ with Willow and plants, and
    • At the steps to the footpath alongside the site of the old chapel where a rustic cross will be in place to remember site
    • Willow ornaments to walls and trees and planters
    • The bus terminus turning circle – There’s a large tree trunk across from the Black dog on the corner of Caldershaw estate. We think it would make a great feature at the old bus stop – People and tractor power needed to move – Can anyone help?
  • Friday 22 Jun to Sunday 24 Jun – The Great Get Together


  • Rochdale Township in Bloom Judging Day (Dates TBA)

RMNF is a registered charity No. 1165601. We welcome donations to help run our organisation and various projects. To make a donation, please follow the instructions on the “Donate” page of our website:

A Timeless Landscape

Elizabeth White, “A Timeless Landscape” – Images of the Pennines includes the Cotton Famine Road. Elizabeth is launching her exhibition at Hollingworth Lake TIC, starting this Saturday 28th April, Elizabeth will be there from 2-3.30 on Sunday.

Neighbourhood Plan “Drop In” Event – Saturday 21st April 2018

Our neighbourhood plan consultation “drop in” event is on Saturday 21st April 2018 between 10am and 2pm at Spotland Methodist Church, Rooley Moor Road, Rochdale OL12 7ES.
We can discuss any ideas, issues or concerns you might have about the plan before it is submitted to the council for consideration. We’ll also be available to discuss our HLF and In Bloom projects.

Why a Neighbourhood Forum, Area & Plan?

When you review the plan it’s worth remembering:
  • Our forum was formed in response to a number of aggressive planning applications that would have significantly affected our neighbourhood area.
  • Our neighbourhood plan is intended to be helpful by letting developers know, upfront, what the people who live in the area want for the area. The plan reflects the views of all the people who responded to our detailed survey and includes “Character Areas” and “Important Views” that, together with the conservation areas, contribute to making the whole of the Rooley Moor Neighbourhood Area a special place to live, work and enjoy recreational pursuits.
  • Our neighbourhood forum status allows us to interact with the planning process in a way that could not be achieved by any individual. I.E. as a consultee.
  • Our neighbourhood plan doesn’t stop development, it simply asks for the majority view of our community to be taken into consideration.
  • There are a number of other initiatives, outside of the neighbourhood plan, which promote the history & heritage of our area and complement the recreational amenities our area provides. Namely:
    • Heritage Lottery Fund “Shared Heritage” project
    • In Bloom, and the
    • Equestrian “rendezvous” event scheduled for Sunday 27th May 2018
We look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

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!