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Past Articles

Borough to fall silent for Remembrance Sunday services

Oldham Council is honouring the fallen on Sunday, November 8.

Remembrance Sunday services will be taking place at venues across the borough, held in conjunction with branches of the Royal British Legion.

Residents, uniformed services and representatives of all organisations are encouraged to attend the services and there will also be opportunities to place wreaths on the memorials.

Councillor Jim McMahon, Leader of Oldham Council, said: “The borough’s residents have the deepest respect for those men and women who have […]

Jubilee beacon lit at Pots and Pans

People gather at the war memorial to watch the beacon being lit. Photo: Stuart Littleford.

On Monday night a number of people gathered at the war memorial on Pots and Pans in Uppermill, to watch the lighting of a beacon as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

A view from the side of the monument. Photo: Amy Wood.

The event was made possible by local farmer Chris Crowther, who took up the burner and other equipment.

The […]

A Snowy View Of Pots And Pans

A snowy Saddleworth scene taken earlier in December. (picture: David Gartside)

Reader David Gartside of Greenfield has sent Saddleworth News a lovely picture taken in the pre-Christmas snow. It shows a very wintry-looking Pots and Pans. Many thanks to David!

You can send in a picture for publication by emailing


Walkers Enjoy Summer Solstice Trek Up Pots And Pans

The hardy group of walkers at the monument, almost at the top! (all pictures: Paul Collins)

A group of local walkers took part in a ramble to the top of Pots and Pans on last week’s longest day of the year. The event was organised by Oldham Council’s Countryside Service, and included a bowl of soup at the Cross Keys afterwards.

One of the walkers, Paul Collins, has written an account on […]

Walk Up Pots And Pans On The Longest Day

Pots and Pans, as viewed from Dobcross.

The Countryside Service of Oldham Council is holding a walk up Pots and Pans to watch the sun set on the evening of the longest day of the year, Tuesday 21 June.

Anyone is welcome to take part in what’s being described as a “short but strenuous” walk. It’ll start and finish at the Cross Keys, and the £3.25 price includes a bowl of soup in the pub afterwards.


Call-Outs For Mountain Rescue Team

The Oldham Mountain Rescue Team has been called out to help two injured people in Saddleworth over the past couple of days.

The rescuers, who are based at the Cross Keys above Uppermill, were asked to assist the North West Air Ambulance and the police.

In one incident, a cyclist suffered head injuries after coming off his bike at Blea Green, which is on the moors above the two Castleshaw reservoirs.

He was helped back along the Pennine Way to […]

Former Soldiers Walk Through Saddleworth For Charity

Five former soldiers have thanked supporters who have donated money following a recent fundraising walk around the villages of Saddleworth.

The walk took place two weekends ago, and you can see a video with some highlights of the day above!

The men did a 15-mile circuit, which included Denshaw, Delph, Dobcross, Uppermill and a walk to the top of Pots and Pans. The money raised will go to Help For Heroes, the charity which helps wounded servicemen and women.


Council Leader Defends Handling Of Cuts

Cllr Howard Sykes

The leader of Oldham Council has defended the way he’s gone about identifying proposed budget savings. Cllr Howard Sykes also insisted he was right not to join other town hall leaders in publicly slamming the government over cuts in local authority funding.

He was speaking yesterday as the Liberal Democrat/Conservative administration which runs the council revealed its final set of budget proposals for the coming financial year. The authority must save £41m, and councillors will vote […]

Gradually Getting Milder

Pots and Pans, as viewed from Dobcross on Christmas Day.

The cold temperatures we’ve experiencing will begin to improve later in the week, but not before we’ve had a bit more sleet and snow.

The wintry showers are forecast to continue through much of today, with temperatures once again struggling to get above freezing.

However, although there’ll be more showers on Tuesday and Wednesday, it should turn noticeably milder, so […]

More Snowy Saddleworth Scenes

Pots and Pans from Bunkers, note the two people on the rock next to the memorial! (all pictures: David Gartside)

The recent snowy weather has inspired many of you to pick up your cameras and capture some stunning images of our local area. These photos were taken on Monday and Tuesday and sent in by David Gartside of Greenfield. Thank you to David!

If you’d like to share your pictures with Saddleworth […]

Sun On Pots And Pans

(picture: David Gartside)

Here’s a beautiful image of a snowy Pots and Pans, under clear skies and with some early spring buds in the foreground. It was taken by David Gartside from Greenfield, so many thanks to David for sending the picture in.

If you’d like to do the same, either send your photos by e-mail to editor-at-saddleworthnews-dot-com, or you can post them to the Twitter account here.


Pictures Of The Snow In Uppermill

Here are some wonderful images of Uppermill in the snow, taken as dawn broke this morning. The pictures are the work of local photographer Mark van Spall of MVS Photography, so many thanks to him for sending them in. You can get more information at the MVS website here.

If you want to send in your own photos or the snow or anything else, please do so. Either send them via e-mail to editor-at-saddleworthnews-dot-com, or post your pictures on Twitter […]

Remembrance Sunday At Pots And Pans

The painting of last year's poppy projection at Oldham Civic Hall. (picture: Oldham Council)

Saddleworth will remember our war dead with a Remembrance Sunday service at the Pots and Pans memorial above Uppermill tomorrow morning. It will begin at 10:55am, just before the nation falls silent at the traditional time of 11am.

Meanwhile, if you like the image at the top of this post, it’s now available to own. War artist Matt Cook has produced a watercolour painting of […]

A Brighter Weekend In Prospect

There’s some sunnier weather forecast for tomorrow and Saturday, although conditions for the Remembrance Sunday event at Pots and Pans don’t look too good at the moment.

Starting with today, and it’ll be wet and overcast throughout I’m afraid, although the cloud will at least keep temperatures up a bit. Highs of 12C during the day, and lows of 6C overnight.

The rain should ease off during the night and Friday starts dry if cloudy, although there should be some […]