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

Past Articles

Ian Brady’s body must be disposed of with ‘no music and no ceremony’

Moors Murderer Ian Brady’s body must be disposed of with “no music and no ceremony”, a judge at the High Court has ruled.

The decision was announced in London on Friday by the Chancellor of the High Court, Sir Geoffrey Vos. Brady, who used the name Ian Stewart-Brady, died aged 79 on May 15 this year but his remains have not yet been disposed of.

Sir Geoffrey had been asked by two local authorities to make decisions relating to the […]

Paul Young is coming to Manchester

Paul Young is coming to Manchester this coming Spring with special guest support band China Crisis.

Paul Young really came into his own with a formidably accomplished solo debut album, “NO PARLEZ” released in 83’ and including the number one single “Wherever I Lay My Hat” which maintained the number 1 spot for most of that summer followed by “Come Back And Stay” which maintained Paul’s presence at the top of the charts.

China Crisis are known for their […]

Daniel Parker is Forty3.

Daniel Parker is a young entrepreneur following his passion to design websites and help people with their online presence. His design business is Forty3. Saddleworth News wanted to find out a little more:

Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m based in Chadderton, Oldham but design websites for anyone in the Uk. 12 months ago I moved to the Oldham area and like being here.

How did you end up designing websites?

From a young age, I was always […]

The Saddleworth News Photography Awards

Reporter : Judith Grinter

Three images have been shortlisted by our celebrity judges in the Saddleworth News Photography Awards 2017. The theme of the awards is Summer in Saddleworth.

It is now time for the public to cast their votes as to which they want to choose as Gold, Silver and Bronze winners. There are small versions of the images on this page, larger versions upon clicking on the image. Each image is copyright to the photographer, with permission to […]

‘Five close pals doing some good for the beautiful world we live in’

Reporter: Judith Grinter

‘Five close pals doing some good for the beautiful world we live in’

Calvin, Tom, Sam, Jack and Josh have set themselves a challenge and aim to complete the National 3 Peaks Challenge. The three peak challenge involves the guys climbing the three highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales within 24 hrs. Ben Nevis (1,344 m or 4,409 ft), is the highest mountain in Scotland, Scafell Pike (978 m or 3,209 ft), is the highest […]

Debbie backs calls for disability awareness training for taxi and minicab drivers

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, is supporting Guide Dogs for the Blind Association’s (Guide Dogs) call for all taxi and minicab drivers to undertake disability equality training so they understand the rights and needs of disabled passengers and feel confident to offer assistance.

The Equality Act 2010 makes it illegal for a taxi or minicab driver to refuse to take an assistance dog or to charge extra for carrying it. However, Guide Dogs’ research found that 42% […]

Have you seen Ralph?

Video footage of a missing Tameside man has been released two months since he was last seen. Officers from Tameside have been searching for 74-year-old Geoffrey Ralph since he was last seen on Monday 24 July.

Large and extensive searches of Geoffrey’s favourite places to walk have been carried out with the help of colleagues at mountain rescue and the National Police Aviation Service, as well as hours of CCTV footage being examined. Despite widespread enquiries, he is yet to […]

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor DISCLAIMER: All information provided on Saddleworth News web-site is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute a legal contract between Saddleworth News and any person or entity unless otherwise specified nor reflect the paper’s views.

The author of this letter has requested that they prefer it to be posted anonymously.


It is great to see a healthy debate taking place with regards to the planning application for Saddleworth’s much needed new school. Many of […]

Howard is throwing off his mental chains with a new UK tour

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Howard Jones and the Electric Band Tour UK 2017

Howard Jones announces five very special UK Electric Band concerts for 2017. Howard Jones returns for a UK tour in November, his first since 2014, with his new and extended Electric Band; following a 24 date Headline tour of the USA.

Saddleworth News are able to offer two tickets to his performance on 24 Nov at Manchester O2 Ritz. Please answer this question – What was Howard Jones’ first ever […]

Statement – D4SS very much welcomes the new planning application

D4SS very much welcomes the new planning application for the new school to be built in Diggle. We see this as the start of the end of the process of getting the children of Saddleworth a new school that they so richly deserve.

A leaflet has been produced and distributed to Saddleworth homes by D4SS and Saddleworth Parents outlining the reason why this school needs to built in Diggle as soon as possible. The leaflet also explains how the public […]

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 […]

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 […]

A future star ✨and Halloween screams 🎃…

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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 […]

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 […]