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Past Articles

Achtung Baby: The Royal Wedding: A Five-Year-Old’s Version

The official photo. (picture: British Monarchy/Hugo Bernand)

Achtung Baby is a column about family life written by Suze Nowak, who is originally from Denshaw and now lives in Germany:

(To read Saddleworth News articles about how the Royal Wedding was celebrated in our area, click here)

I WAS TEN when Charles married Diana. Thinking back, I recall very little, but a scrapbook I kept at the time shed more light on my young view of the spectacle.

Apparently I […]

Call-Outs For Mountain Rescue Team

The Oldham Mountain Rescue Team has been called out to help two injured people in Saddleworth over the past couple of days.

The rescuers, who are based at the Cross Keys above Uppermill, were asked to assist the North West Air Ambulance and the police.

In one incident, a cyclist suffered head injuries after coming off his bike at Blea Green, which is on the moors above the two Castleshaw reservoirs.

He was helped back along the Pennine Way to […]

Mossley Youngster’s England Double

Fabio Abreu (picture: Mossley AFC)

Teenage Mossley striker Fabio Abreu has made his mark on international duty.

Playing for England Under 18s against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin on Thursday night, he scored two goals and set up another in a 3-2 win.

Fabio, who recently scored on his debut for Mossley’s first team, got the winner against the Irish in the closing stages of the game, which took place at the Shamrock Rovers ground.

Meanwhile, Mossley finished […]

Saddleworth WI’s Royal Wedding Party

Guests watch the ceremony on a big screen.

Members of the Saddleworth Women’s Institute celebrated the wedding of William and Kate with a special fundraising party at Fresca restaurant in Delph.

A total of 140 guests turned up in their finery to enjoy not only the ceremony on big screens, but also a breakfast of bacon rolls and Bucks Fizz, and later a full buffet.

There was also a raffle, […]

Dobcross Turns Out For The Royal Wedding

The crowd watch the big screen intently.

Much of the nation was glued to the TV for the royal wedding this morning, and Saddleworth was no exception. Dozens of people packed into the school hall at Holy Trinity in Dobcross to see the marriage of William and Kate on the big screen.

There was a brief moment of panic when, as everyone waited for their first glimpse of the dress, the screen […]

Council Candidate Statement: Ken Hulme (Independent, Saddleworth North)

Ken Hulme, Independent candidate for Saddleworth North, at last week's hustings debate in Dobcross.

Ken Hulme, who is aiming to become an Independent borough councillor for Saddleworth North, used last Thursday’s candidates’ debate in Dobcross to reveal a ‘mini-manifesto’ of policies on which he’s taking his stand in this election.

They include a freeze in the council tax rate until 2016, smaller local government, an end to what he described as “secret deals” with developers, and the right for […]

Saddleworth Ready For Royal Wedding

Kate and William outside The Swan. (picture: Tim Newbold)

If you’re able to tear yourself away from your living room for the royal wedding, there’s plenty going on around Saddleworth as local people mark the big occasion.

In Dobcross, everyone’s invited to a party at Holy Trinity School. It’s bring your own food and chairs, and the ceremony will be shown live on a big screen. The party starts at 10am and entry is £1 per person.

Also in […]

Dobcross Youth Band Members Raise Money For Cancer Charity

Band members (left to right) Richard Kiy, Jason Smethurst, Reece Furness, Stephanie Rushton, Beth Gillard and Emma Bayley. (picture: Jenny Wood)

Hardworking fundraisers from the Dobcross Youth Band have brought in £850 for cancer charity CLIC Sargent. They raised the cash through a variety of events over the past 12 months including concerts, sponsored rehearsals and bake sales. They also took donations during carolling in the village on Christmas morning.

Well done […]

Council Candidate Statement: Sean Fielding (Labour, Saddleworth North)

Labour candidate Sean Fielding, pictured during last Thursday's hustings at The Swan.

Labour’s Sean Fielding, who is hoping to be elected to represent Saddleworth North on Oldham Council, said he would aim to be a “local champion” for the area if he wins next Thursday.

He also used his opening statement to the audience at last week’s candidates’ debate in Dobcross to suggest that having a Labour councillor would be an advantage for the area, in the event the […]

New Tesco Greenfield Manager Asks For Your Views

New manager of Tesco Greenfield, Bill Davidson. (picture: Tesco)

The new manager of the Tesco supermarket in Greenfield has asked for local people to contact him directly with their thoughts about the store.

Bill Davidson can be e-mailed at this address: [email protected]

Bill has taken over from Anna Wisniowski, who overshaw the opening of the supermarket in December. She’s now been promoted to another job elsewhere in Tesco.

The store has divided opinion in Saddleworth, with some local people […]

Abrahams Questions PM On Health Reforms

Debbie Abrahams in the House of Commons recently. (picture: Parliament TV)

Debbie Abrahams took part in Prime Minister’s Questions for the first time yesterday. The Oldham East and Saddleworth MP asked David Cameron about the current pause in the government’s planned NHS reforms.

She queried whether the pause was genuine, and asked why aspects of the proposals appeared to be taking place regardless.

She said: “Will the Prime Minister explain why, if there is a genuine pause in the […]

Austerlands Begin Cricket Season With Win

Austerlands professional Humayan Farhat bowling. (all pictures: Neil Cadd)

Austerlands got their Saddleworth League season off to a winning start last weekend, with an closely-fought victory over Heyside. After Heyside were dismissed for 139, Austerlands reached their target with just two wickets to spare, finishing on 143/8.

Neil Cadd has sent in these pictures of the match, as well as this brief report:

AN EXCELLENT GAME of cricket played in good spirits. Weather couldn’t have been better, and it […]

Uppermill Man’s Charity Challenge

Karl Jones will be getting on his bike tomorrow.

A charity fundraiser from Uppermill is taking part in a two-day adventure, to raise money for the Friends of Ghyll Head.

It’s a good cause which helps disadvantaged children from Manchester experience outdoor education in the Lakes.

And Karl Jones, along with three other self-described “fat fortysomethings” will be making an early start tomorrow morning on a trip which sounds like a lot of hard work.

First they’ll be cycling […]

May’s Dobcross Diary

The May edition of the Dobcross Diary is ready, and will be delivered to addresses throughout the village this weekend. But if you can’t wait that long, or live outside the village, then it can be read online now at the Diary’s website here.

As always, there’s a mixture of news and articles about Dobcross life, as well as a handy what’s on guide. On the front page this month is an update on the new developments at the Albion […]