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

Past Articles

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas and Soul DJ play Holmfirth Picturedrome

Martha Reeves

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

It’s been more than 50 years since Martha Reeves first boarded that rented bus along with the likes of The Miracles, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes and Marvin Gaye on the first Motown Review. She and her backup group, the Vandellas, sang behind Marvin on his first three hit records and then soon hit the charts with their own trifecta: “Come and Get These Memories,” “Love is Like a Heat Wave,” and “Quicksand” in 1963. […]

Rishworth School one of the top 76 Schools in the country for Music

Rishworth School – one of the top in the country for music

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Rishworth School is delighted to have received notice that it has been placed in the top 76 schools in England for Music at GCSE level.

The award has been made by the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) has been made “in recognition of the excellent work you do with music within your school”.

Alastair Gloag, the Headmaster told Saddleworth News: “It is really […]

Rishworth School BBC News School Report gives 11-16 year-old students in the UK the chance to make their own news reports for a real audience

BBC newsday March 2017

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

On March 16 2017, Rishworth School took part in the annual BBC News School Report Day, creating text-based news reports, and publishing them on the school website, to which the BBC will link.

Using lesson plans and materials from its website, and with help from BBC staff and partners, teachers supported students aged 13 and 14, including many from Saddleworth, to become ‘news-hounds’ for the day and so develop their journalistic skills.


The Three Degrees are back by popular demand to perform at Holmfirth

Back by popular demand – The Three Degrees

The Three Degrees, one of the most famous female vocal groups of all time, are back by popular demand to perform at the Holmfirth Picturedrome.

Celebrating over 50 years in the industry, The Three Degrees are an American female vocal group, formed in 1963 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

A firm favourite with Prince Charles they sang at his 30th birthday party and were guests at his wedding to Princess Diana.

The Three […]

Stratospheric exam success for Saddleworth pupils at Rishworth School

Rishworth School pupils

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

A number of students living in Saddleworth and who attended Rishworth School in the last academic year, have achieved some outstanding results in the recent round of public examinations this year. Results for the School at both GCSE and A Level have been extremely good indeed.

At A level there was a 99% pass rate and a phenomenal 80% of all papers achieved a C grade or higher. At GCSE, the level of […]

Large increase in burglaries in the Saddleworth area

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Police say there has been a large increase in burglaries in the Saddleworth over the last few weeks and that extra resources have now been deployed to the area.

Last night there was an attempted burglary at a house on Whitehead Close in Greenfield and last week three houses in Delph were also broken into.

A silver car believed to be a VW Passat was seen in suspicious circumstances on Thurston Clough Road in Delph and a […]

The sky’s no longer the limit at Rishworth School

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Rishworth School is well-known to the many in Saddleworth who have attended over the years but its latest innovation, the launch of its own space programme, might catch you by surprise.

“Science and technology is so much more that I thought it was. There is so much to explore and learn and every part brings new experiences. I’ve learnt that there’s always more than one solution to problems and that you can solve most things if […]

Debbie Abrahams MP pays tribute to her friend Jo Cox MP

Local people leave floral tributes at Birstall yesterday for Jo Cox MP

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Jo Cox MP

Debbie Abrahams MP has paid tribute to her friend Jo Cox MP, 41, who was shot and stabbed multiple times following a constituency meeting in Birstall, West Yorkshire.

A floral tribute from the Prime Minister yesterday

The member of parliament for Batley and Spen suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead at 1.48pm on Thursday by a doctor along […]

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 […]

ANPR cameras to be deployed around Saddleworth in bid to cut crime

Saddleworth and Lees District Executive is doing its bit to tackle crime in the area.

Last year councillors sitting on the DE allocated £10,000 of funding towards the purchase of two mobile Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras.

The devices – operated by Greater Manchester Police officers – will now be deployed on main roads around the district.

The new cameras will record the registration numbers of vehicles using the area’s roads.

Not only will this give up to the […]