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Stuart Littleford – Reporter
Allan Roach – Reporter
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Judith Grinter – Reporter

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Saddleworth News Gallery

Saddleworth News is known to post images of the area on facebook, twitter and on the site, on a regular basis, as well as photographs taken at functions and events. We now have a photo gallery for you to enjoy and to purchase prints. Jude Gidney Photography has been a long standing advertiser with Saddleworth News, and we welcome the expertise photographic input and hosting of the Gallery. The gallery will be updated on a regular basis.

Please visit the Saddleworth News Gallery here: Saddleworth News Gallery

Two attempted kidnappings in Rochdale

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Police are appealing for the public’s help after two attempted kidnappings in Rochdale.
At around 4pm on Monday 2 October 2017, the first attempted kidnapping took place on Crossgates Road in Milnrow.
A 12-year-old girl had been walking along the road when a white Renault Transit van pulled up alongside her, explaining that she couldsaddleworth news ggl have a lift anywhere she wanted to go.
When he continued to try and talk to the young girl, she ran away from the van and reported it to the police.
The second attempted kidnapping took place six days later at around 8.30pm on Sunday 8 October 2017, at the Metrolink station in Rochdale.
A group of teenagers were at the station when a white Renault Transit van stopped and a man got out, opened the doors and shouted at the group to “get in.”
When the group of boys and girls refused, he asked again, before getting into his van and fleeing in the direction of the town centre.
A 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and has since been released under investigation.
Detective Sergeant Karen Siddall of GMP’s Rochdale Borough, said: “The fact this man has tried to lure young children into his van is understandably concerning, and something that we are taking very seriously.
“We are appealing for the public’s help in gathering all the information we need to understand how these two attempted kidnappings happened.
“I’m urging for anyone who was in the area at these relatively busy times of day, or saw the van fleeing through the town centre, to please come forward and help with our investigation.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting incident number 1684 of 02/10/17. This can also be done anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Christmas Card Photo Call for Charity

Reporter: Judith Grinter

(picture: David Gartside)

A call has gone out for submissions for an image for a Christmas Card that will help to raise money for a local charity. A local business, Godfrey Wealth Management Ltd in Holmfirth, is asking for your help. saddleworth news ggl

Carly Turnbull of GWM ltd told Saddleworth News: “We are looking for another image for our Christmas cards to send to our clients.
Please enter your best Christmas themed photograph to”  – Please mention Saddleworth News in your submission.

Images must be of sufficient quality to allow for printing. Cards will be available to purchase once the winning image has been selected, all proceeds will go to the Holmfirth Christmas Lights fund.

Carly told Saddleworth News: “In 2015 we decided we could send cards that would benefit others, so we ran the same competition we are doing this year, which allows for people to submit a Christmas image, if they win the competition their image is used and all of our clients receive a Christmas card.

The winner of the competition receive a gift, this year the gift is the Fortnum and Mason hamper. We then offer the general public, clients, friends and family the opportunity to purchase the cards. All proceeds from the sales of the cards then go to charity or local fundraising, in 2015 the proceeds of sales went to the Oldham Mountain Rescue Team. This year we have received an email regarding the Christmas Lights fund for Holmfirth asking for donations, we would like to help towards this cause as the lights are truly rather poor and many efforts are being made to help buy new lights. ”


Raspberry Pi in Space for the Saddleworth Air Training Corps

Saddleworth Air CadetsReporter: Judith Grinter

Saddleworth Air Training Corps have hopes and plans of running a Raspberry Pi experiment on-board the International Space Station next month.

In September cadets from 2200DF (Saddleworth) Air Cadets wrote a computer code to send to the International Space Station as part of a wider initiative run through the Raspberry Pi Foundation, known as Astro Pi. The code was written in the coding language of Python, as used by the cadets at school.

For some of those involved this was an introduction to coding, while others have learn about it previously. ThoseSaddleworth Air Cadets participating remarked that they found it to be a good addition to their learning as it provided a practical angle to coding and demonstrated a real world application. The code itself is designed to deliver a message to astronauts on-board the space station and to take and display a temperature reading. This code is set to travel into space next month. The cadets have remarked that these activities have brought to life the exciting world of space travel, usually only experienced on TV, and have given them a greater insight and knowledge of this vital area, covering many STEM topics.

Saddleworth News YanksFollowing this project the cadets visited Tim Peakes spacecraft at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford. While there they were given the opportunity to learn more about Tim Peakes mission and the International Space Station through a series of displays, an IMAX 3D film covering life onboard the space station, a virtual reality experience allowing them to live through the return journey to Earth and finally a science show describing how scientists observe the universe around us.

In the coming weeks the cadets will submit their idea for a 3 hour long experiment to be run onboard the Space Station, utilising infra red cameras and a host of other sensors. Should the plan be approved this will then be developed using the same coding technology and be run in space, with the scientific data being returned in the new year.

Roland Gift of the Fine Young Cannibals plays in Manchester


Roland Gift, one of modern music’s true torchbearers and the charismatic front man of the Fine Young Cannibals, is back in the pop arena with his new solo Saddleworth News Yanksalbum, the self-titled Roland Gift. “The Cannibals sort of officially dissolved in 1996,” says Gift.

Roland Gift is performing at the Manchester Club Academy on December 9. Gift looks forward to more live shows, where he will perform the new songs from Roland Gift and some classic fan favorites. “There are a lot of people who liked the Cannibals who never saw songs like ‘She Drives Me Crazy’ in concert, and since I wrote them as well, I’ll definitely do some Fine Young Cannibals songs.”

Saturday 9th December 2017
MANCHESTER – Club Academy
Box Office No: 0161 832 1111
Website –
Tickets – £22.50
Doors – 7.30pm

Blank shots fired in Oldham

Detectives are investigating after blank shots were fired in Oldham.

Shortly after 11.50pm on Monday 16 October 2017 a man was seen with a gun on Waltham Street in Alexandra.

He fired the gun a number of times – but it was not aimed at anyone – before walking away in the direction of Roundthorn Road.

Officers attended and recovered blank cartridges which suggest no bullets were fired.

The man was described as white, between 60 and 70 and was wearing a long green fishing-style coat, a trilby hat and had a silver walking stick with a grey handle.

Detective Inspector Ian Harratt, from GMP’s Oldham borough, said: “At the time this incident understandably caused concern to residents and when officers attended we immediately searched the area.

“What we have recovered suggests that no bullets were fired and there was no direct threat to the public.

“However, we need to identify this man to get to the bottom of exactly what happened.

“If this was you or you have information about this incident, then please call us at the first opportunity.”

Information can be passed on by call 0161 856 9063 or 0161 856 9080 quoting incident number 2500 of 16 October 2017 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Saddleworth Male Voice Choir’s Concert of Remembrance

Concert of RemembranceThe Saddleworth Male Voice Choir will present their annual Concert of Remembrance at the Civic Hall, Uppermill on Saturday 11th November at 7.30pm.

In the first half of the concert the choir will sing a selection from their constantly changing repertoire of well-known male voice favourites followed by a sing-along of popular world war songs.
The second half of the concert will include the Act of Remembrance with the Standard Bearer of the Royal British Legion and a reading of the poem ‘For the Fallen’.
The choir’s special guests are Oldham Band (Lees) under the baton of their MD John Collins. In addition to playing a varied selection of band music, Oldham Band (Lees) will take part in the Act of Remembrance with the playing of Nightfall in Camp and their lead cornet player will play the last post and reveille.
The occasion provides an opportunity for the local community to join with the whole nation in remembering not only the fallen of two world wars, but also those who have made the supreme sacrifice in more recent conflicts, or who have lost their lives through acts of terrorism. The Mayor and Mayoress of Oldham and the Chair and Consort of Saddleworth parish council will attend the concert.

Tickets priced at £10.00 are available from Saddleworth Museum, Uppermill Post Office or from David Davies Tel: 01457 873182.

Ian Brady’s body must be disposed of with ‘no music and no ceremony’

Moors Murderer Ian Brady’s body must be disposed of with “no music and no ceremony”, a judge at the High Court has ruled.

The decision was announced in London on Friday by the Chancellor of the High Court, Sir Geoffrey Vos.
Brady, who used the name Ian Stewart-Brady, died aged 79 on May 15 this year but his remains have not yet been disposed of.

Sir Geoffrey had been asked by two local authorities to make decisions relating to the disposal of the serial killer’s body so that it can be “lawfully and decently disposed of without further delay”.

Brady and Myra Hindley, who died in prison in 2002, tortured and murdered five children in the 1960s. Four of the victims were buried on Saddleworth Moor.

Tameside Council and Oldham Council sought the assistance of the High Court to ensure the body of ‘Moors Murderer‘ Ian Stewart Brady is disposed of in a manner that does not cause offence and distress to the public, and particularly the relatives of the victims who reside in our boroughs.
We know that the relatives and residents alike found even the suggestion that his ashes may be scattered over Saddleworth Moor to be abhorrent and distressing, especially because 13 year old Keith Bennett has never been found, despite his mother’s best efforts to locate him to give him a proper burial.
The Court has supported our duty as local authorities to ensure that public order is maintained and the wishes of the families of his victims and our local communities are respected to ensure Ian Stewart Brady’s body and remains are disposed of expediently in a manner compatible with the public interest and those of the victim’s relatives.
– Joint statement from Tameside Council and Oldham Council re the disposal of the body of ‘Moors Murderer’ Ian Stewart Brady.

Paul Young is coming to Manchester

Paul Young is coming to Manchester this coming Spring with special guest support band China Crisis.

Paul Young  really came into his own with a formidably accomplished solo debut album, “NO PARLEZ” released in 83’ and including the number one single “Wherever I Lay My Hat” which maintained the number 1 spot for most of that summer followed by “Come Back And Stay” which maintained Paul’s presence at the top of the charts.

China Crisis are known for their string of hit singles, including African & White, Christian, Working with Fire and Steel, Black Man Ray and Wishful Thinking.

To win two tickets to the appearance in Manchester please answer this question:

What song did Paul sing in the 1989 “Nelson Mandela Tribute Concert” ? Please send your answers to Saddleworth News *

Paul continues to write, record and play live. He is breaking new ground each year. In 2009 he toured Israel, New Zealand and Croatia for the first time, amongst the many other countries he regularly visits. These dates were in support of the “No Parlez 25th Anniversary Edition” re-release of his first solo album.

2012 saw Paul release his first published Cookbook, featuring his favourite recipes gathered from the many places his career has taken him to.

The latter part of 2014 found Paul in discussions with Producer Arthur Baker, which led to the idea of making an album of their favourite & neglected Soul tunes. In the early part of 2015,  Arthur brought on to the project as co-producer James Hallawell, and work on the record continued throughout the year subject to Paul’s live diary. Towards the end of 2015, Paul was contacted by Gary Barlow (Take That) and asked to consider recording a song for a soundtrack that Gary was producing for a movie based around the story of Eddie The Eagle (which was released in March 2016) The song in question “People Like Us” was a perfect fit for Paul.

2016, saw Paul Young release his brand new album “Good Thing”. Paul has recorded a collection of Memphis Soul tunes and this will be Paul’s first soul album in 20 years.

Tickets go on sale today :

Friday 9th February
MANCHESTER – Academy 2
Box Office No: 0161 832 1111
Website –
Doors – 7.00pm
Ticket Price – £25.00

*The competition runs until Saturday14th 12pm. Any answers after this time are invalid. Only one answer per email address. The final winner will be decided by random draw if there is more than one entrant will the correct answer. Family, team members or anyone connected with Saddleworth News may not enter. The winner will be asked to pick up their own tickets from the Manchester Academy box office on the evening of the show and take with them their winning confirmation. No one under the age of 18 may enter. Saddleworth News holds no responsibility as to the conduct of the persons winning the tickets during the concert. The tickets are non-refundable and may not be sold on to another party.


Daniel Parker is Forty3.

Daniel Parker is a young entrepreneur following his passion to design websites and help people with their online presence. His design business is Forty3. Saddleworth News wanted to find out a little more:

Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m based in Chadderton, Oldham but design websites for anyone in the Uk. 12 months ago I moved to the Oldham area and like being here.

How did you end up designing websites?

From a young age, I was always […]

Oldham Half Marathon

Photo : Jude Gidney

The Oldham Half Marathon, one the toughest halfs in the UK, takes place this Sunday 15 Oct.

The event, which kicks off at 9.30am, will see runners challenged by over 1100ft of ascent. The gruelling race covers a 13.1 mile run through Oldham and its many miles of countryside, taking a hilly route through the spectacular Saddleworth area of Oldham. Breathtaking views of the Saddleworth villages and the imposing moorland landscape of the Peak District […]

Swimming Nature with Fiona Smith

Reporter : Judith Grinter

Fiona Smith has brought Swimming Nature to a swimming pool in Saddleworth. Saddleworth News asked her more about it.

What is Swimming Nature?

Swimming Nature is the UK’s market leader in delivering premium and bespoke swimming tuition and is now available here in Saddleworth! Our tuition experience can be likened to premium Personal Training in the water as we only specialise in 1-1’s and 1-2’s for children and adults. Our passion is for personal attention, […]

Oldham Athletic team up with Emmaus for World Homeless Day

Reporter : Stuart Littleford

On this year’s World Homeless Day, players and staff from Oldham Athletic Football Club (OAFC) are teaming up with homelessness charity Emmaus Mossley to raise awareness.

To mark the day, OAFC players and staff recently met with formerly homeless people supported by Emmaus to understand more about homelessness. The club has donated tickets and football boots to those supported by the charity and will hold a bucket collection at the game against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday […]

The Saddleworth News Photography Awards

Reporter : Judith Grinter

Three images have been shortlisted by our celebrity judges in the Saddleworth News Photography Awards 2017. The theme of the awards is Summer in Saddleworth.

It is now time for the public to cast their votes as to which they want to choose as Gold, Silver and Bronze winners. There are small versions of the images on this page, larger versions upon clicking on the image. Each image is copyright to the photographer, with permission to […]