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Allan Roach – Reporter
George Wilson – Reporter and IT
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New book to be published in memory of the late Alan Petford

Alan Petford

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

This spring a new book will be published in memory of the late Alan Petford.

‘History in the South Pennines: the Legacy of Alan Petford’ will examine a thousand years of life in the upland communities of Saddleworth, Marsden and the Calder Valley.

Alan, a distinguished historian and much admired local history lecturer, died in 2015.

He was a former student of Hulme Grammar and a founder member of the Saddleworth Historical Society. Having […]

Marsden named Yorkshire’s best festival

The Marsden Jazz Festival has been named Yorkshire’s best festival at a top awards ceremony.

The annual three-day live music event, which took place earlier this month, has won the ‘Outstanding Established Festival’ title at the Yorkshire Gig Guide Grassroots Awards 2015 in Whitby.

Over 130 hours of live music was heard at 26 venues in Marsden between Friday 9 and Sunday 11 October, including performances by legendary saxophonist Jean Toussaint, New Orleans-based clarinettist Evan Christopher, and […]

Marsden to go car free for jazz festival

Peel Street Parade – photo: Chris Turner

Marsden’s high street will close to traffic during this weekend’s jazz festival to allow performances to take place on three outdoor stages.

Over 130 hours of live music is taking place in the Pennine village this weekend at 26 venues, including over 70 free events.

The festival organisers have got permission to close a stretch of Peel Street between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 10 October, allowing the return […]

A kazoo chorus is coming to Marsden

Young people and families taking part in Marsden Jazz Festival Street Music Parade 2014 – photo Elizabeth Baker.

Marsden will soon be buzzing with the sound of kazoos with four kazoo workshops taking place in the village over the next two weekends.

Music fans of all ages are being encouraged to attend one of the free workshops to make a flamboyant kazoo and then join in the Marsden Jazz Festival street parade at midday on Saturday 10 October.

Artists […]

National Trust Marsden Moor Estate – plant group sales

Marsden Moor Estate Plant Group

Every Friday from April to October, the Marsden Moor Estate office sell plants to the public, next to the Railway Station.

The nursery, run by National Trust volunteers, specialises in perennials and includes herbs, alpines and some shrubs.

Many of the plants come from donations from the public whose gardens are overstocked, whilst others are grown from seed by their volunteers. In the nursery, they are split, propagated and once well rooted they are […]

Marsden Jazz Festival première to get national BBC broadcast

Simon Fell and his performance with the Simon Fell Sextet at last year’s Marsden Jazz Festival – photo Peter Woodman

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

A recording of a high profile performance at last year’s Marsden Jazz Festival will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 over the Easter weekend.

The festival commissioned Dewsbury-born musician Simon Fell to write and perform a new composition for a specially-assembled sextet, which was performed at the […]

Two air ambulances called to different incidents in Saddleworth on Sunday

Incident near Running Hill between Diggle and Marsden – photo Catherine Heald

Two air ambulance helicopters were involved in different incidents in Saddleworth last Sunday.

Air Ambulance at the side of the A635 Holmfirth Road – photo Stan Bowes

In one incident a member of the Oldham Mountain Rescue Team fell 40ft whilst out on a training exercise at Upperwood quarry near to the A635, Holmfirth Road.

The helicopter had to land on the ridge of the hill, […]

Marsden Beer Festival

Marsden will once again hold its beer festival this weekend.

The event will be held at the Marsden Mechanics Hall this Thursday 31 Oct from 6pm, Friday 1st Nov from 6pm, and all day Saturday 12 noon till midnight. There will be a selection of 20 real ales from all around the UK plus 4 scrumpy ciders.

There is a Blondie tribute on Saturday evening from 8pm, with free entry to all sessions.

A discount is available to all current […]

Diggle gulley problem shows no improvement

The blocked gulley at the top of the A62. Photo: Stuart Littleford.

The fast flowing stream of water down towards Delph. Photo: Stuart Littleford.

The heavy rain is still causing flooding problems at the top of the A62, Standedge Road, Diggle, towards Marsden this afternoon.

Despite previous stories on Saddleworth News and the intervention of Cllr Garth Harkness, nothing much seems to have been done to solve the issue, the water at the moment is still running down […]

Diggle gulley issue gets a response from Oldham Council

The collapsed gulley at Diggle. Photo: OMBC Highways.

Saddleworth News recently met with Councillor Garth Harkness near to Brun Clough Reservoir in Diggle to investigate one of the major causes of flooding along the A62 Huddersfield Road.

During torrential rain the water from Marsden Moor flows down onto the Huddersfield Road near to the Diggle and Marsden border. This has led to surface water on the road forming a small river running down towards Delph and Dobcross.

Village Charm for International Jazz Artists

Every year, throughout the second weekend in October, the sleepy Pennine village of Marsden plays host to around 8,000 jazz fans, who enjoy a varied programme of music and other events.

2012 is no exception, and from Friday 12th October to Sunday 14th October almost 80 events are scheduled for 48 hours across the weekend, with music being played in every conceivable space.

This year, the festival headliners include King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys, Dennis Rollins, Barb Jungr, Gilad […]

Marsden Jazz Festival This Weekend

One of the highlights of the local cultural calendar takes place this weekend. It’s the Marsden Jazz Festival, which is marking its 20th year.

More than 70 events will take place in and around the village across Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with 7,000 visitors expected to see something of the festival. Gigs are scheduled for venues large and small, ranging from the Mechanics Institute to street performances.

Among the main attractions this year will be established jazz performers including […]

Uppermill Parking Consultation Coming Up Soon

One of the signs in the museum car park giving details of the restrictions.

The promised consultation on the parking restrictions in Uppermill will take place during October.

Cllr Royce Franklin, who chairs the Saddleworth and Lees Traffic and Transport group, updated his fellow parish councillors with the news during Monday night’s regular meeting at Uppermill Civic Hall.

The review was pledged following the introduction of the time limits by Oldham Council in February. Restrictions of two and three […]

Theatre Group Coming To The Swan In Dobcross

Something a little out of the ordinary will be on at the Swan in Dobcross next Monday night. The Marsden-based Mikron Theatre group will be presenting a performance of its latest play, about the building of the Bridgewater Canal.

Hell and High Water takes us back two and a half centuries to 1761 when the canal was first opened between Manchester and Worsley. The group promises a show full of “big characters, live music and lots of fun” telling […]