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.
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.
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