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Oldham Rugby League Football Club is delighted to announce that The Worshipful The Mayor and Mayor’s Consort of Oldham Metropolitan Borough, Councillor Ginny Alexander and Adrian Alexander, her husband, will be guests of honour at a meeting of ‘Roary’s Pride’ on Saturday, June 22.

It will start at 9am in the social club at the Vestacare Stadium, Whitebank Road, Limehurst Village, Oldham OL8 3JH.

‘Roary’s Pride’ is our new support group for children and takes its name from our lion mascot, Roary, who helps to run his ‘Pride’ with its leader and organiser David Murgatroyd and Sophie Nixon.

Said David:

“We will be honoured and privileged to have The Worshipful The Mayor and her Consort with us on June 22.

“Councillor Alexander is known to be a keen rugby supporter and her Consort husband, of course, will need no introduction to the parents of our young members, given that he was a brilliant, ball-handling front-row forward for the Oldham club back in the day.”

Greater Manchester Police will also be in attendance to talk to our ‘Pride’ youngsters about their work in the community and especially the roles they play in the communities of Limeside, Hollinwood and Failsworth.

Added David ‘Murgy’ Murgatroyd:

“Our ‘Pride’ isn’t merely thus named because of our links with our lion mascot.

“We want our young members to learn how to be proud . . . proud of themselves, their families, their team, their club and their town and borough.

“As far as the town and borough is concerned, who better to be our honoured guests than The Worshipful The Mayor and Mayor’s Consort of Oldham Metropolitan Borough.”

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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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