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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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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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