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

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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.

Saddleworth NewsDaniel 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 into Rock and Roll music. I had a teacher at school who was into the same sort of music. He was a creative influence on me and he also designed websites based on the sort of music he likes. He used to show me how to build websites, and then I started designing websites when I was about 14. 

Where did the name Forty3. come from?

It’s the number of my house – as simple as that.Saddleworth News

What sets you apart from others? 

We help businesses grow by building websites, logos, branding and more. We believe in building enduring relationships with our communities. We do this because we have a passion of all things design and media and have ambitions of working with and creating the brands of tomorrow. At busy times, it’s difficult to appear active online, so I take photos and share others on Instagram.

What do you love about the area in which you live?

I like the estate I live in and I’ve moved here so I’m close to my family.

Tell us something to surprise us.

My background, I haven’t gone to University or College. I was a car technician, and I just threw it all to the side and went into this and it’s worked! That’s my surprise.

If you’d like to find out more about Daniel his website is 

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 newsSaddleworth area of Oldham. Breathtaking views of the Saddleworth villages and the imposing moorland landscape of the Peak District National Park await.


Swimming Nature with Fiona Smith

Manor House barn - saddleworth newsReporter : 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, great student relationships, bespoke learning and the use of technology.

What sets you apart from the rest?

The key is our world-class instructors who work individually with students to ensure rapid learning and a tuition experience unlike any other. We don’t just coach you to swim – we coach you to swim beautifully!

Why should parents choose Swimming Nature?

If you want the best for you and your child then there is no better choice on the market than Swimming Nature. Lessons have already begun there and the feedback is great.

Tell us more about where the lessons are held.

Manor House Barn is the location of the pool. The barn is on Mill Lane in Dobcross, Saddleworth.

What do you love about the area?

When I visit the venue in Saddleworth I adore driving through the moors, it’s breath-taking!

Surprise us!

The owner of the pool used to swim for England, in the Commonwealth Games, his twin daughters swim nationally too. It’s a real sporting family that love swimming and they have gave Saddleworth and the surrounding area access to their beautiful pool to learn to swim.

To find out more about Swimming Nature, visit, or email and quote “Manor House Barn” to arrange your free trial.

Oldham Athletic team up with Emmaus for World Homeless Day

Saddleworth newsReporter : 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 14 October.

Darren Phillips, a companion at Emmaus Mossley met with players and staff at OAFC’s Park to share his personal experience of life on the streets and how he has benefitted from being part of the Emmaus community.

Darren told Saddleworth News: “Thank you to Oldham Athletic for welcoming me to the club. It was good to talk to the players and staff about homelessness as it can affect anyone from any walk of life. Our community is very grateful for the support and donations we’ve received from Oldham Athletic and we look forward to meeting everyone again soon.”

World Homeless Day aims to draw attention to homeless people’s needs locally and provide opportunities for the community to get involved in responding to homelessness. The inaugural World Homeless Day was marked on the 10th of October 2010 and has been observed every year since.

Peter Clarke, OAFC Captain, told Saddleworth News: “It was great to meet Harry and Darren from Emmaus, it was nice to get an insight into what Emmaus is all about.”

OAFC have supported Emmaus Mossley throughout 2017 with donations, visits to the club and player tours of the charity’s community base at Longlands Mill in Mossley. More is planned throughout the winter months in support of Emmaus Mossley’s outreach work, helping those who are street homeless.

Wendy Noble, Oldham Athletic Community Trust Operations Manager, added: “We have worked closely with Emmaus over the last year, and I have been Saddleworth newsfortunate to go to Emmaus several times. I have now got a better understanding of what’s involved and the great work they do within the community, we are looking forward to continuing our support throughout the season.”

The partnership between OAFC and Emmaus Mossley is part of the club’s outreach work in the community. Using the power of football, Oldham Athletic Community Trust works with groups and organisations to provide positive opportunities through sport to inspire the local community.

Emmaus Mossley supports 26 formerly homeless people by providing them with a home and work in a community setting. The charity runs a social enterprise in Mossley, selling donated and upcycled furniture, household goods, clothes, bric-a-brac and vintage wares.

To find out more or support Emmaus Mossley head to If you would like to get involved or donate an item, please call 01457 838608 or visit the store at Longlands Mill, Queen Street, Mossley OL5 9AH.

The Saddleworth News Photography Awards

Pannine Photographic and Binocular Centre RochdaleReporter : 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 publish by Saddleworth News.  This poll, found at the bottom of the images,  is running for a week. Good luck to all of those that have been shortlisted. RA


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#Oldhamhour network over a curry

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Photo: Robert Cragg

Reporter : Ruby Anstee

Local movers and shakers have met to connect and do business over a curry at Blue Tiffin restaurant in Royton. Over 40 people gathered together last Wednesday, a mix of start up business to long established Oldham company’s of varying sizes, local charities and sports clubs.

#OldhamHour is a twitter marketing initiative for local businesses and the Oldham community. Business owners and the public, from Oldham and surrounding areas, gather online on twitter every Monday evening 9-10pm, to talk to each other, ask for help and share news of services and events they’re involved in. Last month the #hour reached over 110,00 people. Many local business, charities, clubs, events have gained from interacting on #Oldhamhour, helped local people find a job, connected

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Photo: Robert Cragg

business who are now working with each other and helped sport clubs with sponsorship deals.


#Oldhamhour was started in April 2014 by a handful of local business owners and since then it has mushroomed in popularity. It is primarily run as an interactive session on Monday evenings, however some users prefer to pop by and read information without obviously being present and also pick up on the #oldhamhour during the week.

Organisations attending the curry feast included Whittaker Design, OCL, AFC Oldham, Ryder & Dutton, AC Tyres, Oldham Athletic, Andy Hall, Jude Gidney Photography, Cornerhouse Cakes, Simply Skin, Studio G Photography, All about Oldham, Sports Physio UK, Doing Biz for Yourself, Muz Khan, Kashif Ashraf, Think 4 IT, Live Oldham, Mahdlo, Action Oldham, Dale bathrooms, Saddleworth Magazine, Sensibly Designed Limited, Print and Web Design,  KP Life Coach, Darren Robinson Photography, Forty3, Targamar Dog Grooming and Saddleworth News.

Let’s have a chat

Lee Hollinworth of Whittaker Design, one of the founder members and ongoing administrator of #Oldhamhour, told Saddleworth News: ‘It’s all very positive. It covers so much about Oldham and how lots of us are working together for the benefit of each other in the local business community together with Charities, events and therefore our town.’

Jude Gidney of Jude Gidney Photography, another founding member, told Saddleworth News : “It’s great to get Oldham talking. We set the initiative up to help bring together the people and businesses of Oldham, as there was nothing similar nor reaching such a wide audience around. It’s amazing where it’s gone, led mainly by Lee’s enthusiasm and drive.”







The Red Lion, Lees – Sports and Food

Saddlleworth NewsPaul and Connie run The Red Lion Pub in Lees. They have recently refurbished it and want to let sports lovers in the area know what they do. Over a coffee, we chatted with the owner.


Tell us a little more about who you are

I’m Paul. Mum, Connie, took over the Red Lion in 2008. I came into the business in 2012. I’m in charge of the bars and Mum’s in charge of the kitchen. After the refurb. in July, we’ve been really busy. We’re getting a lot of people coming in that we’ve never seen before and they’re coming back, so must be enjoying it. It’s good for the area as Lees needs a boost.

What does your pub offer?Saddlleworth News

We offer sports and food.  We show everything on our big TVs  from Rugby to Tennis to Football. We’re also a weekend venue, people come in for a good night out. It’s also busy during the day time as people come in for food and to watch the sports.

Tell us about your food

Burgers, chicken wings, hot dogs, American basket kind of food,  eat it with your fingers food. It’s all home cooked food. We’ve run the menu for a couple of months now and found out what people like and don’t like now. We serve food every day 12-8pm, and on the weekend we start food at 10 am til 8pm. At the weekend we serve breakfasts. They go down well. The breakfast are basically your full monty: sausage, bacon, eggs, Portobello mushrooms, hash browns, tomatoes.

The Sports channels are on the TV all the time, when a big match is on the sound comes on rather than the background music. We’ve got 2 different rooms so if people don’t want to listen to the commentary they can go into the tap room where we just have background music and the live TV muted.

Plans for the coming yearSaddlleworth News

We’re looking at refurbishing our function room upstairs for functions and parties.

What sets you apart from others?

Sports/Food combination is our thing. We are the place to come to watch any live sports!

Follow The Red Lion on Facebook here. 



‘Five close pals doing some good for the beautiful world we live in’

Reporter: Judith Grinter

‘Five close pals doing some good for the beautiful world we live in’

Calvin, Tom, Sam, Jack and Josh have set themselves a challenge and aim to complete the National 3 Peaks Challenge. The three peak challenge involves the guys climbing the three highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales within 24 hrs. Ben Nevis (1,344 m or 4,409 ft), is the highest mountain in Scotland, Scafell Pike (978 m or 3,209 ft), is the highest […]

Calendar boys

Reporter : Judith Grinter

12 rugby players have bared all to raise funds for charity.

The Saddleworth WI annually produce a calendar to raise funds for their chosen charities. This year, one of their chosen charities is the Saddleworth Rangers. Jess Moreland, President of the Saddleworth WI, told Saddleworth News: ” What better to do than to arrange a retake on the famous ‘Calendar Girls’ edition but with the boys?”

The calendar involved 12 of the Saddleworth Rangers past and […]

Jazzing up their daily commute…

Reporter : Judith Grinter Unsuspecting commuters were treated to two early-morning jazz gigs at Huddersfield railway station this morning.

The Jeremy Platt Trio will perform at the station using a piano which has been donated to the station for passengers to play while they wait for their trains.

The 20-piece Greenhead College Big Band will then took over helping to lift commuters’ spirits on their way into work.

The gigs launch this year’s Marsden Jazz Festival which will see […]

Think you don’t like Gin?

Diggle school PTA have organised a fabulous Gin tasting evening to raise funds for Diggle School. Its hosted by ‘The Gin Lab’. It’s October 13th, Kiln Green hall, Diggle. The tickets are £25 and include 4 premium G&Ts, nibbles, games and a raffle.

The bar will be open afterwards too!

For tickets please contact Tracy Buckley on 07595 729159

Debbie backs calls for disability awareness training for taxi and minicab drivers

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, is supporting Guide Dogs for the Blind Association’s (Guide Dogs) call for all taxi and minicab drivers to undertake disability equality training so they understand the rights and needs of disabled passengers and feel confident to offer assistance.

The Equality Act 2010 makes it illegal for a taxi or minicab driver to refuse to take an assistance dog or to charge extra for carrying it. However, Guide Dogs’ research found that 42% […]