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Past Articles

Saddleworth’s Skuse Sees Off Stayley

Saddleworth’s cricketers defeated Stayley on Saturday in their latest Saddleworth League match. Here’s a report by Graham Oldham:

AFTER A LATE START because of the weather, professional Peter Skuse used the slope at Stayley to his advantage, taking 7/21 as Stayley were dismissed for only 73.

With clouds again gathering, Saddleworth openers Michael Jones (41 not out) and Danny Hesford (31 not out) knocked off the runs in 13 overs.

18-year-old overseas amateur Jones was playing his last game for […]

Oldham Chronicle’s Saddleworth Weekly Paper Now Monthly

The Saddleworth Extra free newspaper, produced by the Oldham Chronicle, is now only appearing once a month instead of once a week. The next issue is due out tomorrow, Thursday 1 September.

The Extra is now one of three monthly publications available in our area, the others being the good news-focused Saddleworth Independent and directory-style Saddleworth Monthly, both of which are independently owned. The Around Saddleworth magazine comes out once every two months.

Meanwhile, figures released today show the main […]

Delph And Dobcross Slip To Third

Delph and Dobcross have lost first place in cricket’s Huddersfield League. A defeat on Saturday to Honley, following last week’s setback against Kirkburton, means they are now behind both of those sides in third, albeit still just two points off the top.

D&D won the toss and put Honley in on Saturday, and a century stand for the second wicket between Simon Kelly (104) and Max Joice (76) proved the foundation of a total of 219/5 from 50 overs. Arron […]

Double Defeat Leaves Mossley Bottom

Mossley have sunk to the bottom of the Evo Stik League Division One North, following two defeats over the Bank Holiday weekend.

On Saturday, Skelmersdale got the better of Mossley 3-1. Monday’s local derby with a Curzon Ashton side packed with former Mossley players was lost 4-0.

Tom Ingham had given Mossley the lead at Skelmersdale, but the home side hit back with three second-half goals to take all the points.

On Monday, ex-Mossley boss John Flangan brought his Curzon […]

Letter From Saddleworth Rangers About Churchill Fields

The rugby pitch in the middle of the existing track at Churchill Fields.

Below is a letter to the editor written by Terry Flanagan, Chairman of Saddleworth Rangers. It follows two open letters about the proposed drainage of Churchill Fields which appeared on Saddleworth News last week.

The original open letter from Roger Devy of the Churchill Playing Fields Action Group can be read here, and Oldham Council’s response is here. More letters and articles about Churchill Fields can […]

Hospice To Benefit From Uppermill Coffee Morning

The next regular monthly coffee morning at St Chad’s Parish Centre on Station Road in Uppermill takes place this Saturday, 3 September. This month, the chosen charity is the Francis House Children’s Hospice.

Francis House, which is headed by Dobcross-based Revd David Ireland, recently announced plans to double the size of its facility in Didsbury. It cares for youngsters from across Greater Manchester and Cheshire.You can read past Saddleworth News articles about the hospice here.

Saturday’s event runs between […]

Letter From Cllr Ken Hulme About Churchill Fields

Churchill Fields

Below is a letter to the editor written by Cllr Ken Hulme, an Independent on Saddleworth Parish Council. It’s in response to two letters about Churchill Fields which appeared on Saddleworth News last week.

The original open letter from Roger Devy of the Churchill Playing Fields Action Group can be read here, and Colette Kelly of Oldham Council’s response is here. More letters and articles about Churchill Fields can be found in the Saddleworth News archive here.


Job Available At Saddleworth Nursery

Below is a job advertisement placed by the Saddleworth Nursery, Scouthead:


Level 3 or equivalent with experience.

Full time position (Monday to Friday 8am – 5.30pm)

Part time position (three days per week 8am – 5.30pm)

To work with children aged 18 months to 3 years.

We are looking for a lively and caring person with an interest in child development to work in our busy nursery. Position available from late August. Salary dependant on qualifications […]

Seaside Towns Exhibition At Uppermill Museum

(image: Ian McKay)

Visual artist Ian McKay’s latest exhibition begins at the Museum in Uppermill with a special preview evening this Thursday, 1 September.

It focuses on the decline of our major coastal resorts, and is simply called Seaside Towns.

The exhibition mixes paint and print-making, and Ian, who is based in Manchester, says that in creating it he has drawn on both his own explorations of the seaside, and his early career as a signwriter.

This Thursday’s preview […]

Oldham Council Rejects Alternative Churchill Fields Proposal

Saddleworth Runners juniors using the Churchill Fields track.

Oldham Council has defended plans to remove the athletics track at Churchill Fields. In a detailed response to an alternative proposal put forward by the Churchill Playing Fields Action Group, a senior council official pointed out nine separate reasons why the CPFAG plan to retain the track alongside four full-size pitches wouldn’t work.

The response was issued to Saddleworth News on Friday by Colette Kelly, Assistant Executive Director for Neighbourhoods at […]

Oldham Council’s Response To Churchill Fields Open Letter

Below is a response from Oldham Council to an open letter written by Roger Devy of the Churchill Playing Fields Action Group, which was published on Saddleworth News earlier this week. The original letter, and the subsequent comments, can be viewed here.

The council’s response is from Colette Kelly, the Assistant Executive Director for Neighbourhoods. I’ve reproduced it in full, along with diagrams produced by the council, one challenging a similar graphic produced by Mr Devy, and another explaining the […]

Photos Of Rushcart Dancing In Uppermill

These dancers had come up from Cambridgeshire to take part.

Last weekend’s Saddleworth Rushcart festival wasn’t just about our own Saddleworth Morris Men. Groups of dancers, known as sides, travelled from near and far to join in and show off their skills.

Here are some photos showing three of the sides performing in glorious sunshine outside the museum in Uppermill last Saturday lunchtime. The Devil’s Dyke Morris Men had travelled up from […]

From The Editor: The Government’s Plans For Local TV

Cllr Dave Hibbert is interviewed by Saddleworth News TV recently.

A bit more for those of you interested in the government’s consultation about its proposals for a new series of local TV channels. I was asked to write a guest article about the issue for the blog of journalist Ed Walker, and so I’ve republished it below. You can see it in its original context by clicking here.

A LOT OF PEOPLE seem to be having trouble knowing what […]

Parents Reminded About Free Nursery Care

Oldham Council has issued a prompt to parents of young children to make sure they claim their free nursery entitlement.

Care for up to 15 hours per week is available for three and four-year-olds, for 38 weeks of the year. The entitlement begins in the term after the child’s third birthday, so boys and girls born between 1 April and 31 August 2008 will be eligible from next month.

More information is available by ringing the Family Information Service on […]