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WE have been asked by the family of the late Charlie Winslade to inform her many friends; remaining relatives; and others with fond memories of the Fabulous Fifties, that Charlie’s widow Hilda has passed away at the age of 85.

She died in Bridgend, South Wales after suffering from dementia for more than ten years.

The sincere condolences of everyone at Oldham RLFC are extended to Nicola and Vanessa, the daughters of Hilda and Charlie, and to their extended families.

In the early days of their marriage, Charlie and Hilda, an Oldham girl born and bred, lived in Ryeburn Street, Greenacres.

Her funeral service will be in Bridgend at 3.15pm on June 5.

Anyone wishing to contact the family is asked to ring son-in-law Jay Winslade-Gregory on 07427765567 or drop a line to: 20, Wernlys Road, Pen-y–Fai, Bridgend, South Wales, CF31 4NS.

Older Oldham supporters don’t need any reminding of Charlie Winslade’s wonderful and never-to-be-forgotten contribution to the Roughyeds story.

He made 358 Oldham appearances, gave 11 years of wonderful service to the club and as one of the most popular members of the great 1950s Oldham side he formed a dynamic second-row with Sid Little.

He signed from Welsh RU club Maesteg in January, 1950 and was virtually a Watersheddings ever-present for the next glorious decade.

Like many of his Oldham team mates of that era he won every honour in the domestic game apart from a Challenge Cup medal.

He moved to Warrington in 1961, but there was always a special place in the hearts of Charlie and Hilda for her hometown club and when Charlie died in 1993 he had a funeral service at St Thomas’s, Moorside and his ashes were scattered at Watersheddings.

There is now an avenue named after him, Winslade Close, on the site of the old ground.



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AS lockdown restrictions start to ease, now is the time for everyone connected with Oldham RLFC to do all they can to help with getting income from our Club Cash lottery back to where it was before the pandemic started to bite.

This is vital for the club and its finances which, as you all know, have taken a massive hit in the past 12 months.

Collectors will be returning to door-to-door visits in the next few weeks and we hope people who suspended payments will pick up where they left off as we strive and work hard to get back to where we were before the pandemic caused us to lose 50 per cent of our lottery income.

Many of our regular punters, who would normally pay a collector, have answered our calls for help by finding other ways to pay and to retain their chances of winning prizes.

To those people we are very grateful and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them once again for their loyal and continued support.

The lottery, of course, is potentially one of our biggest fund-raisers and for as little as £1 a week — more if you wish — you can help the club immensely and at the same time have chances to win £1,000, £100, £50, £25 or one of ten consolation prizes of £10.

That’s the present prize structure. There’s every chance it will be increased once we are out of lockdown, door-to-door collections start again and we get back to some sort of normality.

In the meantime you can join, or start up again, by contacting the club on 07904 898177 or by email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

For more information about the lottery, and for the “great opportunities” provided by our partnership with the National Youth and Community Development Association (NYCDA) go our Club Cash page.

There, you will find all the results and a detailed statement about getting back to normal with the help of our not-for-profit partners.

All proceeds from the partnership will continue to support the club and help us to meet the aims of our Club Cash activities, particularly in its aims and objectives to be an active stakeholder in the local community.

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