Exhibitions and Events Touchstones Rochdale
The Rochdale Pioneers CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL
YEAR OF CO-OPERATIVES 2012 Discover the story of the origins of the Co-operative Movement and how it started right here in Rochdale in an exhibition focusing on the lives of the local men who went on to become the Rochdale Pioneers. It also showcases the exciting plans for the £3 million extension of the
historic Toad Lane Pioneer Museum. Until December 2012.
Children’s fun arts and crafts on Tuesday and Thursday throughout August.
ROCHDALE HERITAGE TRAIL Free Blue Badge Guided Tours exploring Co-op related sites in Rochdale town centre. Dates available throughout the year Duration approx 1 hour. Booking required – Ring 01706 924928.
JUBILEE ARTY PARTY Saturday 2 June • 10.30am-12noon or 1.30pm-3pm • Free Join in with our food-free arty party inspired by the Diamond Jubilee street celebrations. Help artist Cat Jessop to create party bunting, flags and hats. For ages 5-12. Booking is essential.
THE BIG GAMES ROCHDALE Saturday 7 July • 11am-3pm • Free Plus Launch of Big Dance Week and New Exhibitions.
CO-OP FUN-TASTIC FAMILY LEARNING DAY Saturday 20 October • 11am-2pm • Free Incorporating The Big Draw
EXHIBITIONS FROM THE BOROUGH COLLECTIONS From 24 March 2012
Echoes of the Edwardian Era Following on from the Gallery’s successful Victorian Stories exhibition in 2010, this is a chance to explore the history and art of the Edwardian era.
7 July – 8 Sept 2012 A Century Later
This exhibition of contemporary work from the Art Gallery collection provides a counterpoint to the Edwardian paintings and objects on display in Gallery Two, which themselves were contemporary when the Gallery opened in 1903 and was extended in 1912. It reflects the Gallery’s longstanding tradition of collecting and provides an opportunity to see more recent additions to the collection, including our work with the Contemporary Art Society.
Sat 31 Mar to Sat 16 Jun 2012 • Colouredge: Paul Haywood & Maxine Kennedy Sat 31 Mar to Sat 16 Jun 2012 • Gordon Cheung: Techno-Sublime Sat 7 July – Sat 8 Sept 2012 • Laura Ford: An Impossible Burden Sat 29 Sept – Sat 24 Nov 2012 • People’s Art 2012
Pick up a programme for other exhibitions and events during the year
Touchstones Rochdale, The Esplanade, Rochdale, OL16 1AQ. Tel: 01706 924492 Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm. Free entry. Café & Shop. www.link4life.org/touchstones
For more information and useful links visit www.link4life.org/bigyear
Join the National
Olympic Games Torch Relay 19 May–27 July
Olympic Games Opening Ceremony 27 July
Line the Streets Saturday 23 June
The Olympic Flame is coming to a street near you on its 70 day journey through the United Kingdom, a journey of 8,000 miles and 8,000 torch bearers all within one hour of 95% of the population.
The Torch Relay will travel through Rochdale and Heywood on its way to the Evening Celebration in Manchester city centre on Saturday 23 June. Get your friends and family together to welcome the Flame as it passes through – and register as a Local Leader to organise a local celebration. Watch out for route details.
Olympic Games Closing Ceremony 12 August
Paralympic Games Torch Relay 24-29 August
Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony 29 August
Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony 9 September
Olympic Football in Manchester Old Trafford, one of the most famous football grounds in the world, will host nine Football matches during the Olympic Games, including a semi-final in both the men’s and women’s competitions. The opening match will be the men’s GB team. Visit www.link4life.org/bigyear
to find out how you could win tickets to Old Trafford
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
Celebrations Bank Holidays 4 & 5 June
The Big Lunch 3 June – Bring a picnic to the Hollingworth Lake BIG Water Festival Thames River Pageant 3 June
BBC Outdoor Concert Buckingham Palace 4 June Light the flame
Look out for details of local Jubilee Beacons taking place on Monday 4 June.
ready to celebrate
Become a Local Leader Bring the celebrations of the Olympic
Games right here to your own home town. The London 2012 organisers are inviting people to sign up to be a Local Leader. Whether you invite three friends or your whole community they will provide you with the tools to make your celebration one to remember.
Register online on the London 2012 website and you’ll receive regular Local Leader emails with ideas on how to plan an event plus lots of tips and tools to get you started and exclusive offers. And on the website there are lots of ideas for events – from how to support the Torch Relay to organising an Opening Ceremony ‘night in’ with friends.
To find out more visit www.london2012.com/get-involved
VOLUNTEER WITH LINK4LIFE
Learn and develop new skills, meet new people, build your experience, feel valued, have fun, ‘put back’ into the community. For more visit www.link4life.org/volunteer
Sign up as a Sport Maker This year, anyone can be a sporting hero. Whether it’s planning the route, finding the pitch or encouraging people to take part – sport doesn’t just happen, it needs people to make it happen. Become one of 40,000 Sport Makers and you’ll not only get the skills, knowledge and opportunities you need to get more people playing sport, you’ll become part of the official London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sports legacy. Becoming a Sport Maker is easy and the programme is open to everyone aged 16 and over. Sign up for local workshop on 22 March at Spotland Stadium plus free gifts. To find out more visit www.sportmakers.co.uk
The London hosting of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for many people to experience the largest sporting event supported by a Cultural Olympiad that is the largest celebration ever in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic movements.
Here in the borough of Rochdale there are many opportunities for you to take part in a variety of events during the year. Make it the year you take up a new activity, join a group or club, volunteer as a helper, improve your performance or even pledge to represent your country at a future Olympics! Everyone has to start somewhere! There are many different ways of being more active…. and now is your chance to discover something new that you enjoy and which is right for you.
Keep up to date with the latest news and events at www.link4life.org/bigyear
Make 2012 the year you do something new Register online at www.link4life.org/bigyear
My favourite Olympic sport: My Olympic hero:
The sport or activity I would most like to try: My own personal goal for 2012: What can I do to help me achieve my goal?
FOLLOW OUR OWN LOCAL OLYMPIC HEROES
Keri-Anne Payne From Heywood Current World Open Water Swimming Champion Silver Medalist in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games The first Team GB athlete to qualify for London 2012 Keri-Anne started competing with Rochdale Aquabears Swimming Club
Stuart Bithell From Newhey
Stuart will be on the Team GB Sailing Team With partner Luke Patience they will compete in the Men’s 470 Class
Competing together since 2009 they are current World Silver medal holders
Stuart started to compete at the age of 12 with Hollingworth Lake Sailing Club
Enter our prize draw
How many medals will Team GB win at the London 2012 Olympic Games?
The Team GB squad will take part in all 26 sports with around 550 athletes. On the total medal table for all sports what is your prediction for the Team GB athletes?
Bronze medals Silver medals Gold medals
Enter our competition online at www.link4life.org/bigyear
Add your Team GB predictions by 27 July with the chance to win great prizes.
Be Inspired! Find out about the wide range of junior activities, groups and clubs available in the Rochdale Borough at www.link4life.org/go4it
. Or call into one of the Link4Life Big Games events.
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