Musical honour and first panto for decades . . .
●●10 Years Ago: LONG-SERVING Wardle High School teacher was honoured for a lifetime dedicated to music.
Deputy head Gary Walczak was awarded the Mortimer Medal by the Worshipful Company of Musicians for services to music.
Mr Walczak introduced brass band music to the school with the support of founding headteacher William Anderson and started a tradition which was still thriving.
He estimated in the 29 years since the school was founded, more than 2,000 children had been involved with the bands.
In 1985 Mr Walczak, who began his musical career aged 14 playing cornet with the Heywood Old Brass Band, also helped set up the annual Action Research Youth Entertainment Festival.
In the preceding years the festival has raised more than £500,000 for charity.
ATWO hospital workers prepared to climb Mount Kilimanjaro during the challenge of a lifetime.
Sally Taylor, of Whitebeam Close, a ward clerk at Rochdale Infirmary, would be flying off with ward sister Yvonne Lumb to start the challenge on January 16, 2008 and they were hoping to complete the gruelling trek in six days.
They were hoping to raise hundreds of pounds for Rochdale Heartbeat thanks to the generosity of local businesses, particularly in the Milnrow and Newhey area.
Mrs Taylor was delighted by the response she’d already received and was looking forward to the adventure. She said: “I’ve been doing lots of training so I feel ready, but I don’t think any amount of endurance work could fully prepare you for doing something like this.” A DRIVE to get women fit by pounding the streets was launched in Spotland.
The female-only NHS health walks proved to be a success, with a group braving the chilly weather to meet volunteer leader Rehana Maqsood for their walk up to Healey Dell Nature Reserve.
Rehana said: “This is a great way for women in the Spotland community to take part in regular exercise.” A GROUP of Year 10 pupils at Oulder Hill Community School tried to invent its way into a national final.
The group won its schools round of the Lionhearts Challenge.
The winning team designed the ‘virtual swimmer,’ a device to enable swimmers to train more effectively.
The challenge was to come up with and design a product or service to promote diet, health, fitness and wellbeing and they were scored on various enterprise skills. MORE than 200 teenagers collected accreditation awards at Matthew Moss High School for completing an eight-week alcohol and drugs awareness course.
Rochdale Youth Service presented the certificates to pupils aged between 13 and 15 who looked at the negative effects of alcohol and drugs and their consequences.
Youth worker Joe Pih said: “It is about giving people the knowledge to make an informed choice.
“Everyone needs to be aware of the consequences.” THE first pantomime for nearly 30 years at the Curtain Theatre proved a massive success after audiences flocked to the show.
The Robinson Crusoe production, based on the book by Daniel Defoe, ran in front of full houses for all the nights. The packed audiences had plenty of laughs provided by Timothy Richardson as Dame Chrissie Crusoe, Simon Thompson playing Billy Crusoe and Domenico Iannidinardi, playing Man Friday. Billy Sheerin, chairman of Castleton Residents’ Association, produced the show and was assisted by a 27-strong cast. Robinson Crusoe was played by Francesca Ellis and Chesca Fisher played heroine Polly Perkins.
It had been 27 years since the last pantomime, Dick Whittington, was performed at the theatre in 1980.
●●Joe Pih presents certificates to Sally Hussain and other pupils after Matthew Moss High School’s drug awareness course
●●Women from Spotland taking part on female-only NHS health walk in Healey Dell Nature Reserve
●●Wardle High School deputy head Gary Walczak with pupils Tayla Franie, Bentley Greenwood and Jessica Thwaites
●●Yvonne Lumb and Sally Taylor were trekking up Kilimanjaro for charity
●●Beth Fazackerley at Oulder Hill’s enterprise day