Churches and bands at the ready as Whit Friday returns to Saddleworth

Whit Friday returns to Saddleworth on Friday, May 20.

A band came from down under for Whit Friday
Whit Friday in Greenfield last year

In the morning, churches will hold short services before their Walk of Witness:

Delph – Service in St. Thomas’s at 9.30am. Process around the Village at 10am ending with a service in the centre outside The Swan at 11.30am.

Denshaw – Procession will form at church at 9.45am for 10am start. Walk round the village, singing hymns at various points, with guests ‘Brass Band Dietwil’ from Switzerland.

Diggle – Service outside Hanging Gate at 10am. Process to King George Playing Field, Uppermill for joint service at 11am.

Dobcross – Short service in the Square at 10am. Process to King George Playing Field, Uppermill for joint service at 11am.

Friezland – Prayers at 9.45am. Process to King George Playing Field, Uppermill for joint service at 11am.

Greenfield – Service at St. Mary’s 9.15am. Process to Road End for joint service with Greenfield Methodist.

Lydgate – Meet at Christ Church Friezland at 9.45am

Uppermill – St Chad and Sacred Heart meet for short service at 9.45am at St Chad then process to King George Playing Field, Uppermill for joint service at 11am.

Uppermill – Uppermill Methodist and Ebenezer meet at School Street at 9am. Process to King George Playing Field, Uppermill for United Church Service at 11am.

Families are invited to a ’Whit Walk with Tiddlers’ as part of the Uppermill Methodist Church procession, followed by traditional lunch in the Upper Hall.

 

Then in the evening, the busy band contests return to the villages. Please look out for road closures around the area.

Delph: Band march down the main street to contest area

Denshaw: Bands perform at contest area opposite Oddfellows on Huddersfield Road

Diggle: Bands perform at contest area at corner of Huddersfield Road and Sam Road

Dobcross: Bands march along Platt Lane to contest area at Church Fields

Friezland: Bands march along Oakloads Road to contest area at Christ Church Friezland Parish Hall

Greenfield: Bands march along Chew Valley Road to contest area at the playing fields

Grotton: Band march along Station Road to contest area Pavilion

Lydgate: Bands march down Stockport Road to contest area at White Hart Inn

Lees and Springhead: Bands march along High Street to contest area at the library

Scouthead and Austerlands: Bands march from Three Crowns Inn to contest area at Dawson’s Field

Uppermill: Bands march from Saddleworth Museum to contest area at King George V playing field

 

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