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Autumn 2021Editor's welcome

A warm welcome to Real Rochdale

Hello and welcome back to the latest edition of Real Rochdale.

This time, we’re celebrating achievements. Our home-grown sailor Stuart Bithell, earned a well-deserved gold medal in this year’s Olympic Games, whilst Robbie Stockdale, Rochdale AFC’s new manager, took some time from his busy schedule to tell us about his aspirations for the club.

Our cover image is the garden at RHS Tatton Park Flower Show, created by Rochdale-based homelessness charity Petrus Community’s service users, volunteers and staff. The garden was awarded a bronze medal and won the People’s Choice Award.

Rochdale town centre became the subject of an exciting archaeological dig over the summer – which residents were invited to take part in. Katie Davies delves into the history of the Packer Street area, where some exciting historical finds were made.

Speaking of history, this year marks 150 years of the Rochdale Hornets Rugby Club. Michelle Kight takes us on a journey through the formation and legacy of one of the world’s oldest rugby clubs.

Moving forwards, civil engineering company Hovington celebrates 40 years of business, whilst funding has been secured to bring a new research facility to town over the next few years.

Most towns have a Rotary club, which are volunteer organisations working for good causes. There are five in the Rochdale borough, and we’ve shone a spotlight on all of them. Perhaps you might become their newest member?

Natasha at the award-winning Brown’s Cakes has created a sinfully delicious tiramisu to enjoy, whilst our Dr Chauhan reminds us not to overindulge this autumn, no matter how tempting this may be!

As always, thank you to our advertisers and contributors – and we hope you enjoy this issue.


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