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Allan Roach – Reporter
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Past Articles

Campaign to reopen Dobcross footbridge makes progress

The footbridge near New Bank Garden Centre, Dobcross

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Following the closure of the well used footbridge over the River Tame near New Bank Garden Centre early in 2015, local councillors Mike Buckley and Lesley Brown have been working with the Ramblers Association to get the bridge re-opened.

Since its closure local residents have had to walk along the main road to access the garden centre, canal towpath and Brownhill Centre. Walking groups, children’s groups, families and […]

Four have lucky escape after canal boat is left hanging in lock

Lucky escape – the boat left hanging in the lock

By Stuart Littleford

Four people had a lucky escape yesterday after a narrowboat they were travelling in was left hanging precariously in a Saddleworth canal lock.

The incident happened at Lime Kiln Lock on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, near to the Brownhill Countryside Centre in Dobcross, at approximately 12.20pm.

It is thought the back of the boat became “Jammed” on stonework as the lock was being emptied, this left […]

Paintings by Diana Terry featured at the Brownhill Centre

An exhibition of paintings by Diana Terry entitled ‘Images of observed moments’ is currently running at the Brownhill Centre, Wool Road, Dobcross.

Diana Terry has been drawing and painting since she was a young girl and she will be at the Brownhill Centre everyday of the exhibition from 2:00 – 4:00pm where you can join her for conversation and drawing.

The exhibition is open every day from 9:00am to 7:00pm and finishes on 15 June.

Be Creative At The Brownhill Centre This Christmas

The Parks and Countryside Department from Oldham Council is inviting local people to get crafty at Saddleworth’s Brownhill Centre this Christmas.

Residents will be given the opportunity to make their own Christmas Wreath using natural materials, bows, ribbons and glitter.

The event at the Brownhill Centre on Wool Road, between Dobcross and Uppermill, is scheduled for Wednesday December 21. There’s also one on Sunday December 11 at Tandle Hill Country Park in Royton.

All children must be accompanied by an […]

2012 Dobcross Calendar On Sale Now

The year must be marching on, because the Dobcross Calendar for 2012 has gone on sale! As always it includes some special images taken in and around the village. This year’s chosen pictures were the work of Shaun Pereira, Tim Newbold, Darren Hargreaves, Simon Wray, Charlotte Brett, Gill Brett, Jason Harrison, Michael Powis and Bob Taylor.

With the details, it’s over to Michael Powis of the Dobcross Diary and Dobcross Village Community:

Summer Walk Up Alphin This Sunday

If you fancy a walk up Alphin this weekend, then you can join a hike organised by countryside officials from Oldham Council.

They’re holding a 12-mile circular trek from the Brownhill Centre up the 469m peak on Sunday. Anyone taking part should bring suitable clothing, walking boots, a packed lunch, plenty to drink, and both a sunhat and waterproofs, because you never know quite what the weather’s going to do.

For more information and to book a place, ring 0161 […]

Chance To Learn Dry Stone Walling

New courses aimed at teaching the basics of dry stone walling are being offered in Saddleworth. Oldham Council and the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers have joined forces to offer the training, for which no experience is needed.

The sessions will take place close to the Dowry Reservoir near Denshaw. A series of eight weekend training courses will run over the coming year, with four in September and another four in 2012. Each weekend course costs £20, with students or […]

Rain To Clear Away By Middle Of The Week

A canal boat in the sunshine on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal last week. The good weather should be back by Wednesday.

The wet conditions of the weekend will continue today and tomorrow, but forecasters are predicting a notable improvement on Wednesday.

Showers, some of them heavy, will be the story of the rest of today, although temperatures should stay fairly mild at about 17C.

Tuesday’s likely to be more of […]

Balsam Bashing In Dobcross This Saturday

Looks pretty, but it's a pest. (picture: ArtMechanic)

Local countryside rangers and the Saddleworth Civic Trust will be taking part in a spot of balsam bashing in Dobcross this Saturday.

Himalayan Balsam is notorious for affecting both the growth of native species and the state of riverbanks, and everyone’s welcome to join the rangers to help clear away some of the pest from the local area.

The group will be meeting at Holy Trinity School at 10:30am. There’ll be […]

Mossley Artist Exhibits Work At A Month Of Sundaes

The Huddersfield Narrow Canal at Uppermill in winter. (image: Jean Fitzhugh)

Mossley-based artist Jean Fitzhugh, who merges photography and painting in her work, is holding an exhibition at A Month of Sundaes in Marsden.

Jean’s art will be on display on the first and second floors of the coffee and ice cream shop for the next couple of months, alongside work by her friend Joan Dean. It follows an exhibition of Jean’s […]

Police Take Action Over Lark Hill Off-Road Bikers

Recent damage on Lark Hill. (picture: Cllr Ken Hulme)

Our local police have taken action over what they have described as “unacceptable” damage caused to the disused Lark Hill Quarry above Dobcross.

Concerns had been raised by both local parish councillors and officials at the Brownhill Countryside Centre regarding off-road bikers using the area.

Now, after a meeting at the site between councillors and officers, the police have said regular patrols of the land will now take place.

In […]

Café To Open Inside Brownhill Centre

The Brownhill Centre.

Part of the Brownhill Countryside Centre on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal is to become a café.

Oldham Council has put some of the building, which is at the Wool Road roundabout between Uppermill and Dobcross, up for lease with an asking price of £6,500 per year.

It’s one of four similar offers being made by the council. The others are at Gallery Oldham, Failsworth Library, and Higher Crompton Park.

The centre is popular […]

Saddleworth At Centre Of Renewed Tourism Push

The Huddersfield Narrow Canal and the viaduct at the Brownhill Centre, start and finish point for two new walking routes.

Saddleworth features prominently in a renewed effort to encourage tourists to visit the rural areas of Greater Manchester.

The Mancheter’s Countryside initiative was officially relaunched today with an event at Nutters Restaurant near Rochdale.

The project has been going for the past four years, but has been given a boost with £226,000 of new public funding from the government’s […]

Concern Over Bikers Using Lark Hill At Dobcross

(picture: Cllr Ken Hulme)

Anyone who sees off-road bikers using Lark Hill above Dobcross has been urged to reported the matter to countryside officers and the police.

There have been several reports recently of people using scrambling bikes in and around the disused Lark Hill Quarry.

Parish councillor Ken Hulme sent in this photo of damage at the site, and said he was worried the beauty spot was being turned into a […]