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

Past Articles

The Messiah’s 55th performance in Uppermill

The people of Saddleworth and the choir’s widespread supporters eagerly await the annual performance of Messiah, and to many of them it reinforces the true meaning of Christmas and heralds the beginning of the Christmas festivities.

The Saddleworth Male Voice Choir and augmented ladies chorus are currently rehearsing for their 55th consecutive performance of Handel’s Messiah. Under their musical director Dorian Kelly, the choir performs as a chorus of 32 tenor/bass voices together with an augmented ladies chorus of 48 […]

Planting bulbs in the snow

The Little Deerhill Co.

Reporter : Judith Grinter


The UCAN group have been busy completing the task of removing the wet and slippery leaves along the towpath from Wade Lock to the viaduct.

One last snowy bulb planting session took place following the kind donation of a batch of bluebell bulbs. The team are really hoping for a colourful show in spring as over 1000 bulbs have now been planted. Plans for the new year are underway and […]

Slade play Manchester Academy 2 on Sunday 17th December!


So here it is MERRY CHRISTMAS – everybody’s having fun!



SLADE – Without doubt one of the most exciting bands to come out of Great Britain in the past 30 years. With their unique blend of perfect pop-rock’n’roll, outrageous flamboyance and pure fun, and no less than 23 Top-20 singles of which 6 were No-1 smash hits….plus 6 smash albums, Slade have become a firm favourite in the hearts of pop fans all over the world.


Great Expectations met by the Saddleworth Players

Reporter : Ruby Anstee

Saddleworth News enjoyed another great night at the Millgate Theatre watching the Saddleworth Players enact Charles Dicken’s classic Great Expectations. It was adapted by Neil Bartlet for the stage.

The Saddleworth Players have yet again brought to Saddleworth a great show, and very cleverly using the audience’s imagination to create the backdrops to the stage. The characters were amazing at keeping the audience’s attention and made for a very different and engaging take on the […]

Santa Dash tomorrow

Expect delays and road closures….

Alex and Sarah are Santa-dashing for MIND

Reporter: Judith Grinter

Meet two jolly local runners who are running in the Santa Dash this Saturday. Alex Rawsthorne and Sarah Edge are joining in with the 5K run to raise money for the Charity MIND and to have a barrel load of fun. The Santa Dash will involve 1,000 runners dressed as Santa. Last year there were 100 runners. This year, the route will start and finish in the Square in Uppermill, running down the High Street towards Greenfield, […]

Father Christmas & Victorian Christmas Craft workshop

Join the festive fun at Saddleworth museum. Meet Father Christmas in the Grotto and have fun in their family Victorian Christmas craft workshop.

Sat 9th Dec 1-4pm. Families wishing to take part do need to book at the Museum.

‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ this Christmas

Reporter: Ruby Anstee If you’re fortunate enough to have your family and friends around you this Christmas spare a thought for those older people who’ll spend the day alone. It’s been estimated that nearly half a million older people in the UK will spend Christmas day on their own, and most of them won’t receive a single present.

If you’d like to help change this for those older people in and around Oldham, now’s your chance. You can help in […]

The Shock City – Manchester

Saddleworth Historical Society’s December lecture, ‘Manchester in the Eighteenth Century: Sex, Death and Politics in the Georgian Town’, promises to give a fresh perspective on what historian Asa Briggs once described as the ‘shock city’.

The talk will be given by Dr Craig Horner, senior lecturer in History at Manchester Metropolitan University. His doctoral thesis was on eighteenth-century Manchester society, and he has published on Manchester’s politics and society during this period.

Manchester is most famous for its nineteenth-century growth, […]

Howard Jones in concert images

Images : Stuart Littleford

A few images from the Howard Jones and his electronic band playing at the O2 Ritz in Manchester on Friday Night.

Stage play of Classic Ealing Comedy is a pre-Christmas treat

Saddleworth NEws

Lyceum Theatre Oldham in the heart of the town, brings colour and life to the classic black and white film comedy The Ladykillers this month.

In 2011, TV writer Graham Linehan (known for sitcoms such as Father Ted and The IT Crowd) turned an Ealing Comedy into a comic play. However, he chose a film with possibly the most complex set – a run down, leaning, rickety house which needs to be constructed on two storeys with a scene on […]

Great Expectations for the Saddleworth Players

What’s on

Reporter : Stuart Littleford

Charles Dickens’ classic story Great Expectations is being performed at the Millgate this November.

Saddleworth Players will start the Christmas season with performances of the stage-adaption of Charles Dickens’ classic story, Great Expectations, at the Millgate Arts Centre in Delph from November 25 to December 2.

First published in 1860, Great Expectations is one of Dickens most-loved and enduring stories. It tells of the adventures of young orphan Pip, whose chance encounter with […]

Winter clear-up for UCAN

Reporter : Ruby Anstee

The UCAN group is making great progress with our winter season activities, they have completed the planting of over 800 Daffodil & Bluebell bulbs in various green spaces and raised beds along the towpath sections, and they look forward to enjoying the colourful result come Spring.

They have also begun clearing the towpaths of dead leaves now Autumn is well underway, and have worked a good stretch of the towpath so far from Moorgate Bridge […]

Sex, Death & Politics in Georgian Manchester and Votes for Women

Saddleworth Historical has a couple of iinteresting presentations for our readers to put in your diaries:

Wednesday 6 December 2017, 7.30pm. Saddleworth Museum, Uppermill.

Saddleworth Historical Society has an Illustrated Presentation given by Dr. Craig Horner entitled ‘Manchester in the 18th Century- Sex, Death & Politics in the Georgian Town.’

Let’s have a chat


All welcome, £3 on the night non-members. Refreshments available.

Saturday 20 January 2018, 2.30pm. Saddleworth Museum, Uppermill.

A special illustrated presentation given by […]