Our thoughts are with the Royal Family and we will be writing to Buckingham Palace to offer our condolences. 

We were honoured to have been visited by Queen Elizabeth on a number of occasions during her reign, and our Queen Elizabeth Hall was so-named after being built to mark the Silver Jubilee celebrations. Our new town centre park is also set to be named in honour of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. 

Books of Condolence 

The Books of Condolence are now available to sign at Oldham Civic Centre, Trinity Methodist Church in Royton, Chadderton Town Hall, Failsworth Library, Crompton Library, Lees Library, Oldham Parish Church and St Chad’s House (Uppermill Library). The Books of Condolence will be open to the public during the opening hours for the respective building.

A National Condolence Online Book is also available to sign at www.royal.uk.   


People are invited to lay floral tributes at the following sites: Oldham Civic Centre, Trinity Methodist Church in Royton, Chadderton Town Hall, Failsworth Library, Uppermill Library, Oldham Parish Church on the grass opposite the war memorial, Crompton Library and Lees Library. These will remain in place until after the Queen’s funeral. 

Civic Commemorative Service - Sunday, 18 September

People across Oldham are invited to a Civic Commemorative inter-faith church service on Sunday, 18 September, on the eve of the state funeral of Her Majesty the Queen. The service, to be led by the Revd Canon Jean Hurlston, is open to people of all faiths and begins at Oldham Parish Church at 6pm.

Bank holiday closure details: Monday 19 September 2022

Monday 19 September is now a Bank Holiday for the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

This means some council services may be affected, as is usual for a Bank Holiday.

Please check before contacting or visiting the service you require.

Access Oldham

Access Oldham will be closed on Monday 19 September and will reopen at 9am on Tuesday 20 September.

Oldham Council Switchboard and the Contact Centre

Closed from 5pm on Friday 16 September and reopens at 9am on Tuesday 20 September.

Social services (out-of-hours emergency only)

  • For emergencies contact: 0161 770 6936

Bin collections and waste

Bin collections are going ahead as normal on Monday 19 September, so please put your bins out ready for the crews to pick up.

Arkwright Street Household Waste and Recycling Centre will also be open as usual from 8am to 8pm.

Heritage, Libraries and Arts

  • All libraries will be closed on Monday 19 September and reopen on Tuesday 20 September.
  • Gallery Oldham will be closed on Monday 19 September and reopen on Tuesday 20 September.
  • Oldham Local Studies and Archives will be closed on Monday 19 September and reopen on Tuesday 20 September.

Lifelong Learning Service

The Lifelong Learning Service will be closed on Monday 19 September. It will reopen on Tuesday 20 September.


The Car Boot, usually due to be held on Sunday 18 September, is cancelled.

The Markets will be closed on Monday but will reopen as usual on Tuesday 20 September.


Closed. Arrangements will be in place for urgent registration business, namely death bed marriage requests. Please contact the service via the emergency out-of-hours desk, and request for faith death funerals via the funeral directors.

Environmental Health, Building Control, Trading Standards, Licensing, Planning and Pest Control

Closed on Monday 19 September but will reopen on Tuesday 20 September.

  • For emergencies contact 0161 770 2222

NHS closures

GP practices will be closed for the day. For urgent health needs, contact NHS111 online www.111.nhs.uk or call 111.

If you require urgent dental treatment this bank holiday, you should contact your regular dentist. If you cannot contact your dentist or don’t have one, please call: 0333 332 3800.


Many public transport services will be operating an amended timetable on Monday 19th, with both bus and Metrolink services in Greater Manchester operating to a Sunday timetable.


The Mayor read out the Proclamation of the new King at 3pm on Sunday 11 September, members of the public attended. The Proclamation took place on the steps of the Old Town Hall, facing the Cenotaph.

National mourning guidance  

The National mourning guidance has now been published and includes information on the period of mourning, floral tributes and the State funeral.