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Past Articles

Vince Cable Campaigns In Uppermill

Vince Cable and Elwyn Watkins on Uppermill High Street today.

Business Secretary Vince Cable was in Uppermill this afternoon, campaigning with Liberal Democrat by-election candidate Elwyn Watkins. In an interview with Saddleworth News, Dr Cable said he was “feeling pretty good” about the outcome.

Dr Cable and Mr Watkins popped in to several of the small shops on the village High Street. They heard concerns including the reluctance of banks to lend to businesses, the threat posed by the […]

Local TV Producer Gets MBE

A television producer who lives in Saddleworth has been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list. Keith Lucas has been recognised for his work with Oldham-based Street College, an organisation which helps underprivileged young people gain experience of working on media projects.

There’s a full article about Keith’s honour on the excellent Pennine Life website here.

Review Of 2010: October

Over the festive period Saddleworth News is looking back at some of the stories which made headlines during 2010.

Anna Wisniowski, manager of the new Tesco at Greenfield.

The opening of the controversial new Tesco at Greenfield drew closer, and store manager Anna Wisniowski gave more information about the shop and answered some of the main criticisms of it in an interview here.

The date was set for the verdict in the Phil Woolas election court case. As revealed […]

Dobcross In Lights Winner Revealed

The Dobcross In Lights winner. (picture: Michael Powis/Dobcross Diary)

The winner of the annual Dobcross In Lights competition has been announced. The title goes to Gary Kershaw, who lives on Lower Fields near Nicker Brow.

The result was revealed during the Christmas Day carol concert at Dobcross Band Club. It’s the first time the contest has been won by a home away from the village square.

Both whistling champion David Morris of the square, and Tim Newbold and Michael […]

Review Of 2010: September

Saddleworth News is looking back at some of the most memorable stories of the past year.

Saddleworth Village Olympians splashing through the mud. (picture: Urban Haze)

September was the month in which Saddleworth MP Phil Woolas faced an election court case over his conduct in the general election. Two High Court judges came to Uppermill and heard four days of dramatic evidence in the Civic Hall, the highlights of which can be read here, here, here and here. We […]

More Mist, Fog And Rain On The Way

It’s going to remain mostly overcast yet relatively mild over the coming days, with forecasters predicting regular mist and fog along with rain and sleet showers, which could turn to snow occasionally.

It should be mostly dry today with the odd bit of drizzle around. Top temperatures of 6C are being predicted, so several degrees higher than we’ve had for most of what has been the coldest December on record.

More cloudy and foggy weather is forecast for tomorrow, with […]

Candidate Interview: Elwyn Watkins (Liberal Democrat)

Elwyn Watkins, pictured in Uppermill recently.

Elwyn Watkins has promised to “stand up for what’s right” and fight Saddleworth’s corner in parliament, if he wins the by-election. The Liberal Democrat candidate also used an interview with Saddleworth News to call on Labour to take action against some of the figures involved in the Phil Woolas campaign scandal.

Mr Watkins stressed his own background in manufacturing would be an asset if he became an MP: “Lots of people have talked […]

Review Of 2010: August

During Christmas and New Year, Saddleworth News is looking back at some of the stories which made the news in 2010.

The Yanks procession goes past Castleshaw.

There was a new name but many familiar aspects to August’s Wartime Weekend, now called Yanks Are Back In Saddleworth. There was a mixzed response from local people, and a variety of views can still be read here.

Drama struck during the procession, as a man was left badly injured after he […]

Candidate Interview: Paul Nuttall (UKIP)

Paul Nuttall MEP pictured at UKIP's campaign office in Clarksfield today

UKIP’s candidate in the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election has urged local people to back him, saying “you cannot trust” the three main parties.

Paul Nuttall, who’s an MEP for the North West region, said in an interview with Saddleworth News today that the by-election has been “built on a pyramid of lies.”

He said: “Whether it’s Labour lying on their own election literature which has caused this […]

Review Of 2010: July

Saddleworth News is looking back at some of the stories which made the headlines during the year.

Firefighters responding to a blaze on Crompton Moor near Denshaw.

Fires were once again in the news in July, as Saddleworth News exclusively revealed here a dramatic increase in the number of moorland blazes in our area. As further evidence of the dry weather, a hosepipe ban was announced here.

There was disappointment for parents, teachers, governors and pupils at Saddleworth School. […]

Beautiful Boxing Day Dawn In Greenfield

Dawn breaks over Greenfield yesterday. (all pictures: David Gartside)

Here are some wonderful images taken first thing yesterday morning in Greenfield. They were sent in by David Gartside, so many thanks to him!

If you’ve taken any images of our area which you’d like to share with Saddleworth News readers, then either e-mail them to editor-at-saddleworthnews-dot-com, or post them to the Twitter account here.

Water Almost Fully Back On In Delph

Only a relatively small number of homes in Delph are still without water following yesterday’s burst pipe. According to United Utilities, supplies have now been restored to all addresses, except those on Millgate and Stoneswood Road.

The cause of the problem was a burst water main on Millgate itself. Householders on several streets in the village began reporting either low water pressure or no water at all shortly before 8am on Boxing Day.

By that lunchtime, the water was back […]

Review Of 2010: June

This Christmas, Saddleworth News is looking back at the stories which featured on the site during the past 12 months.

The dry start to the year went on and on, and by the end of June a hosepipe ban was looming as water levels at our local reservoirs dropped significantly. There’s more information here.

One of the themes of the year in politics has been budget savings, and after the Chancellor delivered his statement, Oldham Council warned here of the […]

Gradually Getting Milder

Pots and Pans, as viewed from Dobcross on Christmas Day.

The cold temperatures we’ve experiencing will begin to improve later in the week, but not before we’ve had a bit more sleet and snow.

The wintry showers are forecast to continue through much of today, with temperatures once again struggling to get above freezing.

However, although there’ll be more showers on Tuesday and Wednesday, it should turn noticeably milder, so […]