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

Past Articles

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 Red Lion, Lees – Sports and Food

Reporter – Judith Grinter

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. […]

Oldham Kyokushinkai Karate Club welcomes new members

Senior lesson

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Oldham Kyokushinkai Karate club meets every Tuesday and Thursday night at Springhead Congregational Church to practice the strongest karate.

The club was established in 1975.


There are classes for both juniors and adults, first lessons are free and beginners are welcome.

Junior class starts at 7pm till 8pm on both days and seniors (16yrs and older) starts at 8pm till 9pm on both days.

The club is family friendly and welcomes […]

Saddleworth Village Olympics given new flag by Uppermill Methodist Church

The ladies of Uppermill Methodist Church with the SVO flag at the presentation

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Saddleworth Village Olympics recently organised a crown green bowling taster session at Friezland Bowling Club.

Organisers said the village Olympics crown green bowling second taster day at Friezland Bowling Club attracted some “fresh new faces” to the sport.

A spokesperson told Saddleworth News: “The organising committee will now assess the success of the event and decide whether or not to include this sport […]

Rangers set new world record!

A great team effort secured the record

Saddleworth Rangers amateur rugby league team has set a new world record for the longest ever game of touch rugby.

Over the bank holiday weekend 28 Saddleworth Rangers players kept a game of touch going continuously for 30 hours, 30 minutes and 30 seconds. It beat the previous time of 30 hours, set by Waterloo RU in 2012.

One of those involved, Dave Tyrell, said; “It was physically and emotionally demanding but […]

Saddleworth Rangers attempt world record this weekend

Saddleworth Rangers will this weekend attempt to break the world record for the longest ever game of touch rugby.

28 players will have to keep a game of touch going for 30 hours to beat the record, set by Waterloo Rugby Union club in 2012. On the other half of the main pitch, juniors, opposition teams and past players will take turns to also play continuously for 30 hours between them. The event takes place over the bank holiday on […]

The last ever Saddleworth & District Cricket League Tanner Cup final this Sunday

Saddleworth Cricket Club

This Sunday (16th August) will see the last ever Saddleworth & District Cricket League Tanner Cup final. The reason being The Saddleworth & District League & The Central Lancashire League have agreed to merge and will become the Pennine Cricket League in 2016.

Saddleworth and local rivals Greenfield meet for the first time in the final. Both clubs are founder members of the league and the trophy was first played for in 1925. This makes it […]

Delph win a thriller

Delph won a thrilling match on Saturday against second in the table Elland, defending a relatively modest total. Elland won the toss and had no hesitation in putting Delph into bat on a wicket that was still drying out after the week’s heavy downpours.

Both openers, Irfan Zahoor and Bruce Cruse, went for 11 and Elland then made inroads into the middle order when Faisal Butt (10) and Arron Lilley (13) both carelessly holed out. Delph were then indebted to […]

Delph & Dobcross reach the final of the Sykes Cup

Last Sunday, Delph reached the final of the Huddersfield League RomidaSykes Cup with a solid team performance against table topping Hoylandswaine.

Putting Hoylandswaine into bat, Adnan Ghaus struck in his first over by clean bowling Alan Mynett for a duck. Alan Morris soon followed, caught at slip, and when Warren Jones took a stunning one handed diving catch to remove skipper John Sadler, Delph were firmly in the driving seat.

Aussie Michael Cranmer was then caught by Grant Jones, standing […]

Delph & Dobcross bow out of the Heavy Woollen Cup on the toss of a coin

On Sunday Delph were due to play Wrenthorpe in a Heavy Woollen Cup 3rd round tie. Heavy rain meant a start could not be made in the match and following the toss of a coin Wrenthorpe called correctly to proceed through to the semi final.

The weather was also the ultimate winner in the match on Saturday at Scholes, which, although avoiding most of the bad weather in the area, for much of the day, finally succumbed. Scholes set a […]

Delph cricket lose their fourth league match in a row

On Saturday Delph lost their 4th league match in a row, in yet another nail-biter, which went down to the final over. Winning the toss and batting, Delph were soon in trouble, losing openers Irfan Zahoor (10), Bruce Cruse (19) and overseas player Kevin Hook (8), to leave them struggling at 3 for 40. Arron Lilley and Faisal Butt looked to rebuild before Lilley was caught behind for 22.

Butt scored his first half century of the season, but soon […]

Delph Narrowly Fail In Run Chase

Delph fell to their first defeat of the season at the home of last season’s league champions, Honley, falling agonising short by 4 runs in a gripping run chase. After being put into bat, Honley made a steady start before opener Danny Howard fell for 8.

The remainder of the Honley innings was then built around a well crafted 100 by Simon Kelly, scoring his third ton on the run against Delph.

It was scored off 132 balls and contained […]