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

Past Articles

A Silver Winning Trophy for Boarshurst’s Silver Band

Boarshurst Silver Band are proud winners the 2nd section at the 2017 national finals of Great Britain. Last weekend the band travelled to The Centaur, Cheltenham and played their hearts out.

The brass band equivalent of the football league, the National Brass Band Championships sees over 600 bands from across the country compete in 8 regional heats; culminating in 2 finals events.

Keith Welsh, a mainstay of the band, told Saddleworth news: “Obviously we are extremely proud of this achievement. […]

Folk Night in Greenfield

Saddleworth News - SMVC

Saddleworth Male Voice Choir are organising a charity folk night at the Boarshurst Band Club on Friday 6th October. The proceeds are in aid of Action Duchenne which is the choir’s nominated charity for 2017/18.

Sponsored by Buffalo uPVC


Britain’s Got Talent’s Daliso Returns To Greenfield!

9 September

Britain’s Got Talent fans will be amongst the first in the queue for the Boarshurst Silver Band fundraiser at Off The Rails Comedy Club on Saturday 9th September when Britain’s Got Talent Finalist Finalist Daliso Chaponda returns to Greenfield!

Malawi’s Daliso has been a regular booking at Off The Rails for well over a decade after moving to the UK and his new found fame has won him a whole new legion of fans as well as […]

Local woman publishes book to help others with mental health issues

Joanne signing copies of her book at Saddleworth Museum

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

A Saddleworth woman who has struggled with mental health issues for most of her life has recently published her first book to help and inspire others struggling with the same issues.

Joanne Lees, 48, from Greenfield, is now a fully a fully qualified person centred counsellor and successfully launched the book entitled ‘Who Am I’ at Saddleworth Museum.

Joanne told Saddleworth News: “I have struggled with mental […]

Greenfield Primary School Summer Fair

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Greenfield Primary School will be holding its Summer Fair on Friday 30 June from 4pm – 7pm.

There will be plenty to see and do on the day including hot food, home baked food, licensed bar, mini arcade with X Box games, displays of martial arts and some adventure based learning activities.

There will also be a shooting range and bungee trampolines.

Tickets are on sale now and are £1.50 per person with under 3 years […]

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 […]

Bus driver quick to tackle minor leak from his vehicle

The bus stopped on Chew Valley Road in Greenfield after the driver tackled the leak

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

There was a minor incident in Greenfield today when a bus operated by First Group began to leak liquid from its engine compartment as it travelled along Chew Valley Road.

At approximately 3.15pm the driver of the bus became aware of the leak and immediately pulled over to the side of the road.

He used a special substance to soak up […]

Saddleworth Historical Society annual village lecture in Greenfield

Reporter: Allan Roach

On Wednesday 14 June, Saddleworth Historical Society will host its annual village lecture in Greenfield: ‘Greenfield – from the 19th Century to the 21st: the Making of a Saddleworth Village’.

The lecture was originally scheduled to take place at Greenfield Conservative Club but following its shock closure after 123 years, the lecture will now take place at Boarshurst Band Club.

The closure of the Conservative Club is just the latest chapter in over a century of change […]

Paula Wilcox in Saddleworth filming new TV drama

Paula Wilcox

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

A Greenfield street was taken over last week by a film crew shooting scenes for a new TV drama starring well-known actress Paula Wilcox.

Butterworth Way in Greenfield

Paula, originally from Manchester, is probably best known for her role as ‘Chrissy’ in the popular 70s sitcom ‘Man About The house’ as well as having numerous other parts in television and film productions.

The filming of the new drama, which we are told is […]

Helicopter used to bring moors blaze under control

Fire is put out

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

A helicopter was used by firefighters yesterday afternoon to help bring a large moors blaze under control in Saddleworth.

The fire on moors above Dovestone Reservoir in Greenfield was difficult to access for the fire service.

At around 4pm fire engines from Oldham, Chadderton, Stalybridge and Mossley along with a wildfire unit from Stalybridge and a command unit from Hyde attended the blaze.

The helicopter takes water form Dovestone Reservoir

Firefighters […]

Moorland fires endangered local wildlife and livestock

Fire near Dovestones – photo Rebecca Lyons

Reporters: Stuart Littleford and Ken Bennett

These dramatic pictures highlight the fury and frustration of farmers and conservationists battling to protect a major beauty spot.

James Crowther, whose the family have farmed 5,000 acres of rugged moorland for generations, tackled the blaze with student Luke Harrison assisted by an elderly neighbour.

It was the second fire, believed to have been started by children, which caused chaos on hillsides above Greenfield on Saturday.


Questions ‘remain unanswered’ over man’s death near Dovestone

David Lytton had travelled form London to Saddleworth

Reporter: Stuart Littleford – Story sponsored by Olympic Construction Ltd

A coroner recorded an open verdict on the death of David Lytton yesterday, a man who had travelled from London to Saddleworth walked up a desolate track leading to Indian’s Head in Greenfield and then took rat poison.

Mr Lytton’s body was discovered fully clothed on a remote track near the summit of Indian’s Head on December 12, 2015.


Saddleworth Civic Trust seek Andy Burnham’s support for their campaign against the Manchester Strategic Framework

Andy Burnham mayoral candidate for Greater Manchester

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Saddleworth Civic Trust have ramped up their campaign this week against the proposed Greater Manchester Strategic Framework by writing to Andy Burnham, mayoral candidate for Greater Manchester.

Burnham has condemned the sacrifice of Green Belt land for more housing development and criticised the plan for its “low aspirations” in terms of creating well paid quality jobs. In their letter they have expressed support for his criticisms of the draft […]

Debbie: Draft Greater Manchester Spatial Framework proposals ‘need to be reworked’

Debbie Abrahams MP

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Responding to the consultation on the draft Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, has said she shares the concerns of many constituents and that she does not support the current proposals.

Speaking to Saddleworth News on the content of her response to the consultation, Debbie said: “As it stands, I don’t support the draft GMSF proposals and, in particular, I don’t support the proposals affecting […]