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Decorations on the Sponsored Christmas Trees in Oldham Parish Church

Christmas Tree & Carol Service at Oldham Parish Church

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New President Frank Bolger

takes up the reins

Featuring the reins (or Chains) of Office,  New President Frank Bolger takes up the post for 2016-2017 flanked by Vice President Con Kelly (left) and Immediate Past President Colin Higgins.

This is Frank’s second time in the post – he previously served in 2007-2008.


Frank's message at the outset of the year

I look forward to the coming year with excitement and enthusiasm and thank members for the honour given to me in being President of this great Rotary Club.

All Rotary clubs face the problem of an ageing membership and Oldham Metro is no exception. Rotarians need to adapt to the changing world and make Rotary more appropriate and accessible to a younger generation.

With this in mind I hope during the coming year to encourage  our club to make some changes to how we organise our meetings to make them more informal and to concentrate our project decisions into one meeting per month.

The key to our success has always been to involve as many members as possible in the many community and youth projects we undertake and I hope this year to introduce several new projects. This may involve working with other clubs in the district to make projects more viable.

The key to success is to ensure we in Rotary continue to enjoy our Rotary as well as building on our community, youth and international work.

Here's to a great year. 

Frank Bolger

Frank Bolger

President for 2015 -16 Colin Higgins


Club President 2015-16 Colin Higgins

Founded in 1981 Oldham Metro Rotary Club and its members have been actively engaging with the local and wider community since then – living out Rotary’s Motto of Service above Self.

I am proud to say that in just the last three years the  Club has directly supported a wide range of projects and charities - working with or making donations totalling over £50,000 -  with individual amounts ranging from £27 - £8000. Additionally we have supported many community projects and activities with time, advice or participation. These organisations, projects  and charities include: Pride in Oldham, The Christie at Oldham, Dr Kershaws, Mayoral Appeals, Rotary Foundation, End Polio Now Crocus Appeal;  Lend with Care; Shelter Box Trust, Millgate Arts Centre, Delph, Rotary Group Study Exchange, Disaster Aid, Leprosy Project, Integrated Rural Health Centre & Eye Hospital, India and Maternity Care Centre, Pavgoda, Biggest Rotary Wheel in the World, CancerResearch UK, Impact Food Bank,   Oldham Parish Church,  Memory boxes in Care Homes; Saddleworth Cancer Research; Saddleworth Players; Oldham Coliseum;  Family Crisis Group.

Metro is closely involved in supporting pupils and young people across the borough and beyond viz  Oldham & District Cross Country Championships,  ACE Centre, Papyrus, Mahdlo, Rotary International Summer Camp, Life Education, Waterhead Academy, North Chadderton and Saddleworth Schools;  Rotary Junior Chef project; Excitement of Science;  Medequip 4Kids; Rotary Young Leaders Award,  Impact and Street Scene, Oldham; Gardening projects including St. Thomas, Leesfield Gardening Gang; Springhead N&I School; Blackshaw Lane School, Father Christmas at various events; Oldham Latics Community project; Young Performers Showcase of Dance, Music and Drama at Saddleworth Show; Annual Carol Concert at St James; Young Carers ; Camp Ecuador;   Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline; Oldham Athletic Community Trust.

This year we have teamed up with the West Oldham Collaborative to promote a Spelling Bee in its primary schools - the finals of which will be held in the Council Chamber on 26th May 2016. 

Overleaf we have added more about the Club and feature a number of these projects including The Oldham Primary Schools Choral Speaking Festival, the Saddleworth Show which is our main fundraiser – to be held this year on Sunday 26th June - and Coram Life Education Centres NW (CLE) whose annual visit to many schools in the Oldham area will be in the forthcoming Summer Term.   

Colin Higgins                                 President, Rotary Club of Oldham Metro

Rotary Club of Oldham Metro

Oldham Primary Schools Annual Choral Speaking Festival


This our Flagship event – now in its 32nd year – has enabled over 56,000 children aged 4-11 years to participate in a public performance on a platform or stage mostly at the Oldham Coliseum Theatre.

It covers three days before Easter each year and there is a Presentation Morning - for the Trophy Winners and those with Adjudicator’s Special Commendations - held in April (Wed. 20th this year)

Our prime fund-raising event in recent years has been the Saddleworth Summer Show, organised in conjunction with Saddleworth Rotary Club but we have had many others including 60’s Night; Jazz Night; Indian Evening and an East Meets West evening, Playhouse 2 and Delph Theatre.

Oldham Metro is a club of around 35 male and female members drawn from a wide range of professions and occupations. If you are interested in knowing more about us or possible membership we can be contacted through our website. www.oldhammetrorotary.org.uk

Recent visits and social occasions include visits to Jaguar; Cheetham’s School; Gorton Monastery; Houses of Parliament, Westminster; Yorkshire Mining Museum; Oldham Coliseum; St Anne’s Church; Impact Food Bank; Christie’s at Oldham;  Micro brewery; Huddersfield Canal Society at Marsden; Ladies Evenings, Charter Nights; Speaker Evenings; a mini cruise; Rotary District and National Conferences, Wine and Whisky tastings.

Our meetings are held on Tuesday evenings at Royton and Crompton Golf Club and apart from our Club business we have visiting speakers who have recently included Brian Grimsditch Snr Archaeologist UOS; Flt.Sgt. Simon Pogson 1856 squadron Royton ATC; John Dalziel, Oldham Hulme Grammar Uganda project; Christopher Hamilton Oldham Rugby League Football Club; Swami Japananda – Indian projects; Dogs for the Disabled; Sean Ruane Classical Singer - Sings at Wembley for big Football games; Sarah Suthers Med Equip 4 kids; Sir Peter Fahy – Policing in Greater Manchester; Glenn Dale Oldham Parks and Leisure; Daisy Murphy, Junior Mayor; Past Mayors Kay Knox, Jim Mc Ardle;  Martin Torr New Image - Sponsored Bike Ride in Bangladesh ; Richard Knowles - Bridging Denmark;  Dr Paul Whittaker Music for the Deaf; Papyrus; Hearing Dogs for the Deaf; REMIT Rotarians Eliminating Malaria in Tanzania; Disaster Aid; Charlie Parker Chief Executive OMBC (now at Westminster).

Website: www.oldhammetrorotary.org.uk

The North West Life Education Trust is a community based charity supported by Rotary Clubs in Oldham and throughout the area. It operates mobile classrooms that give the messages of healthy living and drug prevention to primary school children. Each classroom has a specially trained educator. The children learn how their bodies work, how special and unique they are and they develop the skills and confidence to make positive choices about a healthy lifestyle.


To celebrate 25 years of Life Education in the NW, one of the Life Education Mobile Classrooms will be replaced in summer 2016 with a brand new State of the Art version sponsored by a local benefactor. Though it will also operate in the nearby boroughs  of Rochdale, Bury, Stockport and Tameside it will be giving priority to Oldham Schools.

New for this year

·         Bcyberwise – Internet Safety for primary children

·         Time for change-Puberty and personal relationships

·         Happy Health Start-Parent Workshops

·         SCARF-a huge online bank of curriculum based resources to support PSHE

www.coramlifeeducation.org.uk          Registered Charity 1089764

Sunday 26th June 2016 at Well-i-Hole Farm, Greenfield 10.00 – 5.00

An outstanding  day of fun for all the Family

Attractions include ; Pony Club Display; Dog Display; Falcon Display; Chainsaw Carvers; Oldham/Saddleworth Rock Choir; Dobcross Youth Brass Band; Donkeys; Stone Carvers; Face Painting; Petting Zoo, Llamas, Duck Race; Rodeo Bronco; Climbing Wall; Inflatable Assault course; Dry Stone Walling, Rolls Royce and Cherished Car displays; New car displays / Craft and Charity stalls / Hog Roast; Hot and Cold food and drinks /Beer and wine bars / Commercial Displays & much, much more!!!!     Free On-site Parking

Saddleworth Show Young Performers’ Showcase of Dance, Drama and Music

Our very successful formula for young performers in recent years has drawn in some excellent dancers, singers and musicians. We are pleased that many of these will be coming again this year but, our Adjudicator Clara Darcy, herself a star in all three performance disciplines, has suggested we give more room for individual/solo dancessolo or group instrumentalists  or singers and acting   featuring group scenes and monologues.  Given that there is so much young talent in our catchment area and we have  6 hours available on the day , we would welcome entries in all of these categories. For more details visit  http://saddleworthshow.org.uk/2016 and click Music



President for 2014-15 John Walkden 

is welcomed by Past President Jim


2015/16 President Colin Higgins is presented with his Vice Chairman's Chain b President John Walkden

with Assistant District Governor Ken Tonge PHF in the foreground

Vice President Golin Higgins is presented with his chain of office by new President John Walkden

Other Pictures from events at the Club - see also list of pages on right


2014 A moment of history - the Club welcomes its first Lady Member Joanne Mountford


Group Picture:

President Jim Matthews (centre) is pictured,  with Past Oldham Metro President Brian Fort and Immediate Past President of Saddleworth Rotary Club John Ainley, making a presentation of �2000 to the Christie Million Pound Appeal � one of many presentations from the very successful Saddleworth Show of July 13th & 14th 2013

Some pictures from the Club's recent activities

President David Booth (2012-2013) presents a cheque to the Christie at Oldham

 Club Visit to The Christie at Oldham

David Booth Takes over as President for 2012-13




 Immediate Past President Gordon Russell hands over the Chain of Office to 2011- 12 PRESIDENT Brian Fort. Brian was also President 25 years ago.


PRESIDENT Brian Fort  President 2011-12 welcomes you to the
 Oldham Metro Rotary Club  Club1447   District 1280


Being President of the Rotary Club of Oldham Metro is a great privilege and one I am looking forward to; Metro is a great Club and we have proved, over the years, that we can both serve the community and, at the same time, have fun and fellowship.   This year I hope we can continue to get involved with the many activities taking part in the Oldham Borough especially with the Youth of Oldham and from the proceeds from the Saddleworth Show we have donated �2500.00 to Madhlo the new youth centre being built in Oldham. Next summer we will join with the Saddleworth Rotary Club in (hopefully) staging the Saddleworth Show  2012.  We are once again sponsoring the Pride  of Oldham Awards with special emphasis on the Voluntary, Groups and Community Service sections. These Awards are 10 years old this year and recognise all the unsung heroes of the Borough.

Next year we hope to once again stage the School Choral Speaking Competition which this year involved 1800 children and has proved so successful.

The Rotary Motto is Service above Self and I am sure all the members of the club will work to achieve this as they have done over the past 30 years.

David Booth is my Vice President for 2011-12 and together we will strive to serve the club and the community.


 Some pictures from our recent activities:

  A big cheque for Mahdlo!

Club Visit to Cheetham's School in Manchester











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We meet on Tuesdays at 1830 (No meeting after bank holiday) Crompton & Royton Golf Club, High Barn, Royton Oldham OL2 6RW tel: 0161 624 0986

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