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Saddleworth Round Table welcomes new Chairman after AGM

Saddleworth Round Table welcomes new Chairman after AGM

Out going Saddleworth Table Chairman Richard Foster handing over the reigns to Andrew Rothwell at the recent AGM.

Richard Foster Chairman of Saddleworth Round Table has handed over the reins after a successful year in the role. Richard who became chair in April 2018 has now passed on the Chairman’s Chain to his Vice Chair Andrew Rothwell at the AGM held on Friday 19th April at the White Hart, Lydgate.

Richard reflected on his 12 months as Chairman saying “What a year of highs and lows. It’s fair to say it’s been a bit of a roller coaster but one I’ve loved. One of the highlights for me personally was representing our club laying a wreath at Pots and Pans on the centenary of Armistice day in memory of those who gave their lives so we can live ours today. This year has been the great success and we’ve held some brilliant events (santa dash and light switch on, band in a barn and the comedy night). I’d like to personally thank all our supporters, sponsors and those of you who attended these and made them a success. Not only are they great fun but you also get a great feeling knowing you’re raising money for charity, we can’t do this without you.”

All profits raised from events are distributed back to local charities, groups and good causes. This year they’ve donated a fantastic £22,000 across Saddleworth and Oldham.

This year was also a very sad one for Saddleworth Round Table and its members. In February they lost Paul Lowcock, known to many as Uppermills local butcher and the face to Saddleworth Round Table. Richard said “Paul dedicated 15 years of his life to Round Table and played a pivotal part in everything we did and stood for as a group. We’d like to thank all those who donated funds in Paul’s memory. We’re delighted to announce over £1,400 has been raised to date. Over the next few months we’ll discuss with Pauls family and the Uppermill lights Committee how best we can put those funds to use to make Uppermill’s Christmas shine brighter than ever in Paul’s memory.”

Richard added about the year ahead “I know I leave Round table in good hands. Andy and his team have already got plans well underway for our next fund raising event ‘Band in a Barn’ being held on Saturday 18 May.”

Tickets are priced at £20 and are only available from If the last few years are anything to go by it promises to be a brilliant night headlined by Professor Fonque and the All-Stars with support from Marcus Songs and Natalie McGrath and DJ set from Howling Rhythm. To sustain you through the evening there’s a bar with wine, prosecco and delicious ales from local brewery Donkeystone plus some great street food. “We hope to see you there.”

Saddleworth Round Table has a long and prestigious history and reputation locally. If you’re a guy aged 18-45 and want to help raise funds for charity whilst having fun, then speak one of their members or contact them through facebook about joining.

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