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Boutique baby sales ensure pre-loved and fabulous items

A new Baby Sale is coming to a venue near you. Boutique Baby organiseSaddleworth news preloved baby sales where people can sell all their preloved stuff and take 100% of the profits.

Sellers can book a stall on the website and sell their pre-loved baby and children’s items. Stalls are £10 for a 4ft one or £15 for a 8ft one, then the sellers keep all the money from the day. Business and Craft stalls are also welcome but we have a limited number of business and craft stalls available so businesses should contact us before booking a table.

Parents, Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles are encouraged to come along and buy some pre-loved bargains for Saddleworth Newstheir little ones or if they are expecting some real bargains are to be had.

At each sale there will be over 25 stalls packed with quality pre-loved baby and children’s (approx 0-5 years) items such as Toys, Clothes, Prams, High Chairs, Equipment. Entrance is £2 per adult and children are Free! There is no need to pre-book your entry tickets, just turn up on the day and pay on the door.

The next sale is on 7th October 11 til 1pm at Waterhead Academy, Oldham. Saddleworth news



Two teachers on a gruelling mission


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Two teachers, Mr Henley and Mr Casey, from St Anne’s Lydgate School, are taking on the gruelling task of the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge on 7 October. They are aiming to raise £500 to help towards new sports equipment and supporting activities.

The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge takes on the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, usually in this order, and in under 12 hours. These peaks form part of the Pennine range, and encircle the head of the valley of the River Ribble, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It involves 24 miles, heights of up to 1500m and all within 12 hours.

Mr Henley told Saddleworth News: “Lots of children and the community as a whole would appreciate all the support we can get.”

Visit their crowdfunding page here. Saddleworth



A future star ✨and Halloween screams 🎃…

Saddleworth news Greenfield’s Off The Rails Comedy Club has become a firm fixture in the local entertainment scene since starting out in 2001. The small, but perfectly formed comedy club has played host to the vast majority of big comedy names at some point or other. Jack Whitehall took some of his first, faltering steps there as did HBO star Jim Jefferies.

Win two tickets by telling us who your favourite comic is here. *

Someone who could be following in their esteemed footsteps is Elliot Steel. Although here for the first time and only in his twenties he has an impeccable comedy pedigree thanks to his father; comedian, writer and broadcaster, Mark. One important difference though is their politics;

“Your fight was against Thatcher and Blair and the Iraq War” he told his father in a joint interview in The Scotsman last year.“MyOff the rails comedy, Saddleworth News fight is with ‘social justice warriors’ who sit on the internet.”

Politics aside you can be sure that whatever Elliot chooses to discuss it’s going to be very funny indeed! The show is a fundraiser for St Thomas Moor side Scouts woho will be aiming to raise a thousand pounds with the help of Elliot, Vince Atta, Tamar Broadbent and MC Rob Riley.

Halloween has become increasingly popular over the last few years so the Off The Rails team decided that if you can’t beat em…

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Sunday 29th October promises to be an absolute scream with former circus acrobat Martin Mor introducing transvestite metal head and Jack The Ripper enthusiast Andrew O’Neill. The show is rounded off by the always hilarious yet ever so slightly scary Ian Cognito. You can find out details about all the above shows and acts at or ring Rob on 07874 152 338



*Only one entry per email address. Winner is decided on a random number generator basis. No one under the age of 18 may enter. Tickets must be collected by the winner on the night with confirmation of the win. Tickets are not refundable or transferrable. The conduct of the winner on the night is no responsibility of Saddleworth News.

Government launches consultation on criteria required to disqualify councillors and mayors

Debbie Abrahams MP

Reporter  Ruby Anstee

Following pressure from Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, Saddleworth Parish councillors and residents, the Government has launched a public consultation on the criteria required to disqualify individuals from public office.

Debbie first convened a meeting between parish councillors and the local government minister, Marcus Jones MP, in May 2016, to discuss why rules allowed disgraced Saddleworth parish councillor, Mike Buckley, to remain as a parish councillor following a conviction for downloading indecent images of children.

Debbie welcomed news of the consultation after her prolonged lobbying, saying: “I’m pleased that the Government is finally launching this consultation.

“Saddleworth Parish Council has found itself in an unenviable situation which has affected the smooth running of parish council business for far too long.

“Although, it is deeply regrettable that the Government has taken so long to react to such a serious safeguarding issue. These delays do not reflect well on politics, politicians or democracy.

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“I have always said we need a change in the law; and quickly. The Government’s tardiness in publishing the consultation document doesn’t bode well for a speedy change to the law and I don’t expect it will be changed any time soon.

“I would encourage anyone who is concerned about the issue of how we remove councillors and mayors from office, should their behaviour fall below the standards we expect, to take part in the survey and share the link with their friends and family.”

Action Oldham celebrate 4yrs with a curry of favour

TSaddleworth newshis week we are celebrating Action Oldham Fund’s 4th Birthday. However, not with cake, but with curry! Action Oldham Fund supports good causes across the borough with grants, so they can make a real difference to local lives. With the help of generous local people and businesses we have been able to fund more than 80 community projects in the last four years, distributing over £330,000! We are celebrating, that together, we are transforming Oldham
Local curry houses are all creating change with curry by donating £1 for every Chicken Tikka main meal sold this week! (18-24 September)

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Action Oldham Fund grants give vital support to the smaller, local groups who are enhancing health and well- being on our doorsteps or rebuilding lives affected by poverty, crime, isolation or unemployment in our own neighbourhoods.
Clare Taylor, Action Oldham Fund Development Co-ordinator, Action Together said “Our friends in these restaurants have been consistently supported of local charities. For example, one of the curry houses has been very generous with Raffle prizes and with hosting charity events for us. It’s wonderful these restaurants wants to give back, and with over half of the population sating they would prefer to buy from business that give local, it’s a great offer for our Birthday week!”


If you ever needed an excuse to go for a curry, this is one!

The South are Perfect 10 for Holmfirth

The South, featuring former members of the great pop institution, The Beautiful South is playing in a town near you. Owing to popular demand the band has decided to play a second night and thanks, to Saddleworth News, you can win 2 tickets to see them on 26 Nov at Holmfirth Picturedrome,

The Beautiful South split in 2007, some members of the band didn’t feel ready to hang up their microphones or instruments just yet…  including singer Alison Wheeler and lifelong sax player Gaz Birtles. Since original singer, Dave Hemingway, left the group earlier this year, Gaz has now moved across to vocal duties.Saddleworth News They play the songs made famous by The Beautiful South and bring back the full flavour and excitement with the nine piece live band.

With the new reshuffle complete, The South are a full team again and raring to go! Their live show promises to continue to celebrate and perform the classic Beautiful South songs – A Little Time (the number one single), Perfect 10, Rotterdam, Old Red Eyes Is Back, Good as Gold, Don’t Marry Her. All performed again live, these songs, and many more, span an impressive 20 year career starting way back in 1989!

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The South are:
Alison Wheeler (Vocals), Gaz Birtles (Vocals), Phil Barton (Guitars), Steve Nutter (Bass), Dave Anderson (Drums), Karl Brown (Percussion), Gareth John (Trumpet), Su Robinson (Sax), Andy Price (Keys)

To enter and win* 2 tickets, please message Saddleworth News here with the answer to this question: 

What was The Beautiful South’s number one hit?

THE SOUTH – Autumn 2017 UK Tour Dates are:

Sun 22nd October WOLVERHAMPTON / BILSTON – Robin 2

Mon 23rd October STEVENAGE – Gordon Craig Theatre

Tues 24th October WEYMOUTH – Pavilion

Thurs 2nd November HALIFAX – Victoria Theatre

Fri 3rd November NEWARK – Palace Theatre

Thurs 16th November READING – Sub 89 Club

Fri 17th November HUNSTANTON – Princess Theatre

Sat 18 November SHEFFIELD – Plug

Sat 25th November HOLMFIRTH – Picturedrome – Box Office No:08444 780898/website 

Sun 26th November HOLMFIRTH – Picturedrome – Box Office No:08444 780898/website

Wed 29th November RUNCORN – Brindley

Thurs 30th November BURY ST EDMUNDS – Apex Theatre

Please visit The South’s website for details on booking

*The competition runs until Sat 23 Sept 12.00pm. 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 Holmfirth Hippodrome 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.


Missing girl with missing wanted man

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Reporter Ruby Anstee

Police searching for missing 17 year-old Chloe Campbell have revealed they believe she is with wanted 32-year-old saddleworth newsCraig Moran.

Craig Moran of Quinton, Lower Falinge, Rochdale, is wanted on suspicion of child abduction and on a recall to prison.

Chloe has been missing since Thursday 7 September 2017 and was last sighted in a bank on Yorkshire Street in Rochdale town centre and then again at Blackpool train station, both times she was with Moran.

Chloe is described as white, approximately 5ft 3in tall and of slim build with long brown hair and blue eyes. She is known to wear a black leather-style jacket with fur around the collar, dark ripped jeans and tan ankle boots.
Despite best efforts of officers, Chloe and Moran have still not been found. Police are hoping the public may be able to help with the search so Chloe can be brought home safely.
Detective Inspector Joanne Reid from GMP’s Rochdale Borough said: “We have genuine concerns for Chloe’s safety, particularly whilst she is in the company of Moran. There is no suggestion that Chloe was forcibly taken, however we need to bring her home to ensure she is safe.

Moran has a history of violence and is wanted on a recall for prison for breaching the terms of hiSaddleworth newss license. Due to Chloe’s age, he Mum2Mum Market Saddleworth NEwsis also wanted on suspicion of child abduction.

We think the pair may be in Blackpool, we have had potential sightings at the Pleasure Beach and the train station. Anyone who may have seen them is asked to contact police as soon as possible.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 8420 alternatively call 101 or anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Emmaus Mossley celebrates 20 years with a swing

Saddleworth News ISaddleworth Newsndie rock band Cabbage and Terry Waite CBE wowed the crowd at a day-long event to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of homelessness charity Emmaus Mossley.

Emmaus Mossley’s 20th Birthday Bash took place on Saturday 16 September, celebrating 20 years since the opening of the homelessness community at Longlands Mill. The free event for supporters of the charity included live music, special guests, a charity auction and fun activities throughout the day.

Terry Waite CBE, President of Emmaus UK, was one of the special guests at the event along with Richard Darlington, founder and President of Emmaus Mossley, and John Henshaw, actor and patron of the charity.

Terry  told Sadleworth News: “Congratulations to everybody who has contributed to the development of this wonderful centre. We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to so many people who have supported Emmaus Mossley over the years. I would like to give my thanks particularly to the companions who have made this their home and helped to create a living, lively centre for the local community to enjoy.”

Over the years Emmaus Mossley has grown and it is now home to 26 companions – formerly homeless people who live, work and are supported at Emmaus Mossley.

Jeff Greaves, companion at Emmaus Mossley who cut the birthday cake with Terry Waite CBE, told Saddleworth News: “It was a fantastic day for Emmaus Mossley and I’m glad I was a part of it. Cutting the cake with Terry was a fun experience, especially after the comedy moment beforehand. Thank you to everyone who attended our wonderful party.”

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ASaddleworth Newsn eclectic mix of local bands and musicians performed throughout the day including Cabbage, Danny Mahon, Kyla Brox, The Piccadilly Rats, Afghan Sand Gang, The Pistuns, Night Host, Good Vibrations, Dobcross Brass Monkeys and Lydgate Brass Band.

Frances Hirst, Chair of Emmaus Mossley told Saddleworth News: “The event was a fitting tribute to the many people who have supported Emmaus Mossley over the past two decades. I would like to give sincere thanks to all the people who joined us to celebrate and to all the musicians, individuals, organisations and our community members for their contributions in making it a great birthday event for Emmaus Mossley.”

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.

A Silver Winning Trophy for Boarshurst’s Silver Band

Boarshurst Silver Band Saddleworth newsBoarshurst Silver Band Saddleworth newsBoarshurst Silver Band are proud winners the 2nd section at the 2017 national finals of Great Britain. Last weekend the band travelled to The Centaur, Cheltenham and played their hearts out.

The brass band equivalent of the football league, the National Brass Band Championships sees over 600 bands from across the country compete in 8 regional heats; culminating in 2 finals events.

Keith Welsh, a mainstay of the band, told Saddleworth news: “Obviously we are extremely proud of this achievement. Not just because of the fact that we won but also because we feel the band is an integral part of the Saddleworth culture and history.

“Bringing the trophy back home to Greenfield was one of the proudest moments for players of the band.”


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Sadly, the band’s secretary, Janet Payne, passed away earlier in the year. Keith told Saddleworth News: “Janet was a tour de force in the banding community and well respected in Saddleworth. She would have been overjoyed at the result this weekend which made the win even more emotional for the band members as we could only wish that she had been here to celebrate with us.”


Folk Night in Greenfield

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Saddleworth Male Voice Choir are organising a charity folk night at the Boarshurst Band Club on Friday 6th October. The proceeds are in aid of Action Duchenne which is the choir’s nominated charity for 2017/18.

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Looking for Santas

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The Roundtable in Saddleworth are again looking for any Santas who would like to run for them in the annual Santa Dash. It makes for an amusing spectacle and a great fund raiser. If you wish to join in the fun, sign up now


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Autumn, a time for letting go and finding time for yourself

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Kathryn Phillips is running an autumn workshop next week to help with the stresses and strains that many of us are feeling as the season changes from Summer to Autumn.

Kathryn is a creative life coach who can inspire and help you to achieve your goals and turn your dreams into reality. This could be career success, finding work /life balance, pursuing a healthy life style, personal and spiritual development, solving relationship issues or even finding the love of your […]

Saddleworth Historical Society Dates for October

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Wednesday 11th October 2017, 7.30pm. At the Saddleworth Museum, Uppermill, Saddleworth Historical Society has its Annual General Meeting followed by an Illustrated Presentation by Victor Khadem entitled “Saddleworth Chapel: From Foundation to Reformation.”

All welcome, but a charge of £3 on the night for non-members. Prospective new members most welcome. Refreshments available.

Record numbers of birds seen at Dovestone

Golden Plover

Reporter Ruby Anstee

Wading birds gathered in record numbers at our beloved nature spot Dovestone Reservoir this breeding season, thanks to an ambitious ongoing bog restoration programme.

Over the summer, RSPB staff and volunteer surveyors recorded 49 pairs of dunlins at the Saddleworth site, up a quarter from the 39 pairs observed in 2014 and up five pairs on last year’s previous record of 44.

The RSPB also saw golden plovers increase at Dovestone by a fifth, […]