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Blue Blue Christmas

THIS isn’t the first time that ORSA secretary Grant Somerville has used his literary talents to brighten up a dull day in the middle of an Oldham winter.

His “Blue, blue Christmas” is designed to put a smile on the most serious Roughyeds face at the end of a grim year dominated by Covid and its devastating results.

We all hope for brighter and better days ahead . . . let’s hope the vaccine and Grant’s poetic and topical optimism are pointers to better times round the corner for all Oldhamers.

To speak to Grant about all things ORSA (Oldham Roughyeds Supporters' Association) ring (01706) 844818.

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Blue, blue Christmas

A blue, blue Santa was feeling rather shattered,
Because this year’s budget had really been battered,
With only two reindeer he couldn’t deliver all the toys,
There were going to be a lot, of unhappy girls and boys.

The furloughed team were modelling PJ’s, all over the town,
And the sight of them posing about, really made Santa frown,
Then he reached for his hanky and in his pocket he found,
An old packet of ‘fairy dust’, but not enough to complete his round.

So he used a pinch of talcum powder, to bulk ‘the fairy dust’ up,
And in a flash of light he took off, with a cheery “Hup, hup, hup!”
At warp speed, round the world, with the children’s toys he flew,
And as the dawn broke, a happy Santa, was now no longer blue!

Grant Somerville @ 75. Christmas 2020

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Club Cash

SINCE Covid-19 caused us to temporarily abandon door-to-door CLUB CASH lottery collections last Spring there’s never been a better time to come on board and help Roughyeds to get through these hugely challenging times.

Why? The £500-a-week rollover jackpot is back — not only that there are now TWO £50 prizes and TWO £25 prizes in addition to the first prize of £1,000, a second prize of £100 and ten consolation prizes of £10.

But the return of the jackpot is the big lottery news. It’s back this week and it’s been won first time out, so next week’s jackpot is again £500 but if nobody touches lucky it will go up to £1,000 the following week and increase by £500 a week, if not won, to a maximum of £10,000.

We have seriously missed the regular income from collections on the doorstep, but we cannot thank too much those supporters who have got behind the club in these unprecedented times of hardship by keeping their Club Cash memberships going or, indeed, by joining for the first time, knowing that for £1 a week they can help the club to combat Covid and prepare with confidence for the challenges of Betfred Championship rugby in 2021.

You can send a cheque to cover a set number of weeks; take out a bank standing order — our preferred option; complete a bank transfer; or pay for several weeks up front by credit or debit card.

You can download a standing order form by clicking on the link at the end of this news release and following the instructions or you can contact our Club Cash administrator John McAndrew (tel: 07980 129541; email: mcandrewj@aol.com) or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The easiest way, though, is to download a standing order form below. The latest prize updates are shown on the form as follows (all for £1): £1,000, £100, £50 (2), £25 (2), a number of £10 consolation prizes and the £500-a-week rollover jackpot.

Best of luck!

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