News and Events

More Dawdles without Graham – late addition

A late addition to the list:

DateSet off timeAreaNoteDistance
Wednesday 22 June10:30amPark Bridge Ashton to Alexandra Park OldhamIncline at beginning then flatapprox 3.50 miles
Start = OL6 8AH Heritage Centre Car Park

It is good to know the Dawdles are still continuing even though Graham is unable to lead due to his sabbatical. Glenys and Philip France have been trialling a few more walks – all on Wednesdays in addition to those on the previous post.

Kathleen and Pauline will act as contact points and they ask that if you plan to join any of the walks to let them know (so that they know to wait if you are a little late). Contact numbers are Pauline (07879 359 783) and Kathleen (07876 366 575)

DateSet off timeAreaNoteDistance
Wednesday 25 May10:30amLeesbrook Trail, OldhamCouple of inclines and a set of shallow stepsapprox 3.25 miles
Start = OL4 5NJ Small car park on Holts Lane, in front of oldie worldie house near traffic lights at the bottom of Abbey Hills Road, Oldham

Wednesday 1 June10:30amDroylsden towards ClaytonEasy riverside walk with nice wide pathsapprox 2.5 miles
Start = M43 7QF On road at bottom of Sunnyside Road, Droylsden or on Greenside Lane near St Martin Church at the bottom of Sunnyside Road

Wednesday 8 June10:30amAshton to DroylsdenSteps from the car park to the start of walkapprox 3.25 miles
Start = OL7 0PG There is a large car parking area for the entertainment outlets. Park on the section of car parking which is behind the Cineworld Cinema (to access use either side of the ‘circular’ road round the edge of the complex behind Nandos at one side or Hollywood Bowl/ Chinese restaurant on the other)


Dawdles without Graham

It is good to know the Dawdles will continue even though Graham is unable to lead due to his sabbatical. Glenys and Philip France have been trialling a few walks and have set up the following schedule – all on Wednesdays.

Kathleen and Pauline will act as contact points and they ask that if you plan to join any of the walks to let them know (so that they know to wait if you are a little late). Contact numbers are Pauline (07879 359 783) and Kathleen (07876 366 575)

DateSet off timeAreaNoteDistance
Wednesday 27 April10:30amDobcrossSteps and incline at beginning then flatapprox 4 miles
Start = OL3 5NP Newbank Garden Centre, Dobcross New Road

Wednesday 4 May10:30amStalybridge CanalCanal walk, can be muddy in parts approx 2.5 miles
Start = SK12 2BJ Tesco Car Park, meet near entrance near canal

Wednesday 11 May10:30amPark Bridge Ashton to Alexandra Park OldhamIncline at beginning then flatapprox 3.5 miles
Start = OL6 8AH Heritage Centre Car Park

Wednesday 18 May10:30amHobson Moor, StalybridgeIncline at endapprox 2.5 miles
Start = (No post code) Turn off Mottram Road opposite Waggon and Horses Pub (SK15 2SU) onto Hobson Moor Road. Keep left until 3rd junction on right (Dewsnap Lane) and then park on Hobson Moor Road

Easter Events across the Partnership

Albion “Experiencing Easter”

Albion are offering a chance to take time to reflect and pray at a series of stations recalling the events of Holy Week.  There will also be activities for children.  The times are as follows:

  • Wednesday 13th April             2:00-5:00pm                6:00-8:00pm
  • Thursday 14th April                 2:00-5:00pm                6:00-7:00pm
  • Maundy Thursday Communion Service at 7:00pm
  • Friday 15th Aril                        10:00-11:00am
  • Good Friday Service at 11:00am

All are welcome, come and go as you wish.

Macedonia “Easter Adventure”

On Saturday 9th April, 10:30 – 12:30, Macedonia will be holding an Easter Adventure where we plan to explore the Easter Story through arts and crafts and then enjoy worship and a meal together!

Everyone is welcome.

Macedonia “Supper and Story”

Macedonia will host a faith supper on Maundy Thursday at 7:30pm – just bring something you like and we will share all the offerings together as we remember the story of events leading up to Jesus arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane.  If the weather is suitable we hope to finish in the garden, so bring suitable warm, waterproof clothing.

Union Street Good Friday Service

Union Street will hold a Good Friday Service in the church at 11:00am  All are welcome to join in as we reflect on the trial and death of Jesus of Nazareth, “King of the Jews”.

Spring (ish) Dawdles with Graham

A few more dates and times below – all still welcome, nothing really strenuous but breathing, fitness, wellbeing improving with all who have been on many of the walks.

  • Monday 21st March, 14:00 – Quarry Car Park, Werneth Low Rd, SK14 3AA,
    top of Joel Lane, slightly left and on right. Hilly but NOT the hill.
  • Wednesday 30th March, 10:30 Mill Brow (car park), OL1 2RT, Nr St.
    Matthew’s Church perhaps with a stop in the cafe in Chadderton Park.
  • Friday, 8th April, 14:00, Hurst Nook URC, OL6 9HJ, on street parking – will be
    walking along Nook Lane toward the golf course and Knott Hill Reservoir.

Graham will be on sabbatical after these dawdles, but the walks will continue on Wednesday mornings after Easter (starting 27th April). So watch this space for details of times and meeting places.

Tuesday Conversations

We’re glad to note that the Tuesday Conversations continue on Zoom on Tuesdays at 7:30pm

As we step into Lent, we will be sharing in a 5-week series starting on 8th March based on the film “I, Daniel Blake” – The story of a 59-year-old carpenter who, after surviving a heart-attack, must fight bureaucratic forces to receive Employment and Support Allowance.

Please note the Zoom details are as follows:

Meeting ID: 856 2836 0477
Passcode: 694220

Oldham & Tameside Partnership Gathering – Sat 5th March

We grew out of a brave, radical vision for being a church – committed to following Jesus, healing the divisions within the church, and making a Jesus-shaped difference in our communities and nations.  

 When we set up Missional Partnerships, we did so in response to a fresh call of the Spirit and in order to “see Jesus more clearly, love him more dearly and follow him more nearly”.  

This is a day to discover and celebrate the excitement of just how unique and radical our United Reformed Church is!  We’ll examine what it means to be a URC in order to be able to respond even more faithfully to all that the Spirit has for us.  We’ll explore:

  • Why we govern ourselves through Councils (church meeting, Synod and General Assembly)
  • Why the Bible is as important as it is to us
  • Why we’re so passionate about joining with other denominations
  • Just how committed we are to discipleship and mission
  • How important our public, prophetic role is in our wider society
  • How we can expect the Spirit to lead us into growth and more faithful witness in our communities

Your money back if you’re not excited and inspired

(it’s free …)!

Next Gathering – Save the New Date

The date for our next Partnership Gathering had been set as Saturday 29th January but had to be postponed to the the impact of the Omicron variant.

The new date has been agreed as Saturday 5th March 9:30am – 12:30pm and will conclude (as usual) with an opportunity to join together for a soup n roll lunch. We are hoping to meet at Shaw & Heyside URC and, if we can get the techie stuff to work, we may be able to go hybrid, or at least record some/all of it for later viewing.

Further details will be shared nearer the time, but make sure you have it clearly marked in your diary – we’d hate you to miss out!