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NEWS Follow us on facebook: yourlocalindependent 24 December 2019 Channel Four films new series in Norden CHANNEL Four have been filming scenes for a new television se- ries on Shelfield Lane in Norden. Film crews were spot- ted on site during the first week of November, shooting for a five-part 1980s-set DR:ama which will air in 2020. A spokesperson for Channel Four television confirmed the filmingwas for the upcoming series ‘Boys’, written by multi- BAFTA Award-winning writer Russell T Davies (Queer As Folk, A Very English Scandal, Years and Years, Doctor Who). Produced by RED Pro- duction Company, ‘Boys’ takes place in 1981 fol- lowing the story of three gay lads, Ritchie, Ros- coe and Colin, and the impact of the decade’s AIDS crisis. Olly Alexander, from the band Years & Years, plays 18-year-old Ritchie Tozer, the family’s golden boy, though he’s deter- mined to keep his secrets from them. Newcomer Omari Douglas plays Lon- don-born 17-year-old Ros- coe Babatunde, a wild, Filming scenes on Shelfield Lane in Norden brittle party boy, always on the run. Newcomer Callum Scott Howells plays Col- in Morris-Jones, a quiet, unassuming, boy from Wales, about to become an apprentice on Savile Row. Lydia West (Years and Years) plays Jill Baxter, Ritchie’s friend from college, straight- talking, funny, and the rock on which they rely. Read all about it ROCHDALE Borough Council’s library service has branched out again af- ter its popular ‘library card for every child’ initiative was given the stamp of approval. All four and five-year-olds will receive a free card, which can be used to borrow Residents urged to give views on savings plans ROCHDALE Borough Council is consulting residents on the first set of savings proposals that will help save an estimated £32.2 million from its budget. The savings need to be made for 2020/21 and 2021/22 following further reductions in government funding and increased demand for services. The council has already saved £180.1 million over the last decade. Council leader Allen Brett said: “Yet again we continue to receive significant government cuts to our funding that will further impact our borough and disproportionately hit some of the most vulnerable people. Even though demand for services has increased, the government con- tinues to slash our funding. “While we will continue working hard to identify savings that have the least impact on our residents, we must be realistic about the fact that there will be more difficult decisions to be made. We have no option but to set a balanced bud- get. The council has less money to spend, so we want to make sure we always focus on what matters to our residents – so please do take part in this consultation, give feedback and tell us what is really important.” Details of the proposals are at www.rochdale.gov.uk/savings. In- formation will also be available in local libraries and council Custom- er Service Centres, where residents can use the free computers. Residents have from now until 13 December 2019 to give their views. The cast also includes Keeley Hawes (Honour, Bodyguard, The Durrells, Line of Duty), who plays Valerie, Ritchie’s mum, Shaun Dooley (Gentle- man Jack, Broadchurch, Woman in Black) who plays Clive, his dad, Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother, Gone Girl, A Series of Unfor- tunate Events) as Henry Coltrane, Stephen Fry (Wilde, Gosford Park, Bones) as MP Arthur Garrison, and Tracy Ann Oberman (Friday Night Dinner, Toast of Lon- don, After Life) as Car- ol Carter. books at the borough’s 17 libraries. The novel idea encourages reading, raises standards and promotes the range of popular events run children’s events that run from local libraries. The ‘library card for every child’ scheme follows a successful fit, feed and read programme, which saw 600 chil- dren pack into local libraries to enjoy exercise, healthy eating and reading. Rachel D’Ardis, head teacher of Broadfield Community Primary School, said: “This is an excellent scheme, which we are proud to be supporting and working in partnership with the council to promote. It’s really important that children get the best possible start in life and encouraging a love of books, through this brilliant scheme, is one of the many ways we promote reading and learning across the school. “The free library cards are popu- lar with pupils and parents, so many thanks to the council’s library services for their visionary idea and for working so well with local schools.” Pupils at Broadfield Primary School celebrate the launch of the library card for every child scheme, with children’s champion Erin Buckley, teachers and Cllr Janet Emsley, cabinet member for libraries Pot luck unearths missing piece of 3,500-year-old Egyptian dish A CHANCE discovery has led toa3,500-year- old Ancient Egyptian dish joining Bolton Museum’s Egyptolo- gy gallery. In March, former Keeper of Egyptology at Bolton Museum, Tom Hardwick, was looking at objects in a private collection in Germany when he stumbled upon a shallow blue bowl de- picting half a lion’s head. Tom, who worked in Bolton from 2005 to 2009, thought that the bowl might be a match for a lion-head- ed fragment owned by Bolton Museum. He contacted the mu- seum as the dish was due to go on sale at Lon- don’s Bonhams auction house in July. Current museum cu- rator Ian Trumble took the Bolton piece to see if the two sections joined – and they were a per- fect match. Ian said: “We had swapped measurements and various angled pho- tos over several months, but the only way we could be absolutely sure the two bits fitted to- gether was to physically join them – and it was quite a magical feeling. “After carrying the fragment 200 miles to London, both myself and the staff at Bonhams gave a little gasp when the two bits joined. “What was once a modest little fragment, probably unlikely to be displayed, is now able to go on permanent display. It’s a small but beautiful piece. “It would have been sad if it had been sold to a private collector and disappeared for another 80 years, now it can be enjoyed by everyone.” The blue-glazed bowl fragments date from the time when Thutmose III ruled Egypt in around 1480 BC. Thanks to the gener- ous cooperation of Bon- hams and a consortium of donors, Bolton Muse- um was able to acquire the matching piece. The purchase was partly funded by the Bolton Archaeology and Egyptology Society, with the dish donated in memory of Mr V. Antho- ny Donohue. An Egyptologist and archaeologist, Anthony was a member of the society since its foun- dation in 1958 and was a good friend of Bolton AN autumn fair at St Andrew’s Church in Dearnley has raised over £1,000 for church funds. The event raised more than £1,000 for church funds and, as always, proved to be one of the most popular annual events on the church’s social calendar. Next up will be a celebration of the church’s patronal festival at the end of the month. On St Andrew’s Day, Saturday 30 November, there will be a musical night in church (£8 adults, children free) and on the following day (Advent Sunday, 1 December) Bishop Mark will be at the 9.30am sung Eucharist and there will be evensong at 6pm. BOLTON Central Library and Museum’s new family friendly Elements exhibition marks the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements. The Periodic Table of Chemical Elements is a major and well-known achievement in science and underpins chemistry, physics and biology. It was first published by the Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev in 1869. THE NEWS IN BRIEF Museum for over six- ty years. The two sections have now been painstaking- ly attached together by museum conservator Pierrette Squires. The dish now takes prides of place in Bolton Museum’s Egyptology gallery, alongside the exhibition’s full-size recreation of Thutmose III’s tomb. 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