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Past Articles

Mossley Comeback Stuns Clitheroe

Mossley scored four goals in the last quarter of the match to beat Clitheroe 4-2 at Seel Park yesterday. They had to come from 2-0 down as all six goals went in during the second half.

The visitors found the net twice in the first five minutes of the second period, with Nathan Taylor getting both. Mossley’s comeback began when Andy Russell scored after 65 minutes, and Chris McDonagh got the equaliser five minutes later.

The match looked to be […]

Councillors’ Fears Over Wall Repairs

Three Saddleworth members of Oldham Council are concerned about the possible impact of a project to repair walls around the area. Oldham Council is spending almost £20m of Government cash on the scheme, most of it in Saddleworth.

However, Councillors Buckley, Heffernan and Roughley have worries about the work, and you can read the full story at the Oldham Chronicle website here.

Blue Is The Colour

The new blue sign on the A635 above Greenfield

Visitors arriving in Saddleworth by road are being greeted by new signs. They’re in the new bright blue colours of Oldham Council, and replace the old white-and-black ones, some of which were more than 30 years old.

Similar signs are going up all across Oldham Borough, although the ones in Saddleworth mention the fact the area is “in the historic County of York.” […]

Cleared Councillor Quits Tories

An Oldham Borough councillor who was this week cleared of allegedly misusing council e-mail accounts, has resigned from the Conservative Party. Cllr Ian Barker will now represent Failsworth West as an Independent.

The police were called in last summer after a complaint about inappropriate e-mails which were allegedly sent using someone else’s name. Cllr Barker and his wife Jennifer, who was then working as a part-time researcher for the Conservative group on Oldham Council, were arrested and bailed. They […]

New Issue Of Dobcross Diary

The March issue of the Dobcross Diary is finished, and is currently being posted through letterboxes around the village by a team of volunteers. As usual there are articles about various clubs and societies, and a handy what’s on guide. If you don’t live in Dobcross you can read it on the Diary’s website here.

Saddleworth Morris Men

Saddleworth’s Morris Men are getting ready for another year of events. Pete Ashworth from the group has been in touch with more information about what they’ve got planned, and I’ve included his message below. You can also visit their website here.

If you’re involved with a club in Saddleworth and want to tell people about it, just send me an e-mail by clicking on Contact at the top of the page, and I’ll be happy to include it on […]

Council Tax Rise Of 1.9% For Saddleworth

Council tax bills in Saddleworth will go up by 1.9% from April, after Oldham Council formally approved its new budget last night. The increase was confirmed along with a series of cuts and other savings, so the council can fill an £11m gap in its plans for the 2010/11 financial year.

The decision means the annual bill for an average Band D property will be just over £1542. The 1.9% rise for Oldham is likely to be the second-lowest […]

Entries Required For Short Film Competition

The first Holmfirth Film Festival takes place in May, and aspiring film-makers have the chance to enter a short film competition. Organisers say they want “quirky and individual” films inspired by the people and places of the Holme Valley.

There are two categories, one for ten-minute films and the other for shorts of just 60 seconds, which you can even shoot using your mobile phone if you like. The contest is free to enter and the closing date is 23 […]

A Wet And Snowy Weekend

A snowy Wessenden Head Moor near Holmfirth viewed from the A635 yesterday. More snow is expected this weekend.

The cold, wet and snowy weather is expected to continue over the next few days, as we head towards March with not much sign of winter coming to an end.

Today is likely to see the best of the conditions with some sunshine and warmer temperatures of around 5C, although there will be showers […]

Dobcross Ladies Group

Dobcross Ladies Group has been running for more than 30 years, and once again has a varied programme of events scheduled for the coming months. Di Terry from the group has been in touch with more information and details on how you can take part, and I’ve included her message below. If you’re involved with a club in Saddleworth and want to spread the word about it, just send me an e-mail by clicking on Contact at the top of […]

Mossley Station Group On Track

Mossley station

A new campaign group aimed at improving Mossley station met for the first time last night. More than 30 people went along to George Lawton Hall for what was described by the event’s organiser as a “lively debate” about the problems and opportunities facing the station.

A wide variety of issues were raised at the meeting, including grumbles about disabled access, train size and frequency, car parking, cycle lockers, signage […]

Local Book Lover To Judge National Contest

A Saddleworth resident has been chosen to help judge a national book prize. Janet Harrison, who works for Oldham Libraries encouraging parents and carers to read to and with their children, will be part of the panel for the Booktrust Early Years Award 2010.

You can read the full story on the Oldham Council website here.

Date And Venue Set For Charity Brass Band Concert

The charity brass band concert in aid of Help For Heroes will take place at the Civic Hall in Uppermill on Saturday 3 July. Tickets are priced £10, and are currently available from the event’s Facebook page here.

Helen Frost is organising the concert following the death of her cousin, Corporal James Oakland, in Afghanistan last October. Although lots of Saddleworth players have already volunteered to take part, Helen’s still keen to hear from any local people or businesses […]

Tameside Council Tax To Rise By Almost 2.5%

Residents in Tameside are facing a council tax rise of nearly 2.5% from April. The increase was confirmed at last night’s full council meeting, along with details of the council’s £750m budget.

You can read more about it from the Tameside Advertiser here.

Meanwhile, Oldham Council meets tonight to finalise its budget for the coming year, with councillors expected to approve a council tax rise of 1.9% - among the lowest in Greater Manchester. The Oldham Advertiser will be offering […]