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Saddleworth WI Plans Charity Fundraiser

The Saddleworth Women’s Institute is selling tickets for its latest big charity fundraiser. The Indian Summer Party will take place on 24 September at the Saddleworth Hotel on Huddersfield Road.

As always with the WI, local charities will benefit, with proceeds being split between the Dr Kershaw’s and Willow Wood hospices, and the Saddleworth Village Olympics.

There’ll be a hot supper, raffle and disco, with the fun going on until 1am. Tickets cost £20 and are available from Jen on […]

Council Leader Defends Taking The Plane

Cllr Howard Sykes

The leader of Oldham Council has defended his decision to fly to and from a meeting with Government ministers in Bournemouth earlier this month. Cllr Howard Sykes said taking the plane was cheaper and faster than the equivalent train journey.

Cllr Sykes was responding to a public question at last week’s full council meeting, put by Saddleworth Parish Councillor Ken Hulme. Cllr Hulme queried the decision to fly, recalling that previous Lib Dem council leader and […]

Miserable Weather Continues

The overcast and wet weather of the past few days is likely to continue into the weekend.

It ought to stay dry today, although the cloud is forecast to stay with us throughout. Temperatures are likely to reach 18C.

Friday starts overcast once again although there’s a chance we’ll see the sun during the morning. However, showers are forecast during the afternoon, with highs again touching 18C.

Saturday is likely to be more of the same, with cloud and the […]

Councillors Concerned Over Dove Stone Bus

Dove Stone Reservoir

Saddleworth Parish Councillors have expressed concern over the lack of people using the tourist bus to Dove Stone Reservoir. One councillor told Monday night’s meeting of the council that “every bus that has gone past has been absolutely empty.”

The Parish Council is funding the Saddleworth Hopper bus, which runs in a loop between Greenfield Station, Uppermill and Dove Stone on Saturdays and Sundays. It came into service last […]

Charity Concert In Denshaw On Saturday

A charity concert in aid of Help for Heroes takes place at the Junction pub in Denshaw this Saturday afternoon. There’ll be live acts on stage in the car park between 2pm and 8pm, along with a barbecue, auction and raffle.

The event is being put on by the new team running the Junction, Marj Schofield and her daughter Kelly Tracey. Kelly, who has sung for 15 years at pubs and clubs in and around Oldham, has got several of […]

Revealed: Why The Civic Hall Extension Will Cost Us £800,000

Uppermill Civic Hall

Saddleworth residents are facing a bill of almost £800,000 to upgrade Uppermill Civic Hall, Saddleworth News can reveal. Under the Parish Council’s plan to borrow £500,000 to fund the work and then pay the money back over the next 25 years, the total amount payable by the council would total £796,416.50.

The figures are contained in a confidential report circulated among councillors at a meeting held last week to discuss the […]

Gypsies Set Up Camp On Crompton Moor

The gypsy camp at Brushes Clough on Crompton Moor this morning.

A group of gypsies has set up camp on Crompton Moor. According to local residents, they moved in to the area near the Brushes Clough car park at around 10 o’clock this morning.

Within an hour, the camp was made up of six caravans and four other vehicles. Several young children were among those at the camp off Buckstones Road, between […]

Saddleworth In Bloom Results Revealed

The Old Bell in Delph, winner of the Best Blooming Pub prize.

Saddleworth Parish Council has announced the results of its Saddleworth In Bloom competition. The Old Bell in Delph took the award for Best Blooming Pub, with the other prizes for private gardens going to winners in Greenfield, Grasscroft and elsewhere in Delph.

Judging took place last Thursday. The panel consisted of the Parish Council’s Chairman, Cllr Keith Begley, along with local gardening […]

Countryfile Screens Special On Holmfirth


Holmfirth featured in a special edition of the BBC’s Countryfile programme last night. It was screened just after the first episode of what is to be the final series of Last of the Summer Wine, the sitcom which has been filmed in the village for almost four decades.

The show focused on how the series has affected the village, and also featured reports on other aspects of local rural life including […]

Double Victory For Delph And Dobcross

Delph and Dobcross enjoyed victories in both the T20 Cup and the Huddersfield League over the weekend. The results mean they’re now into the last four of the T20 competition, and maintain their third position in the league table.

On Friday night, D&D finally got on the field for their rain-delayed T20 quarter-final away to Rastrick. The home side were bowled out for 120 in the 18th over, a target which D&D reached comfortably for the loss of three wickets, […]

Another Week Of Drizzle

There’s more miserable weather on the way this week.

Today should be typical of the next few days unfortunately, with persistent drizzle and overcast conditions. Top temperatures are forecast to be 19C.

Tuesday starts wet again and there’ll be more showers throughout the day with not much chance of sunshine, and highs once again of 19C.

Wednesday might be slightly better, with some sunny intervals predicted, although the drizzle is likely to return in earnest on Thursday. Temperatures might edge […]

Late Goals Help Mossley To Victory

Mossley continued their good start to pre-season with a 3-1 win over Welsh Premier League side Bala Town at Seel Park yesterday. Mossley scored twice in three minutes near the end of the game to secure victory.

The home side opened the scoring after 12 minutes through Chris Rowney. Bala equalised just before the hour with a goal from Mike Thompson. But Mossley re-took the lead with three minutes to play thanks to substitute Jordan Goodeve, and another sub, Steve […]

Letter: Saddleworth Civic Hall Extension

Below is a letter to the editor sent by Ken Hulme, who sits as an independent on Saddleworth Parish Council. I’ve reproduced the letter in full. If you would like to respond to the points made in the letter, you can either leave a comment below this post, or send an e-mail by clicking on the Contact option at the top of this page. If you would like an e-mail published on this website then please mark it as a […]

Time Running Out To See Young Dove Stone Peregrines

A Peregrine falcon in Alaska. We have them here, too.

Anyone with an interest in birds of prey is being urged to visit Dove Stone Reservoir soon, to catch a glimpse of the young Peregrine falcons before they fly their nest. Four young Peregrines are currently being taught how to fend for themselves by their parents, but are expected to leave for good in the coming weeks.

The RSPB has a special Peregrine viewpoint at Dove Stone, which has […]