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Saddleworth Councillor Becomes Mayor Of Oldham

Cllr Richard Knowles and his wife Valerie, in the official mayoral portrait. (picture: Oldham Council)

Cllr Richard Knowles is the new Mayor of Oldham. The former Liberal Democrat leader of the council, who lives in Greenfield and represents Saddleworth South, will serve in the role for the next 12 months.

He took over from Cllr David Jones at yesterday’s annual council meeting at the Civic Centre. Cllr Knowles has spent the past year as Deputy Mayor.

Cllr Knowles revealed […]

Charity Beer Festival At Uppermill Civic Hall

Here are some pictures taken on Saturday afternoon, during the second day of the three-day charity beer festival at Uppermill Civic Hall.

Twenty cask ales are available from 15 breweries, including Greenfield and the Mossley-based Millstone. The festival opened on Friday, and will be going until 10:30pm on Saturday night, and between 12 noon and 4pm on Sunday afternoon. It’s £2 to get in.

Proceeds will be split between the Saddleworth […]

Exclusive: How Much The Mayor Of Oldham Costs

The current Mayor of Oldham, Cllr David Jones, attending the recent Twestival event in Oldham.

The role of Mayor of Oldham has cost local taxpayers more than £800,000 over the past five years, Saddleworth News can reveal.

The job is traditionally carried out by a senior councillor. He or she acts as an ambassador for the borough at functions and events, and also presides over council meetings.

Between 2005 and 2010, a total of £812,123 was spent on the […]

Pictures From Oldham’s Twestival

One of Oldham Mountain Rescue's dogs on best behaviour at Twestival Oldham.

Local people and companies have been busy raising money for Saddleworth’s own Oldham Mountain Rescue Team today, at the first-ever Twestival Oldham.

Two main fundraising events have been held. An afternoon of family fun took place at Earl Mill, before tonight’s event for grown ups at Oldham Athletic’s Boundary Park.

The Mayor of Oldham, Cllr David Jones, joined […]

Delph Company Accepts Queen’s Award

Applied Language Solutions boss Gavin Wheeldon accepts the award from the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, as the Mayor and Mayoress of Oldham look on. (picture: Applied Language Solutions)

Delph-based Applied Language Solutions was formally presented with its Queen’s Award for Enterprise earlier this month. The company’s Chief Executive Gavin Wheeldon accepted the prize from the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Warren J Smith, who represented Her Majesty.

The Mayor and Mayoress […]

Local Councils Hold Annual Meetings

Oldham, Tameside and Kirklees councils have all held their annual meetings this week. The new Liberal Democrat/Conservative coalition was confirmed in Oldham, while Tameside got a new Labour council leader, and the leader of Kirklees Council said he would put himself up for re-election next year even though he doesn’t have to.

In Oldham, Cllr Howard Sykes remains as the leader of the council, but now with support from the Tories after the Lib Dems lost seats in the elections […]

Lib Dem/Tory Deal Moves Closer In Oldham

With Conservatives and Liberal Democrats now sharing power at Westminster, the two parties are moving closer to a deal in Oldham too. The Lib Dem leader of Oldham Council, Cllr Howard Sykes, said today that the “framework for an agreement has been established.”

Following last week’s elections, both the Lib Dems and Labour have 27 seats on the council with the Conservatives on five and one independent. Therefore, the Tories hold the balance of power.

Negotiations have been taking place […]

Lib Dems Likely To Keep Power In Oldham

The Liberal Democrats are likely to hold on to control of the hung Oldham Council, despite losing seats to Labour in Thursday’s local elections. Independent councillor Ian Barker has emerged as a possible ‘kingmaker’ with sources close to the ongoing negotiations suggesting that he could be prepared to support the Lib Dems, helping them keep the main jobs in the council’s cabinet.

The Lib Dems went into Thursday’s poll holding 30 of the 60 seats, and with high hopes of […]