It’s getting near that time again for Traditional Lancashire Bonfire Black Peas, plenty of black peas on eBay right now.
For all the Rochdale Ex-pats please see the recipe below,
Traditional Black Peas
To serve 6-8 people (usually eaten as a small snack/nibble)
Use: 1 cup / 150g black peas (maple peas) – soaked in water for 24 hours.
After soaking and draining the black peas, cover them in plenty of salted water in a large pot, and bring to a raging boil.
Then turn down the heat to a rolling boil, cover the pan, and boil for about an hour or slightly longer.
You want the peas to be very well-cooked, with the skins coming off. Once the peas are cooked and soft, drain them.
Now – to make the black peas really tasty – do the following with them:
Put 250ml / 1 cup of cold, fresh water in a pan, add the peas and bring the water to the boil. Turn the heat down to a high simmer.
Add 1 teaspoon of vegetable stock / bouillon powder to the peas and also 2 teaspoons of cider vinegar, as well as some salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Allow the peas to stay on a high simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. (The peas are ready when there is a small amount of grey-black liquid in the pan, just enough for the peas to be moist but not lots of liquid left)
Serve the peas individually in small pots, and season with salt and vinegar to taste.
Rochdale Council encouraged Graffiti in the past, maybe it was allowed purely because the subways near what is now Tesco’s on Manchester Road, were soon to be demolished.
If anybody can remember back to the 80s, we would love to know how this came about. Let us know what you think about it, many today regard it as a high art form, but in contrast many older people will just see vandalism. We have a well known local artist that is now regarded as “The First” Graffiti artist by enthusiasts around the world. Walter Kershaw still paints here in Littleborough when he is not jetting off around the world to carry out commissioned work.
Rochdale to unveil memorial to heroes of Gallipoli
Council call for residents whose relatives fought in Gallipoli
A permanent memorial will be unveiled in Rochdale this summer to honour the service of local men who fought in one of the bloodiest campaigns of the First World War and the sacrifices made by their relatives at home.
Rochdale Borough Council have confirmed that the memorial stone to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign which resulted in the deaths of hundreds of local soldiers will be unveiled in Rochdale Memorial Gardens during a special Gallipoli Commemoration Event on Sunday 28 June. The event, which will also include a military parade in the town centre will be part of the boroughs national Armed Forces Day celebrations.
Preparations for the afternoon, which will feature the Kings Division Band are well underway, with further details set to be announced in April.
In the meantime the council are asking residents who had relatives who fought in Gallipoli to contact them so they can take part in the parade in their honour. Families are asked to email email@example.com
Back on August 1914, 1,000 soldiers from the 6th Battalion of Lancashire Fusiliers gathered in Rochdale before being sent to Egypt and on to the killing fields of Turkey. Few came home alive or unscathed. Those who enlisted were remembered last summer with the recreation of a march made by more than 1,000 soldiers from the 6th Battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers.
Councillor Alan McCarthy, Lead Member for the Armed Forces at Rochdale Borough Council, said:
[dt_quote type=”pullquote” layout=”Center” font_size=”normal” animation=”none” size=”1″]“The Gallipoli Campaign saw considerable losses for Britain and her allies. It is right that we commemorate those local men who fought and died and remember their sacrifices. It is also important to remember the sacrifices of those left at home who kept the home fires burning. I hope as many descendants as possible are able to attend to remember their loved ones, along with members of the public who also want to join with us as we pay our respects.”[/dt_quote]
Rochdale was also one of the first councils in the country to sign the Armed Forces Community Covenant in November 2012, aimed at encouraging local communities to support services that promote and encourage activities that help integrate Armed Forces personnel back into civilian life. It also encourages authorities to work more closely to support those in service and their families, ensuring there is no disadvantage associated with serving in the Armed Forces.
Rochdale Blackwater Street, photo from Harold Howarth
Are the windows being held in with scaffolding? probably tied into the rear of the building and holding the front on. Some people say health & safety has gone mad these days but Im glad I don’t have to walk in front of that shop everyday lol
Rob Travislooks like a Commer van or is it a Ford Thames …. not sure ?
Janette M PlainBlackwater Street ran parallel to Toad Lane and the road to the right is Lord Street. This is looking up Blackwater Street towards St Marys Gate.They have pulled all this down now, so that’s why you can’t fathom where it is.
2 September 2013 at 01:00
Andre WilsonCan someone please put an old street map of Rochdale on this page so that us ex.pats can try & remember places and Street locations. Andre – South Aust.
2 September 2013 at 11:19
Elizabeth MacphersonI’ve been looking for one Andre (well on the net). A lot changed in the very early ’70’s when I was 10 – so I need a map to try & get my bearings
2 September 2013 at 12:01
Andre WilsonThanks Elizabeth – I lived on Manchester Road opposite the convent when I was about 13 years old and sang in the Church choir at St. Aidans. I moved around England with my work and finally left for Australia with my family in December 1972. I have only been back to Rochdale once since then – in 2008. I can recognize many of the ‘great’ photos but some times I can’t remember the particular street to get a picture of the place. Andre – South. Aust.
2 September 2013 at 12:15
Phil BurkeBlackwater Street
2 September 2013 at 00:40
Lilian MullaneMy dad had a pet shop on the left hand side about 4 doors up across the road was a shop that sold studs to put in belts etc
2 September 2013 at 10:38
John LordLilian, the stud shop was on the same side as the tackle shop, a few doors down. It was run by an old lady who seemed to be about 100 years old. Sold all kinds of leather goods, still remember the smell. Across from that was the surgical supply shop and the market parking lot.
2 September 2013 at 18:42
Mark HayesDoes anyone remember a chinese restaurant somewhere near that roundabout use to go there in about 1972 I am sure
2 September 2013 at 18:12
Ian B GrahamThe Wing Wah i think ?
15 September 2013 at 21:59
David CrabtreeI remember the restaurant, yes it was called the Wing Wah!
Festival will help you get to grips with technology
The borough stages its first digital festival next month, aiming to de-mystify technology and show just how useful and easy it can be. Rochdale Digital Festival will be staged on Saturday 28 February at Number One Riverside in the town centre.
Whether it’s how to set up an email account, making video calls with Skype, shopping safely on line or setting up your own Facebook page you’ll be able to find out how. There’ll also be staff showing you how to do your banking online, use social networks including Twitter, search for jobs and much more.
Event manager Paul Critchlow said it will be an exciting day of hands-on help and advice, with lots to see and do for all ages:
“There’ll be friendly faces on hand to show you step-by-step just how easy it is, as well as tablets, phones and computers for you to use. You’re also welcome to bring along your own iPad or other tablet if you’d like some help with it. It’s going to be a fun and relaxed day and you can have as much time as you need.”
The festival will include exhibitions and workshops to help you, and BBC Radio Manchester will be broadcasting live from the event.
Having problems with your laptop, iPad, phone or tablet? Students from Hopwood Hall College will be able to help. You’ll be able to visit them at the festivals appropriately named ‘FixIt Bar’.
A host of local businesses including Marks & Spencer, Asda, Rochdale Online and Barclays Digital Eagles will be there alongside the council, showing how to browse, buy and use services online, saving you time and money.
Boots staff and other health specialists will be showing how digital technology can be good for your health too – with a health MOT in the ‘Health Hub’.
There’s something for all the family, with a children’s area where youngsters will be able to play on an Xbox, PS3 and Wii games systems. Actors will also bring to life well known characters from classic children’s literature, as they read from the library’s eBooks collection.
You can have a play on a digital piano and find out the secrets of being a professional DJ with the Vibe Youth Music project. And if all this inspires you to learn more, Hopwood Hall College will be showcasing the latest curriculum of digital courses!
Councillor Neil Emmott, Cabinet Member for Corporate Services and Neighbourhoods at Rochdale Borough Council said getting to grips with using more digital technology has never been more important:
“This festival will provide a real hands-on interactive experience, helping you to understand in a no-nonsense way what it all means and how it can help you. It’s well worth a couple of hours of your time. The festival will explain digital alternatives such as online banking, shopping and other useful services. Many residents have computers, iPads and smart phones but just need a little help and advice to start to do many of the things online they would previously have had to do in person or over the phone, saving time and money in the process.”
If you already use the internet you can find out more about the festival by clicking www.rochdale.gov.uk/DigitalFest Otherwise just come along to Rochdale Digital Festival at Number One Riverside, on Saturday 28 February from 11am to 3pm.
HANDS ON HELP: Rochdale Digital Festival will show how your life can be improved with technology.
FESTIVAL: Number One Riverside in Rochdale town centre will stage the event for the first time on 28 February.
NEW: Rochdale Digital Festival.
SAVING YOU TIME AND MONEY: Councillor Neil Emmott, Cabinet Member for Corporate Services and Neighbourhoods.
Notes to Editors
Why is using digital technology important?
Education and Life Chances
Home access to a computer and the internet can improve children’s educational performance. If the 1.6 million children who live in families which do not use the internet got online at home, it could boost their total lifetime earnings by over £10 billion.
Employment and Skills
It is estimated that between 75%and 90% of jobs require at least some computer use. Being online also gives people more opportunities to search and apply for jobs.
Offline households are missing out on estimated savings of £560 per year from shopping and paying bills online.
The benefits system is changing. Universal Credit has replaced many current benefits, including Housing Benefit and Job Seeker’s Allowance. The Government wants 80% of applications for Universal Credit to be online by 2017.
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