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Past Articles

Achtung Baby: Are The Germans Overprotective?

Suze Nowak

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

HERE IN LOWER SAXONY, having just let out collective sigh of relief as the source of the E Coli shocker was eventually pinpointed, we were told there would be no resting on our laurels. Just as we were happily munching our way through cucumbers again, a new threat to our health… hold on to your […]

Saddleworth Out Of Tanner Cup

Saddleworth CC lost their Tanner Cup quarter-final to Bamford Fieldhouse, in a match which had to be played on consecutive evenings this week because of rain last weekend. In reply to Bamford’s 180 all out, Saddleworth came up just short on 166/8.

Here’s a report of the action, from a Saddleworth perspective, by Graham Oldham:

MONDAY’S PLAY ENDED WITH Bamford Fieldhouse 93/5 in the 28th over as bad light and then a torrential downpour put an end to the proceedings […]

Call To Revive Whit Friday In Mossley

A bandsman walking through Uppermill on Whit Friday this year. People in Mossley are hoping to revitalise the celebrations there.

Local people are aiming to revitalise the Whit Friday celebrations in Mossley.

Danielle Etchells has begun a campaign on Facebook, in response to what she described as a disappointing turnout for both the walk and band contest in recent years.

She told Saddleworth News: “Last year I was really disheartened at the community. There was nobody really on the […]

Saddleworth Schools Close As Teachers Strike

A banner opposing the strike outside St Mary's in Greenfield this morning.

Schools across Saddleworth have either closed entirely or partly to pupils, as teachers take part in a national strike as part of a row over public sector pensions.

This was the scene outside St Mary’s Primary in Greenfield this morning, after someone put up a banner opposing the industrial action. The picture was sent in by a Saddleworth News reader.


Local Pink Floyd Band Back At Uppermill Civic Hall

A Pink Floyd tribute band fronted by an Uppermill musician return to the Civic Hall this Saturday night.

Fink Ployd played to around 300 fans at the venue last year, and to see part of that gig you can click on the box above.

Paddy revealed that the band has had input into the recent renovation work at the Civic. Ahead of last year’s show, one of the band members upgraded the hall’s fire alarm system so the smoke […]

Saddleworth In Bloom Judging Coming Up

The Old Bell won the pub award last year.

Judging in the annual Saddleworth In Bloom contest takes place a fortnight today, on Thursday 14 July.

Among the judges casting their eye over our area’s best gardens will be Parish Council Chairman Bill Cullen, and gardening expert Frank Ashton.

There are five categories as far as gardens are concerned: large, medium, small, container and community. There’s also an award for the Best Blooming Pub, which last year went to […]

Delph And Dobcross Still Top Despite Defeat

Delph and Dobcross held onto their lead in cricket’s Huddersfield League by a single point over Kirkburton, despite a disappointing weekend.

After Saturday’s game against Elland was abandoned because of the rain, they were beaten at Skelmanthorpe on Sunday.

D&D won the toss and decided to bat, and made a competitive total of 272/9 from their 50 overs. Opener Irfan Zahoor top scored with 71, while Luke Hargreaves added a valuable 68 off just 50 balls, hitting six 6s.

Skelmanthorpe […]

Remaining Mostly Fine And Dry

The decent weather we’ve had is likely to continue into the weekend, and it may even start to feel warmer again by the time we get to Saturday and Sunday.

However, before that we could see some showers during today, and it won’t exactly be hot, with top temperatures of 18C.

Friday ought to be dry though, with regular sunny spells in amongst cloudy conditions. The weather is forecast to improve further over the weekend though, and temperatures should climb […]

Mossley Craft Market Returns At Woodend Mill

Clocks made from recycled materials by ReFind Creations.

The Mossley Craft Market is back this Saturday, 2 July, at Woodend Mill in Bottom Mossley.

The event takes place between 11am and 3pm, with a wide range of stalls selling products and great gift ideas from the Mossley, Saddleworth and surrounding areas.

Among those confirmed for this Saturday’s event are stalls selling detailed models of buildings, beautiful handmade jewellery, and high-end greetings cards, also handmade.

ReFind Creations (pictured), which specialises […]

Dobcross Village Fête This Saturday

Last year's fête. (picture: Michael Powis)

The Glastonbury spirit comes to Dobcross this Saturday as the village’s own fête and music festival, Dobcrosstonbury, takes place at Holy Trinity School.

The fun will begin at 4pm with the fête itself. Among the attractions this year will be slacklining and longboarding demonstrations by Boredsports (to read more about what each of those involves, click on the words!), along with family-friendly activities such as face-painting, […]

Debbie Abrahams Raises Concerns Over Small Businesses

Debbie Abrahams MP

Our local MP, Debbie Abrahams, has taken up the issue of small and medium-sized businesses, who are being affected by the failure of larger companies to settle invoices on time.

Her intervention follows a letter she wrote to Saddleworth News last month (see here) asking for more information about the impact of the problem in this area.

Today, she’s issued a statement calling on all companies to settle their accounts in a timely fashion, to help […]

Tickets On Sale For Next Mossley Comedy Night

The next comedy night at Mossley AFC’s Social Club takes place a week on Friday, that’s 8 July.

Three top acts are on the bill: Keith Carter as Nige, Anthony J Brown and Ro Campbell. To find out more about each of them, just click on the name.

The doors will open at 8pm with the show starting at 8:30pm. Advance tickets costing £8 can be bought online here. Should be […]

Old Woolpack In Dobcross Likely To Become Private Home

The Old Woolpack.

A quick update on the future of the former Woolpack pub in Dobcross, which in its most recent incarnation was known as The Shambles.

Although the agent involved in the recent sale of the building has declined to confirm or deny the identity of the buyer, I’ve been told by various local sources that a Saddleworth family has purchased it, with the intention of turning it into a private […]

Forthcoming Parish Council Chairman’s Charity Events

Three events to raise money for the Saddleworth Parish Council Chairman’s chosen charities are taking place in July.

The first is this Saturday in Delph, a coffee morning in the church hall on Gartside Street, starting at 10am.

A week on Friday, 8 July, is the Chairman’s Summer Ball at Uppermill Civic Hall. That begins at 7:30pm, and tickets priced £15 are available from the council directly on 01457 87665, or from Uppermill Post Office. There’ll be live music and […]