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Stuart Littleford – Reporter
Allan Roach – Reporter
George Wilson – Reporter and IT
Judith Grinter – Reporter

Past Articles

Planting bulbs in the snow

The Little Deerhill Co.

Reporter : Judith Grinter

#SaddleworthLife

The UCAN group have been busy completing the task of removing the wet and slippery leaves along the towpath from Wade Lock to the viaduct.

One last snowy bulb planting session took place following the kind donation of a batch of bluebell bulbs. The team are really hoping for a colourful show in spring as over 1000 bulbs have now been planted. Plans for the new year are underway and […]

Alex and Sarah are Santa-dashing for MIND

Reporter: Judith Grinter

Meet two jolly local runners who are running in the Santa Dash this Saturday. Alex Rawsthorne and Sarah Edge are joining in with the 5K run to raise money for the Charity MIND and to have a barrel load of fun. The Santa Dash will involve 1,000 runners dressed as Santa. Last year there were 100 runners. This year, the route will start and finish in the Square in Uppermill, running down the High Street towards Greenfield, […]

Delph Donkey, a point in history for our beautiful path

Saddleworth Places

Reporter: Judith Grinter

The Delph Donkey Railway Line was closed this day (4 Nov) in 1963. The rail was taken up a year later, the remenants of the line removed including the station masters house in Delph, and since then the local people have used it as a recreational path and enjoy taking in the air of Saddleworth along it.

The area of Saddleworth is well known as a beautiful place to live in, work in and to […]

Looking for Santas

Santa Dash Saddleworth News

The Roundtable in Saddleworth are again looking for any Santas who would like to run for them in the annual Santa Dash. It makes for an amusing spectacle and a great fund raiser. If you wish to join in the fun, sign up now

 

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Saddleworth School Poll – Looking at the Results

Saddleworth School 1979

 

Saddleworth School 1979/80 @SaddleworthDIY

In Feb 2015 and then again in Aug 2017 Saddleworth News polled its readers asking where they would prefer the new Saddleworth School to be built. Saddleworth School is the local mixed-sex secondary school educating children of 11 to 16 years of age. It is presently located in Uppermill, Saddleworth.

The poll was conducted purely out of interest. The school awaits being built.

Saddleworth School Poll 2015

 

 

 

Saddleworth School […]

Timings for the Saddleworth Rushcart 2017

Reporter Ruby Anstee Route and Times of the Saddleworth Rushcart Celebrations this weekend (26 and 27 Aug 2017)

… (please note, times are approximate)

Saturday

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From 9:30 Uppermill Square; a few admin bits before Saddleworth Morris Men perform the Rushcart Dance. 10:15 Depart Uppermill Square to arrive Greenfield (opposite King Bill IV) 10:45 High Street to Chapel Lane to Chew Valley Road. 11:30 Depart Greenfield to arrive Uppermill Square 12:00 Chew Valley Road to Wellington […]

Uppermill Community Association Update

UPPERMILL COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION – Supported by Canal and River Trust UCAN has had a busy Summer so far, reaching the milestone of 1000 hours of volunteer labour since our formation. On 29 June the Group assisted Oldham Council with flower bed planting outside the Museum for Uppermill’s entry to the national ‘Britain in Bloom’ competition, the Group also attended the 2 judging days for some pre-judge tidying, and to keep nearby geese at bay! As well as continuing the […]

Yanks Weekend and its Characters

Reporter and photos Ruby Anstee

Every year in the Saddleworth area there is a time warp back to the 1940’s when celebrations take part, connected to the filming of a scene in the 1979 cinema release Yanks. Uppermill and Dobcross both take on a wartime look and many Characters can be spotted wandering around, chatting and dancing. I caught up with a few of the Characters and asked them how and why they do what they do. I have withheld […]

The Saddleworth News Photography Awards 2017 looking to frame a Saddleworth Summer

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Photographers of all ages and abilities are invited to enter their photographs of Saddleworth into the Saddleworth News Photography Awards 2017 which start today.

The awards are a Saddleworth News Community Project in partnership with the Saddleworth Photography Group, which has been operational for over two years and has over 220 members.

The group set weekly practical challenges to help photographers learn from their own practice and from that of others. The group also provides a sounding […]

Debbie Abrahams MP pledges to ‘start a conversation’ to tackle loneliness across Oldham and Saddleworth

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, is backing the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness by signing their online pledge to ‘start a conversation’ at www.jocoxloneliness.org/pledge

Debbie told Saddleworth News: “I met with the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness and made a pledge to tackle the issue across Oldham and Saddleworth by starting a conversation with someone.

“Loneliness is something I often see when I’m going door to door, meeting local people across Oldham and […]

Saddleworth Group of Artists Summer Exhibition now open

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Well known local artists will again be exhibiting their work for the Saddleworth Group of Artists Summer Exhibition at the Saddleworth Museum.

The exhibition started at weekend and runs till Sunday 16 July.

Always a popular show, the exhibition will be comprised of up to fifty works, with styles ranging from photo realism to expressionistic. Most paintings will be on sale.

The group, founded in 1950 by water colourist Ellis Shaw and friends, is currently comprised of […]

The ‘greatest free show on earth’ continues to attract worldwide attention

Whit Friday at Denshaw

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

This year’s Whit Friday band contests are set to attract thousands of people to the borough – including musicians from as far afield as Switzerland and Australia.

Oldham Council is again providing help and financial support to ensure the Saddleworth and Lees contests hit all the right notes and everyone enjoys a spectacular day of free entertainment and fun.

Dubbed ‘the greatest free show on earth’, this traditional event dates back to […]

Debbie meets with Saddleworth Carers Group in Uppermill

Debbie meets with Saddleworth Carers Group at the Sacred Heart church in Uppermill – photo Saddleworth News

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Debbie Abrahams, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Oldham East and Saddleworth, has met with the Saddleworth Carers Group at the Sacred Heart church in Uppermill, to discuss the work she has been doing to develop a Dementia Friendly Oldham and a Dementia Friendly Parliament – they also discussed the social care crisis.

Debbie said: “There are now over […]

UCAN start their first Himalayan Balsam clearing activities

The group undertaking Himalayan Balsam clearing activities

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Uppermill Community Association (UCAN) have focused their recent activities on sewing wild flowers obtained from Grow Wild and others, in the verges cleared during the recent wash-wall repairs, the beds at Wade Lock, and in the woodland section under Limekiln Lock.

Last years planting by the group has proven to be a great success, bringing extra springtime colour to the towpath through Uppermill.

UCAN has also continued […]