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Inspiral Carpets Warm Up For Reunion In Saddleworth

Graham Lambert, pictured at the Albion Farm Shop on Tuesday.

It’s a case of ‘today Diggle, tomorrow the world’ for music legends Inspiral Carpets. The Oldham band are back together and working on new material, and have been using the Saddleworth Rehearsal Rooms at Warth Mill to get back in tune.

But the band will be making a return to live performing later this autumn in the rather more exotic surroundings of Argentina and Chile, before returning for some […]

Driver Freed By Fire Brigade After Diggle Crash

(all pictures: Stuart Coleman Photography)

An elderly driver was rescued by the fire brigade after an accident on Ward Lane in Diggle on Thursday evening. The woman was trapped in her vehicle which flipped onto its side during the crash, close to the junction with Lee Side.

The woman was conscious when the emergency services arrived just after 5 o’clock. Although she was taken to hospital for a check-up, she wasn’t injured.

These pictures of the incident were sent […]

Uppermill Singer Progresses In National Competition

Rachel Leah Stock

A signing hopeful from Saddleworth has made it through to the regional finals of a national singing competition.

Rachel Leah Stock, 19, has got through the first round of auditions in the Open Mic UK contest.

Thousands of would-be stars entered the competition, and Rachel is one of a select few to have made it through the initial stage.

She’ll now perform at the next heat in Dewsbury on 16 October, with places in the national final […]

Love Lydgate Group Helping To Put Their Village On The Map

The sign facing Oldham Road that now welcomes visitors to Lydgate.

Villagers have been stepping up their efforts to raise the profile of Lydgate.

Having suffered from a lack of both official signposts and clear boundaries separating it from nearby Grasscroft, even Saddleworth folk are often unaware of where exactly Lydgate begins and ends.

But local residents, as part of the relatively new Love Lydgate group, have been making moves to change that, and help re-enforce the already strong […]

Greenfield Fundraiser Takes On Pennine Way Challenge

David Couch

A Saddleworth man is beginning an epic charity challenge, with the target of running the length of the Pennine Way in ten days.

David Couch from Greenfield is raising money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

It’s a personal cause for him, as nine years ago David was himself diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. He recovered after a course of chemotherapy and radiotherapy at the Royal Marsden in west London.

He said: “I’ve done half marathons in the past, […]

Tickets On Sale For Children’s Halloween Show

Tickets have gone on sale for a special Halloween theatre performance at Grotton Pavilion. Oldham Children’s Theatre, which has in the past put on Christmas and Easter shows at Uppermill Civic Hall, is turning its attention to something a little spookier!

The fun runs between 3pm and 7pm on 30 October. There’ll be a variety of activities taking place which youngsters can get involved in, including haunted horror stories, bobbing for apples, pumpkin carving and face painting.

Tickets cost […]

Seven Parish Councillors Call For Churchill Fields Track To Be Kept

Saddleworth Runners youngsters using the Churchill Fields track.

Seven members of Saddleworth Parish Council have issued a joint statement calling for the running track at Churchill Fields to be retained. Meanwhile, an Oldham Council report has revealed that grants body the Football Foundation has effectively vetoed the idea of keeping the running facility.

Current proposals to improve the drainage at the often-waterlogged site would see the track removed and not replaced, with a new layout of four full-size football […]

Uppermill Parking Consultation Coming Up Soon

One of the signs in the museum car park giving details of the restrictions.

The promised consultation on the parking restrictions in Uppermill will take place during October.

Cllr Royce Franklin, who chairs the Saddleworth and Lees Traffic and Transport group, updated his fellow parish councillors with the news during Monday night’s regular meeting at Uppermill Civic Hall.

The review was pledged following the introduction of the time limits by Oldham Council in February. Restrictions of two and three […]

Council Urges Saddleworth Businesses To Apply For Tourism Grants

Oldham Council is trying to make more Saddleworth businesses in the tourism industry aware of grants available to help them.

Grants of up to £60,000 are being handed out by Tourism Connect, a scheme organised by regional tourism body Visit Manchester.

The cash is for work such as improving bathrooms, bedrooms and conference facilities, and is aimed at businesses in rural areas such as Saddleworth. However, bids have to be in by this December.

According to the council, a total […]

Saddleworth Blog Nominated For Award

Reflections On A Wasted Life

A blog written by a Saddleworth man about his cancer has been nominated in the Manchester Blog Awards.

Reflections On A Wasted Life, which is written anonymously, is up in the Best Personal Blog category.

You can have a read of it here (it’s well worth a look):

Along with a team of judges, the public will get a say over which blogs in the various categories will ultimately win the awards at […]

Saddleworth WI Carnival Night At Dobcross Band Club

The Saddleworth branch of the WI has organised a charity fundraiser, to be held at the Band Club in Dobcross on Friday 4 November. It’s a carnival party night, and the fun will begin at 7:30pm.

Along with live Latin music and a disco, there’ll be a raffle, auction and supper. Tickets costing £15 can be bought from Jen on 07967 006362.

Proceeds will go to the Saddleworth WI’s three good […]

Uppermill Coffee Morning For Genesis Appeal

The regular monthly charity coffee morning at the St Chad Parish Centre in Uppermill takes place this Saturday, 1 October.

This month the good cause to benefit is the Genesis Breast Cancer Appeal, the only British charity dedicated solely to the prevention of breast cancer. More details about the charity can be found at its website here.

Saturday’s event runs between 10am and 12 noon, and it’s £1 to get in. The fee includes coffee and a cake, and there’ll […]

Organisers Celebrate “Brilliant” Saddleworth Village Olympics

The senior long jump competition. (picture: Nick Watts/Urban Haze)

The Saddleworth Village Olympics came to an end for another year last weekend, and organisers have said it was a “brilliant” event once again.

More than 1,000 local youngsters took part in a variety of sports, ranging from athletics and swimming to football and cricket.

Steve Bradley, one of the co-ordinators of the Delph and Denshaw squad and SVO spokesman, said it was a “fantastic” month of competition.

He said: […]

Parish Councillor Suggests Community Gritting Options

A grit bin in Delph.

The idea of community-based gritting for Saddleworth was on the agenda at last night’s Parish Council meeting in Uppermill Civic Hall.

Cllr Rob Knotts, an Independent member and retired engineer, presented a report he has written examining the options for a new local service aimed at minor roads, which would support the work done on major roads each winter by Oldham Council.

The report suggested three possibilities, each involving a new grit store being […]