Newsletter, August 2021

A brief summary of what’s in our August 2021 newsletter…

After what seems like an eternity due to the pandemic, things have begun to get back to something resembling normal with our annual Strawberry Tea, Saddleworth in Bloom competition and, of course, Yorkshire Day. We also update you on the Incredible Edible initiative as well as Saddleworth’s Shop Local scheme.

Thank you to everyone who came along to our annual Strawberry Tea

On Tuesday 27th July SPC’s Chairman’s Charity held a fundraising event in the form of the annual Strawberry Tea. It was very well attended, and we ended up with committee members scouring Uppermill for more food! Everyone had a really good time and we managed to raise quite a sum for charity. We’ll let you know how much soon!

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Saddleworth in Bloom competition – even the blooming British weather couldn’t dampen community spirits

After a year’s absence due to the pandemic, the 2021 Saddleworth in Bloom competition made a welcome comeback and judging day on Thursday 29th July promised to be a great day for everyone.

But we hadn’t banked on the changeable British weather which, after the heatwaves earlier in the summer, chose that day to pour down all day!

Nevertheless the wet weather didn’t dampen community spirits (despite our judges ending up looking a really sorry sight). The spectacular, colourful entries brightened up the grey day and it was difficult to choose between them.

We’ll announce the winners shortly. So please keep coming back to our website.

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Best Yorkshire Day Ever?

Since 1985, 1st of August has been Yorkshire Day: a day when the whole region shows the world how proud we are to be Yorkshire. This year’s Yorkshire Day was possibly the best we’ve ever had after what has seemed like an eternity in lockdown due to the pandemic.

Here in Saddleworth, we always do ourselves proud on Yorkshire Day. SPC’s Chairman, Barbara Beeley, had the honour of placing the garland on the statue of Ammon Wrigley, our very own home-grown poet and local historian, after the reading of the Yorkshire Declaration by Bob Rodgers:

“I, Bob Rodgers, being a resident of the West Riding of Yorkshire declare:
That Yorkshire is three Ridings and the City of York, with these Boundaries of 1134 years standing;
That the address of all places in these Ridings is Yorkshire;
That all persons born therein or resident therein and loyal to the Ridings are Yorkshiremen and women;
That any person or corporate body which deliberately ignores or denies the aforementioned shall forfeit all claim to Yorkshire status.
These declarations made this Yorkshire Day 2021. God Save the Queen!”

We then marched up the High Street behind the Delph Brass Band to St George’s Field for a Country Fair. It was wonderful to hear a brass band once more and to see lots of people out enjoying themselves after months of being locked down. A really good day was had by all.

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Meeting the new Whitworth Mayor

Neighbouring Whitworth Town Council welcomed a new mayor earlier this year: Councillor Maureen Jones. The ceremony took place in May but numbers attending the event were limited due to the pandemic. Now, at long last, face-to-face events are taking place once again but with masks and still no handshakes.

A “Meet the Mayor” event was held on Thursday 22nd July. Our Chairman, Barbara Beeley, attended – her first outing in her official capacity. She said: “We were welcomed with drinks and cakes, met some really interesting people and then stayed on to the Town Council meeting. It is always interesting to see how other councils run their meetings.”

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Community toilets scheme

Funding cuts have led to the closure of public toilets, but, reassuringly, here in Saddleworth we’ve established a Community Toilets Scheme whereby local establishments open their “facilities” up to people needing to “spend a penny”.

We’re pleased to say that six local establishment wish to remain in the scheme for at least another year. These are:

  • The Swan Dobcross
  • The Junction Denshaw
  • Saddleworth Crafts Delph
  • The Gate Diggle
  • The Little Shop Uppermill
  • King Bill Greenfield

All six will soon be sporting stickers to alert passers-by to the fact they’re welcome to use their washroom facilities without charge and without making a purchase.

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Helping to establish Saddleworth’s branch of the Incredible Edible scheme

Incredible Edible began life in Todmorden and before long, the idea of growing free fruit and veg on community land and wasteland spread to neighbouring communities.

We now have our own Incredible Edible scheme on the horizon and to help it on its way to fruition, SPC will be donating £200 to the group.

We’ll bring you more news on Saddleworth’s Incredible Edible scheme as it takes seed. In the meantime you can read all about the wonderful story of Incredible Edible’s growth here:

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Supporting charities while supporting local shops

Shop Local campaigns are all about helping small businesses to thrive – something that’s vital as the pandemic hopefully becomes less of a threat to “normal” daily life.
Saddleworth’s own Shop Local campaign aims to help local shops get up and running again after the most difficult couple of years for generations. The campaign has been on hold due to the pandemic, but we are finally in a position to roll it out.

A couple of dozen businesses across the Parish will receive Shop Local badges and a small stand to place badges and leaflets in. A collection box for the Chairman’s Charities will also be placed next to them so shoppers can support local charities at the same time as supporting local shops.

We’ll bring you more news on our Shop Local scheme as it develops.