Kind-hearted Joan was star turn in store

Rochdale Observer - - BYGONE DAYS -

●●10 YEARS AGO: A gen­er­ous Wilkin­son’s em­ployee was given a Lo­cal Star award in recog­ni­tion of her lo­cal char­ity work.

Joan Tat­ter­sall, aged 55, of Elms­field Av­enue, Nor­den, worked at the Rochdale branch and was nom­i­nated for the award by her col­league Nas­reen Akhtar.

She gave the £100 prize to Alder Hey chil­dren’s hos­pice.

She said: “I be­long to Nor­den Methodist Church and there is a lad there who was born with a hole in his heart and has gone through a few op­er­a­tions.

“I wanted to help him and oth­ers. A com­pe­ti­tion at North Manch­ester Golf Club brought a sur­prise do­na­tion of al­most £800 for Springhill Hos­pice.

Or­gan­i­sa­tional de­vel­op­ment man­ager Julie Hel­li­wel wel­comed the golf club’s cap­tain Peter Gil­martin and gen­eral man­ager Ger­ald Heaslip to the hos­pice to ac­cept the £790 the com­pe­ti­tion raised and to show them round. She said: “They were very im­pressed with the work we do and it looks like they may bear us in mind again.”

For­mer Manch­ester United foot­baller Brian Kidd came up with the idea that the hos­pice should ben­e­fit.

Julie said: “He and his son, who went on to win the com­pe­ti­tion, sug­gested that we should ben­e­fit and we’re very grate­ful they did.” A host of mag­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties was con­jured up as part of a cel­e­bra­tion at Syke Com­mu­nity Base.

Chil­dren were treated to a mag­i­cal show, which in­cluded plate spin­ning, to mark the end of their sum­mer playscheme or­gan­ised by Rochdale and District Play Ac­tion Coun­cil.

Fiona Walker, man­ager at the base, said: “The show went re­ally well and they had a great time. The club has been very suc­cess­ful. The chil­dren have been paint­ing, cre­at­ing trea­sure boxes and much more.

“There has also been a big em­pha­sis on healthy eat­ing this year.” MULTI-SPORTS ses­sions had been kick­ing off all sum­mer with chil­dren from the Kirklee, Mead­way and Che­sham es­tates get­ting ac­tive.

Or­gan­iser Emma Lord said: “Last week we tried aerobics for the first time and it was brilliant.

“The chil­dren all seemed to love it and were ask­ing if we could do it again.

“We have been do­ing the ses­sions ev­ery week for some time and I have been vol­un­teer­ing for my com­mu­nity since I was 14.

“It’s great the kids have joined in, they are so well be­haved and a credit to the area.”

The young­sters have played foot­ball, bas­ket­ball, Kwik cricket, rounders and have tried dance and re­lay rac­ing.

Emma added: “We ap­plied for the fund­ing so the chil­dren could all come to­gether from the dif­fer­ent es­tates, mix to­gether and make new friends.”

“We want to build a bond be­tween the many dif­fer­ent ar­eas.”

Money from the ses­sions came from the Lo­cal Net­work Fund. ELLEN and Wil­liam Camp­bell weren’t plan­ning on a grand cel­e­bra­tion to mark 50 years of mar­ried life to­gether - but their fam­ily had other ideas.

The cou­ple, from Canon Flynn Court, New­bold, were thrown a sur­prise party at Rochdale Cricket Club to com­mem­o­rate their mile­stone.

They mar­ried on Au­gust 28, 1957 when Eileen was 21 and Wil­liam was 30, in their home­town of Bam­bridge, in County Down, Ire­land, be­fore mov­ing to Rochdale in 1960, where they raised three sons, Michael, Brian and Sean.

They first lived off Molesworth Street and later lived in homes in Bin­g­ley Ter­race and Rath­bone Street be­fore mov­ing to their cur­rent home 15 years ago.

Eileen said: “My wedding break­fast cost 12/6, you wouldn’t get much for that nowa­days. ●●Wilkin­son’s lo­cal star Joan Tat­ter­sall with col­leagues Sue Hall and Sara Hus­sain, two of the many who nom­i­nated her for the award ●●Springhill Hos­pice de­vel­op­ment man­ager Julie Hel­li­well ac­cepted £790 from Peter Gil­martin (cap­tain) and Ger­ard Heaslip (gen­eral man­ager) of North Manch­ester Golf Club, who raised the money from a com­pe­ti­tion

“We went on our hon­ey­moon to Dublin.” De­scrib­ing Rochdale in the 1960s, Wil­liam said: “It was a lovely town then. It was brilliant, there were plenty of places to work.”

Wil­liam worked at Tathams for 30 years un­til he re­tired.

Eileen spent 10 years weav­ing at Highams and also worked at Vale Mill and Fair­field Slip­per Works as a ma­chin­ist un­til she re­tired.

Eileen added: “We’ve had a good life re­ally. The kids keep you busy and they al­ways come first.

“The neigh­bours are fan­tas­tic round here, every­one helps one another.

“We have a lot to be thank­ful for.” SUC­CU­LENT steaks and siz­zling sausages served with tasty sal­ads raised £500 for church funds,

The wet weather didn’t stop a suc­cess­ful bar­be­cue at the home of Felic­ity and Richard Guthrie.

The Bam­ford cou­ple hosted the event to raise money for St Michael’s Church. Mr Guthrie pre­pared the steaks, church mem­ber Brian Scott cooked the sausages and women from the church pre­pared eight dif­fer­ent salad dishes.

The de­li­cious food was en­joyed with a glass of wine served by the hosts’ son, Charles Guthrie.

There was also a raf­fle and tombola run by Janet Whit­tle, Judith Saile and Enid Mayor.

Sixty peo­ple, from St Michael’s church and St James’ Church in Ash­worth at­tended the bar­be­cue.

Mrs Guthrie said: “Every­one en­joyed it and they have asked when I am hav­ing another one. It had been rain­ing dur­ing the day and it was still damp but we made a tun­nel of gaze­bos in the lawn. It went ex­tremely well.”

●●BJ chil­dren’s en­ter­tainer with Me­gan Hor­rocks and Amelia Kelly(both nine) at Syke Com­mu­nity Base ●●Emma Lord with chil­dren who took part in the multi-sports ses­sions held at Matthew Moss gym dur­ing the sum­mer

●●Ann Mor­ley and Ken Board­man with other guests at the bar­be­cue for St Michael’s Church, Bam­ford

●●Eileen and Wil­liam Camp­bell cel­e­brated their golden wedding an­niver­sary in 2007

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