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‘Celebrate Hanukkah safely’ warn firefighters after two house fires caused by candles


Saddleworth News and Life

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Firefighters are urging members of the Jewish community to take care with menorah candles to ensure thy have a safe and happy Hanukkah.

It comes after Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) attended two fires this weekend caused by unattended menorah candles, which caused severe damage to the homes involved. This year the Hanukkah, or Chanukah, festival began on Tuesday, December 12 and lasts until the evening of Wednesday, December 20. Each night one of the eight branches of the menorah is lit.

Watch Manager Simon Ryder, from Broughton Fire Station, told Saddleworth News: “We’ve attended two house fires in close succession where severe damage has been caused by fire and smoke. The residents have left the menorah candles burning and left their homes only to return to serious damage.
“In both cases what has been used is a candle substitute that looks a bit like a plastic shot glass filled with olive oil which is then placed on the candle holder. However, it appears as if these could be being placed on a slight angle so the flame is catching the plastic at the side and causing the burning fuel to drip down the side.”

Crews were called to Bishops Road, Prestwich, at 8pm on Friday (December 15) after a fire started in the dining room. When they arrived it appeared the fire was out but on closer inspection the oil from the candle had dripped down the wall and got under the floorboards where it had continued to burn.
Then at 6.42pm on Saturday (December 16) firefighters were called to a similar incident on Park Road, Salford, where the candle had set fire to paper or cardboard and spread, again causing severe fire damage to the dining room and smoke damage throughout.

Watch Manager Ryder continued: “Unfortunately on both occasions the inner doors were not closed so the rest of the house suffered smoke damage and in the Bishops Road incident there was a thick layer of black soot covering everything inside.
“I would urge people to take great care with candles, ensure they are placed in a sturdy holder away from flammable materials and never leave them unattended. When leaving the house or going to bed close internal doors and make sure you have a working smoke alarm on every level of your property.”

Firefighters have carried out Safe and Well visits on both properties and fitted new smoke alarms.

Ben Levy, Group Manager for Salford and Trafford, said: “Crews will be visiting properties within the surrounding area to give safety advice and offer Safe and Well visits to ensure we don’t see any further incidents like this and we will also be linking in with partner agencies and with our local Jewish community.
“Luckily nobody was injured but the families involved now have to face the devastation of not being able to return to their homes during what should be a special time of celebration with loved ones. We want to wish everyone a happy and safe Chanukah.”

If using a menorah it should be place on a sturdy, non-flammable surface such as marble, glass or metal. Do not place the candle holder near curtains or flammable materials, avoid areas where it could be easily knocked over and never leave a lit menorah unattended.

Snow in Saddleworth

Mum2Mum Market Saddleworth NEwsMore images from the recent snow fall in Saddleworth. If you’d like your images shared over the Festive period, please send to

Angela Barrow

Beautiful Snowy Christmas Trees at The Flying Teapot

The Flying Teapot Café on Manchester Road, under the shadow of Woodend Mill’s Chimney, in Mossley is selling quality beautiful Christmas trees, shrouded in snow this morning.

The Café had a shipment of 200 hundred trees and has only a few left ready for collection, or delivery. Saddleworth News purchased their Christmas tree from them last year and was very pleased with the longevity of the needles staying on the tree, and the wonderful smell it gave to the whole of the house.

The Café is a known favourite to Saddleworth News reporters, often meeting there over a coffee or lunch. They have a good menu with a range of dishes, and are especially known for their full English breakfasts, much enjoyed by all the family. The Café has a separate warm hut especially for dog walkers, so all welcome. In the summer the enclosed garden is a real suntrap, and children (and adults alike!) will be delighted by a small zoo of creatures from birds to rabbits. The Flying Teapot is also a good place to pick up a plant or two for the garden.

Pop down there today to collect your tree and stop for a coffee – but be quick as the trees are going like the hot cakes that they sell in the café!!

Police asking for help to find Keith Sidlow

Police are appealing for the public’s help to trace a missing man from Failsworth.

Keith Sidlow, 63, was last seen at his home address at around 4:45pm on Wednesday 13 December 2017.

He is described as white, around 5ft 10in tall and of medium build with short greying hair. He is believed to be wearing a black leather jacket.

Keith is known to frequent the Failsworth area.

Anybody with information about Keith’s whereabouts is asked to call 0161 856 918.

Michael Bolton announces he’s coming to Manchester

saddleworth news gglMichael Bolton is coming to Manchester during his 2018 UK tour. You may know him for his song writing and singing of “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” amongst numerous others.

Michael Bolton is a multiple Grammy Award-winning Singer, Songwriter and Social Activist, who has sold more than 65 million records worldwide. Bolton remains committed to humanitarian causes, especially through the Michael Bolton Charities, now in its 24th year.

In recognition of his artistic achievements, Michael won 2 Grammys for Best Pop Male Vocal Performance (nominated four times), 6 American Music Awards, and a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. As a songwriter, he has earned over 24 BMI & ASCAP Awards, including Songwriter of the Year, 9 Million-Air awards, and the Hitmakers Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. To date, Michael has seen 8 studio albums rank in the Top Ten, with 9 #1 singles. He is preparing to release his 27th album, Songs of Cinema, a tribute to beloved songs from the world’s most iconic films.

Bolton has written with some of the greatest and most diverse talent of our time, including Bob Dylan, Paul Stanley, Lady Gaga, Diane Warren, and David Foster. Bolton’s songs have been recorded by the likes of KISS, Kanye West, Jay Z, Barbra Streisand, Cher, and Marc Anthony. Continuing to tour the world each year, Michael has performed with legacies such as Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, Renee Fleming and BB King.Saddleworth News

Michael’s songs and performances have been featured in numerous television and film soundtracks, including the Oscar-nominated theme song “Go the Distance” from Walt Disney’s blockbuster animated film Hercules and the recent Russell Crowe film Fathers & Daughters. He also executive produced the documentary Terror at Home addressing Domestic Violence in America, and was Emmy-nominated for writing the title song “Tears of The Angels”. Michael is currently completing a feature-length documentary, Gotta Keep Dreamin about the 21st Century Renaissance of Detroit.

2018 sees Michael Bolton back in the UK for a handful of selected UK Dates.

Coming to Manchester 11 February 2018

Sunday 11th February
MANCHESTER – Opera House
Box Office No: 0844 871 3018
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Doors – 7.00pm

Parents concerned about the future for Greenfield primary school

Reporter: Ruby Anstee

Children, parents and staff of Greenfield primary school are awaiting a decision by Oldham Council as to whether the proposed new-build school will go ahead.

The majority of parents, teachers and governors are for a new school that the council has proposed to be built in Greenfield. The planned new school building will double the intake capacity from 30 to 60 children per year, so allowing two classes per year group and two in the nursery. There is one class in each at present. The new plans are for relocation of the school to a field behind houses just up the road from the original school on Shaw street.  The old building will be demolished and the site used for grassing, a PE changing block and showers. There is a demand for places in the school as the school is ranked as outstanding by OFSTED. There is an increased demand from parents for places at the school and the Council are planning to fulfil that need. Children already attend the school from all around Saddleworth and surrounding area.

Dr Natalie Milner, a parent and governor of the school, told Saddleworth News: “We feel that the building isn’t big enough. There’s lots of problems with maintenance as it’s over 100 yrs old, and the children’s education would be improved by a better learning environment and so reflecting the standard of quality of the teaching that they are receiving.

“The new school will have one story allowing for 2 classes per year group and a larger hall and kitchen. The hall at the moment is very small. It makes it difficult to do things like PE, school dinners, shows and performances; we have to do these over about 4 performances as we can’t physically fit all the parents and children in. The kitchen at the moment is tiny, originally designed for cooking for a lot less children per year. Now we have over 30 children in each year.

“The children have been drawing pictures of the new school, they are excited. We hope they won’t be disappointed.”

Mr Wood,  Head teacher at Greenfield primary school, told Saddleworth News : “The plans have been in place now for over 2 years, with a few public consultations. We’d like our school built as soon as possible, and we don’t want the children to miss out. We’ve some exciting cutting edge studies with the children going on and we’d love to be doing them in a new school. ”

Natalie added: ” The funds are there and we’re concerned we’ll miss out if it’s not built soon. We’re not sure when the final decision will be made, we expect it before Christmas. We’d like to get our point across and would like people to have their say. At present there are 105 supporting and 11 objecting.”

Please have your say by voting here: Greenfield Primary School Proposal

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

Saddleworth News and Life

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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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 […]

Saddleworth in the snow

Jenny Martin – Mossley

A Kershaw – Pots and Pans

A 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.

Pauline Lewis of the Saddleworth Photography Group

Pauline Lewis – St Anne’s Church, Lydgate

Francine Clarke – […]

Have you seen 74yr old James?

Have 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.

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 […]

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 […]

Oldham Man jailed for sexually abusing a 15yr old girl

Saddleworth NEws

Reporter: 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 […]