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Stuart Littleford - Reporter
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Job Available At Saddleworth Nursery

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

Qualified Nursery Practitioner Required

Level 3 or equivalent with experience

Part time position: (Monday to Thursday 8am - 5:30pm)

Full time position (Monday to Friday 8am - 5:30pm)

To work with children aged 18 months to 4 years.

We are looking for a lively and caring person with an interest in child development, to work in our busy nursery. Position will be available from January 2012. Salary depends on […]

Coronation Street’s Martin Platt Takes Saddleworth Cheese To Manchester’s Christmas Markets

Sean Wilson, who played Martin Platt in Coronation Street for more than 20 years, has once again taken his Saddleworth Cheese to the Manchester Christmas Markets.

Manchester’s chalet-lined streets will be the base for the Saddleworth Cheese Company throughout the run up to Christmas.

The company was established by Sean himself, in 2009, and has since won many awards. One of which was the Gold Award, awarded to the Lancashire Crumbly from the British Cheese Awards.

But you don’t have […]

Debbie Abrahams Comments On Beer Walk Being Axed

Debbie Abrahams MP

Local MP Debbie Abrahams has given a statement about the Saddleworth Beer Walk. She said she’d been contacted by several constituents concerned about the scrapping of the annual charity event.

Her statement said: “I am replying to all the letters and emails saying how very disappointed I am that the organisers have come to this decision.”

Ms Abrahams continued: “I fully understand and appreciate that the Beer Walk is an integral part of Saddleworth’s heritage and […]

Proposed Beer Walk Sums Don’t Add Up

The 2011 Beer Walk.

Questions have been raised about the reason for cancelling next year’s Saddleworth Beer Walk. The walk, which helps to raise thousands of pounds for good charitable causes, has been axed because of lack of finance for policing and marshals.

Paul Steele, a Diggle resident put in a Freedom of Information request earlier this year, and found that this summer’s Beer Walk cost approximately £4,800 for policing.

However, the estimate given to the Saddleworth Round Table […]

Saddleworth’s Beer Walk Called Off Because Of Rising Costs

Beer Walk June 2011

One of Saddleworth’s biggest fundraising events has been cancelled.

The Saddleworth Beer Walk, which helped raise up to £45,000 each year for local good causes, has been called off for financial reasons.

According to the Oldham Advertiser, organisers from the Saddleworth Round Table have been told they’d need to cover the costs of managing traffic and the post-event clean-up for the first time. That’s estimated at £58,000, so the organisers have decided to call […]

Oldham’s Christmas Lights To Be Switched On By Wallace And Gromit

Wallace and Gromit will be the special guests switching on the Christmas lights in Oldham this Sunday.

According to the council, the switch-on will also be followed by a colourful fireworks display, lighting up the town centre.

The stage will be lit up with Christmas characters helping to get the crowd in the Christmas mood. There’ll also be a prize draw with five £50 gift cards for Oldham’s Primark store up for grabs. To enter click here, or pick up […]

Thank You To Saddleworth For Coffee Morning Cash

Coffee Morning - Uppermill

The coffee morning held at St Chad Parish Centre in Uppermill last Saturday made £240.

The money was raised to help and support Edward Ackroyd and his family. Eight-year-old Edward has been diagnosed with muscle-wasting disease Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, which leads to paralysis and limited life expectancy.

Edward’s grandparents Sue and Tony Ackroyd are local parishioners.

The £240 will go towards the fund of more than £200,000 raised so far by the family. The money […]

Saddleworth’s Remembrance Concert

Saddleworth's Male Voice Choir

The annual concert of remembrance presented by the Saddleworth Male Voice Choir will be held at the Civic Hall in Uppermill on Saturday 12 November, at 7:30pm.

The event will provide an opportunity for the local community to come together with the rest of the nation in remembering the fallen of the two world wars and those who lost their lives in more recent and current conflicts.

The concert will start with the choir singing […]

New Saddleworth Company Aims To Help Pet Owners


A new Saddleworth business is offering a much-needed range of products and services to pet owners. GGL Pet Supplies and Services, based in Dobcross, sells a variety of goods for four-legged friends as well as birds and fish, and also provides a service looking after pets whilst their owners are away.

Founded by Gillian Linnell earlier this year, the service offers dog walking, home visits for cats, rabbits, small animals and fish.

Gillian has looked after cats for […]

Collision Kills Man In Saddleworth

Derek Yates (picture: GMP)

A man died yesterday after he was hit by a car on Huddersfield Road in Saddleworth.

It’s believed that 46-year-old Derek Yates was driving his Nissan Micra when it collided with railings. When he got out of his car he was hit by a passing Volkswagen Passat.

Derek, also known as Dez, was then rushed to hospital and was later pronounced dead.

In a statement issued through the police, his mother Carol Yates said: “Derek […]

From The New Editor: Sadaf From University Campus Oldham

Sadaf Hussain

As most of you will already be aware, Saddleworth News is under new management. Well, it is me who is the new editor of the website. I am a Digital Journalism student from UCO.

I chose to do my final year practical project on Saddleworth News as the area I am interested in pursuing a career in would be news journalism.

The final year practical project requires the student to work for a client to a professional […]