Saddleworth to honour fallen at Remembrance services

A VARIETY of remembrance services and events will be held across Saddleworth this November to honour those who have fallen in the line of duty.

The Saddleworth Branch of the Royal British Legion is holding their Annual Remembrance Dinner on Friday, November 3 at Saddleworth Rangers Rugby Club in Greenfield.

The event starts at 7pm, for a meal at 7.30pm. There will be a four-course roast dinner by Manns Wharf Catering plus entertainment. All welcome.

Tickets cost £25 per person, raffle included by ticket number. Tickets available from Desmond Powell: 0161 626 5489; Bernard King: 01457 873956; Arthur Hinchcliffe: 01457 238597; Stanley Cowburn: 01457 873883 or any other Legion member.

Then on Monday, November 6 the branch will hold a short Remembrance Service at the war memorial in St Chad’s Library Gardens, Uppermill.

The service will start at 7pm and will include laying of wreaths and the playing of the Last Post by local bandsman John Whittle.

Elsewhere, Saddleworth Male Voice Choir will present their annual Concert of Remembrance at the Civic Hall, Uppermill on Saturday, November 11 at 7.30pm.

In the first half, the choir will sing a selection from their constantly changing repertoire of well-known male voice favourites followed by a sing-a-long of popular world war songs.

The second half will include the Act of Remembrance with the Standard Bearer of the Royal British Legion and a reading of the poem ‘For the Fallen’.

The choir’s special guests are Oldham Band (Lees) under the baton of their MD John Collins. In addition to playing a varied selection, the band will take part in the Act of Remembrance.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Oldham and the Chair and Consort of Saddleworth Parish Council will attend the concert.

Tickets priced at £10 are available from Saddleworth Museum, Uppermill Post Office or from David Davies: 01457 873182.

On Sunday, November 12, a service will start at 10.45am at Pots and Pans cenotaph, led by Revd Canon Sharon Jones and Revd Aaron Moffat-Jackman and including the Last Post and laying of wreaths.

At local churches, congregations will hold silences as part of their Sunday services.

Then Greenfield Cricket Club are hosting a short Remembrance Service followed by entertainment from Friezland Band on Sunday, November 12 from 12noon-3pm.

The event will include stories from local man David Howcroft, about this grandfather Colonel Howcroft, who served in World War One. All welcome.

On the evening of Sunday, November 12 there is a Remembrance Dinner at Delph Band Club, 6.30pm for a 7pm start and dinner.

The event will be opened by Cllr Nikki Kirkham, chair of Saddleworth Parish Council, and will include a four-course Sunday Dinner, along with entertainment and music from local artists and a comedian.

Tickets costs £25 per head, available from the Club, and the event is raising money for the Royal British Legion. The event is open to all.

The dinner will be followed by a Remembrance Concert at Delph Band Club, starting at 8pm. Free admission with raffle. All welcome.

Elsewhere, at Dobcross Band and Social Club on Platt Lane, there is a ‘Remembrance Concert’ with Dobcross Silver Band on Sunday, November 12 starting at 2pm. Admission is £2 at the door, with a collection for the British Legion.

And at Diggle Band Club there will be a Remembrance Concert on Sunday, November 12, starting at 7pm.

Meanwhile, Saddleworth Peace Group presents Peace Stories for Children on Remembrance Day, a series of readings by Richard and Kathryn Knight suitable for children of primary school age and their families.

The event will take place in Greenfield Library on Saturday, November 11 at 11.30am. Entry is free and there is no need to book in advance, and all are welcome (but children must be accompanied by an adult).

The Peace Readings are part of Saddleworth Peace Group’s programme of events which include commemorations on Holocaust Memorial Day each January and on Hiroshima Day each August.

Saddleworth Peace Group works for peace at a local and global level. For further information email: or go on Facebook /SaddleworthPeaceGroup


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