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Dobcross Village Fete has Tour de France theme

The Dobcross Village Fete has a Tour de France theme this year.

The Fete will be held in Dobcross Village at the Holy Trinity School on Saturday 12th July at 2.00-5.00pm, with live bands from 5.00-8.00pm.

Attractions include stalls, bar and bbq, bouncy castle, and a grand prize draw – with a chance to win a mini iPad, helicopter ride and lots more!

Admission just £1 for adults and 50p for children


Extra Government Money For Saddleworth Schools

Details of more cash for schools in Saddleworth have been announced by the government.

Several of our local schools will be receiving part of an extra £4.2m being shared out among schools across Oldham borough, to support children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The increased ‘Pupil Premium’ funding was confirmed by minister Sarah Teather this week. Her local Lib Dem colleague Cllr Mark Alcock said that local schools would now receive nearly £488 per head for each youngster […]

Parents Reminded About Free Nursery Care

Oldham Council has issued a prompt to parents of young children to make sure they claim their free nursery entitlement.

Care for up to 15 hours per week is available for three and four-year-olds, for 38 weeks of the year. The entitlement begins in the term after the child’s third birthday, so boys and girls born between 1 April and 31 August 2008 will be eligible from next month.

More information is available by ringing the Family Information Service on […]

Sporty Tots Sessions For Saddleworth Under 5s

The Saddleworth News cub reporter was in the thick of the fun.

The first of this summer’s Sporty Tots sessions for children aged up to 5 took place at the Holy Trinity School in Dobcross on Wednesday morning.

More than 20 youngsters joined in the fun, as staff from Oldham Council’s Integrated Youth Service got them to take part in a variety of activities.

Three more sessions are scheduled over the next three Wednesdays. The first two will be […]

Dobcross Youngsters Do Well In Inter-Schools Athletics

(all pictures: Lisa Shepherdson)

Saddleworth youngsters took part in an inter-schools athletics event at Saddleworth School on Saturday, organised by the Saddleworth Runners. For many children, it was great preparation for the Saddleworth Village Olympics, which will once again be held in September.

A couple of the parents from Holy Trinity in Dobcross have been in touch to share these photos of their team. They’ve also sent in a short article, which I’ve reproduced […]

Pictures From Dobcross Village Fête

The lovely weather helped bring out a good crowd.

There was a terrific turnout on Saturday afternoon for the Dobcross Village Fête, held at Holy Trinity School. Called Dobcrosstonbury, there was a music festival theme to the day’s events, with performances by three bands as well as the brass players of the Dobcross Youth Band.

The festival theme carried over into some of the other attractions, with reiki on offer in a […]

Dobcross Village Fête This Saturday

Last year's fête. (picture: Michael Powis)

The Glastonbury spirit comes to Dobcross this Saturday as the village’s own fête and music festival, Dobcrosstonbury, takes place at Holy Trinity School.

The fun will begin at 4pm with the fête itself. Among the attractions this year will be slacklining and longboarding demonstrations by Boredsports (to read more about what each of those involves, click on the words!), along with family-friendly activities such as face-painting, […]

Balsam Bashing In Dobcross This Saturday

Looks pretty, but it's a pest. (picture: ArtMechanic)

Local countryside rangers and the Saddleworth Civic Trust will be taking part in a spot of balsam bashing in Dobcross this Saturday.

Himalayan Balsam is notorious for affecting both the growth of native species and the state of riverbanks, and everyone’s welcome to join the rangers to help clear away some of the pest from the local area.

The group will be meeting at Holy Trinity School at 10:30am. There’ll be […]

Group Offers Help For Saddleworth Parents With Twins

Two of the younger visitors to the group.

If bringing up one baby is hard enough, having to deal with twins or even triplets sounds like an almost impossible job.

But a new group has been set up to help give support and advice to mums from Saddleworth who either already have a set, or are expecting.

Peapods runs at the Sure Start Centre at the Holy Trinity School in Dobcross every Thursday between 10:15am and 11:45pm. Even though […]

Letter: Whit Friday Policing In Dobcross

Below is a letter to the editor about policing in Dobcross on Whit Friday. The author has asked to remain anonymous.

If you want to respond to the points made in the letter, you can either leave a comment below this post, or send an e-mail by clicking on the Contact option at the top of this page. If you would like an e-mail published on this website then please mark it as a letter to the editor, and I’ll […]

Saddleworth WI’s Royal Wedding Party

Guests watch the ceremony on a big screen.

Members of the Saddleworth Women’s Institute celebrated the wedding of William and Kate with a special fundraising party at Fresca restaurant in Delph.

A total of 140 guests turned up in their finery to enjoy not only the ceremony on big screens, but also a breakfast of bacon rolls and Bucks Fizz, and later a full buffet.

There was also a raffle, […]

Dobcross Turns Out For The Royal Wedding

The crowd watch the big screen intently.

Much of the nation was glued to the TV for the royal wedding this morning, and Saddleworth was no exception. Dozens of people packed into the school hall at Holy Trinity in Dobcross to see the marriage of William and Kate on the big screen.

There was a brief moment of panic when, as everyone waited for their first glimpse of the dress, the screen […]

Saddleworth Ready For Royal Wedding

Kate and William outside The Swan. (picture: Tim Newbold)

If you’re able to tear yourself away from your living room for the royal wedding, there’s plenty going on around Saddleworth as local people mark the big occasion.

In Dobcross, everyone’s invited to a party at Holy Trinity School. It’s bring your own food and chairs, and the ceremony will be shown live on a big screen. The party starts at 10am and entry is £1 per person.

Also in […]

Locations Of Royal Wedding Street Parties Revealed

There have been seven applications for street parties to celebrate the Royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in the borough of Oldham later this month.

Oldham Council has revealed the list, which includes an event on Yorkshire Street in Oldham town centre. None of the seven are in Saddleworth.

The other six locations are: Limeside Park, Birches Parade in Holts Village, Bartlemore Street in Derker, Tudor Street in Shaw, Hutchins Lane in Waterhead and Chetwyn Avenue in […]