African com­mu­nity book was launched

Rochdale Observer - - BYGONE DAYS -

●●10 years ago: A NEW book put to­gether by Rochdale’s African com­mu­nity was launched.

New Steps for African Com­mu­ni­ties (Nes­tac) and Cartwheel Arts pub­li­cised ‘Home­lands’ at an evening of sto­ries, food and mu­sic at the Ron­ald Gor­ton Cen­tre,with guest stars Con­golese band Bri­tan­nia Kumba.

Kim Hay­garth, co-or­di­na­tor of Cartwheel Arts’ cre­ative writ­ing pro­ject ‘Tell Us Another One’, said: “It was a won­der­ful night at the end of a bril­liant sto­ry­telling pro­ject.

“We’re really proud to have worked with Nes­tac and the lo­cal African com­mu­nity to pro­duce such an in­ter­est­ing and unique book.”

The au­di­ence danced the night away to mu­sic pro­vided by Bri­tan­nia Rumba, up-and-com­ing Rochdale group Ex­otic and lo­cal MC Filza Fawad.

Book read­ings were given by two of the au­thors, Chanda Kapesa and Mor­isho Kaen­gele Os­car and guests were able to take their own copy of the book home.

Kim added: “Chanda and Mor­isho read their sto­ries to a fan­tas­tic re­cep­tion and ev­ery­one en­joyed de­li­cious African food. MATRIMONIA­L fever hit Rochdale as Wardle­worth Com­mu­nity Cen­tre hosted a wed­ding mela.

The event aimed to pro­mote the dif­fer­ent kinds of wed­ding prod­ucts and ser­vices on of­fer to the Asian com­mu­nity.

More than 150 peo­ple turned out to cast an eye over the wares of the dif­fer­ent busi­nesses from all over Greater Manch­ester.

Jewellers, beau­ti­cians and clothes shops were show­cased along­side florists, pho­tog­ra­phers and stage and light­ing com­pa­nies.

Event co-or­gan­iser Shab­nam Akhtab said: “All the chil­dren en­joy­ing get­ting henna tat­toos and there were a lot of young women who loved the beauty and jew­ellery stalls.”

En­ter­tain­ment at the mela was pro­vided by DJ Billy Blitz.

Shab­nam said: “There were many in­quiries made about all the busi­nesses and many of them took book­ings for forth­com­ing events. TWO tal­ented young artists from Bam­ford put their work on show at Bury’s gram­mar schools.

Six­teen-year-olds Aad­hithya An­ba­han and Mark Gho­brial were both study­ing GCSE art.

Guests were as­tounded by the qual­ity of art course­work by Aad­hithya in the show at Bury Gram­mar School for girls.

Aad­hithya was born in Madras and used a sum­mer hol­i­day she took there as in­spi­ra­tion for her work.

She per­suaded mem­bers of her fam­ily and friends to model for her in tra­di­tional In­dian cos­tume, re­sult­ing in a rich, vi­brant cel­e­bra­tion of In­dian cul­ture.

A spokesman for the school said: “Aad­hitya is a tal­ented stu­dent and I have been very lucky to teach her.”

Mark, a pupil at Bury Gram­mar School for boys, showed his work to par­ents, the mayor of Bury and other guests at an ex­hi­bi­tion.

He was one of the 21 art stu­dents whose course­work fea­tured in the show.

The ex­hi­bi­tion was vis­ited by a mod­er­a­tor for the exam board AQA.

One of Mark’s pieces was a large can­vas based on a re­cent trip to Egypt.

Other pieces fo­cused on world cui­sine.

Head of art Tim Burns said: “Mark wants to pur­sue a ca­reer in medicine but con­tinue art as a hobby.” THERE was no loaf­ing around for a Roy­ton woman who was made re­dun­dant by a bak­ery.

For 46-year-old Denise Wild had her sights on be­com­ing a writer.

Denise, of Dog­ford Road, had been work­ing at Park Cake bak­eries as an op­er­a­tive for eight years un­til she lost her job.

She had al­ready had a col­lec­tion of po­ems pub­lished en­ti­tled ‘Wild about Life’.

But she wanted to ex­pand into chil­dren’s books, which would come in handy as she was also a foster carer.

Her taste for po­etry grew af­ter one of her po­ems was en­tered into a com­pe­ti­tion and pub­lished in an an­thol­ogy.

She went on to pen spe­cialised po­ems for be­reave­ments, births, mar­riages and other oc­ca­sions, while sell­ing some of her work for char­ity.

She said: “Peo­ple kept say­ing I should write a book.

“At Park Cakes I have just been a clock num­ber for eight years and now I want to make a name for my­self.

“Some­one said that read­ing my po­ems is like when you hear a nice song that says the things that you want to say.

“Maybe I can find the words that other peo­ple can’t.

“I’ve sold some of them at work but it’s not about mak­ing money.

“It’s about put­ting a smile on some­one’s face and now I want to make a name for my­self.”

Denise put her in­spi­ra­tion down to the ‘bril­liant range’ of peo­ple she has worked with. JU­NIOR League had a tele­phone call from Re­becca Shaw’s mum say­ing how proud she was of her daugh­ter and her friend Ni­cole Hill.

With Ni­cole’s help, Re­becca de­cided to make some book­marks and sell them for £1 each to all her friends and staff at Healey Pri­mary School.

The duo raised over £100 which was go­ing to­wards Guide Dogs for the blind. A DIS­PLAY of work by the Rochdale Em­broi­derer’s Guild was ad­mired by more than 90 guests.

Mem­bers of the guild were on hand to an­swer ques­tions about the var­i­ous de­signs and tech­niques used by the group, which met at Nor­den Methodist Church Hall.

A spokes­woman said: “The work was beau­ti­fully ar­ranged and greatly ad­mired. Most vis­i­tors made this their first port of call.”

Mem­bers also re­laxed and chat­ted with their vis­i­tors while en­joy­ing a cup of tea with de­li­cious home-made scones, straw­berry jam and cream.

And they en­joyed the bring and buy stall, which sold craft and home-made items.

●●Re­becca Shaw with mum and Ni­cole Hill

●●Peggy Mu­longo from New Steps for African Com­mu­ni­ties group at the launch of ‘Home­lands’

●●Aad­hithya An­ba­han won praise for her GCSE art­work

●●At the wed­ding Mela in Wardle­worth were An­drew Ovens, Taz, Nadeem Akhtar and Salim

●●Nor­den Church Hall em­broi­der­ers, from left, Jean Goodchild, Yvonne Statham and Joyce Bargh

●●Denise Wild pub­lished a poem book

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