Saddleworth to fall silent for Remembrance Day services

SADDLEWORTH WILL remember those who died serving for their country at a range of commemorative services and events.

Silences will be held by church congregations as part of their Sunday services on November 8 beginning at the following times:

  • St. Chad’s, Uppermill: 10.45am
  • Holy Trinity, Dobcross: 10.45am
  • St. Anne’s, Lydgate: 10.30am
  • St. Thomas’s, Delph: 10.30am
  • St. Mary’s, Greenfield: 10.30am
  • Christ Church, Friezland: 9.30am

At Pots and Pans cenotaph on Sunday, November 8, a service will start at 10.45am for an 11am Last Post and will include a silence and local bands.

Elsewhere, join the Royal British Legion Saddleworth Branch for their annual Remembrance Dinner and at Boarshurst Band Club on Friday, November 6.

The event starts at 7pm for a 7.30pm meal, with Boarshurst Silver Band entertaining.

P4 Remembrance by Jeff June from Malcolm hills plane
Service and Pots and Pans cenotaph (Picture thanks to Jeff June)

Tickets cost £20 and are available from Uppermill Post Office or by calling Arthur on 01457 238597 or Bernard on 01457 873956.

The RBL Saddleworth Branch is also holding short services at the war memorial in St Chad’s Park, Uppermill, on Monday, November 2 at 7pm-7.15pm and then on Wednesday, November 11 at 10.45am for an 11am Last Post.

Meanwhile, on Friday November 6, a Remembrance Dinner will be held at the Delph Club in aid of the Royal British Legion from 6.30pm with a four-course meal at 7pm.

There will also be Remembrance tributes, Delph Band in concert, popular local entertainment and top comedian Johnny Corrigan.

Ladies and Gentleman welcome. Tickets cost £25 – raffle included – from Delph Band Club or Post Office.

Then Saddleworth Male Voice Choir will present their annual Concert of Remembrance on Saturday, November 7 at 7.30pm at the Civic Hall in Uppermill.

The choir will sing a selection from their repertoire followed by a sing-along of popular world war songs with special guests Boarshurst Brass Band.

There will also be the Act of Remembrance with the Standard Bearer of the Royal British Legion and a reading of the poem ‘For the Fallen’.

Remembrance Royal British Legion Diggle
The Saddleworth Branch of the Royal British Legion at the dinner in Diggle last year

Tickets cost £10 and are available from Saddleworth Museum, Uppermill Post Office or from David Davies Tel: 01457 873182.

Then on Sunday November 8, at Diggle Band Club, Diggle Band will host their annual Remembrance Concert at 7.30pm.

Elsewhere on the same day, at Dobcross Band Club, the Silver Band and Brass Monkeys will perform from 8pm. Tickets £3 on the door in aid of club funds.

And a week later there will be a Remembrance Concert by Friezland Band at Uppermill Conservative Club, starting at 2pm on November 15.

Meanwhile, Remembrance Sunday services will also be held across the borough in conjunction with branches of the Royal British Legion.

Residents, uniformed services and representatives of all organisations are encouraged to attend the services and there will also be opportunities to place wreaths on the memorials.

Councillor Jim McMahon, Leader of Oldham Council, said: “The borough’s residents have the deepest respect for those men and women who have given their lives for peace, security and freedom.

“I hope as many people as possible will take the time to reflect and attend a service. Please support the Royal British Legion’s annual campaign and wear a poppy with pride.”

The council’s website features an online ‘Roll of Honour’ containing the names of all borough residents who lost their lives serving their country from the First World War onwards.

The Oldham Remembers website is also being kept up-to-date with stories, names of soldiers who fought in the war and images of Oldham’s past.

This aims to bring people from across the borough together online in remembrance and a toolkit, events guide and a resources page is available so residents can research their own family histories.

Remembrance Sunday Services, in conjunction with Branches of the Royal British Legion, will be held as follows:

OLDHAM War Memorial, opposite Old Town Hall commencing at 10.50am.  A procession will assemble at New RadclIffe Street at 10.20am and proceed to the War Memorial at 10.30am. All ex-service and civilian organisations are invited to accompany the Mayor. Crosses may be placed in the field of remembrance adjoining the War Memorial.
CHADDERTON War Memorial in the Old Town Hall Gardens, Middleton Road, commencing at 10.55am.  A procession will assemble at the Chadderton Reform Club, Middleton Road, Chadderton at 10am and proceed to the War Memorial at 10.30am.
CROMPTON War Memorial commencing at 10.55am.  A procession will assemble at the Royal British Legion Club, Newtown Street, Shaw, at 10.30am proceeding to the War Memorial at 10.40am.
FAILSWORTH War Memorial, Oldham Road, commencing at 10.55am.  A parade will assemble at Failsworth Health Centre at 10.15am proceeding to the War Memorial at 10.30am prompt.
LEES War Memorial commencing at 10.55am.  A procession will assemble in Thomas Street at 10.10am prior to proceeding to the War Memorial.
ROYTON Royton Park commencing at 10.55am.  Uniformed services to assemble at rear of the Co-op, on the car park off Radcliffe Street at 10.30am prompt. March off at 10.40 am to the Memorial at Royton Park.  March past Royton Town Hall afterwards.
SADDLEWORTH St Chad’s Memorial, Uppermill, on Monday 2 November commencing at 7pm and at the Pots and Pans Memorial on Sunday 8 November at 10.45am.
Belgian Refugees
Belgian Refugees at Royton Hall in 1914

And later the Oldham Local Studies and Archives is holding a number of events commemorating Remembrance Sunday.

On Saturday, November 14 there is a series of four talks exploring the experiences of Oldhamers during World War One:

  • 10.30am: Sarah Hallam and the French Flag Nursing Corps
  • 11.30am: The Failsworth and Woodhouses War Comforts Society
  • 1.30pm: Belgian Refugees in Oldham
  • 2.30pm: Reading About the War: Letters from the Front

The talks are free but booking is essential.

November is also the last opportunity to view the display featuring the experiences of the 1/10th Manchester Regiment, the Oldham Territorials, at Gallipoli.

The 1/10th arrived at Gallipoli from Egypt in May 1915 and took part in the Third Battle of Krithia on 4 June 1915.

This date is of particular significance to Oldham – during the attack on Krithia over 80 men were killed and 200 wounded from the 1/10th Battalion.

On 14 November Oldham Local Studies and Archives will feature a showing of the 1/10th Roll of Honour including photographs and service details of those killed in action.

Finally on Wednesday, November 18 at 7pm, to close the centenary commemoration of Gallipoli, Oldham Historical Research Group will be hosting a talk ‘Letters from Gallipoli’ exploring letters from the men of the 1/10th published in the local press.

All events are free and open to all and will be at the Oldham Local Studies and Archives, 84 Union Street, Oldham, OL1 1DN. For more information please call 0161 770 4654 or e-mail:


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