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

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Tributes left for little boy killed in explosion

Jamie Heaton.

The boy killed in an explosion in Oldham on Tuesday 26 June 2012, has been formally identified as two-year-old Jamie Heaton.

In a tribute his family said: “Jamie was a happy loving little boy - precious son to Michelle and Kenny and loving little brother to Jodie and Jack.

“Jamie’s life was full of laughter. He loved going to preschool, playing with sand and water and going to the park. He touched the hearts of all who […]

Police now treating Shaw explosion as suspicious

The scene at Shaw just after the explosion. picture: Stuart Littleford.

Police are now treating as suspicious a blast in Shaw that was heard in parts of Saddleworth early this morning.

At about 11.15am on Tuesday 26 June 2012, officers were on patrol in the Shaw area when they heard a loud explosion.

A number of GMP officers were at the scene within moments and carried out an initial search of properties damaged in the blast while awaiting assistance […]

Residents speak of flood concerns to Councillor and MP

Debbie Abrahams MP and Cllr Adrian Alexander speak with concerned residents in Dobcross. Picture: Stuart Littleford.

Saddleworth News went out this afternoon with Cllr Adrian Alexander who took Debbie Abrahams MP to Wellyhole Street in his ward, Saddleworth West & Lees to see where a footbridge was washed away by the flood water yesterday.

Then they went up to Dobcross and reviewed the damage to houses on Dobcross New Road. Chatting to residents about the impact of the floods, […]

Fancy a change from the football this Sunday?

Paul McCaffery.

As the nation is gripped by football fever the forgotten, yet significant, minority of spherophobics batten down the hatches and try their best to hide from it.

One option is Saddleworth’s - Off The Rails Comedy Club - this Sunday which gives a perfect opportunity to miss all the match and still have a great night of entertainment!

‘A couple of the other nights I’m involved with have had to rejig dates around the Euros and I […]

Floods bring chaos to parts of Saddleworth

Flooding on Delph New Road, Dobcross. Picture: Stuart Littleford.

Prolonged and torrential rain caused serious flooding in parts of Saddleworth yesterday creating misery for home and business owners.

At around 2pm yesterday a large river of water was cascading off the moors above Diggle and down the A62 Standedge road towards Delph, creating mayhem for motorists with cars swerving onto the wrong side of the road after unexpectedly meeting torrents of fast flowing and deep water.

Small roads and […]

Public meeting over future excavations at the Castleshaw Roman Forts

Castleshaw Roman Fort from the air (courtesy of GMAU archive)

A public meeting is being held on the 10th July to discuss the possibility of future excavations at the Castleshaw Roman Forts. Norman Redhead, of Greater Manchester County Archaeology, now attached to Salford University, will give a presentation of past excavations, the importance of the forts and plans for a future dig.

The involvement of the local community will be a key element in any future dig, Norman would […]

‘Workless’ households rise by 12% in Oldham East and Saddleworth

Debbie Abrahams MP

The number of households in the constituency where no one has ever worked rose from 3,038 in April 2011 to 3,423 in April 2012.

Across the country, in the last quarter of 2011, there were 291,000 households in which no one had ever worked - a rise of over 7% on the year before.

Debbie said: “One year after the Government’s Work Programme started we’ve seen the number of workless households in Oldham East and Saddleworth […]

Debbie Abrahams launches ‘constituency strategy’ survey

Debbie Abrahams MP.

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Sadddleworth, has launched a survey on her website as part of her commitment to develop a ‘constituency strategy’.

The themes for the questionnaire - which will also be delivered to every household in the constituency in a newsletter - were developed from a series of ‘round table’ events that were held over the last few months.

Debbie said: “I made a commitment when I was elected as MP to […]

The Brighouse Bavarian Band at Dobcross Band Club

The Brighouse Bavarian Band will be playing at the Dobcross Band Club on Friday 22nd June 2012 at 8pm.

There will also be the current National Champions, the Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band and a hog roast supper (included in ticket price) from Albion Farm Shop.

Tickets are priced at £13.50 and available from Dobcross Band Club or Albion Farm Shop.

The band have kindly used their only free weekend to schedule this concert and all proceeds will be […]

Ice cream stolen in Burglary at Uppermill Post Office

Uppermill Post Office was burgled on Tuesday night with the perpetrators making off with four 5 litre tubs of vanilla ice cream and a handful of Cornettos.

Police were quickly on the scene and with the help of the Lancashire Police helicopter, that was over the village for half an hour, the thieves were caught after a short manhunt. GMP officers requested the help of the Lancashire chopper after their own was unavailable due to operational reasons.

Saddleworth News has […]

A man on a mission for the forces charities

Colin Henshaw. Photo: Stuart Littleford.

By Stuart Littleford

An Uppermill man is setting out on a mission of a lifetime to raise money for charities that help injured service personnel adjust to life back on ‘Civvy Street’.

Ex Fusilier Colin Henshaw 32, was diagnosed with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and adjustment disorder, after serving in the forces. He is now planning to do a ‘Five Peaks’ challenge to raise money for two forces charities, Help for Heroes and […]

Car crash this morning at Dobcross

Accident scene. Picture: Rachel Lockwood.

There has been a road traffic accident this morning at the junction of Sugar Lane and Wool Road, Dobcross.

We have no further information yet and do not know about any injuries or the circumstances surrounding the crash.

We hope to update in due course.

Exhibition of new work by the Textile Art Group (TAG) at Saddleworth Museum

Death Valley USA: Jackie Ford

The chance find on a White Elephant stall of a nineteen-fifties sewing box belonging to a Saddleworth woman has led a local textile artist to make a piece of art which will feature in an exhibition of new work by the Textile Art Group (TAG) at Saddleworth Museum and Art Gallery, Uppermill, in July.

The theme of the exhibition is “Inner Landscapes”.

Vivien Ashton’s work “Mrs Brown’s Box” uses some of the old haberdashery […]

The Saddleworth Show at a new venue this weekend

Picture: Falconry Life Displays.

Today sees the Saddleworth Show held at Saddleworth School for the first time, the venue has been changed because of drainage works at Churchill playing fields.

After much searching the organisers were lucky enough to come up with Saddleworth School, which offers a number of possibilities they have never had before, such as indoor facilities.

They are grateful to the team at the school for the magnificent way in which they have responded to their […]