The major Saddleworth events are coming thick and fast. We’ve barely recovered from Yanks last weekend, and it’s already time for another summer highlight, the Saddleworth Rushcart.
As usual, the Saddleworth Morris Men will be appearing with the Rushcart around the villages throughout Saturday, before moving it up to the Church Inn above Uppermill for another packed day of events on Sunday.
If you’d like to see the Rushcart on Saturday, it’s due at the following locations (timings are approximate):
9:45am: Uppermill Square
10:45am: Greenfield King Bill
12 noon: Uppermill Museum
2:15pm: Delph Garside Street
4:15pm: Dobcross Square
5:30pm: Dobcross Navigation
Sunday’s timetable is as follows:
10am: Rushcart leaves Uppermill Square
11am: Service at St Chad’s
12 noon to 5:30pm: All sorts of fun and games in and around the Church Inn and Cross Keys, including the not-to-be-missed wrestling competition!
The tradition of rushbearing is an ancient one, and involves collecting rushes to put on a church floor as insulation for the winter. It was revived in Saddleworth in the mid-1970s, and is now one of the most memorable weekends of the year.
If you’ve not seen the Rushcart before, you can get an idea of what’s involved by watching some of the videos from last year’s festivities on the Dobcross Diary website here.