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Stuart Littleford – Reporter
Allan Roach – Reporter
George Wilson – Reporter and IT
Judith Grinter – Reporter

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The Messiah’s 55th performance in Uppermill

TMum2Mum Market Saddleworth NEwshe people of Saddleworth and the choir’s widespread supporters eagerly await the annual performance of Messiah, and to many of them it reinforces the true meaning of Christmas and heralds the beginning of the Christmas festivities.

The Saddleworth Male Voice Choir and augmented ladies chorus are currently rehearsing for their 55th consecutive performance of Handel’s Messiah. Under their musical director Dorian Kelly, the choir performs as a chorus of 32 tenor/bass voices together with an augmented ladies chorus of 48 soprano/contralto voices who are recruited from local churches, musical societies and choirs. Some members of the men’s choir have appeared in over 40 performances and a number of the ladies have sung Messiah with the choir for more than 30 years.

The choir recruits the services of Professional Soloists from the Royal Northern College of Music. The ensemble is very fortunate to be accompanied once again by the immensely experienced Pennine Orchestra, which, under the leadership of Donald Clarke, has played with the choir since 1982.

Each year, the dedication of all concerned adds a refreshing brightness to the performance of this wonderful Oratorio.

The Messiah performance will take place on Saturday 16 December at 7pm in the Uppermill Civic Hall.

Tickets priced at £15, £12 and £10 can be obtained from the Saddleworth Museum, Uppermill Post Office or David Davies, tel. 01457 873182.



An appeal to keep houses bright

Since 9 December there has been three burglaries reported on the Saddleworth North area.

On 9 December at 20:01hrs unknown offenders threw a plant pot at a rear window of a property, setting off the alarm, no entry was gained to a property on Ripponden Road in Denshaw.

Between 22:30 on 9 December and 07:15 on 10 December unknown offenders gain access to a property via a locked rear door of a property on Rochdale Road in Denshaw. Offenders steal property and vehicle keys and then make off with a Mercedes A200 Sport which was parked on the driveway.

On 11December at 10:57, unknown offenders smash a rear glass door to a property, gain entry and conduct an untidy search before stealing items and making good their escape from a property on Midgreave in Delph.

There was also the theft of a Landrover defender on 9 December between 01:35 and 01:48 on Cornwall Crescent in Diggle.

Two of the home owners were on holiday at the time of the offences. Monica Rowley, PCSO of the Oldham Borough Police said: ” Could I remind you all to please make your homes look occupied and keep your vehicle in a garage if you have one. especially if you are going away or not going to be home for a period of time.”

Planting bulbs in the snow

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The Little Deerhill Co.

Reporter : Judith Grinter


The UCAN group have been busy completing the task of removing the wet and slippery leaves along the towpath from Wade Lock to the viaduct.

One last snowy bulb planting session took place following the kind donation of a batch of bluebell bulbs. The team are really hoping for a colourful show in spring as over 1000 bulbs have now been planted. Plans for the new year are underway and include further work on the woodland area near the viaduct starting with the removal of weak and fallen saplings. This will open up the area allowing in more daylight and will help to encourage the healthy growth of the woodland floor and the surrounding trees. The year was rounded off by the team celebrating with festive drinks and mince pies.

UCAN told Saddleworth News : “We would like to thank CRT (Canal and River Trust) and Tesco volunteers for their continued support.”

Getting involved in volunteering in the local environment is a great way of meeting other locals, enjoying some healthy exercise & fresh air, with a well earned hot drink and biscuit at the end!

UCAN are always pleased to welcome new members to join them and help make Uppermill an even better place to live. For anyone interested in joining UCAN on future project days our upcoming programme is as follows :-
Jan – Thursday 4th (work off those mince pies!)
Jan – Saturday 20th
Feb – Thursday 1st
Feb – Saturday 17th
All equipment is provided by CRT [Canal & River Trust], and you are recommended to wear stout footwear and suitable clothing for the weather conditions on the day. The usual meeting point is 10am at the canal bridge on Moorgate Street, but this is sometimes changed. New volunteers are advised to check a few days in advance, with the Project Day calendar view-able on our website:

UCAN’s Group Leader can be contacted on 01457 878361, or by e-mail at For anyone interested in keeping updated on the Groups’ activities please visit our Facebook page:

Saddleworth Bright Lights – Saddleworth Christmas Illumination Results

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Deerhill catering


The judging of the Annual Saddleworth Christmas Illuminations competition took place on Wednesday 6th December 2017. The panel of judges consisted of the Chairman of the Parish Council, Councillor Nikki Kirkham, Parish Councillors John Hudson and Pam Byrne and the Clerk to the Council, Pam Bailey.
Entries had been invited for the following categories:

• Best Shop Window;
• Best Pub / Licenced Premises;
• Best Residential Property; and
• Best Community;


The judges’ decision was as follows:

Winner NK Hair Studio, 78 High Street, Uppermill
Highly Commended Millgate Hair Studio, 5a Millgate, Delph
Commended Pause a Second, 76 High Street, Uppermill

Winner The King William IV, Chew Valley Road, Greenfield
Highly Commended The White Lion, 1 Delph Lane, Delph
Commended Uppermill Conservative Club, High Street, Uppermill

Winner Billy & Jess, 10 Heywood lane, Springhead
Highly Commended Peter Percival, 14 Clayton’s Close, Springhead
Commended Lyndsay Ley, 60 Burnedge Fold Road, Grasscroft

Winner Wake Up Delph
Highly Commended Clayton’s Close, Springhead

The prizes will be awarded at a presentation evening on Thursday 21st December.

Pam Bailey, Clark to the Council told Saddleworth News: ” As ever the standard of entries was very high and the judges’ decision has not been easy. The Parish Council would like to thank all those who took part in the competition and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”

Saddleworth in the snow

Jenny Martin – Mossley

A Kershaw – Pots and Pans

Mum2Mum Market Saddleworth NEwsA few images sent in from our readers sent in after the snow fall last night (7 Dec 2017)

If you’d like to have one of  yours featured please just send an image to . The images will be credited to you and copyright remains with you.

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Pauline Lewis of the Saddleworth Photography Group

Pauline Lewis – St Anne’s Church, Lydgate

Francine Clarke – Springhead and Jake

Amanda Gandy – Mossley

Gary Whittaker – Wharmton mast

Jim Weems – Snowing in Paradise

Have you seen 74yr old James?

Saddleworth NewsHave you seen 74-year-old James who is missing from Ashton?

James Bentham, 74, was last seen at around 10am this morning (Friday 8 December 2017) at a hospital on Wigan Lane.

He is described as 5ft 9inches tall, of a slim build, with greying short hair and a beard.

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The Little Deerhill Co.

James was last seen wearing a brown flat cap, a tweed jacket and jeans with black trainers that have a white sole.

Inspector Nicola Williams of GMP’s Wigan borough, said: “James should still be being looked after in hospital, so the sooner we can find him, the better.

“Please take a long look at his photo so that if you do see James, you can help us reunite him with his loved ones who are already desperately worried.”

Anyone with information about James’ whereabouts is asked to contact police on 101 quoting MP17/0103420. Reports can also be made anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Saddleworth Group of Artists have a grand opening

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Painting by Philip Hughes

Rachel Fish, Tricia Kenworthy, John McCombs, ,Sheila Dewsberry, Phil Hughes, Steve Stringer, Dave Oag

The Saddleworth Group of Artists opened their exhibition to the public last night at the Saddleworth Museum.

A warm welcome and a glass of wine was much enjoyed as Saddleworth News chatted with the artists and viewed their work. It’s amazing to see the variety of the paintings and ceramics on show, great to talk with those that had produced them and to hear the stories behind the work. A couple of the artists remember Saddleworth News’s former Editor, Stuart Littleford, from teaching him at school.

Perhaps you’ll recognise one of the sitters for Philip Hughes’ portrait, a well known cheery face from the village.

Oldham Man jailed for sexually abusing a 15yr old girl

Saddleworth NEwsReporter: Stuart Littleford

A man who plied a young girl with drugs and alcohol before sexually abusing her at his flat in Oldham has been jailed.

Jordan West (23/09/1990) of Hollis Road, Coventry was sentenced earlier today, 30 November 2017, at Minshull Street Crown Court to six years and three months in prison after being found guilty of three counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of supplying cannabis. He also received a five-year sexual harm prevention order and will remain on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.

West met his then 15-year-old victim in 2015 during a chance meeting outside McDonald’s in Oldham town centre. After the girl had asked him for a lighter, he engaged her in conversation before inviting her and a friend back to his friend’s flat where he plied them with drugs and alcohol. He would then go on to sexually abuse the 15-year-old.

West’s grooming and abuse of the girl would continue throughout May 2015 until he told her not to come back. Sponsored by Chambers Self Storage

Detective Constable Diana Dyer-Barron of GMP’s Phoenix Tameside CSE team said: “Jordan West knew full well how old his victim was and that what he was doing was wrong, yet he continued his campaign of abuse without showing a shred of remorse. “His abuse dominated a period of time in this girl’s life, preventing her from enjoying activities that any 15-year-old girl should be able to participate in. This had a massive impact on her life at a time when she was at a vulnerable age and still developing as a person.
“I would like to pay tribute to her for having the courage to come forward to report West to police and for the bravery she has shown giving evidence during the trial. I hope this result has repaid the trust she placed in the authorities and provides her with some feeling of justice.
“Child sexual exploitation can take place in many forms. In this case a young female was manipulated through drug and alcohol.

“I would advise all parents or guardians to take interest in the contact that young people have with others and report any suspicious activity to police.”
Project Phoenix continues to develop Greater Manchester’s response to CSE. Please visit for information for children, young people, parents, carers and professionals on how to spot the signs of child sexual exploitation and what to do about it.


Burglaries in the area are on the increase

Reporter : Judith Grinter

Burglaries in the area appear to be on the increase again. This is possibly due to the “Darker nights”

You can help us by making your home look occupied in the darker evenings by leaving a light on. If you have an alarm then make sure you set it and make

sure your doors and windows are locked. Also keep car keys and other valuables hidden from view. If you see any suspicious behaviour then please report it. Criminals now knock on the doors of darkened houses to see if anybody is home and if you do answer they will ask for a fictitious person.

Buglaries have been reported at the following locations since 28th November;

Lark Hill Lane, Delph – 28th November between 19:30 hrs and 19:43 hrs.

Wall Hill Road , Dobcross- 4th December at 17:10 hrs

Thorns Clough, Diggle – between 4th December at 17:30 hrs and 5th December at 04:30 hrs

Heywood Avenue, Austerlands – 6th December between 03:15hrs and 03.17 hrs

Please report anything suspicious to 101

Slade play Manchester Academy 2 on Sunday 17th December!


So here it is MERRY CHRISTMAS – everybody’s having fun!



SLADE – Without doubt one of the most exciting bands to come out of Great Britain in the past 30 years. With their unique blend of perfect pop-rock’n’roll, outrageous flamboyance and pure fun, and no less than 23 Top-20 singles of which 6 were No-1 smash hits….plus 6 smash albums, Slade have become a firm favourite in the hearts of pop fans all over the world.


Top Tip no. 5 and a free offer from Caremark Oldham

And here’s top tip no. 5 for good winter health from the helpful staff at Caremark Oldham:

Look in on vulnerable neighbours and relatives Check up on older neighbours and relatives and those with heart or respiratory (breathing) problems to make sure they’re safe and well. Check they’re warm enough, especially at night; and have stocks of food and medicines so they don’t need to go out during very cold weather.



And a great offer from them, spreading […]

Man sought after rape in the city centre

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Police investigating a city centre rape still want to speak to a man.

At around 5.35am on Saturday 18 November 2017, police received a report of a concern for the welfare of a 27-year-old woman in the city centre. Initial enquiries revealed the woman had been raped sometime in the early hours of Saturday morning. Officers are specifically piecing together information between 12.20am and 4.30am that morning to gain a fuller picture of what happened and still need to speak […]

Local computer company giving children a helping hand at Christmas …

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A computing company from Uppermill have gathered a large stash of presents and continue to do so for needy children in Manchester. The presents have been dropped off by locals to support Key 103’s ‘Mission Christmas’. All donations go to Cash for Kids Charity and are distributed around Manchester.

Infinity Computing have been a drop-off point for Mission Christmas for 4 years now. They told Saddleworth News : “Each year the pile gets bigger thanks to generous people bringing them […]

Top Tip for good winter health no. 4

Top Tip No. 4 to keeping well over the winter from the very helpful Caremark Oldham

Eat Well

Regular meals will keep your energy levels up, so aim to eat at least one hot meal a day and have plenty of hot drinks. Keep your diet as varied as possible, including your five portions of fruit and veg. Stock up on tinned and frozen foods so you don’t have to go out too often when it’s icy or cold.