All posts by Glenis Meeks

The other side of town

Nestling amidst stark, Pennine hills,

fringeing a river, our town has grown,

spreading slowly through passing years,

like gentle waves that never recede.

Ever growing, ever changing.

Growing and changing.

 

Old slabbed pavements, cobbled roads.

Stone terraced houses, grime encrusted.

Mills and chimneys in every vista.

Reminders past of Rochdale’s pulse.

But change is coming;

change is coming.

 

When life was dreary, hard and raw,

town offered a sense of belonging.

Change occurred slowly, steadily, sure,

watched over benignly by the Town Hall clock.

It was the other side of Town.

Other side of Town.

 

Here and now, town is transforming.

Black spots flattened, erased, re-jigged.

Trams are revived, Roch river exposed,

revealing forgotten medieval world.

New projects in progress;

projects in progress.

 

What’s at its heart? What stimulates change?

Heritage, history all play their part.

Communities contribute hope for the future,

share strengths and skills co-joined as one.

This is the other side of town,

other side of town.

Busy Doing Nothing

When the American born wife of local MP, Steven Goodhew, visited Whitefield Primary School yesterday as part of her husband’s electioneering campaign, she got more than she bargained for.

“Oh my God” she exclaimed as she entered the reception class and saw the children at play,  “aren’t they adorable! All busy doing nothing!”

Class teacher, Miss Susan Ford, quickly jumped on the defensive. “The activities the children are engaged in, all have strong educational purposes.” she retorted. Pointing to the table nearest to where they were standing she said, “For example, these tasks, bead threading, lacing cards, cutting out, all help to develop eye and hand co-ordination.”  She then indicated another group working with a nursery assistant. “The children here are playing matching games, memory training games and jigsaws, crucial in developing skills necessary for reading.” The entourage moved on to a purpose built tiled area. Miss Ford continued “ Activities such as water and sand play, painting, clay and plasticine are excellent learning mediums, especially in encouraging mathematical concepts. We are very careful to provide appropriate language facilitation alongside the many different tasks the children are engaged in. Much thought goes into all the activities provided in order to enhance maximum educational progress. Although it may look as if the children are playing, I can assure you they are actually learning a lot from their play.”

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Busy Doing Nothing

I like to be busy doing nothing,

it gives me time to think

about all those things essential to life

not just the drama of the kitchen sink.

 

Being busy doing nothing,

and not rushing here and there,

means you can be doing something

like navel gazing, if you have the flair.

 

People say action is everything,

I’m inclined to disagree,

it seems best to sort out thoughts

before diving headlong, that’s my plea.

 

Being busy doing nothing

could mean trouble when at work,

unless you can produce something good

without appearing to shirk.

 

Usually, those who are retired,

have more time for contemplation.

They might appear to be doing nothing,

but potentially they can be a sensation!

Words and Poetry on THE OTHER SIDE OF TOWN

Nestling amidst stark, Pennine hills,

fringeing a river, our town has grown,

spreading slowly through passing years,

like gentle waves that never recede.

Ever growing, ever changing.

Growing and changing.

 

Old slabbed pavements, cobbled roads.

Stone terraced houses, grime encrusted.

Mills and chimneys in every vista.

Reminders past of Rochdale’s pulse.

But change is coming;

change is coming.

 

When life was dreary, hard and raw,

town offered a sense of belonging.

Change occurred slowly, steadily, sure,

watched over benignly by the Town Hall clock.

It was the other side of Town.

Other side of Town.

 

Here and now, town is transforming.

Black spots flattened, erased, re-jigged.

Trams are revived, Roch river exposed,

revealing forgotten medieval world.

New projects in progress;

projects in progress.

 

What’s at its heart? What stimulates change?

Heritage, history all play their part.

Communities contribute hope for the future,

share strengths and skills co-joined as one.

This is the other side of town,

other side of town.