A de­light­ful Wheat­sheaf Win­ter Won­der­land


CHRIST­MAS came swoosh­ing in over the Pen­nines and landed in the Wheat­sheaf Shop­ping Shel­ter York­shire Street, Rochdale for a Win­ter Won­der­land pre­sen­ta­tion of all the tal­ent that Rochdale has to of­fer.

It was the sea­son of good­will to all, as the shop­keep­ers opened their doors and wel­comed chil­dren as they elf-hunted in and out of their premises, up and down the shop­ping con­course look­ing for any gifts that had slipped off Santa’s sleigh, as he made his way to his grotto that had been do­nated by Prosce­nium The­atre Co. The grotto was manned by elves from Foot­lights The­atre. Their meet­ings are held on Satur­day morn­ings at 9.45am till 1pm at Falinge High School. There will be a free ses­sion on Jan­uary 12 for those in­ter­ested in join­ing a per­form­ing arts group. They take ages three years to eigh­teen. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion con­tact 07768 528133.

Sky­light Cir­cus Arts put on an amaz­ing cir­cus per­for­mance that had the crowd gasp­ing with de­light and amaze­ment. The ring­mas­ter, Caryce Bri­er­ley look­ing mag­nif­i­cent in the tra­di­tional Ring­mas­ter’s cos­tume of top hat and red tails. Fol­low­ing the per­for­mance, there was a cir­cus work­shop led by Scar­let Fel­lows. There was also a pho­to­graphic ex­hi­bi­tion of Rochdale Fair in the 1900s and of the cir­cus his­tory in Rochdale from 1950 to the present day cre­ated by Sky­light Cir­cus Arts.

Rochdale Mu­sic Ser­vice gave us a Christ­mas med­ley of songs old and new that re­ally brought out the spirit of Christ­mas for us all. Mem­ber­ship of the group is open to all. They meet weekly on Mon­days in the Town Hall at 7pm till 8pm. There is a small fee payable per term and they take adults from 21 years up to in­fin­ity. They also have a very ac­tive youth choir, a pop choir and a string quar­tet. The quar­tet teach­ing ses­sions are on Mon­day af­ter­noons, again held in the Town Hall.

The won­der­ful Cromp­ton Mor­ris Dancers gave an ex­hi­bi­tion of their in­tri­cate danc­ing skills that was cap­ti­vat­ing. We are so lucky to have such tal­ent in Rochdale and the peo­ple who make such ef­forts to keep our her­itage of dance and folk mu­sic alive.

Rochdale Craft Shop played host to Weav­ing Word Writ­ers’ Group that meets on the first and third Mon­day of each month at 5.30pm at River­side One. They are open to writ­ers of what­ever genre. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, con­tact [email protected]­hoo.co.uk.

●●Win­ter Won­der­land at Wheat­sheaf Shop­ping Shel­ter

Win­ter Won­der­land at the Wheat­sheaf

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