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Roger gets Oldham Council Civic Appreciation Award

Award – Roger Tanner MBE

Roger Tanner MBE DL has become the latest recipient of Oldham Council Civic Appreciation Award thanks to his contribution to community life over many years.

Mr Tanner received the award at a special ceremony at Oldham Civic Centre last night.

Roger, 92, was born in Greenfield. He was the youngest son of Tanners of Greenfield, a large mill-owning family.

He was educated at a private boarding school in Uppingham, Rutland. On leaving full-time education […]

Success For Delph In Saddleworth Show Football

(all pictures: Matthew Poulter)

The dreadful wet weather didn’t prevent dozens of youngsters enjoying an afternoon of football during the Saddleworth Show at Churchill Fields on Sunday.

With the details, here’s a report by Matthew Poulter of Uppermill FC:

UPPERMILL FC HOSTED the football showcase at the Saddleworth Show for the fifth year running and this year it was as popular as ever.

With over 100 participants from […]

Hymn Inspires Displays At St Chad’s Flower Festival

"The purple headed mountain, the river running by" (all pictures: Jane McCann)

One of the highlights of the recent Saddleworth Festival of the Arts was the Flower Festival at St Chad’s Church in Uppermill, which ran for five days earlier this month.

The festival’s theme was the popular hymn All Things Bright and Beautiful, with a series of stunning displays illustrating the words. This selection of images of the various displays was […]

Exhibition Of Art And Textiles At Heights Church

An exhibition of art and textiles is taking place this week at St Thomas’ Church at Heights above Delph.

The event, running as part of the Saddleworth Festival of the Arts, is open daily until Sunday between 10am and 4pm.

Organisers say examples of quilts, lacemaking, paintings and ceramics are all on display, along with some artwork by Delph School pupils.

On Sunday, the exhibition will end with a Songs of Praise-style service at 3pm. The church building is not […]

Saddleworth Festival Of The Arts Begins

It’s the opening weekend of the Saddleworth Festival of the Arts, nine days of concerts, shows, talks and other cultural attractions, which only comes around once every four years.

There’s an interview with the Festival Chairman, Jim Scott, in the latest edition of Saddleworth News TV, which you can see by clicking on the box above.

Katherine Broderick (picture: Chamber Concerts)

Among the early highlights will be the performance by soprano Katherine Broderick, who is originally from Delph, […]

Veteran Saddleworth Artist Honoured At Uppermill Exhibition

(left to right) Cllr Enid Firth, Cllr Bill Cullen, Les Barrow. (picture: Rachel Fish)

The service of Les Barrow, a member of the Saddleworth Group of Artists for more than six decades, has been recognised with a special presentation.

Saddleworth Parish Council Chairman Cllr Bill Cullen, and his consort Cllr Enid Firth, gave Les a gift on behalf of the artists, at the preview of the group’s latest exhibition in Uppermill.

As well as being a member of the […]

Pictures From Saddleworth Players’ Under Milk Wood

(all pictures: Stuart Coleman Photography)

The latest production from the Saddleworth Players, a staging of the Dylan Thomas play Under Milk Wood, is currently running at the Millgate Centre in Delph.

It’s on every evening until Saturday, when the final show coincides with the opening night of the Saddleworth Festival of the Arts. Doors open at 7pm with performances starting at 7:30pm, and tickets cost £7.50. The booking phone line is 01457 874644.

These pictures of the cast going […]

Dobcross Youth Band To Hold Film Music Night

The Dobcross Youth Band pictured on Whit Friday last year.

The Saddleworth Festival of the Arts begins this Saturday, and one of the highlights of the opening night will be a concert of film music by the Dobcross Youth Band.

The event takes place at Dobcross Band Club starting at 7:30pm, and classic tunes from movies such as Superman and Pirates of the Caribbean will be played, along with 76 Trombones from The Music Man.

The band’s Musical Director, […]

Peace Exhibition In Uppermill

An exhibition being held by the Saddleworth Peace Movement begins at the museum in Uppermill on Thursday. Titled ‘A Non-Violent Response To Terrorism?’ the exhibition will be held until 12 June in the museum’s art gallery.

The exhibition will be open each day between 10am and 4pm. It will be staffed by volunteers, and organisers are keen to hear from anyone who might be able to spare a couple of hours to help them out. If you’re interested, call Phillida […]

New Bulletin From Saddleworth News TV

Here’s the latest Saddleworth News TV video bulletin, made by students from The Oldham College with their tutor John Eccles.

In this programme, there’s a preview of the Saddleworth Festival of the Arts, which begins this weekend, with Festival Chairman Jim Scott. There’s also a look ahead to another forthcoming local event, the Diggle Blues Festival, as well as some video footage of the recent Mossley wildfire captured by one of the students. We hope you enjoy it!

More […]

The Frolick To Bring Baroque To Saddleworth Festival

(image courtesy Emma Curtis)

Award-winning baroque group The Frolick will be treating Saddleworth to a taste of 18th Century London during the Festival of the Arts, which begins in just over a week.

They’ll be performing what they describe as songs of “love, recession, melancholy, drinking and riotous fun” at St Anne’s Church in Lydgate on Tuesday 7 June at 7:30pm.

Director Emma Curtis told Saddleworth News: “We are rather unconventional as an early music ensemble. Although strictly an […]

Artists To Hold Saddleworth Festival Fringe In Uppermill

The Woodend Artists Group has announced details of a fringe event to take place during the Saddleworth Festival of the Arts next month.

The artists will be holding a week-long exhibition of their work, and putting on music and poetry performances, at Christy’s Coffee House in Uppermill, for the duration of the festival which runs from Saturday 4 June to Sunday 12 June.

There’ll be an opportunity to meet the artists themselves on the first Saturday evening, from 6pm to […]

Countdown Continues To Saddleworth Festival Of The Arts

Katherine Broderick (picture: Chamber Concerts)

The Saddleworth Festival Of The Arts only comes along once every four years. And the 2011 festival is now just over a fortnight away.

The festival runs from Saturday 4 June to Sunday 12 June. Among the likely highlights will be talks by comedian Barry Cryer, TV presenter Julia Bradbury and news anchorman George Alagiah, a recital by Delph soprano Katherine Broderick, a production of Stepping Out by the Uppermill Stage Society, and the […]

Diggle Artist Shows Work At Millyard Gallery

(image: John Hewitt)

Diggle artist John Hewitt is among eight people exhibiting their work at the Millyard Gallery in Uppermill from this Saturday.

A small number of Mr Hewitt’s animal drawings will be on display in the gallery’s downstairs space, and you can see an example at the top of this article. The pictured work, Brown Leghorn, was only completed earlier this week.

Among the other seven […]