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

Past Articles

Local computer company giving children a helping hand at Christmas …

Saddleworth News

A computing company from Uppermill have gathered a large stash of presents and continue to do so for needy children in Manchester. The presents have been dropped off by locals to support Key 103’s ‘Mission Christmas’. All donations go to Cash for Kids Charity and are distributed around Manchester.

Infinity Computing have been a drop-off point for Mission Christmas for 4 years now. They told Saddleworth News : “Each year the pile gets bigger thanks to generous people bringing them […]

MPs Debbie Abrahams and Jonathan Reynolds visit homelessness charity Emmaus Mossley

Reporter : Allan Roach

Two Greater Manchester MPs have shown their support for homelessness charity Emmaus Mossley as they work to overcome the challenges presented by the government’s welfare reforms.

On Friday 27 October, Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, and Jonathan Reynolds, MP for Stalybridge and Hyde, had a tour of the Emmaus Mossley social enterprise, meeting with beneficiaries and staff to discuss homelessness and welfare reform.

Emmaus companion, Kris Wookey, took the MPs on a tour […]

Action Oldham celebrate 4yrs with a curry of favour

This 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 […]

Emmaus Mossley celebrates 20 years with a swing

Saddleworth News

Indie 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 […]

Beaten and left for dead by tram tracks

Saddleworth News - Carl and Mark Johnson

Reporter Mark Johnson

A man was left for dead following a vicious and sustained attack, which saw him suffering a fractured skull as well as a bleed on the brain and broken jaw.

Carl (25) originally from the Lees area was walking home after the Rochdale Feel Good Festival where he went into a fast food restaurant. Shortly after leaving the restaurant he was approached by a man who asked him for a cigarette. The CCTV shows Carl being knocked […]

Timings for the Saddleworth Rushcart 2017

Reporter Ruby Anstee Route and Times of the Saddleworth Rushcart Celebrations this weekend (26 and 27 Aug 2017)

… (please note, times are approximate)


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From 9:30 Uppermill Square; a few admin bits before Saddleworth Morris Men perform the Rushcart Dance. 10:15 Depart Uppermill Square to arrive Greenfield (opposite King Bill IV) 10:45 High Street to Chapel Lane to Chew Valley Road. 11:30 Depart Greenfield to arrive Uppermill Square 12:00 Chew Valley Road to Wellington […]

Support for local women’s charities by Oldham Theatre

Reporter Allan Roach

The town’s oldest amateur dramatics theatre, the Lyceum Theatre Oldham, thanks its audience’s continual support. This means that they able to donate to worthy charities in the community every year.

In 2017, they have chosen local charity Inspire Women, part of the Inspiring Futures Partnership CIC to receive £1000, whilst cancer charity Maggie’s Oldham receives £250. Ongoing plans to erect a statue of Oldham’s local suffragette Annie Kenney receives £50.

The main recipient is Inspire Women. […]

Talks and Things in Saddleworth


Thursday 31st August 2017, 7.30pm. At the Saddleworth Museum, Uppermill. Saddleworth Civic Trust has an Illustrated Presentation by Julian Somerville, entitled “The Royal Mail – 500 Years and Still Delivering.”

All welcome, No charge but prospective new members most welcome. Refreshments available for small charge.


Wednesday 13th September 2017, at 7.30pm. At the Saddleworth Museum, Uppermill. Saddleworth Historical Society has an Illustrated Presentation by Dr. Stephen Bowd entitled “John Dee and Elizabethan Lancashire.”

All […]

Friends of Bright Futures School to host Michael Buble Tribute Night

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Friends of Bright Futures School (FBFS), the parent teacher association of Bright Futures School for children with autism, in Grasscroft, is gearing up for its next charity fundraiser.

Following the success of the FBFS Lionel Ritchie Tribute night last October 2016, which raised nearly £1,000, and other fundraising events throughout the year, the team are now getting set for a night of swing and soul with a Michael Buble Tribute night!

The event will take place at […]

The Lees Village Service Station Charity Day is back!

Charity Day – Lees Village Service Station

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Lees Village Service Station, the Gulf-branded forecourt situated on St John Street, Lees is hosting its Charity Day on Sunday 11 September and everyone is welcome.

Owned by Frank Pullen for over 20 years and run by three generations of his family, the Gulf site is proud of its close links with the community and the popularity of its annual charity day.

“Last year our customers raised £600 for […]