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Ruby Anstee - Editor
Stuart Littleford - Reporter
Allan Roach - Reporter
George Wilson - Reporter and IT
Judith Grinter - Reporter

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Questions asked after grass fire sparks alert


A local man helps put out the fire.

A grass fire in Diggle today prompted frantic 999 calls from worried members of the public but they got told it was a controlled burning by a local land owner.

Smoke was seen to be covering most of Diggle and the surrounding area from this morning into the afternoon.

A fire appliance was sent and parked up half a mile from the fire just in case it was required. But […]

Photo quiz - win a £25.00 meal voucher if you can you identify the location

Where is this?

Where is this picture taken?

We will be running this challenge last Friday of every month, with a photograph of an object for you to identify its location.

The picture will of course be taken somewhere in Saddleworth and the winner will receive a voucher for £25.00 off any meal at the Lees Spice Lounge who are sponsoring this months challenge.

The voucher does not include drinks or desserts and any extra would have to be […]

Motorists anger over Scouthead speed trap

The speed van parked on the A62 at Scouthead. Photo: Stuart Littleford.

A number of motorists have expressed their anger to Saddleworth News over the positioning of a speed camera van at Scouthead.

They claim the van, which regularly parks up on the A62 near the quarry entrance, is purely to catch speeding motorists for financial gain and not safety reasons.

Last week an angry driver placed a hand-written sign at the roadside warning motorists of the speed trap […]

Van wheel gives way on bend

The van blocking one side of the road.

A van has broken down this afternoon on the bend near Greenfield station.

The van ended up blocking one side of the road making it even more difficult for large vehicles to get around. It appears the wheel has collapsed looking at this photo.

This photo was taken at 4.30pm.


Dobcross village makeover

Bob Hill painting the phone box. Photo: Stuart Littleford.

Dobcross village is continuing a makeover thanks to donations and free labour from some of the local residents.

Bob Hill, who lives in the village has taken it upon himself to give the telephone box outside the Swan Inn public house a new coat of gleaming red paint.

The box is a well known landmark in the area and is still in use.

Bob said: “I am just doing my […]

Mill owner makes plea to youths

Youths are using the mill as a recreational venue.

A Delph mill owner is making a plea for youths to keep out of his property after concerns they are risking serious injury.

Local residents have claimed that youths are constantly entering Bailey Mill in Delph and fear it will only be a matter of time before somebody is seriously injured or worse.

The mill ceased production a few years ago and was bought by the owners of Pingle Mill […]

Delph & Dobcross Cricket Club - 2012 first few fixtures released

The following are the first few fixtures for the 1st X1:

21 April Hall Bower A

22 April Heavy Woollen Cup 1st Round Wakefield Thornes A

28 April Clayton West H

5 May Thongsbridge (Sykes Cup 1) H

12 May Honley A

19 May Kirkburton H

H 20 May Golcar A

Further fixtures will appear on the website


Smithy Lane subsidence fixed

Smithy Lane, Uppermill.

Regular users of Smithy Lane in Uppermill will be happy to know that the large subsidence in the middle of the road has now been fixed.

This had caused problems for a number of weeks and was a hazard to pedestrians with cars swerving to avoid it.

Uppermill is busy today

Uppermill is quite busy today and traffic seems to be flowing fine, the nice warm weather has brought the crowds out.

The park and playing fields are also very busy.

Uppermill this afternoon.



Saddleworth School in the early sixties

Saddleworth School - circa 1962.

An interesting old photo of Saddleworth School taken around 1962 we believe, and it’s interesting to to see the now demolished “Finlandia Restaurant” then later “Village Manor” in the lower right of the picture.

The railway line in the background was probably still operational when this picture was taken.

The Queen comes to Manchester

The Queen takes a peek outside from Manchester Town Hall. Photo: Stuart Littleford

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh arrived in Manchester Victoria train station today before later visiting St Mary’s Hospital and the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, they met staff and patients there and listened to a specially commissioned musical work.

The Queen later officially opened MediaCityUK where she had a tour of the facilities, including the ‘Match of the Day’ and ‘CBeebies’ studios. The Duke of Edinburgh […]

Saddleworth children with autism invited to PAWS workshops

Charity Dogs for the Disabled is delighted to announce that another set of its ground breaking PAWS workshops will take place in Manchester and urge parents of children with autism spectrum conditions (ASCs) from across the region to come along and find out more.

Any parent will know that bed-time tantrums, refusal to eat the meals you’ve lovingly prepared, toilet training troubles and teeth cleaning tears, all feature in family life from time to time. However, if your child has […]

Operation Caminada recovers drugs and firearms

A recovered firearm.

Drugs and weapons were recovered during a raid at a flat in Hollinwood as part of an ongoing operation in the Oldham area.

Shortly after 4.30pm on Wednesday 21 March 2012, officers from the Operation Caminada team executed a drugs warrant at a flat on Byron Street.

Class A drugs worth an estimated £2,000, some cannabis as well as drugs paraphernalia was seized.

Officers also recovered a crossbow and Black Walther CP88 .177 calibre gas powered […]

Do you know where this old telephone would have been located?

The phone was made in 1930 and has a brass "Uppermill" plaque.

The editor is asking for help from Saddleworth News readers to place the building that this 1930’s telephone would once have been housed.

The editor said: “It’s a railway phone, that much I do know, and an interesting piece of local history but not much more really, maybe some railway enthusiasts out there can help.”

It is thought it could have been used at the old Uppermill […]