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Groundskeeper honoured for 50 years of community spirit

Credit: Football foundation

Groundsman John Lees has been at Glodwick Cricket Club in Oldham since 1958 as a player and then a volunteer.

Next week he'll join household names at a Reception in the House of Lords in recognition of his service as a Community Champion.

John is representing the hundreds of people, over half of which are volunteers, who make a particularly outstanding contribution to their local Barclays Spaces for Sports facility.

Along with his partner and fellow Community Champion Lilian Pearce, they have given over 100 years of volunteering to the club! Today the club proudly boasts half a dozen junior teams with 50-60 juniors playing cricket most evenings, whilst the Men’s First XI were recent Division 1 title winners. John still plays occasionally and recently caught a match winning catch!

“Myself and Lilian are very honoured to have been selected to represent our Glodwick Cricket Club. We have both been involved with the club for a number of years and have seen first-hand the improvements that have been made thanks to Barclays and the Football Foundation funding. I have filled a number of roles at the club and still play a bit when I can. The way the club has been able to offer more cricket and become a bedrock of the local community has been great to see.”

– John Lees

Oldham postal vote deadline is aproaching

The election was triggered by the death of Michael Meacher Credit: PA

The deadline to apply for a postal vote in the forthcoming Oldham West and Royton by-election is imminent.

Eligible residents must return their completed application forms by no later than 5pm on Wednesday, November 18.

If you have any queries about postal vote applications then you should contact the Elections Team direct on 0161 770 4719 or send an email to

The by-election in this parliamentary constituency follows the death last month of Michael Meacher MP.

The 75-year-old, who was an Honorary Freeman of the Borough and Labour MP for Oldham West and Royton, died after a short illness.

He had been an MP since 1970.


Cabbie's eye-view of political journey for Oldham

The political spotlight is shining brightly on Oldham as campaigning hots up for a crucial by-election next month.

The seat of Oldham West & Royton is vacant following the death of the Labour MP Michael Meacher, who'd held it for 45 years.

The leaders of Labour and UKIP were there campaigning today.

The full list of declared candidates for the Oldham West and Royton by-election is:

Labour: Jim McMahon Conservatives: James Daly UK Independence Party: John Bickley The Liberal Democrats: Jane Brophy The Green Party: Simeon Hart

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