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A blocked culvert in Diggle is a major cause of surface water on the A62 Standedge Road

Garth Harkness surveys the blocked gulley. Photo: Stuart Littleford.

A major contributing factor for the large volumes of flood water that flow down the roads into Delph and Diggle during storms is a blocked culvert near to Brun clough reservoir at Diggle.

The rainwater always flowed from the moors naturally into this culvert, but in recent years it has become blocked and overgrown with subsidence blocking large sections of it.

The surface water flowing down the A62 at […]

Saddleworth and Lees District Partnership Fun Day at Austerlands

A good shot on target in the football challenge.

Saddleworth and Lees District Partnership today held their annual Fun Day.

This year’s event – which took place at Dawson’s Field, Higher Turf Lane, Austerlands – saw residents getting into the Olympic spirit in the run up to the London Olympics 2012.

OPAG Oldham Play & Action Group at work. Photo: Stuart Littleford.

Children were entertained with face painting, climbing and football competitions, there were also stalls giving advice […]

‘Olympic-nic’ fun day in Saddleworth and Lees today

Saddleworth and Lees District Partnership are hosting their annual Fun Day this Thursday.

This year’s event – which takes place at Dawson’s Field, Higher Turf Lane, Austerlands – will see resident getting into the Olympic spirit in the run up to the London Olympics 2012.

The ‘Olympicnic’ will bring the community together for a great day of fun and games for all ages organised by Oldham Council’s Sports Development team as part of ‘Love Where You Live’.

The picnic area […]

Saddleworth postman’s blog wins national Football Blogging Award

Mike Smith.

At the 2012 Football Blogging Awards, held at Stockport last weekend there was a victory for grass roots football ! “Six Tame Sides” – a football blog that covers the six non-league football teams in Tameside (east of Manchester) – Ashton United, Curzon Ashton, Droylsden, Hyde FC, Mossley FC and Stalybridge Celtic – had been nominated in two categories; ‘Best Male Football Blog’ and ‘Best Veteran Football Blog’. Up against blogs from Premier League clubs, “Six Tame […]

Saddleworth Rotary Club supports the Denshaw Flower Show

The Annual Denshaw Flower Show promises to be better than ever than to the generous donations towards the running cost by Saddleworth Rotary Club and other local business.

To be held on 18th August in the Village Hall in Denshaw this year with classes for flowers, vegetables and home baking it is always a popular event in the Saddleworth Calendar.

David Wheeler a member of the organising committee said: “putting this event has been getting a lot harder of the […]

Delph win a thriller

Delph won a thrilling match on Saturday against second in the table Elland, defending a relatively modest total. Elland won the toss and had no hesitation in putting Delph into bat on a wicket that was still drying out after the week’s heavy downpours.

Both openers, Irfan Zahoor and Bruce Cruse, went for 11 and Elland then made inroads into the middle order when Faisal Butt (10) and Arron Lilley (13) both carelessly holed out. Delph were then indebted to […]

Cricket camp at Saddleworth next week

The Cricket Asylum are running a cricket camp at Saddleworth next week and still have a few places left.

The course runs from Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm and is £20 a day (Less than day care!).

Lancashire’s Luke Procter will be in attendance and there will be a chance for the kids to bowl and bat against him!

Bookings can be made by contacting Chris Berry or head coach Matthew Dawson on 07775 614 370.

More info is […]

Delph & Dobcross reach the final of the Sykes Cup

Last Sunday, Delph reached the final of the Huddersfield League RomidaSykes Cup with a solid team performance against table topping Hoylandswaine.

Putting Hoylandswaine into bat, Adnan Ghaus struck in his first over by clean bowling Alan Mynett for a duck. Alan Morris soon followed, caught at slip, and when Warren Jones took a stunning one handed diving catch to remove skipper John Sadler, Delph were firmly in the driving seat.

Aussie Michael Cranmer was then caught by Grant Jones, standing […]

Two men rescued after falling down shaft in Oldham

The rescue on Union Street in Oldham. Picture: Stuart Brennan.

Two men have been rescued after falling 50ft down a new build sewer shaft in Oldham town centre this morning.

Rescue teams at the scene. Picture: Stuart Brennan.

We are not sure how they came to end up in the shaft on Union Street but they were rescued by Greater Manchester Fire Service and Oldham Mountain Rescue Team.

The men who were not injured were freed after a […]

Making space for nature in the Dark Peak

Ross Frazer.

A major new conservation partnership project in the Peak District has appointed a countryside landscape professional to help make more space for wildlife and people in the Dark Peak.

Ross Frazer has been recruited to manage the Dark Peak: Public and Private Lands Nature Improvement Area Partnership (Dark Peak NIA), a three-year landscape-scale conservation initiative, which aims to improve, expand and link up existing wildlife-rich areas within the Dark Peak.

The Dark Peak NIA is one of […]

Oldham Council to campaign for ‘fare’ deal on the buses

Jim McMahon.

Oldham Council has adopted a resolution to campaign for a fairer deal for local residents on bus fares.

The motion, proposed by Councillor Sean Fielding and seconded by Councillor Eddie Moores, was unanimously adopted at a meeting of Full Council on July 11th.

It highlights concern about the bus fares which local residents are paying in comparison to those in other parts of the Greater Manchester region.

Jim McMahon, Council Leader, said: “As a Co-operative Council we […]

Garth Harkness speaks to the council about blocked gullies

Garth Harkness (left).

Liberal Democrat Councillor Garth Harkness, has been speaking to the council over the recent flooding and blocked gullies in the area.

He told Saddleworth News: “The other night I spoke to the council regarding blocked gullies and in particular the ones that regularly occur.

“It is not sensible to be reactive in such cases when it is known that the blockages reoccur on a regular basis. This is causing huge damage to the roads and […]

Amazing flood pictures at Dovestones

The cascade that feeds Dovestone reservoir.

Some breathtaking pictures of last weeks floods have been given to Saddleworth News.

These were taken during the heavy rain last Friday, and show a ferocious amount of water coming down the cascade at Ashway in Greenfield.

The cascade feeds the reservoir at Dovestones.

Pictures taken and sent in by Denzil Broadhurst, Deputy Team Leader, Oldham Mountain Rescue Team.

The cascade at Greenfield.


Old Town Hall consultation report now online

A report detailing the findings of a recent consultation event about the future of the Old Town Hall is now available online.

Hundreds of residents attended the event held inside the Grade II-listed building last month and the consultation period ended on June 12.

Visitors viewed information board and artists’ impressions in the Egyptian Room – opened to the public for the first time since the 1990s – and were able to give their views and quiz officers.

Oldham Council […]