Rochdale Town Hall project led by the Rochdale Development Agency (RDA)
The team has expressed an interest in using the spaces available in our church and at the town hall when it re-opens.
They have also suggested that we could work co-operatively across creative activities, design an Arts trail between the two buildings.
They would also like to develop “walking tours” of the local heritage sites
Crescent Radio is Rochdale’s only 24/7 broadcast radio station reaching the local Asian community. The station has helped us to reach an audience we would not normally easily access and has provided invaluable support in promoting the activities programme. We believe that this is a partnership which will has many benefits. It will help to strengthen ties in our local community,
The radio station has an ongoing heritage focus (and is a member of Heritage Compass), with engaging programmes exploring personal and music heritage and experiences of diaspora communities living in Rochdale. In partnership with the team at St John’s, Crescent Radio hopes to explore themes such as memory and identity in relation to the historic built environment, using stories emerging from St John’s as inspiration for new audio stories and content. The first podcast “A chip shop through time” has been recorded.
Initially Crescent Radio have worked with us and have provided studio facilities, they will help to recruit families or individuals from the community to provide interesting audio stories.
Action Together CIO is the infrastructure organisation for the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise (VCFSE) sector in Oldham, Rochdale, and Tameside.
St. John’s has been working with Action Together since May 2021, a membership which has helped us with,
- Support with recruiting and managing and training volunteer
- Provision of regular information about, news, funding and training
- Opportunities to promote the group and its services
- Ensuring our policies enable volunteers to fulfil their aims and aspirations
- Access to a number of small grants.
Action Together will help our project not only benefit volunteers individually but will also be a chance to work together with different faiths by establishing a programme for our volunteers that can be sustained indefinitely through local fundraising in the church and through access to funding.
Greater Manchester Fire service Museum
As close neighbours of the Church, and custodians of their own heritage building which houses the Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum, the Fire Station is in a unique position to be able to work together for the good of both projects and for Rochdale’s built heritage in general.
In terms of practical mutual assistance we have shared facilities (such as meeting rooms and car park space). We plan to work together on future events for the benefit of both organisations, our visitors and the public at large.
Other possible avenues of co-operation which could be explored include joint training events and the sharing of experiences and learning points from both sets of activity planning.
As we each move into our next phases of heritage management, there are likely to be numerous opportunities for sharing open day events, community engagement activities or promotion.
Historically, our two sites have a shared history in terms of architectural connection, period of construction and service to the local community. It is therefore a natural evolution to now turn that commonality into joint effort for the preservation of two of the Borough’s best-loved landmark buildings and the development of greater community involvement.