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Past Articles

Campaign to Save Dobcross Post Office

You may have thought that the problems of the Post Office and Royal Mail had been solved, following the closure of small sub post offices round the country and better relations between the postman’s union and the new Royal Mail management.

Apparently not, as Royal Mail is trying to cut it’s costs still further. Royal Mail, now a commercial company pays Post Office Ltd to pay sub postmasters to provide premises for local sorting offices and supervise their operation.

There […]

Parish Council Discusses Prospect Of More Powers

The notion of more power being devolved to Saddleworth by both Oldham Council and the national government was debated by parish councillors this week.

During Monday night’s regular monthly meeting, they discussed a resolution proposed by the four Independent members, which suggested inviting Oldham Council officials to discuss the new Labour administration’s plans for so-called District Town Halls.

The borough council’s plans are expected to be finalised in the next few weeks. It’s not quite clear yet exactly what they […]

Dramatic Pictures Of Saddleworth’s Wharmton Dash

Two runners negotiate the river. (all pictures: Craig Hannah)

Here are some superb pictures taken during Sunday’s Wharmton Dash fell race, held as part of the Saddleworth Show. Near the end of the course, the runners had to splash and swim across the River Tame, and local photographer Craig Hannah took these images as they did so.

As well as photos of the leaders among both the men and women, Craig also […]

Sprint Finish At Saddleworth Show Fell Race

Sean Willis of Saddleworth Runners ploughed through the rain and mud to win the Wharmton Dash fell race at the Saddleworth Show. He held off Ed Gamble and Kieron Manchester in a sprint finish, as just two seconds covered the top three.

The course took the runners from the showground at Churchill Fields up Wharmton Hill, across the skyline and back down again, including a splash through the river. Sean’s winning time was 16:07.

After he’d got his breath […]

Davies Calls Tuition Fees Opposition “An Indulgence”

Chris Davies MEP (picture: Keith Edkins)

A senior Saddleworth-based Liberal Democrat has said the party’s traditional opposition to tuition fees was “an indulgence.” Chris Davies MEP, who lives in Greenfield, said that while it was “acutely embarrassing” to hear Lib Dem government ministers proposing an increase in university fees, “that does not make it wrong.”

It was a Lib Dem politician, Business Secretary Vince Cable, who told MPs last week that his party’s policy to scrap fees was “no […]

All Change At Mumps As Trams Plan Updated


One of the new Metrolink trams in Manchester city centre. Soon they'll be a familiar sight in Oldham too. (picture: Neil Clifton)

Updated plans for the Metrolink expansion into Oldham have been revealed. They include proposals for a completely new Mumps Station, and big changes at both the Mumps and Manchester Road roundabouts. However, a 1.5 mile stretch of the old Oldham Loop railway line could close forever less than three years after trams start running […]

Mossley Runner Wins Chew Valley Skyline Race

Saddleworth Runners Club put on the Chew Valley Skyline race for the first time in ten years at the weekend. And one of the club’s own members finished the gruelling course first.

The race follows the hills and fells around Dove Stone Reservoir. Sean Willis, from Mossley, completed the 13-mile distance in a time of two hours, four minutes and 49 seconds. He finished 28 seconds ahead of the second-placed athlete, Gavin Mulholland of the Calder Valley […]