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

Past Articles

Save Foxdenton Hall – Soul and Motown Night

Although not in Saddleworth, Foxdenton Hall is very close by, in Chadderton, and once refurbished will make for a good day out for the whole family.

A group of passionate local residents, Chadderton Together, have been granted a lease by Oldham Council. They want to see Foxdenton Hall refurbished, reopened and available to the community again, so among other events they are organising a Soul and Motown evening: Friday 10 November 7.30 – 11.30 pm Chadderton Reform Club, Middleton Road […]

Concert of Remembrance by the Saddleworth Male Voice Choir

The Saddleworth Male Voice Choir will present their annual Concert of Remembrance at the Civic Hall, Uppermill on Saturday 11th November at 7.30pm.

In the first half of the concert the choir will sing a selection from their constantly changing repertoire of well-known male voice favourites followed by a sing-along of popular world war songs.

The second half of the concert will include the Act of Remembrance with the Standard Bearer of the Royal British Legion and a reading of […]

Saddleworth Literary Festival 2018

John Henshaw – Patron

And for the second year running, the line up for the Saddleworth Literary Festival has been announced.

This isn’t a high-brow literary festival, instead focusing on being a community event involving schools, businesses, local organisations and local councillors. It is a credit to those involved that on a very tight budget the festival manages to attract writers, poets and literary agents from all over the country as well as highlighting the enormous wealth of talent […]

It’s Gold, Silver and Bronze for Saddleworth Photographers

Reporter : Judith Grinter

Gold, Silver and Bronze awards were presented to local Photographers of the best three images in the Saddleworth News Photography Awards 2017 on Wednesday evening.

Paul Mills – Gold (Jenny Martin)

The Reclamation Room, Lees Street in Saddleworth was the venue of the 2017 Awards ceremony that saw keen photographers of Saddleworth events, landscapes and people proudly exhibiting their prized images. The photographic subject given to the entrants was ‘Summer in Saddleworth’. Gold, Silver and […]

Interview with local International Blues Singer Kyla Brox

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Jude Gidney

Reporter: Ruby Anstee

In Saddlworth News’ quest to find interesting and inspiring people in the area, I had the pleasure of meeting with Kyla Brox, local girl and international blues singer. Interview and a taste of Kyla performing with her band below:

Kyla, tell us about where you live. For 16 yrs I’ve lived on Carr Hill Road in Mossley. I originally came from Stockport, born and bred. There’s very big contrast between Stockport and […]

Toast! – Lots of people come as customers and leave as friends

Reporter Ruby Anstee

Last week Saddleworth News were invited to visited Toast! Coffee and Wine Specialists in Delph.

On arriving the atmosphere was very cosy, the space full of wine packing cases and coffee sacks suggesting a wine cellar. The lighting was ambient and the aroma of coffee as I walked in delicious and very inviting. Brian Hockenhall runs the business. It all started when Brian returned to the area, for family reasons, after working in Holland for Shell. He […]

Tenor Horn ‘Sticky Valves’ Not A Problem For Angela

SAddleworth news

A Saddleworth mum and band member, Angela Blythe, has released her first book. Her chronicle, the first in the Saddleworth Vampire Series, ‘Sticky Valves’ was released on 1st September and shot to number one in Horror Satire on it’s first day. It tells the tale of a Brass Band who have to fight to survive, when a sinister threat arrives in their village. Full of black humour, the story is a northern dark fairytale. It is fun and scary, but […]

Down to ten – SN Photography Award 2017 entries have been shortlisted

We had a huge number of entries to our photography awards this year. The Judges have now made a shortlist and those photographers on it alerted. Next our 2 celebrity Judges, John Stapleton and Donal McIntryre, will decide on their favourite 3. Saddleworth News will then bring these images to our readers and ask you to decide on the gold, silver and bronze winners.

Here are all the entries that were received. A great show and Saddleworth News says well […]

Flicks on Saturday in Denshaw

Calling playwrights – see your work on stage at Oldham’s oldest theatre

Saddleworth news theatre listings

Lyceum Theatre Oldham has set its sights on making you laugh with a season celebrating British Comedy in all its different forms. Spanning 80 years and many genres, 2017/18 is a season to make you smile. ( See listings below)

Next year, Lyceum Theatre Oldham is celebrating a significant birthday and is starting the celebrations by putting on stage three brand new plays created by its audience. PLOTFEST, launched this summer, asks local playwrights to send in new one-act plays […]

Moonlight and Magnolias for the Saddleworth Players

Saddleworth News - Millgate Arts Centre

Moonlight & Magnolias, a delightful madcap comedy that is also a valentine to the golden days of Hollywood, is being brought to the area by the Saddleworth Players at the Delph Millgate Arts Centre.

Legendary film producer David O. Selznick is five weeks into shooting Gone With the Wind when he realizes the script is awful, and that the director doesn’t have a clue. He has five days to replace them, and restart the shoot, or the production will shut […]

Did you know Wonder Woman lives nearby?

Reporter Ruby Anstee

Did you know that Mossley houses a lady with super powers working her way to greater things? Kerry Newton, has temporarily put down her teacher’s mortar board and exchanged it for Super Woman’s outfit. She has a mission to bring hope, strength and inspiration to others. After some recent hard times, Kerry, has decided to put her acting skills to good use to help others.

She told Saddleworth News” I’m a mum of an 18 yr old […]

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 […]

Community cinema in Mossley one step closer thanks to amazing eBay find

Regular cinema screenings in Mossley are one step closer as new community arts centre The Vale takes delivery of some theatre-style seating.

The 60 red velvet seats have recently been removed from The Muni theatre in Colne, as part of a £56,000 refurbishment project.

Eagle-eyed Leon Patel, one of the partners in The Vale social enterprise, spotted the redundant chairs on eBay and made contact with the Pendle valley theatre.

When Tony Dodd from Pendle Leisure Trust, which runs […]