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Dick Whittington the pantomime runs from 11 November 2017 - 13 January 2018 at The Oldham Coliseum Theatre it tells the story of poor young lad Dick Whittington who lives in the country but wants a life of adventure. He seeks his fame and fortune in London with just his rat-catching cat as his only friend.The Pantomime has great costumes costumes, slapstick and hit songs to sing along to.Dick whittington appeals to al the family and is a great way to celebrate the festive season.
 
 
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 ‘Sides of Silence- Remembering the Battle of the Somme’ will be performed by Oldham Theatre Workshop and Oldham Local Studies on Saturday 1 July.

 

Oldham's annual celebration of art and entertainment takes place on Saturday, May 25 from 12 noon until 4pm in Oldham Town Centre.

A ground breaking horticultural apprenticeship scheme has been jointly launched between Oldham College and Oldham Council
 
The scheme is the result of co ordination between between Oldham Council's Environmental Management team and Oldham College.
Oldham College staff approached the council a year ago regarding the grounds maintenance of the Rochdale Road campus and potential landscape developments.
 
Councillor Shoab Akhtar, Cabinet Member for Employment and Skills, said: “Our Environmental Management team has a proven track record of training employees and the wider community.
 
“Thanks to apprenticeship schemes and the talent that comes from them, we already have a fantastic national reputation and some of the best public parks in Britain, including Alexandra Park, which year on year secures Green Flag status.
 
“Over the last 15 years we’ve engaged with out of town providers to deliver the training but we have always had the vision that this could be delivered within the borough for Oldham Council staff and residents.
 
“Thanks to our partnership with Oldham College this has now come to fruition. We now want to build on that and create a learning offer for people across the region - ensuring Oldham is at the heart of learning and education within the sector. This not only provides a superb educational opportunity but also brings with it an economic benefit to the town.
 
Debra Woodruff, Deputy Principal of  Oldham College Debra Woodruff added, “We are delighted to be working closely with Oldham Council to introduce a Horticulture Apprenticeship programme in Oldham. 
 
“A local offer of this kind is long overdue and we look forward to being able to deliver this in the first class surroundings that Oldham’s parks offer. The partnership will also offer traineeship opportunities for local people to progress into sustained employment, and provide work experience placements for our students.  
 
“We believe this is the start of a true partnership to upskill Oldham residents and allow them to compete in the Greater Manchester labour market.”
 
There are other courses planned in other areas such as bricklaying and carpentry and possibly land-based skills centre linked to Alexandra Park.
 
To find out more about the course log onto http://www.oldham.ac.uk/apprenticeships/

A world of comedy, drama, live music, new writing and storytelling at Oldham Library awaits as live @ thelibrary gets ready  for its summer season.
 
Live@thelibrary runs from May to July and the season opens with ‘Between the Two’ which is a newa new play written by two exciting new British playwrights Rochi Rampal and Daniel Tyler who celebrate celebrate the 2017 UK-India year of culture.
 
"Spring Reign"is a drama about the Syrian conflict which is based on real life accounts of refuges, aid workers, activists and journalists. And King Lear is turned on its head in a one man show that re-examines its themes and insights.
 
Comedy performances include Kissing Frogs, where the audience follows Jessica as she kisses the odd frog on her journey to find love and Declaration – an instinctive, colourful, candid and bouncy exploration of ADHD.
 
The popular digital theatre series returns with filmed performances of acclaimed theatrical productions featuring some of Britain’s best known actors.
 
"A Thousand Time" is a seminal biopic of Jacques Brel the Belgian singer-songwriter who composed and performed literate, thoughtful, and theatrical songs and The Borealis Saxophone Quartet will perform a programme of both classical and contemporary music.
 
The Open Space Festival also returns showcasing the work of writers and performers from Oldham and across Greater Manchester.
 
The new seasion also includes many events for children. Families can go on an intergalactic adventure on ‘Planet Caravan’; meet animals, watch flowers bloom and trees blossom in Aleena’s Garden and become absorbed in the magic of two of the country’s most dynamic storytellers with ‘Laugh a’nory’ and ‘Just Soph’.
 
For the  grown-ups  Alice Broadway and Peter Benson present their new books – Ink is the first book in Alice Broadway’s dark trilogy about love, loyalty and the longing to live forever. Prize-winning novelist Peter Benson’s ‘The South in Winter’ is a story of (almost) unrequited love and a meditation on the possibility of redemption.
 
 
Maggie Kufeldt, Oldham Council’s Executive Director for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Live @ the libraryhas become a staple in our calendar and each season goes from strength to strength – people know to expect quality and accessibility in the productions on offer.
 
“Our libraries are invaluable resources and much more than just a place to borrow books. We strive to provide a wide range of services, facilities and information for residents of all ages.
 
“I hope people will come along to support these events with their family and friends and – if you are not already – please take the opportunity to become a member of your local library.”
 
As well as checking out the full range of events in the Performance Space at Oldham Library, why not visit www.oldham.gov.uk/libraries
and find out what else is on offer at your local library?
 
 

Gallery Oldham  hosts "Trendspotting, 80 years of gifts from the Contemporary Art Society" from 29 April to July.

 
Free family lantern making workshops are taking place on Saturday 4th February at Gallery Oldham in Oldham's Cultural Quarter.

Tameside Oldham and Glossop Mind’s training department are introducing their Community Mental Health Work course. Starting in January 2017 the City and Guild’s level 2 accredited course runs for 10 weeks from 25th January until 29th March 2017 inclusive. Their registration and induction session is on 18th January 2017 and runs from 9:30am until 2:30pm.

Oldham College Student Malique Thompson-Dwyer is set to join the cast of Channel 4 soap 'Hollyoaks' as a cousin of the McQueens. 

 
Oldham Coliseum Theatre annual new writing festival, First Break, showcases new work from artists and companies from across the North West.

The Greater Manchester Police Band will be performing at St Mary with St Peter, Oldham Parish Church on Saturday 15 October 2016 at 7:30pm

Education secretary Justine Greening announced at the Conservative conference in Birmingham that Oldham will be one of six areas that will receive a £60m in a national pilot scheme that could include hiring more teachers, boosting leadership skills in schools and improving early years provision.

Oldham Council has designated eight areas for selective licensing of private landlords on the grounds of low housing demand.
 
The areas are Alexandra, Coldhurst, Hathershaw, Hollinwood, Oldham Edge, Primrose Bank, St Mary’s and Waterhead 
 
As part of the Selective Licensing of Private Landlords the Housing Act of 2004 gives local councils the power to introduce the licensing of private rented homes, within a designated area, where it is or is likely to become an area of low housing demand or is experiencing a significant and persistent problem caused by anti-social behaviour.
 
The aim of Selective Licensing is to improve the management of these properties to ensure they have a positive impact on the area.
 
Landlords who privately rent properties in the designated areas must obtain a licence from the council from the implementation date for every property they rent out in the area. If granted, a licence will be issued with a number of conditions which the landlord must comply with. It is a criminal offence to operate a privately rented property without a licence. A landlord will also commit a criminal offence if they fail to comply with any of the conditions of a licence.
 
The licence fee is £490 per rented property. The fee can either be paid in its entirety on application - or there's an installment option of paying half of the licence on application and the remaining half of the fee six months from the application date. The fee covers five years.
 
If you have any queries regarding the licensing application fee, you can contact the Oldham landlord licensing team on 0161 770 2244 or  email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
 
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After a year-long refurbishment Saddleworth Museum Museum and Art Gallery  re-opened its doors on 17th September 2016. 

Oldham Coliseium are looking for friendly and reliable people to join their dedicated team of Customer Experience Volunteers, who play a vital role in the smooth running of the Coliseum.
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