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New Group To Look At Saddleworth Road Safety

A cyclist nearly died following an accident on the A62 in New Delph.

Improving safety on Saddleworth’s roads is going to be the aim of a new group, made up of local councillors, the police and other road safety representatives. The announcement of the group follows the recent deaths of two motorcyclists near Denshaw, and a near-fatal accident involving a cyclist on the A62 at New Delph.

Royce Franklin, who is a parish councillor and chairs the transport sub-comittee […]

Mossley Win As Gazza Doesn’t Show

Mossley beat Garforth Town 2-1 on Tuesday night, to move up to 13th in the Evo Stik League First Division North table. But the main talking point of the night was the non-appearance of Paul Gascoigne, who was announced as Garforth’s new manager over the weekend.

Gazza’s agent later revealed that the former England player hadn’t actually signed a contract with Garforth yet. Keith McStea told the Yorkshire Evening Post the Garforth offer was “pretty good” but was still […]

Saddleworth Musical Society Prepares Autumn Show

Saddleworth Musical Society are getting ready to put on their autumn show. They’re promising “love and lust, fun and frolics, music and mayhem, can-can and comedy” in a production of The Merry Widow.

Anita Stuttard is once again directing the show. Performances will be held at Saddleworth School each night between 26 and 30 October, with curtain up at 7:30pm.

Tickets costing £9, £10 and £11 are available from Turners Dry Cleaners on New Street in Uppermill, or by calling […]

A Mixture Of Sunshine And Showers

The weather will be typically unsettled over the next few days, with sunny spells mixing with showers, some of them heavy.

Today starts overcast but there should be some sunny intervals during the day, with the strongest chance of rain coming in the early afternoon. Temperatures should reach 17C.

Tomorrow is forecast to be colder and wetter, with regular heavy rain showers and a strong breeze, and temperatures struggling to reach 16C. It’ll also get down to 6C at night, […]

Woolas Not Standing For Shadow Cabinet

Phil Woolas MP

Saddleworth MP Phil Woolas has decided not to stand in Labour’s Shadow Cabinet election. His name was not among the list of 49 MPs contesting the 19 places on offer, as revealed on the Labour website here.

As one of the most senior ministers outside the Cabinet in the last government, Mr Woolas had been touted throughout the summer as a likely contender. It’s not clear why he has chosen not to enter, although his political […]

Uppermill Stepping Stones Repaired

Workmen moving the dislodged stone back into place. (picture: Nick Watts)

The stepping stones across the River Tame in Uppermill have been repaired. Earlier today Oldham Council workers used a JCB to move one of the stones, which had become dislodged, back into place.

With the stone out of place, the crossing was impassable for almost a fortnight. It’s not clear what caused the damage in the first place, although the sheer weight and speed of the water in […]

Saddleworth PR Firm Up For Awards

A Saddleworth public relations firm has been nominated for four prizes at one of the industry’s top awards nights. Uppermill-based Pelican PR is in contention in four categories in the North West region of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations PRide Awards.

Pelican is up for Best Publication for its work with CO2Sense Yorkshire, Best Use of Photography for Tangerine Confectionery, the Public Affairs prize for its campaign with the British Metals Recycling Association, and the Corporate and Business Communications […]

Diggle Car Park To Close For Three Weeks

The Ward Lane car park in Diggle is going to be shut on weekdays for the next three weeks, as work continues to upgrade the Pennine Bridleway. The closure, which begins today, is so equipment can be stored on the site.

Work on the Bridleway has been taking place over the past 18 months, and it’s now been resurfaced throughout Greenfield and Uppermill. A Saddleworth News article about some of the earlier work can be read here.

The Ward Lane […]

North West In Bloom Success For Mossley Park

The Friends of Mossley Park have been recognised in the North West in Bloom awards. They’re going to receive an award in the It’s Your Neighbourhood category at a ceremony in Southport next month.

Rebecca Jones from the Friends has been in touch to express her thanks to everyone who has been involved in volunteering to improve the park. She particularly praised the 1st Mossley Clubs, who planted bright red Begonias up the drive from Brambles Lodge, so well done […]

Exclusive: Watkins Advertises For Campaign Staff

Elwyn Watkins

The Liberal Democrat who has brought a legal challenge to the general election result in Oldham East and Saddleworth is advertising for three campaign workers. It’s a sign that Elwyn Watkins is preparing for a possible by-election in the constituency.

Mr Watkins lost by just 103 votes to Labour’s Phil Woolas, after a bitterly-fought campaign and two recounts. He has claimed Mr Woolas broke the law by making certain statements about him in election leaflets.

A by-election […]

Another Great Year For The Village Olympics

The Village Olympics Committee celebrate the end of another successful event. (all pictures: Urban Haze)

The Saddleworth Village Olympics came to an end over the weekend, after more than a fortnight of events in ten sports. Despite some challenging weather and underfoot conditions at times, the Olympics were once again a great success.

Sadly, several committee members have decided to step back from their roles as organisers, so new volunteers are required if the Olympics are going to continue […]

Crick’s View On Woolas Case

Michael Crick (picture: BBC)

The political editor of the BBC’s Newsnight, Michael Crick, has given his view on the Phil Woolas case. Writing on his blog, Mr Crick said he attended one day of the hearing in Uppermill earlier this month, adding that “most observers I spoke to… thought Woolas would probably win.”

Mr Woolas stands accused by his beaten Liberal Democrat opponent, Elwyn Watkins, of breaking the law by making certain statements about him in election leaflets. Two […]

Rangers Under 9s Lose To Leigh

The Under 9s of Saddleworth Rangers suffered a narrow defeat to Leigh East at the weekend. Garry Eyres has sent in this match report:

“This game was to be our second big test is as many weeks against a very well organised and technical Leigh East side. As soon as the game kicked off Leigh made their intentions very clear putting Rangers on the back foot with their lads and girl running from deep and taking the ball at pace, […]

Summerbee To Speak At Springhead Dinner

Manchester City legend Mike Summerbee is going to be the guest speaker at Springhead AFC’s Past and Present Sportsman’s Dinner next month. Summerbee, who won eight England caps and also famously appeared in the movie Escape To Victory, will be sharing stories from his career.

There’ll also be a five-course meal and a performance from comedian Leslie Gibson. The event takes place on Saturday 30 October at the Crompton and Royton Golf Club, with a 7:30pm start.

Springhead is run […]