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Outgoing Parish Chairman Reveals Fundraising Total

Keith Begley

Keith Begley, who stood down as Chairman of Saddleworth Parish Council this week, has announced that £18,525 was raised for good causes during his year in office.

He revealed the figure after handing over the chains of office to Cllr Bill Cullen at Uppermill Civic Hall on Monday night. Mr Begley, who lives in Delph, was also bidding farewell to life as a parish councillor, having chosen not to stand in the election earlier this month.

A […]

Annual Parish Council Meeting Tomorrow

The annual meeting of Saddleworth Parish Council takes place at the Civic Hall in Uppermill on Thursday evening. All members of the public are invited, and anyone attending will get the opportunity to ask questions of the councillors regarding their work over the past year.

Outgoing Parish Council Chairman Keith Begley will deliver a statement reflecting on his experiences during his 12 months in office, and details of the council’s accounts and councillors’ attendance statistics will also be revealed. The […]

Tributes Paid To Retiring Councillors

The last monthly meeting of Saddleworth Parish Council before next month’s election took place at Uppermill Civic Hall last night, and tributes were paid to the seven councillors who are not standing again.

Chief among those is Bob Birse, who has been a member of the council since it was established in 1974. He’d previously served for two years on the old Urban District Council, giving him 39 years of unbroken service.

Cllr Birse, a Liberal Democrat who represents Uppermill, […]

Saddleworth News TV – Shop Local Festival

Here’s the latest bulletin from Saddleworth News TV. It’s a special report on the Saddleworth Shop Local Festival, which took place last month at Uppermill Civic Hall.

Event organisers from Saddleworth WI, the Chairman of the Parish Council, and all kinds of local business owners are interviewed in the film, which was made by media students from The Oldham College with their tutor John Eccles. We hope you like it!

More articles about the festival from Saddleworth News can […]

Candidates Revealed For May’s Elections

A polling station in Dobcross on by-election day in January.

The nominations have closed for next month’s elections to Oldham Council and Saddleworth Parish Council.

A total of 11 candidates will contest the three Saddleworth wards on the borough council. There are 40 hopefuls for the 20 parish seats.

All three borough seats will be defended by the Liberal Democrats. Derek Heffernan is standing again in Saddleworth North, and he’s likely to face a strong challenge from Independent Ken […]

Shop Local Festival In Uppermill This Sunday

The first Saddleworth Shop Local Festival takes place at the Civic Hall in Uppermill this Sunday. There’ll be more than 40 stalls, as the Women’s Institute and Saddleworth Parish Council try to encourage more of us to do our shopping within this area.

The farmer’s market-style event runs from 10am to 3pm, and all kinds of local produce and services will be showcased on the various stands.

Money will also be raised for charity, with proceeds being split between Saddleworth […]

Uppermill Woman Buried In Wrong Place

A woman’s ashes have been interred in the wrong plot at Uppermill Cemetery. Saddleworth Parish Council, which runs the cemetery, has apologised for the error, and has promised to take steps to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

The husband of the late woman, Brian Iball, addressed parish councillors at last night’s regular monthly meeting in the Civic Hall. He said the mistake had been “very distressing” for him and his family.

Parish councillors were told the mistake happened after […]

Double Yellows In Dobcross Move Closer

Dobcross Square. Soon, those cars might not be allowed to park there.

The prospect of double yellow lines in Dobcross Square has moved a step closer. Parish councillors agreed at their meeting in Uppermill on Monday night to support the idea, which will now be considered by Oldham Council highways officials.

Under the proposals, the double yellows would be imposed on both sides of the Square, as well as a short distance down Woods Lane. The idea follows complaints […]

Review Of 2010: May

Over the festive period, Saddleworth News is looking back at some of the stories which made headlines during the past year.

Phil Woolas during the election campaign. He won, but his victory wouldn't last.

May was dominated by politics. In the general election, Labour’s Phil Woolas scraped home by 103 votes over his Liberal Democrat rival Elwyn Watkins to hold the Oldham East and Saddleworth constituency. As reported here, it took two recounts to separate the pair.

However, later […]

Saddleworth Illuminations Results

The winners of the Saddleworth Christmas Illuminations competition have been announced. The judging was carried out last week by a committee led by the current Chairman of Saddleworth Parish Council, Cllr Keith Begley.

Greenfield butcher Ian South won the prize for Best Shop. Face and Body on Oldham Road in Grotton was named Best Shop Window, with Delph Post Office the runner-up. New to You in Uppermill was awarded Best Decorated Shop Window, ahead of Christoria in Delph.

The […]

Saddleworth Illuminations Judging

The judging of the annual Saddleworth Illuminations contest takes place this Thursday. The panel of judges will be led by the current Chairman of Saddleworth Parish Council, Cllr Keith Begley.

The categories include Best Illuminated Residential Property, Best Decorated Shop Window, Best Illuminated Shop Window and Best Illuminated Pub.

If you’d like to enter the competition, please call Barbara or Hazel at the parish council offices on 01457 876665.

Councillors Debate Chapel Road Parking

Chapel Road, with cars parked on the Churchill Fields side of the street.

The idea of putting parking bays up one side of Chapel Road between Uppermill and Greenfield was debated at Saddleworth Parish Council’s monthly meeting on Monday. There were mixed views, as some councillors supported the scheme, while others were worried about whether it was really necessary.

The notion was first suggested last month. Work to repair the retaining wall on the road is due to take […]

The Day The World Came To Saddleworth

Elwyn Watkins at the centre of yesterday's media scrum outside Uppermill Civic Hall.

Saddleworth has never seen anything quite like it. Yesterday’s verdict in the Phil Woolas election case put our area on news bulletins across the country, and turned Uppermill Civic Hall into a hive of political drama and excitement.

All the main players in the case were inside the hall long before the decision was due to be announced at 11 o’clock. All that is except the […]

Parish Council Chairman Gives Charity Update

The Chairman of Saddleworth Parish Council has given us an update on the charity work he’s been involved with since taking office in May. Cllr Keith Begley, who is serving as Chairman for the first time, is supporting a variety of good causes.

The nominated Chairman’s charities for 2010/11 are Sense, which is the main charity for the deafblind in this country, Alzheimer’s UK, Diabetes UK, Alcohol Concern and Rethink, a charity which helps those suffering from schizophrenia.

Cllr Begley […]