Mu­si­cal honour and first panto for decades . . .

Rochdale Observer - - BYGONE DAYS -

●●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

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