Whit Friday
Oldham & Saddleworth
Date of next contest 29th May 2015



Brass band graphic




These are the Oldham & Saddleworth contest venues planned for Whit Friday next.


Times: 4.15 - 10.30   (Youth bands before 9pm)
Adjudicator: Mike Kilroy
Contest web-Site  
. Delph Whit Friday contest featured (with a bit of poetic licence) in the 1996 film "Brassed Off", starring Pete Postlethwaite, Tara Fitzgerald and Ewan McGregor.



Times: 4.15 - 10.30
Adjudicator: A. Holdsworth
Contest web-site  



Times: 4.15 - 10.30
Adjudicator: Duncan Beckley
Contest web-site  



The march along Lees High Street

The contest takes place in the heart of the Dobcross conservation area.

Times: 4.00 - 10.00
Adjudicator: B. Thompson

There is a special Henry Livings prize for bands who have participated in the morning's Whit Walks.

There is a barbecue.

There is disabled parking at the new vicarage on Woods Lane. The vicarage is about half-way up Woods lane on the right. There is still a good 50 to 100 yards up-hill walk to Church Fields, but it is the nearest flat parking that is available.





The march along Lees High Street

The Friezland contest is held in the grounds of Christ Church Friezland Parish Hall. The march takes place on Oaklands Road, opposite the church.

The contest is restricted to 3rd and 4th section bands.

Times: 4.30 - 10.30
Adjudicator: J. Newbigging
Site map  





Friezland contest has wheel-chair access with a 20 yd drop-off point. There is a disabled toilet on-site.

The contest has seating for spectators, on-site refreshments and a barbecue.





Photo by Mark Van Spall



The march along Lees High Street



Times: 4.30 - 10.30
Adjudicator: D. Wilby


Easy access for disabled. A couple of disabled parking spaces are reserved.




There is an on-site barbecue.











The Greenfield context takes place on the playing field adjacent to the cricket ground. If you are lucky, you might even be able to watch a few overs while the bands are playing.

There are ample food facilities and children's entertainment.

The march taked place along Chew Valley Road, which is the main road through the centre of Greenfield village.



The march along Lees High Street



Times: 4.30 - 10.00
Adjudicator: Ray Farr


Wheelchair access to the field is no problem.

There is reserved disabled parking at Scotts car-park, which is 200 yds from the field. If you need to drop-off on the field, then get there early and ask any of the stewards.








Times: 4.30 - 10.00
Adjudicator: Roy Roe
Contest web-site 






The march along Lees High Street










Lees & Springhead

Times: 4.30 - 10.00
Adjudicator: Alan Fernie
Site map  




Lydgate contest is hosted by the White Hart Inn, Stockport Road, Lydgate. The march takes place along Stockport Road.


Times: 4.30 - 10.30
Adjudicator: Derek Southcott
Site map 





The march along Lees High Street



Hot food is available on-site and there are picnic tables.

Disabled parking spaces are available at the White Hart.





Photo: David Moore


Scouthead & Austerlands

The Scouthead & Austerlands contest takes place on Dawson's Field. Bands assemble on Huddersfield Road and march from the Three Crowns pub.

Fulham Brass Band appearing on Never Mind The Buzzcocks on the 'Doctor Who' special broadcast on 16th December
4.30 - 11.00
C. Brian Buckley
Coach parking : 
Food & Drink: 
Barbecue, beer tent Food & drink also available at the Three Crowns pub
Disabled access: 
The main site is an open field but there are no problems with wheelchair access.


Fulham Brass Band appearing on Never Mind The Buzzcocks on the 'Doctor Who' special broadcast on 16th December


The contest is set in open rural surroundings with fine views and ready access from the M62 and from Oldham.



Site map 
Information sheet  





The march along Lees High Street

Uppermill was home to one of the very first Whit Friday Brass Band Contests in 1884 between just five bands (the other contests were Mossley and Stalybridge).

The contest takes place on King George V playing field. Bands assemble by the museum and march along Uppermill High Street.

Times: 4.00 - 10.30
Adjudicator: D. Marshall

There are numerous hostelries and food outlets in Uppermill.