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

Past Articles

Duck as the traffic flies past in Uppermill

Reporter: Ruby Anstee

There are doubts by locals as to whether new signs that have been put up by the council will make a difference to the safety of the wildlife in the Village. After ducks were recently hit by cars driving in Uppermill, unofficial ‘Geese in the Road’ signs were erected by local residents. The signs were mysteriously removed, and official ones have now appeared.

The new warning signs have been put up at the end of New Road, […]

Jail for Setting Up Fake Companies

A man who set up five fake companies to illegally gain over £175,000 has been jailed. James Simpson Taylor (4/3/60) of Ivy Green Drive, Oldham, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing, to conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation, five counts of fraudulent trading, and making an article for use in fraud.

On Tuesday 15 August 2017, he was sentenced to 36 months in prison at Manchester Crown Court, Minshull Street. Between 2014 and 2015 Taylor set up five companies […]

Yanks Weekend and its Characters

Reporter and photos Ruby Anstee

Every year in the Saddleworth area there is a time warp back to the 1940’s when celebrations take part, connected to the filming of a scene in the 1979 cinema release Yanks. Uppermill and Dobcross both take on a wartime look and many Characters can be spotted wandering around, chatting and dancing. I caught up with a few of the Characters and asked them how and why they do what they do. I have withheld […]

Dobcross as featured in ‘Yanks’ in 1978.

Saddleworth News Yanks

This weekend sees the 17th annual Yanks event taking place mainly in the Saddleworth Villages of Dobcross and Uppermill. It is a celebration connected to the fact that the film Yanks was filmed in part in the Village of Dobcross, Saddleworth.

Thanks to local Store Manager David Bradbury Saddleworth News can show you some archive images of the actual filming. ‘ I managed the local Co-Operative Store that was used in the Film’ says David.

 

Sponsored by Pawprints […]

Elk Mill brings magic of reading to life for Oldham Schoolchildren

 

Stuart Bogg

Elk Mill hosted schoolchildren from Oldham for a literacy-themed event designed to inspire them to develop a love of reading.

 

Children from Westwood Primary School, Richmond Primary School and St Hilda’s CofE Primary

School were treated to a storytelling session and fun, educational activities with staff from Smyths Toys. The schools were also given £100 of vouchers to purchase new books for their libraries.

The event was part of the Young Readers Programme, an initiative […]

New team for Saddleworth News

Saddleworth News is now in the hands of new owners who will soon be appointing their own team to carry on bringing you the latest news and information from the local area.

Current editor, Stuart Littleford, will be stepping down due to other press and business commitments but says he hope the new owners and editorial staff will “carry on enthusiastically” with the site and continue to maintain the high level of readership it has gained over the years.

Stuart […]

Headmaster proud after pupils highly commended in engineering awards

Some of the children with their awards

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

The headteacher of a Saddleworth primary school has told Saddleworth News how proud he is of the achievements of his pupils after they were highly commended in a national engineering competition.

Mike Wood, headteacher of Greenfield Primary School, told us that whole school had recently taken part in a fantastic competition by Primary Engineering and were given the task to answer the question ‘If you were an engineer, […]

Support needed from generous businesses to keep the Rushcart rolling

Last year’s Saddleworth Rushcart

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Saddleworth Morris Men are asking kind-hearted businesses to take up advertising space in the Rushcart programme so that the money raised can go towards Cart repairs and traffic management costs.

The body of the Cart was built in 2004, with the wheels from the previous one kept in service but heavily rebuilt in 2010. Due to their use since the first Rushcart, the wooden rims are now being replaced by third generation […]

The Saddleworth News Photography Awards 2017 looking to frame a Saddleworth Summer

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Photographers of all ages and abilities are invited to enter their photographs of Saddleworth into the Saddleworth News Photography Awards 2017 which start today.

The awards are a Saddleworth News Community Project in partnership with the Saddleworth Photography Group, which has been operational for over two years and has over 220 members.

The group set weekly practical challenges to help photographers learn from their own practice and from that of others. The group also provides a sounding […]

Oldham Labour Group to propose a motion calling for end to austerity at tomorrow’s Council meeting

Reporter: Allan Roach

The Oldham Labour Group will be proposing a motion calling for the end to austerity at tomorrow’s Oldham Council meeting.

The motion urges the Government to end the austerity programme which has had a massive detrimental impact on services, depressed wages and pushed more children in to poverty.

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Councillor Chadderton, the proposer of the motion, told Saddleworth News: “This Government’s austerity programme has failed the people of Oldham. Amongst the hardest hit are our teachers, […]

Saddleworth author looking for local backing for new fantasy book

Artwork from the book

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Saddleworth author and artist Carl Pugh and his co-author Dom Conlon are looking for local people to help crowdfund their latest Saddleworth inspired fantasy book, a book that is described as dark but never gruesome!

Badtime Stories contains 50 bite-sized tales of gothic fantasy, chillingly illustrated throughout by Carl.

The stories feature twins called Jacob and Jacob as they do their best to stay awake or escape their room in a world […]

Debbie Abrahams MP pledges to ‘start a conversation’ to tackle loneliness across Oldham and Saddleworth

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, is backing the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness by signing their online pledge to ‘start a conversation’ at www.jocoxloneliness.org/pledge

Debbie told Saddleworth News: “I met with the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness and made a pledge to tackle the issue across Oldham and Saddleworth by starting a conversation with someone.

“Loneliness is something I often see when I’m going door to door, meeting local people across Oldham and […]

North West Ambulance Award for Oldham and Saddleworth Liberal Democrats

Cllr Garth Harkness with Lisa Stanway from NWAS

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Oldham and Saddleworth Liberal Democrats have recently won an award from North West Ambulance Service.

Councillor Garth Harkness attended the North West Ambulance Cardiac Smart award on Friday 23 June 2017 in Leyland.

The awards were presented to groups who have helped make the local area more resilient in terms of improving the clinical outcomes of those who have unfortunately suffered a cardiac arrest.

The award also recognises […]

Oldham Council is reminding residents that there is one week left to enter the Bloom and Grow 2017 competitions

Reorter: Stuart Littleford

Oldham Council is reminding residents there’s only one week left to enter the Bloom and Grow 2017 competitions.

There’s six competitions to enter: photography, private garden, young photographer, blooming business, blooming pub or blooming restaurant.

They are looking for the best photos of Oldham and the best looking gardens, businesses, pubs or restaurants – there’s a prize to be won for the winners of each category.

The deadline to enter all the competitions is midnight Friday 7 […]