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Have a look at some upcoming events in and around Rochdale:

Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 9th June 2014

Quran Recitation Course

Mr and Mrs Qari Abbas have launched a 1-month Quran reading ability course. Classes will take place on weekdays or weekends at Milkstone Place and in Newbold. Please contact 07828052285 to enrol.

Titan the Robot coming to Rochdale Exchange

Globe-trotting Titan the Robot will be the VIP guest at a gadget extravaganza at Rochdale Exchange shopping centre on Saturday 14th June.

The event, to mark Father’s Day, will run from 11 am to 4 pm and shoppers will be able to meet Titan who took over the Big Brother house in 2010.

There will also be a whole host of gadgets to try out in the Dad’s lounge put on especially for the event which will give shoppers a raft of ideas for Father’s Day gifts.

This will include an XBox One kindly on loan for people to try out from Game in Rochdale Exchange. An O2 Guru will also be on hand to demonstrate the very latest in phone technology including the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Samsung Gear which users wear rather than hold.

To find out more about Titan the Robot’s visit to Rochdale Exchange go to www.rochdaleexchange.co.uk

Rochdale Railway Subway Works

Rochdale railway station is on track to benefit from a re-opened subway which is expected to be open for Christmas.

Work on the project, which will extend the station’s current subway to Miall Street, will begin in a matter of months, with workmen expected on site in autumn.

Transport Fees for Jobseekers

Rochdale Borough Council, as part of the Greater Manchester Combined Authorities, has negotiated free bus travel for applicants attending job interviews, as well as free or discounted public transport during the first few months in their new job.

Until March 2015, eligible jobseekers can apply for one of 24,000 free one-day bus passes to get to interviews or free 28 day bus or Metrolink travel passes once employment has been secured, with a further 12-weeks of discounted travel after that.

Those who prefer peddle power for their commute will benefit from the ‘Bike Back to Work’ initiative. This will give them access to free recycled bikes, which can be kept after three months, along with safety accessories like lights and helmets, cycle training and bike maintenance.

Childcare Course

Sudden Community Centre is providing a Level 1 childcare course, which is accredited from Hopwood Hall College. It is a certified course and students can then choose to continue with Level 2. The course is free and for unemployed people over 19. It is a valuable course for those interested in the field.  It will start on 17th June 2014. There are only a few places left on course Enrol as soon as possible only few places left. To enroll ring 01706750286,

Muhammad: The Believers’ Lantern course

Muhammad: the believers’ lantern is a full-day course on the commentary of the names of the Prophet (pbuh) from Imam Jazuli’s Dalail-al-Khayrat on the 14th June 2014 from 9.30am to 5.30pm. The course will be taking place at the Carlisle Business Centre in Bradford. The course fee is £10. Email contact@madinainstitute.org or call 07877827314 for further information.

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 19th May 2014

Lives of Man Class : Date Change

The intensive course on the Lives of Man by Imam al Haddad is now taking place on Saturday 31st May instead of the 24th as previously advertised. It will still be at Jamia Chishtia from 2-8pm.

Love your Market Fortnight

Love your Market Fortnight is running until the 28th May.

The following stalls will be running in Rochdale during the fortnight:

  • Ladies Only Gym – selling health foods and exercise equipment (Thursday 15 and 22)
  • Rochdale Hornets – selling tickets and merchandise (Saturday 17 May )
  • RSPB – selling membership (Friday 23 May)
  • Jessica Sammon – selling handmade cards, wrapping paper and mugs (Wednesday 14 to Saturday 24 May)
  • Loose upholstery covers (Friday 16 to Wednesday 28 May)
  • Costume jewellery (Friday 16 and 23 May)
  • Reading glasses (Saturday 17 and 24 May)
  • Wood carved goods (Friday 16 May)
  • Handmade jewellery, wine and champagne glasses with charms (Friday 16 and 23 May)
  • Handmade jewellery (Monday 19 May, Wednesday 28 May)
  • Vintage clothes (Saturday 17 May)
  • Personalised frames and gifts (Saturday 17 and 24 May, Wednesday 28 May)
  • Shabby chic furniture (Saturday 17 May)
  • Non-alcoholic drinks (Saturday 17 May)
  • Personalised gifts (Saturday 17 and 24 May)

Shoppers will also be in with a chance of scooping a prize worth £50, with a market hamper up for grabs throughout the fortnight. The hamper contains goodies donated by the stalls including fresh fruit and vegetables, fair trade chocolate, a toaster, a voucher for free shoe repair and much more.

You simply have to visit the market anytime during the fortnight and leave your details on one of the cards which will be available on the stalls. These can then be left with the stallholders or in the market office on the balcony. The winner will be drawn on Friday 30 May.

Oldham Road Closure

A section of Oldham Road in Rochdale has been closed in order to investigate reports that the road has become unstable. The affected area runs between Wood Street and Fishwick Street. These works are being undertaken as a matter of urgency and in the interest of public safety. The council apologises for any delays caused.

Support Fund

Rochdale Exchange Shopping Centre manager has launched an appeal to community groups and charities with projects that are fundraising to benefit people in their neighbourhood, to come forward and make the most of a £5,000 support fund.

They are open to suggestions and the main criteria is that people need to show how they are fundraising and how much they are aiming to raise.

With the projects that they think we can support, they will match-fund their fundraising total, so as an example, £500 becomes £1,000, until all the money in our £5,000 pot has gone.

Anyone who is interested in making a bid for a share of the £5,000 Rochdale Exchange Co-operative Match-funding Project should send a brief description of their organisation, what they are raising money for and how much they are looking to achieve. Also daytime contact details including a phone number should be provided. Bid descriptions should be sent to nicole.przewozniak@eu.jll.com

For more information go to www.rochdaleexchange.co.uk

Youth Service Open Day

The council’s youth service will be holding an open evening on Monday 19th May for residents wishing to find out more about volunteering with the area’s younger generation.

The service offers volunteering opportunities in youth centres and on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, as well as working with young people with disabilities. Volunteers can also work in sports sessions, in performing arts and in art & craft sessions, amongst many other activities.

The open evening will run from 5-7pm on Monday 19 May at Number One Riverside, Rochdale. For more information, call 01706 922 224.

Operation Maverick

Operation Maverick will take action against landlords forcing tenants to live in overcrowded, unsafe or squalid conditions.

Already this year, the Operation Maverick enforcement team has carried out 150 targeted visits across the borough, resulting in a number of enforcement results.

Operation Maverick officers will continue to visit properties, provide information for residents and take action where necessary.

If you believe that you could be the victim of a rogue landlord or if you suspect that somebody else is – report it.

Call: 0300 303 8874 or visit: www.rochdale.gov.uk/landlord

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 12th May 2014

Lives of Man Course

Jamia Chishtia are holding a one-day intensive course on The Lives of Man by Imam al Haddad.  The class will be held on Saturday 24th May from 2-8pm and taught by Shaykh Waseem Ahmed. To register your interest visit lightofislamacademy.org

Fostering in Rochdale

Rochdale’s Fostering Team will be at the Rochdale Exchange Shopping Centre on Saturday 17 and 24 May between 9am-5pm along with several foster parents, who will be on hand to answer any questions about fostering as a career.

There are around 500 children in the borough being looked after by foster families, with the council needing all types of foster parents to meet the different needs of children.

Rochdale’s Fostering Service offers a huge range of local training and support for their foster families. Carers have access to professional health and educational support, and are also provided with the equipment and allowances they need to look after their child.”

Residents are welcome to drop into the Exchange Shopping Centre for a chat at any time during the two Saturdays, where the team will also be handing out goodies.

For more information about fostering, visit www.rochdale.gov.uk/fostering , email fostering@rochdale.gov.uk or call 01706 922 422.

Tafsir of Quran and Commentary of Arba’een an-Nawawi (40th Hadith)

The Lantern Institute presents a chance to study an in-depth Tafsir of the Qur’an on Fridays and the Commentary of Arba’een an-Nawawi on Mondays. Classes will take place at Golden Mosque and be taught by Shaykh Mohammed Shabbir Sialvi. You can sign up to either of these courses, and anyone who joins the Tafsir course will get a substantial discount on any future courses held on a Monday.  Contact info@lanterninstitute.co.uk for further information.

Council Tax Cold Callers

Rochdale Borough Council is warning residents to be on their guard against cold callers offering them big reductions on their council tax.

There have been reports that companies have been making cold telephone calls or knocking on doors of elderly residents claiming that in return for an upfront fee they can recoup cash because houses are in the wrong council tax band.

While the practice is not illegal, Rochdale Borough Council is instead advising residents not to use these companies and to contact the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) which will reassess properties free-of-charge.

If you believe someone is impersonating staff from Rochdale Borough Council, or a cold caller refuses to leave, call the police non-emergency number on 101, or if you feel threatened dial 999.

If you suspect you have been the victim of one of these companies telephone the Citizen’s Advice Consumer Service on 08454 04 05 06 to report it and to get advice.

For more information on Council Tax banding and how to get your property reassessed call the Valuation Office Agency on 03000 503 600 or visit its website on www.voa.gov.uk/corporate/index.html

NHS CCG Monthly Meeting

NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group’s (HMR CCG) Governing Body is meeting on Friday 16 May from 10.30am until 1pm in room Hollingworth C, Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale, OL16 1XU.

Public questions are welcome and can either be submitted through the website (www.hmr.nhs.uk, under ‘about us’, then ‘governing body meetings’) or asked during the open questions slot at beginning of the meeting.

Decisions are expected to be made about the CCG’s business plan for 2014/15, the sustainability management strategy and Greater Manchester-wide policies around effective use of resources.

People with questions are asked to arrive at the meeting at 10am. The engagement lead will be available to discuss any other queries. Please report to reception on arrival at Number One Riverside.

The agenda and papers for the meeting will be available on the ‘about us’ section of the website www.hmr.nhs.uk ahead of the meeting.

Responses to previous public questions and a full schedule of governing body meetings can also be found on the governing body pages of the website.

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 6th May 2014

Oldham College Open Day

Oldham College is giving prospective students the chance to look around, see all the facilities, meet the tutors and find out all that’s on offer, at an Open Day on Saturday 10th May from 10am until 1pm.

The Open Day is for all ages at every stage of their learning and career development. This includes those making post-GCSE plans to those looking to change career or take on part-time courses to develop their own skills and knowledge. Visitors can also find out about The GM (the Greater Manchester Sustainable Engineering University Technical College) the next new development to open at Oldham College. This purpose-built centre of excellence for 14-19 year olds opens in September.

For more information on the Open Day or for your copy of a prospectus please call 0800 269 480 or visit www.oldham.ac.uk

Market stalls

Future businessmen and women can take a stall on Rochdale market for just £5 as part of national Love your Local Market fortnight.

The event, which celebrates the market tradition up and down the country, runs from 14 to 28 May and encourages shoppers to go and find out what’s on offer at their local market.

Anyone selling goods which are not currently represented on the market, such as crockery, meat, homewares and gifts, can take advantage of the offer to test trade in a traditional market setting.

Stalls are selling fast so sign up quickly.

The only day potential traders won’t be able to set up shop will be flea market day on Tuesday.

Anyone who would like to take a stall on one or more of the days during Love Your Markets fortnight can contact the Markets Manager, Jeff Charlesworth on 07812 231 091 or jeff.charlesworth@rochdale.gov.uk

The opening times for the normal stalls are 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Saturday with the exception of Tuesday, which is flea market day.

Town Centre Shuttle Bus

Rochdale’s free town centre shuttle bus will keep rolling for another year following a successful trial.

The service runs from the bus station from Monday to Saturday (not including Bank Holidays). It stops on Newgate for access to the old post office and the Exchange Shopping Centre and Hunter’s Lane for access to Yorkshire Street and Cheetham Street shops, as well as the Wheatsheaf Centre.

The new service, which launches on the 6th May, will start running slightly later than previously, leaving stand C in the bus station from 9.05am. It will then leave the bus station every 20 minutes until 5.05pm.

The bus, which bears the number 200, will be a slightly different vehicle to the one used previously.

Tafsir of Quran and Commentary of Arba’een an-Nawawi (40th Hadith)

The Lantern Institute presents a chance to study an in-depth Tafsir of the Qur’an on Fridays and the Commentary of Arba’een an-Nawawi on Mondays. Classes will take place at Golden Mosque and be taught by Shaykh Mohammed Shabbir Sialvi. You can sign up to either of these courses, and anyone who joins the Tafsir course will get a substantial discount on any future courses held on a Monday.  Contact info@lanterninstitute.co.uk for further information.

Pharmacy Survey

The council is working with the NHS to gather important information about how people use their local pharmacies and residents are being asked to help to shape the services provided by completing the ‘Rochdale Pharmacy Services Public Survey 2014′.

The survey is anonymous and local people’s views will be used to help us make decisions about how best to improve the health of people in Rochdale borough and the health services they receive.

Visit www.rochdale.gov.uk/improvingpharmacies to complete the survey. The closing date is 25th May.

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 28th April 2014

Getting Active

Have you ever thought that you are too old to exercise? Have you thought that there is nothing that interests you?

John Taylor will turn 91 in a few weeks and there is no stopping him!  He attends one of theactiv8teme circuit sessions every week.

If you would like to get active but don’t know where to start, contact Sarah for a brief chat on 07976 498 629 or email: activ8teme@link4life.org. There is something for everyone no matter what your age or interests!

Principles of Islamic Sciences Course

Presented by the Light of Islam Academy Principles of Islamic Sciences Courses is a 1 Year course taught by Maulana Shabbir Sialvi & Imam Irfan Chishti.

All Traditional texts will be taught in English.

  • Principles of Tafsir – Al Fawz ul Kabir
  • Classifications of Hadith – Nukhba-tul- Fikr
  • Principles of Hanafi Jurisprudence – Usool-ul-Shaashi

Classes will be held every Sunday morning starting on 4th May

Register online now at www.lightofislamacademy.org

Adults Learning to Swim

The adult ‘Learn to Swim’ programme is ideal for anybody who is unable to swim, wants to gain more confidence or improve his or her swimming technique.

For more details of the next swim programme, please ring your nearest centre:

  • Rochdale Leisure Centre: 01706 926000
  • Heywood Sports Village: 01706 924000
  • Middleton Arena: 0161 662 4000

Nordic Walking

Nordic Walking uses specially designed walking poles to help boost fitness levels.  Unlike ordinary walking, you use more of the entire body so it’s a good exercise for the chest, arms and back. It also helps boost heart rate and burns more calories.

Nordic Walking taster sessions (with the  poles provided) will be held as below.  Places are limited and cost £2.  Please contact Julie on: 01706 926201 / 07976 059 514 or email: activ8teme@link4life.org to book your place.

  • Thursday 1 May, 6pm – Hollingworth Lake Water Activity Centre (reception area)
  • Friday 2 May, 10am – Queens Park Cafe, Heywood (outside the cafe)
  • Tuesday 6 May, 1pm – Middleton Arena (reception area)
  • Wednesday 7 May, 10am – Touchstones (cafe area)

Cycling Taster Sessions

Hollingworth Lake staff are holding a number of beginners cycling taster sessions.

The sessions will start on Friday 9 May at 1pm-3pm and meet at reception area at Hollingworth Lake Water Activity Centre, Lake Bank, Littleborough, OL15 0DQ. The cost is £3 per person with bikes and helmets provided (or bring your own along if you prefer).

The sessions are suitable for both beginners and intermediate levels, with the possibility of adding a mountain bike session in if there is demand.  There is also the option of some maintenance training too.

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 21st April 2014

The Sanctuary Trust Opening Times

The Sanctuary Trust, who supports homeless people in Rochdale, is extending their Storehouse Charity shop opening times to include Saturday, at 58 Drake Street. They are open 9:30 am to 4:30 pm from Tuesday to Saturday, selling reasonably priced, second hand furniture, white goods, bric-a-brac and clothing.  Please call in the shop and browse the stock.  Larger items can be delivered for a small charge. Donations of goods are accepted.  If you have any large items to donate please contact 01706 649988 to arrange a collection.

Funding available: Le Tour de France

To celebrate the second stage of Le Tour de France coming to the borough in July, Rochdale Borough Council is making a total of £20,000 available for local groups to make the visit of the sporting spectacular even more memorable.

Community groups and local event organisers can now apply for funding from the council to support events or activities that will help to showcase the borough either before, during or after the weekend of the race.

To be eligible they should put forward activities which will help to mark the historic visit of the tour to Rochdale.  The council is particularly interested in ideas that encourage a healthy lifestyle and promote participation in sport, as well as activities that appeal to a wide range of people.  To encourage a lasting legacy they are also looking to support groups to run activities that will encourage new members.

Grant applications must be received by the closing date of 12 May.  For more details on the guidance and how to apply visit www.rochdale.gov.uk

More details on the route and information for spectators can be found at www.rochdale.gov.uk

The Oasis Unit

A new medical unit developed purely for patients with dementia from Rochdale borough has opened at Rochdale Infirmary, where there will be a social worker from Rochdale Borough Council Social Services.

The Oasis Unit is a new five-bed facility which will allow the assessment and diagnosis of patients with dementia and confusion arriving with acute medical conditions, either through the Urgent Care Centre, the Clinical Assessment Unit (CAU) or through direct GP referral.

The unit has its own lounge area, kitchen and dining area tailored for the needs of patients and their families and carers. A patient’s length of stay will be between five and seven days depending on their individual needs. This will ensure referral and care pathways are designed to meet the needs of each individual patient, providing a better quality of continuing care. There will also be longer visiting hours for relatives and carers.

Nominate your GP practice for a People’s Star award

Everyone in Rochdale is invited to nominate their GP practice for providing high quality, compassionate and individual patient care for the People’s Star award.

The award aims to celebrate and recognise GPs and GP practice staff for the excellent work they do to help HMR CCG deliver its objectives and achieve its vision of healthier people, better future for the people of the borough.

Nominations are open until Wednesday 30 April and winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday 12 June.

Favourite Book Nominations

Rochdale Borough Libraries is asking residents to nominate their favourite book of the last 40 years to mark the 40th Anniversary of Rochdale borough.

The book may be for adults or children and of any genre; the only rule is that the book must have been published since 1974. The closing date for nominations is Monday 30 June with the results being announced at Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival, 24-26 October 2014.

Nominations can be made online at the council website where you will be asked to enter your name, email address, your chosen book’s title and, if you wish, a comment on why you are nominating the book.

The online form can be found at: www.rochdale.gov.uk/nominate

Registering for Elections

Residents of Rochdale borough are being urged to make sure they are registered to vote for elections that will decide the future of the borough. Twenty of the 60 seats on the council are up for election on May 22, the same day as European Parliament polls.

Only those on the Electoral Register will be able to vote. Voting at the local elections means you will help decide which local councillors will represent your interests in your area and in Europe in the elections on 22 May.

All those who register before 6 May will be eligible to enter a prize draw to win an Apple iPad by visiting www.reasonstoregister.co.uk

Forms can be downloaded from www.rochdale.gov.uk/elections Completed forms should be returned with two forms of identification to Electoral Services, PO Box 207, Town Hall, Rochdale, OL16 1EW. Forms can also be scanned and emailed to elections@rochdale.gov.uk

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 9th April 2014

Library Story Sessions

Children can have double the fun at two Easter eggstravaganza story time sessions which will take place at Rochdale Central Library on Tuesday, April 8, at 10.30am, and Thursday, April 17, at 2pm.

Join town centre chaplain Reverend Margaret Smith and Ray Stearn, at Number One Riverside, for the free story time and craft activities, most suitable for accompanied primary age children.

The first session will be based around the theme of animals, while the second will concentrate on the topic of food.

No booking is required, just turn up on the day.

For further information on events run by Rochdale Borough Libraries visit www.rochdale.gov.uk/libraries

The HMR Star (Special Thanks and Recognition) Awards

The HMR Star (Special Thanks and Recognition) Awards have been launched to mark the first anniversary of NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group (HMR CCG).

They aim to celebrate and recognise CCG staff, GPs and GP practice staff for the excellent work they do to help HMR CCG deliver its objectives and achieve its vision of healthier people, better future for the people of the borough.

One of the award categories– People’s Star – is open to local people and patients to nominate GPs, practice managers, practice nurses or GP receptionists who you feel deserve special thanks and recognition.

The People’s Star award is for a person or team considered by patients and the public to have provided high quality, compassionate and individual patient care.

To nominate and to help with shortlisting and the final selection of winners, you should give as much detail as possible about the person or team you are nominating within the 200 words word limit. This could be about their achievements; approach to colleagues, patients, work, change or challenges; reasons why they are a great example for others and employees of which the NHS can be proud; or what they’ve done to provide excellent customer service.

Be clear about why you think the person or team you are nominating is an HMR Star.

Complete a nomination form either by:

Visiting www.hmr.nhs.uk/hmrstarawards and complete an online form.

Or asking for a nomination form at your GP practice or print a nomination form from the website, complete it and post it to the address on the website.

Nominations are open from 1 April until 30 April and winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday 12 June.

For further details, visit www.hmr.nhs.uk/hmrstarawards, email hmr.starawards@nhs.net or call 01706 652810

Domestic Abuse

The Rochdale Safer Communities Partnership is supporting the Greater Manchester-wide End the Fear campaign. Victims of domestic abuse or concerned family members or friends are being urged to seek support and advice by calling the domestic abuse helpline on 0161 636 7525 or online at www.endthefear.co.uk

Watch the Rochdale Safer Communities Partnerships new EndTheFear video:  http://youtu.be/4se-MZFQ73o

Car Boot Sale

Now’s the time to grab yourself a bargain as the new season of Bowlee Car Boot Sales has already begun.

Your trash may be someone else’s treasure, so clean your house and turn your unwanted goods into someone else’s prized possessions, or just explore the stalls to bag yourself a bargain. The events take place every Sunday or Monday on Bank Holiday weekends, from 7am to 1.30pm.

“The events are managed by Rochdale Borough Council […] so you know you’re buying and selling in a legal, safe environment.”

As a seller there’s no need to book, just turn up early from 6am to grab yourself a good spot and pay at the gate.

Prices for selling are:

  • Cars: £12
  • Estate vehicles, small vans, people carriers, 4x4s: £15
  • Large transit van upwards: £20

The buyers’ car park at Bowlee, which opens from 6.30am on sale days, is located within the park. It costs £2 per vehicle to park.

Bowlee Community Park is just off Heywood Old Road (A6045), in Middleton, with easy access from junction 19 of the M60. For sat nav systems enter M24 4SB and look out for the brown signs directing you to the site.

For further information visit www.rochdale.gov.uk/bowlee

Walking Group

Thursdays, 10am-11am, £2 meet at Rochdale Leisure Centre (reception area), Entwisle Road, Rochdale, OL16 2HZ (starting on Thursday 27 March).

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 24th March 2014

Healthcare services events

Local people are being invited to find out more about local healthcare services at events this month.

The workshops are being held as part of a series of events being held at locations across the borough during March and aim to involve the public and patients in the development of integrated health and social care services, ensuring local people know what is proposed and how they can influence the proposals.

It is also an opportunity for people to comment on the new proposals from the Healthier Together programme to reconfigure health services across Greater Manchester.

Details of the events are as follows:

Date:               Tuesday 25 March

Time:              13.00pm – 15.00pm

Venue:            Sparth Community Centre, Norman Road, Rochdale, OL11 4HS

Date:              Wednesday 26 March

Time:              9.30am – 12noon

Venue:           Littleborough Coach House, Lodge Street, Littleborough, OL15 9AE

Date:               Friday 28 March

Time:              1-3.30pm

Venue:            Heywood Civic hall, 3 Church Street, Heywood, OL10 1LW

Feedback received at the sessions will be fed into the local integrated care work programme.

For more details or to register, email hmrccg.haveyoursay@nhs.net or call HMR CCG’s engagement lead Phil Burton on 01706 764319.

Shama’il Class

The final class of the Shamail At Tirmidhi course will be held on Monday 31st March at Golden Mosque. Moulana Shabbir Sialvi will be delivering the final chapter of the class with a special guest appearance and lecture by Imam Asim. The class will be held from maghrib 7:45 till Isha 9:30pm in the lower ground floor of the masjid. Brothers and sisters are invited to attend.

Light of Islam Academy Courses

The Light of Islam Academy is bringing you two upcoming courses. They will both be taking place on Sunday morning and begin on 4th May

1- The Heaven’s Keys course is a 2 year Islamic knowledge course with Maulana Shabbir Sialvi & Imam Irfan Chishti -

2 – The Islamic Sciences Course is a 1 year intensive project which will cover the principles of tafsir, the classifications of hadith and the principles of Hanafi jurisprudence.

Further information is available on the website under academic courses.

Visit www.lightofislamacademy.org to apply.

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 17th March 2014

Novella writing competition

There is a new novella writing competition, The MMU Novella Award, with a prize of £1,000, plus publication by Sandstone Press. It aimed squarely at e-reader users in search of good short reads and entries must be between 20,000 and 40,000 words long.

The winner of the award will be announced at a one-day Novella Festival, held at MMU’s Cheshire campus in July, where there will also be readings, talks and panel discussions.

The closing date for the competition is 23 May 2014.

Further details can be found at www.mmunovellaaward.org.uk: Kat Dibbits at MMU 0161 247 5278 or Eilidh Smith at Sandstone Press 07901 914 596

Breathlessness Campaign

A pilot campaign in Rochdale is aiming to raise awareness of the seriousness of breathlessness – a key symptom of lung and heart disease – urging those struggling with shortness of breath to visit their doctor.

The four-week campaign is targeting people over 50 as they are more at risk of conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer and heart failure.

“Getting out of breath isn’t just a sign of getting older; it could potentially be an early sign of serious conditions such as heart disease. Finding it early makes it more treatable, so don’t ignore it or find ways to cope. Instead, visit your GP and get the help and treatment you need.”

Smokers are not the only ones at risk.

People are encouraged to visit their doctor straight away if they have been experiencing breathlessness while doing everyday activities such as:

  • Light housework
  • Gardening
  • Walking short distances on relatively flat ground (e.g. to your local shop)
  • Climbing short flights of stairs

PPG Membership

Part of NHS HMR CCG’s engagement process has involved listening to members of Practice Participation Groups (PPG).  PPGs are usually made up of a group of volunteer patients, the practice manager and one or more of the GPs from the practice. Group members meet regularly to discuss the services on offer, and how improvements can be made for the benefit of patients and the practice.

More PPG members are required. If this interests you, please contact your local GP practice who will advise you about next steps. You can be involved as much or as little as you like depending on the time you are able to give.

If you are already a PPG member, you might also consider joining the new borough-wide PPG, which aims to bring together representatives from individual practice groups.

Child restraint fittings

Rochdale Borough Council is advising parents and carers to get a free check to make sure their child’s car restraint is fitted correctly.

During recent visits when casualty reduction officers spoke to parents about the correct use of child restraints and how to fit child seats, they discovered that most of the devices were fitted incorrectly, being potentially fatal to children.

If you are not sure about your own child restraint and would like some advice on how to fit it or are thinking of buying a seat for your child and not sure what to look for, contact the Casualty Reduction Team on 01706 924605 or email road.safety@rochdale.gov.uk

For further road safety information in Rochdale borough visit http://www.rochdale.gov.uk/parking,_roads_and_transport/more_on_parking_and_roads/road_safety.aspx

Shakespeare Week

On Friday 21 March at Number One Riverside, Hollingworth Suite,  the Manchester Shakespeare Company will be performing Desperate Measures, for over 15s only, it is a darkly comic tale of power and lust set among the streets of the future fictional city of Mancia. The play is adapted from Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure by John Topliff and Hannah Ellis and directed by Gina T Frost and Matt Cawson. For further information visit www.manchestershakespearecompany.com

Tickets are £10, or £9 for concessions, and are available through Rochdale Borough Libraries events’ page at www.rochdale.gov.uk/library_services/events_at_libraries.aspx and clicking on Shakespeare Week then the Book Tickets link.

Other activities taking place for Shakespeare Week from 17 to 23 March, in honour of the 450th anniversary of the birth of the Bard, include:

  • From Monday 17 March to Saturday 22 March, a selection of costumes will be on display at Rochdale Central Library, on loan from Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre. The costumes, from a traditional production of Romeo and Juliet, will include the key characters of Friar Laurence, Romeo, Tybalt, Nurse, Lady Capulet and Juliet.
  • On Monday 17 March, from 5:30-6:30pm, in the children’s area at Rochdale Central Library, there will be a performance of Much Ado About Nothing – Stories Alive by dynamic, engaging and charismatic storyteller, Eden Ballantyne, which is free and suitable for primary age children. In the retelling, Claudio and Hero fall in love and plan to get married, but someone tries to come between them and their happiness. Find out what happens next at the interactive storytelling session (booking is not required).
  • Big Foot Theatre will be hosting Shakespeare Ain’t That Bard, a ‘play in a day’ schools’ workshop, at the Rochdale Pioneer’s Museum on Wednesday, 19 March. Four groups of 30 specially invited schoolchildren will join Sir Bardwell for this 45-minute interactive workshop, as he works with students to battle with contemporary hip hop beats and modern day interpretations of Shakespearean text in order to stage some of the Bard’s work in a refreshingly exciting new way.

For more information about Shakespeare Week nationally visit www.shakespeareweek.org.uk

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 10th March 2014

Novella writing competition

There is a new novella writing competition, The MMU Novella Award, with a prize of £1,000, plus publication by Sandstone Press. It aimed squarely at e-reader users in search of good short reads and entries must be between 20,000 and 40,000 words long.

The winner of the award will be announced at a one-day Novella Festival, held at MMU’s Cheshire campus in July, where there will also be readings, talks and panel discussions.

The closing date for the competition is 23 May 2014.

Further details can be found at www.mmunovellaaward.org.uk: Kat Dibbits at MMU 0161 247 5278 or Eilidh Smith at Sandstone Press 07901 914 596

Breathlessness Campaign

A pilot campaign in Rochdale is aiming to raise awareness of the seriousness of breathlessness – a key symptom of lung and heart disease – urging those struggling with shortness of breath to visit their doctor.

The four-week campaign is targeting people over 50 as they are more at risk of conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer and heart failure.

“Getting out of breath isn’t just a sign of getting older; it could potentially be an early sign of serious conditions such as heart disease. Finding it early makes it more treatable, so don’t ignore it or find ways to cope. Instead, visit your GP and get the help and treatment you need.”

Smokers are not the only ones at risk.

People are encouraged to visit their doctor straight away if they have been experiencing breathlessness while doing everyday activities such as:

Light housework

Gardening

Walking short distances on relatively flat ground (e.g. to your local shop)

Climbing short flights of stairs

PPG Membership

Part of NHS HMR CCG’s engagement process has involved listening to members of Practice Participation Groups (PPG).  PPGs are usually made up of a group of volunteer patients, the practice manager and one or more of the GPs from the practice. Group members meet regularly to discuss the services on offer, and how improvements can be made for the benefit of patients and the practice.

More PPG members are required. If this interests you, please contact your local GP practice who will advise you about next steps. You can be involved as much or as little as you like depending on the time you are able to give.

If you are already a PPG member, you might also consider joining the new borough-wide PPG, which aims to bring together representatives from individual practice groups.

Child restraint fittings

Rochdale Borough Council is advising parents and carers to get a free check to make sure their child’s car restraint is fitted correctly.

During recent visits when casualty reduction officers spoke to parents about the correct use of child restraints and how to fit child seats, they discovered that most of the devices were fitted incorrectly, being potentially fatal to children.

If you are not sure about your own child restraint and would like some advice on how to fit it or are thinking of buying a seat for your child and not sure what to look for, contact the Casualty Reduction Team on 01706 924605 or email road.safety@rochdale.gov.uk

For further road safety information in Rochdale borough visit http://www.rochdale.gov.uk/parking,_roads_and_transport/more_on_parking_and_roads/road_safety.aspx

To make community announcements e-mail the relevant information to news@crescentradio.net at least a week in advance.

Also visit www.crescentradio.net/community-noticeboard

Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 3rd March 2014

Madina Institute Event with Shaykh Abdul Aziz Fredericks

Madina Institute will take you through all the steps that your soul will take, through this predestined journey of death in the upcoming course: Final Destination: unravelling the mysteries of the soul

SPEAKER: Shaykh Abdul Aziz Ahmed Fredericks

DATE: Saturday 22nd March, 2014

TIME: 10am-5pm

VENUE: Manchester Conference Centre, Sackville St, Manchester, M1 3BB

PRICE: £10

BOOKING: www.madinainstitute.org (no tickets will be sold on the day)

Learn more about this course: http://www.madinainstitute.org/courses/12-electives/17-final-destination-unravelling-the-mysteries-of-the-soul

An opportunity NOT to be missed – knowledge is on your doorstep – simply open the door.

(Course Notes will be provided upon registration)

BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment – limited seats available.

Budget News

Councillor Colin Lambert is pleased to announce that Rochdale council has passed a budget for 2014/15, which has sought to balance the impact on both the council tax payer and frontline services. There will be no increase in council tax and no additional cuts to services for this financial year.

Hedgelaying class

On Saturday 8 March, Hollingworth Lake Visitor Centre will be taking people back to their roots by putting on a traditional hedgelaying class.

From 9.30am to 3.30pm, this expert guidance is on offer for only £25.00 per person and is the perfect way to get into a classic, but very worthwhile and rewarding craft.

The session is suitable for beginners aged 16 and upwards. Equipment and tools will be provided but sturdy boots and outdoor clothes are essential.

For more details and to book a place please contact the Visitor Centre on 01706 373421.

Apprenticeships

Young people are being offered the chance to score their dream career at the Rochdale Borough Apprenticeship Vacancy Event at Rochdale Football Club on Wednesday 5 March.

Kicking off between 4pm-7pm at The Ratcliffe Suite, anyone aged 16-24 can drop in and apply to join one of the hundreds of apprenticeship vacancies on offer as part of National Apprenticeship Week.

Apprenticeships are available at Intermediate, Advanced and Higher (degree) level, covering a huge range of job roles and including industries such as retail, manufacturing, engineering and hair-dressing.

The event is open to anyone aged 16-24 who will not be in full-time education this summer. It is also open to employers looking to recruit and to parents or carers who want to know more about the opportunities available.

Local Healthcare Services

Local people are being invited to find out more about local healthcare services at an event on Tuesday 4 March.

They aim to involve the public and patients in the development of integrated health and social care services for the Rochdale borough, ensuring local people know what is proposed and how they can influence the proposals.

It is also an opportunity for people to comment on the new proposals from the Healthier Together programme to reconfigure health services across Greater Manchester.

Details of the event are as follows:

Date:               Tuesday 4 March

Time:              5-7.30pm

Venue:            Rochdale Town Hall, The Esplanade, Rochdale, OL16 1AB

Feedback received at the sessions will be fed into the local integrated care work programme.

For more details or to register, email hmrccg.haveyoursay@nhs.net or call HMR CCG’s engagement lead Phil Burton on 01706 764319.

Dementia Listening Event

The New Dementia Institute at Salford University has organised a Listening Event for people with dementia, their families and friends who are specifically from black, Asian or minority ethnic communities on Monday 10th March from 10-2pm.  They would very much like to hear your views and experiences, please come along and let us know if you will be attending.  Lunch will be provided.

If anyone is interested please contact Anya Ahmed lead for ‘Diversity and Inclusiveness in Dementia’, (dementia@salford.ac.uk) or call Dr Elizabeth Collier on 0161 295 2729

To make community announcements e-mail the relevant information to news@crescentradio.net at least a week in advance.

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 24th February 2014

Youth Awards

Residents are being urged to nominate outstanding young people in their community for the Mayor of Rochdale’s Youth Awards, with the deadline for nominations Friday 28th February.

The annual awards are open to any one aged 11 – 19 based in, or connected to the Rochdale borough.

The winners will be announced and presented with an award at a ceremony on March 27th.

Those who choose to nominate an individual or group of young people are asked to ensure the information provided is clear, inclusive and explicit. The judges will be reading many applications so informative evidence will help the application stand out to the panel.

Rochdale Cemetery Works

Rochdale Borough Council has begun work to create a cemetery in the southern part of Denehurst Park.

Construction began on 17 February and will continue for around seven months, subject to ground and weather conditions.

The Council will also invest over £300,000 to carry out improvements to the remainder of the park in consultation with the public.

During the works the whole of the construction area will be fenced off to prevent access and allow the works to proceed safely. During this period it will not be possible to enter the park from the rear of houses on Denehurst Road or alongside 161 Sandy Lane. Instead, a temporary entrance pathway will be created at the corner of Sandy Lane/Willbutts Lane. The public footpath along the outer edge of the park, from Lynwood Drive leading to Oulder Hill Community School and the main entrance to the park off Edenfield Road, are unaffected by the works and will remain open.

local people have formed a `Friends of Denehurst Park’ group to work with the council developing and improving the park.

If you would like to know more about the work of the Friends’ group or get involved please contact Ian Trickett, Parks and Open Spaces Development Manager, at ian.trickett@rochdale.gov.uk or call 01706 922073.

MAMC Free Family Event

Multicultural Arts and Media Centre present a free family event on Sunday 2nd March at Deen House on Station Road. There will be arts and crafts, mehndi, live professional ghazal performances, international women’s celebrations and health projects. For further information contact Mohammed Sarwar on 07930 306933

Extra support for adoptive parents

People in Rochdale who want to adopt a child, or have already adopted, can now get extra help with building relationships with their adopted children.

Rochdale, Bury and Oldham Councils
have joined with charity After Adoption to offer the SafeBase Parenting Programme to their adoptive parents.

The nationally acclaimed programme is designed to create a strong foundation for loving and lasting relationships within adopted families. Parents are able to access SafeBase training when they
have just taken on a child through to many years after completing the adoption.

SafeBase has a proven track record in preventing adoption breakdown and encouraging adoption of hard to place children.

To make community announcements e-mail the relevant information to news@crescentradio.net at least a week in advance.

Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 17th February 2014

Half-term Story Time

A special half-term story time session will take place at Rochdale Central Library on Tuesday, February 18, based around the theme of families.

Join town centre chaplain Reverend Margaret Smith and children’s librarian Ray Stearn, at Number One Riverside from 10.30am to Noon, for a free story time and craft activity, most suitable for primary age children.

No booking is required, just turn up on the day.

For further information on events run by Rochdale Borough Libraries visit www.rochdale.gov.uk/library_services/events_at_libraries.aspx

NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group’s (HMR CCG) Governing Body meeting

NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group’s (HMR CCG) Governing Body is meeting on Friday 21 February from  10.30am-12noon and the public is invited to attend.

Public questions are welcome and can either be submitted through the website (www.hmr.nhs.uk, under ‘about us’, then ‘governing body meetings’) or asked during the open questions slot at beginning of the meeting.

The meeting will be held in room Hollingworth C, Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale.

People who have questions to ask at the meeting should arrive half an hour before the meeting, at 10am, so we are able to accurately capture the question as well as contact details to ensure a full response is provided. Our engagement lead will be available to discuss any other queries. Please report to reception on arrival at Number One Riverside.

The agenda and papers for the meeting will be available on the ‘about us’ section of our website www.hmr.nhs.uk in advance of the meeting.

Responses to previous public questions and a full schedule of governing body meetings can also be found on the governing body pages of our website.

Safeguarding Young Children

Rochdale Borough Council has joined forces with Greater Manchester Police and NHS HMR to launch a new way of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable children and young people in the borough.

The Multi-Agency Screening Service (MASS) aims to ensure the highest level of communication, understanding and analysis of safeguarding intelligence and information within the organisations responsible for keeping children safe.

It will be run by representatives from children’s social care, the police, health workers and early help advisors, supported by the youth offending team, probation, housing and education welfare services.

Once launched, the MASS will identify and assess the needs of children and young people as soon as a concern is raised by a fellow professional or member of the public. Decisions about the next steps will then be taken based on the professional expertise and the information available to each agency. This will ensure that any activity to protect or intervene on a child’s behalf is appropriate, timely and proportionate.

The MASS will also offer advice and support, and act as a ‘broker’ on behalf of the person making the enquiry to ensure they receive a response from the right people without delay.

Anyone who has a concern about a child can contact the MASS by phone on 0845 226 5570; by fax on 0844 963 2483 or by email: Crossfieldcc@rochdale.gov.uk

Carers’ Support

The Carers’ Resource has set up a base at the Outpatients Department in Rochdale Infirmary to reach out to carers who are not accessing support.

Now members of The Carer’s Resource, who are carers themselves, will be manning the stall in the outpatients department each morning during the week and spreading the word.

They have also launched a special support group for the parents and carers of children with autism and asperger’s syndrome. The group is planning to meet every two months at The Carers’ Resource at Newbold Building on Oldham Road.

Anyone who would like to find out more about the support group, or any other services The Carers’ Resource provides can contact them on 01706 925808.

Audio books

Bookworms on the go of any age can now download hundreds of digital audiobooks at the click of a button via a new free service being offered by Rochdale Borough Libraries.

The service is run in conjunction with audiobook download service OneClickdigital, which offers hundreds of fiction and non-fiction titles for adults, plus a smaller range for children and young adults. New titles are added every month.

To download books people must be a member of Rochdale Borough Libraries and they can then set up a free account with OneClickdigital. The OneClickdigital website provides three free apps which enable easy downloading to a range of mobile devices such as MP3 players, smartphones and tablets.

Perfect for travel or holidays, those with sight problems or those who just wish to while away a few relaxing hours listening to their favourite titles, book lovers can download up to 12 digital audiobooks at a time for up to 21 days each. If you haven’t finished listening to your audiobook you can renew it for another 21 days and once you’ve finished listening to your audiobook you can “return” it by simply removing it from your device and you’re ready to borrow some more.

For further information on how to join your local library and access OneClickdigital visit www.rochdale.gov.uk/library_services.aspx

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 10th February 2014

Golden Mosque Lecture

Golden Mosque presents their forthcoming event “Gems of Ahlus Sunnah : Mohiyuddin Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jilani” with English speaking scholar Shaykh Muhammad Naveed Sialvi and Urdu speaking Shaykh Umar Hayat Qadri on Sunday 16th February. The talk will take place from Maghrib at 5:20pm till Isha at 8:30pm. Food will also be served.

Health is Wealth workshops, Tuesdays, 11.00 – 2.00pm

The Women’s Welfare Association is holding “Health is Wealth” workshops every Tuesday from 11am- 2pm. Information will be given on long-term health conditions and how to best manage your symptoms.  Women will also have the chance to learn about nutrition and relaxation techniques.  Lunch is prepared by volunteers for a cost of £2.00 per head.

Arabic Language with Tajweed, Wednesday afternoons, 1.00 – 3.00pm

Learn the Arabic Language in a safe, comfortable and ladies-only environment at Rochdale Women’s Welfare Association on Wednesdays from 1 until 3pm.  Learn phrases which will help with travelling abroad, shopping and eating out. Along with learning the Arabic Language, you can also learn Tajweed.

Armchair Exercise, Thursday afternoons, 1.15 – 2.00pm

Come along and take part in gentle armchair exercise which aims to improve health and wellbeing on Thursday afternoons from 1.15pm-2pm.  Make new friends and have fun in a relaxing environment at Rochdale’s Women’s Welfare Association. On 18 Trafalgar Street. For further information on any of the activities being held, contact 01706 860 157.

Town Centre Bus

A free town centre bus which aims to make it easier for visitors to get around the rapidly changing Rochdale town centre has taken to the road.

The bus will take visitors on a circular route which will start at the bus station and pass South Parade, Newgate, St Mary’s Gate and Hunter’s Lane before returning to the bus station.

Shoppers can be dropped off at the bus stop on Newgate, on request, for access to the Post Office, Rochdale Market and the Exchange Shopping Centre.

Two temporary stops will also be erected on Hunter’s Lane. The first will provide access to the Baum and the Pioneers’ museum as well as shops in the middle of Yorkshire Street such as M&S. The second temporary stop will be further up Hunter’s Lane providing easy access to the shops on Cheetham Street and the top end of Yorkshire Street.

The free bus will leave stand C at the bus station every 20 minutes between 8.05am and 5.05pm from Monday to Saturday.

The bus will initially run for a three-month period, which may be extended if it proves a success. Timetables will be available in town centre shops including M&S, Chantilly and the Feelgood Café as well as in the bus station and in libraries across the borough.

Free Music Therapy Sessions

Manchester Camerata’s ‘Music in Mind’, a free project for people with Dementia, is taking place at Castlemere Community Centre in Rochdale.

The music therapy sessions will run weekly from 10th February with Manchester Camerata’s professional musicians and a qualified music therapist. You don’t have to be a musician to take part, it’s an opportunity to have fun and meet new people whilst singing and playing simple instruments in a relaxed setting.

If anyone has any more questions please contact Lucy on: learning@manchestercamerata.com or 0161 226 8696.

Rochdale Market Consultations

Residents, shoppers and traders can still have their say on the future of Rochdale market now that the public consultation has been extended until midnight on 16 February.

The consultation was set up at the beginning of the year to gage people’s views on the future of the market after the council took control following the sale of the Exchange shopping centre last September.

People can feed into the online consultation at www.rochdale.gov.uk/consultations or fill in a hard copy, which can be picked up at libraries across the borough or at Rochdale market.

Visitors to Rochdale town centre can also look out for a pop up stall outside Beale’s department store, which will canvass shoppers on selected days between now and February 16.

To make community announcements e-mail the relevant information to news@crescentradio.net at least a week in advance.

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 27th January 2014

Holocaust Memorial Day

Representatives of Rochdale Multi Faith Partnership and Rochdale Borough Council will be leading the borough’s Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations at a special ceremony on Monday, 27 January, which is also open to the public.

It will take place at the Phoenix Centre, on Church Street, Heywood, from 6.15pm, with rededication of the Memorial Stone at 6.30pm, to commemorate the extermination of six million Jews and other minority groups by the Nazis. Cantor Modi Spitzer will begin the rededication by reciting the Jewish Memorial Prayer, followed by a reading from the Old Testament by His Worship the Mayor of Rochdale Borough, Councillor Peter Rush and the blessing of the stone by the Mayor’s Chaplain Reverend Michael Read.

This will be followed by an Act of Commemoration with readings by members of the Multi-Faith Partnership. After the lighting of six candles of remembrance, other genocides from around the world over the last 100 years will be remembered, including the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, followed by a minute’s silence.

Mehfil-E-Naat

There is a ladies only Mehfil e Milad un Nabi with Karachi’s famous and well known naat khwan Hooria Fahim. It will take place at Victoria Masjid, Upper Park Road, Manchester on Sunday 2nd Feb 2014 at 2pm

Job Vacancy

Cartwheel Arts is going through a big company restructure and their team is growing rapidly. They are now recruiting a Project Co-ordinator for the successful ‘Tell Us Another One’ project.

Please find all the documents necessary to apply for the post at www.cartwheelarts.org.uk/austaff.html.

Don’t hesitate to contact Gala Freixer for any questions or further information on 01706 361300.

Oldham College Open Day

Oldham College has created a pioneering new academy that is set to boost the UK’s Fashion & Textiles manufacturing industry. On Wednesday 29 January the Fashion Academy will be opening its doors and inviting stakeholders and interested parties to come and have a look around.

The Academy is now training college students and providing apprenticeships to support the development of textiles as a growth sector in the city region. Anyone interested in finding out more about this unique academy model, or apprenticeship and employment opportunities, can come along to meet trainers and learners at the open day from 1pm to 7pm.

Winter Walk for Gaza

Muslim Hands has organised a winter walk for the children of Gaza at Heaton Park, Manchester on the 1st February 2014.

Everyone is invited to take part in the 6th annual walk for Gaza. Please come wrapped up warm, with maps and refreshments in hand to take on the 5 miles of chilly terrain to raise funds for the charitable cause.

Registration starts at 10am with the walk commencing at 11am. This will be followed by entertainment and food stalls with the event ending at 3pm.

The money will go towards psycho-social care and medical check-ups for children at Al-Durrah paediatric hospital, Gaza in a part of the world where there is not enough help available.

Please visit the Muslim Hands’ website for further information and registration details.

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Crescent Community Radio w/c 20th January 2014

Apprenticeship Shop

Hundreds of Apprenticeship vacancies for 16-24 year olds will be available from the start of January in an apprenticeship pop-up shop in Middleton Arndale. Visitors to the pop-up shop will be able to browse and apply for hundreds of live apprenticeship vacancies and will be given support and guidance from experienced training industry staff.

The shop is situated on the ground floor in the old O2 shop premises, and is the first of its kind in Greater Manchester.

“If you are an employer and want to enquire about recruiting apprentices then [they] will be there to help. Because of Government grants, there has never been a better time to recruit apprentices.”

“Specialist information, advice and guidance from qualified careers professionals will be available 3pm -5pm on Mondays and Tuesdays and specialist training provider staff will be available all of the time”.

The shop will be open until the end of March.

Golden Mosque Shama’il class

The concluding series of the Shamail at Tirmidhi class will be starting on Monday 20th January at Golden Mosque. It will be taught by Moulana Muhammad Shabbir Sialvi who will be going through the famous text describing the blessed characteristics and actions of the Prophet Muhammad (saw). The class will begin after Isha prayer; jamat time is 7pm. Following classes will be held every Monday evening at same time for 8 weeks. Brothers and sisters are invited to attend.

Services available via rochdale.gov.uk

There are now more things than ever that you can report or apply for via www.rochdale.gov.uk without the need to pick up the phone or visit the council offices – saving residents both time and money.

There are now more than 20 services available from the council website meaning you can do things such as:

  • Report a missed bin;
  • Request a bulky waste collection;
  • Report littering or fly-tipping;
  • Report graffiti;
  • Enquire about fostering or adoption;
  • Report anti-social behaviour.

Free internet access and a helping hand for those without a home computer is available at any library in the borough. For information about setting up an email account or joining a course at your local library that will help you to get online, visit: www.rochdale.gov.uk/libraries or ring 0845 1212976.

To access forms relating to requesting council services visit www.rochdale.gov.uk

Hollingworth Lake Art Exhibition

A local woman who has competitively sailed the seven seas is exhibiting her paintings at Hollingworth Lake Visitor Centre until Sunday 9 February.

The exhibition called ‘The Usual View` is by the well-travelled, local artist Fiona Armer. The astonishing feat of sailing around the world has inspired her work, she said: “It took a round the world yacht race for me to find the courage to start painting and exhibiting my work!”

Her unusual technique of using a knife instead of a brush leads to a very free and textured style, which has meant that three of her sailing action paintings have been shortlisted for the 2013 Royal Society of Marine Artists Open Exhibition.

Fiona has a studio at the historic Wainsgate Chapel, high on the edge of the moors above Hebden Bridge. She has a love of the outdoors, freedom and adventure which she tries to encapsulate in each of her paintings.

For more information on opening times and other queries please contact Karen Clewer on 01706 373421.

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 6th January 2014

Golden Mosque Mawlid Event

Golden mosque presents a grand Mawlid event, featuring famous Egyptian Qura’s Qari Yasir al Basit and Qari Shahid al Minshawi along with Urdu naat khawan Khalid Husnain Khalid from Pakistan and English and Arabic nasheed artist Mikhael Mala. The event will be hosted by Moulana Shabbir Sialvi on Saturday 18th January, starting after Isha prayer at 6:30pm. Both brothers & sisters are welcome. Light refreshments will be provided.

Rochdale Borough Design Awards Vote

Rochdale Borough Design Awards has announced its shortlist and you can now rate them! There will be three awards – the Rochdale Borough Design Award and the Sustainable Development Award, decided by a panel of experts, together with the People’s Design Award, decided by an online public vote. The judges may also decide to make additional awards.

Eight developments have been put forward by local people and now voting is open for the 2013 ‘People’s Design Award.’

The shortlisted projects are:

  • Rochdale Pioneers Museum, Toad Lane, Rochdale.
  • Holy Family RC & C of E College, Wilton Grove, Heywood.
  • Kingsway Park High School, Turf Hill Road, Rochdale.
  • Brownhill Learning Community, Heights Lane, Rochdale.
  • Middleton Technology School, Kenyon Lane, Middleton.
  • Housing development, Waithlands Road/Grafton Street, Newbold, Rochdale.
  • Housing development, Longridge Drive/Ashford Street, Heady Hill, Heywood.
  • Maden’s Square housing development, Todmorden Road, Littleborough.

To view and rate the nominated developments, visit www.rochdale.gov.uk/designawards

You can ‘rate’ each development individually, by giving it between one and five stars. The building with the most stars by the time voting closes on 10 January will win.

Alternatively, write to Rochdale Borough Design Awards, Rochdale Borough Council, Strategic Planning, Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale, OL16 1XU.

Voting is open until 5pm on 10 January 2014 and the winner will be announced at a special ceremony early in the New Year.

Health and Social Care Experiences

Rochdale residents are being invited to share their health and social care experiences, in order to shape services in the borough.

Every fourth Thursday Healthwatch Rochdale will host new drop-in sessions at Rochdale Central Library in Number One Riverside to gather people’s experiences with their local hospital, doctors’ surgeries or social care providers.

The drop-in sessions will take place from 10 am to 3 pm on:

  • Thursday 23 January
  • Thursday 27 February

“If people share just one good or bad experience that they have had in the last five years then [Rochdale Healthwatch] can analyse them and share the information with the local Health and Wellbeing Board to help shape future services in the borough. [Healthwatch] also want to know about stories regarding good practice to use to encourage others to do the same.

Residents can also submit their experiences online via a ‘Speak Out’ button on the website at www.healthwatchrochdale.org.uk

Further details

LIGHTHOUSE PROJECT Warwick Mill, Oldham Road, Middleton, M24 1AZ 10am – 3pm

  • 14 January 2014
  • 11 February 2014

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 30th December 2013

Golden Mosque Vacancy

Golden Mosque has a vacancy for an Operations Manager. This person will work between the current Golden Mosque and the new Magistrate’s site.

The main role will be to handle the day to day running of the new site, handling all administrative tasks, initiating and organising new community projects and sourcing funding for them.

To apply for this position please forward a CV & covering letter to mail@rochegroup.co.uk.

The deadline for applications is Thursday 9th January at 5pm.

Property Valuation Cold Callers

Rochdale Borough Council is warning residents to be on their guard against cold callers offering them big reductions on their council tax. There have been reports that unscrupulous companies have been knocking on doors of elderly residents claiming that in return for an upfront fee they can recover cash because their houses are in the wrong banding. While the practice is not illegal, the council is advising residents not to be duped and to contact the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) which will reassess properties free-of-charge.

If cold callers refuse to leave or act in a threatening manner, residents should also call the police. The claims that these people used to work on behalf of the council are untrue as the council does not provide this service.

If you believe someone is impersonating staff from Rochdale Borough Council, or a cold caller refuses to leave, call the police non-emergency number on 101, or if you feel threatened dial 999.

If you suspect you have been the victim of a Council Tax scam telephone the Citizen’s Advice Consumer Service on 08454 04 05 06 to report it and to get advice.

For more information on Council Tax banding and how to reassess your property call the Valuation Office Agency on 03000 503 600 or visit www.voa.gov.uk

Compost Scheme

Rochdale Borough Council is urging residents to take an environmentally friendly option by composting their waste. On average more than 30% of domestic waste is compostable so a compost bin could make an unusual and useful gift, especially for gardeners who can use organic waste to create their own rich, compost to boost their blooms.

Here are Rochdale Borough Council’s top composting tips:

  • Tasty winter vegetables and festive fruit such as satsumas and clementines will make a great addition to your compost bin.
  • Wood ash can be put into your compost bin; but let it cool right down first, you don’t want to cook the worms and other creatures working hard to produce compost for your spring veg.
  • Plain wrapping paper (that’s not metallic/glossy/plastic/waxy) and gift tags can be scrunched and added to the composter, but make sure you add it gradually and mix with your fruit and veg peelings to get the right balance. Cardboard packaging from toys and gifts will add fibre and structure to your bin, as well as paper napkins, Christmas crackers, inners and party hats. But again, be careful not to include anything metallic/glittery or made from plastic film.
  • Remnants of New Year’s Eve parties like nut shells, wooden cocktail sticks, paper plates and some party food packaging can be added
  • You can also add natural homemade decorations, such as holly and ivy, mistletoe, paper chains and other compostable decorations.

Five Ways to Wellbeing

Evidence has shown that there are five simple actions which people can adopt and build into their daily routines to improve their wellbeing and life expectancy by years. The Five Ways to Wellbeing asks you to:

Connect…with people around you and support each other. The importance of family, friends, good neighbours and colleagues are a known boost to wellbeing.

Be active…because physical activity is proven to make you feel good from walking and gardening to sports and play.

Take notice…and be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.

Keep learning…set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident and motivated.

Give…giving your time and skills to benefit others can be incredibly rewarding to ourselves too and can help us build that sense of community.

To measure your wellbeing, visit www.rochdale.gov.uk/livewell and click on ‘five ways’ to register and get started.

Energy Bills Savings

Residents are being urged to switch energy supplier using a newly launched Greater Manchester comparison site. The special sitewww.betterenergydeals.org.uk has been set up the Greater Manchester councils as the energy firms announced they would be increasing charges during the critical winter months.

It asks customers for their postcode and how much they are currently paying to help find them a better deal. Anyone who doesn’t have access to the internet can compare prices by phoning 0800 988 2426.

Running alongside the better energy deal is Get Me Toasty, a scheme which helps people shave pounds off their energy bills by taking advantage of free or part-funded home energy improvements.

Rochdale Council is working with approved installer Dyson Energy Services on the scheme which, when combined with the better energy deals campaign, could save consumers a packet on their bills.

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 23rd December 2013

Bus Gate on Drake Street

Rochdale Borough Council is warning motorists not to ignore the bus gate on the lower part of Drake Street in Rochdale town centre.

Concerns have been expressed by members of the public that inconsiderate drivers are ignoring red stop signs and continuing to drive through the gate, even when pedestrians are crossing and it is feared there may be a serious collision.

Golden Mosque

Golden Mosque presents a pre-Milad Event with Shaykh Zain ul Aqtab Siddique and Imam Shabbir Sialvi. The topics of discussion will be ‘The permissibility of Milaad’ and the ‘Noble Lineage of the Prophet Muhammad (saw)’. This event will take place in Golden Mosque on Saturday 28th December after Isha prayer at 6:30pm. Brothers and sisters are invited to attend; refreshments will also be served.

Free Ice-skating

Anybody who has spent £5 in the town centre during the whole of December will be able to skate totally free for 15 minutes, provided they show a receipt for the purchase in Rochdale’s ice rink. Residents should ‘get their skates on’ though, as the Christmas Market and Ice Rink will only be in Rochdale from Saturday 21 until Monday 23 December.

After working up an appetite on the ice rink, skaters will be able to sample some of regions best food. There will be festive favourites such as roasted chestnuts and home-made pies. A cakes and cupcakes stall will cater for the sweeter tooth. Visitors will be able to purchase hand-made beauty products and toys from the stalls.

Bilal Mosque

Bilal Masjid have organised a weekly gathering for ladies every Saturday from 2-3pm at the Islamic Centre, 2 South St. Speeches will be in English and Urdu. All ladies are invited to attend and to bring others.

For more information contact Bilal Jamia Masjid on 01706 861853

Bin Collection

Remember to check online on www.rochdale.gov.uk/recycling to see whether there are any changes to your bin collections over Christmas and the New Year’s holidays.

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 9th December 2013

Repeat prescriptions over Christmas

Now we’re in to December and the countdown to Christmas has begun, local health experts are advising patients not to leave it too late to order and collect repeat prescriptions.

Those with long term health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, lung and heart disease, are reminded to make sure they have enough medication to see them through the festive season.

Cop Shop

Rochdale’s Safer Communities Partnership is opening a town centre ‘cop shop’ in the Wheatsheaf Shopping Centre to bring seasonal safety tips and gifts to shoppers.

The shop opened this week and will be open throughout December to the public seven days a week, 9am to 6pm. It will stay open until 8:30pm on Thursdays to support late night shopping evenings.

Police will be using the shop as a base to patrol the town centre on the look-out for thieves and deterring antisocial behaviour.

You can now get the latest safety advice and crime updates by following the Rochdale Safer Communities Partnership, @saferrochdale, on Twitter.

Magic Show

Children are invited to a Christmas magic show held at Smithy Bridge Library next week.

On Monday 16 December, from 2.15 pm to 3pm, children’s entertainer, Guy de Paul will be amazing children and adults with his Christmas themed magic show!

There is no need to book a place on this free event which is for all children under five years who want to see magic done right in front of their eyes!

For further information about the library please call 01706 378281 or email smithybridge.library@rochdale.gov.uk

Bin Collections over the Festive period

Rochdale Borough Council has announced that some bin collection days over Christmas and New Year will change.

Therefore, residents with a collection due on:·

  • Wednesday 25 December (Christmas Day) will now be collected on Saturday 28 December
  • Thursday 26 December (Boxing Day) will be collected on Monday 30 December
  • Wednesday 1 January (New Year’s Day) will be collected on Saturday 4 January

All other collection days will remain the same.

All households with a new date will receive a leaflet with details of the changes.

Residents can also check all their collection dates on the postcode checker on the ‘When are my bins collected?’ page on the council’s website at www.rochdale.gov.uk

Free Christmas Parking

The Leader of Rochdale Borough Council has announced that residents and visitors to the borough will be able to park for free over the festive period.

From Saturday 14 December to Sunday 5 January 2014, parking will be free every day after 10am on the council’s town centre car parks in Rochdale and Middleton.

This will include the bus station multi-storey car park in Rochdale town centre, which will remain open for the festive season.

Town centre car parks in Heywood and Littleborough will also continue to remain free of charge.

The car parks included in the scheme are:

On street: (Rochdale)

  • Esplanade, Packer Street, Oldham Road, Drake Street, St Marys Gate, Fleece Street, Nelson Street, Church Lane (inner), South Lane, Hunters Lane, Cheetham Street, Yorkshire Street, Newgate, Church Lane (Outer), Water Street, Whitehall Street.

Off street: (Rochdale)

  • Bus Station, Back Oldham Road, High Street, Whitworth Road, Church Lane, Eastgate, Reed Hill, Broadfield Upper, Broadfield Lower, Town Hall Square, Upper Yorkshire St, Greenwood Street, Penn Street, Baillie Street, River Street.

Off street: (Middleton)

  • Middleton Archer, Limetrees, Chapel Street, East View, Market Place

Dispersal Orders in Deeplish and Milkstone

Rochdale Safer Communities Partnership has agreed to implement a six month dispersal order which covers most of Rochdale’s Milkstone and Deeplish ward. The order was requested by Greater Manchester Police.

The Section 30 Dispersal Order of the Antisocial Behaviour Act 2003 gives police officers the power to instruct people causing a nuisance to immediately leave the area and not return to the area for 24 hours. Under 16s may be taken home or to a place of safety by police officers if found congregating on the street.

It is effective from 25 November 2013 to 25 May 2014.

If anyone gathers within the dispersal zone in groups of two or more and behaves anti-socially, in other words is being noisy, abusive, drinking alcohol on the street, damaging property or behaving in a manner likely to intimidate others you will be asked to leave

Failure to comply with the requirement to leave when asked, without a reasonable excuse, is a criminal offence and can lead to prosecution. There is a maximum penalty of 3 months imprisonment and/or a fine up to £2500.

The dispersal order covers key ASB hotspots in Milkstone and Deeplish including the lower end of Ashfield Road and Kensington Street.

To report antisocial behaviour call the police’s non-emergency number on 101 or you can report it online at www.rochdale.gov.uk/reportasb

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 25th November 2013

Artist and photographer John Cooke is exhibiting a wide range of work which celebrates the stunning beauty of the borough’s architecture at Hollingworth Lake Visitor Centre, from now until Sunday 15 December.

In addition, from 1pm to 4 pm, on Sunday 24 November visitors to centre will also have the chance to meet the artist in person.

This free art exhibition, named ‘Rochdale Connexions’, will focus on work from the borough ranging from the old to the new with pictures from the historic Rochdale Town Hall to the award winning Number One Riverside.

For details about opening times please call 01706 373421 and if you would like to meet the artist at the gallery please email info@john-cooke.co.uk or call 07724 398640 to arrange a time.

For further information about events at Hollingworth Lake Country Park please visit www.visitrochdale.com

Please note that the exhibition space is closed:

  •        every Wednesday and Thursday
  •        Saturday 23 November
  •        Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 December

Dispersal order in Milkstone and Deeplish

Rochdale Safer Communities Partnership has agreed to implement a six month dispersal order which covers most of Rochdale’s Milkstone and Deeplish ward. The order was requested by Greater Manchester Police to deal with anti-social behaviour.

The Section 30 Dispersal Order of the Antisocial Behaviour Act 2003 gives police officers the power to instruct people causing a nuisance to immediately leave the area and not return to the area for 24 hours. Under 16s may be taken home or to a place of safety by police officers if found congregating on the street.

The dispersal order is effective from 25 November 2013 to 25 May 2014.

The main problem is  large groups of youths gathering regularly on the streets, drinking alcohol, causing damage to vehicles and being very noisy. The community has been complaining to the extent where a high number of incidents of ASB and criminal damage have been reported to police within the past two months alone. These incidents have included a serious arson attack and a series of burglaries the combination of which has led the authorities to invoke the Section 30 powers so as to prevent further incidents from occurring.

Failure to comply with the requirement to leave when asked, without a reasonable excuse, is a criminal offence and can lead to prosecution. There is a maximum penalty of 3 months imprisonment and/or a fine not exceeding £2500.

Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed “would like to appeal to parents to take notice of their children’s behaviours and be aware of what they are up to, especially at night and weekends.”

The dispersal order covers key ASB hotspots in Milkstone and Deeplish including the lower end of Ashfield Road and Kensington Street.

To report antisocial behaviour call the police’s non-emergency number on 101 or you can report it online at www.rochdale.gov.uk/reportasb

You can now get the latest safety advice and crime updates by following the Rochdale Safer Communities Partnership, @saferrochdale, on twitter.

Empty Properties Week

A two bedroom house in Vigo Street in Heywood was empty for 15 years and riddled with damp when Rochdale Council and housing association AKSA Homes stepped in to transform it earlier this year.

The house has been transformed as part of empty to plenty, a Greater Manchester wide scheme which aims to stamp out the problems associated with empty properties by refurbishing homes and finding tenants on behalf of empty home owners.

The scheme gives owners of empty houses the opportunity to rent their property to a housing association that will carry out any necessary repairs and find a tenant. The housing association will recover the cost of refurbishment and management fees from the rental income and at the end of the lease period they hand the property back to the owner.

‘Empty to Plenty’ is a potential lifeline for the 3,500 people in Rochdale borough who are currently waiting for a home.

Anyone who lives on a street with a long term empty property or anyone who owns an empty property is encouraged to call the council on 0845 121 2974.

More information about the scheme can be found at www.rochdale.gov.uk/emptyproperty

The National Perfect Asian Wedding Awards

The National Perfect Asian Wedding Awards are coming to the Aagrah Midpoint Suite, Bradford on Saturday 30th November. This glamorous evening will celebrate the finest in the wedding services industry. The evening will consist of the awards presentation, a glamorous bridal catwalk show by Bombay Stores, entertainment and a 3 course meal by Aagrah. Tickets start at £30 per person, £350 for a table of 10, and £450 for a VIP table of 10. Tickets can be bought from Aagrah Midpoint restaurant and Bombay Stores. Alternatively you can book tickets by calling Aagrah head office on 01274 530880 and asking for Taimur. Tickets are fast selling out, so hurry for your chance to be a part of this glamorous evening. For further details visit www.perfectasianweddings.co.uk

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 18th November 2013

Aagrah Perfect Wedding Exhibition

The Aagrah Perfect Asian Wedding Exhibition is taking place at the Aagrah Midpoint Suite in Bradford on Sunday 24th November. The exhibition will be on from 10am to 5pm, and entry is free. There will be spectacular catwalk shows throughout the day by Janan. The exhibition will have a range of excellent wedding service providers, including delicious cake makers, bespoke jewellers and the best makeup artists in the North, so to get the perfect wedding you’ve always dreamt of, make sure you visit the Aagrah Perfect Asian Wedding Exhibition. For further details, visit www.perfectasianweddings.co.uk

Job Vacancy: Café Umda

Café Umda, in the Rochdale Exchange Shopping Centre, has a vacancy for a young person who is enthusiastic about food and would like a career in catering.

This will either be a part-time position initially progressing with increasing hours or an apprenticeship. If you are mad about food and cooking, they would like to help you develop your skills while working with a young dynamic company with big plans.

If this sounds like you please contact Shellah on 07965 648767 or email admin@umda.co.uk with your CV.

Job vacancy: Cartwheel Arts

Cartwheel Arts are recruiting for three jobs. They include:

The posts of a Development Manager working 22 hours a week for £22, 000 pro rata, a Finance worker for 11 hours per week on £19 000 pro rata and a Darnhill Festival Co-ordinator for 15hours per week on £23, 156 pro rata.

Development Manager (0.6 = 22/37hrs), £22,000 pro rata

Finance Worker (0.3 – 11/37hrs) £19,000 pro rata

Darnhill Festival Co-ordinator (0.4 = 15/37hrs) £23,156 pro rata

All details are on the website www.cartwheelarts.org.uk

Brothers only Hijama

There are brothers-only cupping sessions taking place in Rochdale on the

18th November
21st November
25th November
28th November

To book a hijama appointment contact Abdul on 07892818302.

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 11th November 2013

Talk to us about local healthcare

NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group’s (HMR CCG) Governing Body’s monthly meeting on Friday 15 November from 10.30am-1pm, in room Hollingworth C, Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale, OL16 1XU.

Public questions are welcome and can either be submitted through the website (www.hmr.nhs.uk, under ‘about us’, then ‘governing body meetings’) or asked during the open questions slot at beginning of the meeting.

People with questions are asked to arrive at 10am. Please report to reception on arrival at Number One Riverside.

The agenda and papers for the meeting will be available on the ‘about us’ section of the website www.hmr.nhs.uk in advance of the meeting.

Responses to previous public questions and a full schedule of governing body meetings can also be found on the governing body pages of the website.

Remembrance Day Parade & Service – Rochdale- Mere Street – Cenotaph

Parade details:

10.15am – parade to leave Mere Street via Drake Street to Town Hall.

10.35am – the president of Rochdale British Legion will lay a wreath at the South African Memorial.

10.50am – move to the front of the Cenotaph.

11am -11.02am – after the clock strikes, the gun will fire to mark the two minute silence.

Reveille, Exhortation, Kohima Epitaph Prayers.

Wreaths will be laid.

March past with The Mayor and Reviewing Officer taking the Salute.
Invite into Town Hall for refreshments.

Creative Play Sessions for Babies and Parents

Touchstones Rochdale is welcoming babies under 2 and their parents to a new creative play session in the Art Gallery.

Every Tuesday morning from the 15 October to 19 November at 11am – 11.45am, babies will be taking over the gallery in Baby Play Baby Do!

Parents are invited to let their babies crawl, cry and gurgle amongst the exhibitions. Creative play specialist Frances Walker will be leading an informal, drop-in session where your baby can explore interesting textures, colours, objects and fabrics in the People’s Art 2013 exhibition.

The sessions are free and will be an opportunity to meet other parents and babies and take time out in a different environment. Buggies are welcome in the gallery and the sessions are designed to be relaxed, so you and your baby can drop in and out of the session and wander round the other galleries and museum at your leisure.

For further information call 01706 924492

Touchstones Rochdale
The Esplanade
Rochdale
OL16 1AQ

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 4th November 2013

Breast screening could save your life

Women in the Rochdale borough are being urged to accept their invitation for NHS breast screening. Breast screening is offered to all women aged between 50 and 70 every three years. Some older and younger women are also being invited as part of a study of screening in different age groups.

It aims to save lives by detecting breast cancer at an early stage and involves an x-ray test called a mammogram. Screening aims to find breast cancers at an early stage when they are too small to see or feel.

If you are over 70, you are still at risk of breast cancer. Although you will no longer automatically be invited for screening after you are 70, you can still have breast screening every three years. You will need to contact your local breast screening unit and ask for an appointment.

To find out more about breast screening, visit www.hmr.nhs.uk/breastscreening.

Golden Mosque Class

Golden Mosque is pleased to announce a new 8 week course continuing the study of the famous text, Shamail at Tirmidhi (The Virtues and Noble Character of The Prophet Muhammad(saw)). This course will begin on Monday 11th November continuing every Monday evening until 30th December. The class will be delivered after the Isha Jamat at 7pm in the lower ground floor of the Masjid.

The class will be taught by Moulana Muhammad Shabbir Sialvi, the khateeb and Imam at Golden Mosque. Brothers and sisters are invited to attend.

Family Fun Day

There’s a family fun day in aid of Rochdale Deaf Children’s Society to raise awareness and remove barriers for deaf children and their families.

Sunday 3rd November

12.00-4.00pm

Mathew Moss Youth Centre,

Moss Lane,

Rochdale

OL11 3LU

Come and meet Shrek and Fiona. It’ll be a fun day out for all the family with food, stalls, a bouncy castle, fairground rides and many fun activities for children. For further information call Nazia Khaliq on 07527173696.

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 28th October 2013

Female Arabic Classes

Classes are being organised at the Arabic school on Tweedle Street for a 10-week course on the Arabic language. The course structure will be following the Madina University text. This is a ladies-only course. To start classes and to arrange convenient dates, sisters aged over 16 are encouraged to contact Umm Muslima on 07455772927 to register their interest. Final details will be confirmed soon thereafter.

BME Volunteers’ Meeting

Rochdale Fire Service is holding a BME Volunteers Recruitment Day in Rochdale on the 30th October from 1 till 4pm.

If you have any further queries please don’t hesitate to contact Robina Yasmin on 07970 447706 or Nic Wharmby on 07854136813. You can also email yasminr@manchesterfire.gov.uk

Ladies’ Dhikr Gatherings

All sisters are invited to gather in the remembrance of Allah and His Messenger (pbuh) on Fridays between 7.30 and 8.30pm. The dhikr and salawat will also be accompanied by Nasheeds and Qasaid. The gatherings will be taking place at Jamia Chishtia Mosque on Milkstone Road.

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 21st October 2013

Primary School Applications in the Rochdale Borough

Rochdale Borough Council is holding dedicated surgeries to help parents sign-up their children for primary school, after more than 350 late applications last year left many losing out on their preferred schools.

Staff and advisors at Sure Start Centres in some of the hardest hit areas of the borough will be on hand to help parents complete the forms or submit the applications online.

Parents with children due to start reception class in September 2014 have until 15 January 2014 to apply or risk their children missing out on their favoured placement.

Regardless of whether parents already have another child at the school, the council still requires an application for all children due to start in September 2014.

The drop in sessions will be held at:

Langley Children’s Centre, Windermere Road, Middleton M24 4LA on 24 October 1pm-3pm & 16 December 4.30pm-6pm

Castleton Children’s Centre, Melville Street, Rochdale OL11 2PL on 14 November, 12pm-2pm

Sudden and Brimrod Community Centre, 11-23 Cheltenham St, Rochdale, OL11 3QJ on 4 November 12pm-2pm & 2 December 6pm-7.30pm.

Derby Street Children’s Centre, Derby Street, Heywood OL10 4QJ on 18 November, 12pm-2pm.

Parents can also apply online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, right up to the closing date at www.rochdale.gov.uk/schooladmissions or request an application form by phoning 01706 925982.

Bid Writing Workshop

There is a Bid Writing Workshop, which will be on “Demonstrating impact on patient health and measuring success” taking place on Tuesday 22nd October from 6 until 8pm. You can attend this workshop at Rochdale Masonic Buildings on Richard Street, behind the Fire Service Museum on Maclure Road.

Date: Tuesday 22nd October
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Venue: Rochdale Masonic Buildings, Richard Street, Rochdale, Lancashire, OL11 1DU.

Refreshments will be available including two hot meat dishes and a vegetarian option.

There is further information on The Charity Service website at http://www.charityservice.org.uk and if you have any enquiries about the event contact Reagan Blyth via email on Reagan.blyth@nhs.net.

BME Volunteers Meeting

Rochdale Fire Service is holding a BME Volunteers Recruitment Day in Rochdale on the 30th October from 1 till 4pm.

If you have any further queries please don’t hesitate to contact Robina Yasmin on 07970 447706 or Nic Wharmby on 07854136813. You can also email yasminr@manchesterfire.gov.uk

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 14th October 2013

Social Investment Fund
Charities, voluntary organisations and community groups are being invited to apply for a grant from the Social Investment Fund provided by the Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group (NHS). This is following on from the success of last year’s programme.

This is a substantial fund which will help improve health and well being across the Borough of Rochdale and involve members of the community of Rochdale Borough in their own wellbeing activities.

Applications to the fund will need to be received by the 31st October 2013. Application Forms, Guidance Notes and FAQs can be downloaded from www.charityservice.org.uk <http://www.charityservice.org.uk> or applicants can ring Mrs Sue Dilworth, Trust Administrator on 07739 759393 for more information.

Ashlie Tottle or the Trust Administrator Sue Dilworth will be happy to talk through the fund with anyone who is unsure about any of the details via email or phone.

We can be contacted by email Sue.dilworth@charityservice.org.uk or by telephone on 07739 759 395, or email: Ashlie.tottle@charityservice.org.uk or by telephone on 07730 217 954.

BME Volunteers Meeting

Rochdale Fire Service is holding a BME Volunteers Recruitment Day in Rochdale on the 30th October from 1 till 4pm.

If you have any further queries please don’t hesitate to contact Robina Yasmin on 07970 447706 or Nic Wharmby on 07854136813. You can also email yasminr@manchesterfire.gov.uk

Sounds of Light

Sounds of Light 2013, presented by Human Appeal, is coming to Manchester on the 27th October at the o2 Apollo Centre. Maher Zain, Raef and many other artists will be live in concert for a Syria Charity Appeal. All donations raised will be sent as aid during the crisis. Tickets are selling fast so book your tickets online at soundsoflight.org or buy tickets from Braai Steakhouse Rochdale, 29 Maclure Rd, Tel: 01706 633515 / 07533881848.

For further information contact Safia Khan (Human Appeal) on 07935177570 or email safkhan@hotmail.co.uk.

If you struggle to contact Safia directly, you can contact the office on +441612250225, or her manager Imran on +447837253024, who will be more than happy to assist you with more information.

Shisha

Shisha users across the borough are being warned that they could be risking a fine, as well as their health, if they use shisha in enclosed public places.

The council is reminding people that the ban on smoking cigarettes in bars also applies to shisha and those who break it could be handed a £50 fixed penalty notice.

Owners of shisha bars that don’t comply with the law could also be hit with a fine of up to £2,500 as well as any investigation costs incurred by the council.

The sweet fruity smell of shisha masks a range of nasty ingredients including tobacco in many cases and carbon monoxide, which puts users at risk of lung, mouth and bladder cancer.

Pregnant women can also put their unborn babies at risk of respiratory diseases if they use shisha while expecting.

Second hand smoke from shisha also poses a risk to non users, while the sharing of mouthpieces can pass infections around.

Anyone with information on shisha bars which may be permitting smoking indoors should contact Gary Parkinson on environmental.health2@rochdale.gov.uk or phone 0845 121 2971

Help improve your local healthcare

NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group’s (HMR CCG) Governing Body is meeting on Friday 18 October between 10.30am-12noon, in room Hollingworth C, Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale, OL16 1XU. Everyone is invited to attend.

The monthly governing body meetings are where official business is discussed and formal decisions are made about everything from policies to which health services will be commissioned.

Public questions are welcome and can either be submitted through the website (www.hmr.nhs.uk, under ‘about us’, then ‘governing body meetings’) or asked during the open questions slot at beginning of the meeting.

Agenda items include Rochdale’s integrated care plan and finance updates.

People with questions are asked to arrive half an hour before the meeting. The engagement lead will also be available to discuss any other queries. Please report to reception on arrival at Number One Riverside.

To help make sure decisions and comments made at the meeting are accessible to local people, they now tweet live from governing body meetings. Follow them on Twitter @NHSHMR.

The agenda and papers for the meeting will be available on the ‘about us’ section of our website www.hmr.nhs.uk in advance of the meeting.

Your health, your voice

NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group (HMR CCG) is hosting a public engagement event to find out what you think about local healthcare services.

Details of the event are as follows:

Date:               Tuesday 22 October 2013

Time:              9.30am until 4pm (hot lunch served at 1pm)

Venue:            Rochdale Masonic Hall, Richard Street, Rochdale, OL11 1DU

The day will consist of presentations and interactive workshops where you will have the opportunity to ask questions and share your experiences of healthcare in the Rochdale borough.

Senior representatives from NHS HMR CCG as well as local NHS and partner organisations – Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and Rochdale Borough Council – will update you about work that’s taking place to improve your local healthcare services.

For more details, email hmrccg.haveyoursay@nhs.net or call Phil Burton, Engagement Lead, on 01706 764319.

Responses to previous public questions and a full schedule of governing body meetings can also be found on the governing body pages of their website.

The morning will examine the achievements of NHS HMR CCG in its first six months, plans for the next year and what residents believe the CCG should do in the future.

The afternoon will focus on looking at how you would like to see health and social care commissioners and service providers working together in a more joined up way across the borough. This will help inform the development of our borough-wide integrated care work programme.

The intention is for future engagement events to be held in locations across the borough.

Kashmir Youth Project

KYP is working in partnership with Manchester College to deliver the Skills Support for the Workforce programme, funded by the SFA and the ESF, to people within Greater Manchester who are currently working or engaged in voluntary work. This exciting, new project also aims to support SME businesses to up-skill their workforce, enabling them to provide better services to their customers and clients. The project will target those people who work but do not have a minimum Level 2 qualification.
As an employer, this free training will help boost the skills of your staff and provide them with the confidence and ability to deliver services to a higher standard.
If you are employed, or a volunteer doing a minimum of 16 hours a week, and would like to attain a qualification to accompany the experience you are gaining then this is the perfect opportunity for you.

KYP will provide training in the following subjects:

·         Level 1 Award in Customer Service

·         Level 2 Certificate in Customer Service

·         Level 1 Award in Preparing to work in Adult Social Care

·         Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care

·         Level 1 Certificate in Caring for Children

·         Level 2 Certificate in Children and Young People’s Workforce

·         Level 2 Certificate in Business Administration

·         Level 2 Diploma in Food Service

·         Level 2 Diploma in Food and Beverage Service

Applicants must be 19+ and not have a level 2 qualification to qualify for this funded qualification. For further information please contact 01706 630140

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 7th October 2013

Adoption

Rochdale Borough Council’s adoption team is holding an information evening at
Number 1 Riverside on 7 October 2013 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm to chat with anyone who is considering adoption.

At this event, there will also be a presentation and the opportunity to listen to an adoptive parent about their experience of adopting and giving a child a forever family. Information packs will be available to all who attend.

As long as you’re over 21 and have a spare bedroom, you can apply to adopt. There is no restriction to adoption – you can be single, over 45, from any background. You get a dedicated social worker who is prepared to support and advocate for you to become an adoptive parent.

There is also financial support available in the form of statutory adoption leave pay, child tax credits and additional support depending on your circumstances.

For more information about adoption, call 0300 303 1000 or visit www.rochdale.gov.uk/bethedifference

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Rochdale Youth Service is once again opening the doors to young people from across the borough to register on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Two open days will be held on the 8 October at Deeplish Community Centre and on 9 October at Matthew Moss Youth Centre to give prospective participants the opportunity to find out more about the award.

The experience will give young people a new found confidence and give them a different perspective and outlook on the world around them. Achieving the award will help make applications to college, university or work stronger.

Young people will be able to draw on the professional and friendly support of qualified leaders and youth workers.

Rochdale Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Open Days:

Venue: Deeplish Community Centre Tuesday 8 October 2013

Time: 6.00pm to 8.30pm.

Please note: This will be a female only DofE group.

Venue: Matthew Moss Youth Centre Wednesday 9 October 2013

Time: 6.00pm to 8.30pm.

Please note: This DofE group is open to everyone.

For further information about the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the open day please contact:

Jamshed 07976059471 or Diane on 07527385767.

Are you due a lifesaving NHS health check?

People aged between 40 and 74 in the Rochdale borough are being encouraged to take the opportunity for a free NHS health check, to help them live well for longer.

NHS health check is a national programme that aims to help prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease in adults.

If you haven’t already been diagnosed with one of these conditions and are aged between 40 and 74, your GP practice will invite you for a NHS health check. This will involve a simple blood test to measure your cholesterol, blood sugars and kidney function.

Once your GP has received your blood test results, you will be invited for a follow-up appointment where you will asked some simple questions around family history and lifestyle, and your blood pressure will also be measured.

During this appointment, you will be offered personalised advice and support to help you to take any necessary action to stay fit and reduce your risk of developing future health problems.

The risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and kidney disease increases with age. Other factors that put you at greater risk include being overweight, lack of exercise, smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol and family history.

For more information on the NHS Health Check programme, please visit www.healthcheck.nhs.uk.

Challenges of a 21st Muslim

It is your last chance to register for the ‘Challenges of a 21st century Muslim’, a 12 week course presented by the Light of Islam Academy covering important topics such as:

  • gender equality and justice,
  • the Vision of Shaykh Abdullah Quilliam
  • The role of the mosques in Contemporary Britain
  • Opportunities & Challenges within school
  • And much more!

Courses run every Monday starting on the 7th October 7:30 – 9pm

The cost for all 12 weeks is £50

Registration: www.lightofislamacademy.org/challenges-21st-century-muslim/

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 30th September 2013

Golden Mosque

Golden Mosque is organising an all-night ‘Nafl Itikaf’ with Imam Shabbir Sialvi and Shaykh Esa Henderson. This will take place on Saturday 5th October, from Maghrib Salat until Fajr. The event will begin with a lecture by Shaykh Esa Henderson on ‘Loving the Beloved (saw)’ which can be attended by both brothers and sisters. The remainder of the night can only be attended by brothers, which will include recital and translation of the Qasida Burdah, a pool and FIFA competition and other activities. Everyone is invited to attend.

Connect2Poetry

Cartwheel Arts would like to invite you to join them for the launch of Connect2Poetry, a public art project created by Cartwheel Arts, the Maskew Collection at Rochdale Libraries, CTC the national cycling charity and Just Poets.

40 metal plaques have been placed along the footpaths and cycle routes around Rochdale bearing poems by 8 local poets. And there is an app for your phone so you can write poems of your own and post them online.

The launch event on Saturday 5th October will see people converging by bike and on foot at the solar powered marquee in Healey Dell, Rochdale. But if you don’t want to cycle or walk you can make your way directly to the poetry party.

Times and directions are available on the Crescent website along with instructions for downloading the app if you have a smart phone.

If you are quite sure you are coming, and bringing a coach load of friends, please call Cartwheel Arts on 01706 361 300 or email admin@cartwheelarts.org.uk to book your place or for any questions. But please feel free to turn up spontaneously.

Poems written on the day – or before – will be entered into their competition, the Connect2Poetry Award and you could win an iPhone! Details are on the Cartwheel Arts website. http://www.cartwheelarts.org.uk/

WHERE TO MEET

WALKERS

Meet Vik and Norman outside Greenbank Primary School, Greenbank Rd, Rochdale OL12 0HZ at 11.30am.

Bring your phone if you have one, with the app downloaded onto it. Approximately 1-hour, slow walk. Gentle, no hills

CYCLISTS – group A

Meet Seamus outside Littleborough train station, OL15 8AR, at 10.30 am.

Bring your bike, and phone if you have one, with the app downloaded onto it.

Approximately 2-hour cycle ride, moderate, some hills

CYCLISTS – group B

Meet Rick and Sam at Mills Hill station, Oldham Rd M24 2HJ at 10.45am.

Bring your bike, and phone if you have one, with the app downloaded onto it.

Approximately 2-hour cycle ride, gentle, few hills!

OR MEET US THERE

If you don’t want to walk or cycle, just come straight to the party at Healey Dell

You’ll find the Songsmith Solar Marquee at the site of the former Broadley

Station, Station Road, OL12 8RT (off Whitworth Rd). There is parking on Station Road

NOTE: there will be transport back to Greenbank School and Rochdale town centre after the event, at 3pm.

Download the app (for iPhone or Android) at www.tellusanotherone.org/c2p

Please let us know if you plan to join us, or need more info! Phone Cartwheel Arts on 01706 361 300 or email admin@cartwheelarts.org.uk to book your place

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 23rd September 2013

Run in the Dark

GreaterSport are proud to announce that Life Style Sports Run in the Dark will be taking place in Greater Manchester this year, as well as being held simultaneously in  Dublin, Cork, Belfast and London with independent city champions leading pop up events in cities worldwide.

The event is a 5 or 10km run, taking place on Wednesday evening,13th November, starting at the Media City Piazza.

The events are organised by the Mark Pollock Trust to raise money to help find a cure for spinal cord injuries.

To find out more information and to sign up for this run visit http://www.runinthedark.org/

Keystone Estates

Keystone Estates are recruiting for an apprentice for both the Tweedale Street Branch and newly opened Oldham Office. Anyone interested in the post can call 344344 for further details.

Jamia Chishtia

Presented by the Light of Islam Academy the Challenges of a 21st century Muslim is a 12 week course covering important topics like:

  • gender equality and justice,
  • the Vision of Shaykh Abdullah Quilliam
  • The role of the mosques in Contemporary Britain
  • Opportunities & Challenges within school

and lots more

We aim to provide practical guidance and insights in light of the unique dynamics and diverse challenges Muslim men, women and youth face in modern society. Drawing from a number of sources including the Qur’an, Hadith and saying of previous great Scholars. The teachers will emphasise the importance of sincere commitment to being a Muslim, personal and spiritual development and understanding the dynamics of our time.

Teachers:

Shaykh Saad Al Attas

Imam Irfan Chishti

Ustadh Muhammad Ali

When: Every Monday starting 7th October 7:30 – 9pm

Cost: £50 – (No one will be turned away for lack of funds so please speak to us if you have any concerns and we will try to accommodate you).

Registration: www.lightofislamacademy.org/challenges-21st-century-muslim/

Hajj: A Practical Seminar
Join the teachers at Jamia Chishtia for a special Hajj Seminar providing practical advice on all things Hajj-related:

  • Virtues and Benefits
  • The Fiqh of Hajj
  • Visiting Madinah
  • Useful hints & advice
  • General Guidance

When: Saturday 28th September 2013, 7:00 – 9pm (Maghrib – Isha)

Who: Maulana Arif Patel & Maulana Shabbir Sialvi

Where:  Jamia Masjid Chashtiah, 49 Milkstone Road, Rochdale, OL11 1EB

Everyone Welcome. Free Entry.

To book your place please visit: www.lightofislamacademy.org/

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 16th September 2013

Golden Mosque

Golden Mosque is hosting a Women’s-only Charity Fun Day on Sunday 29th September from 1pm to 6pm. There will be food stalls, a bouncy castle, children’s activities and various other stalls and activities. The Fun Day will take place in the underground car park accessed through Holland Street, and all proceeds will go towards Golden Mosque. Entry is free and only open to ladies and boys under 12 years old.

Keep Active Keep Healthy

Rochdale Women’s Welfare Association and Spotlight on Failinge are bringing you a Keep Active, Keep Healthy event at Failing Park to promote health and wellbeing across the Borough. There will be food, mendhi, nail art, massage as well as a halal BBQ, an obstacle course, demonstrations, cooking sessions, a bouncy castle and a range of other stalls and activities. You can visit the park on Failinge Road between 10 am and 3pm on Sunday the 22nd September to participate. Call 01706 354447 for further details.

Hajj Fraud

If you have been a victim of Hajj fraud, do not suffer in silence or feel embarrassed about coming forward. Asif Sadiq, the chairman of the Muslim Consultative Committee has urged everyone to support the police in bringing these criminals to justice.

On average, victims can lose anything between £200 and £20 000.

Hajj fraudsters do not discriminate against age, gender or location. In the months leading up to the Muslim pilgrimage of Hajj, organised crime groups are targeting licensed travel companies to advertise fraudulent deals to Saudi Arabia in their name.

Some things you can do to limit your chances of becoming a victim are:

  • Make sure your travel agent/tour operator is ATOL (Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing) protected. If the travel agency closes down while you are in Saudi Arabia you are guaranteed a flight home without having to pay any extra. If the agency closes down before you are due to travel, ATOL protection allows you to claim your money back.
  • Check if your travel agent/tour operator is accredited by the Saudi Embassy. Don’t book without researching your travel agency/tour operator
  • Check exactly what you’re paying for and consider carefully your method of payment. Establishing an auditable paper trail and keeping records of financial transactions will make it more difficult for you to be defrauded.
  • Get everything in writing. Always get written terms and conditions and details of your contract with the travel agent or tour operator. Ensure that the flight details, accommodation and Hajj visa are valid.

For further information on approved, ATOL registered agents you can contact ATOL on 0207 453 6700 or visit hajjinformation.com

If you feel you have been a victim of Hajj fraud, please contact your local police or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or OFT Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 9th September 2013

Livin’ it Newsletter

The autumn issue of the NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale’s newsletter is now available to pick up from a range of outlets across the borough.

This issue includes information about life-saving health checks; getting flu safe for winter; the organ donor campaign in memory of local schoolgirl Lizzie Andrews; and the new service for people with minor eye conditions.

It also features a survey so we can find out what you think of the newsletter and how it can be improved in future.

Copies of Livin’ it! are available to pick up from your local GP practice, dental practice, optician, pharmacy, clinic, leisure centre, community centre or library. Local voluntary and community groups also have copies to share with members.

All issues of Livin’ it! are also available on our website www.hmr.nhs.uk and you can subscribe to receive each edition by email directly into your inbox.

To subscribe, go to ‘publications’, then choose ‘newsletters’ and enter your details at the bottom of the page.

The winter issue of Livin’ it! will be out in December.

Rochdale Leisure Centre

Rochdale leisure centre is holding fitness sessions for ladies aged between 16-30 years old. Hamer Youth Group have initiated and organised the female-only sessions for only £1.50/ session, which includes gym, zumba, and multi-sports such as badminton or table tennis. The gym is open from 2-3pm with 20 places available. The Sports Hall will be open for Multi-Sports between 2-3pm and then for Zumba, Badminton and Table Tennis from 3-4pm. These activities are open to everyone but will be given to the first 60 applicants.

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 2nd September 2013

Golden Mosque

Golden Mosque is pleased to announce a new 6-week course studying the famous text, Shamail at Tirmidhi (The Virtues and Noble Character of The Prophet Muhammad(saw)). This course will begin on Monday 2nd September continuing every Monday evening until 6th October. The class will be delivered from 7:15pm – 8:15pm in the lower ground floor of the Masjid.

The class will be taught by Moulana Muhammad Shabbir Sialvi, the khateeb and Imam at Golden Mosque. Brothers and sisters are invited to attend.

NHS Eyecare

People in the Rochdale borough can now benefit from a new minor eye conditions service.

The service, commissioned by NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group (HMR CCG), sees local opticians providing treatment for eye conditions including red eye or eyelids, dry eye or uncomfortable eyes, irritation and inflammation of the eye, flashes and floaters, in-growing eyelashes or sudden loss of vision.

People with these eye symptoms can make an appointment directly with participating optometrists. This will help free up GPs to see other patients and reduce the demand for urgent hospital appointments.

Major eye conditions such as cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma will continue to be referred for specialist treatment at the appropriate setting.

For full details of the service, how to access it and which opticians are taking part, visit www.hmrmecs.co.uk or pick up a leaflet from your GP practice or local pharmacy.

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 19th August 2013

It’s a bug’s life

Children across Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale are being invited to get up close and personal with bugs by exploring a bug’s life.

Rochdale Boroughwide Libraries will be leading a hunt for “mini beasts” so that children can learn just how important our insect neighbours are.

Children will also be able to take part in arts and crafts activities. Come rain or shine the hunt is on so parents are asked to ensure children are dressed appropriately for the weather on the day.

Time/Date:
Monday 19 August 2013
2:30pm – 3:30pm

Venue/Address:
Balderstone Library
Balderstone Park
Rochdale
OL11 2HD

01706 640438

Time/Date:
Wednesday 21 August 2013
2:30pm – 3:30pm

Venue/Address:
Rochdale Central Library
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Town Centre
Rochdale
OL16 1YG

Family Fun: Co-op Fashionistas

Join the Rochdale Pioneers Museum for summer fun exploring goods sales in Co-operative stores through creativity and crafts!

Drop in, no need to book. Activities are free, donations welcome. These events are suitable for ages 4 to 11.

Co-op Fashionistas: Design an outfit for your own peg doll inspired by Co-op fashions from the past. Dress up in some of our period costumes.

Activities every Wednesday during the Summer Holidays.

Free but donations welcomed.

Time/Date:
Wednesday 21 August 2013
12noon – 3pm

Venue/Address:
Rochdale Pioneers Museum
31 Toad Lane
Rochdale
OL12 0NU

01706 524920

Sea Exhibition

This exhibition from the borough’s art collection explores the theme of the sea in all its aspects – seaside, coastline, ports, shipping and sailing. Combining historic and contemporary works, artists include Dorothea Sharp, Terrick Williams, Frank Brangwyn, Junko Mori and Nora Fok.

The exhibition will include hands-on activities for our younger visitors including under 5s.

Free Entrance

Time/Date:
Saturday 23 March 2013 – Saturday 08 March 2014
Tuesday to Saturday – 10.00am to 5.00pm

Venue/Address:
Gallery Two, Touchstones Rochdale
The Esplanade
Rochdale
OL16 1AQ

01706 924492

Bloom – celebrates the significance of flowers

The beauty of flowers has inspired centuries of art and design. This exhibition celebrates the significance of flowers and how floral motifs feature in our Museum and Art Gallery collections.

Learn how local botanical societies collected and stored specimens, explore the wonderful language of flowers, be amazed by the varied Museum objects on display and look out for a special knitted installation at the front of the Touchstones Rochdale building which will expand to Broadfield Park in the spring.

This exhibition includes hands-on activities to inspire our younger visitors.

Free admission

Time/Date:
Saturday 16 February 2013 – Sunday 13 April 2014
Tuesday to Saturday – 10.00am to 5.00pm

Venue/Address:
Touchstones Rochdale
The Esplanade
Rochdale
OL16 1AQ

01706 924492

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 12th August 2013

Alzheimer’s Society

The National Dementia Community Roadshow will be in Rochdale at Sudden Tesco on Silk Street from 10am – 4pm on the 27th and 28th August. If you have any questions or concerns about dementia for you or those close to you, feel free to make a visit.

NHS

NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group’s (HMR CCG) Governing Body is meeting on Friday 16 August from 10.30am-12.15pm, in room Hollingworth C, Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale. The public is invited to attend.

This month’s meeting will be shorter, followed by a strategic development session for governing body members.

They would like people who have questions to ask at the meeting to arrive half an hour before the meeting, at 10am, so they are able to accurately capture the question as well as contact details to ensure a full response is provided. The engagement manager will also be available to discuss any other queries. Please report to reception on arrival at Number One Riverside.

The agenda and papers for the meeting will be available on the ‘about us’ section of the website www.hmr.nhs.uk in advance of the meeting.

Wardleworth Community Centre

There is now a “Free Advice and Form Filling service” at Wardleworth Community Centre, South Street Rochdale.
They offer basic advice and make calls on your behalf. They can also fill in forms and
signpost you to other services. This service is available every Monday & Tuesday from 10am – 12pm.
For further information please call Afzal Miah on 01706 342889 or email:   afzal.wcca@live.co.uk  to make an appointment.

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 5th August 2013

Chand Raat

Smallbridge Library on Stevenson Square is holding a Chaand Raat on the 7th August from 6pm till late.

There will be henna, face painting, a bouncy castle, hair and beauty, Bric-and-Brac, raffles, food, a chocolate fountain and much more.

For more information contact Zaf, the area youth worker, on 07940070459.

Young People’s Sports

The re-launch of the New Chillout Sports Club at Wardleworth Community Centre has been a great success.

They have approximately 15-20 young people, who participate every week and really enjoy the sporting sessions including: Basketball, Table Tennis, Indoor Soft Cricket, Pool Games, Carrom Board, Darts & Nintendo Wii.

They said that they now have somewhere to go, play sports and make a lot of friends. This is a great fitness routine for local young people, which gives them the chance to engage in good things, have a better understanding of life and respect each other.

The Free Club runs every Saturday from 12pm – 2pm & Sunday from 2:15pm – 4pm for people aged between 7 and 16 years old throughout the year. You can email afzal.wcca@live.co.uk for more information.

Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale NHS Blog Launch

As part of Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale NHS’s commitment to engaging with the local population in as many ways as possible, they have launched a blog.

The blog is written by Dr Chris Duffy, local GP and Chair of Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group (HMR CCG), and highlights key news and achievements in an informal way, on a regular basis.

The blog also provides a way of commenting and reacting to current NHS or local issues.

The first two instalments are available to read on the website www.hmr.nhs.uk, under news and events. (http://www.hmr.nhs.uk/index.php/news-events/easyblog)

Dr Duffy said: “If there’s anything specific you would like to know more about through the blog, please tell us by commenting on the page.”

Future posts will be promoted through their Twitter feed, so follow them @NHSHMR.

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 29th July 2013

Golden Mosque

Shaykh Muhammad Imran Al-Azhari will be at Golden Mosque on Sunday 4th August, discussing the topic ‘Attaining Peace in Our Busy Lives’. The lecture will begin after Zuhr Salat, which is at 1:45pm. Both brothers and sisters are invited to attend.

Golden Mosque has organised a set of classes during the last ten days of Ramadan in combination with the itikaf programme. These classes are also open to brothers who are not on itikaf, The classes will begin on Tuesday 30th July. Essential Fiqh will be taught by Moulana Aqib Hussain after fajr salat, Aqidah and Hadith will be taught by Shaykh Esa Henderson after Zuhr salat and the Tafsir of Surah Yusuf will be taught by Imam Shabbir Sialvi after Asr salat. All brothers are requested to attend and make the most of this learning opportunity in the final days of the blessed month of Ramadhan.

Sacred Retreat at Jamia Chishtia

Jamia Chishtia would like to invite you to attend the Sacred Retreat 2013.

Free classes will be conducted daily after Zuhr (2pm) until Asr under the guidance of qualified scholars such as Sheikh Saad al Attaas.

Eid Mela

Girls Youth Forum presents an Eid Mela on Thursday 1st August at Wardleworth Community Centre on South Street between 1-5pm.

They will be bringing local businesses together under one roof so you can purchase and prepare for the forthcoming Eid festivities.

Lots of stalls on will be offer including fabric, clothing, books, jewellery, mendhi, threading, personalised candles, hijabs, jilbabs, treats & much more!!

Face painting and lucky dip for children too!

So come along to this fantastic Eid Mela, Thursday 1st August at Wardleworth Community Centre, South Street, 1-5pm.

If anyone would like to book a stall, places are still available.  Contact Shanty on 07539 228236.

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 22nd July 2013

Golden Mosque 

Moulana Tauqir Ishaaq will be at Golden Mosque on Sunday 28th July, discussing the topic ‘Are you Halal?’ It will begin after Zuhr Salat, which is at 1:45pm. Both brothers and sisters are invited to attend.

Sacred Retreat 2013

Jamia Chishtia is offering the spiritual retreat of Itikaaf in the last 10 days of Ramadhan equipping you with the fundamentals of Islam.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity of studying under authentic & traditional scholars, including Imam Irfan Chishti, Maulana Shabbir Sialvi & Ustadh Habeeb ur Rahman.

When: Sunday 28th July – 8th August

Where: Jamia Masjid Chashtiah, 49 Milkstone Road, Rochdale, OL11 1EB.

Both Residential and non-residential opportunities are available.
Sehri & Iftar will be provided.
Sisters are welcome on the non-residential option.

To apply visit: www.LightofIslamAcademy.org

Heatwave health advice

NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group is reinforcing heatwave health advice as temperatures continue to soar this week.

The very young, older people and the seriously ill are particularly at risk of health problems when the weather is very hot.

You can help to keep yourself well by following these tips:

·         Stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat.

·         Have cool baths or showers and splash yourself with cool water.

·         Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and fruit juice. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol.

·         Stay tuned to the weather forecast on the radio or TV, or on the Met Office website www.metoffice.gov.uk.

·         Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.

·         Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.

If someone feels unwell, take them somewhere cool to rest and give them plenty of fluids to drink. If symptoms such as breathlessness, chest pain, confusion, weakness, dizziness or cramps become worse or don’t go away, seek medical help.

More useful heatwave advice is available at www.nhs.uk/livewell/summerhealth/pages/heatwave.

Heat and health advice during Ramadan

Members of the Muslim community fasting during the month of Ramadan are at risk of dehydration. It’s important to balance food and fluid intake between fasts and especially to drink enough water.

Members of the Muslim community may be fasting during the daylight hours in the month of Ramadan which takes place between 9 July and 8 August. It is common to have one meal just before sunrise and an evening meal after sunset during Ramadan. During hot weather, dehydration is a common and serious risk. It’s important to balance food and fluid intake between fasts and especially to drink enough water.

If you start to feel unwell, disoriented or confused, or collapse or faint, advice is to stop fasting and have a drink of water or other fluid. This is especially important for older adults, those with poorly controlled medical conditions such as low or high blood pressure, diabetes and those who are receiving dialysis treatment.

The Muslim Council of Britain has confirmed that breaking fast in such conditions is allowable under Islamic law. Also make sure to check on others in the community who may be at greater risk and keep an eye on children to ensure they are having a safe and healthy Ramadan.

Guidance to help make sure members of the Muslim community have a safe and healthy Ramadan is available at www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Healthyramadan.

Peace Trail 2013 Tour

The Peacetrail 2013 Tour is coming to Rochdale on the 26th of July at Deeplish Community Centre on Hare Street to raise money for Palestine and various UK projects for Muslim converts. The key note speaker will be Lauren Booth, with others such as Anisa Kisson, Yusuf Chambers and Umar Abdullah DeBois attending. There will be a light iftaar, entertainment and speeches. You can call 0333 5777 004 for further details and register your interest on peacetrailtour.co.uk.

Eid Party

Everyone is invited to an Eid Event on Saturday 10th August 2013, to raise money for the Macmillan Cancer Charity.

It will be held from 12-7pm at Castlemere Banqueting Hall, on 8 Castlemere Street, Rochdale, OL11 3SW.

The Mayor and Mayoress Councillor and Mrs Rush will be visiting the event between 2-4pm.

Stalls will include:

*Raffle prizes

*homemade asian foods

*cupcakes/cakes/desserts

*hair and nail design

*henna art and face painting

*acoustic set from a local upcoming band.

To make community announcements e-mail the relevant information to news@crescentradio.net at least a week in advance.

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c/ 14th July 2013

Deeplish summer play scheme

Deeplish Community Centre is holding a summer play scheme with activities including painting, trips and the Xbox and Wii.

You can register your child for a two-week slot by visiting the centre or calling 01706 860151.

Registration fee: £5 per child for two weeks

Monday 22nd July – Thursday 24th July
Monday 28th July – Thursday 31st July
Monday 4th August – Thursday 7th August
Monday 11th August – Thursday 14th August

Deeplish community centre
Hare street
Rochdale
OL11 1JZ

Find out more about healthcare in Rochdale

NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group’s (HMR CCG) Governing Body is meeting on Friday 19 July and the public is invited to attend.

The monthly governing body meetings are where official business is discussed and formal decisions are made about everything from policies to which health services will be commissioned.

Public questions are welcome and can either be submitted through the website (www.hmr.nhs.uk, under ‘about us’, then ‘governing body meetings’) or asked during the open questions slot at beginning of the meeting.

The next meeting takes place on Friday 19 July, 10.30-1pm, in room Hollingworth C, Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale, OL16 1XU.

This month the governing body will be making decisions about transforming community services, hearing updates from the three localities – Heywood and Middleton, Rochdale East and Rochdale West, and discussing the latest finance, performance, quality and risk assurance information.

There is also a half-hour public engagement session before the meeting where people can discuss any questions or concerns directly with HMR CCG’s engagement manager. The session will begin at 10am. Please report to reception on arrival at Number One Riverside.

The agenda and papers for the meeting will be available on the ‘about us’ section of our website www.hmr.nhs.uk in advance of the meeting.

A full schedule of governing body meetings can also be found on the governing body pages of their website.

Stay healthy over Ramadan

Muslim residents in the borough are being advised to stay healthy during fasting, over the period of Ramadan this month.

Patients on continuing medication or those who suffer from long-term illnesses such as diabetes are being urged to take extra care and maintain a healthy lifestyle during this time.

Dr Sonal Sharma, Clinical Lead for Diabetes at NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “The way to approach your diet during fasting is similar to the way you should be eating outside of Ramadan. To prevent muscle breakdown, meals must contain enough energy food, such as carbohydrates and some fat.

Patients who suffer from any chronic illness or health complications must consult their GP before fasting to see if they can do so safely during Ramadan. If fasting is not recommended by the GP, the Islamic ruling is that they should make a charitable donation instead.

Following a well-balanced diet during fasting can also be good for your health as it is a great opportunity to lose weight and become healthier or to kick some bad habits like smoking.

Tips for healthy fasting:

·         Eat a well-balanced diet, including nutrients from all food groups

·         Avoid fried foods or those containing too much sugar

·         Increase fluid intake during non-fasting hours to avoid dehydration

·         Avoid over eating when breaking your fast

·         Choose healthy cooking methods

·         Eat slow-digesting foods containing grains and seeds

If you have any concerns about you or your family’s health during fasting, please speak to your GP.

Alternatively, for more information about healthy fasting, visit www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Healthyramadan.

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Crescent’s Community Noticeboard w/c 8th July 2013

Alzheimer Services

There have been some recent additions to Alzheimer’s Services in the Rochdale Borough.

CrISP

The new Carers’ Information and Support Programme, CrISP, is a short training course for carers of people living with dementia. It is a four-week course and has one session between 2 to 3 hours per week. Feedback for courses in Oldham and Manchester have been extremely positive.

CrISP facilitator Alison Roberts is keen to get the courses up and running in August and September.

If you would like more information for courses in August or September please contact Alison Roberts on 0161 342 0797 or 07809 349 671. Alternatively you can email to Alison.Roberts@alzheimers.org.uk

Befriending Service

The new befriending service for people with dementia is now up and running. Volunteers have been recruited, inducted and trained to high standards to provide a high quality service for people with dementia and a short respite for their carers.

If you would like more information please contact Debbie Kinsella on 07718 113 414. Alternatively you can email Debbie.Kinsella@alzheimers.org.uk

Dementia Adviser Service

The Alzheimer’s Society also has the Dementia Adviser service. This involves a one off face to face meeting for approximately 90 minutes to discuss the individual’s personal circumstances and diagnosis, how this affects them, benefits, finances and legal affairs as well as discussing other support services available in the community. There is phone support every 6-12 months thereafter.

For more information please contact Tania Taylor on 01706 379034 or 0788960 4675. Alternatively you can email tania.taylor@alzheimers.org.uk Please note there is currently a 3 month waiting list for this service.

Memory Wellbeing Cafes

For those people who the above services are not suitable for we also have our Memory Wellbeing Cafes in Milnrow, Middleton and Heywood and our Carers’ Group in Rochdale centre.

Our colleague Muriel sends out a small flyer each month explaining who the guest speaker is and what the activity is for the café the clients are interested in. If you know someone who would like to be added to one of Muriel’s reminder lists please contact Muriel Stretton our Dementia Café Coordinator on 0161 342 0797 or 07718 115 700. Alternatively you can email Muriel.Stretton@alzheimers.org.uk with the name, address and phone number and the café the client is interested in.

To make community announcements e-mail the relevant information to news@crescentradio.net at least a week in advance.

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 15th April 2013

Breaking the two desires

The first hour, of a two hour session, will focus on the chapter from the Ihya Uloomudeen of ‘Breaking the 2 desires of gluttony and lust’ followed by a series of lectures on the Biographies of the Ten Companions Promised Paradise.

Teacher: Shaykh Saad Al Attas

Date and Time: the first and third monday of every month with the first class being on 15th April at 8pm-10pm.

Venue: Jamia Chishtia on 49 Milkstone Road

Brief notes will be provided and the class is free for ALL!

 

Rugby League World Cup Tickets

Rochdale is hosting the rugby league world cup match of Fiji Vs Ireland on 28th October at Spotland Stadium. Rochdale is one of just 21 stadia to host one of the UK’s games, with the matches expected to attract a global audience of 40 million people.  Over 40,000 tickets have already been sold for the final at Old Trafford. Tickets are selling fast, and are available online by logging on to www.rlwc2013.com or by calling 0844 847 2013

 

Shamail e Muhammadiyya

Dar Ul Munawar, on Derby Street proudly presents Shamail e Muhamaddiya; a 3 week intensive course on the virtues and characteristics of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him.

The course will be taught by Mawlana Arif Patel

Date and Time: Sunday 21st April, 7:15pm.

This course is only open to brothers.

 

Choose Now- Dunya or Paradise

The Light of Islam Academy Presents: Choose Now… Dunya or Paradise?

Date and Time: Saturday 20th April, 2pm

Venue: Jamia Masjid Chashtiah, 49 Milkstone Road, Rochdale, OL11 1EB

Special guest speaker: Imam Asim Hussain (Bradford)
Heaven’s Keys Scholars, Maulana Shabbir Sialvi & Maualna Irfan Chishti will also be delivering key speeches.
Sisters Welcome
More Information: www.LightofIslamAcademy.org

 

Sacred Syria – an evening to support those in Syria 

Date and Time: Monday 15th April, doors open at 6pm with a 7pm start.

Venue: Al Maidah Banquet Hall, Sagar Street (Off Bury New Road), Manchester M8 8EU

Speakers:  Sh Ruzwan Muhammad, Sh Haroon Hanif, Sh Saad Peters, Sh Wajid Hussain, Sh Tanveer Hussain, Sh Muhammad Jamil, Imam Khalid Hussain.

Hosted by Rahim Jung and Nasheeds by Ehsaan (Labbayk)

Tickets £15 | Tickets & Donations – 0121 446 5682

www.islamichelp.org.uk

 

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 25th March 2013

Deeplish Easter Play Scheme

Week one runs from Tuesday 2nd April to Friday 5th April and week two last from Monday 8th April to Thursday 11th April

Activities include Arts and Crafts, cooking, trips, sports and much more

Venue: Deeplish Community Centre

Time: 1-4pm

Age group: 5-12 years old

A registration fee does apply, and for more information contact Zahir Ihsan on 01706 860151

 

Masjid Sleepover (boys only)

Darul Ilm on Merefield Street are holding a boys only sleepover

Date: Friday 5th April

Time: After Magrib (7.55pm)

Activities will include a Fifa 13 tournament, food and information on the etiquettes of the masjid.

Collect an enrolment form from the Central Masjid, Idara and registration will begin after Jumuah on the 5th April. This event is only open to boys 16 and under, they will only need to bring a sleeping bag and basic toiletries.

 

Cartwheel Arts Run

Cartwheel Arts are a volunteer organization hoping to raise £150 on  26th May at the 10k Run with BUPA Manchester.. Cartwheel Arts is a local arts charity that work with a wide range of backgrounds and people from all walks of life.

If you would like to take part in the run and help support local community projects then contact Lucy on 01706 361300 or email lucy@catwheelarts.org.uk She will then help to arrange the £30 entrance fee payment with you and give you all the information you need to register and start fundraising!

 

Al-Yusra Football Tournament

Al-Yusra are holding a 5 a side football tournament on Saturday 30th March between 1.30-6pm at the Soccer Factory, Royle Barn Road Rochdale, OL11 3DT.

The tournament is open to children between the ages 10-16, to book a place enroll at the Central Masjid Idara or call 0791 254 9920

The deadline for registering your team is 29th March.

 

NHS 111 Service

The NHS 111 Service has been live since the 21st March, this number is for people to call if they need urgent medical assistance when their illness or injury isn’t life threatening. The NHS 111 service for Greater Manchester, including Rochdale borough, has been switched on ahead of the official public launch on 11 April.  All callers to NHS Direct and local GP out-of-hours services will be advised to hang-up and re-dial NHS 111.

 

Cupping session (ladies only)

The treatment will be carried out by a fully trained medical doctor.
Hijama is a form of Sunnah therapy which can help treat many illnesses from migranes, arthritis, heart problems, back pains, diabetes, lower cholesterol, weight loss, asthma and many more.
Each session will cost £35 but prices may vary depending on treatment.

Date: Tuesday 9th April

Venue: The Crescent Centre.
To book an appointment please contact 01706 340385
Further details can be found online at: www. crescentradio.net

To make community announcements e-mail the relevant information to news@crescentradio.net at least a week in advance.

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 18th March 2013

Older Adults Day Service

There is Rochdale older adults day service run by Creative support. They are running sessions for older adults within the Rochdale borough, who can take part in sessions such as:
Armchair exercise sessions at Sudden Community Centre, Cheltenham Street; starting Monday 18th March 12-1.30 pm. And ladies only sessions at Deeplish community centre, Hare Street: starting on; Thursday 21st March at 2-3.30pm. Each session is £1.00 and refreshments are included.

The BACP Asian ladies session is on every Thursday at 10.30-1pm. Go down and enjoy taking part in crafts such as, jewellery making, candle decorating, card making. Refreshments are included and this is a free session.

For further details contact creative support, Rochdale day service on 0161 643 65333 or email us at rochdale.dayservices@creativesupport.org.uk

 

Year 2 Central and Spotland & Falinge Community First Funding

Funding from the second year of the national Community First programme is now available to community groups within the Central and Spotland & Falinge wards of Rochdale. These wards are amongst of 600 areas across the country that is in receipt of Community First funding.

For more information and an application pack for the Central ward contact:

Email: centralfirst.rochdale@kyp.org.uk  or Telephone: 01706 516606

Closing date for this round of applications is 3.00pm Friday 22nd March 2013

For more information and an application pack for the Spotland and Falinge ward contact:

Email: spotlandandfalinge.rochdale@kyp.org.uk or groups can collect forms from Spotland Community Centre

Closing date for this round of applications is 10.00am Monday 25th March 2013

 

Cartwheels Arts Run

Run for Cartwheels Arts. Cartwheel Arts are a volunteer organization hoping to raise £150  at the 10k Run with BUPA Manchester on 26th May 2013. Cartwheel Arts is a local arts charity that work with a wide range of backgrounds and people from all walks of life.

If you would like to take part in the run and help support local community projects then contact Lucy on 01706 361300 or email lucy@catwheelarts.org.uk She will then help to arrange the £30 entrance fee payment with you and give you all the information you need to register and start fundraising!

 

Keystone Apprenticeship

Due to a new office on Tweedale,  Keystone Estates have an opportunity for an apprentice to work within a dynamic estate agent. Interested? Call Sajid on 01706 344 344

 

Free GCSE tuition

KYP provides a study school every Sunday from 1pm-3pm during term time to help 14-16 year olds to improve their potential in their GCSE’s. Tutoring is provided by qualified and experienced staff. If you would like to access this FREE support, please contact the Raising Education and Aspiration Project team on 01706 630140 or via e-mail on reap@kyp.org.uk

To make community announcements e-mail the relevant information to news@crescentradio.net at least a week in advance.

 Also visit www.crescentradio.net/community-noticeboard

 

 

Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 4th March 2013

Keystone Apprenticeship

Due to a new office on Tweedale,  Keystone Estates have an opportunity for an apprentice to work within a dynamic estate agent. Interested?

Call Sajid on 01706 344 344

 

Business for Sale

Eastern trends, on 66 Spotland Road is for sale.

For more details contact Shahid on 01706 355 551

 

Stress and Anxiety Management

Mind Horizon Presents ‘Stress and Anxiety Management from a faith-based approach’.

Date: Saturday 9th March between

Time: 2.45pm – 5.00pm

Venue: Link Project Centre, Chadwick Road, Eccles, Manchester M30 0WP

This is a free 2 hour presentation, delivered by  Zuhair Girach, Holistic, Wellbeing Therapist and Counsellor, where the community can come in and learn about how stress affects our lives and disrupts our health. They will also learn about the mainstream and Islamic appraches to healing emotions/stress/anxiety/depression.
Entrance: Free

Limited capacity so booking is required. To register please email healing@mindhorizon.org or call 07877 870 195

 

Free GCSE tuition

KYP provides a study school every Sunday from 1pm-3pm during term time to help 14-16 year olds to improve their potential in their GCSE’s. Tutoring is provided by qualified and experienced staff. If you would like to access this FREE support, please contact the Raising Education and Aspiration Project team on 01706 630140 or via e-mail on reap@kyp.org.uk

 

Rochdale Skills Event

On Wednesday 13th March inspired spaces will be holding a skills event for Year 9 students across the borough between 9am and 4pm and an open session from 3pm until 5pm to allow parents and older students to come along.

Venue: Unit 16 of Heywood Distribution Park

Students will have the chance to try their hand at a range of work-related tasks and activities and find out all they need to know about the kinds of jobs that exist locally, from sectors including construction, manufacturing and engineering, IT, logistics, digital and media.

If you would like to find out more about the event, please contact inspiredspaces on 01706 751166.

 

International Women’s Day Event

Rochdale Women’s Welfare Association, Meadowfields Community Centre and Spotlight On Falinge The Hub cordially invite you to, “International Women’s Day” a FREE women and children ONLY event, celebrating the 102nd year of International Women’s Day and the launch of their new and exciting health project, ‘3 Pease in a Pod’

Date: Thursday 14th March 2013

Time: 10.00am – 2.00pm

Venue: Castlemere Banqueting Hall, 8 Castlemere Street, Rochdale, OL11 3SW

Refreshments provided for a minimal cost of £1 per plate

For further info please contact a member of staff on 860 157

To make community announcements e-mail the relevant information to news@crescentradio.net at least a week in advance.

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 18th February 2013

Business for Sale

Eastern trends, on 66 Spotland Road is for sale.

For more details contact Shahid on 01706 355 551

KYP: Energy Saving Project

KYP have started a new project aimed at helping local people save money on their fuel bills. There are a number of government initiatives and grants worth up to £1000 that local people can access for FREE which would help reduce their energy costs. To find out if you can get FREE support to improve your energy efficiency, install a new central heating system or simply save money on your fuel bills, contact the Fuel Poverty team on 01706 630140 or e-mail us on energy@kyp.org.uk.

Free GCSE tuition

KYP provides a study school every Sunday from 1pm-3pm during term time to help 14-16 year olds to improve their potential in their GCSE’s. Tutoring is provided by qualified and experienced staff. If you would like to access this FREE support, please contact the Raising Education and Aspiration Project team on 01706 630140 or via e-mail on reap@kyp.org.uk

Arts + Enterprise

Cartwheels Arts are starting a course in Arts + Enterprise in Middleton, on Monday February 25th (Arts course at Burnside Community Centre) and Tuesday February 26th (Enterprise course at Demesne Community Centre). Each course runs for 5 weeks. Choose between learning new art techniques which are suitable for community settings, or a quickfire introduction to business and enterprise, all leading to a celebratory community event.Please contact Kerry on 01706 361300 or kerry@cartwheelarts.org.uk for more details.

KYP Learning and Training

KYP, in partnership with Hopwood Hall College, are running FREE taster sessions offering exciting opportunities to access training and learning. Taster sessions are a great way to make friends and learn about sectors of work which you may be interested in. So, whether you want to learn new skills for work or develop your creativity, we are offering courses including Childcare, IT, Arabic, Literacy and Numeracy, Keep Fit – Zumba and many more.  To book your place on a course or for more information call KYP on 01706 630140 or e-mail us on training@kyp.org.uk

Keystone Apprenticeship

Due to a new office on Tweedale,  Keystone Estates have an opportunity for an apprentice to work within a dynamic estate agent. Interested? Call Sajid on 01706 344 344

To make community announcements e-mail the relevant information to news@crescentradio.net at least a week in advance.

Also visit www.crescentradio.net/community-noticeboard

 

 

Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 18th February 2013

Lads and Dads (FREE EVENT)

Venue: Deeplish community centre, Hare Street, OL11 1JT

Date and Time: Tuesday 19th February 11am-1pm

This event is For Lads under the age of 11 there will be a football facility including a penalty shoot out!

And healthy cooking workshops and health checks for Dads

Places are limited, so to book a place call Deeplish Community Centre on 01706 860151

 

Tajweed and Arabic Classes

New Tajweed and Arabic class for females only

Date and Time: Every Tuesdays and Thursdays between 5.30-7.30pm, starting on Tuesday 26th February

All ages and all levels are welcomes,

For further information called 07853 903 786

 

Energy and Benefits Awareness Event

Organised by KYP, Rochdale Borough Council and Scottish Power.

Date and Time: Wednesday 20th February, 10am-1pm

Venue: Deeplish Community Centre

Find out more about discounts that can reduce your fuel bills and information on what help is available if you’re facing benefit cuts.

There is also the opportunity to get a FREE energy saving light bulb and other free gifts.

For further information contact Naila Ilyas on 01706 630140 or by emailing Naila@kyp.org.uk

 

Differences between the Asharis and Maturidi schools of Ahlus Sunnah
A full day course taught by Shaykh Atabek Shukrov
Venue: Al Madina Jamia Masjid, waterloo street, Oldham, OL4 1ES

Date and Time: Sunday 24th February, starting at 11 am

There are Facilities for both brothers & sisters

There is a £5 fee which includes lunch & refreshments throughout the day

To register,
Email : abuzainabzahra@gmail.com or call on 07877827314

Sylhet to Rochdale

The Rochdale Bangladeshi Partnership Project is launching “Sylhet to Rochdale: a young people’s Bangladeshi heritage project”

Date and Time: Tuesday 19th February 2013 at 6.00pm

Venue: Wardleworth Community Centre, South Street, Rochdale, OL162EP.

The event will coincide with International Mother Language Day.  It will include the official launch of the heritage project by the Mayor of Rochdale, a presentation on the history of international mother language day, as well as poetry recitations by young people.

This event is free and open to all, some light refreshments will be provided.

For more details please ring Dobir Miah on 01706 342889.

 

Business for Sale

Eastern trends, on 66 Spotland Road is for sale.

For more details contact Shahid on 01706 355 551

To make community announcements e-mail the relevant information to news@crescentradio.net at least a week in advance.

Also visit www.crescentradio.net/community-noticeboard

 

Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 4th February 2013

Muticultural Resource Centre Kashmir Fun Day

In the memory of of Maulana Muhammad Azam Chisthi and poet Iftikhar Kaini

Date and Time: Saturday the 9th February, Between 6.30pm-10.30pm

Venue: Deeplish Community Centre, Hare Street OL11 1JT

Food will be provided and guest speakers include Counselor Zaman

For further information call Muhammad Afzal on 07448 857 995

 

Have your say about developments in Rochdale

Rochdale Borough Council wants to hear your views on major plans to develop the borough over the next 15 years.

A final round of consultation has started this week on the ‘Core Strategy.’  The Core Strategy is our plan on how the borough should grow and develop up until 2028. It shows the scale of employment and housing land needed and identifies where regeneration and environmental improvements should be focused.

After the consultation, the council will submit the Core Strategy, and its supporting documents, to government along with the comments received.

You need to have your say by 5pm on 8 March 2013.

Contact:

Strategic Planning
PO Box 32, Telegraph House
Rochdale OL16 1JH
Tel: 01706 924376

 

CANCER AWARENESS EVENT

Venue: Castlemere Community Centre

Tweedale Street, Rochdale

Date and Time: Thursday 7th February , 10am-1pm

Come and hear about:

  • The work of The Christie Hospital and future developments. By the Rochdale Governor, Christine Mathewson and Chair of Governors, Keith Bradley.
  • How you can become a member of The Christie and how this helps patients with Cancer.
  • How to recognise early symptoms of cancer and how going to your Doctor early can save your life

(For more information Contact Christine on 07788656666)

 

Deeplish Community Centre Fun Day

Rochdale Youth Service Open Day and Hand over keys to the residents of Stoneyfield Kick Pitch followed by an Open Day at Deeplish Community Centre.

Launch of work and Hand over Keys: 21st February, 11.30am at  Stoneyfield Kick Pitch

Open Day and celebrations of our work: 21st February 2012, 12.00 – 4.00pm  - @ Deeplish Community Centre

For stalls or information please contact Mohammed Sheraz on 07527 385750 or email on mohammed.sheraz@rochdale.gov.uk

To make community announcements e-mail the relevant information to news@crescentradio.net at least a week in advance.

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 21st January 2013

Juloos

This year’s annual procession marking the arrival of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) will be on Sunday the 27th January after Dhuhr Namaz. Starting at Darul Munawwar on Derby Street and ending at Jamia Masjid Bilal on Bulwer Street.

NHS Penine Care

Do you Chew Paan? Or need support to stop smoking?

Starting on Monday the 28th January, for 6 weeks, between 11-1pm you will be able to have a chat about chewing tobacco with staff from Rochdale’s community healthcare.

Venue: Deeplish Community Centre

Heroes of Islam

This is an event aimed at raising awareness for Syria and Palestine.

Time and Date: Saturday 2nd February

Venue: Wardleworth Community Centre, South Street, Rochdale, OL16 2EP

Speakers include Ustadh Abdur Rehman and Ustadh Abu Mujahidah who will speak about Khalid bin Waleed and the Conquest of Syria and Salahudeen Ayubbi and the Liberation of Palestine.

There will also be poetry and nasheeds by local artists

Brothers and sisters are welcome.

For further information call: 07730432989

Winter Walk for Gaza

Come and brave the cold and walk 5 miles for the children of Gaza

Walks will be taking place on Saturday 26th of January in Hyde Park, London and on Saturday 9th February in Heaton park, Manchester, proceeds will go to Muslim Hands.

For further information or to sign up for the walk log onto www.muslimhands.org or call 0115 911 7222

Join the Conservation Conversation!

Are you a fan of Falinge Fold?

If you love your local area and care about its character then the council wants to hear from you.

As part of its responsibility for identifying and preserving sites of historical or architectural interest in the borough, the council’s Planning team wants your views on proposals to make this special location a conservation area.

Comments on the full draft appraisal can be made online or be sent to Christina Sinclair, Floor 1, Telegraph House, Baillie Street, Rochdale, OL16 1JH

The closing date for comments is 11 February.

Views will be reported to the township committee where a final decision on the conservation area will be made.

To make community announcements e-mail the relevant information to news@crescentradio.net at least a week in advance.

Also visit www.crescentradio.net/community-noticeboard

Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 14th January 2013

Juloos

This year’s annual procession marking the arrival of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) will be on Sunday the 27th January after Dhuhr Namaz. Starting at Darul Munawwar on Derby Street and ending at Jamia Masjid Bilal on Bulwer Street.

Rochdale-Palestine Solidarity Campaign Annual General Meeting

Date & Time: Monday 14th January 2013 at 7.15pm

Venue: The Crescent Centre, 1 Devon Street, Rochdale, OL11 1HN

Speaker: Parveen Yacqoob, International Peace Activist

Virtues Tour

Quba initative in association with Muslim Hands and the Greensville Trust

Date and Time: Saturday the 19th January 2013,  6.30-9.30pm

Venue: Nawab Banqueting Hall,

1008 Stockport Road,

Manchester,

M19 3WN

The event will consist of talks by Shaykh Yahya Rhodus (from America), Shaykh Ibrahim Osi-Efa (from Liverpool)

Nasheeds and poetry by Umar Abdullah Debois and Amir Sulaiman

Tickets: £15 and includes a 3 course meal
For further information email info@qubainitiative.org or buy your tickets online at www.qubainitiative.org or by texting 07838734650

Heroes of Islam

Is an event aimed at raising awareness for Syria and Palestine,

Time and Date: Saturday 2nd February

Venue: Wardleworth community centre, South Street, Rochdale, OL16 2EP

Speakers include Ustadh Abdur Rehman and Ustadh Abu Mujahidah who will speak about Khalid bin Waleed and the Conquest of Syria and Salahudeen Ayubbi and the Liberation of Palestine.

There will also be poetry and nasheeds by local artists

Brothers and sisters are welcome.

For further information call: 07730432989

Winter Walk for Gaza

Come and brave the cold and walk 5 miles for the children of Gaza

Walks will be taking place on Saturday 26th of January in Hyde Park, London and on Saturday 9th February in Heaton park, Manchester, proceeds will go to Muslim Hands.

For further information or to sign up for the walk log onto www.muslimhands.org or call 0115 911 7222

To make community announcements e-mail the relevant information to news@crescentradio.net at least a week in advance.

Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 7th January 2013

Beginning of the End: the Minor and Major signs of the Day of Judgement

12 week FREE course open to both Brothers and Sisters

Teacher: Imam Abdullah Hasan

Venue: Neeli Masjid 25-27 Hare Street, Rochdale Ol11 1JU

Date & Time: Every Saturday from the 5th January- 23rd March

For further information call 01706 648 094/ 07967 180 120 or email info@ukimrochdale.org or visit www.neelimosque.org

Rochdale-Palestine Solidarity Campaign Annual General Meeting

Speaker: Parveen Yakub, International Peace Activist

Date & Time: Monday 14th January 2013 at 7.15pm

Venue: The Crescent Centre, 1 Devon Street, Rochdale, OL11 1HN

‘Gardens of the Righteous’ Course

Free course open to both Brothers and Sisters

Teacher: Shaykh Shabbir Sialvi

The classical book of Imam Nawawi, Riyad us Saliheen which is a collection of sahih Hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (saw) will be used to teach Islamic beliefs (Aqeeda) and Tasawwuf (spirituality).

Date & Time: Every Friday at  7:15-8:15pm

Venue: Golden Mosque (the lessons will be held in the lower ground floor)

Community First Funding

Calling any voluntary groups located in the Kingsway ward.  Community First funding has funding available of up to £2,500 for groups wanting to improve the ward.  For further details contact Sharon Taylor  07772008037 or email sharontaylor28@hotmail.co.uk

To make community announcements e-mail the relevant information to news@crescentradio.net at least a week in advance.

Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 31th December 2012

Gardens of the Righteous Course

‘Gardens of the Righteous’ is a new, free course, taught by Shaykh Shabbir Sialvi. The classical book of Imam Nawawi, Riyad us Saliheen which is a collection of sahih Hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (saw) will be used to teach Islamic beliefs (Aqeeda) and Tasawwuf (spirituality)

Every Friday

Time: 7:15-8:15pm

Venue: Golden Mosque, Lower Sheriff Street (the lessons will be held in the lower ground floor)

Both, Brothers & Sisters are welcome

Saeed Amireh UK speaking tour

Saeed Amireh is 21-year-old Palestinian, youth organiser of the nonviolent popular resistance action in the West bank against the apartheid wall in Ni’lin. He is the creator of the website www.nilin-village.org

Saeed will be in the UK from 5th February 2013 and is looking to complete as many talks, lectures, workshops and other events as possible during his time here, to give people a real idea of what life is like growing up under Israeli occupation.

If you would like to be part of this project please email Carly on carlylyes@hotmail.com or call 07403 308707.

Dates are flexible and can work around pre-existing events and arrangements of necessary.

Talk by D Hudson about Local Postal History

Date: Thursday 10th January 2013

Venue: Littleborough Coach House, Lodge Street, Harvey Room

Time: 8pm with refreshments being served at 7.45pm

Price: £2 members and £2.50 non-members

For further enquiries call 01706 377685

This event has been organised by Littleborough Historical & Archaeological Society

Rochdale Touchstones Exibition: ‘Landscape and Light’ by Martin Jenkins

From: 17 Nov 2012 -19 Jan 2013

Martin Jenkins uses photography, video and sculpture to express his thoughtful observations of urban and rural landscapes.

Venue: Gallery One, Touchstones Rochdale, The Esplanade

Times: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm; Closed for Christmas holidays 30-31 December 2012 & 1January 2013.

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 17th December 2012

KYP Social Enterprise and Ethical Business workshop

To help raise awareness of social enterprise and ethical business opportunities KYP have arranged 4 FREE awareness raising workshops in partnership with Make It Happen Consultancy. To learn more and or book a place please visit:
http://kyp.org.uk/prosperityinausterity

Saturday 22nd December

Castlemere Community Centre presents a Meena Bazaar from 4pm until 11pm. You can enjoy the jewellery stalls, canvas art, mehndi, threading and hair braiding or take part in a raffle or face painting. Many more activities are available making it a fun event for all the family. For more information, call 01706 645200

The Nail Practice

The Nail Practice is a not-for-profit organization that offers a finger & toe nail cutting service. All clients are welcome including those with poor mobility, are housebound or simply cannot cut their own nails.

The service currently covers the North West. The service costs £22.50 for the first visit including equipment and is £10.00 for a home visit every 5 weeks thereafter.

If you are interested in the service, or have a relative or friend who would benefit from this service, please contact The Nail Practice on freephone 0800 612 5896. You can visit the website on www.thenailpractice.co.uk

Charity groups’ grants via NHS

Health chiefs at NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale are inviting charity groups to apply for grants for 12-month projects which can demonstrate health and community benefits through:

  • Promoting and supporting a healthy lifestyle
  • Supporting carers
  • Supporting people to manage their own health and wellbeing
  • Promoting mental wellbeing
  • Involving the local community in health and wellbeing development projects
  • Promoting local health initiatives

Charities should apply for grants before January 2013* and projects could include the improvement of health advice and activities in cancer support and in alcohol and drug sectors. Other areas include smoking cessation, heart disease, diabetes, respiratory health, older people, mental health and learning disabilities issues, autism, and exercise and fitness. We are also keen to work with organisations who can promote independence.  We shall be working in conjunction with Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council throughout the grant process.

Request application packs via email: sue.dilworth@charityservice.org.uk and for application forms and grant guidance notes see www.charityservice.org.uk.

Job Vacancy

Howarth Timber has a full-time job vacancy in their yard starting on the 2nd January 2013. Working hours are 8am-5pm Monday to Friday and 8am-12pm on most Saturdays. Full training will be given and the person needs to be fit, strong and be able and willing to work outside in all weathers, although a lot of the work is inside.

No computer knowledge is necessary and previous experience would be ideal, but not essential.

Please could all candidates drop their CVs into the branch or e-mail it to sales.rochdale@howarth-timber.co.uk

To make community announcements e-mail the relevant information to news@crescentradio.net at least a week in advance.

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 10th December 2012

The Nail Practice

The Nail Practice is a not-for-profit organization that offers a finger & toe nail cutting service. All clients are welcome including those with poor mobility, are housebound or simply cannot cut their own nails.

The service currently covers the North West. The service costs £22.50 for the first visit including equipment and is £10.00 for a home visit every 5 weeks thereafter.

If you are interested in the service, or have a relative or friend who would benefit from this service, please contact The Nail Practice on freephone 0800 612 5896. You can visit the website on www.thenailpractice.co.uk

Charity groups’ grants via NHS

Health chiefs at NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale are inviting charity groups to apply for grants for 12-month projects which can demonstrate health and community benefits through:

  • Promoting and supporting a healthy lifestyle
  • Supporting carers
  • Supporting people to manage their own health and wellbeing
  • Promoting mental wellbeing
  • Involving the local community in health and wellbeing development projects
  • Promoting local health initiatives

Charities should apply for grants before January 2013* and projects could include the improvement of health advice and activities in cancer support and in alcohol and drug sectors. Other areas include smoking cessation, heart disease, diabetes, respiratory health, older people, mental health and learning disabilities issues, autism, and exercise and fitness. We are also keen to work with organisations who can promote independence.  We shall be working in conjunction with Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council throughout the grant process.

Request application packs via email: sue.dilworth@charityservice.org.uk and for application forms and grant guidance notes see www.charityservice.org.uk.

Palestine Solidarity Campaign: Rochdale Branch

The next meeting for the Rochdale Palestine Solidarity Campaign is Monday 10th December 2012 at 7.15pm at Crescent Radio Centre on Devon Street, Rochdale. The speaker will be Linda Clair, Chair of Manchester PSC, speaking about Palestine’s Forgotten Refugees. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Job Vacancy

Howarth Timber has a full-time job vacancy in their yard starting on the 2nd January 2013. Working hours are 8am-5pm Monday to Friday and 8am-12pm on most Saturdays. Full training will be given and the person needs to be fit, strong and be able and willing to work outside in all weathers, although a lot of the work is inside.

No computer knowledge is necessary and previous experience would be ideal, but not essential.

Please contact Peter Barber on either 01706 710962 or 07807581367

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Also visit www.crescentradio.net/community-noticeboard

 

Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 26th November 2012

Cartwheel Arts

Poetry Competition

Connect2Poetry is a fun, new way to try your hand at writing poetry on your phone while you’re out and about. Download the app from the Apple app store and set off for a walk in your local area. The app will ask you to take a photo and ask you simple but thought-provoking questions. It will then turn your answers into a poem, which you can edit. Click submit and you’re done. The best poem submitted via the app by the end of 2012 will win an iPhone! For more details please visit the TellUsAnotherOne website.

Poetry Performance

Tell Us Another One has got an evening of poetry performances at Bury Met on Wednesday 28th November with Martin Stannage, Tony Walsh, Dominic Berry & Helen Clare. Tickets are £5/£4. For more details and to see what else they’ve been up to visit www.tellusanotherone.org Tickets entitle you to 10% off your food bill at Automatic. Booking through Cartwheel is essential.

Palestinian Solidarity Campaign

Vigil

There will be a candlelight vigil for Gaza on Sunday the 25th November from 5pm in Rochdale. Everyone is encouraged to meet at the cenotaph opposite Rochdale Town Hall and bring appropriate signs of support such as candles, banners, flags, collecting boxes and more. There will be collections for medical aid for the Palestinians.

Fundraising Gig:

There will be a fund-raising event at the Trades Club in Hebden Bridge on Thursday, 29 November. Doors open at 8pm. The line-up has yet to be announced but all money is going to the Medical Aid Palestinians’ Gaza in Crisis Appeal. Entry fee will be £9 for the waged and  £4 for people who are unwaged or low-waged.

Join: www.palestinecampaign.org/join

Donate:  www.palestinecampaign.org/donate

Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Box BM PSA, London, WC1N 3XX

Tel:   020 7700 6192

Fax:  020 7609 7779

Email: info@palestinecampaign.org

Web: www.palestinecampaign.org

Link4Life

Free Swimming for under 5s:

Link4Life has taken the decision to introduce free swimming in its pools for all under 5s from 1st December 2012. This will be valid in any public swimming session, without an instructor, and will save parents or carers 60p per child every time they swim, or 40p for Passport to Leisure members.

The loss of income from swimming admissions will be absorbed within Link4Life’s budgets. Residents who are receiving a means tested benefit – such as Council Tax benefit – remain eligible for the Passport to Leisure scheme. Adults and children over 5 swim for approximately half price under this scheme. Information about swimming pool programmes is available from pool receptions or online at www.link4life.org/pools.

New sports at Rochdale Leisure Centre

Volley-Fit is one of the new sessions introduced in the sports hall at the new Rochdale Leisure Centre on Entwisle Road. The new ‘Go Spike’ scheme gives a great social buzz and is a great way to get into volleyball as a new sport. Sessions are Thursdays 7pm-8pm and only £2.50.

No Strings Badminton is another great chance to try a new sport. No court bookings, no partner, no shuttlecock, no need to book in advance – and no experience needed. Just turn up to the session. Mixed sessions are on Wednesdays from 6.30pm-7.30pm and ladies only sessions are on Thursdays from 1 till-2pm.

More information is available from Sarah Shard, Active4Life Co-ordinator on 01706 926239 or 07976 498629 or email sarah.shard@link4life.org

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If you have any announcements, please email news@crescentradio.net at least one week in advance.

Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 19th November 2012

18th November

To mark European Antibiotic Awareness Day on the 18th of November, local people are being encouraged to be ‘antibiotic aware!’ The European-wide annual event aims to raise awareness on how to use antibiotics in a responsible way that will help keep them effective for the future. “There is a common misconception that antibiotics can cure a cold or a case of flu. If a cold is making you feel under the weather, antibiotics aren’t going to help.  The best treatment is over the counter remedies, rest and rehydration.  If you are prescribed antibiotics for a bacterial infection, it’s vital that you take the complete course exactly as directed by your GP or pharmacist in order to get rid of the bacteria completely.”

Wednesday 21st November

Local peace activists will be holding a vigil from 5pm on opposite Todmerdon Town Hall against the attacks on Gaza. The vigil has received a lot of local support in the past. Everyone is welcome to join this vigil and any appropriate placards, Palestinian and Peace flags you can bring will add to the impact. The venue is a 2 minutes’ walk from Todmorden railway station and the roadworks which have been slowing traffic into the town have now finally gone.

Job Advertisement

The Alzheimer’s Society is looking to appoint a Befriending Manager to deliver a befriending scheme across the borough of Rochdale with a focus on South Asian communities. Befriending enables volunteers to provide friendship and encouragement to clients, whether they are people with dementia or their carers.

With experience of working within a team you will have excellent communication skills and an understanding of the issues affecting people with dementia and their carers. You will have the confidence to work with a wide range of people in social situations. An enhanced Criminal Records Bureau disclosure will be required.

The closing date for applications is the 23rd November and interviews will be held on Monday the 3rd of December. The salary is £18,441 per annum and you will be working 35 hours per week. For further information please contact

RecruitmentManchester@alzheimers.org.uk or telephone 0161 342 0797.

The Information Pack and Application Form are available on our website at alzheimers.org.uk.  We do not accept agencies and CVs.

Saturday 24th November

KYP are holding an interactive seminar on ‘Effective Parenting’ with an Islamic perspective from 2pm until 6pm. The speaker, Shahid Akmal, will teach you how to communicate better with children, positively influence children, and help children manage their emotions with self control and much more. There are limited spaces so reserve your £5 tickets by calling either 07429019732 for men or 07800647295 for women.

Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 5th November 2012

Saturday 10th November
There will be a community Eid Party held at Spotland & Falinge Community Centre  from 4pm to 8pm. The whole community is invited to contribute and enjoy the occasion. There will be delicious food, drinks, mehndi, childrens’ activities plus entertainment on offer.  A limited number of non-food stalls are still available. If you would like to contribute or book a stall please ring Baji Shellah on 07965648767 for further information.

KYP
KYP are offering a number of training courses for Adults who are unemployed. The courses include: Introduction to Child Care, ESOL, Employability, Business Admin, Customer Services and Personal Development.

NHS
This month sees the start of a nationwide campaign encouraging the public to ‘Choose Well’ and inform them about the NHS services available.

The programme encourages people to ‘help themselves’ and to use community pharmacies for common complaints such as colds, coughs, flu, stomach upsets and general aches and pains.

Ask Your Pharmacist week from the 5th -12th November is part of raising awareness to encourage people to think twice about which service to choose, with a focus on men taking a more active interest in their medicines. Visit www.askyourpharmacist.co.uk for more information.

Atika Islam, local pharmacist said; “You can get a lot more from your pharmacist than just your medicines and advice on how to use them.  Some pharmacists even give flu jabs. We also give advice on many healthy lifestyle options, such as managing your weight, stopping smoking, or taking more exercise.

“We can also deal with many minor ailments without you having to see your GP – such as athlete’s foot, head lice, tummy upsets, and so on… And even if we can’t help you then we can point you in the right direction.  For free, accessible, expert advice, Ask Your Pharmacist”.

For further details on keeping well this winter see www.nhs.uk/LiveWell/Winterhealth

“people can sometimes get confused about which NHS service to use, but what we don’t need is people calling 999 or going to their GP when there’s no real need.”

Scribble magazine
Cartwheel Art’s latest edition of Scribble magazine is now out. You can find it online on www.tellusanotherone.org. The theme for this edition is Co-operation and there are a range of articles from the co-op college, poetry, events and pieces of creative writing to enjoy.

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 29th October 2012

Energy Bills
With energy bills set to rise again just in time for winter, Rochdale borough residents are being offered the chance to save money by joining the big power switch-over. Rochdale Borough Council has joined forces with Oldham Council in a collective bulk-buying scheme which could cut household gas and electric bills.

The scheme works by combining the buying power of as many households as possible when negotiating new energy deals with suppliers. It’s free to register your interest and you are under no obligation to accept the offer. To get involved, visit www.rochdale.gov.uk/energysaving and fill in the online form before 25 November. You’ll be asked to complete a few details about your current gas and electricity supplier and current usage.

An auction will then be held at the end of November potentially resulting in a new, cheaper offer to households. It’s then up to individuals to decide whether or not to switch.

Remember, insulating walls and lofts can also play a big part in reducing fuel bills and for a limited period, a free scheme is on offer for borough residents. The Get Me Toasty offer ends on 30 November so register now for a free survey at www.getmetoasty.com or call 0800 009 3363.

There’s more information about other ways to save money on your fuel bills, and hints and tips on becoming more energy efficient, on the council’s website.

Young Believers Islamic Studies Course
The Light of Islam Academy is proud to present the ‘Young Believers’ Islamic Studies course. The course is designed for young people aged between 13 and 16 years old. If you want your child to get a good grounding in Islamic Studies, visit www.lightofislamacademy.org or call 650487.

Saturday 3rd November
Trintiy House presents a Christmas Market in support of Trinity House Residents’ Funds & The Deaf Disabled Community Group. The market will be taking place in the Resdients Lounge of Trinity House on Godson Street in Oldham between 12 and 3pm. Stalls will include handmade jewellery, home baking, sweet bouquets, branded cosmetics, Floral arrangements, Gifts, Christmas decorations, toiletries & gift sets a selection of soft toys, Pick – A – String, and Tombola. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Friday 2nd November
It is said in the Quran ‘Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find Tranquility’.
There is a Sisters’ weekly dhikr gathering on Fridays from 7.30pm at Jamia Chishtia Masjid, Rochdale. Please attend and invite others.

Tuesday 6th November

In partnership with Greater Manchester Energy Advice Service, KYP have arranged An Energy Efficiency Awareness workshop from 10.00am to 12.00. This will take place at KYP’s Unity House Centre on Belfield Road. The session is open to anyone interested in finding out more on how they can save money and reduce their fuel usage.

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To make community announcements, e-mail the relevant information to news@crescentradio.net at least a week in advance.

Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 22nd October 2012

Monday 22nd October

Learn about the life of the most blessed Prophet Muhammad (saw), in a 12 week course taught by Imam Muhammad Asim Hussain. The course, ‘Journey through the Prophetic Seerah’ at Golden Mosque, is held on Mondays from 7:15pm till 8:15pm. The classes have already begun and will continue until 24th December. Brothers and Sisters are invited to attend; the classes will be held in the lower ground floor of the mosque.

Tuesday 23rd October

Tabassum Ladies’ Group have arranged a trip to Blue Planet Aquarium and Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet on the 23rd October 2012.

Prices:

Adults – £17.00

Child (Under 14 yrs) – £13.50

Child (Under 97cm tall) – Free

For further information contact Shahnaz Ahmed on: 07862727024

Chaand Raat

There will be a Chaand Raat on the 24th October from 5pm until 10pm and the Multicultural Arts and Media Centre, Deen House near Rochdale train station, and at Castlemere Community Centre on Twedale Street on the 25th October from 5pm until 11pm. The Tabassum Ladies’ Group will be registering new members on both of rthese dates.

Care at the Chemist

The popular Minor Ailments Scheme “Care at the Chemist”, which enables patients to get medication for minor conditions directly from a pharmacy instead of seeing a GP, has been re-launched on 15th October 2012.

NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group fund this scheme for patients who have certain conditions such as coughs, colds and temperatures.  It helps them to get the medication they need directly from a local participating pharmacy instead of visiting their GP.  40 pharmacies across the borough will be providing this service. This will free up appointments for people with chronic conditions, help to shorten appointment waiting times, reduce the amount of antibiotics GP’s prescribe and make use of the skills and knowledge local pharmacists have.

Friday 26th October
It is said in the Quran ‘Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find Tranquility’.
There is a Sisters’ weekly dhikr gathering on Fridays from 7.30pm at Jamia Chishtia Masjid, Rochdale. Please attend and invite others.

Tuesday 6th November

In partnership with Greater Manchester Energy Advice Service, KYP have arranged An Energy Efficiency Awareness workshop from 10.00am to 12.00. This will take place at KYP’s Unity House Centre on Belfield Road. The session is open to anyone interested in finding out more on how they can save money and reduce their fuel usage.

You can now find the Crescent Community Noticeboard online on www.crescentradio.net/community-noticeboard

To make community announcements, e-mail the relevant information to news@crescentradio.net at least a week in advance.

Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 8th October 2012

Planet Mercy

Planet Mercy’s Cash for clothes collection will be ending on the 20th October. They are in need of your support to fund their first project on effective parenting in November. Turn your money into charity (sadaqah) by giving clothes.

Contact Shazia on 07578427976 or Tanzila on 07800647295

Sunday 14th October:

Demonstration

A demonstration has been organised by Muslim Action Forum, an umbrella organisation of ‘Ulema, from 1pm at Hyde Park. The demonstration is against the video and ongoing vilification of Islam. For further information please log onto www.muslimactionforum.com
Sign the online petition via the website to bring a major change in the UK and UN law.

LEAF Conference and Festival

Hundreds of primary school pupils in the borough will take part in a series of interactive workshops aimed at promoting awareness of environmental issues and developing good ‘green’ habits for the future. Local Environment Action Fortnight – known as LEAF – has been organised by Rochdale Borough Council’s Countryside Ranger Service in partnership with Rochdale’s Education for Sustainability Network and inspiredspaces Rochdale.

The first week, taking place from 8 to 12 October, will focus on activities covering major environmental themes from recycling and waste management to biodiversity and exploring the impact bees have on our world.

The first week of the LEAF programme will culminate with a conference and a festival.

The Eco-schools Conference in Rochdale Town Hall on Friday 12 October will celebrate the fantastic eco work done by the borough’s schools and offer opportunities to share ideas and learn from others.

And on Sunday 14 October the Woodland Festival is taking place at Hollingworth Lake Country Park between 11am and 3.30pm. A whole host of woodland related activities are planned so come along to find out what bodgers and trug makers do watch the saw mill at work and sample some woodland produce.

The second LEAF week will take place next Spring giving students the chance to appreciate the changes that take place over winter and a range of new activities will be organised.

KYP Projects

Reducing energy costs

KYP have started a new project aimed at helping local people save money on their fuel bills. There are a number of government initiatives and grants that local people can access for FREE which would help reduce their energy costs. Some of these initiatives/grants will be ending in November 2012 and our local community has not been aware of them. If you want to find out if you can get FREE support to improve your energy efficiency, new central heating system or simply save money on your fuel bills contact Naila on 630140 or visit KYP.

GCSE support

KYP will soon be starting a weekend study school to help 14-16 year olds with their GCSE study and exams. If you would like to access this support, please contact Nadeem at KYP on 630140. KYP are also seeking qualified tutors to teach GCSE English, Maths, Science and ICT. If interested then please contact Nadeem.

Apprenticeships

If you are aged between 16 and 24 and seeking employment then contact Saleem at KYP on 630140 to find out about the various apprenticeship opportunities that exist. KYP currently have 15 vacancies for apprenticeships – so don’t miss out on the opportunity learn whilst you earn.

Adult training courses

KYP are offering a number of training courses for unemployed adults. The courses included are, Introduction to Child Care, ESOL, Employability and Personal Development.

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 1st October 2012

Saturday 6th October

Kristiane Backer, author of From MTV to Mecca- How Islam inspired my life, will be at Rolex books on Wilmslow Road from 2pm. She will be delivering a talk followed by a book signing.

Saturday 20th October

Planet Mercy’s Cash for Clothes collection will end on 20th October. Your support is needed to fund their first project on effective parenting in November. Turn your money into sadaqah by giving clothes. Please either contact Shazia on 07578427976 or Tanzila on 07800647295.

Employment Skills Courses

Safety First Group is one of the largest independent training providers in the Northwest and has over 10 years experience in the training industry. The staff has many years or experience in their relevant training areas and have a friendly professional approach to training, they thrive on helping people to develop, learn new skills and fulfil their potential.

If you are currently unemployed and are looking to develop your skills in order to secure work, Safety First Group can help. We are offering the key nationally recognized industry qualifications as fully and partially funded options for those who are out of work.

We are able to offer courses in the following subject areas:

1.       Customer Service

2.       Sales and Telesales

3.       Business Admin

4.       Team Leading

5.       Management

6.       Key Skills

7.       Business Improvement Techniques

8.       Adult Literacy and Numeracy

Each course will also include an opportunity for those who have not already done so to register with the Apprenticeship service and to review current vacancies.

Course lengths vary but will last dependant on course between 3 / 4 days. For more information about the course options that are available and your eligibility for them, please contact our office. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Job Opportunity

Rochdale Community Transport, based at Deeplish Community Centre, is looking for a driver. The driver must have good customer service skills and a D1 category on his or her driving licence (one should already have this if passed before 1997). Full training will be provided through the nationally recognised MIDAS course for minibus drivers. Contact Amjad Mahmood on 07916 125 145 to apply or with any queries.

Ladies’ Tajweed Classes

Ladies can enrol onto weekly Tajweed classes up until the end of October. Classes will run on Sundays from 11.15am- 12.30pm at Jamia Chishtia on Milkstone Road. The teacher has ijaazah from Syria.

BACP Gym

Take advantage of your local BACP gym based on Ramsey St, Wardleworth.  The gym provides friendly, qualified instructors, separate female and male sessions and there are programmes to help lose weight and maintain fitness available upon request. The membership fees are very low and offers are available.  Please contact 860349 for a free 1 hour taster session or pop down and book your session.

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 24th September 2012

Beauty Classes

Deeplish Community Centre has started Beauty Classes by Nadia every Monday, 12.30 until 2.30pm. Classes are for all age group ladies and girls who are willing to learn and participate in the Beauty Sessions. Please register your name as places are allocated on a first come first served basis; places are limited. Visit the centre or call 01706 860151.

BACP Gym

Take advantage of your local BACP gym based on Ramsey St, Wardleworth.  The gym provides friendly, qualified instructors, separate female and male sessions and there are programmes to help lose weight and maintain fitness available upon request. The membership fees are very low and offers are available.  Please contact 860349 for a free 1 hour taster session or pop down and book your session.

26th September-27th September

Those who have had a persistent cough for three weeks or more, or feel breathless or wheezy, are encouraged to come along to one of the six ‘Love Your Lungs’ events taking place across Rochdale borough in September to speak to the respiratory nurses who will be on hand to provide free advice, information and lung function tests.

The events are being held on:

26th September – Middleton – Bus Station, 10am-4pm

27th September – Rochdale – ASDA, 10am-4pm

Sunday 30th September

Golden Mosque is holding a Sisters’ Charity Fun day from 2 – 6pm. There will be a range of activities for ladies and children including mendhi and food stalls and a bouncy castle. All proceeds will go to Golden Mosque.

The Department of Health has announced the introduction of deadlines for new cases which require assessment of eligibility for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding.

The deadlines apply to previously un-assessed periods of care, which occurred in the following time periods:

Time Period Deadline
1st April 2004 – 30th September 2007 30th September 2012
1st October 2007 – 31st March 2011 30th September 2012
1st April 2011 – 31st March 2012 31st March 2013

Individuals should contact the Continuing Healthcare Team at NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale on 01706 261905 for further information on how to notify the PCT of a request for assessment of eligibility. This notification should be given within the deadlines above. Some cases may be accepted after the dates outlined above if there are exceptional circumstances for doing so.

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Thursday 20th September

Rochdale South police are revolutionising the way they communicate with residents as they prepare for their second online meeting.

The meetings, known as Virtual PACTs (Police and Communities Together) are webchats between residents and police and Rochdale is only the second police division in Greater Manchester to hold them after Oldham launched them earlier this year.

The next online PACT will be updating residents on the latest police operations, including a drive to reduce anti social behaviour (asb) in Castleton, which has resulted in a 30 per cent drop in asb compared to last year.

They will also give out the latest crime statistics as well as passing on top crime prevention tips.

Residents will also hear about recent police work in the area and any questions they choose to ask will be answered.

A member of Rochdale Borough Council’s Enforcement team will also join the police online to address any local concerns around dog fouling, fly tipping or littering.

The standard PACT meetings will continue, but the online PACTs are another way that people can communicate with their local officers, and all without having to leave the house.

Rochdale South covers the areas of Balderstone and Kirkholt, Castleton, Kingsway and Milkstone and Deeplish.

How to get involved

  • Log on to www.gmp.police.uk
  • Along the top of the page, you will see a tab saying ‘your neighbourhood’. Click on this and select Rochdale on the drop down menu.
  • On the new page, just to the right hand of the coloured map, you will see the different neighbourhoods listed. Click on Rochdale South and your local neighbourhood page will appear.
  • At the bottom of the Rochdale South page is a section called ‘Rochdale South PACT meeting’.
  • All you need to do to follow the meeting is watch this screen. People’s questions and comments will appear, alongside the officers’ responses.
  • To join in the discussion, simply type your question or comment into the white box which appears on the screen and press enter.
  • Questions won’t get published straight away, but will go into a queue and be answered during the course of the meeting.
  • The chat room is already on the page but won’t open until an hour before the meeting. However, you can visit the page before then and enter your email address into the white box to get an email reminder.

You can keep in touch with your neighbourhood policing teams the following ways:

Rochdale South (Milkstone and Deeplish, Kingsway, Balderstone and Kirkholt and Castleton)

Twitter: @RochdaleSth

Email: rochdalesouthpartnership@gmp.police.uk.

Phone: 0161 856 8549

Rochdale North (Bamford, Healey, Norden, Rochdale Central, Rochdale Town Centre, Spotland and Falinge)

Twitter: @GMPRochdalenNrth

Email: rochdalenorthpartnership@gmp.police.uk

Phone: 0161 856 9961

Pennine (Wardle and West Littleborough, Littleborough Lakeside, Milnrow and Newhey, Smallbridge and Firgrove)

Twitter: @GMPPennine

Email: penninepartnership@gmp.police.uk

Phone: 0161 856 4556

Heywood (North and West Heywood, Hopwood Hall)

Twitter: @GMPHeywood

Email: heywoodpartnership@gmp.police.uk

Phone: 0161 856 8589

Middleton (East, West, North and South Middleton, Rhodes Triangle)

Twitter: @GMPMiddleton.

Email: middletonpartnership@gmp.police.uk

Phone: 0161 856 8701

Saturday 22nd September

Tabassum ladies’ group have organised a ladies’ pamper day from 3pm until 8.30pm at St. Andrews’ Church, Smith St, Rochdale, OL16 1HE. There will be food, mehndi, threading, jewellery and much more. This pamper day aims to raise money to pay towards low cost family day outings for the community and have access to health related services for families. Contact Shahnaz to book a stall on 07862727024.

Sunday 23rd September

A talk titled ‘Do you know this Man?’ will be delivered by Imam Muhammad Asim Hussain after Zuhr (2pm Jamat) at Golden Mosque. The event is open to both brothers and sisters and food will be served at the end.

12th September-27th September

The British Lung Foundation (BLF) is working with NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group (NHS HMR CCG) to raise awareness of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the local area as part of the BLF ‘Love Your Lungs’ campaign.

Those who have had a persistent cough for three weeks or more, or feel breathless or wheezy, are encouraged to come along to one of the six ‘Love Your Lungs’ events taking place across Rochdale borough in September to speak to the respiratory nurses who will be on hand to provide free advice, information and lung function tests.

The events are being held on:

12th September – Heywood – Phoenix Centre, 10am-4pm

13th September – Middleton – Club 3000 Bingo, 2pm-8pm

19th September – Rochdale – Mecca Bingo, 6pm-9pm

20th September – Rochdale – Wheatsheaf Centre, 10am-4pm

26th September – Middleton – Bus Station, 10am-4pm

27th September – Rochdale – ASDA, 10am-4pm

Taxi Drivers’ can now access affordable credit

A pioneering scheme to help taxi drivers access affordable credit and avoid falling into the clutches of loan sharks has been launched. The scheme was launched after research revealed that drivers are vulnerable to becoming victims of loan sharks because of the costs of running their cab.

The project has been set up by the England Illegal Money Lending Team in partnership with Rochdale Borough Council’s Public Protection Service and Manchester Credit Union, using proceeds of crime money taken from convicted loan sharks.

The scheme will allow drivers to save up so they can pay for the costs of running their cab, which can average around £3992 a year. It will also allow them to get a low cost loan from a safe and legal source should they need it.

The first 75 drivers to sign up to a credit union account will be rewarded with two cash bonuses of £15 at 13 and 26 weeks, if they continue to save regularly. This will be paid for using the proceeds of crime money.

A further benefit is that drivers can deposit cash into their accounts at a number of places, including shops and garages, which are open late at night, so they won’t have to carry large amounts of cash in their cabs. In addition, members of the scheme will be given a debit-style card which will enable them to pay their licence fees electronically.

Drivers will be encouraged to sign up when they visit the council’s Public Protection Service to renew their licence or to access support.

To report a loan shark:

Call the 24/7 confidential hotline 0300 555 2222

Text ‘loan shark + your message’ to 60003

E-mail reportaloanshark@stoploansharks.gov.uk

Private message us on www.facebook.com/stoploansharksproject

Log-on to www.direct.gov.uk/stoploansharks

To contact Manchester Credit Union:

Tel: 0161 231 5222

Email: info@manchestercreditunion.co.uk

Website: www.manchestercreditunion.co.uk

Head Office Address: -

Suites 17 and 18, First Floor

Building No.2

Universal Square

Devonshire Street

Manchester

M12 6JH

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Tuesday 11th September

Borough of Rochdale Multi-Faith Partnership invites you to Partnership House at 7pm on the anniversary of nine-eleven. The event, Sharing the Peace, will host talks by Imam Ramadan Al Azhari and a member of the local Society of Friends.

12th September-27th September

The British Lung Foundation (BLF) is working with NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group (NHS HMR CCG) to raise awareness of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the local area as part of the BLF ‘Love Your Lungs’ campaign.

Those who have had a persistent cough for three weeks or more, or feel breathless or wheezy, are encouraged to come along to one of the six ‘Love Your Lungs’ events taking place across Rochdale borough in September to speak to the respiratory nurses who will be on hand to provide free advice, information and lung function tests.

The events are being held on:

12th September – Heywood – Phoenix Centre, 10am-4pm

13th September – Middleton – Club 3000 Bingo, 2pm-8pm

19th September – Rochdale – Mecca Bingo, 6pm-9pm

20th September – Rochdale – Wheatsheaf Centre, 10am-4pm

26th September – Middleton – Bus Station, 10am-4pm

27th September – Rochdale – ASDA, 10am-4pm

Monday 17th September

Train like an Olympian at Rochdale Judo Club and boost fitness levels, balance, co-ordination and flexibility.  Try a new sport and sign up for the 10 week Adult Beginner Course for just £60.

What do you get?

• 10 weeks judo tuition

• British Judo adult licence

• Judo suit

• First grading

Course Starts from Monday 17th September |  18:00 – 19:00

Rochdale Judo Club

Trafalgar Street,

Rochdale, OL16 2DR,

Book your place online at www.britishjudo.org.uk/beginners

Wednesday 19th September

Borough of Rochdale Multi-Faith Partnership invites you to Deen House*at 7.30pm to

‘MEET, EAT and SING’. There is a new venture exploring worship in the Sufi and Taize traditions.

*on Station Road at the former base of Rochdale Centre of Diversity

Saturday 22nd September

Tabassum ladies’ group have organised a ladies’ pamper day from 3pm until 8.30pm at St. Andrews’ Church, Smith St, Rochdale, OL16 1HE. There will be food, mehndi, threading, jewellery and much more. This pamper day aims to raise money to pay towards low cost family day outings for the community and have access to health related services for families. Contact Shahnaz to book a stall on 07862727024.

Sunday 23nd September

At Deeplish Community Centre from 2.30 till 5.30, there will be a Hajj convention with Abdur Rehman and Maulana Abdul Khabir. This is in conjunction with the ‘Road to Mecca’ series that is broadcast every Saturday from 5-6pm during this month. Separate seating for sisters, refreshments will be provided, practicial demonstrations, tips on how to make the best of your Hajj, chances to buy ihram and much much more!

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Wednesday 5th September

Borough of Rochdale Multi-Faith Partnership invites you to a visit to Hindu temple in Oldham.

There is still time to join the group already booked in for this event: please get in touch with Barbara on 01706 639872 or barbara@harrison642.freeserve.co.uk

Sunday 9th September

Afiyah Institute & Neeli Masjid present an interactive seminar on emotionally intelligent parenting, with an Islamic perspective, delivered by Br. Shahid Akmal (a qualified professional). The session will be held at Neeli Masjid, Hare Street, Rochdale from 12-4pm. There is a £15 entrance fee.
Visit www.afiyah.com to register and for further information.

Tuesday 11th  September

Borough of Rochdale Multi-Faith Partnership invites you to Partnership House at 7pm on the anniversary of nine-eleven. The event, Sharing the Peace, will host talks by Imam Ramadan Al Azhari and a member of the local Society of Friends.

Monday 17th September

Train like an Olympian at Rochdale Judo Club and boost fitness levels, balance, co-ordination and flexibility.  Try a new sport and sign up for the 10 week Adult Beginner Course for just £60.

What do you get?

• 10 weeks judo tuition

• British Judo adult licence

• Judo suit

• First grading

Course Starts from Monday 17th September | 18:00 – 19:00

Rochdale Judo Club

Trafalgar Street,

Rochdale, OL16 2DR,

Book your place online at www.britishjudo.org.uk/beginners

Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 27th August 2012

Road works

The A58 Bury New Road between Heywood and the junction with the M66 will be closed from Wednesday (22 August) morning for around 2 weeks for essential repairs with diversions in place.

Sunday 2nd September

GMC Fire Service Museum & Fire Station Open Day will be held from 10.00am to 4.00pm. There will be:

  • Souvenirs
  • Refreshments
  • Eid Event
  • Multi-cultural Arts
  • Book a free Home Safety Check
  • Vintage Fire Engines
  • Bouncy Castle
  • Specialist appliances
  • Many guest Agencies attending to provide advice and assistance

Monday 3rd September

The achievements of Rochdale borough athletes who took part in London 2012 will be celebrated at a Mayor’s civic reception at Rochdale Town Hall. It is hoped that all six athletes who were part of the Team GB squad will be able to attend.

For a borough the size of Rochdale to have six young athletes all at the top of their sport and selected to take part in the Olympics is a real achievement having come through the local school and club sports networks. Sports represented were swimming, sailing, hockey, volleyball, football and judo.

The event will include a public appearance on the balcony of the town hall at around 6.30pm and local people are being invited to come down to the Town Hall to give the athletes a BIG welcome.

Apprenticeships

KYP currently have over 20 job opportunities with a number of employers. These are apprenticeship opportunities aimed at 16-24 year olds. Anyone interested should contact KYP on 630140 and ask for Mohammed Saleem or visit KYP’s website for more details. www.kyp.org.uk/apprenticeships

Education

  • KYP has a new Raising Education and Aspirations project starting in September. This is to help local students improve their performance in GCSE Exams and support their confidence and motivation. Any child interested please contact KYP on 630140.
  • To support the delivery of this project KYP are recruiting qualified Key Stage 4 tutors for English, Maths, Science and IT. If you are interested in being a tutor then please contact Abdul on 630140. Closing date is Monday 27/8/12
  • Any child that is over the age of 3 and has not got a place in a school Nursery can access 15 hours of FREE childcare per week at a local day nursery. Anyone interested in this opportunity please contact Iram Shaad at Little Gems on 516609

Offices To-Let

KYP currently has a number of 2 and 4 man managed offices available to let at their Unique Enterprise Centre. These are very quality offices within walking distance of the town centre. Anyone interested please contact Paul on 516619 or visit KYP’s website for more details. www.kyp.org.uk/uec

Quran Classes

Boys and girls aged 6 to 20 can learn excellent recitation of the Holy Quran within 3 months guaranteed. Classes are held on Saturday from 1pm on Ashfield Road and Sunday from 1pm on Milnrow Road. For further details contact Qari Mohammed Abbas on 07828052285

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 13th August 2012

Sponsored Walk

Mohammed Javed is taking part in a sponsored walk for Springhill Hospice on the 23rd August. The walk is 85 miles long, from Leeds to Carlisle and will take 5 days. Please contact him before the 23rd to make contributions. Businesses are also welcome to donate and Gift Aid forms are available from the Hospice. To sponsor Mohammed Javed for the 5 day walk call him on 07815940448.

KYP Recruitment

KYP have 2 new projects, Raising Education & Aspirations Project (REAP) and Reduce Fuel, Save Money (Fuel Katao, Paisey Bachao) starting soon. To support the delivery of these projects KYP are currently seeking to appoint people to the following posts:-

1      Fuel Poverty Advisor  (0.6FTE – 24 hours per week)

SALARY: c£24,000 per annum (pro-rata) – initially a 12 month fixed term contract

2      Community Outreach Officer (Fuel Katao, Paisey Bachao)  (0.6FTE – 24 hrs per wk)

SALARY: c£12,025 per annum (pro-rata) – initially a 12 month fixed term contract

3       Energy Awareness Apprentice  (x 2).

SALARY:  £2.60 per hour (30 hours per week) – initially 12 months fixed term contract

4       Raising Education & Aspirations Project (REAP) Co-ordinator (16 hours per wk).

SALARY: c£17,000 per annum (pro-rata) – 3 year fixed term contract

5        REAP Facilitator (aka Tutors)   4 opportunities – 1 per subject

SALARY: Dependent on qualifications & experience

HOURS OF DUTY:      2.25 hours per week (term-time only)

SUBJECT AREAS:      Maths, English, IT or Science

If you are interested in being part of the team to deliver this new project in Rochdale, and developing a career in this new growth area connected with the Governments Green Deal then please contact Shammsa Jabeen on 01706 516616 (Shammsa@kyp.org.uk)   or visit www.kyp.org.uk/vacancies for further information on applying for these opportunities.

The closing date for applications is Monday 27th August 2012.

Chaand Raat

Castlemere Community Centre’s Chaand Raat will be taking place on Saturday 18th August from 5pm till late. Contact the centre on 01706 645200 or 07590 062514 to make a stall booking.

Quran Classes

Boys and girls aged 6 to 20 can learn excellent recitation of the Holy Quran within 3 months guaranteed. Classes are held on Saturday from 1pm on Ashfield Road and Sunday from 1pm on Milnrow Road. For further details contact Qari Mohammed Abbas on 07828052285

Sponsored 100K Cycle Ride

Some members of staff from Petrus are planning to participate in the Manchester 100K sponsored cycle ride (organised for Christie Hospital) on 2nd September. 20% of the sponsorship will go to Christie’s and the remainder to Petrus. Contact Denis Skelton on 01706 345844 to make contributions

Gateway to Employment Programme

After the successful completion of Course 1, Bangladesh Association and Community Project (BACP) are now enrolling learners for Course 2 of its Gateway to Employment programme. Adults from the BME communities, aged18-60, who are unemployed or economically inactive, can legally work in the UK and are on benefits can apply. The programme involves three strands of activities – employability skills, IT and ESOL – through a series of sessions and hands-on learning, each of two hours duration per week over 15 weeks. The programme is funded by European Social Fund and is free for learners.

Course 2 begins on 28th August, 2012. Please call 01706 860 349 for further details or for enrolment.

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 6th August 2012

Quran Classes

Boys and girls aged 6 to 20 can learn excellent recitation of the Holy Quran within 3 months guaranteed. Classes are held on Saturday from 1pm on Ashfield Road and Sunday from 1pm on Milnrow Road. For further details contact Qari Mohammed Abbas on 07828052285

Sponsored 100K Cycle Ride

Some members of staff from Petrus are planning to participate in the Manchester 100K sponsored cycle ride (organised for Christie Hospital) on 2nd September. 20% of the sponsorship will go to Christie’s and the remainder to Petrus. Contact Denis Skelton on 01706 345844 to make contributions

Gateway to Employment Programme

After the successful completion of Course 1, Bangladesh Association and Community Project (BACP) are now enrolling learners for Course 2 of its Gateway to Employment programme. Adults from the BME communities, aged18-60, who are unemployed or economically inactive, can legally work in the UK and are on benefits can apply. The programme involves three strands of activities – employability skills, IT and ESOL – through a series of sessions and hands-on learning, each of two hours duration per week over 15 weeks. The programme is funded by European Social Fund and is free for learners.

Course 2 begins on 28th August, 2012. Please call 01706 860 349 for further details or for enrolment.

Drop-in IT Suite

Bangladesh Association and Community Project’s (BACP) drop-in IT suite is buzzing with children who are on their summer holidays. It is open on all working days between 10.30 am and 4.00 pm. Check it out. They are located at 108 Ramsay Street, Rochdale.

Ramadhan Classes

Bilal Mosque’s Women’s Association are holding special Ramadhan Classes for ladies only at their South Street Centre every Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday from 2-5pm.

Friday 10th August

Our first ever Islamic Relief family Iftar in Rochdale will be in aid of the West Africa Crisis at 7pm, Rochdale Town Hall.

The evening will be featuring Boona Mohammed, Qiraat, a Reminder and Dinner.

Tickets are £15 and ALL DONATIONS WILL BE DOUBLED BY THE UK GOVERNMENT VIA UK AID!

Contact: Imran 07866731189 or Akeel 07868725696.

Sunday 26th August

Rochdale Women’s Welfare Association Presents a Family Trip to Castle Howard, York. Dads with their families are welcome too!

The group will be departing from 18 Trafalgar Street at 8.45am and departing from Castle Howard at 5.00pm.

Prices are listed below (All prices include entrance fee, activities & transport).

Adult – £15.50

Child (5-17 yrs) – £12.50

Under 5 – £5.50

Book your places now so you do not miss out! Refunds will not be returned

People’s Poetry 2012

To celebrate the International Year of Co-operatives, People’s Poetry 2012 is calling on residents to compose a poem inspired by Alex Peever’s Unity Sculpture on The Esplanade in Rochdale which symbolises the value of co-operation.

A selection of the best entries will be displayed in Rochdale Central Library in the Wheatsheaf Shopping Centre and Touchstones Rochdale with visitors being invited to vote for their favourite. Later the poems will be on show at Heywood and Middleton libraries while an anthology will also be published.

There is a cash prize of £100 for the winning author, kindly donated by the Co-operative Members Group for Rochdale, together with a one-to-one poetry mentoring session courtesy of the Maskew Collection.

Organised by Rochdale Borough Council and its leisure and cultural trust, Link4Life, People’s Poetry 2012 will give residents of the World Capital of Co-operatives the chance to show what co-operation means to them.

For more information on People’s Poetry 2012 please pick up an entry form at your local library, Touchstones Rochdale, email peoplespoetry@link4life.org or visit www.link4life.org/touchstones

The closing date for entries is Friday 7 September 2012.

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Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 30th July 2012

Ramadhan Classes

Bilal Mosque’s Women’s Association are holding special Ramadhan Classes for ladies only at their South Street Centre every Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday from 2-5pm.

Friday 3rd August

There’s a lot to keep the children busy at your local library during the summer holidays. Following the visit of the Olympic Torch to the borough, Littleborough Library at Hare Hill Park is hosting a ‘Make your own Olympic Medal’ event from 2 – 5pm. All materials will be provided, including ribbon and paints and the cost is £1.50 per person, with all proceeds being donated to charity.

There’s no need to book, just turn up on the day.  For more information about what’s on at your local library visit www.rochdale.gov.uk/libraries

Saturday 28th July- 26th August

The Hive Gallery in Rochdale’s Wheatsheaf Shopping Centre is hosting an exhibition during August of Year 7 students’ artwork from Falinge Park High School. Since April, Cartwheel Arts’ Tell Us Another One project has been working with the students, to create artists’ books on a ghostly theme. The project, called New Ghosts, took inspiration from local history. Artists Nicky Colclough, Sarah Jay, Lucy May Schofield, Johnny Woodhams and John Lindley visited Rochdale’s local history archive at Touchstones, to find old newspaper stories and photos that could spark the imagination.

They used these to inspire students to invent their own imaginary ghost stories; then each student created a handmade book based on their story.

The exhibition will be in the basement of The Hive Gallery on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from. The gallery is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 4pm, and on Sundays from 12 noon to 3pm. Since July is International Zine Month, the start of the exhibition coincides with a zine-drop around Rochdale at the end of July – we will be hiding copies of some of the zines produced on the project in unexpected places around Rochdale for people to pick up.

Thursday 9th August- 19th August

Deenfast 2012 is a spiritual retreat in the last 10 days of Ramadhan teaching the main aspects of religion in English. Study the Islamic Sciences as part of the Itikaf or attend the course during the day if you are unable to sit in Itikaf. Learn Fiqh, Seerah, Quran recitation, Aqeedah, Qaseedahs and more. Food and all course materials will be provided. For further information pick up a course brochure from Chashtiah Book Centre or text/ call 07843283297.

Friday 10th August

Our first ever Islamic Relief family Iftar in Rochdale will be in aid of the West Africa Crisis at 7pm, Rochdale Town Hall.

The evening will be featuring Boona Mohammed, Qiraat, a Reminder and Dinner.

Tickets are £15 and ALL DONATIONS WILL BE DOUBLED BY THE UK GOVERNMENT VIA UK AID!

Contact: Imran 07866731189 or Akeel 07868725696.

Sunday 26th August

Rochdale Women’s Welfare Association Presents a Family Trip to Castle Howard, York.

“Explore the stately home, beautiful gardens, fun adventure playground, archery, wall climbing and much more!”

Dads with their families are welcome too!

The group will be departing from 18 Trafalgar Street at 8.45am and departing from Castle Howard at 5.00pm.

Prices are listed below (All prices include entrance fee, activities & transport).

Adult – £15.50

Child (5-17 yrs) – £12.50

Under 5 – £5.50

Book your places now so you do not miss out! Refunds will not be returned

To make community announcements, e-mail the relevant information to news@crescentradio.net at least a week in advance.

Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 22nd July 2012

Ramadhan Classes

Bilal Mosque’s Women’s Association are holding special Ramadhan Classes for ladies only at their South Street Centre every Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday from 2-5pm.

Medical Advice Regarding Ramadhan:

Dr Chris Duffy, Clinical Chair, NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group said:  “During the holy month of Ramadan, your diet should not differ very much from your normal diet and should be as simple as possible.  If you follow a well balanced diet, fasting can be good for your health and it can also help you kick some of those bad habits, like smoking for example. There are many different types of free support available from the NHS to help you quit smoking including your local NHS stop smoking service.”

General tips for healthy fasting:

  • Eat slow-digesting foods that contain grains and seeds like barley, wheat, oats, beans, lentils and unpolished rice.  These foods can last for up to eight hours, making them more suitable for fasting.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet, including foods from all of the food groups.
  • Increase fluid intake during non-fasting hours.
  • Eat complex carbohydrates at suhoor so that the food lasts longer, making you less hungry.

Try to avoid:

  • Fried and fatty foods.
  • Foods containing too much sugar.
  • Over-eating, especially at suhoor.
  • Too much tea at suhoor. Tea makes you pass more urine, taking with it valuable mineral salts that your body would need during the day.
  • Smoking and chewing tobacco.

For more information about healthy fasting, and other healthy lifestyle tips and advice visit http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/healthyramadan.

Friday 3rd August

There’s a lot to keep the children busy at your local library during the summer holidays. Following the visit of the Olympic Torch to the borough, Littleborough Library at Hare Hill Park is hosting a ‘Make your own Olympic Medal’ event from 2 – 5pm. All materials will be provided, including ribbon and paints and the cost is £1.50 per person, with all proceeds being donated to charity.

There’s no need to book, just turn up on the day.  For more information about what’s on at your local library visit www.rochdale.gov.uk/libraries

Basics of Islam for sisters

Aqeedah, Fiqh and Tajweed, taught by a sister, for sisters, from the comfort of your own home, or at a place near you. Absolutely free! For further information contact Ustadha Bushra on 07704955349

Dhikr for Ladies

It is said in the Quran ‘Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find Tranquillity’.

There is a Sisters’ weekly Dhikr gathering on Fridays from 7.30pm at Jamia Chishtia Masjid, Rochdale. Please attend and invite others.

To make community announcements, e-mail the relevant information to news@crescentradio.net at least a week in advance.

Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 16th July 2012

Monday 16th July

Golden Mosque has started a homework club and numeracy and literacy lesson every Monday at 6.30- 7.30pm in the mosque’s ICT room. For more information contact Shahid on 07871490731

Job Vacancy

Full time Sales and Lettings Assistant required at Keystone Estates
- Salary negotiable dependent on experience
- To apply, send your CV to adil@keystoneestates.co.uk or call 01706 344 344 for further info.
- Closing date – Monday 16th July 2012

- Apprenticeship scheme also considered

Tuesday 17th July

Community Development Worker Rena Begum has been appearing on Crescent Radio (97 FM) to speak on a variety of topics and explain about the practical support that Children’s Sure Start Centres around the borough can provide. As she speaks her words are translated into Punjabi to ensure that the message is accessible to as wide an audience as possible.

Her next appearances on the station (between 10.30am and 12 noon) will be on:

Tuesday 17th July 2012

Tuesday 21 August 2012

Tuesday 25th September 2012

Tuesday 16th October 2012

Saturday 21st July

Day with a difference at Rochdale Central Library:

The library in the Wheatsheaf Centre is hosting a Story Lab Family Fun Day from 10am – 4pm.

Bring the children, as there will be activities for all ages, including face-painting, storytelling and a family treasure trail game. There’s an opportunity to find out more about this year’s Summer Reading Challenge for 4 to 11 year olds by asking the Story Lab assistants while Family Learning will be helping you create bees, tangrams and much more.

They’ll also be a chance to help create a real work of art – with the help of a professional artist from Cartwheel Arts visitors will be able to make a sculpture and take a smaller art work home with them.

If you’d like to get to grips with using a computer there will be free IT taster sessions and a demonstration of how to explore your family tree online, or you can just relax and enjoy a magazine or two.

Basics of Islam for sisters

Aqeedah, Fiqh and Tajweed, taught by a sister, for sisters, from the comfort of your own home, or at a place near you. Absolutely free!

For further information contact Ustadha Bushra on 07704955349

Dhikr for Ladies

It is said in the Quran ‘Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find Tranquillity’.

There is a Sisters’ weekly Dhikr gathering on Fridays from 7.30pm at Jamia Chishtia Masjid, Rochdale. Please attend and invite others.

To make community announcements, e-mail the relevant information to news@crescentradio.net at least a week in advance.

Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 9th July 2012

Sunday 8th July

Kashmir Youth Project Family Fun day will be taking place from 12pm until 6pm.

Activities include a bouncy castle, mehndi, calligraphy, a bouncy slide and much more.

Contact Omar Shazad Ghalib on 07889544029

All proceeds will go to Rochdale PSC

Monday 9th July

Golden Mosque has started a homework club and numeracy and literacy lesson every Monday at 6.30- 7.30pm in the mosque’s ICT room. For more information contact Shahid on 07871490731

Saturday 14 July

The Big Games 2012 will be ending on a high with a fantastic event planned for Heywood. Again all free and running from 10am-4pm and this time the day will be at Heywood Sports Village and Heywood Queen’s Park so a fantastic range of indoor and outdoor activities to enjoy. Highlights will be the Pool Party with DJ at 3pm and the giant ZUMBATHON at 4pm. Details again are online.

Job Vacancy

Full time Sales and Lettings Assistant required at Keystone Estates
- Salary negotiable dependent on experience
- To apply, send your CV to adil@keystoneestates.co.uk or call 01706 344 344 for further info.
- Closing date – Monday 16th July 2012

- Apprenticeship scheme also considered

Basics of Islam for sisters

Aqeedah, Fiqh and Tajweed, taught by a sister, for sisters, from the comfort of your own home, or at a place near you. Absolutely free!

For further information contact Ustadha Bushra on 07704955349

Dhikr for Ladies

It is said in the Quran ‘Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find Tranquillity’.

There is a Sisters’ weekly Dhikr gathering on Fridays from 7.30pm at Jamia Chishtia Masjid, Rochdale. Please attend and invite others.

To make community announcements, e-mail the relevant information to

news@crescentradio.net at least a week in advance.

Crescent Community Noticeboard w/c 2nd July 2012

Monday 2nd July

Golden mosque is working alongside Spotland primary School and has started a homework club and numeracy and literacy lessons every Monday at 6.30- 7.30pm in the mosque’s ICT room. For more information contact Shahid on 07871490731

Thursday 5th July

Creative Writing for Pleasure is brought to you by Touchstones’ Creative Writing Group. They will be meeting this Thursday between 2pm-3.30pm at Café Life in Touchstones.

Saturday 7th July

The Big Games 2012 will be hosting their second weekend in Rochdale. Visit Rochdale Leisure Centre between 10am and 4pm. There will be activities at Broadfield Park and Touchstones between 11am and 3pm. For full programme details and how to get there, visit www.link4life.org/bigyear

Friday 6th July-8th July (Booking required immediately)

You are invited to the Blessed Summit 2012 on Social Utopia at Hijaz, Nuneaton, Warwickshire. The event is free and local transport will be arranged. To ensure your place, register your interest by contacting 07877769414. For further details visit www.blessedsummit.com

Basics of Islam for sisters:

Aqeeda, Fiqh and Tajweed, taught by a sister, for sisters, from the comfort of your own home, or at a place near you. Absolutely free!

For further information contact Ustadha Bushra on 07704955349

Dhikr for Ladies

It is said in the Quran ‘Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find Tranquillity’.
There is a Sisters’ weekly Dhikr gathering on Fridays from 7.30pm at Jamia Chishtia Masjid, Rochdale.
Please attend and invite others.

Action for Pakistan International Free Classes

These classes are for those interested to improve their English and Urdu languages and are committed to learn:-

Basic English Class:

Every Saturday

From 12 noon to 1.30 p.m.

Castlemere Community Centre, Tweedale Street, Rochdale.OL11 1HH

Spoken Urdu Class:

Every Saturday

From 1.30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Castlemere Community Centre, Tweedale Street, Rochdale OL11 1HH

An Administration fee of £10/- per month will be charged.

Please make cheques payable to the Action for Pakistan International.

In order to book your place and for further information,

Please contact Ghulam Rasul Shahzad OBE on 07851 323 612 or through e-mail:

grshahzad04@ntlworld.com

To make community announcements, please e-mail the relevant information to news@crescentradio.net at least a week in advance.

Crescent Community Notice board w/c 25 June 2012

Monday 25th June

Golden mosque is working alongside Spotland primary School and has started a homework club and numeracy and literacy lesson every Monday at 6.30- 7.30pm in the mosque’s ICT room. For more information contact Shahid on 07871490731.

Wednesday 27th June

Free eight-week health/weight management course for women only. The course will be delivered in both English and Urdu at the MANC Centre, Deen House, Station Rd, Rochdale, OL11 1DS.

Contact Shahnaz on 07862727024 of Tabassum ladies group for registering/ queries.

A dementia adviser will be coming to Rochdale’s carers’ support group (of the Alzheimer’s society) from 1.30pm until 3.pm at St. Andrews Church on Smith Street.

Saturday 30th June

KYP will be having an OPEN DAY from 12pm to 4pm.

This will give everyone the chance to come and see our outstanding facilities and nursery as well as finding out about apprenticeship and adult skills opportunities. We will also be holding a fun day element which will include a bouncy castle, henna painting, make up and nail art and much, much more.

KYP are bringing an exciting YOUTH IN ACTION project to Rochdale. This project is for young people aged 16 or 17 by 30 August 2012. The project includes:-

  • 5 day residential (in Wales) packed with outdoor and team building activities (Week 1)
  • 5 days of personal development and empowerment training at KYP (Week 2)
  • 30 hours of voluntary action linked to a social change project (Weeks 3,4,5,6).

The project will start Monday 20th August 2012.

Places are limited so if you are interested then please email Abdul at abdul@kyp.org.uk. Closing date for registration of first cohort is 30th June 2012

Friday 6th July-8th July (Booking required immediately)

You are invited to the Blessed Summit 2012 on Social Utopia at Hijaz, Nuneaton, Warwickshire. The event is free and local transport will be arranged. To ensure your place, register your interest by contacting 07877769414. For further details visit www.blessedsummit.com

KYP taster sessions

The taster sessions will include various subject such as; IT, Childcare, Business Admin, Customer Service, Retail but to name a few, to give people a taste of what they can expect if they are entering a particular sector. If you require further information or wish to book onto the session, please contact Kouser/Melissa at KYP on 01706 630140.

Dhikr for Ladies

It is said in the Quran ‘Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find Tranquillity’.
There is a Sisters weekly Dhikr gathering on Fridays from 7.30pm at Jamia Chishtia Masjid, Rochdale.
Please attend and invite others.

Action for Pakistan International Free Classes

These classes are for those interested to improve their English and Urdu languages and are committed to learn:-

Basic English Class:

Every Saturday

From 12 noon to 1.30 p.m.

Castlemere Community Centre, Tweedale Street, Rochdale.OL11 1HH

Spoken Urdu Class:

Every Saturday

From 1.30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Castlemere Community Centre, Tweedale Street, Rochdale OL11 1HH

An Administration fee of £10/- per month will be charged.

Please make cheques payable to the Action for Pakistan International.

In order to book your place and for further information,

Please contact Ghulam Rasul Shahzad OBE on

Mobile No.07851 323 612 or through Email:

grshahzad04@ntlworld.com

To make community announcements, e-mail the relevant information to news@crescentradio.net at least a week in advance.

Crescent Community Notice board w/c 11 June 2012

Friday 15th June

Cheadle Mosque is hosting an event titled ‘O Muslim Ummah- Wake up!’ after ‘Asr (7.15pm). Lauren Booth is the special guest speaker. Families are welcome and a hot buffet will be provided.

Saturday 16th June

Aspiring Communities is holding a Charity Bazaar at the KYP Unique Enterprise Centre, Belfield Road, from 12pm till 5pm. The fun day is open to women and children ONLY and entrance is free. Various activities will be running for children including a bouncy castle and face painting. There will be both food and non-food stalls. All products on sale will be high in quality and low in price. Contact 07863874413 for more details.

Friday 6th July-8th July (Booking required immediately)

You are invited to the Blessed Summit 2012 on Social Utopia at Hijaz, Nuneaton, Warwickshire. The event is free and local transport will be arranged. To ensure your place, register your interest by contacting 07877769414. For further details visit www.blessedsummit.com

Sunday 15 July (Booking required soon)

There will be a badminton competition at the new Rochdale Leisure Centre from10am – 4pm.

The competition is open to individuals or groups who would like to enter a team in either the social competition or the club/league competition.  All ages (14+) and abilities welcome. The cost is £15 for a team of 4.  Any individuals who are keen to play but can’t form a team can contact Sarah Shard who will try to link them with other individuals to form their own team.

If you have any further queries, please feel free to contact Sarah Shard (Active4Life Co-ordinator)

T:  01706 926 239

M: 07976 498 629

F:  01706 924104

E:  sarah.shard@link4life.org

W: www.link4life.org

Basics of Islam for sisters:

Aqeeda, Fiqh and Tajweed, taught by a sister, for sisters, from the comfort of your own home, or at a place near you. Absolutely free!

For further information contact Ustadha Bushra on 07704955349

Dhikr for Ladies

It is said in the Quran ‘Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find Tranquillity’.
There is a Sisters weekly Dhikr gathering on Fridays from 7.30pm at Jamia Chishtia Masjid, Rochdale.
Please attend and invite others.

To make community announcements, e-mail the relevant information to news@crescentradio.net at least a week in advance.

2 Responses to Community Noticeboard

  1. ruby says:

    cn u pls update ur events

  2. Hafiz Ali says:

    Jamia Haroonia Islamic Centre – Rochdale has launched a website http://www.jamiaharoonia.co.uk and you can listen to live Tharaweeh from 11pm daily.

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