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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 Hippodrome,

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!

Come on! Let’s Carry On… Regardless!

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

Sun 26th November HOLMFIRTH – Picturedrome

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

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

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

Autum EquinoxKathryn 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 life!

When asked about the autumn workshop, Kathryn told Saddleworth News  “A lot of people are quite concerned that summer is over and going into winter they find it very difficult. The changing season is a reflection of what’s happening inside. If we tune ourselves into the harmony of the seasons, when day and night are the same length, it’s time for us to start to think about looking inward and preparing for winter. It’s  time to start  thinking about what we ourselves have harvested over the last year, what’s gone well and making the most of that, what hasn’t gone well and what we can let go of, just like the trees shedding their leaves.

“Each workshop  I do over the year, at each Equinox, picks up a similar theme of involving the coming season. The Spring Equinox workshop is the opposite to the Autumn, turning outward and seeing what energy you want to manifest over the coming year. The workshops are intended to help people to harmonise with their environment and to use the energy that we can all feel and use that energy in a positive way to move forward in our lives. At present its windy and rainy and a lot of people feel unsettled. ”

Using her knowledge and experience built up over 30 years working with a wide variety of people in both the industrial and charitable sectors, Kathryn enjoys helping others to fulfil their potential whatever their age and personal circumstances. She has a uniquely tailored approach combining a wide range of techniques aimed at getting the best out of everyone and breaking through blockages.

Kathryn is a trained coach and counsellor, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Reiki master. She is also currently collaborating with a local writer to illustrate a practical self-help book ‘ Wisdom from Within’. Her business is called Dragonfly Personal Development and more details can be found on Facebook.

Autumn Equinox Celebration Workshop

Date: Friday 22nd September 2017, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Join me for an inspirational evening to celebrate the harvest and balance of the Autumn Equinox the balancing point between the extreme energy of the Summer and Winter Solstices when we can harness Kathryn Phillips Pause for thoughtenergy to unite our whole selves and bring balance into our lives.
We will use the energy of the Equinox to find inner harmony, celebrate all the good things we have experienced this year and contemplate what we want to leave behind as the wheel of the year turns.

• Guided visualisation, meditation and sharing
• Activities to focus your intention
• Intimate group environment
• Light refreshments
• Fire ceremony

Testimonials: ‘A lovely, warm, nurturing evening’ ‘Enlightening, emotional and excellent workshop’ ‘Loved it’ ‘Meditation very relaxing and calming’

Want to join Kathryn ‘s session? Book here 

Kathryn ended her chat with Saddleworth News with a pause for thought:
“Getting back into a routine after summer can often be achieved by short sharp burst of energy and putting a time in your diary to spend with yourself”


Saddleworth Historical Society Dates for October


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

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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, rising from 92 in 2014 to 110 this year.

Dunlins are small wading birds that love breeding in wet hilly places and have been gradually increasing at Dovestone over the past decade after virtually vanishing from the area in the early 2000s. Golden plovers are medium-sized wading birds that also favor nesting on wet bogs and, likewise, their numbers have been steadily growing at the reservoir in recent years.

The RSPB, which manages Dovestone in partnership with landowner United Utilities, has discovered a direct correlation between this increase of breeding wading birds and the restoration of blanket bog at the site.

Healthy blanket bogs, which are found on wet hilly plateaus, can provide great benefits both for people and wildlife. As well as provide insect food for birds, they lock up harmful carbon, improve water quality by acting as a natural filtration system and prevent flooding by slowing down the water flow.
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However, like much of this habitat in the UK, Dovestone’s had been damaged by past industrial air pollution with the surface vegetation and peat-building sphagnum mosses having almost completely died out, leaving large areas of bare, dried out peat.

Since 2005, United Utilities and the RSPB have been working to restore Dovestone’s bog by covering the bare damaged peat with new vegetation, blocking gullies to raise the water table and sowing new sphagnum moss. The increase in breeding waders appears to be rising in direct response to the improving habitat.

Dave O’Hara, RSPB site manager at Dovestone, told Saddleworth News: “It’s no coincidence that numbers of breeding waders at Dovestone began to increase at the same time we began to restore the blanket bog with our partner United Utilities. It’s gratifying and inspiring to see our continuing restoration work paying off with more and more wading birds nesting here every year.

“Thanks to generous funding from WREN, we are currently in the middle of Sowing the Moss, a three year project where we are working with volunteers to plant more sphagnum, which will help rebuild the bog. Restoring Dovestone’s bog is a huge long-term undertaking but it’s such an important habitat that brings so many benefits for wildlife and people that it’s well worth all the effort that everyone has – and continues – to put in.”

Ed Lawrance, Catchment Partnership Officer at United Utilities, told Saddleworth News: “The moorland restoration work is a long-term project, originally driven by our approach to improve water quality in a sustainable way, reducing treatment costs for our customers. It’s wonderful to see the dramatic result it has had for wading birds at Dovestone. It’s a brilliant example of a win-win partnership and we are very proud of what’s been achieved.”


Saddleworth School Poll – Looking at the Results

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In Feb 2015 and then again in Aug 2017 Saddleworth News polled its readers asking where they would prefer the new Saddleworth School to be built. Saddleworth School is the local mixed-sex secondary school educating children of 11 to 16 years of age. It is presently located in Uppermill, Saddleworth.

The poll was conducted purely out of interest. The school awaits being built.

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Amber weather warning for the region

Reporter Ruby Anstee

An amber weather warning has been issued for the region between 00.05 and 06.00 tomorrow morning ( Wed 13). Storm Aileen will bring a brief spell of very strong winds with gusts up to 65-75 mph during the early hours of the morning. Thanks to @ChadWeather for the updates.

CCTV footage of Armed Robbery in Middleton

Officers have released CCTV after an armed robbery at a shop in Middleton. At around 9.55pm on Tuesday 8 August 2017, two men armed with a machete and a sledgehammer entered the Spar on Hollin Lane. They both ran into the store before the one armed with the machete punched a staff member in the face, while the one armed with the sledgehammer jumped over the counter and forced money from the tills.

After gathering a large amount of […]

Emmaus to celebrate its 20yrs in Mossley

Homelessness charity Emmaus Mossley will hold a day-long community event next weekend to celebrate its twentieth anniversary.

The ‘20th Birthday Bash’ will take place on Saturday 16 September and mark 20 years since the opening of the Emmaus Mossley community building at Longlands Mill. Over the years the community has grown and it is now home to 26 companions – formerly homeless people who live and work at Emmaus Mossley.

The event will include special guests, live music, DJs, food […]

Thank you dinner for Dr Kershaws in Uppermill eatery

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Rob Norbury and the team at Muse Bar & Eatery in Uppermill are generously donating a meal for 25 people involved with the Oldham charity, Dr Kershaw’s Hospice.

On the 26th September, former Hollyoaks actor Rob is hosting a dinner at Muse for a selected group of community members associated with the charity to thank them for their hard work and support.

Dr Kershaw’s is a hospice that provides specialist palliative care for adults with non-curable, life-limiting illnesses in a […]