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Stuart Littleford - Reporter
Allan Roach - Reporter
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Past Articles

Will We Have Enough Grit This Winter?

A snowy scene on Wool Road last winter.

The borough council and Saddleworth Parish Council have been in discussions about gritting and snow clearance for this winter.

At last week’s meeting of the Parish Council, many councillors said they believed the main roads are usually cleared and gritted to a satisfactory level.

However, many also stated that smaller side roads are often left for volunteers and residents to clear up themselves. This can be a problem for streets which […]

Letter: Oldham Council “Cares Little” For Saddleworth

Cllr Garth Harkness

Parish Councillor Garth Harkness sent the letter below to the editor of The Liberal Democrat who represents Springhead Lower is questioning how much Oldham Borough Council ‘cares’ for Saddleworth. For more on Garth Harkness click here.

If you want to respond to the points made in the letter, you can either leave a comment below this post, or send an e-mail by clicking on the Contact option at the top of this page. If you […]

Uppermill’s Coffee Morning To Raise Funds For Edward

Edward Ackroyd

This month’s coffee morning at St Chad Parish Centre in Uppermill will support parishioners Sue and Tony Ackroyd, as they raise funds for their grandson Edward.

The eight-year-old has been diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).

DMD is a muscle-wasting disease which leads to paralysis and limited life expectancy. Most of the people affected are boys. It is very rare for them to survive beyond their teenage years.

So far the family has raised £200,000 which will […]

Prepare Yourself For Winter

NHS Oldham, Oldham Council and Age Concern have come together to promote ‘Top Tips’ for preparing us for winter this year.

After a winter snowfall, getting out to local shops can be tough. Those worst hit through the winter season are the elderly who live alone, and Saddleworth has the highest proportion of elderly folks in the borough of Oldham.

The main message from the three bodies is that, this year, it is important for us to think and plan […]

Rachel Leah Stock’s Audition Video

Below is the video to Rachel Leah Stock’s regional final audition, held in Dewsbury. The singer from Uppermill is only one performance away from the national final of the UK’s biggest singing competition. Click here for other articles about Rachel.


Triple Honours For Oldham At North West In Bloom 2011

Cllr Jean Stretton

Oldham did the treble at last night’s North West in Bloom awards ceremony in Southport.

The borough’s ‘Bloom and Grow’ entry into the competition helped the borough win the Best City prize for the second year running.

The newly introduced Environmental Award also went Oldham’s way. The prize recognises the cleanliness of the local area.

The third piece of good news was that Oldham has been selected to represent the north west in Britain in Bloom […]

NHS Transport Changes For Non-Emergency Patients

A new system for booking non-emergency transport for NHS patients is being introduced in our area.

NHS Oldham has announced that a more “efficient and improved” service will be in operation from later this month, as part of changes taking effect across the north west.

The announcement follows figures obtained by the BBC this week, which showed that the North West Ambulance Service had spent nearly £10m on taxis since 2008, because of a shortage of vehicles to transport patients. […]

Uppermill Singer One Perfomance Away From National Final

Rachel Leah Stock

An Uppermill singing sensation is just one perfomance away from the national final of a major competition.

Rachel Leah Stock, 19, battled through the regional heat of the Open Mic UK event in Dewsbury last weekend. She’s now into the area final, which will include candidates from the heats held in Dewsbury, Newcastle and Scotland.

In an interview with Saddleworth News, Rachel said: “I’m really excited about the forthcoming performances.”

She added: “I never imagined myself to […]

Extra Government Money For Saddleworth Schools

Details of more cash for schools in Saddleworth have been announced by the government.

Several of our local schools will be receiving part of an extra £4.2m being shared out among schools across Oldham borough, to support children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The increased ‘Pupil Premium’ funding was confirmed by minister Sarah Teather this week. Her local Lib Dem colleague Cllr Mark Alcock said that local schools would now receive nearly £488 per head for each youngster […]

Saddleworth Women’s Institute Elects New President

Newly elected Saddleworth WI president Jen Whitworth is pictured with the new committee members. (picture: Saddleworth WI)

Saddleworth’s Women’s Institute has chosen a new president, Jen Whitworth, along with a new committee.

The newly-elected president said: “I am very passionate and loyal about WI, what it stands for and what we have achieved so far. We have made a positive difference to a lot of women in Saddleworth.”

Jen continued: “I have gained new lifelong friendships and I […]

Debbie Abrahams Appointed To Shadow Health Role

Andy Burnham and Debbie Abrahams pictured during the by-election earlier this year.

Oldham East and Saddleworth MP Debbie Abrahams has been promoted.

She’s been appointed as an aide to new Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham.

In a statement, Ms Abrahams said she was “really honoured” to take on the unpaid role as Mr Burnham’s Parliamentary Private Secretary.

She commented: “I’ve had many health and care issues raised by my own constituents, ranging from cancelled cataract operations to cuts in […]

From The (Old) Editor: Saddleworth News Under New Management

I announced a few weeks ago that Saddleworth News was going to become part of the Digital Journalism course at University Campus Oldham, part of the University of Huddersfield. Well, it’s now time for the handover to take place.

Articles by the students will begin to appear here in the coming days and weeks. I hope you’ll show them the same courtesy and encouragement that you’ve shown me!

The e-mail address to send stories, letters, tips and anything else to […]

Police Issue Warning About Uppermill Quarry

Our local police officers have warned youths not to hang around Ladcastle Quarry at Uppermill.

According to the Saddleworth and Lees police team, large groups of youngsters have been gathering there during some recent evenings.

In a statement, the police said: “Local youths have been congregating in the quarry during evening hours and the police want to advertise how dangerous this is.”

It went on: “The police will be regularly patrolling this location and any youths found there will be […]

The Lydgate Lads Buried Far From Home

St Anne's Church in Lydgate.

Following Thursday’s article about the Clegg brothers who died during the Gallipoli Campaign (see here), today Saddleworth News tells the stories of two more Lydgate soldiers killed far away from Saddleworth during the First World War.

Both Samuel Hirst and Leonard Cox are among the 50 men remembered either on the village war memorial or in the churchyard of St Anne’s. Most are from Lydgate, Grasscroft or Springhead, or had some other connection to […]