Into the Valley – Bank Holiday events boost for fighting fund

CAMPAIGNERS fighting Oldham Council’s decision to approve a 265-home development in Grotton, Springhead and Lees have organised a massive Bank Holiday weekend fundraiser towards meeting costs of a potential legal challenge.

Save our Valleys (SOV) and Proud of Saddleworth are staging a beer quiz walk on Saturday, August 24 with a chance to win a week’s Spanish villa holiday for a family of four, plus spending money.

A day later, SOV will host a treasure hunt for youngsters aged five to 15, starting at 11am from the Pavilion, Station Road, Grotton.

Later in the day, it’s the turn of the adults with a Party at the Pavilion music extravaganza featuring an eclectic mix of sounds from the Suburban Swing Orchestra to the multi-talented Jake Fletcher, fresh from a main stage appearance at Cotton Clouds Festival.

Proceeds from the weekend will supplement a recently launched 200 Club fighting fund, aimed at raising £20,000 to be used in pursuing a judicial review against OMBC’s decision to give the green light for the homes plan and link road in the Ashworth Valley.

Separate developers have also submitted plans for another 222 houses around Stonebreaks Road and a further 223 at Birks Quarry in Austerlands.

Campaigners say: “This will add over 700 new houses within a radius of one-mile.

“There are no plans for extra infrastructure, school places, medical centres of social facilities. If the development goes ahead every person currently living in Saddleworth will be affected.”

The beer walk starts at 1.45pm (registration for individuals and teams of four from 12 noon) and will visit 10 pubs and clubs: Top House, Front House, Red Lion, Milan Bar, the Angel, Springhead FC, Grapes, Peels, Spinners and Springhead Liberal Club.

At each venue, walkers, all issued Hi-Viz vests, will be asked two questions set by the landlords. The team with most correct answers wins.

Finishing at the valley entrance, all entrants will be asked to walk towards Lees, Springhead and Grotton as a protest march.

Prize winners will be announced on Sunday at the Party in the Pavilion event at 12noon. Entry costs £20 per team of four and £5 per person.

To pre-register email or ring 07871 098519.

Entry to the treasure hunt costs £10 per team with prizes for the top three plus a sweets bag for all other entrants.

Party at the Pavilion (doors open at 11am) costs £20 for adults and £10 for children.

Music acts include: Andy ‘Simplee Red’ Lee, Gwenn Morgan, Dave Brown, Raz Lyness and Mark Stelfox. There will also be hot food and bar tent. Tickets are available at Uppermill Post Office and via ticketline.

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