Saddleworth to Get Together in memory of Jo Cox

A TRIO of events are taking place across Saddleworth this weekend in memory of murdered MP, Jo Cox.

Great Get Together events will be held across the country from June 21-23 as communities show- in Jo’s words-‘we have ‘more in common than that which divides us.’

And there will certainly be something for everyone at the White Hart, Lydgate from 12 noon on Sunday June 23.

Saddleworth Round Table, Saddleworth WI, the White Hart and Love Lydgate are working together to make this an exciting community event.

Jennifer Greenwood, from Love Lydgate, said: “There’s so much talk at the moment about all the things that divide us.

“So, this will be a fantastic chance for us to get together for a really good day out when we can focus instead on all the things we have in common.

“There will be a zip wire, live musical entertainment, birds of prey, giant games, a raffle and much more for people to enjoy.

“Lydgate Stitchers have once again made gingham ribbon brooches to show we all belong to one community.

“It will be an opportunity to get to know your neighbours better and meet up with others in the community that you might not know.”

Additionally, Funky Fitness CIC in Greenfield, are hosting a nutritious Mad Hatter’s Tea Party on Friday, June 21 with costumed waiting staff and entertainment including songs from the popular musical, The Greatest Showman. 

The event has been made possible with funding from First Choice Homes Oldham (FCHO) who donated 17 grants worth £1,655 to help stage these community gatherings across Oldham.

Carita Smith, Director of Funky Fitness and Fun CIC, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have received funding to host our Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea Party. 

“Our ethos has always been to support community cohesion, reduce isolation and promote wellbeing.   

“As a day service working with adults with additional needs it is great to have this opportunity to celebrate our members’ commitment to sharing their knowledge to promote health, wellbeing and socialisation in the community through the mediums of good nutrition and interactive performance.  

“As part of our afternoon event we will be singing and signing to some of our favourite songs.”

Vinny Roche, Chief Executive of First Choice Homes Oldham, said: “Bringing people together in our communities is an important part of what we aim to do.

“Embracing diversity, but also celebrating what different communities have in common is something we really want to support.”

A third Great Get Together event will be taking place at the Big Lunch at Lido House, Grotton on Sunday, June 23 from 12 noon.

There will be free food and drink as well as entertainment including music, bingo, a tombola and a raffle. Everyone welcome.

Kim Leadbeater, Jo’s sister, said: “I’m really touched by the amazing efforts so many people around the country are putting in towards keeping Jo’s values and her spirit alive.

“Events like this can make a really big difference in strengthening our communities and reminding everybody that while we may disagree about a lot of things, there’s an awful lot more that we have in common.

“It’s those ties that bind us together and make us all stronger.”

If you would like to get involved in the White Hart Great Get Together contact Jenny on 01457 877935 or email lovelydgate@btinternet.com

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