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Guides and Brownies to fly the flag for Roughyeds

WE will welcome the leaders and girls from the Chadderton-based 26th Oldham Rainbow, Brownie and Guide unit to the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday.

The girls, who will be our flag bearers at the game against Coventry Bears (3pm kick-off), are looking forward to their first Roughyeds experience.

The group’s Lisa Rylands said:

“The girl-guiding experience is all about fun and friendship and with that in mind we were delighted to accept this invitation from Oldham RLFC.”

The 26th Oldham unit has been giving girls the Guiding experience for 26 years on a weekly basis with the same leaders.

They are one of many similar units in Oldham and hundreds more across Great Britain. each giving girls the opportunity to learn new skills; earn qualifications; experience international travel and much more, all with fun at the core of everything they do.

Girlguiding needs more adult leaders and girls. If anyone is interested please visit Girlguiding | The Leading UK Charity for Girls & Young Women where more information can be found.

A reminder too that Oldham Foodbank will also be at Sunday’s game in another of our community initiatives. Foodbank personnel will be at the Vestacare Stadium by 2pm and they will set up a collection point inside the ground where fans can leave their donations of tinned and long-life packaged foods.

Foodbank will be grateful for all long-life foods, but they have plenty of baked beans and are down on items such as tinned fruit, tinned rice puddings and toiletries such as soap, toothpaste and deodorants.

Led by club chairman Chris Hamilton, our management team is keen to see that Oldham RLFC is actively assisting an organisation which works wonders to help those in need.

They can do that, of course, only with assistance from all of us and this is an opportunity for the Oldham club and its supporters to do our bit for fellow Oldhamers who need our help.

We are confident that Roughyeds fans won’t let that cry for help fall on deaf ears.

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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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