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

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Saddleworth News Gallery

Saddleworth News is known to post images of the area on facebook, twitter and on the site, on a regular basis, as well as photographs taken at functions and events. We now have a photo gallery for you to enjoy and to purchase prints. Jude Gidney Photography has been a long standing advertiser with Saddleworth News, and we welcome the expertise photographic input and hosting of the Gallery. The gallery will be updated on a regular basis.

Please visit […]

Two attempted kidnappings in Rochdale

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Police are appealing for the public’s help after two attempted kidnappings in Rochdale. At around 4pm on Monday 2 October 2017, the first attempted kidnapping took place on Crossgates Road in Milnrow. A 12-year-old girl had been walking along the road when a white Renault Transit van pulled up alongside her, explaining that she could have a lift anywhere she wanted to go. When he continued to try and talk to the young girl, she ran away […]

Raspberry Pi in Space for the Saddleworth Air Training Corps

Reporter: Judith Grinter

Saddleworth Air Training Corps have hopes and plans of running a Raspberry Pi experiment on-board the International Space Station next month.

In September cadets from 2200DF (Saddleworth) Air Cadets wrote a computer code to send to the International Space Station as part of a wider initiative run through the Raspberry Pi Foundation, known as Astro Pi. The code was written in the coding language of Python, as used by the cadets at school.

For some of those […]

Roland Gift of the Fine Young Cannibals plays in Manchester


Roland Gift, one of modern music’s true torchbearers and the charismatic front man of the Fine Young Cannibals, is back in the pop arena with his new solo album, the self-titled Roland Gift. “The Cannibals sort of officially dissolved in 1996,” says Gift.

Roland Gift is performing at the Manchester Club Academy on December 9. Gift looks forward to more live shows, where he will perform the new songs from Roland Gift and some classic fan favorites. “There […]

Blank shots fired in Oldham

Detectives are investigating after blank shots were fired in Oldham.

Shortly after 11.50pm on Monday 16 October 2017 a man was seen with a gun on Waltham Street in Alexandra.

He fired the gun a number of times – but it was not aimed at anyone – before walking away in the direction of Roundthorn Road.

Officers attended and recovered blank cartridges which suggest no bullets were fired.

The man was described as white, between 60 and 70 and was […]

Saddleworth Male Voice Choir’s Concert of Remembrance

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Oldham Half Marathon

Photo : Jude Gidney

The Oldham Half Marathon, one the toughest halfs in the UK, takes place this Sunday 15 Oct.

The event, which kicks off at 9.30am, will see runners challenged by over 1100ft of ascent. The gruelling race covers a 13.1 mile run through Oldham and its many miles of countryside, taking a hilly route through the spectacular Saddleworth area of Oldham. Breathtaking views of the Saddleworth villages and the imposing moorland landscape of the Peak District […]

Swimming Nature with Fiona Smith

Reporter : Judith Grinter

Fiona Smith has brought Swimming Nature to a swimming pool in Saddleworth. Saddleworth News asked her more about it.

What is Swimming Nature?

Swimming Nature is the UK’s market leader in delivering premium and bespoke swimming tuition and is now available here in Saddleworth! Our tuition experience can be likened to premium Personal Training in the water as we only specialise in 1-1’s and 1-2’s for children and adults. Our passion is for personal attention, […]

Oldham Athletic team up with Emmaus for World Homeless Day

Reporter : Stuart Littleford

On this year’s World Homeless Day, players and staff from Oldham Athletic Football Club (OAFC) are teaming up with homelessness charity Emmaus Mossley to raise awareness.

To mark the day, OAFC players and staff recently met with formerly homeless people supported by Emmaus to understand more about homelessness. The club has donated tickets and football boots to those supported by the charity and will hold a bucket collection at the game against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday […]

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 […]

#Oldhamhour network over a curry

Photo: Robert Cragg

Reporter : Ruby Anstee

Local movers and shakers have met to connect and do business over a curry at Blue Tiffin restaurant in Royton. Over 40 people gathered together last Wednesday, a mix of start up business to long established Oldham company’s of varying sizes, local charities and sports clubs.

#OldhamHour is a twitter marketing initiative for local businesses and the Oldham community. Business owners and the public, from Oldham and surrounding areas, gather online on […]

The Red Lion, Lees – Sports and Food

Paul and Connie run The Red Lion Pub in Lees. They have recently refurbished it and want to let sports lovers in the area know what they do. Over a coffee, we chatted with the owner.


Tell us a little more about who you are

I’m Paul. Mum, Connie, took over the Red Lion in 2008. I came into the business in 2012. I’m in charge of the bars and Mum’s in charge of the kitchen. After the refurb. […]