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Springhead Teenager Uses Wordsworth To Fund Studies

Jacob's website.

A 15-year-old from Springhead is using a William Wordsworth poem to help raise money so he can pay his way through university.

Jacob Teal, who goes to Saddleworth School, has started a website called What Are Those Words Worth?, and is asking local companies to sponsor him by purchasing words from Wordsworth’s famous Daffodils poem.

You can find the site here:

And Jacob explained in an interview with Saddleworth News: “The idea is that businesses buy […]

Bumper New Edition Of Dobcross Diary

The new Dobcross Diary is finished, and will be posted through the letterboxes of homes across the village over the coming days. This issue covers both August and September.

As well as the usual mix of news, articles of local interest and a what’s on guide, there are also updates from the Swan pub and the village brass bands. As ever, if you don’t live in Dobcross, you can have a read online […]

Reminder Of Holiday Activities For Saddleworth Youngsters

We’re now a week into the summer holidays, and if you know any youngsters already getting bored, here’s a reminder of some of what’s on offer in our area.

Three people from Oldham Council’s Integrated Youth Service took part in the latest bulletin from Saddleworth News TV. And you can see interviews with them, filmed at the Satellite Centre in Greenfield, by clicking on the box above.

Among the activities available are multi-sport as well as arts and crafts […]

Debate Over Local Impact Of London Olympics

Cllr Jim McMahon at the One Future launch. (picture: Cllr Jim McMahon's blog)

There’s now less than a year to go until the 2012 Olympics open in London, and local politicians have been expressing differing views about the legacy of the Games in Saddleworth and Oldham.

Oldham Council leader Jim McMahon used his latest blogpost to hail the recently-launched One Future initiative, which aims to use the Olympics as a catalyst for boosting sport, tourism and the arts among […]

Cat Missing From Denshaw

Jasper (pictures: Karla Green)


A cat has gone missing from his new home on Slack Gate Lane off Delph Road in Denshaw.

Jasper, described as a large ginger cat, was last seen a week ago on Thursday 21 July, only four days after arriving in the area.

His previous owner, Karla Green, who is about to relocate to Australia, told Saddleworth News she was worried Jasper may be trying to get back to her home in Stalybridge.


Saddleworth Willwriter Rejects Negative Reports

Ray Withnall

A willwriter from Saddleworth has rejected recent media stories which have cast the profession in something of a bad light.

Ray Withall of Diggle, who runs Hay Tarn Willwriting Services, told Saddleworth News he was concerned the “unhelpful and confusing” coverage may have put people off making their will.

An ombudsman’s report earlier this month warned about unclear regulation in the sector. The Chief Executive of the Law Society then weighed in on the issue, using the […]

Photographer Looks At Folklore Of Saddleworth Moor

(picture: Andy Hemingway)

A photographer has taken his fascination with Saddleworth Moor further, by writing an article about the folklore of the moor, to go along with his excellent pictures of the area.

Andy Hemingway’s article can be read on the Peak District Online site here. It’s well worth a read, not least because some of his images are published along with the piece.

Andy’s latest exhibition, Peak Visions, which […]

Chance To Learn Dry Stone Walling

New courses aimed at teaching the basics of dry stone walling are being offered in Saddleworth. Oldham Council and the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers have joined forces to offer the training, for which no experience is needed.

The sessions will take place close to the Dowry Reservoir near Denshaw. A series of eight weekend training courses will run over the coming year, with four in September and another four in 2012. Each weekend course costs £20, with students or […]

Remaining Generally Fine And Dry

A boat makes its way along the Huddersfield Narrow Canal near Dobcross this week.

It’s been a fine week for boating among other pastimes, and the good news is that the dry and bright weather is expected to continue into the weekend.

There’s a chance of some rain around later today, but it should be mostly warm with sunny spells and highs of 20C.

Tomorrow should be a bit better, […]

Councillors Hear Concerns About Uppermill Parking

Councillors listen to the public during the meeting at Uppermill Civic Hall.

More than 50 people attended a public meeting held at the Civic Hall on Tuesday night to discuss parking issues in Uppermill. Oldham Council Cabinet member Jean Stretton, along with parish councillors, heard complaints about the negative impact of the recent parking restrictions, as well as various suggestions about what might be done.

The frustration was particularly clear from residents of Court Street and […]

Special Care Fun Day In Friezland This Saturday

A Friezland family have organised a fundraiser for the Royal Oldham Hospital’s neo-natal unit after it saved their daughter’s life.

Amelie Fitzpatrick spent five days in the unit in September last year and, as she approaches her first birthday, her parents Victoria and Kevin have arranged the fun day to raise money for the In Your Hands appeal.

The appeal is raising money to help buy equipment for the hospital’s new maternity unit, due to open next year.

There’ll be […]

Delph Company Wins Food Award

A business from Delph has been in touch with Saddleworth News to share news of its success in winning a top national food award.

Oliviccio has been recognised for the quality of its hand-stuffed sundried tomato olives, with a one-star Gold Great Taste Award.

Carl Woodhead, who owns the company, said in an e-mail that he was “delighted” with the prize.

He said: “Our sundried tomato olives are stuffed by hand with pieces of sundried tomato, then dressed in a […]

Table Top Sale At Heritage House Near Mossley

A table top sale in aid of elderly residents of Heritage House takes place this Saturday. It runs from 2:30pm to 4:30pm and also features refreshments including soup and cakes, as well as a car wash, tombola and white elephant stall.

The team from the home have been in touch with Saddleworth News to urge all people from the surrounding area to go along and support the event, with all proceeds going to pay for days out for residents.

The […]

Uppermill Gas Main Works Begin

The roadworks near the Wool Road mini-roundabout.

The work to replace a mile of gas mains under Uppermill High Street has started, near the Wool Road mini-roundabout. Part of the road is down to one lane with temporary traffic lights in operation.

Engineers will be working for the next nine months on the £1m project. The affected area runs from the mini-roundabout, right through the village, to the junction with Chapel Road. The work will be carried out bit […]