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

Past Articles

Delph Donkey, a point in history for our beautiful path

Saddleworth Places

Reporter: Judith Grinter

The Delph Donkey Railway Line was closed this day (4 Nov) in 1963. The rail was taken up a year later, the remenants of the line removed including the station masters house in Delph, and since then the local people have used it as a recreational path and enjoy taking in the air of Saddleworth along it.

The area of Saddleworth is well known as a beautiful place to live in, work in and to […]

Timings for the Saddleworth Rushcart 2017

Reporter Ruby Anstee Route and Times of the Saddleworth Rushcart Celebrations this weekend (26 and 27 Aug 2017)

… (please note, times are approximate)


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From 9:30 Uppermill Square; a few admin bits before Saddleworth Morris Men perform the Rushcart Dance. 10:15 Depart Uppermill Square to arrive Greenfield (opposite King Bill IV) 10:45 High Street to Chapel Lane to Chew Valley Road. 11:30 Depart Greenfield to arrive Uppermill Square 12:00 Chew Valley Road to Wellington […]

Dobcross as featured in ‘Yanks’ in 1978.

Saddleworth News Yanks

This weekend sees the 17th annual Yanks event taking place mainly in the Saddleworth Villages of Dobcross and Uppermill. It is a celebration connected to the fact that the film Yanks was filmed in part in the Village of Dobcross, Saddleworth.

Thanks to local Store Manager David Bradbury Saddleworth News can show you some archive images of the actual filming. ‘ I managed the local Co-Operative Store that was used in the Film’ says David.


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The ‘greatest free show on earth’ continues to attract worldwide attention

Whit Friday at Denshaw

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

This year’s Whit Friday band contests are set to attract thousands of people to the borough – including musicians from as far afield as Switzerland and Australia.

Oldham Council is again providing help and financial support to ensure the Saddleworth and Lees contests hit all the right notes and everyone enjoys a spectacular day of free entertainment and fun.

Dubbed ‘the greatest free show on earth’, this traditional event dates back to […]

UCAN start their first Himalayan Balsam clearing activities

The group undertaking Himalayan Balsam clearing activities

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Uppermill Community Association (UCAN) have focused their recent activities on sewing wild flowers obtained from Grow Wild and others, in the verges cleared during the recent wash-wall repairs, the beds at Wade Lock, and in the woodland section under Limekiln Lock.

Last years planting by the group has proven to be a great success, bringing extra springtime colour to the towpath through Uppermill.

UCAN has also continued […]

Debbie demands government action on fly-tipping

Fly-tipping in Dobcross highlighted by Saddleworth News recently

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Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth and Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, has written to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP, demanding that the Government do more to tackle the growing scourge of fly-tipping.

Saddleworth News has highlighted the issue of fly-tipping a number of times in the last […]

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 […]

Saddleworth woman contributes to book of dementia life stories

Debbie and Joyce Brown at the book launch last Friday

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

A book that captures the life stories of Oldham residents with dementia, and their carers, was launched officially with an event at Oldham Library last Friday.

“Life Story Work with People with Dementia: Ordinary lives, Extraordinary people” explores the life story approach to helping to care for people with dementia and explains how it all began in Oldham.

The life story approach involves care staff working […]

‘Shocking’ report shows over 8,000 children are living in poverty in Oldham East and Saddleworth

Debbie Abrahams MP

The End Child Poverty coalition has published a ‘child poverty map’ of the UK which reveals that 8,280 children are living in poverty in Oldham East and Saddleworth. Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, responding to the report, said: “It’s shocking that the End Child Poverty Coalition’s report shows that in Oldham East and Saddleworth around one third of children are living in poverty. “We mustn’t lose sight of the fact that over […]

Large increase in burglaries in the Saddleworth area

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Police say there has been a large increase in burglaries in the Saddleworth over the last few weeks and that extra resources have now been deployed to the area.

Last night there was an attempted burglary at a house on Whitehead Close in Greenfield and last week three houses in Delph were also broken into.

A silver car believed to be a VW Passat was seen in suspicious circumstances on Thurston Clough Road in Delph and a […]

Debbie praises commitment to resolving Diggle bus service issue

Debbie Abrahams MP

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, has praised the commitment of local residents, councillors and bus companies for working together to find a solution to the cuts of the 184 Diggle service.

Local resident Liz Redfearn arranged a meeting in Uppermill to discuss the changes to the 184 service which would have affected children getting to school in Oldham.

At the meeting it was announced that from September the 558 bus will go to […]

Royal British Legion to hold candlelit vigil to commemorate Battle of the Somme

The Saddleworth branch of the Royal British Legion are holding a candlelit vigil on Thursday, June 30 at 9:30 pm at the cenotaph at St Chad’s park, Uppermill, to commemorate the Battle of the Somme.

Cllr Pam Byrne, chair of Saddleworth parish council, will lay a wreath and the service with be conducted ex-RAF squadron leader and RBL padre, Rev John Rosedale, Saddleworth Team Rector.

Dobcross Brass Monkeys band will play at the ceremony.


Saddleworth seaman remembered as Oldham commemorates the Battle of Jutland

Seaman – W J White of Walhill, Dobcross

Henry Taylor from Oldham took triple gold at the 1908 London Olympics

Oldham Council is set to commemorate the only major naval battle of World War I.

On May 31, 1916 the Battle of Jutland took place in the North Sea, off Denmark – and 20 Oldhamers sadly lost their lives.

Saddleworth seaman, W J White, of Wallhill in Dobcross, was 20 years of age and had joined the navy […]

Dobcross farm fire has reignited tonight

Roundhill Farm fire has started up again tonight

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Firefighters are attending a fire at Roundhill Farm in Dobcross again tonight.

It is thought that yesterdays’s fire in an open barn has reignited due to strong winds.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) currently have one appliance at the scene.

A spokesperson from Roundhill Farm has told us there are no reports of any injuries.