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Past Articles

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.


Saddleworth Parish Council Proposes South Pennines Constituency

The Saddleworth Parish Council proposal. The South Pennine constituency is in brown.

Saddleworth Parish Council has decided to oppose plans to include our area in an expanded Oldham and Saddleworth constituency for Westminster elections.

Instead, parish councillors are calling for the creation of a new South Pennines constituency including Littleborough, Milnrow, Newhey, Mossley and Stalybridge along with Saddleworth and Lees.

The issue has come up because of the government’s decision to reduce the number of MPs in the House […]

New Homewatch Administrator Issues Crime Prevention Tips

The new administrator of the Homewatch scheme in our area, Julie Wright, has begun her tenure by issuing a document containing all kinds of tips on how to prevent crime in Saddleworth.

You can download it by clicking on the link below:


Julie can be contacted directly by phone on 0161 856 9054 or 07733 307985. Her e-mail address is

The next Saddleworth Homewatch meeting takes place at 7:45pm on 20 July at the Conservative Club in Uppermill, […]

Newhey To Denshaw Road Closed At Newhey

The A640 Huddersfield Road is to remain closed at Newhey for up to three weeks. Rochdale Council has confirmed the closure following last Wednesday’s accident involving a piledriver.

The machine was taking part in work to repair a retaining wall, when the road beneath it partly gave way. The wall also collapsed in the incident, which led to an emergency closure of the road between Newhey and Denshaw for several hours.

Now, so the road and wall can be repaired, […]

Machine Causes Road To Give Way In Newhey

The A640 Huddersfield Road between Newhey and Denshaw was closed for several hours this afternoon and evening, after it partly gave way under the weight of a heavy piece of construction machinery.

According to the police, the piledriver, described as being 50 tonnes, slipped slightly towards the side of the road in Newhey at about 4:30pm. A nearby wall collapsed.

A police spokeswoman said the road would be shut for a “considerable amount of time” while the machine was recovered. […]

Would You Use A Bus From Denshaw To Newhey?

The idea of restoring a bus service between Denshaw and Newhey has been mooted by a local member of Saddleworth Parish Council.

Cllr Ken Hulme, who represents Delph and Denshaw as an independent, wants to see if there’s any interest in such a service, to tie in with the extension of the Metrolink to Newhey.

Trams are due to run as far as Mumps by the end of this year, with the rest of the old Oldham Loop Line, including […]

Abrahams Promises To Fight Cuts

Debbie Abrahams MP arrives at the Ram's Head in Denshaw today, with her husband John and daughter Dawn.

Our new MP Debbie Abrahams said today that protecting public services would be one of her main priorities during her first weeks and months in the job. Hours after her victory in the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election, the newest Labour MP said the result hadn’t yet completely sunk in, and added that she was “absolutely […]

Candidate Interview: Debbie Abrahams (Labour)

Debbie Abrahams, pictured outside the Old Bell in Delph yesterday.

Labour’s candidate in the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election has said local people have been “let down completely” by the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats.

Debbie Abrahams also used an interview with Saddleworth News to say she offers a “fresh start” following the controversy over the Phil Woolas leaflets.

The by-election is taking place after Mr Woolas was stripped of his victory in May’s general election for telling lies about […]

Labour Picks Debbie Abrahams For By-Election

Debbie Abrahams, pictured during the general election campaign when she stood for Labour in Colne Valley.

Debbie Abrahams will be the Labour candidate in the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election. Local party members chose her ahead of Coldhurst councillor Abdul Jabbar and NHS Oldham Chair Riaz Ahmad at a private hustings meeting in Oldham today.

In a statement, she said it was “an honour and a privilege” to have been selected. She added: “I’m looking forward to getting out […]

New Rochdale MP Praises Woolas In Maiden Speech

The new MP for Rochdale, Simon Danczuk, has used his maiden speech in the House of Commons to praise his Labour colleague Phil Woolas. Mr Danczuk spoke in yesterday’s debate on global poverty and raised issues including the Israel/Palestine conflict, as well as Bangladesh, Pakistan and Kashmir, and problems closer to home.

It’s traditional for MPs making their maiden speeches to thank their predecessors, and Mr Danczuk had kind words for Mr Woolas, who represented Newhey and Milnrow until the […]