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What bands will need when they visit Delph:-

You will need all the usual documents you normally bring:- full name of band, section, contact address, copy of march to be adjudicated (must be a published march). It is always useful to have a sticker with address details or an envelope (stamped or unstamped). Just saves a little time. You will also be asked if you have previously registered your BOPA details on the Saddleworth and Oldham pre-registrtion form, if not “Have you registered your details at any other contest?” If Delph is the first contest to ask this question, we merely need to know if you have any players under the age of 16 and if so what is the child/adult ratio for chaperones, very quick and simple as long as your runner has these details.

You will also be given a sticker with your coach number which we ask you to place on the front windscreen of your coach. This makes sure your coach is in the right place in the queue and follows your band at the right time. This all helps to keep the contest running smoothly for both bands and organisers. 


Please note that a schedule with rules and prizes is available to download from this site, also a map of the diversions used at Delph

Due to the logistics of the village and the easy to follow diversions, it is possible to drive through if for any reason the band decides they wish to leave BUT please note you must notify the booking in steward and also ensure an official traffic steward from ‘Capricorn Security’ accompanies your coach. 


There is a new website now online which is owned entirely by the Saddleworth and Oldham Group of Contests and all information is provided by them

The site enables bands to pre-book their visit should they wish, but this in no way entitles them to a place in the queue or preference in booking in any any contest, it is merely to help the organisers get all the information correct and hopefully speed things up generally, especially the co-ordination of results. It is linked directly to this site so please take a look.

Delph Blog

Here we hope to keep you up to date with any important news or events, especially in the ‘run up’ to the 2018 Contest

Bands should be aware that due to logistics in Delph they should play NO MORE THAN 8 bars before they set off. Thank you for your co-operation.

There will be no buses into Delph from Oldham after 4.00 pm – normal service will not resume until the following day

Bands please note – we have been contacted by PRS who have advised that all competing bands must hold a current PRS Licence

2019 – Guidelines for Band Coaches

We would appreciate it if the following could please be taken into consideration to aid the smooth and efficient system at this year’s contest:-

  • The indicated boarding points are for short term parking only and NOT for packing instruments away in the coach lockers – please refrain from opening locker doors at this point.
  • Please allow players to board the coach and then choose either the Denshaw Rd A6052 route or the Delph Lane/A62 route, there will be suitable points further outside the village to pack equipment away.
  • This also applies to bands that intend to stay in the village (for ‘refreshments’) near the end of the evening.
  • Bands wishing to stay must follow the previous instructions, finding a place to park away from the main route through the village. Coaches may then follow the one way system to the A62 and enter the village at the original point of entry. Please note that re-entry to the village by coaches is only advised at Midnight when the contest route is re-opened to regular traffic by GMP.
  • The contest will close when the number of bands waiting dictate i.e. in time for the road to open before midnight. Once the book is closed, no coaches will be allowed through the cross roads and into the village. If any band wishes to stay they will need to find parking on Huddersfield Road away from the road junction.
  • Stoneswood Road – No vehicles should come down Stoneswood Road, there will be a turning point indicated at Knarr Lane. Please adhere to the instructions on the sign for the sake of everyone’s safety.

These guidelines can be used in conjunction with our Schedule Map (see Menu) and will prevent any ‘snarl-ups’ when too many coaches are unnecessarily queued in our narrow streets.  

Grains Road B6197

Despite all efforts to stop traffic and especially band coaches from entering Grains Road at it’s Grains Bar junction with the A627 Oldham Road (from Denshaw), we still experience the odd coach trying this route from time to time. Any band doing so faces disqualification from the contest but also risks this fate:-

grains roadry - Copy

This will obviously be of absolutely no benefit to anyone on Whit Friday evening will it? However- This incident resulted in the village being closed off for at least three hours! It could well happen to a band coach, any vehicle that get through the Grains Road barrier will inevitably cause delays and prevent the smooth flow of the contest. Thank you.

And Finally…..

By request of GMP, could all visiting band coaches please ‘WATCH THEIR SPEED!’