MONDAY 31st DECEMBER 2012

NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY

 

To celebrate the beginning of 2013 and the end of 2012, we will be having a little gathering upstairs at the swan with Dave Morris acting as DJ for the evening. More details available at the bar nearer the time.


CHRISTMAS EVE

MONDAY 24th DECEMBER 2012

BIG JIM'S CHRISTMAS DISCO

Upstairs at The Swan. What better way to start the festive seasonw than with Big Jim and his disco balls?


FRIDAY 7th DECEMBER 2012 at 7.30.pm

LIVE PIANO MUSIC

We were delighted to have been given a piano by a customer a few months ago. Not being able to play ourselves, we were very keen to allow customers to tickle the ivories and the search was on to find someone who might enjoy playing for the enjoyment of others. 

 

We are therefore very pleased to announce that this evening we shall be entertained once again by a Michael Hindson on the piano from 7.30pm.


 


FRIDAY 30th NOVEMBER 2012

LIVE PIANO MUSIC

We were delighted to have been given a piano by a customer a few months ago. Not being able to play ourselves, we were very keen to allow customers to tickle the ivories and the search was on to find someone who might enjoy playing for the enjoyment of others. 

 

We are therefore very pleased to announce that this evening we shall be entertained once again by a Michael Hindson on the piano from 7pm.


 


TUESDAY 27th NOVEMBER 2012 2.15PM

BBC RADIO 4 - THE AFTERNOON PLAY

"BERYL: A LOVE AFFAIR ON TWO WHEELS"

In October, Savvy Productions selected Upstairs at The Swan to play host to a recording of selected scenes from a new radio play for the BBC. Locals were invited to witness the actors at work and to take part as extras. Maxine Peake wrote and starred in the play, which also starred Mark Jordan. It is a play inspired by the championship cyclist, Beryl Burton. Today is the day of broadcast. It will also be available on iPlayer for 7 days.

We would like to thank all the locals who turned out to help with the recording and thank you to the actors and technical team for allowing us to be a part of this event. We hope there will be more opportunities in the future.

There are a limited nimber of CDs of the play available at the bar for those who participated (kindly supplied by Savvy Productions).

Photos of the day are available to view online here clairesuttonimages.viewbook.com/album/beryl


An Evening with Joe Royle upstairs at The Swan
An Evening with Joe Royle upstairs at The Swan

WEDNESDAY 14TH NOVEMBER 2012 7.00pm for 7.30pm

AN EVENING WITH JOE ROYLE

EVERTON, MAN CITY, ENGLAND & OLDHAM ATHLETIC LEGEND

 

Master of ceremonies, Peter Young.

Upstairs at The Swan - Dobcross

 

Tickets £15, including special 'evening with' 2 course meal.

Strictly limited tickets from the bar or ring 07875 661976

 

SORRY, SOLD OUT

A very memorable evening which raised £400 for the Dobcross Village Community funds. A big thank you to all involved.


THURSDAY 8th NOVEMBER 2012 at 7.30pm

TOP HOUSE TIPPLES - WINE TASTING WITH SIMON WOODS

Award-winning wine writer and Dobcross resident, Simon Woods, returns with another in his series of wine tastings. £10 gets you into the top room at the 'Top House' to sample wines chosen by Simon. You will be treated to an entertaining evening of information and anecdotes and of course a great selection of wine. Unlike a lot of wine tastings, this one is purely for interest and enjoyment only - there's no sales pitch involved.

Sign up at the bar or register at www.simonwoods.com


The Swan Dobcross has a piano for use by anyone who can play!
Live Piano Music from 7.30pm

TUESDAY 6th NOVEMBER 2012 from 7.00pm

LIVE PIANO MUSIC (MICHAEL HINDSON)

 

We were delighted to have been given a piano by a customer a few weeks ago. Not being able to play ourselves, we were very keen to allow customers to tickle the ivories and the search was on to find someone who might enjoy playing for the enjoyment of others. 

 

We are therefore very pleased to announce that this evening we shall be entertained once again by a Michael Hindson on the piano from 7pm.


HALLOWE'EN WEDNESDAY 31st OCTOBER 2012

MURDER MYSTERY DINNER 

1928. New York, Casey's Nighclub.

Gangsters, 'The Mob', glamorous women, bootleg liquor... What could possibly go wrong?

Join us for a fun evening's sleuthing with actors setting the scene. Tickets £30 including 3-course dinner - and murder. An alternative way to spend Hallowe'en. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. Book early as places are limited.

SORRY SOLD OUT This event was advertised in August and sold out in 2 days. Something tells us we should arrange another one soon... Sign up to the newsletter or follow us on Twitter @TheSwanDobcross to be the first to find out what's happening at The Swan.


Swan Quiz Hallowe'en Special

THURSDAY 25th OCTOBER 2012

THE SWAN QUIZ - HALLOWE'EN SPECIAL

 

Join us for a special 'Hallowe'en Quiz'. Teams of up to 6 people are allowed and it costs £1 to enter. The winning team will get twenty Swan Pounds to spend at the bar - or - they can gamble for the chance of winning the Jackpot, which this week is £160. As well as this, other prizes are up for grabs and may be won by anyone at the quiz. These include more chances to go for the Jackpot and one thousand Swan Loyalty points must be won. There will be a music round and as it is nearly Hallowe'en, we shall be open until the witching hour of midnight.

Another fine quiz, but the jackpot went unclaimed yet again! Lots of other prizes were won though. Oh well, try again next week when the jackpot will be £200!


SUNDAY 21st OCTOBER 10.00am - 12.15pm 

BBC RADIO 4 DRAMA / SAVVY PRODUCTIONS present

A PUBLIC 'READ THROUGH' OF A BRAND NEW RADIO PLAY

Upstairs at The Swan, we are delighted to be hosting a read-through of a radio play before a live audience. There will also be some sound effects recordings made of crowd scenes etc which the audience will participate in.

This new play is the first play to be written by one of the country's most acclaimed actresses, Maxine Peake (See No Evil, Silk, Dinnerladies, Shameless, Craven). In it, Maxine will take on the role of the Yorksire cyclist Beryl Burton. This drama doc is based on true life events. Also starring will be Mark Jordan (Heartbeat).

This was a brand new idea for the pub and we didn't really know what to expect, but the turn out was great and everyone who came was really appreciative of the opportunity to see some great actors at work on a play for radio. The director was very impressed with the 'extras' and reports are that the sound effects we all provided have come across very well in the edit. Stand by for the broadcast to the nation on 27th November 2012. BBC Radio 4. 2.15pm. (Also available on the BBC iPlayer for a week afterwards. Copies of the drama will be made available on disc to all those who took part. Please ask at the bar to receive your copy. 

For offical photographs of the event by Claire Sutton, please look at clairesuttonimages.viewbook.com/album/beryl

 


Poster for the Dobcross Concert 2012
An event at the beautiful church just down the road from the pub - organised by your landlords, Tim & Michael

SATURDAY 20th OCTOBER 2012

HOLY TRINITY CHURCH, JUST DOWN THE ROAD FROM THE PUB

Doors open at 6.45pm with Michael Hindson playing light music on the church organ. Main concert starts at 7.30pm

 

The Dobcross Village Community presents another evening of top class entertainment here in the beautiful village of Dobcross, Saddleworth.

 
We are delighted to be bringing back - by popular demand - the British Champion Barbershop Chorus, THE COTTONTOWN CHORUS.

David Morris, the World's Top Whistler, will compere the evening and will treat us to his finest whistling repertoire.

The rousing sound of Yorkshire brass will complement the evening as we welcome The Marsden Brass Ensemble.

Doors open at 6.45pm - so come early and enjoy a drink and get yourself a good seat and listen to Michael Hindson, playing light music on the church organ.

Please remember to book early as last year's concert was sold out weeks in advance.

Tickets - £10 each - are available to buy at The Swan Inn, 1 The Square, Dobcross, Saddleworth, OL3 5AA. Tel: 01457 873451
www.theswandobcross.com
info@theswandobcross.com

 

Tickets also available from Dobcross Post Office  

 

or buy online at www.wegottickets.com/dobcross

 

All proceeds go towards the Dobcross Village Community and Holy Trinity Church, Dobcross.

 

A great night once again. Many thanks to all who made this evening possible. Isn't this the best village ever?


Direct from London to Dobcross!
Direct from London to Dobcross!

WEDNESDAY 17th OCTOBER 2012

THURSDAY 18th OCTOBER 2012

LIVE THEATRE

UPSTAIRS AT THE SWAN

A Rebours Theatre Co. Presents
"CUPCAKES & CAROUSELS" by Gavin Crippin

 

It's murder being happy all the time.

 

Fresh of the back of their critically acclaimed, award nominated (Best Production, Best Actor – Matthew Hattersely – Buxton Fringe Awards) play Kafka in the Sink, A Rebours Theatre Company are back with a reworked and extended version of the sell out show Cupcakes and Carousels;

 

“Oh... I do like to be beside the seaside...”

 

For newlyweds Ben and Anna, life should be all fun and frolics by the seaside, but a relationship built on lies is a relationship built on sand and madness is lurking in the darkness, all encompassing madness that will destroy everything in its path.

 

Premiered at 2011 Not Part Of Festival Manchester, where the play received the nomination for North West Playwrights Best New Play Award, Cupcakes and Carousels is the 4th piece of new writing by playwright Gavin Crippin and the theatre company A Rebours Theatre Co.

 

A psychologically challenging drama, the play is a brutal look at the effect abuse and mental illness can have on relationships both old and new. Told through a non linear narrative, this is must see theatre this autumn.

 

The production is set to be toured throughout the North West and London venues in October 2012.

 

The Swan, Dobcross is delighted to host this acclaimed production for Saddleworth audiences. Direct from London to Dobcross!


Performances start at 8pm.

Tickets £7

ON SALE NOW

available from the pub.

SOLD OUT!!! All 100 tickets sold out for this play weeks before curtain up. Thank you to the people of Dobcross and Saddleworth for supporting new, independent theatre!!!!

AN ABSOLUTE TRIUMPH! What an excellent play. Superbly written and brilliantly acted. What's more, the actors enjoyed themselves as much as the audience and the good news is that they are keen to return to this venue - see "Whale Music" by Anthony Minghella in January!


The Swan Dobcross has a piano for use by anyone who can play!
Live Piano Music from 7.30pm

TUESDAY 9th OCTOBER 2012 from 7.30pm

LIVE PIANO MUSIC (MICHAEL HINDSON)

 

We were delighted to have been given a piano by a customer a few weeks ago. Not being able to play ourselves, we were very keen to allow customers to tickle the ivories and the search was on to find someone who might enjoy playing for the enjoyment of others. 

 

We are therefore very pleased to announce that this evening we shall be entertained once again by a Michael Hindson on the piano from 7.30pm. 

 

This evening we welcomed the annual Dobcross Ladies Group Dinner. 26 women enjoyed a meal accompanied by Michael's fine playing on the piano. Michael is next entertaining us at the church for the Dobcross Concert (20th October) and will be ack in the pub on Tuesday 6th November.


The Swan Dobcross has a piano for use by anyone who can play!
Live Piano Music from 7.30pm

TUESDAY 2nd OCTOBER 2012 from 7.30pm

LIVE PIANO MUSIC (MICHAEL HINDSON)

 

We were delighted to have been given a piano by a customer a few weeks ago. Not being able to play ourselves, we were very keen to allow customers to tickle the ivories and the search was on to find someone who might enjoy playing for the enjoyment of others. 

 

We are therefore very pleased to announce that this evening we shall be entertained once again by a Michael Hindson on the piano from 7.30pm. 


Quiz Night At The Swan Dobcross

QUIZ NIGHT

THURSDAY 27th SEPTEMBER 2012, 9.00pm

 

Our third pub quiz! Come along and join the fun. Teams of up to 6 people. £1 per person to play. There will be prizes as well as cash up for grabs with "Take Your Pick!"

 

With the Jackpot rolling over from last time, you could win £70!!! The winning team will be offered twenty 'Swan' pounds to spend OR gamble this for a chance to win the Jackpot. In addition, individuals will also have the chance to go for the jackpot - even if they are not on the winning team, so why not give it a go. With a combination of luck and skill, you might be quids in!

 

Also, ONE THOUSAND Swan Loyalty Points will be won, so remember to sign up and bring your card with you!!!

 

The Jackpot wasn't won last time week, so the Jackpot on Thursday will be £100! See you here!

 


MONDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER

LIVE THEATRE 

UPSTAIRS AT THE SWAN

The MIKRON THEATRE present "Losing the Plot"

  • Written : Deborah McAndrew
  • Directed : Adam Sunderland
  • Composed : Conrad Nelson
  • Music directed : Rebekah Hughes

LIFE, LOVE & ALLOTMENTS

The gardeners of Thistledale Allotments are a rag-bag bunch of diggers and dreamers. Strong personalities frequently clash over the best treatment for mealy bugs, and the annual 'Heaviest and Longest' competition is always a time when old feuds and new flirtations threaten to undermine the fragile peace.

Then Harvey from the Council pays them a visit and they realise that they must pull together, or forfeit their precious plot forever. But can they agree on a strategy? How will they convince Harvey of the vital role allotments have played in the life of the nation for centuries? What will they do when things inevitably get completely out of hand?

Told with a rollicking mix of old music hall tunes and brand new songs, Losing The Plot is a story of love - between people and the land; between people and people; and between people and their giant vegetables.

Tickets £10 (£8 concs) available from the bar.

NB When the MIKRON Theatre Company came here in April, tickets sold out weeks in advance, so please book early to avoid disappointment. 

SORRY, SOLD OUT. All 70 tickets were snapped up a month before performance date.

What a horrible wet, rainy night it was outside, but those of us who saw this uplifting, funny play tonight had our spirits lifted to giddy heights. What a way to start the week! (We've already booked Mikron to do TWO new plays in 2013 - 23 & 24 September - details here


THURSDAY 20th SEPTEMBER 2012

AN EVENING WITH ANDY RITCHE

A very special evening in the company of Man Utd, Leeds Utd & Latics legend, Andy Ritchie. Upstairs in the function room.

 

Compered by Peter Young.

 

Tickets £10 including potato pie & jam roly poly & custard.

 

Supporting 3D Dynamos Football Team. 

SORRY, SOLD OUT

A truly memorable evening with Andy Ritchie and special guest, former Man Utd star, John Aston. On behalf of the 3D Dynamos Football team, we would like to thank Peter Young for organising this event and for everyone who supported it raising funds for the team.


The Swan Dobcross has a piano for use by anyone who can play!
Live Piano Music from 7pm

TUESDAY 18th SEPTEMBER 2012 from 7pm

LIVE PIANO MUSIC (MICHAEL HINDSON)

 

We were delighted to have been given a piano by a customer a few weeks ago. Not being able to play ourselves, we were very keen to allow customers to tickle the ivories and the search was on to find someone who might enjoy playing for the enjoyment of others. 

 

We are therefore very pleased to announce that this evening we shall be entertained by a Michael Hindson on the piano from 7pm. 

Michael's playing went down really well with our customers this evening. Michael will be providing the pre-concert entertainment at the Dobcross Concert in the church on Sat 20th October and we are deloghted to announce that he has agreed to come and play for us in the pub again on Tuesday 2nd October. Thank you Michael.


Quiz Night at the Swan Dobcross

THURSDAY 13th SEPTEMBER 2012

QUIZ NIGHT

 

The second of our quizzes with Take Your Pick.

 

It went very well, with more than 50 participants joining in. Money and prizes were the icing on the cake.


THURSDAY 30th AUGUST 2012

TOP HOUSE TIPPLES - WINE TASTING WITH SIMON WOODS

Award-winning wine writer and Dobcross resident, Simon Woods, returns with another in his series of wine tastings. £10 gets you into the top room at the 'Top House' to sample wines chosen by Simon. You will be treated to an entertaining evening of information and anecdotes and of course a great selection of wine. Unlike a lot of wine tastings, this one is purely for interest and enjoyment only - there's no sales pitch involved.

SORRY, SOLD OUT

The end of the current series of wine tastings - for now. Extremely well received with some very interesting wines. We look forward to Simon's return to The Swan in Dobcross for more Top House Tipples. In the meantime you can follw Simon on Twitter @woodswine and www.simonwoods.com


The 2012 Saddlewirth Morris Men Team Picture via Twitter: @RushcartNews
The 2012 Saddlewirth Morris Men Team Picture via Twitter: @RushcartNews

SATURDAY 25th AUGUST 2012

SADDLEWORTH RUSHCART FESTIVAL

The fabulous Saddleworth Morris Men will once again be visiting The Swan as part of the Saddleworth Rushcart Festival. Come and watch the amazing spectacle of hundreds of Morris Men from all over the world as they drag the Rushcart though the villages. You can expect them to arrive outside the pub to perform at around 4.00pm (Morris time applies!).

The Morris fun continues on the Sunday up at Saddleworth Church all afternoon. Definitely a highlight of the Saddleworth calendar. Not to be missed!

Another great Rushcart - even the changeable weather didn't dampen spirits. A highlight for us was having the fast & furious sword dancers perform at (very) close quarters in the bar! We'd not seen that before - amazing. Be sure to join in again next year when the Ruschcart Festival will be on 24th & 25th August 2013. In the meantime, the Saddleworth Morris Men are recruiting... http://www.morrismen.saddleworth.org.uk  


Yanks film scene re-enactment. Photo by Patrick Whyman
Yanks film scene re-enactment. Photo by Patrick Whyman

SATURDAY 9th & SUNDAY 10th AUGUST

YANKS IN DOBCROSS

SATURDAY

  • BREAKFAST AT THE SWAN INN, DOBCROSS 9-11am
  • "YANKS" THE MOVIE will be shown ON THE BIG SCREEN WITH A PROJECTOR upstairs in the Function Room at The Swan, Dobcross. FREE. Screening times: 10am, 12.30am and 3pm. All welcome.
  • COFFEE MORNING AND YANKS EXHIBITION at Holy Trinity Church. In aid of Dobcross Elderberries. Fresh, homemade produce, coffee etc. Pictures of the filming of Yanks. 10.30-noon.
  • MILITARY VEHICLES IN THE SQUARE, DOBCROSS - BEWARE OF UNEXPLODED BOMBS!!!!!! AT 1pm
  • "YANKS" MOVIE SCENE RE-ENACTMENT AT THE SWAN, DOBCROSS 2.30pm
  • 40s DANCING & ENTERTAINMENT AT DOBCROSS BAND CLUB AND THE SWAN, DOBCROSS in the evening. £10 tickets allows access to the Band Club and The Swan's Upstairs Function Room. 

SUNDAY

  • BREAKFAST AT THE SWAN INN, DOBCROSS 9-11am
  • STREET PARTY The road between The Square, Dobcross and Dobcross Band Club (Platt Lane) will be closed to traffic while the residents enjoy a good old British street party! 2-5pm

Many thanks to volunteers with the Dobcross Village Community whodedicated their time and effort for the enjoyment of others by arranging this full programme of events to coincide with Saddleworth's famous Yanks events this weekend. All residents and visitors had a lovely weekend. 


Yanks Quiz Night Poster

THURSDAY 9th AUGUST 2012

"YANKS" QUIZ NIGHT


"Unpretentious"
"Unpretentious"

WEDNESDAY 8th AUGUST 2012

TOP HOUSE TIPPLES - WINE TASTING WITH SIMON WOODS

Award-winning wine writer and Dobcross resident, Simon Woods, returns with another in his series of wine tastings. £10 gets you into the top room at the 'Top House' to sample wines chosen by Simon. You will be treated to an entertaining evening of information and anecdotes and of course a great selection of wine. Unlike a lot of wine tastings, this one is purely for interest and enjoyment only - there's no sales pitch involved.

SORRY, SOLD OUT

Many thanks once again to Simon for another interesting evening.


David Morris - World Champion Whistler
David Morris - World Champion Whistler

SATURDAY 14th JULY 2012

AN EVENING WITH WORLD CHAMPION WHISTLER DAVID MORRIS