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A Snowy View Of Pots And Pans

A snowy Saddleworth scene taken earlier in December. (picture: David Gartside)

Reader David Gartside of Greenfield has sent Saddleworth News a lovely picture taken in the pre-Christmas snow. It shows a very wintry-looking Pots and Pans. Many thanks to David!

You can send in a picture for publication by emailing [email protected]


Open Air Service For New Year’s Day

There will once again be an open air service in Diggle at lunchtime on New Year’s Day this year.

It’ll be held at the car park of the Hanging Gate pub on Huddersfield Road, between 12 noon and 12:30pm.

The service will be led by clergy from Kilngreen Mission Church, St Chad’s Parish, and organisers say it will celebrate the incoming year of 2012. All ages and families are welcome, and for more details please click here.

Christmas Day Fun At Dobcross Band Club

David Morris leads the fun on Christmas Day.

Dozens of local people packed into Dobcross Band Club on Christmas Day for one of the highlights of the Saddleworth festive calendar, the annual carol concert.

Dobcross resident and champion whistler David Morris led a small brass band and the assembled crowd in a series of familiar songs between 1pm and 3pm.

Thankfully there was no repeat of the heavy snow of the past two winters, with temperatures on the day […]

Filming For BBC Documentary At Saddleworth School

Saddleworth's Guitar Group. (picture: Andy Housely/Saddleworth School)

Film-makers from award-winning local company Bigger Picture have been in action at Saddleworth School this week.

The Saddleworth-and-Manchester-based firm recorded youngsters from the Saddleworth Guitar Group playing Somewhere Over The Rainbow, for a forthcoming BBC documentary.

The guitar group initially caught the eye of John Mathews, Uppermill resident and producer of the programme, to be called Madness On Wheels.

John told Saddleworth News: “I thought it might make a great end to […]

Be Creative At The Brownhill Centre This Christmas

The Parks and Countryside Department from Oldham Council is inviting local people to get crafty at Saddleworth’s Brownhill Centre this Christmas.

Residents will be given the opportunity to make their own Christmas Wreath using natural materials, bows, ribbons and glitter.

The event at the Brownhill Centre on Wool Road, between Dobcross and Uppermill, is scheduled for Wednesday December 21. There’s also one on Sunday December 11 at Tandle Hill Country Park in Royton.

All children must be accompanied by an […]

Snow Preparation Ahead Of Winter Weather Warnings

Snow near Denshaw on Tuesday.

Oldham Council says it is prepared for the expected winter disruption this year, as forecasters predict the first serious snow of the season could be heading our way.

Some parts of our area had a dusting of snow on Tuesday, but the Met Office has issued a severe weather warning of high winds and snow, with the worst of the conditions expected on Thursday night into Friday.

The council has told Saddleworth News that […]

Uppermill’s Gas Works Road Closure

Cllr Graham Sheldon

A road closure on Moorgate in Uppermill has begun today and will last until 16 December, as efforts to upgrade the gas mains below the village continue.

During this period the road will be closed between 9:30am and 3:30pm on weekdays. This arrangement has been agreed with the council’s highways officers, to minimise disruption.

A spokesperson for the National Grid, which is carrying out the work, told Saddleworth News: “We have no plans to close the […]

Festive Treat As Pinocchio Show Comes To Uppermill

Mark Whiteley preparing for last year's Christmas show.

This Christmas, Saddleworth youngsters will get the opportunity to see the classic story of Pinocchio performed at the Civic Hall in Uppermill.

The production has been put together by the Oldham Children’s Theatre, and it’s the fourth year in a row that the group has put on a Christmas show at the Civic. The show is particularly aimed at the under 9s, which sets it apart from other festive theatre shows.