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Past Articles

Saddleworth Musical Society present cheque to Dr Kershaws

Reporter: Ken Bennett

December 11 2016 saw Saddleworth Musical Society perform their annual Christmas concert, featuring the children of Diggle school choir.

This annual performance raises monies for selected charities which this year was Dr Kershaw’s Hospice.

The total sum raised was £1000.00 and here we see Gerard Marsden from Saddleworth Musical Society present the cheque to Joanne Sloan from Dr Kershaw’s, ably assisted by, Grace Wallace, Martha King, Thomas Wallace and Toby King from Diggle school.


Want to be a radio star?

Have you got the voice and personality to host your very own radio show?

Saddleworth FM, the communities internet radio station, is looking for presenters (male or female) to host shows over seven days a week.

They are spotlighting the station’s two key weekday shows, Good Morning Saddleworth Breakfast Show (8-10 am) and the planned launch of the drivetime, The Five O’Clock Show (5-7pm).

Ken Bennett, Saddleworth FM’s director of programmes, who has ten years experience in the radio industry, […]

Local climber to host Above & Beyond awards

Paul Braithwaite

An iconic guest of honour is to present Saddleworth’s first-ever Above & Beyond Awards later this year.

Unassuming Paul Braithwaite from Delph played a major role in the successful ascent of Everest South West Face in 1975 with a host of other major mountaineering conquests over a lifetime career.

He has climbed in the most extreme and remote regions of the world, including The Arctic, Canada, Alaska, South America, Russia, Nepal, Africa and Tibet.

A former president […]

Award scheme launched to recognise local community helpers

A unique award scheme which will recognise villagers who go the extra mile for neighbours or their community has been launched across Saddleworth.

The Above and Beyond Awards will celebrate men, women and children nominated by village community, resident associations and groups.

And in a bid to encourage nominations villagers are being urged to contact their own community’s committee.

All ten village committees have backed the novel award scheme which is the brainchild of journalist Ken Bennett.

He said: “It’s […]

Saddleworth journalist honoured with lifetime achievement award

Ken (right) receives his award from Liverpool Press Club secretary Chris Johnson

Distinguished Saddleworth journalist Ken Bennett has been honoured with a lifetime achievement award by Liverpool Press Club, recognising a 60-year career in the profession.

Ken, who lives in Dobcross, started at a St Helens weekly newspaper as a junior reporter, aged 15, before joining a freelance news agency working for national media.

He reported on the biggest news stories of the 20th century, including The Moors Murders […]

Debbie Abrahams MP tells Dobcross residents: ‘We are listening to you’

Debbie Abrahams MP speaking to the residents

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Debbie Abrahams MP has reassured Dobcross residents that they will be listened to at a special meeting in the village earlier this week.

The meeting was held at Dobcross Band and Social Club on Tuesday night by Dobcross Village Community (DVC) Executive Committee, to discuss road safety issues in the village after the recent approval to build the new Saddleworth School in Diggle. Although the meeting wasn’t held for […]

Dobcross residents invited to public meeting over village traffic issues

Sugar Lane, Dobcross

All Dobcross residents are invited to a public meeting in the village Band Club on Tuesday, July 28 at 7.30pm.

The meeting, has been organised by Dobcross Village Community executive committee, to discuss increased traffic through the village. Residents can attend and air their views on safety, speed, and how to discouraging traffic from using the village roads as a ‘rat run’.

Journalist Ken Bennett will chair the meeting and they expect senior Oldham Council […]

Saddleworth Independent is runner up in North West O2 Media Awards

Photo: The winners, Aimee Howarth, Head of News, Tony Bugby, Sports Editor and Carl Royle, Deputy Editor at 02 Awards.

Fighting against regional giants the Manchester Evening News and the Liverpool Echo, the Saddleworth Independent was a runner-up in this year’s North West O2 Media Awards.

The monthly publication was fighting for first place in the specialist publication category alongside the MEN’s Business Week (the eventual winner), the Liverpool Post’s Post Culture and the countywide Lancashire Magazine.

The title […]