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New Bulletin From Saddleworth News TV

Here’s the latest Saddleworth News TV video bulletin, made by students from The Oldham College with their tutor John Eccles.

In this programme, there’s a preview of the Saddleworth Festival of the Arts, which begins this weekend, with Festival Chairman Jim Scott. There’s also a look ahead to another forthcoming local event, the Diggle Blues Festival, as well as some video footage of the recent Mossley wildfire captured by one of the students. We hope you enjoy it!

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Austerlands Suffer Double Defeat

Uppermill professional Aslam. (all pictures: Neil Cadd)

Austerlands were beaten in both the Tanner Cup and the Saddleworth League over the weekend, going down to Uppermill and Stayley respectively. With a report, here’s Neil Cadd:

ON SATURDAY, AUSTERLANDS WON THE TOSS and asked Uppermill to bat. Trying to bowl out Uppermill for a low score was the rationale behind this decision, but the threat of Imran Aslam meant that the Austerlands bowling attack had to be on top form.


Two Thrilling Wins For Saddleworth

Saddleworth enjoyed two close victories in the weekend’s cricket, with a cup win over Droylsden and a league triumph against Bamford Fieldhouse.

With a report of the action, Graham Oldham:

ON SATURDAY IN THE Tanner Cup, Droylsden came back to the Well-i-Hole looking for revenge for last week’s league defeat and for most of the match were in the driving seat.

Batting first, Droylsden amassed a healthy looking 245 all out, Akbar with 80 and Uppal with 59 the top […]

Boarshurst Band Organise Fundraising Duck Race

The Boarshurst Band in action at Dobcross Band Club recently.

Members of the Boarshurst Band from Greenfield are continuing their efforts to raise money to attend the National Brass Band Championship Finals at Cheltenham in September, with a duck race this coming Sunday, 5 June.

With the details, here’s an article written by Matthew Williams from the band:

THEY’RE UNDER STARTERS’ ORDERS at 1pm at Greenfield Cricket Club on Ladhill Lane, with the winner expected to reach the finish […]

Rain Clears As Weather Improves

After the miserable holiday Monday, the weather is finally forecast to take a turn for the better this week.

Today should be mostly dry and sunny, with just the odd shower likely. Temperatures should reach 16C.

Wednesday will be dry again albeit cloudy, but there should be more sunshine around on Thursday and Friday, and the temperatures should start to warm up a little too.

You can get a fuller forecast from the Met Office here.

Former Oldham Mayor Reflects On The Riots

Riaz Ahmad (picture: GPSJ News)

Former Mayor of Oldham Riaz Ahmad has been recalling the Oldham riots, which took place ten years ago.

Mr Ahmad, who was then the Deputy Mayor of the borough, and infamously had his Chadderton home firebombed several weeks after the violence, used an interview to say he’s “confident” there won’t be a repeat of the riots during his lifetime.

He told Stuart Littleford of GPSJ News: “You can never say never, but I think […]

Grotton Sledgehammer Attack Suspects Freed On Bail

Three teenagers arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary following an armed raid on a house in Grotton have been released on police bail.

The trio, aged 17, 18 and 19, were all detained by police shortly after the incident, which took place on Grotton Meadows at about 11pm on Wednesday night.

They’ve been freed and will answer bail on 5 August, as the police investigation continues.

The raid itself involved masked assailants armed with a sledgehammer, which was used against […]

Services To End At Diggle’s Wrigley Mill Methodist Church

Wrigley Mill Methodist Church in Diggle, the home of the organ played in the video above, is to end religious services next month.

Church members made the decision at a recent meeting because of the falling number of worshippers at the church, which is on Huddersfield Road.

The last service will take place on Sunday 26 June. According to the members, the service will be a celebration of almost 150 years of worship at Wrigley Mill.

The wide variety […]

Teenage Girl Attacked In Lees

A girl of 16 was attacked on the path next to Wellyhole Street in Lees on Wednesday night, according to the police.

A statement issued by GMP said the victim was out walking her dog when the incident happened at about 8:40pm.

She was approached by her attacker, a young white man of about 18 or 19-years-old, who threatened her with a stone and told her to kneel down.

Following a brief struggle during which the victim’s jumper was removed, […]

New Parish Councillor Reflects On His Election

Cllr Garth Harkness

One of the new members of Saddleworth Parish Council has promised to “work hard both for my ward and indeed the whole of Saddleworth” now that he’s been elected.

Cllr Garth Harkness, a teacher from Grotton, was among a full house of five Liberal Democrats who were successful in the Springhead Lower ward on polling day earlier this month.

In a statement reflecting on his success, Cllr Harkness echoed the thoughts of the new Chairman and […]

The Frolick To Bring Baroque To Saddleworth Festival

(image courtesy Emma Curtis)

Award-winning baroque group The Frolick will be treating Saddleworth to a taste of 18th Century London during the Festival of the Arts, which begins in just over a week.

They’ll be performing what they describe as songs of “love, recession, melancholy, drinking and riotous fun” at St Anne’s Church in Lydgate on Tuesday 7 June at 7:30pm.

Director Emma Curtis told Saddleworth News: “We are rather unconventional as an early music ensemble. Although strictly an […]

Getting Potholes Filled In Around Saddleworth

Not much exercises folk around Saddleworth quite like the issue of potholes. Residents and councillors alike regularly describe various surfaces as being “the worst” in the area, a discussion which has become even more heated since the impact of the bad winter weather on our roads.

Oldham Council has regularly defended itself (see here) against claims the borough’s roads are in poor repair. The council has what it calls the ‘pothole moles’ which go around the borough tackling the issue.


CCTV Images Released After Vandalism At Mossley Mill

(all images: Woodend Mill)

Woodend Mill in Bottom Mossley has issued these CCTV images, after two recent incidents of vandalism.

The pictures were taken just after 11pm on Friday 13 May. According to the Mill, the four young men shown in the images were on level three of the Mill 2 building at the complex. Some padlocked doors to individually-rented units, used by artists and small businesses, were damaged.

In a separate incident last weekend, seven out of eight […]

Tweeters Plan Charity Summer Picnic In Denshaw

Clowning around at Oldham's Twestival earlier this year.

The people behind the charity Twestival held in Oldham back in March have revealed their next big event.

A family fun day is being organised for Denshaw on Saturday 9 July, with proceeds going to the local Scouts.

Although it’s being driven by users of information-sharing website Twitter, you certainly don’t have to be a tweeter yourself to go along!

For more details, here’s a preview written by Deborah Wroe of […]