Saddleworth remembers: events and services to mark Armistice Day

A SERIES of events and activities are taking place across Saddleworth and Oldham to mark Remembrance Sunday in a special year commemorating 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Royal British Legion Dinner: Friday, November 2 at 7.30pm

The RBL Saddleworth Branch is holding its Annual Remembrance Dinner at Saddleworth Rangers Rugby Club, Greenfield, 7.30pm arrival for 8pm meal.

There will be entertainment from The Adrian Reed Swing Band so bring your partner and dance the night away.

Tickets cost £25 each, including a raffle. Tickets from Alison: 07725 036 172.

Festival of Remembrance: Friday, November 9 from 6.15pm, £5

Commemorate and honour all those who lost their lives in conflicts and listen to performances from Boarshurst Silver Band. Medals may be worn.

To book, call 0161 770 4083 or pay on the door on the night at The Queen Elizabeth Hall, West Street, Oldham, OL1 1NL.

‘There but not there’ silhouette homage: Saturday, November 10, 10am–4

Ten life-size silhouettes will offer a poignant reminder of those lost in the First World War at Christ Church Friezland between 10am-4pm.

There will also be displays about the war including personal letters, photographs, drama and music. There is also a planned parade to the war graves, starting at 3.15pm. 

White Poppies: Saturday, November 10 at 2pm

Saddleworth Peace Group will lay a wreath of white poppies at the foot of the Peace Pole in St Chad’s gardens, Uppermill. The Vice Chair of Saddleworth Parish Council will say a few words and the group will reflect on the significance of the white poppy. All welcome.

White poppies represent remembrance for all victims of war and a commitment to work for peace. They are available from Saddleworth Peace Group: email

‘Peace and Plenty? Oldham and the First World War’: Until 12 January

As the war drew to a close what had been the experiences on the home front for the people of Oldham? This exhibition revisits their everyday lives, losses and achievements using the Gallery’s extensive collections. Find out more online: or call 0161 770 4653.

Remembrance Services

Uppermill on November 5: There will be Remembrance Service hosted by Royal British Legion Saddleworth Branch from 7pm-8pm at St. Chad’s Memorial in Uppermill Park.

Oldham on November 11: A procession will assemble at New Radcliffe Street at 10.20am and proceed to the War Memorial (opposite the Old Town Hall) at 10.30am. The service will commence at 10.50am.

Lees on November 11: A procession will assemble at Thomas Street at 10.10am prior to proceeding to the War Memorial. The service will take place at 10.30am.

Dobcross on November 11: A service will take place at Holy Trinity Church Dobcross at 10.45am with Graham McGuffie and Dobcross Youth Band.

Greenfield on November 11: A service will take place at Pots and Pans from 10.55am onwards.

Greenfield Cricket Club is holding a Remembrance Concert with readings on November 11 at 1.30pm.

Waterhead on November 11: At 10.50am the Vicar of Waterhead and councillors serving in the Waterhead Ward will assemble around the War Memorial on Huddersfield Road.

A Nation’s Tribute on November 11, 7pm: A special service to commemorate the soldiers lost during World War One. There will be a Beacon Lighting Ceremony followed by a service with The Royal British Legion and other dignitaries. The event will be held at Oldham Parish Church, Rock Street, Oldham, OL1 3UH.

Commemoration of the Centenary of the Armistice on November 25, 2pm: Laying of the Standard 10th Manchester Regiment and the Dedication of the New Memorial. The event will be held at Oldham Parish Church, Rock Street, Oldham, OL1 3UH.

World War One 100 Pop up Exhibition until November 12, 9am–5pm: Explore Oldham Archives’ new display, ‘Oldham during the First World War’, find out more about Oldham soldiers, fill in the Book of Remembrance and pin photos of your ancestors to the photo board. The Royal British Legion will also be selling poppies to raise money.

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