Yesterday was a very productive day. I met Alison Slater who showed me a beautiful book in the Rochdale local studies about the Royd family of Rochdale. It is a great layout with signatures of members of the family who owned Falinge House and grounds – now the local park. Walking through Rochdale, the spotted a reference to the town’s past in this street name.
The afternoon was spent in the entrance to the new library/council offices. I managed to get about 30 signatures and discussed the project with lots of people. The mix was exactly what I had hoped for and new signatories included a couple of girls from the travellers community, an 85 year old born and bred in Rochdale and a home less man who had just received keys for a flat. It is great to be out and about. Looking at the website and PR machine for the MIF I wonder how this project would be if I was more hands off and disconnected from the locality. There are certainly massive advantages to having such an organisation behind you, not least in publicity and profile, but I do love and feel passionate about being involved in every aspect of the undertaking and connecting with people on all levels.
The evening was spent with Littleborough lacemakers, a self-directed group, passionate about lace making. It was wonderful to see the work and beauty of the patterns some were following. We had discussions about quiltmaking and crafts. Most people did their signature in the class and a couple took them home to finish and will drop at Touchstones. Hopefully if we get some coverage in the Rochdale (or beyond) newspaper word will spread further and more people will be come involved