ONE OF the oldest groups in Saddleworth is going stronger than ever thanks to the welcome boost of three new dedicated committee members.
Saddleworth Outdoor Pursuits Association was formed around 1965 to promote and facilitate local outdoor activities, from walking and cycling to sailing and caving.
Support from groups, organisations and individuals, along with fundraisers and events, has helped them to thrive over the decades.
Now today, they are going from strength to strength after welcoming three new volunteer committee members to their ranks.
Janice Guest, Tony Kirman and Alan Swift will help with the smooth running of the association and the use of their base at The Boarshurst Centre, in Greenfield, which is owned by Boarshurst Educational Foundation.
They join other committee members chairperson Mark McLoughlin, secretary David Davies, Chris Bird and Craig MacGregor, trustees of Boarshurst Educational Foundation, and booking organiser Pam Byrne, who is also chairman of Saddleworth Parish Council.
Tony said: “I wanted to get more involved with local groups, particularly those involved with the outdoors.”
Janice added: “I hope to help keep the centre going as it has been here for so many years.”
Pam, who was one of the first members of the Association, said: “It’s marvellous to welcome new committee members to our ranks.
“The Association has been around for a long time and even though we don’t hold fundraisers as we used to, we’re still active and busy, and always looking to welcome more groups.”
The centre, built in 1811 as Boarshurst School, boasts a garden, dorms to sleep 32, a kitchen, communal rooms, laundry facilities, and toilets and showers.
It is often hired out by local groups, including Oldham Mountain Rescue Team, Duke of Edinburgh groups, scouts and rainbows, who use the facilities before heading to the hills.
Find out more about the Saddleworth Outdoor Pursuits Association and Boarshurst Centre online: http://www.boarshurstcentre.org.uk