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

Past Articles

Cruel thieves burgle deceased woman’s home in Grasscroft

Cruel thieves ransacked the house of a woman who died just a week earlier.

The burglars targeted a house on Oldham Road in Grasscroft, sometime between 5.30pm on 28th April and 5.30pm the following day.

The house was vacant at the time, as the owner died on 19th April 2012 following a short illness.

Having forced open the cellar door using some of implement, the burglars got into the house and ransacked it, stealing two televisions and a DVD player. […]

Three cars crushed by toppled tree in Uppermill

Shocked residents survey the damage. photo: Stuart Littleford.

Three cars have been crushed by a huge tree that has toppled over in Uppermill.

The tree was uprooted at around 11.15am today, due to the high winds and rain, Saddleworth News arrived at the scene within minutes of it happening as shocked residents came out of their homes just off Den Lane, to survey the damage.

The owner of the red car told us she was distraught and said the […]

Saddleworth weather warning for today

Bins blown over in Diggle.

A weather warning is in place for large parts of the UK including Saddleworth with strong winds and heavy rain. In the last hour heavy rain has been falling in the area with very strong winds, this has caused branches to fall and a tree has been toppled near the old Saddleworth Station. Wheelie bins and other small structures have been blown over.

Residents are advised to take care when driving and to be […]

New business aims to get Saddleworth people fighting fit

Lucy and Beth.

An England women’s rugby league player and her friend have launched a personalised diet and exercise regime to get the people of Saddleworth fighting fit.

Beth Sutcliffe, who plays second row for Warrington and England, has joined forces with pal Lucy McAndrew to encourage others to lead healthy lives.

Both work for the NHS but have spent the last few months of their spare time setting up their own business Saddleworth Peak Fit to help people […]

Missing Delph dog found in the last hour

Saddleworth News has just had it confirmed that Jasper the dog missing after the Delph burglary has been found safe and well.

The good news was given to the editor by Mrs Elaine Heap, Jasper’s owner.

She said he had been found by a couple out searching for him, he was found caught up in barbed wire, he is fine but still shaken up after his ordeal.

Elaine said: “The response from people has been brilliant we have had people […]

Urgent appeal to trace missing dog after Delph burglary

Jasper is missing from Delph after a burglary.

An urgent appeal has been made to Saddleworth residents to help find a dog missing after burglars ransacked a house in Delph.

Jasper fled from the scene of the burglary at 8 Ammons Way, Delph on Friday 27th April, he is described as kind and approachable, although he may be scared over what has happened.

Police are asking residents in the area to be on their guard and report any suspicious […]

MP and council leader pledge to be ‘last line of defence’ for Oldham’s NHS

Debbie Abrahams MP.

The argument in Westminster about the Government’s NHS Bill may have ended but Debbie Abrahams MP and council leader Jim McMahon say Labour’s fight for the NHS in Oldham is just beginning.

Jim McMahon, Leader of Oldham Council, said: “Oldham’s NHS is coming under sustained attack from David Cameron. The Tory-led Government’s NHS re-organisation is already causing real harm to patients and is wasting over £16 million* in our area.

“Longer waits for operations and […]

Holmfirth Film Festival



After two highly successful years the third Holmfirth Film Festival begins on Saturday 19 May with over 40 award-winning feature films from around the world, the premier of new films and documentaries, unseen gems from the past, a great series of campaigning films and more film-based events and screenings at new venues throughout the Holme Valley.

Among the visitors to the Festival this year are Joan Bakewell, one of Britain’s foremost broadcasters and champions of the arts, […]

Dobcross Youth Band holding a flea market

Dobcross Youth Band.

Dobcross Youth Band will be holding a flea market on Sunday 27th May at Uppermill Civic Hall.

Tables are available for a fee of £12.00.

This will be a well attended event and refreshments will be on sale throughout the day.

Pleaase contact: 07855166738 for more information.

Spate of thefts from cars in Springhead & Lees

Drivers are being warned to remove sat navs from their vehicles after a spate of sat navs being stolen from cars in Springhead & Lees.

PCSO Mike Lowther said: “Please remove your sat nav when you park your car up.”

Jubilee celebrations at St Mary’s Church in Greenfield

St Mary’s Church in Greenfield is hosting a ‘Jubilee Jamboree’ on Sunday the 3rd June between 1pm and 4pm. The event will take place in the grounds of St Mary’s School and is St Mary’s answer to a jubilee street party!

All are welcome to come and celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. They will serve afternoon tea outside with sandwiches, homemade cakes and unlimited hot drinks and juice.

There will be traditional games on the school field and they urge […]

Debbie Abrahams meets with ‘Love Train’ prostate cancer walkers

Picture left to right: Alan Carr MBE, Nigel Lewis-Baker, Debbie Abrahams, Charlotte Carr.

Debbie Abrahams and her husband yesterday met with with a team who are raising money for a prostate cancer charity.

Nigel Lewis-Baker, has been diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer, which is untreatable, but has remained positive and is now raising money with the ‘Love Train’ a John O’Groats to Land’s End walk for prostate cancer research. He is walking with Alan Carr, MBE and Charlie Carr.


Unauthorised developments must stop

Councillor Brian Lord, Saddleworth Parish Council Liberal Democrat Group Leader, has hit out at what he says are a rash of unapproved developments in Saddleworth.

Cllr Brian Lord.

In a letter to Saddleworth News he said: “Oldham Council is seen as a soft touch by developers and many householders. So many people get away with unauthorised developments. There are currently over 100 enforcement actions pending across the borough many stretching back years and countless others that Oldham Council is […]

Saddleworth shopper shocked to find caterpillar in her food


The caterpillar in the product.

A Saddleworth resident has told Saddleworth News how she was shocked to find a caterpillar inside a food product purchased from a local retailer.

Stacey Clarke, from Uppermill, says she noticed the caterpillar as she was about to tuck into a small tub of fresh raspberries she bought from the Tesco store at Greenfield.

She claims she spotted the caterpillar at the last minute just before eating it and said: “I have heard […]