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

Past Articles

Cabinet minister makes special visit to local charity

Reporters: Stuart Littleford & Aimee Belmore

A BUSY Cabinet minister made a special visit to Saddleworth last month to support a dedicated fundraising dad in Delph.

Liz Truss – Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor until Parliament was dissolved for the General Election – stopped by at Gatehead Business Park to see Bryn Hughes.

Bryn set up the PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund after his daughter was killed on duty in 2012, along with PC Fiona Bone, by […]

Oldham police sergeant to run New York Marathon to raise funds for fallen colleague’s charity

L to R: Bryn Hughes, Sergeant Michelle Lomas, PC Jennifer Reeve, Sergeant Cecelia Oakley, PC Jenni Smith, PC Stuart Rostron and Chief Constable Ian Hopkins

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Police sergeant Michelle Lomas, from Oldham, and six other Greater Manchester Police officers will shortly be leaving for New York, to take part in the world famous marathon race to raise funds for the PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund.

In September 2012, PC Nicola Hughes, 23, from Saddleworth and her colleague […]

Local charity to join big names in new fundraising service

Bryn Hughes – please to be chosen by uGive

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

A Saddleworth based charity has been chosen from thousands around the UK to be included in a new national charity fund raising service.

The PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund, based in Delph, was chosen to be listed as one of only thirty five charities that people can donate to when using the new uGive service. Other well known charities already on the list include well-known names such […]

Bryn Hughes presents Debbie’s summer school participants with graduation certificates

Bryn Hughes, father of the late PC Nicola Hughes, was the guest of honour at the ‘graduation’ ceremony of Debbie Abrahams MP’s Working for Your Community Summer School where he awarded certificates to the eleven 18 to 24 year olds who have taken part last week.

The participants have spent two weeks at the summer school learning the skills required to develop their own community-action campaigns following a visit to Parliament, meeting Labour leadership contender Andy Burnham and other MPs, […]

Saddleworth’s PC Nicola Hughes given the first ‘Women in Policing’ posthumous award

PC Nicola Hughes

PC Nicola Hughes’s father, Bryn Hughes, with the ‘Women in Policing’ award for his daughter

The Police Federation Annual Conference at Bournemouth marked 100 years of women in policing with a posthumous award for Saddleworth’s PC Nicola Hughes in recognition of her dedication to duty.

A session celebrating a century of women in policing closed with a posthumous award for PCs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes, received by Fiona’s father, Paul Bone and sister Vicky, […]

Dan Jarvis meets with victims’ charity based in Delph

Dan Jarvis (left) with Bryn Hughes (centre) and Debbie Abrahams

Dan Jarvis – currently Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Barnsley Central and shadow youth Justice and victims minister – made a visit to Saddleworth to support fellow candidate, Debbie Abrahams, as she campaigned around Alexandra ward, and he also took the opportunity to meet PC Nicola Hughes’ father, Bryn in Delph yesterday.

Debbie said: “It’s great that Dan has taken the time out of his own campaigning to come […]

John ‘O’Groats to Lands’ End Continuous Baton Relay event to raise money for local charity

A Saddleworth charity has announced it is to hold a relay event in May to raise money for a number of good causes it supports.

The PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund has organised the John ‘O’ Groats to Land’s End Continuous Baton Relay on behalf of the charity.

The relay will commence at John ‘O’ Groats on Monday 18 May 2015 at 01:40 hours and aim to finish on Saturday 23 May at Lands’ […]

Saddleworth karate fighter wins top title at National Championships in Glasgow

2014 Champion – Sam Hughes

A Saddleworth based karate club is celebrating after one of its members took the heavyweight champions title in the 2014 IKKU National Karate Championships in Glasgow.

Sam Hughes, 22, from Diggle, who is a member of the Oldham Kyokushinkai Karate Club (BKK Oldham) based in Springhead, fought against three formidable opponents in last month’s event to take the men’s heavyweight title.

The competition was organised by The Independent Kyokushinkai Karate Union (IKKU), […]

Music night helps to raise more than £185 for the PC Nicola Hughes North Pole Marathon Fund

Bryn Hughes is presented with a cheque from Saddleworth News for the North Pole Marathon Fund

A small music night organised by Saddleworth News last Friday at Greenfield Conservative club raised more than £185 after expenses for the PC Nicola Hughes North Pole Marathon Fund.

The Crabs, Cotton Eye Joe, Garron Frith, Sarah & The Hours, Queenie & The Pawns, Paul Murphy & Friends, Stuart Morrison & Mike Mellor, Dave Hughes and others. – See more at: The […]

Marathon training with the Chill Factor

(Left to right) Natalie Hughes, Rob Stapleton and Bryn Hughes run the slope

Runners took part in a training exercise at the Chill Factor in Manchester last night to prepare for a North Pole Marathon next year.

(Left to right) Bryn Hughes, Natalie Hughes, Rob Stapleton and Sam Hughes

The Marathon will raise money for various charities in memory of PC Nicola Hughes from Saddleworth who was killed on duty.

Nicola’s father Bryn Hughes, wife Natalie and son […]

David Bradley gives emotional talk at KES screening

David Dai Bradley (centre) with (left) Rob Stapleton and wife Zoe and (right) Bryn Hughes and wife Natalie

Film fans packed the theatre room above The Swan in Dobcross last night to welcome actor David Bradley from the iconic film KES.

David, also known as Dai, played the starring role as the young boy ‘Billy Casper’ in the hit film, he had enthusiastically agreed to make a personal appearance at the charity showing of the film in HD.

The […]

David Bradley to appear at KES film screening in Saddleworth

Saddleworth News has arranged a special screening of the iconic film KES at The Swan public house in Dobcross.

David Bradley, who plays the young boy ‘Billy Casper’ in the film, will be making a special guest appearance at the event. The event will see all proceeds from the ticket sales going to The PC Nicola Hughes North Pole Marathon Charity.

David Bradley as Billy Casper in KES

The film will be screened in the theatre room above the […]

Dovestone training sessions in preparation for marathon

Bryn Hughes with Rob Stapleton and Rob’s daughter Charley – photo Stuart Littleford

Bryn Hughes and Rob Stapleton spent Sunday afternoon running around Dovestone reservoir as part of their training for a North Pole marathon next year.

Bryn and his friends will be taking part in the marathon to raise money for a number of charities in memory of his daughter PC Nicola Hughes.

They need to raise around £10,000 each to enter into the marathon, the marathon will […]

Rushcart makes me feel ‘very proud’ says Bryn

Bryn and his wife Natalie at the front of the rushcart – photo Stuart Littleford

The father of PC Nicola Hughes of Saddleworth who was killed almost a year ago says he is very proud to have had the 2013 Saddleworth Rushcart dedicated to her.

Mr Hughes told Saddleworth News: “It is a very emotional day and I feel very proud, I am amazed at the things people have done, I am very pleased to see this rushcart, especially […]