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Roary backed by Spindles again

ROARY, our loveable-lion mascot who will soon be leading our new club for under-16s, Roary’s Pride, will again be sponsored this season by the Spindles Town Square Shopping Centre.

His work in the community dovetails nicely with that of the town’s well-known shopping centre which will stage a charity awareness day once a month for the remainder of 2019.

It also has a similar juniors’ club to Roary’s Pride, called Shopping Susie’s Kids Club, which will next meet on Saturday, March 23, offering free crafts, face painting, art area and prize draw.

Throughout the remainder of this year the Centre will continue to invite charities and local community groups to pop in and join Charity Awareness Day.

This is an opportunity for organisations to raise awareness of their activities and ways in which they can support the Oldham community.

Dates are on the following Wednesdays: March 20, April 24, May 22, June 19, July 24, September 18, October 23, November 20, December 18.

Spaces will be offered on a first-come basis and the Centre needs a copy of the each organisation ‘s public liability insurance.

For more information send an email to: enquiries@spindles.co.uk

In one form or another Spindles Town Square Shopping has been sponsoring Oldham RLFC for several years.

Of this latest agreement, the Centre’s manager Mike Flanagan said:

“We are pleased to be sponsoring our local rugby league club again for another year.

“We do it through Roary who is well known to us here. He is a terrific ambassador for Oldham RLFC and his work in the community fits in nicely with our own efforts in that regard.

“We wish Roary and Oldham RLFC every good wish for the season ahead.”

Club chairman Chris Hamilton said:

“We believe Roary is one of the best mascots in our game. Children love him and we know he’ll do a great job when we launch our new members’ club for under-16s and he gets his ‘Pride’.

“As always, we are extremely grateful to Spindles Town Square Shopping for backing us as they do and for supporting Roary in everything he does.

“Spindles have several community projects under way and if we can be of any assistance we will be only too pleased to help.”


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AS you all know from your own experiences these are tough times for everybody, but we believe you will agree that OLDHAM RLFC is taking massive inspiration from the fabulous NHS and other key workers in tackling Covid head-on, while looking forward positively to the 2021 season and better times ahead thanks to the outstanding work now being done to get people vaccinated as quickly as possible.

Nevertheless, we have to face facts and be realistic enough to accept that the club urgently needs every pound that is currently coming in from whatever source. One of those sources is our Club Cash lottery and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who support us on this. A lot of you who used to pay our collectors on the doorstep have responded to our suggestions on how to pay by different methods and we are extremely grateful for that. Thanks again. You will never know how much difference your contributions make.

Alas, our income from the lottery has dropped by more than 50 per cent over the course of the pandemic and that would be a huge blow financially at any time let alone a time of unprecedented hardship because of the pandemic. It really is a situation we seriously need to address.

With that in mind the prize fund for the duration of the latest national lockdown will be temporarily reduced from February 10.

You will still be able to win a £1,000 first prize, plus £100, £50, £25 and ten £10 prizes every week, while continuing to provide vital support for the club and it will only cost you £1 a week. You can’t get a decent coffee for that, but the difference it makes to the club when multiplied a few times over and then multiplied again by 52 – the number of weeks in the financial year – is of major significance.

If you can help us at all — for £1 a week — it would be hugely appreciated by everyone with Oldham RL Club at heart. The prize structure still represents good value for money for an outlay of £1.

To those who are already members and help us accordingly, we very much hope to retain your support at this extremely difficult time.

Should you wish to play but don’t, due to the pausing of cash collection rounds, we have other options available, which you can discuss with our lottery administrator, John McAndrew on 07980129541 or from the club on 07904 898177.

Alternatively, you can send an email to: mcandrewj@aol.com or to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The prize fund will be increased back to previous levels as soon as latest lockdowns are released. Please watch our website and social media platforms for further announcements.

Finally, if you want more information about the lottery or you wish to discuss your membership please contact one of the numbers given above.

A huge thank-you to you all.

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