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Congrats to the Mayor and her Consort

OLDHAM RLFC is delighted to offer its congratulations to Councillor Ginny Alexander and her Consort husband, former Oldham councillor and Oldham RLFC forward Adrian Alexander, on the extension of her term of office as Mayor until May, 2021.

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of the Mayor’s fund-raising and civic appointments, hence the extension of her duties as the metropolitan borough’s First Citizen for another year, to be rubber-stamped at a meeting of the full Council on June 17.

The club is hugely grateful for the support and backing of both the Mayor and her Consort and also the borough’s Youth Mayor for 2019-20 Samah Khalil, all of whom made several visits to the Vestacare Stadium to watch Roughyeds home games during our 2019 promotion season.

Although he is usually seen resplendent in his chain of office, the Mayor’s Consort is still known popularly at the club as “our Alex” — a fond throwback to his days as a talented and ball-handling front-row forward at Waterheddings.

He played in 80 games between 1979 and 1983, scoring 12 tries –an unusually high total for a prop — and becoming a fans’ favourite with his fellow forward capture from Rugby Union in the south of England, Bob Mordell.

Talking about her second year as Mayor, Councillor Ginny Alexander said:

“It’s a huge honour to be Mayor of Oldham, but in the last few weeks the role has changed hugely due to the pandemic.

“Before the lockdown I was (regularly) attending events around the borough and also representing the town further afield.

“Since the lockdown I’ve not been able to do any of that which is a real shame because I like meeting people face to face.

“Extending my term of office will hopefully give me the chance to start doing that again and I’ll also be able to carry on fund-raising again which is an important part of the mayoral role.”

The congratulations of club chairman Chris Hamilton and all at the club are offered to the Mayor and her Consort, together with best wishes for another successful year.


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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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