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Saddleworth Women’s Institute present an alternative way to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Tribute Poster.

Saddleworth Women’s Institute is presenting an alternative way to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in the form of a Queen tribute band.

The show features the music of the band through Queen Alive. This will take place at Uppermill Civic Hall on the 3rd June.

Doors open at 8pm with all proceeds going to three local charities.

Tickets are available from £15.00 each and can be purchased from Lindsay Johnstone on 07951 777279 or Jen Whitworth on […]

Latest edition of Dobcross Diary now out

Front page of June 2012 Dobcross Diary.

The latest edition of the superb Dobcross Diary is now out for June 2012.

Michael Powis produces the village newsletter when he is not too busy acting as landlord at The Swan in Dobcross.

The latest edition of Dobcross Diary was printed and delivered to over 1000 homes in Dobcross last weekend and is also available via email by contacting Michael on [email protected] to be added to the distribution list.

Alternatively, each […]

Brighouse and Rastrick looking for Whit Friday Contest success

By Richard Jones

Brighouse and Rastrick Band.

The top brass band in the country is looking for more success at the Saddleworth Whit Friday contests.

Current national champions Brighouse and Rastrick will once again be touring the villages of our area during this Friday’s event.

Last year they won the contests at Delph, Denshaw, Dobcross, Greenfield and Grotton to take the overall Saddleworth prize, and the band’s president has told Saddleworth News they’re hoping for another strong performance.


Delph cricket lose their fourth league match in a row

On Saturday Delph lost their 4th league match in a row, in yet another nail-biter, which went down to the final over. Winning the toss and batting, Delph were soon in trouble, losing openers Irfan Zahoor (10), Bruce Cruse (19) and overseas player Kevin Hook (8), to leave them struggling at 3 for 40. Arron Lilley and Faisal Butt looked to rebuild before Lilley was caught behind for 22.

Butt scored his first half century of the season, but soon […]

Dangerous potholes in Dobcross

Potholes outside the former Dobcross Primary School on Platt Lane.

Road users in Dobcross are being warned to take extra care when using Platt Lane due to three large potholes that have appeared as they could cause damage to cars and pose an accident risk to cyclists and motorcycle riders.

Two of the potholes are outside the former Dobcross Primary School and the other near the village square. They have been there for a few weeks now and are […]

Increase in daytime burglaries due to warm weather

Police are warning residents in the Springhead and Lees areas to take extra care after an increase in daytime house burglaries due to the warm weather.

People should not leave doors and windows open if they go out or are away from their property for any period of time. They should report any suspicious behaviour to the police and keep an eye on neighbours property if possible.

Extra resources have been deployed due to a spate of thefts from unsecured […]

Diggle to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Patriotic costumes and decorations will need to be dusted off ready for a day of celebration to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on Sunday, June 3rd 2012.

The Diggle Community Association have, in collaboration with Kiln Green Church, Diggle Band Club, Diggle Band and Diggle Primary School, organised a fun packed event to mark this special occasion.

The event will start at 1.30pm, at the Hanging Gate car park, with a procession through the village led by Diggle B Band […]

Diggle Band presents Mnozil Brass from Vienna

Diggle Band is proud to present for the 4th time the world famous Mnozil Brass from Vienna. They will be appearing at The Queen Elizabeth Hall Friday 22nd June 2012, 7.45 pm.

Mnozil Brass, a Brass Ensemble with a difference, has taken brass entertainment to a level previously unheard of. A Mnozil Brass concert is almost impossible to describe in words. This isn’t like your usual brass band concert with a March, Overture and Solo; this is more like a […]

Denshaw farm missing three dogs

The owners of a Denshaw farm are appealing to people who can help find their three dogs that have gone missing.

Three of their four dogs have been missing since the afternoon of Tuesday 15th May 2012, they were last seen on the farm.

They have asked if people can keep an eye out for the three dogs as they are really missing their best friends.

Alfie is a three and a half year old male white Jack Russell terrier […]

Greenfield man inspired to run for Cancer Research

Chris Doyle.

Inspired by two people he follows on Twitter a Greenfield man will be running in the BUPA Great Manchester Run on the 20th May in aid of Cancer Research.

Chris Doyle who is married with three children did his first run last year and raised about £400 for the same charity. He had asked everyone to sponsor him and give him the name of someone who they had lost or who’d survived this despicable disease. He ran […]

Man seen trying house doors in Grasscroft

Residents in Grasscroft are being asked to report anything suspicious after a man has been spotted trying door handles in the Summershades Lane area of the village.

In the last few minutes a Greater Manchester Police spokesperson said: “A white man aged around 30-40 years old has been seen trying the handle of a rear door on Summershades Lane, Grasscroft.”

Police are attending the area and are asking people to report anything suspicious.


A message from Garth Harkness

Garth Harkness.

Following his victory in the recent elections, Garth Harkness has told Saddleworth News: “I am delighted to be elected to represent Saddleworth North on Oldham Council and wish to thank all those who voted in the recent elections.

“My aim at Oldham will be to fight to get a fair deal for our area and get decisions about Saddleworth made in Saddleworth. I hope to work closely with all parts of the community, to listen to […]

Diggle Hotel beer festival

The Diggle Hotel is having a Beer festival at the pub running from May 28th- June 8th when a selection of the following beers will be available.

They won’t all be on at the same time but include;

Otter Bitter 3.6%

York Guzzler 3.6%

Acorn Barnsley Bitter 3.8%

Dent Station Porter 3.8%

Castle Rock Harvest Pale 3.8%

Bradfield Farmers Bitter 3.9%

Boggart Dark Mild 4.0%

Sharps Doom Bar 4.0%

Derwent A Right Royal Brew 4.2%

3 B’s Ju-bee-lee Ale 4.2%


Request for help by Diggle Band Contest Committee

Diggle Band.

Diggle Band Comittee are asking for help from anyone who can assist with small tasks on the day.

Brian Cliffe said: “We need people who are prepared to help with a number of tasks during the Band Contest, such as greeting the bands, helping with manoeuvring the coaches, marshalling the bands for the march, selling programmes and helping to keep the site litter free.

“If anyone could spare an hour (or more!) on the evening of 1st […]