When will the next Whit Friday be?

June 10th 2022


It is with great regret that the Saddleworth and Oldham Group of Whit Friday Band Contests, with the backing of Oldham Council Officers, have taken the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 event on 28 th May.

Having taken into account the current and projected situation regarding Covid19, they are of the opinion that it would be irresponsible to stage this year’s contests.  
Vaccine protection will not be complete and an organised gathering of people, whilst invarious stage of protection, would be considered foolhardy and dangerous. We must support all the Emergency services who have enough problems without our event adding to the extra burden.
We have also taken into consideration the fact that bands will have had little or no chance to rehearse and to travel in a ‘Covid safe’ manner would be impossible.
It was never anticipated this pandemic would last so long, but hopefully we can get back to something like normality in time for 10th June 2022.
Bob Rodgers
Group Co-ordinator

Until 2022, we hope that you are all able to keep safe, and keep practising ( Yes we know just how hard it is…!) and we look forward to welcoming you then. In the meantime, you may be interested in our new range of masks.

… “to the greatest free show on earth”. The Diggle Band Contest took place for the very first time on the 5th June 2009. The aim of the organising committee was to make this new contest a family friendly occasion, and that is just what we have achieved! We have fabulous food offerings, plenty of space for chairs and blankets and tremendous views.


Calling all composers! ANY band who play an unpublished march at the Diggle Contest will have their march published free of charge by Mode for Publishing, courtesy of Tabby Kerwin.

An opportunity not to be missed!

Our Adjudicator is the fabulous Tabby Kerwin, who stepped into the shoes of her husband, Simon, following his untimely death. She is the first female Whit Friday adjudicator, and had a great time last year.

For information on the other Saddleworth Whit Friday Contests, please see our new website . Please take a look and complete the Registration Form.

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My day has been totally made with this lovely facemask from Evie in FS2. Her grandad plays in a brass band and they were selling masks to raise money for the band. She knows I like music so she bought me one and wrote me a letter too! 😊 #kindness #music #wellbeing @BradwayFS2


Does someone in your life love #whitfriday? Treat them to one of our masks this Valentine’s to support next year’s band contest. Click for more info: https://digglebandcontest.co.uk #diggle #brassbands

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