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Middleton Guardian - - REVIEW OF 2018 -

JAN­UARY

FE­MALE car­pen­ters were carv­ing out a path for them­selves in what was once a tra­di­tion­ally male­dom­i­nated field.

Sarah Wilkin­son and El­lie Hughes were both snapped up for ap­pren­tice­ships af­ter com­plet­ing their stud­ies at Hop­wood Hall Col­lege

The pair, both from Mid­dle­ton, stud­ied car­pen­try and join­ery and were then able to work on main­te­nance and ren­o­va­tion of houses across the bor­ough of Rochdale.

One of Mid­dle­ton’s most pop­u­lar and loved li­braries cel­e­brated its 50th an­niver­sary with a spe­cial day of event.,

Alkring­ton Li­brary proudly opened its doors for the pub­lic to en­joy his­toric dis­plays, read­ings, crafts, chil­dren’s sto­ries, com­pe­ti­tions and more on Satur­day, Jan­uary 28.

Li­brary staff joined in the fun, dress­ing in out­fits from the 1960s for the an­niver­sary event.

FE­BRU­ARY

ONE of the re­gion’s most pop­u­lar mar­kets was set to re­turn to Bowlee.

Bowlee Car Boot Sale and Col­lec­tors’ Mar­ket, a hugely pop­u­lar event held in Bowlee Com­mu­nity Park in Mid­dle­ton, was sched­uled to make a come­back on Sun­day, March 25, run­ning ev­ery Sun­day un­til Au­gust 25.

The Light­house Project com­mu­nity drop-in cen­tre, based in Mid­dle­ton Shop­ping Cen­tre, re­ceived a £2,800 cash boost.

The im­pres­sive sum was raised through fam­i­lies vis­it­ing the shop­ping cen­tre’s Santa’s grotto.

There was more fund- rais­ing, as a Mid­dle­ton club raised suf­fi­cient funds to buy a new Honda mo­tor­bike for Manch­ester Blood­bikes.

The Wood­side Club was so suc­cess­ful that it also gath­ered enough to keep the bike, which is known as ‘Woody’, on the road for the next three years, in­clud­ing spare tyres, tax and in­sur­ance.

Mem­bers of the club also handed a cheque for £700 to the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

MARCH

THE Vir­gin Money Mid­dle­ton Store was col­lect­ing Easter eggs on be­half of the Light­house Project.

Any­one could do­nate an egg at the store, and they were then to be given to peo­ple us­ing the cen­tre, which pro­vides a safe, wel­com­ing en­vi­ron­ment where peo­ple can meet, find sup­port and ac­cess op­por­tu­ni­ties.

A woman who helped thou­sands of peo­ple to start a health­ier lifestyle was hon­oured with an award. Mid­dle­ton weight loss coach Claire Ben­son, aged 43, was recog­nised for her out­stand­ing ser­vice to her group mem­bers.

In 2017 alone, Claire helped the mem­bers of the Weight Watch­ers group she leads to shed ap­prox­i­mately 860 stone in to­tal.

A film about the life of Edgar Wood came home to Mid­dle­ton af­ter a suc­cess­ful pre­miere in Lon­don.

Edgar Wood – A Painted Veil de­buted at Lon­don’s Art Worker’s Guild be­fore com­ing back to its home town, to be shown at the renowned ar­chi­tect’s first mas­ter­piece, Long Street Methodist Church. THE an­nual Pace Egg Play was staged in Mid­dle­ton, and de­spite a last-minute de­lay to a cou­ple of the cast mem­bers ev­ery­thing went off well.

The per­form­ers made progress through the town, from pub to pub, be­fore climb­ing through Ju­bilee Park to The Ring o’ Bells for the fi­nal show.

Al­though it was cold and grey out­side, the pubs were warm and wel­com­ing, au­di­ences showed their ap­pre­ci­a­tion vo­cally and with gen­er­ous do­na­tions to the char­ity Scope, and the egg rolling went ahead on the hill be­side St Leonard’s Church.

Mid­dle­ton Arena was given a £400,000 boost, which in­cluded a va­ri­ety of

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