Everybody’s talking about Yu Gi Oh!
Teen volunteer Tony Marland gives us the heads up on the Yu Gi Oh club at Oldham Library.

Did you know that Oldham Yu-Gi-Oh Club has been running in Oldham Library for five years? We meet up every Saturday and Sunday and you can play, trade and collect with other duellists in the club. You don't have to be an expert to join, so come along if you are just starting out with your card collection, want to find out a bit more about Yu-Gi-Oh or if you are a duelling champion!

At Oldham Yu-Gi-Oh we have tournaments around the year for players of all ages and all skills who can have the chance to compete for prizes and trophies. The tournaments are held in the Performance Space in the library, so look out for the dates on Go Oldham!

Our weekend Yu-Gi-Oh club is on from 11am until 3pm in the Children's library. If you are between eight and 18 bring your cards and meet new duellists and make teams with them around specific themes in the game.

See you there!

Tony Marland - Yu-Gi-Oh club leader and Tournament organiser.

Posted on 04/03/2011
Get on yer bike!
Cycling is a great way to get active and keep fit and on a nice day there’s no better way to enjoy the outdoors than on yer bike! So with spring now in sight and the light nights – yea! - there couldn’t be a better time for an exciting new cycling centre to be launched in Oldham.

Wheels for All is a scheme for everyone to enjoy in Alexander Park. Part of the Aiming High Short Breaks programme, this new centre includes more than 30 adapted cycles to use ranging from mountain bikes and trikes to those adapted for wheelchair users.

Once on your bike you’ll have the freedom to explore around the park at your own pace. The centre also has links to cycle path networks, which means you can access other areas of the borough and go further afield.
All the cycles are really easy to use, plus, qualified instructors will be on hand to provide full instruction if you need some help getting started.

To find out more and to have a try on the cycles, go along to the Wheels for All launch on Thursday 24 February, 10am -2pm. It will all be happening near the Kings Road car park entrance at Alexandra Park.

The Mayor of Oldham will be officially launching the centre and other special guests are expected on the day, including Oldham Athletics’ mascot Chaddy the Owl.

Julie Hawkins from Aiming High spoke to Go! Oldham about the scheme, she said, “What’s great about this scheme is how inclusive it is. The range of cycles includes those adapted for young people and adults with disabilities, this means there’s a cycle for everyone to use. Aiming High is really exciting about this project and we’re all looking forward to seeing people enjoying the bikes for the first time at the launch”.
Posted on 11/02/2011
Does theatre spark your interest?
Hiya everyone, it’s the Coliseum Theatre here.

You might have read about some of the activities you can get involved with at the Coliseum on Go! Oldham. We thought we’d follow this up with a blog to tell you a bit more about how you can get involved with what we do.

Does theatre spark your interest? We hope so, because there are many ways young people can get involved at the Coliseum from drama workshops to experiencing live performances.

A Coliseum production will cost you just £5.00 if you are under 26 – bargain or what! The production Private Lives opened last Friday. Check out the great reviews and photos on the Coliseum web-site So for a fiver why not book a ticket and go and see it with some friends.

Looking ahead, keep your eyes open for the new youth production Totally Over You opening at the beginning of March. The play is all about people’s obsession with fame and celebrity. Talent and intellect doesn’t matter - it’s more important to be seen hanging around on the arm of a footballer or member of a famous boyband. Find out more at

Totally Over You has been designed and will be performed by members of groups that meet at the Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Theatre LAB and DigiLAB. Both groups help young people aged 13 – 25 years explore theatre, performance, media, dance, new technology and creativity. TheatreLAB focuses on the theatrical side of performance, giving participants the chance to develop their performances skills and create a main stage production. DigiLAB works alongside TheatreLAB but looking more closely at how digital technology can be used in performance.

Find out more about getting involved with the Coliseum at or contact the Education Department on 0161 785 7007 or at

See you at the theatre.

Oldham Coliseum
Posted on 04/02/2011
Have you read Twilight?
Have you read Twilight?

Oldham Sixth Form student Abbie Hickling gives her verdict on what makes Stephanie Meyer’s teen vampire book such a success.

Twilight sold one million copies in its first two years of being published and broke Waterstones record for the fastest time to sell a million copies.

Abbie read the book as part of Oldham’s Favourite Read, a celebration of books giving you the chance to share your thoughts, reviews and comments on ten of the hottest books selected by Oldham Libraries.

Abbie said“I thought the book was a really good book and a very good read. It was well written and the story was very appealing to its target audience. The characters were also very appealing and written well. The only problem that I had when reading the book was the idea that vampires sparkle in the sunlight, I think the book would have been even better if they still burnt in the sun and the crests that they wore were to protect them from the sun.

I think Stephanie Meyers’ idea that they go to school and have jobs and drink animal blood instead of human blood was very good and made the book more interesting to read, and made the idea of star crossed lovers who are different species even better.

All in all I thought that Twilight was an interesting and well written book that I would recommend anybody to read.”

Abbie is part of the multi-media reading group, Culture Corner, at Oldham Sixth Form College.

Have your say! What do you think of twilight? Share your thoughts on twilight and loads of other books as part of Oldham’s Favourite Read. Find out more at

Posted on 27/01/2011
Sign up now for Glee club
Aspiring popstars and dancers are being invited to sign up for a new club based on hit TV show Glee.

Young people who join the group – to be run by Oldham Council’s Music Service – will learn to sing and perform dance routines to chart-topping songs.

The club is set to run on Wednesdays from 6-7pm at the Union Street Youth Centre, Oldham – but will only go ahead if enough people sign up.

Dance tutor, Laura Mulholland, and Martin Ashurst, from the Council’s Music Service, will lead the fun-packed sessions.

Councillor Jack Hulme, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: "This club will allow young people to grow in confidence, make new friends and work together as team players."

"We are hoping that the popularity of Glee will motivate youngsters to come along, enjoy themselves and keep fit and active."

The classes are for young people in year seven and above and will cost £37 per term. It is hoped that the group will eventually be able to perform at concerts and events.

To sign up for the sessions call Martin Ashurst on 0161 770 5660
Posted on 25/11/2010

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